Tourists are attracted to Kyoto because of the history and culture and the city was spared by the American bombing while every other city was bombed and destroyed. Parts of the city remain as it was before.
Indeed it's beautiful, but sadly the locals don't want tourists. It's like Venezia in Italy. When we traveled there, I was so in love with the city's beauty. But while we are claiming for our tax refund one local resident told us how they don't want tourists in their town. She is a nice person and helped us with the access to the tax refund office which is inside the same old building she is living, but she honestly told us how she hates tourism there. I have to apologize to her for visiting the place and I cannot blame her as everyday it's hard for them to go to local stores and move around as their narrow alleyways are congested by tourists. It's a beautiful city but unfortunately the locals don't really want us there, and they have their own reasons. So I feel the same for Kyoto, It's beautiful but tourists are not really welcome.
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Uhm, have you not been keeping up to date with the Japanese government's targets. If they didn't want tourists, the country would not be setting a target of 40 million tourists by 2020, which was changed from 20 million in a few years ago.
The Japanese government don't represent the people. Government and politicians' decisions are mostly not what the people really want. Come on, it's not me who wants to ban a simple photo remembrance in a supposedly popular tourist attraction, it's the people of Kyoto. So if you support and respect the natives in Kyoto, then you should agree with what they want.
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Where are you from, if I may ask? So just because you've never been robbed in Thailand, but I have, you think its a better place? But I'm 'careless' if I get robbed but if you were to get robbed in Japan, you'd blame the locals. You're a hypocrite.
I live in Japan. I am not saying that Thailand is a better place, but they welcome tourism more than Kyoto. Yes of course Japan is way more better and safer than Thailand, but the whole point is they don't want tourists, so why would we force ourselves to push and overcrowd Kyoto while the locals don't want it? So I am suggesting an alternative, go to a place where they embrace tourism more (Thailand). And if you like and respect Japanese people then you should agree with what they want. Kyoto is not for tourists , Kyoto natives don't want tourists so we foreigners should respect and understand that.
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Hmmm. That sort of outlook doesn't usually have a positive outcome. See history for examples. I believe we can educate ourselves and not just get along but live and love with our brothers and sisters in other countries and cultures.
Well said! I totally agree, but unfortunately the locals don't share the same thinking, and sad to say their opinion and demands should matter more than what we think. They don't want tourism in their land so what can we do about it?
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while Japanese tourists can do whatever they want in other countries, Japanese people want you to Look, but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, but don't swallow in their own country. They will smile and be polite, but they don't want you.
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Or just stop visiting Kyoto. It's boring there anyway, what is so entertaining about old temples that all look the same? Why would you need to see a clean and old Japanese neighborhood while locals don't want you to be there anyway. And why would you pay overpriced hotels, restaurants and ryokan when you are not welcome at all. Go to better and tourism friendly places like Thailand and Bali, at least you can enjoy nice and beautiful trpoical islands, eat good food, relax, party and most of all the locals will welcome you with open arms. Kyoto is overrated but boring.
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Ban tourism in Japan and in return ban Japanese tourists who travel in other countries as well. Maybe it's better that we all just stay in our own countries and enjoy our own private properties. In that way we can all achieve peace and culture preservation!
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Just ban tourism , problem solved. Culture preservation is more important than tourists who do nothing but destroy things, they are also the culprits who take pictures of Geishas, they don't understand that these Geishas are not for tourism. Tourists are Jama! Keep it the way it was before, when Japan let all the tourists out. Japan is a very wealthy country they don't need tourism to survive.
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I have a better idea. How about plan the Olympic events in safe conditions for athletes early in the planning process or don’t host the Olympics at all.
These alternatives should be thought about during the presentation when they were bidding not months before the event opens! I love sports but I think Olympics is too extravagant and wasteful! The funny part is , the people who support and promoting GREEN and ENVIRONMENT SAVING agendas are the same people who support the Olympic which is a very unresourceful event. HYPOCRISY!
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Isn't it funny that there is a Ninja club with children members, maybe hundreds of years from now some universities in the future will make a club named after Loss Pepes, the assassins who put Pablo Escobar's gang down. Because I think these are the equivalent of the Ninjas in the modern era. Ninjas ambush, assassinate and spy exactly like LOS PEPES. Ninjas have cool outfit and weapons though, unlike los pepes (jeans, boots, cadillac) . The Los Pepes club.
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creepy! But this is the funny thing about Japan, they arrest these people but at the same time does nothing about fueling these creepy fetishes, just look around the trains, sometimes you will see hanging tabloids sexualizing children and high school girls. And the Adult Industry isn't regulated much, and these are the kick starters of these creepy thoughts.
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None of us was there to witness the scene. The article does not give a detailed description. You assume the child was just crying; I a rather imagine she cried violently and gave the impression she did not want to be with the man in question. So what would you do in that situation?
