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Posted in: 9-year-old professional jazz drummer debuts in Osaka See in context

jazz is like flamenco, something one gets in the cradle. I'm Spanish and I've listen some Japanese trying to sing flamenco or play the guitar like a real gypsy...they know the notes, they know the techniques and some tricks, but...the result is tasteless, bland, there's a lot lacking there. In flamenco is called 'duende' (spirit, the gnome), what makes your skin shiver and your hair pop up. Look like is not enough, it must be alive, and Japan is all the opposite: cold tamed appearance.

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Posted in: Man jumps to death from 4th floor of police station in Ibaraki See in context

at the "police station"???? "questioned over a theft"...mmmmm and then suicide??? doesn't it sound weird to anybody? can one stop a questioning to go to the toilet? wasn't he trying to scape and fell down? veeeery weird...

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Posted in: Robot See in context

robots & humans can only co-exist in two situations: a) ultra controlled environments (like factories) b) ultra controlled behaviors (toys) In Japan, we have both. But this can only be useful in Japan: robotic people in a extremely control habitat. Robots are nothing more than tools, like a hammer or a coffee pot. Who on earth would let their children be taken care of by a coffee pot with wheels? Moreover, you put one of this with normal children (not squalid ultra-tamed versions of quasi-alive beings), and it's completely unassembled in 10min.

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Posted in: Which company or alliance makes the best cars? See in context

what's the definition of best? cheapest? cleanest? nicest? fastest?... for me, the best cars in the world are the Germans: robust, trusty, elegant, and up-to-date. Japanese cars are cheap in Japan, but expensive in Europe. They're just wannabes of the best European cars, but in a most modest version. Their reputation in Europe are much lower that it's supposed in Japan. American cars are disappointing and worthless. For me, the BEST is BMW.

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Posted in: Big burger See in context

not that big...in fact, it's just two regular size (Japanese equivalent for ultra-huge mega hyper big size) stacked one on the top of the other, with a chopstick to keep the set together. It's really a feeble idea, despite the burger seems pretty good, as most of cooking in Japan.

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Posted in: Takarazuka See in context

so much discipline and competition for what? what is the outcome? the gaudiest show on earth: a bunch of doubtful male impersonations dressed in the shabbiest and least credible way, recreating a completely misunderstood version of the "4 mousquetaires" or "marie antoinette". It would be if only bald fat guys in Uppsala had a theater company making viking versions of Japanese plays dressed in furry costumes and wearing horned helmets, while singing No classic plays in Swedish.

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Posted in: The 36 Secret Strategies of the Martial Arts See in context

"36 secret strategies to understand the 36 secret strategies of the martial arts"... as many other things in eastern world, over dimensioned by westerners looking for the source of all philosophies. In a place where the wars were made using wood, canes, paper and knives, these puerile tactics of disguise and hiding on a roof sound a little too useless. The basic tactic in Japan is one: hiding and attacking at somebody's back. Only works once. Read history!

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Posted in: Coffee Jelly Frappuccino See in context

I tasted it: it's frappucciono + unknown jelly. The taste is double: frappucciono + unknown jelly, that is, the tastes doesn't mix since the jelly doesn't melt down. I don't see the point nor the interest. When takoyaki frappuccino?

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Posted in: Gyoza scare offers insight into Japan's culture of eating See in context

pathat: you're completely right! only 10 people in a country of 127M people. I'd like to know how many people gets sick from eating raw (Japanese) eggs in Japan per week. The 'gyoza case' has two features which surprise me: 1) different brands were poisoned with the same substance? what's the use of such a substance in the production process? 2) only a few packs were contaminated? how is it possible? if the poisoning is caused by a wrong manufacturing process, a whole product line should be contaminated, not just a few cases scattered all over the country. Does anybody remember what happened last year with the Schindler elevator? ALL purchases were canceled for only ONE accident. Could anybody guess what would happen if a whole country would cancel the purchases of, let say, Toyota cars because a guy in who-knows-where had an accident and died? The thing is that now, I have no option but buying extremely expensive Japanese vegetables without any alternative, whereas before the gyoza cases I could at least buy frozen Chinese ones in a far bigger bag!

