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Posted in: What are your suggestions for the new era name to be announced by the Japanese government on April 1? Sensible answers only, please. See in context


Joji, or Shirotoki

Just thought that it in this time Japan as an entity is fortifying itself, in various ways, some circuitous.

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Posted in: Japanese beauty product prints English backwards on package so women can take better selfies See in context

Can't grasp the point, when the target market demographic's atention would gravitate to the Japanese text in the first instnace.

The novelty o taking the selfie is could be a selling point. a novelty that may where off.

Whatever makes the company the advertisers and the girls happy though ...

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Posted in: What do you think of the quality of food sold in convenience stores in Japan? Has it improved since you first came to Japan? See in context

Yes and no.

Depends on the store,where and timing with the 'just-in-time' delivery of fresh and good stuff.

Still a lot of unappetising stuff if you get the above wrong.

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Posted in: Snow catcher See in context


A challenge for sumi-e artists, this image is.

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Posted in: Liam Neeson denies racism after hunting black men to attack after friend was raped See in context

Trauma not withstanding, it seems someone has been blurring their revengeful fictional roles with reality too much.

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Posted in: 'Inkjet' solar panels poised to revolutionize green energy See in context

God example of simple technology (set to be) the optimum technology.

Not entirely clear but it seems to be using inkjet to spray stuff onto a panel. If so, simple- I suppose.

Interesting it is being tried out now in Nagasaki - I am sure some local companies have an interest so as not to miss out on any patent windfalls.

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Posted in: Gleaming garden See in context

Went once in 1994, August. Missed chances to go since. Nice to see this pic though.

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Posted in: What's your favorite Japanese snack food? See in context

Certain pizza- and curry-man, in this season.

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Posted in: January was Australia's hottest month ever: gov't See in context

People expect leaders to fix these problems. But that is not the point: things change and people need to adapt and change - as always they did, eventually - at local, national and now international levels.

It juts sucks that leaders like Trump and his ilk do what they can to thwart adaptation. Like the Liberal-national coalition in Australia bringing back coal power when everyone locally is getting solar. Solar powered airconditioning is, like, a no-brainer on a sun-baked day, with a battery to take it into the sultry night. If Aussies as a nation want to stay hot and pay for it, be my guest. Or do something about it.

No sympathy for such when they get thrown out or just knocked on the head, just grandstanding in the way as they do.

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Posted in: More than 3,000 stung in Australian jellyfish 'invasion' See in context

Last time I went swimming in Kochi, dived in, straight into a 'Portuguese Man-o-war'. Tentacles all over shoulder and torso. Stung. Hurt a lot. Drove home. Used up my wife's apple vinegar (a bit over-rated and sticky). Never went in again.

And this was in early August, which I knew was the tail end of the swimming season.

No beach patrols in Kochi, and I could empathise with people there choosing to swim in rivers.

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Posted in: Gov't to try luggage inspections at subway station in Tokyo as anti-terror experiment See in context

It is funny how governments come up with new and extra ways to make people hate them.

Just as I thought that I would not need to deal with a security search before a train ride any more after my last trip to Europe, ... The rationale for the measure is more telling there, but luckily I don't live there any more.

Now here?

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Posted in: U.S. airports see rise in security screeners missing work due to shutdown See in context

Seems obvious - put walls up at airports!

Keep all those criminal drug-dealing, terrorist foreigners out and keep the freedom-and-justice-for-all lovers safe inside the home of the brave.

Might need a couple more billion though, Trump.

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Posted in: Feminist filmmakers tackle adult movie machismo See in context

Niche audiences

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Posted in: Japan to start collecting ¥1,000 departure tax from Monday See in context

Once the system is in, wait till this nice little earner gets ramped up.

Not sure that 'the Olympics' and 'facial recognition gates' as excuses for the charge are going to discourage cynicism.

Best taxes are the one nobody notices (like the extrortionate 'departure taxes' in Australia renamed so long ago and now just part of one-price ticketing). Best, because nobody complains about them till, for instance, some people are bored after a cancelled Jetstar flight and start reading the fine print of their receipts to see how to make a claim about it.

As long as there is no queuing up like about 20-25 years ago to get stamps from machines. But nothing would surprise me about overseas travel from Japan, even now.

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Posted in: As TikTok videos take hold with teens, parents scramble to keep up See in context

Probably one of many to follow (ie. to 'come after', not 'be interested in')

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Posted in: Stylish steps: Northants-trained shoemaker in Tokyo has two-year wait list See in context

Interesting, modest.

“You can tell a lot about a person from his shoes”.

Except shoe makers perhaps.

And if the quote is taken literally, except also women perhaps.

