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Posted in: Honda’s latest ad packs a lot of cool optical illusions into a single minute See in context


I dunno, the Accord Euro Tourer is a nice car, though a little pricey. Their N One small car is a nice little thing too.

The NSX concept shows promise too.

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Posted in: How religious are Japanese people? See in context

I also agree, superstitious sums up the country better than religious. I'd also add in cultural. I wager few people actually think about diety when they go to temples or shrines, they just do it because that's what tradition states you should do - kind of like watching Kohaku on NYE.

More intriguing to me is not the number of believers in a God vs unbelievers, but the percentage of people who sit on the fence (about 1/3 of the population according to statistics). This is, as far as I can tell, the highest percentage of any country.

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Posted in: Japanese women list their foreign husbands’ odd behavior See in context

I cringed when I read the title, expecting things like he showers instead of bathes, uses a fork instead of chopsticks, sniffs his socks before throwing them in the wash - but the article was good fun.

Whenever I eat Niku-Jaga, I can't help making a joke about the Rolling Stones.... but that's just me.

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Posted in: Tamori announces end of 'Waratte Iitomo' after 32 years See in context

I was going to say about bloody time, but then I remembered back to the early days before I became a jaded expat, and the show brings back great memories. Japanese daytime tv really won't be the same without it. I like gokai's post- there are few certainties in life, and iitimo was one of them. Sad to see it go.

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Posted in: 4 nightclub operators arrested for allowing dancing See in context

You need a license to dance?

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Posted in: Pick a car See in context

Looks like a lot of Subaru XVs in that bunch. I'll take a white one.

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Posted in: Man arrested after rice cooker found plugged into neighbor’s home See in context

What a badass police! This is an example of what they are really doing instead of putting more efforts in more serious stuff.

In defence of the police, what else are they supposed to do? It's not like they are cracking down on electricity theft or anything. They responded to a complaint. However petty the crime, and however much a heartless bastard the neighbour may be, he was the victim of a crime and if he insists on pressing charges, the police have no choice but to carry out the request.

I have been in a similar situation (not electricity theft, but the victim of a crime), and the police said it was entirely up to me, not them, whether or not to press charges. They explained my options, the pros and cons of each choice, and let me decide what to do about the perpetrator.

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Posted in: Electronics chain K’s Denki credits success to 'not working so hard' See in context

Obviously everyone's experience is going to be different, but I've always found the staff at K's to be the most friendly. Edion where I live are overpriced, inflexible and have an attitude problem. Yamada is a mixed bag of arrogance and ignorance unless I find the floor manager to talk directly to. K's has always met any price from Yamada or any other stores, and they do it with smiles.

I don't really expect much technical info from the staff because they are biased (try to flog the products with the best profit margins), and most of the time they really have no idea what they are talking about - "this camera is the best because it has the most megapixels" etc. I can do my own research, so if they just give me a good price, I'm a happy chappy.

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Posted in: Which fashion item or trend do you wish would disappear forever? See in context


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Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94 See in context

cleo and LFR

Thank you both for your thought-provoking responses. I still think it's being a bit over-sensitive, but nevertheless I can't fault your concern about what children are watching, which is more than most parents/guardians ever do.

And by the way, LFR, excellent post, sir. : ) Well argued, I must say.

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Posted in: Royal exercise See in context


Interesting. Thanks for the information. : )

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Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94 See in context

If Cleo and LFR think Anpanman has a negative influence on kids, well, they are perfectly entitled to that opinion and it's not position to criticise them for it. But out of curiosity, let me just add my two cents and a few questions.

If Anpanman is bad, then that means no Tom & Jerry (violent), no Looney Tunes (violent), definitely no SpongeBob (rude, mean to Plankton), no Garfield (bullying Odie and Jon), no Smurfs (picking on Brainy Smurf, Clumsy Smurf), no Thomas the Tank Engine (prejudice against the Diesel trains for simply being "different"), and the list goes on and on. Are you children/grandkids banned from watching these too?

My belief is Baikinman is the perfect villain because, wait for it, he is "Baikin". If they were ostracising Shokupanman because he was white, then that's one thing, but Baikinman is a Germ. Germs make you sick. Germs are bad. I wonder if Baikinman and Anpanman were friends, would you then suggest that it promotes unhygienic behaviour?