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Posted in: Garden party See in context

the girl on the right it's the one who can eat so much, isn't it? a professional eater is considered a 'celebrity' in Japan? I see....

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Posted in: Weather girl See in context

why not naked?

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Posted in: Ramen is not just for Japan, but it is also for the world and the universe. See in context

we already have ramen in Europe, it's called spaghetti, and it's not Japanese, but Chinese...

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Posted in: Porn producers arrested for filming at McDonald's in Saitama See in context

“We didn’t think it would be a problem as long as nobody noticed what we were doing.” that's funny...did they think nobody would ever notice? hahaha!!! in a McDonalds? well, they serve junk food, but to the point of providing also with a porn show, that would be nice.

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Posted in: The U.S. did a great job at deboning the Japanese until most have no spine, no guts and no strength left in them. They couldn't do much to my generation, but most younger Japanese are as weak as one c See in context

well, I'm not American nor Japaneses, but I guess Japan wouldn't be what it is today unless USA helped them as much as they did by buying their products, specially when Japanese products sucked compared to others.

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Posted in: Train ticket machine gives back too much change in Nagoya See in context

"According to subway officials, an assistant stationmaster, 57"??? I don't care about his/her age! what's the point?

"The vending machine cannot detect differences in notes", so, what happened? the machine took the money or what?

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Posted in: Asia is different from the United States and Europe. We dream of more vertical cities. In fact, the only choice here is to go up and use the sky. See in context

'Asian' meaning 'Japaneses'? I see...well, Japanese architects can only dream of ugliness, just have a look around, it's everywhere! So, I guess that building towers is just a way to scape from such dullness.

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Posted in: Celebrity Australian chef introduces Japan to the pleasure of breakfast See in context

Is there any thing that could be close to be called Australian cuisine? Is this, if it exists, any close to the English cuisine? I see...and this guy tries to teach to Japanese about cuisine? I think he has missed the right country. The problem of Japan is just that of trying to follow Western cuisine and then copying only the lowest forms of food ever: USA and UK food. Is this guy a new Jamie Oliver wannabee?

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Posted in: The 2008 Nazi Olympics See in context

japan, USA....two exemplary countries of freedom and democracy.

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Posted in: Exporting Tuscan way of life See in context

another Italian product for Japanese snobbish...

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Posted in: Exporting Tuscan way of life See in context

Tuscany? Nihon? chigau!

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Posted in: Sakura See in context

there are cherry trees all over the world, not just in Japan. In fact, it is even common that in these places, those trees produce cherries, not just flowers (surprise!). Apart from that, there are two kind of trees with blossoms even nicer than the cherry tree: the almond tree and the orange tree, and both are far more fragrant than the J-cherry trees. As far I've seen, hana-mi is basically eating and drinking outside in the very early spring days, with friends or family. Well, that can also be found anywhere else in the world! The difference is that BBQ here are tiny-mini and parks are infested of people...

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Posted in: Bush says American lives lost in Iraq were not in vain See in context

VoxMan: well, the difference between homicide and suicide, despite the 'cide' which is the Latin ending for killing, is that in the latter one decides to die, while in the first this question is not asked before being shot. Just a little difference, don't you think so?

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Posted in: Bush says American lives lost in Iraq were not in vain See in context

they were not in vain! hahaha!! what a huge business it has been!!! yeah!! btw, what's the proportion between, let's say, Iraqis being slaughtered at home and Americans? How many are killed in USA by guns? around 10,000 deaths in homicides involving firearms in USA in a year....USA it's kind of more dangerous!

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Posted in: I'm worried that the overweight will be shunned in the workplace and these new rules will make no one want to hire them. See in context

I guess it'll be, as usual, exact 85cm. 84.999cm will be acceptable, but 85.001cm will mean obesity! hahaha!! funny! Nobody will claim about discrimination based on one single anthropometric measure? What about measuring IQ to become a politician? I guess that being just under 90% would suffice, and never asked to reach normality!

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