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Posted in: Tokyo travel service Bespoke adds Korean to its languages See in context

Yes, I too am interested in hearing about this Royalty connection. From which country does this Royalty originate?

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Posted in: Winter Mille-Feuille Wishes See in context

I wish that desert wasn't categorized into Mille Fueille, Mont blanc, roll cake, creme breule and chocolate cake. This new offering from Cold Stone is just them folding under pressure to appease the Japanese market rather than innovate new flavors and introduce their customers to exciting new tastes. In the end, they all just give up and pick on of those categories and remix it somehow, making sure it's clear enough that it's still "rollcake" and it's safe.

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Posted in: Zeppelin See in context

Is that price a joke? What did they base that number on? Was there some kind of supply-and-demand figure they researched on blimps?

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Posted in: Roppongi See in context

Too bad we can't broadcast this image to those thirsty African kids who can't get any water. Japan is just this wonderful country of waste and overuse, where you can leave the tap water running all day, pouring out into the streets. Where you can open all of your windows and doors and turn the AC to maximum blast in your shops. Just more waste...

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Posted in: Meiji Dairies to raise cheese, margarine prices again See in context

I LOVE the oil crisis! It gave everyone a great excuse to arbitrarily raise the price of EVERYTHING. Those cows guzzle so much crude oil that cheese prices are just forced to go up.

I also like how cheese and raw milk are considered raw materials, like iron and ore found deep within the earth. Those poor cheese excavators...

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Posted in: G-8 wives See in context

When considering the world food crisis, I wonder if they thought about those $100 melons behind Laura.

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Posted in: Amami Oshima an unspoiled nature paradise See in context

Yeah, I'm sure it's unspoiled alright. I bet 1 night at a hotel costs $200 there too. I can't wait until someone finds an unspoiled part of Japan that doesn't gouge your wallet. Not to mention getting there by train or bus will probably be the same cost as flying to Thailand.

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Posted in: Violent game launch canceled after Akihabara rampage; gov't discusses regulations on knives See in context

This sounds like it's going to head in the wrong direction like the time of the gas attacks. So the gov is considering controlling knives this time? Just like last time when they removed every trash barrel in the city. As if everyone will suddenly start copying what one guy did. Just wait a few months, wanna buy a new kitchen knife? You'll have to go through a strip search and interrogation first. The gov is handling this so wrong...

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Posted in: Softbank reaches deal with Apple to sell iPhone handsets in Japan this year See in context

It's no doubt going to be far more expensive than it's US counterpart. Apple's Japan pricing has always been somewhere between 10-25% more expensive than US pricing. What does anyone care anyway though? It's Softbank so you'll be paying it off every month anyway. The end price will be almost double it's initial value. Have fun.

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Posted in: DOCOMO's summer models See in context

I don't see anyone holding an iPhone in there...

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Posted in: Hu says he is looking forward to making new friends on official visit to Japan See in context

Of course he's gonna make new friends! Who doesn't wanna hang out with Hu?!

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Posted in: 'Gal Sone' discloses secret of speed-eating See in context

We have tons of people like this in America. These "speed eaters" who compete. What was the national news the other day? Worldwide food crisis? I'm so confused. Why can't we teleport these people to starving nations and make them stop!

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Posted in: Family restaurants face uncertain future See in context

I think dropping the 24 hour thing is the smartest move. That would eliminate the sleepers and give the staff a rest. Nobody wants to be working at 3AM.

As well, the food is getting fancier, in a strange way. These places were better when they were known for simpler dishes. Nobody cares to go to Jonathan's for the carpaccio and fine black olives. They're there for a big piece of fried pork and a coke. There's no point for them to follow any trend, the best trend is to simplify and perfect what they're already good at.

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Posted in: Meiji Dairies to raise butter prices in May See in context

All due to biofuel, right? Lets burn all of our crops to fuel our SUVs, then complain that it's too expensive to produce food since all their crops are used up on biofuel. Nice job! As if butter wasn't already rediculously expensive in this country.

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Posted in: Coffee Jelly Frappuccino See in context

great observation there, "frappuccino + unknown jelly". That about sums up a lot of the experiments popping out of the Japanese foreign food kaleidoscope. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of it being jelly? Jelly is an alternative way to enjoy a beverage in a solid form. Bleh...

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Posted in: Coffee Jelly Frappuccino See in context

Here's one you won't see the expats drinking. This looks like a science experiment.

