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Posted in: Ricoh launches high-end compact digital camera See in context

1k$ and no viewfinder - pass

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Posted in: Hikers advised to get insurance against mountaineering accidents See in context

smithinjapan: "no one would need it for Mt. Fuji"

Wow, have you got an actual practical experience?! My head was perpetually banged on with stones blown by the wind. I could not open the eyes because of the volcanic ash boosted bay hail later on. On top you had to run when the wind quieted down and try to grab something or hide in a ditch. At times the distance was too long and I saw people lifted up by the gusts. I lost some items to the wind. Yes, the weather varies, but I believe such conditions are not uncommon. All the directions were in Japanese only. That is not a problem if you go up, but not on the way down. I actually ended up on the wrong side. You may say I should have worn goggles and helmet, gloves, and warm padded clothes, but I behaved like a typical person going on a May (I think) hike - I did actually have a coat, unlike some people there, and a spare sweater. There were plenty of elements there that could escalate into a disaster.

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Posted in: Hikers advised to get insurance against mountaineering accidents See in context

2 out of 5 people walking up Mt. Fuji I encountered were foreigners. How are they going to be helped by an insurance site in Japanese only? Other mountains are presumably less frequented by foreigners but still why the bias in the area of peril? Ah, I know, presumably the rescue service can only help if called in Japanese, so all is consistent...

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Posted in: Scientists say Harvey may be sign of future storms See in context

A drift in conditions changes mean and width of event distribution. A small change in width, even such as percentages mentioned in the article, can dramatically increase probability of unusual, freak events. This is just a common, essentially mathematical, feature of events that arise from stacking of many circumstances such as in the case of weather.

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Posted in: Gov't considers splitting school holidays to ease travel congestion See in context

As an example, to ease pressure on transportation and vacation resorts and facilities, Germany schedules school holidays at different dates in different states .

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Posted in: Travel without a suitcase with 13 packing tips from a Japanese pro See in context

My most important items are a small container w/washing powder and a small rubber circle for plugging a sink. A couple of folding hangers and a silk pajama are handy too. With this I just need one set of clothes.

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Posted in: Digital notes: Wacom sets pace in digital stationery See in context

I prefer pen tablet over paper or writing on screen, as the hand does not shield what I am writing or otherwise working on. With its reduction in size and wireless addition, Wacom Intuos tablet sticks in painlessly into my laptop's pouch and goes wherever I go, as my favorite handwriting input, bypassing the laptop's touchscreen. My notes often blow up to tens of MB in size and I may be scribbling on margins of books in pdf, so Bamboo Paper synchronization may not be quite practical for me. Rather I use the storage of my workplace as a central cloud.

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Posted in: Stats on entertainment businesses show accelerating pace of decline See in context

Oh yes, during my visit to Sendai (1 million inhabitants) street blocks were bustling around the establishments with this kind of entertainment. When I asked at the main tourist information office whether I could attend a concert or a musical play during my weekly stay, they told me that I should go to Tokyo. I thought that there was some misunderstanding and even went back and said that I did not care what kind of concert or play this were, classical music or rock. They said there was no misunderstanding - still my best option was to take a train to Tokyo.

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Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?” See in context

I drink cappuccino. For that Starbucks and Tully's are generally fine, Doutur hit and miss, mostly miss, and outside it is plain scary.

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Posted in: Fujitsu in PC merger talks with Lenovo See in context

Fujitsu document scanners are top notch.

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Posted in: Pyongyang's latest fad: Sightseeing in ultralight airplanes See in context

As to the foreigners, I guess that you already take on so much risk by traveling to NK that you don't up it that much by taking the flight :). Nice flying in the exhaust fumes!

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Posted in: Motorcyclist cut in half after being flung into cable wire following police chase See in context

Invention of guillotine and its heavy use during the French Revolution lead to attempts to communicate with severed heads. In particular Lavoisier, the chemist, made arrangements to communicate with his assistant after his decapitation. The assistant apparently counted over 15 consecutive blinks after the head got severed. Unlike with the guillotine, though, the trauma from flying through air, impacts, getting the torso cut in half, is not likely to leave room for a state of consciousness where one could ponder what happened.

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Posted in: Recharge your coffee mug See in context

My thermos bottle keeps tea or coffee hot for up to 8h and it cost me about $18. And what the heck is Fahrenheit??

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Posted in: Flashlight runs on water See in context

To the best degree that one can tell, when guided by on-line translation, it is flashlight where water activates a regular electrochemical reaction that powers the LED. Once once one or both electrodes get depleted, the flashlight will be dead.