First I will find out what is the kid crying about, is she asking for HELP!? or not. You can tell easily when a kid is asking for help or just having tantrums. And then ask the adult if he/she is related to the kid, then ask the kid if she knows the adult she is with. Do you really think a kidnapper will take it's victim inside a crowded train especially when the victim starts crying? Common sense people!
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girl in tokyo
The point being this: if you see a man with a crying child, it is best to err on the side of caution - which means keeping an eye out to see if you can discern if the situation is a kidnapping, or merely a father caring for his fussy child.
The same, by the way, would apply to a woman. If the situation seems off, act.
But why not confront the adult and ask the kid first before calling the cops?
And how are you sure that all abducted children go hysteric? If we would follow your point then we should ask all children with adults as all of them are potentially taken against their will and just being silent or quiet due to fear.
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If this was in America or other violent country, would people be less sympathetic?
Because most of people in other countries will analize and judge the situation carefully first before calling the cops.
if someone abducted your kids would you appreciate someone calling the police when they saw the warning signs? If they didn’t then there would be a flurry of posts asking ‘why nobody did anything’... you cannot win either way.
Because 99% of the time crying kids are not kidnap victims, again like what I said over and over again, COMMON SENSE need to be used here. If you just want to "MAKE SURE" then you should call cops everytime you see children with adults as all these kids can be potentially abducted or being taken against their will, as you don't have assurance that ALL abducted kids always go hysterical because some are quiet and in that case everyone is a suspect.
For those who say that onlookers should have just talked to the dad, try doing that... this is Japan and most people avoid confrontation.
That is the problem, Japan needs to fix that kind of thinking, If people really care and worried, do they really have time to be shy and avoid confrontation? Getting sorrounded and asked by cops is not convenient at all. So to avoid these inconvenience to other people ans wasting policemen's time, people should use common sense!
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As a father of three in Japan who is quite involved in raising the kids and going out with one or all three of them a lot (to give wife some breathing time), I think it has a lot to do with the actual circumstances, which cannot be properly conveyed by a short article based on the guy's blog alone. The girl may have cried hysterically for a long time, and maybe say some things that made the person who called the cops suspicious; or the person who called may have been a bitter old lady who jumped on the chance to call the police. Another thing that may escalated the situation is that appearance is very important in Japan: the guy is a musician/manga artist, he may have been loosely dressed, maybe a tattoo or piercings, and some country side old lady may have freaked out.
I don't think the issue is with the article, the problem is poor judgement and lack of common sense . If having doubts, why not ask the adult with the kid directly FIRST or ask the kid if he/she knows who is she with before ringing the cops? The point is prejudism is not really the solution to solve these problems. So we suspect the "Manga Artist with tattoos" and ignore the guy in suits as the soceity think that they will never ever commit kidnapping when the fact is THEY CAN! Calling the cops right away without judgement is just plain stupid. These cops could have been doing something else more important than this. I don't really understand if you guys really have kids or not as its normal that kids go hysterical sometimes. And how about the kids who stay silent when taken!? Some kids keep quiet while being kidnapped, it's a fact that there are different behaviours and reaction when kids are beaing taken. They don't necesarrily go hysteric as what you see in movies etc. So in this case, should we call cops everytime we see adults with children!? That's ridiculous desho!?
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better safe than sorry
I think common sense should be used first before calling the cops everytime we see adults with crying kids. Because the fact is a kid who is been kidnapped can also act calm and quiet .
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so if a crying child is with a woman , she cannot be suspected as a kidnapper? And only applies to men!?
I think the people who called the cops did the right thing. If you see a little girl hysterically screaming for a long time and she is accompanied by a single person (male or female) then this should raise some alarms... Better safe than sorry. As a father of 2 girls, I am very happy to hear about this happening.
So are you suggesting to call cops everytime we see an adult with a crying kid? How about trying to talk to the child and the adult first? I think people should use common sense and fair judgement first rather than paranoia before we waste police's precious time.
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But America does have a memorial to confederate soldiers at Arlington.
The confederate/civil war issue is within USA domestically. Japan and NAZI's atrocities destroyed other countries, so I don't think they are the same circumstance.
If we can have any memorial we want, why did Japan took down the comfort women statue in Nagoya?
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If PM Abe wants to maintain peace with their neighbors then he should play safe and just skip this. What if Prime Minister Merkel of Germany offers the same to the NAZI soldiers? Can we also say that they have the right to honor those soldiers as they also fought for their country? Past is past indeed and these soldiers are indeed not the current Japan but they fought and served the old Empire which committed so many atrocities exactly like Nazis! We condemn Nazis but not the old Empire of Japan? Why?