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Posted in: Big burger See in context

Very true, the food quality is the highest I've ever seen. However, that doesn't make it taste any better when they throw the most absurd ingredients together to make these juvenile imaginary dishes. This still looks like something a 5 year old would make. High quality ingredients or not.

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Posted in: Big burger See in context

This looks typical. If Chinese food uses just a little more oil than other cooking methods, the Japanese will bath their Chinese food in oil. If foie gras is fine dining in French cooking, the Japanese will slap it in everything and make it fast food(come on, who didn't see it at Denny's all last year??). How about carbonara pasta? Hope you like raw eggs(Mmmm, La Boheme style..., BLEH!) So big burgers are popular now? OK, lets just dump a whole bunch of burger related materials on top of eachother and make this monstrosity. Foreign food gets the worst treatment in this country. This is embarrassing, even us burger loving Americans wouldn't do something this stupid.

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Posted in: 1-year-old boy dies after being left in car by pachinko-playing mother in Kagoshima See in context

I can't believe you all scolding this woman! Children are constantly being neglected, left alone with guns, knives, in SUVs parked miles away from the grocery store entrance to boil, all kinds of crazy stuff. It's amazing that this even makes national news here. This is nothing new or remarkable.

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Posted in: Weather girl See in context

talentless as usual. tv here is the most brainless in the world.

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Posted in: Nail found in sandwich from supermarket in Fukushima See in context

Some of those wrapped sandwiches with the crust cut off are from China. I bet the Chinese think people here are idiots when they make the food for them. What a waste to throw away the crust of the bread when making the sandwich.

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Posted in: Drink up See in context

yo, quick edit, I meant DHA, not DHC. Just for the record, DHA is extracted from fish oil. Yum!

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Posted in: Drink up See in context

I love the way Japanese beverage companies just throw in whatever chemical is the current fad. Last year it was that royal jelly crap, which was never in any drink before but now is in Dekavita, Vitamin Water, and just about every "energy" drink out there. Now it's collagen which is derived from pig fat(yummm!) that's in all kinds of new drinks. Now this? I mean, come on, does anyone actually know where royal jelly comes from? It's scraped off the heads of sweaty ants in heat as their foreheads secrete it for the queen to eat. Sounds delicious, right? Collagen is extracted from pig fat. If you want nice skin, why not take a bath? So, DHC, where does that come from?

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

I guess after spending a week looking over the site, I do have one comment. There's no way to visually differentiate between sections. Every section has the same size headline, same color and same(relatively) amount of content displayed. I would almost welcome just a simple change as to assign a different color for each section, as opposed to the current bare bones red, black and white. If I want to read about a certain section, there's no way for me to quickly find it on the top page without scanning every section(this is the situation where I decide not to use the main navigation and only desire to seek out top page content). If I know green was for "entertainment", I would always look for green in the headline when I visit the site(for example).

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

I think the joke is that they are keeping this discussion open and not shutting it off for PR sake. This thing has become a seething pit of DO NOT LIKE and I wonder if they're leaving it open just for their amusement. I love the people who hate the red highlights yet still frequent cnn.com for their daily dose of bright red and light grey design elements. Maybe everyone just wants a big graphic heavy website, loaded with gradients and McDonalds ads?

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

I guess after a few days of viewing this site the only thing I would ask returned would be the Pop Vox. I also liked the previous AJAX used for the quote, photo, have you say, when it bounced up and down to reveal the content beneath. I thought it was really nice the way it was when the new design was launched, but now if you click it, it just slides down and it's not as fun. I almost want to ask JT to stop reading these awful comments here and just leave the site as it was when it relaunched. They all stop complaining after about a week or so and 90% of them complain just for the sake of complaining.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

This is so typical of the crowd here. Like a pool of sharks. As I said, throw a Michaelangelo up here and you'll all spit and piss on it simply because you feel like it. For that matter, go through a test process with random readers first? You're kidding. This site isn't run by Conde Nast, don't expect some huge billion yen research team analyzing the lot of you and your comments before launching a massive red carpet rollout with free champagne for all the readers.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Ha HA! That's what you think. I wasn't chased away by the new site. No comment traffic = everyone is sleeping.

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Wow, had you altered a few words in there, that whole thing would have rhymed. Sort of like a lymeric or something?

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Well, on a side note, Kimigano, your comments are excellent. This is what I like to read, those are some smart comments, and I do agree with your point about the features. That really interesting, actually.

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