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Posted in: Happy birthday See in context

Omedetou tanjobi from America, Princess Aiko. May you have a long and bright future!

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Posted in: Man rides motorbike into lobby of Fukuoka police station; demands they crack down on rude driving See in context

Sigh, now all koban on Kyushu will have to post "Please, no vehicles inside building" signs on their automatic doors.

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Posted in: Japan sees sharp rise in drunken driving cases linked to e-scooters See in context

Here in my state of Minnesota USA, people are routinely arrested for DWI for driving all manner of vehicles while drunk: ATV's, scooters, lawn mowers, golf carts, snowmobiles, bicycles, boats, and even a stolen forklift recently.

Where there's a will, there's a way! Alcoholics need alcohol.

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Posted in: Young boy hit, killed by train in apparent suicide in Aichi See in context

I feel incredibly sad not only for this young child's death, but also for his parents and relatives, AND for the poor densha operator. He/she will be reliving that short moment for a very long time, I have no doubt.

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Posted in: Over 100,000 foreign visitors came to Japan in July for 4th month in row See in context

HAHA, how ironic this article comes out today; I just now uploaded a YouTube video of my own personal experiences with applying for a Japanese travel visa for September 1 - 30, 2022. I have been invited to a Shinto wedding of a friend in Hiroshima, as well as have been asked to help another friend with his gohan harvest in Saga-ken later in September. I don't "fit" the Japanese "tourist visa" profile - likely my application will be rejected.

If you want to laugh at my frustrations, have at it: https://youtu.be/ZBXtJJQWtF8

I didn't want to lie on the visa application; I simply want to enjoy my friend's wedding and help harvest oishi Kyushu gohan! But wow, this visa application has broken my spirit to travel again to Japan. We gaijin are not "dirty" or "contaminated with corona"! I've had 2 jabs and 2 boosters, and have not contracted corona here in America (yet). If anything, I'll actually catch corona IN TOKYO if I am allowed to travel there! LOL what a joke. VERY FRUSTRATED.

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Posted in: Remembering JAL crash See in context

The lanterns look beautiful.

May those who died in this crash rest in peace.

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Posted in: Warm water spray seat shipments reach 100M units in Japan See in context

Living in America.... Lived in Japan.... Still dreaming of my beloved Japanese TOTO washlet. One of the top five things I miss most about Japan.

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Posted in: Japanese Emperor Emeritus diagnosed with heart failure, condition improved See in context

I wish the Emperor Emeritus good health and happiness in his retirement. He guided Japan through many decades of hardships and rapid change.

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Posted in: Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan erupts for 2nd day in row See in context

I've hiked all through the Kirishima/Kinkowan National Park on Sakurajima. It was so HOT (the sun), and also underfoot! That's what I remember the most. I always came away from my hiking there with a sense of awe of nature - there's just some things in the world that are completely out of human's control - an active volcano reminds us that the Earth always will win over humans every day of the year, and we humans just can't control everything around us.

I hope my friends in Kagoshima-shi are safe from the ash and gas plumes!

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Posted in: Japan gets 120,400 foreign visitors in June, but only 252 tourists See in context

I now have now received FOUR corona shots (2 primary, 2 booster) here in the United States. I have visited Japan 6 times since 2017 - 2019 for a cumulative 125 nights, have climbed Fujisan 2x times, and completed the Kumano Kodo in Wakayama-ken. I respect the culture and people of Japan, and long for the day when I will be able to return as a solo-tourist.

I have an airline ticket to Japan purchased for August 31. I am stupid, right?

It really saddens me that Japan scape-goats gaijin for the rapidly increasing numbers of ba.5. They restrict respectful and eager gaijin such as me from traveling to Japan, literally forcing people (again, like me) to consider other travel destinations. So sad for the Japanese tourism economy!

Sorry, I'm just venting. I've cancelled this same airline ticket 5 times so far in 2020 and onward. Stupid me.

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Posted in: Over half a million yen in cash comes floating down river in Toyama See in context

Fish and frogs in Japanese aqueducts need "cash flow" too.

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Posted in: Former Prime Minister Abe dies after being shot while campaigning in Nara See in context

My heart and soul is with PM Abe's family along with all of Japan today. Such a tragedy, incredibly shocking.

Politics in Japan (at least during campaigns) will now, sadly, be forever changed.

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Posted in: Campaigning starts for Japan's upper house election on July 10 See in context

I see no mention of the individual parties' stances pertaining to restarting of the tourism industry, and if their parties will push to increase the numbers of us gaijin tourists back to Japan or not. As a gaijin, I hope that Japan will reopen her borders again after the election. I mean, I read recently that only 1,600 tourists have applied to travel to Japan under the "guided tours" program over the next two months. Crazy stuff.

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Posted in: M5.2 quake hits in Ishikawa Prefecture; 5 injured See in context

I sincerely hope that everyone will be safe from harm from this quake, as well as its possible after-shocks. Torii and glass windows can be replaced, but human life cannot.

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