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This is just so immature and childish. The difference is, Japanese old politicians and rightwingers are the ones who are fueling this feud, the public don't really care and still embraces Korean goods, food and people. I open my fridge this morning and my partner (who is a Japanese) new stock of Kimchi again for this week. I don't see banners on streets encouraging people to hate Koreans. Unlike in SK, Everyone is fuelling the hate , even ordinary people and children! Not all but I noticed that many South Koreans love to hate. Even in my country they are snob and hateful.
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If women are forced to wear high heels, how about the neckties? Women are not required to wear it but Men are. It's uncomfortable and choking but we have to wear it and women will definitely not make a noise of it in behalf of men. Can men also demand to stop employers and companies forcing men to wear neckties? Or can we just get rid of this whole dress code and uniforms?
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Because everyone deserves due process, and the right to be thought of as innocent until proven guilty.
We always clash ideas here in JT , but for the first time I totally agree with you on this. Well said!
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girl in tokyo
Why should we show neutrality?
Because being neutral is being FAIR and that's just how justice should be! I support women and your rights, but I am more into EQUAL Rights! FAIR and SIMPLE! Fair treatment for everyone, Female, Male etc. I wouldn't criticize her like what these people in social media did, but that's the nature of social media and this is the downside of sensationalizing this. I think let the trial be over first before bringing it to media. She can appeal to the higher court, if Japan has one. Because there are cases of women wrongfully accusing men of rape and sexual harrasment too! Like the salaryman in the bus who was accused by a highschool girl of groping and turned out to be false, but the salaryman was already fired from his company and the trial took one year. Please admit it that not all women are innocent and I am not accusing Ito san of lying too, all I am saying is be fair , if the prosecutors found lack of evidence instead of assuming that this is already a certainty of injustice against Ito san, why don't you find out what was their basis and if the decision really makes sense or not? The lack of details in the report maybe is another problem. Becuase let's admit it, before the trial even started many already are expecting that the man is guilty.
I am not taking the side of Yamaguchi if proven guilty he should be punished and so as all rapists and sex predators. All I am saying is there is a justice system, people like us who are not in the scene of the crime have no rights to judge unless we have clearly holding evidences.
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I am against rape and sexual harrasment. But I hope the media and the people would show neautrality on both parties. Proper investigation is obviously necessary. This is I think the power of women, when they cry rape 80% of the sympathy is already on their side even if we still don't really know yet if they are telling the truth or not. I think these stories should not go out to media until the trial is over as obviously she already gets sympathy before the verdict is out. There were already cases in the past were men were wrongfully accused and you can't bring the reputation back. If the guy found guilty then he deserves all the proper punishment for the crime he committed and I hope there is also a law that will prosecute women if they wrongfully accused a man.
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Kim, please go away. I'm tired of manufactured celebrity.
Not a fan of Kim either, but bugle boy is right. Japan is the mecca of manufactured celebrities.
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Has Kyoto tried to trademark the words, "Wedding", "Bride", or "Chapel"?
No. Of course not.
So there is no equivalency here.
Ok maybe the Chapel and Wedding is too soft as examples, I give you another one, Japan has an under wear brand called "Black Man" , any backlush? I think the whole point is the over reaction because of too much "pride", the same pride for Japanese people's disapproval of having non Japanese national sushi chefs, because only Japanese can do it (But Japanese can be Italian food chefs) . As if their culture is only for them and cannot be shared and at the same time they don't care about other cultures. Just turn the TV on, everyday you will see TV Variety shows where Japanese comedians making fun of some foreign cuisine somwhere. My whole point is, Japanese people do the same thing! So better for this mayor to look in his own yard first before writing this letter. People know the difference between the real Kimono and Kim K.'s brand, so Japanese people and their apologists just have to relax.
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Don't expect anything back from American model or American people. As they have no concept of culture.
Kim Kardashian doesn't represent the whole American people if you think America has no concept of culture perhaps you should ask Japan to stop playing baseball then .
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It's funny how you wasted time on this rather than other issues that make sense. Wether Kim Kardashian used that word or not, the image of Kimono isn't stained. People around the world know the difference between the real Kimono and Kim Kardashian's brand.But maybe you should've looked yourself first in the mirror as there are several times when Japan did the same thing. I'll just give you one example, your fake church weddings. You built so many fake Christian chapels just to do fancy western style weddings eventhough you are not Christians at all. For atheists and non Christians this could be nothing, but Churches for devoted Christians are very sacred, many even kneel down when they cross the altar and you just make these to satisfy the Cinderella fantasy wedding that many of your shallow materialistic women dreamed of without even considering what these actually means to some other cultures. Again I would not make an issue out of these weddings and I am not defending Kim Kardashian as she annoys me more than anyone. The only point I am making is, before you over react mabe better to check your own people first for doing exactly the same thing.
A Gaijin who doesn't matter to you
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I have no intention to disrespect but why do Japan still need these? And the taxpayers pay for their luxury lives right?
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