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Posted in: Bob Dylan to play in Japan next March See in context

Japan is in for some great shows; Bob's band sounds great as ever honed by 250 shows a year. But don't expect to hear the same old melodies of many of his hits, he's creative, likes to remold songs as he sees fit at the moment.

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Posted in: Merry Christmas, happy holidays, season's greetings and anything else I may have missed See in context

Nothing beats Santa on the crucifix dislayed in a Ginza Dpt store window many years ago.

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Posted in: Depp shoots 'em up See in context

with that '56 tele you'd need a small tube powered amp, maybe with 12AX7's, to get the classic sound; a buddy of mine was sound man 20+ years at the VR, we had some pretty wild hanging times.

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Posted in: Pearl Harbor attack remembered 68 years later See in context

and how about the factual historical data proving the US indeed knew beforehand about the impending attack in Pearl Harbor? and the war in VN that tore apart my generation, the fact that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was fabricated?

Moderator: Stay on topic please.

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Posted in: Artelligent Christmas See in context

Damien15 I'm moving my famiy to Okinawa too. still researching different areas. Naha, Ginowan, Chatan, Yomitan, pls let me know your thoughts. tks

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Posted in: Movie on Noriko Sakai gets new lead See in context

I don't consider Noriko disgraced at all. The media acted disgracefully. She's a victim of archaic, hypocritical laws enforced by uneducated chauvinist pigs. She and any other similarly accused should pack up and blow this joint, live in another territory. Follow me, I’m leading.

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Posted in: Karate: The Complete Kata See in context

to clarify my thoughts:

all movements used in Karate are based on confrontational situations against real or imagined physical beings, offensive or defensive in nature, blocks, kicks, punches and so forth; often accompanied by menacing guttural utterances; I admire the great practicioners as much as anyone but don't consider this to be spiritual in any way. Certain forms of music, art, ballet, even some gymnastics, yes. I guess it's splitting semantical hairs; one man's spiritual is another man's physical prowess with lots of mental conditioning thrown in.

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Posted in: Karate: The Complete Kata See in context

lowly

I agree that once one masters the physical aspects, the moves, the katas, mental strategy is advantagous and necessary, psyching out one's opponent out is real stuff, but still don't see any conection with spirituality. I think that's all wishful propaganda. Is chess spiritual? Nope, it's mental. Does anyone these days study all the books so popular in the 80's on the magical 'Japanese Samurai Business Management style?' NOPE! When I was a pup in the 60's I studied with Bob Alegria who was on Chuck Norris original national team in the USA. Went to school up the street from the Gracie Academy in Torrance. It was all about fitness, one's own mental condition, strategy and kickin arse, nothing spiritual at all. Then again, I don't believe in Santa either. Give me Roger Gracie, Fedor or even Brock Lesner for some real fun.

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Posted in: Karate: The Complete Kata See in context

'the karate practitioner can develop not only physically but also mentally and spiritually.' I fail to see how one can develop spiritually studying martial arts; physically yes, mentally yes. Spiritually? Guess we first must define spiritual. To develop one's control is mental conditioning. Can anyone explain?

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Posted in: Falconry See in context

Falconry in Japan dates back to 1600 and perhaps earlier.

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Posted in: A very Japanese Christmas See in context

I don't see any comments about a most distinctive and wonderful custom of Japanese Christmas, so here goes:

Nearly every hotel room across the nation is fully booked, up to a year in advance for Christmas Eve. Restaurants often have two settings for dinner, after each the room is cleared for the next batch of couples. Couples meet, dine, exchange exactly one gift, then retreat to their hotel for makin' whoopie. Any respectable Japanese female asked on a date on Christmas eve knows this is the custom so are selective in accepting. Pretty cool...

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