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Posted in: Trump threatens to close Mexico border; blames Democrats over shutdown See in context

“The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

— U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 4 (

Sorry - you might have to be patient and wait for Mueller to do his work.

'Danger to the republic' seems common sense grounds, but since when was common sense something to prevail at high levels of government in Washington DC when political point-scoring takes far less effort?

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Posted in: Trump threatens to close Mexico border; blames Democrats over shutdown See in context

What ever Trump is or does, he just has to say or threaten something.

Closing the border - seems like somebody has blinked first.

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Posted in: Angelina Jolie doesn't rule out move into politics See in context

Thought she already was, well, 'political'.

Would be a good test of the perceived tough exterior anyway.

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Posted in: Trump tweets video of secretive SEAL team in Iraq See in context

Photo caught the bright red bow on the blue curtain behind him well. If only he would have noticed and swapped his extra-long red one for a real necktie(!)? That would have been a good tweet ...

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Posted in: What is the best thing about Kyoto, in one sentence? See in context

Wandering backstreets among the older and also the newer, always something interesting to see.

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Posted in: Whale for dinner See in context

Until now all the whale meat had been in freezers often for years. Those minke nabe packs always seemed dry and unappetising and whale yakinuku was never as nice as karubi. Also, different parts of the whale as the noren (hanging thing with whale on it) shows - but far more complex than that I would imagine.

I suppose there is always a market, but I am not in it.

At least going openly for commercial whaling brings Japanese voices back from the extended hypocrisy up to now.

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Posted in: What do you usually do with unwanted Christmas gifts? See in context

Find someone who wants them (including charities - not easy in Japan)

Put them away till the next occasion for giving unwanted presents such as the following Christmas.

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Posted in: On Christmas Eve, Trump questions child about belief in Santa See in context

Trump had better believe in Santa Claus himself, because that is the only way he is going to get any new staff to stay before they quit or are thrown under a bus.

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Posted in: More men taking jobs in female-dominated profession of Japanese airline cabin crew See in context

Learned a new word today: sorodan (空男 I suppose). And sorojo (空女) looked up online came back as 'empty woman'!!

Must say, that seeing the line

 ... growing need to deal with unruly or drunk passengers, mean soradan (airmen) are being seen in larger numbers

made me think of drunk pilots.

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Posted in: London's Gatwick Airport resumes flights after drone chaos See in context

Of course this now is going to happen again, and again.

If not drones, it's laser pens, and whatever you do don't jokingly mention the 'bomb'.

The golden age of air travel disappeared in the last century.

The pic of the guy in shorts and the orange hoodie makes me think that in

freezing conditions as hundreds slept on benches and floors.

there is always one.

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Posted in: JR East encouraging commuters to stop walking on escalators See in context

Um, easy solution: on the spot fines for people walking looking at smartphones in stations, except on escalators.

Good earner for JR East, Tokyo Met Govt, whoever.

Otherwise can't see anything changing one bit.

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Posted in: Book reflects on Rock Hudson's stardom, closeted love life See in context

When Rock came out in 1985, his last TV role had been Dynasty. There was one scene when he kissed Linda Evans:

″On the day the kiss with Linda Evans was shot, Rock used every gargle, mouthwash and spray he could get his hands on. He told Mark, ‘the kiss is over with. Thank God.’ He said it was one of the worst days in his life.″

The night the ″Dynasty″ episode was shown, (friend George) Nader watched it and made a tape, according to the excerpt.

″I could see where Rock kept his lips closed and hit Linda on the side of the cheek for a brief, chaste kiss,″ said Nader. ″He did not open his mouth, no saliva was exchanged.″ (

When he did come out the entire cast of Dynasty queued up for AIDS tests. Huge news then.

I recall, because I was in Tokushima next to Kochi, where apparently the first AIDS case in Japan occurred (apparently a girl who had a Greek husband who had had AIDS). Arriving in Yokohama in 1986 I was widely accused of having AIDS because I had been in Shikoku!

Attitudes have changed since then, but many people's naivety about things certainly hasn't.

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Posted in: Do you enjoy spending Christmas in Japan? See in context

Used to loathe it. Worst was when friends and family in Christmas-celebrating countries would try to call, inebriated and ask why I was at work. Just mandatory depression.

Now it is just gaman. Luckily Xmas sort of dies around the 23rd making way for the real thing locally, Shogatsu. I enjoyed painting original New Years cards for people. Yeah, its a bit dead outside, but unlike on 25th Dec in Japan one can rest.

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Posted in: Japanese idol singer Rino Sashihara to leave HKT48 See in context

Now time to grow up.

Sashihara, a 26-year-old four-time winner of the AKB48 family's annual popularity contest, ... "I decided (on leaving) a long time ago," a tearful Sashihara told the audience

If they do let her.

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