Nice. Edging down to the wonderful 500. The magicians can soon get their campaign into full swing and start shouting at me at 8:30 on a Sunday morn. Can't wait.
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NHK News 7 really skipped over the Coronavirus stats today. They didn't even state Tokyo numbers. Just said numbers were down from last week. Interesting. Perhaps to pump up the Olympics.
They did mention the price of eggplants are up 39% from last year though. That left me feeling glum.
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Most of the schools in the city I live have absolutely zero accessibility. They don't even pretend to provide for people with disabilities. No wonder there is no opportunity to 'view (athletes) people with disabilities'. This is an odd country.
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The lads were talking baseball at work. Ohtani came up in the conversation and one of the dudes queried, "Kare Nihonjin ja nai?". That made me chuckle a wee bit.
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If I was Bach I would've just stayed in that hotel downtown for the duration. He probably had free Wifi and eggs cooked any way he wanted.
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They should set up in Starbucks near the eki. Give the kiddies a free coffee plus vacs, they'll come.
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Oh it's not so bad, snuck over 5000. Numbers might plateau now into the weekend. Perhaps we can have a masked holiday after all.
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What a matchup. The world has been waiting for this.
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Smithinjapan. Yeah, perhaps that was a bit harsh, there are sports way more boring than soccer. I can wade through 105 mins +extra of an upbeat soccer match, but I can’t for the life of me afford 7 minutes for baseball. Although I do find the high school baseball tournament here somewhat entertaining. Its kinda genki, cute and emotional all at the same time.
I do hope however the video referee is introduced across the board, perhaps folk won’t fall over so much and just play. I will have to be careful though, I could make a lot of enemies dissing ‘The World Game’.
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Soccer is a generally pretty boring game and this was a pretty boring match, nothing really happened. I was however pleasantly surprised that the penalty and awarded to Spain and subsequent Yellow Card were rightly overturned by video referee. It highlights the imperfections in this sport.
Where I come from, if athletes go down its because they are hurt, not for theatrics and milking free kicks.
Spain did deserve the win in the end however.
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Perhaps stupid is the wrong word, apologies. But you get the point.
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It seems the government actually thinks the people are stupid.
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I like how NHK news is shorter as well. Just don't talk about it
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It's awesome Japan is winning all these medals in the 'extreme' sports, surfing, skateboarding and potentially climbing. But I don't get it. Japan has the sloppiest surf, with few breaks around and even those breaks are jam packed like sushi, really difficult to get a wave. Additionally for skating the roads are crap and littered with debris and small stones, the enemy of a skater. Local people despise street skateboarding and I have never seen a decent local 'free' skate park. Where do these kids practice, only America?
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What stops you, seriously?
It's complicated, my wife's father died of cancer and the family needs me here right now. But thanks for your concern Zoroto.
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In my Japanese house everyone is going crazy about the Olympics, Covid speak is totally taboo now. It's fine, they are happy. The TV coverage is so pro-Japan, always has been, Absolutely zero coverage of any sport that doesn't give Japan a chance. As a foreigner here at this time I feel terribly alone and homesick.
I'm not going to die in Japan from Covid. But what troubles me is as the cases go up here the ease of me returning home, goes down. I really want to go home.
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Kinda saw this coming a mile away. Told my wife yesterday it would be this high and she nearly divorced me. She kinda sums up a lot of folk right now. Gold fever and denial.
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The Emperor probably signalled he was planning to watch the opening ceremony from home, whereupon Barfch set him straight with 'you're not staying behind and hiding in your palace, ahright?'
Ha, yeah. Did you catch Coatesy giving Annastacia Palaszczuk a manly serve about not hiding in her room? Dick.
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They certainly have skills for making rooms kinda tastless here. Who tossed my granny's old mat in the corner back there?
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Seriously, I teach English in better looking rooms than that.
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I kinda have a little more respect the athletes. To live in that prison, then compete in front of no one, to no fanfare. Then get kicked the hell outta town when you’re done. You would have to love what you do.
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I'm pretty sure it's not for medicinal purposes. Unless, Ferrari guy is looking to help the elderly. How would you even move that shipment from an English school in Ibaraki. He's in deep.
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My buddy is getting the vaccine Monday. He's the first person I know in Japan to get it. He's a pharmacist with some form of responsibility for distribution in the town I live in, so he has to take it.
He doesn't want it. Classic.
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There's no weird English on that sign! They're letting their guard down.
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Apart from not being able to stop in my smoky-ass local for a nama on the way home, I didn't see any 'state-of-emergency'.
No change for me.
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Yep. If there is anywhere I would anti-mask it would be in the Aussie desert. It's brutal out there, Corona has no chance.
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Only 23%? Ha! Yeah, I call bs on this, I'd wager around 2%. Where I live virtually no vehicle will stop at a crosswalk unless you throw yourself on the road or the driver is foreign. Even if you do throw yourself on the road the driver will be up in arms and blame you. I think it's a combo of selfishness and tunnel vision.
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Yeah really. Most bad people used to be unemployed, recently they've become firemen.
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Is that a snack bar? If so that's just cranking up the weird level. The ones near me I see on the way home from work don't look remotely like that.
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Traffic is crazy in Japan, this accident is just the tip of the iceberg. I've worked behind the wheel in many countries and the traffic here has to be the worst I've seen, including Asia. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike have a very laissiez-faire, apathetic attitude towards navigating the roads. Add their seeming lack of peripheral vision, obsession with screens, selfishness and then the poorly designed infrastructure and you have one huge recipe for disaster. The saving grace is they never really go that quick.
I feel for the kid and his family and perhaps the bus driver (without knowing the full circumstances). However, as much as it may be claustrophobic living in Yokohama I would not let my 8 year-old kid ride around on her/his own there, or anywhere for that matter.
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