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Posted in: Royal exercise See in context

@ toshiko,

I know, which is why I expected the parents at gakushuin would be even more anal about privacy than there mere public school (where everybody is a nobody) where my son goes. But thanks for the comment. : )

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Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94 See in context

When my granddaughter comes to visit she gets to see CBeebies, not Anpanman.

So she's learning racial stereotyping skills instead of bullying skills? :) Just kidding.

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Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94 See in context

RIP Yanase-san. Thanks for the memories. BTW, the graphic inexplicably calls him "Takase Yanashi".

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Posted in: 'Fukuppy' firm rethinking mascot after Internet ridicule See in context

Is there an assocation that i am not getting here?

I believe the Simpsons already holds the copyright for the three-eyed fish.

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Posted in: 'Fukuppy' firm rethinking mascot after Internet ridicule See in context

Well Fuku me..

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Posted in: Powerful typhoon pummels Kanto; heads toward Fukushima See in context

I bet they're making all the preparations already for another "accidental" release of radiation polluted water.

TEPCO: "It was the typhoons fault".

Japanese Public: "Oh, well that's okay then."

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Posted in: Japan votes on the musical act they most want to see in Olympic opening ceremony See in context

I really hope to see some cool, uniquely Japanese music. I'd love to see the Yoshida Brothers at the opening ceremony.

Yoshiki and Sakamoto Ryuichi would be great too.

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Posted in: Fukushima Industries unveils new mascot with an unfortunate name See in context

@Probie is absolutely right. It isn't pronounced 'foo-koo'. Fukushima is not ふうくうしま.

Do you understand the concept of phonetics? The article is trying to explain the reading in layman's terms. Most native speakers with no understanding of Japanese would read Fuku as.. well, fuk u. Foo Koo is a simple way to explain that the pronunciation is difficult. Sure they could pull out the IPA, but that isn't very helpful for most people that have no idea how to read it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Foo Koo. Phonetically, the U in Fukushima in pronounced the same as OO, as in POO. Just because it is a double OO doesn't mean you drag it out Fuuuukuuuushima, just like you don't say Poooooo.

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Posted in: Fukushima Industries unveils new mascot with an unfortunate name See in context

Well the article is correct in stating Japanese would pronounce it Foo-koo-pii, but still, it's a pretty poor effort.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna have a drink of Calpis while listening to Kinki kids.

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Posted in: Royal exercise See in context

Parents at the local elementary school my son goes to are so anal about "privacy" and having photos of their kids put up on the school website... I wonder what these gakushuin parents think about it all?

Anyway, I hope Aiko had a good day and the press wasn't too intruding. The media shouldn't really be there at all in my opinion. It's a private school event.

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Posted in: F1 fever See in context

I like her over-sized Lennon sunglasses.

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Posted in: American casting for 'Hana Yori Dango' (Boys Over Flowers) TV series receives harsh Japanese criticism See in context

Boys are handsome, girls are beautiful....

Not in Japan. Just visit the Johnny's website to see what I'm talking about.

These boys aren't handsome - every single one of them is effeminate, and with a change of clothes, and some makeup could easily pass for girls.

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Posted in: Samsung's first 'curved' smartphone hits S Korean market See in context

The curved TV seems interesting.. not so sure about the curved phone, but at least they're doing something interesting.

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Posted in: Mazda aims to sell about 500,000 Mazda3 vehicles a year See in context

Great little car. It would be my first pick among the other compact offerings.

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Posted in: Panasonic to exit plasma TV display business See in context

so literally it's failed technology

No, it's a failed business venture. As technology for technology's sake, there is nothing wrong with it at all. Panasonic Plasma TVs are still ranked at or near the top of image quality among consumer TVs.

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Posted in: Panasonic to exit plasma TV display business See in context

The industry knew around 2007 that plasma was a failed technology - power hungry, and best viewed in dark rooms.

Plasma is not a failed technology - it's just not a cost effective one.

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Posted in: Delegates pay tribute at Minamata mercury poison site See in context

@ Disillusioned

Thanks for the info. I must admit I was one of the ones that didn't know the full picture behind this tragedy. This is absolutely terrible, and it is kind of scary considering the cover-ups and what is going on Fukushima at the moment.

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Posted in: 'God Particle' scientists win the Nobel Physics Prize See in context

Higgs himself dislikes the term "God Particle" because he thought "it might offend people who are religious". (Wikipedia). Funny that the only people that seem to be offended by the term here are atheists.

Anyway, congratulations to Higgs, Englert and all the unnamed contributors to the project.

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