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Posted in: Bra wars See in context

asiantourist, always get a kick out of your oddly memorable, English-like comments/ad-blurbs. Glad to see you chiming in even on this risque topic! Thanks.

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Posted in: Identity crisis See in context

Who is Erina?

Erina, played by Inoue, is the abducted child, who in this movie is now grown-up and has also become a mistress herself. Moriguchi plays Erina's birth-mother/cheated-on wife. Nagasaku plays the abductress/mistress. And Koike plays a reporter who becomes close to Erina.

Not particularly interested in this film (well, other than Koike-san). Just distracting my mind off a programming problem I'm working on... lateral thinking?

To learn even more, the movie's Japanese website is at youkame.com.

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Posted in: How sweet See in context

Speaking of German cakes...

Does nyone know of a place in Tokyo or elsewhere in Japan that makes or sells well-made applestrudel? German-style, Austrian-style, Hungarian-style -- any type at all!

Apart from the problem of making proper dough, I imagine the apples would have to be imported?


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Posted in: Coming-of-Age See in context

The fury thing around their shoulders

Seems to be called a "shawl" ショール or "fur" ファー -- as in "fox-shawl" フォックスショール of "fox-fur" フォックスファー.

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Posted in: Coming-of-Age See in context

what is the name of these short overcoats

I don't see any overcoats. Just the furisode (the topmost and colorful layer, with the long sleeves), some layers under that, a faux-fur stole over the shoulders, tabi socks, zouri sandals, and the obi belt (not to mention, unnecessary hair-dye).

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Posted in: So many choices See in context

I'll have a BIKURI Don...

And it's free to anyone who can wolf it down in under 15 mins! Gross!!

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Posted in: The iPad is a good tool for the elderly because it’s very forgiving of mistakes, something the seniors fear when dealing with computers. Unlike the PC, it doesn’t require prior knowledge. See in context

... very forgiving of mistakes

Can't argue with this. Soon as there's a version with built-in camera, it'll be a gift to my folks back home so we can video-call -- which happens now, but tech problems (too!) often come up at their end.

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Posted in: Summer fun See in context

Geenie, those two poses, especially the little guy -- primitive! Nice quick eye!

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Posted in: Skating at the Hills See in context

Not ice, right?

I don't think so either. Perhaps that EZ Glide synthetic surface JT had a pic of last year too?

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Posted in: Junichi Ishida’s golf green proposal finishes with bogey See in context

what amazes me is that any woman actually wants to even date this ****

This struck me too. So, not being up to score on Scandal Japan, I asked the wife. She pointed out that the bride-to-be's father had himself been notoriously involved in an affair scandal, and thus this might be a bit of daughter's revenge on dad.

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Posted in: Eco-cars See in context

the annual Honda “Eco-Run” competition in Motegi, north of Tokyo

More specifically, it's at the Twin Ring Motegi race circuit.

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Posted in: The state of Washington See in context

Nobu has been a friend of mine for 20 years and I love his tempura

Nobu who? The article's missing a reference, isn't it?

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Posted in: Blue Man Group See in context

(Sorry. That should read "having recently been obliged to take in....")

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Posted in: Blue Man Group See in context

ebisen, if you've also seen Cirque du Soleil in Tokyo, how would you compare the two groups? Blue Man has had me curious for a while but now, having recently been recently to take in Cirque's Tokyo show (it was ok but...), I'm hesitant. Spectacles just aren't my thing. TIA.

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Posted in: Toyota banks on tiny, green but pricier iQ model See in context

Not much into cars (a Hijet kei-truck is my ideal!) but this one caught my interest after a client let me try his out (2nd-car, for his wife). It's definitely petite, but the car-body felt strong and secure, with plenty of interior space both front and back. At 190 cm tall, climbing inside felt like entering the Tardis! Perhaps for after the kids are all grown up and the wife and I have retired...

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Posted in: A change of name could mean it becomes confused with the U.S. state of Georgia, but it's a serious complaint and we'll give positive consideration to the matter. See in context

"... its ENGLISH name"? Heck! why not instead your country's (official?) name, Mr. Grigol Vashadze -- Sakartvelo?

And if we're talking word-association confusion for Japanese, well, rather than Ray Charles's favorite state, wouldn't it be Norika Fujiwara, Stevie Wonder and now The Blue Suit Man's favorite brand of canned coffee that first pops into people's minds here?

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Posted in: Popular comedian Gekidan Hitori, TV personality Osawa tie knot See in context

Is it me or does anyone else here not know this "popular" comedian?

I think it's yourself. Cause I weekly watch just about an hour and a half of commercial tv programming (always watch Sazaesan) and, still, his face from the pic above was almost immediately recognizable. He's that guy who, as a comical-closer, either makes his face very angry or very teary.

Now the wife-to-be, her I don't seem to have seen or heard of before.

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Posted in: The Japanese mainstream media do not have a well-developed 'watchman' ethic, because it colludes closely with those whom it should be watching and holding accountable. As a result, it is in no hurry t See in context

An interesting viewpoint is at


Note: The writer is generally dissatisfied with mass-media regardless of its nation of origin.

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