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Posted in: Michelin-star sushi restaurant in Tokyo defends foreigner rules See in context

In my memory in the Narita aiport, after all the main international airport in Japan, there are numerous restaurants without an English menu or any non-Japanese sign, clearly indicating that they do not want foreigners hanging out there. There is no issue of being on time or not there.

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Posted in: Japanese opera singer records cover of Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' See in context

At the start I thought it was not original enough, but as it progressed the performance was gaining its own ground in a subtle manner.

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Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination? See in context

As a part of sharing the Japanese experiences, at the start of my stay in Sendai (1 million inhabitants) I went to the local tourist information and asked whether during my week's stay I could attend some live cultural performances, theater, concert etc. They told me that a theater comes down from Tokyo once every few months and I just missed it. In practice, to go to a theater I must do it in Tokyo was their further advice. They then looked for other events and found two during my week: a singing performance by a choir of Japanese housewives that they advised me against attending and a concert by someone playing a flute accompanied by a piano. Summing up that and other Japanese experiences, I have had much better luck with interesting performances by Japanese artists outside of Japan than in. I can hardly believe that for some of those performances they would find any audience inside Japan. At the risk of getting my post erased by the eager moderator, like on most of my other occasions here, when going out to the Sendai's restaurant area, the hookers scene appeared on the other hand to be rather vibrant. Astoundingly, with all of this, Japanese have a high perception of their culture compared to other countries. I won't go into J-pop.

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Posted in: Hanyu 2nd at Cup of China after scary crash See in context

Dangerous falls are common in training. The figure skaters should wear helmets and other protective gear just like in other sports, but that could take away the allure of the sport. There should be a way to find a compromise.

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Posted in: 'Frozen'-inspired bra changes color when you’re near a friend See in context

Do they use Kerr effect or what? Will over-the-top moderator of Japan Today edit my post again? Would the latter be criminally prosecuted in another country than Japan??

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Posted in: Body artist paints visions of the impossible See in context

Hopefully one day this will transform itself into art.

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Posted in: The ultimate guide to Kyoto ice cream See in context

The over-the-top greens in the photo look like stemming from coloring.

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Posted in: Black burgers See in context

I am afraid they still taste like junk.

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Posted in: Cop arrested for filming woman taking bath See in context

It takes a good deal of detective work to figure out of detective work to identify a good combination of target and location, proper window to film through, time of the day etc. What a piece of workaholic!

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Posted in: Body art See in context

Hand with eye alone would have been better. Often less is more.

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Posted in: Japan steps up sanctions against Russia See in context

Wow, I was wondering whether there would be another mention of the Ukrainian conflict on JapanToday pages, that would make those Putin's operatives spring again into action onto those pages, reflection of the big on a small scale. They have added Japanese usernames to the offering, but will that prevent the sliding of their offering into stale, irrespectively?? Let us see and wait.

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Posted in: U.S. says Russia is firing across border into Ukraine See in context

Declarations of a conflict of interest, such as being a Russian government operative, is what can streamline the discussion. Many small forums add up to one big forum, so there is no surprise that operatives would be send out to the former.

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Posted in: U.S. says Russia is firing across border into Ukraine See in context

My suggestion of operatives of the Russian government posting here copiously, with one particular active poster named, was taken down by the moderator under the claim that I was offending another user. I wonder how somebody who persistently and consistently represents positions of the Russian government could be offended by suggestion of association with the Russian government.

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Posted in: Putin promises to cooperate as blame for MH17 crash piles on Russia See in context

Zvonko and Sidekick appear to be from the same team that was sent to Crimea and to Eastern Ukraine. The fact that Ukraine was attacked and occupied at different times is no justification for the current aggression. Yes Russia continues to occupies lands of other nations. Most of the rest of the world, French, US etc. would to love to be able to forget that Russia, that dump, exists rather than invade it.

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Posted in: Putin promises to cooperate as blame for MH17 crash piles on Russia See in context

@Sidekick:

"Crimeans voted for independence of the Ukraine and for joining Russia. Now they have no a sort of civil war like it takes place in Eastern Ukraine and quite happy."

Crimea was illegally invaded and continues to be illegally occupied by the enemy army. The same enemy tries to stir unrest in Eastern Ukraine. Russia historically moved population from inside Russia onto territories it invaded while oppressing and killing the native population. Will it continue forever? Presumably not. Over the last decades Russia retreated. Alcoholism, utter corruption, crime and other social diseases presumably will stall major expansion. Only those seriously brainwashed want to live in a Russia-style system. Russia currently takes out vengeance on Ukraine that they dared to free themselves from the clutches of the Russian empire. Hopefully, they free themselves for good in spite of the current losses.

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Posted in: Rebels have taken away all plane crash bodies See in context

There is no respect in Russia for the lives of those around, so no surprise there is none for those who perished either.

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