Patricia Yarrow comments

Posted in: Emperor hopes 2020 will be disaster-free year See in context

haahha. Pray for no natural disasters? In Japan? Dream on!

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Posted in: Tokyo 2020 Olympic opening ceremony to be character-driven appeal for peace See in context

Well, the oyaji allowed the insect creatures that are the Olympic mascots to be designed by children, so there you have it...quite liked the rugby world cup father and son lions mascots, though. Just my opinion.

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Posted in: Traditional Japanese food at New Year’s: The meaning of 'osechi ryori' See in context

An informative write-up. Thank you, and appealing photos, too. Everyone enjoying Day 1?

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Posted in: Emperor hopes 2020 will be disaster-free year See in context

Pegboard. Where is the great sense of Japanese design that shows the world the beauty of Japan. It is not in pegboard. Come on, the Kunaicho is usually so sensitive to every little nuance of their Imperials...why not this?

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Posted in: Shibuya Station renovation See in context

That new skyscraper is pretty futuristic, especially at night.

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Posted in: Thousands trapped on Australia beach encircled by fire See in context

I would get something to float on and paddle far out to sea as sometimes fire tornadoes will suck all the oxygen away and then...everyone simply dies. Has happened in old Edo more than once.

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Posted in: Ghosn, in Lebanon, says he left Japan to avoid 'injustice and political persecution' See in context

I hope his wife was at the Lebanon airport to greet him when he landed.

Japanese justice system...see comments above.

Jiro is still holding that reservation for Ghosn, I hear.

Happy New Year and Best Escape Ever, Mr. Ghosn.

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Posted in: Asbestos found at Tokyo Olympic water polo venue See in context

Statistics? Percentage? Facts instead of scaremongering headlines?

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Posted in: Starting line in sight for Tokyo 2020 Olympics See in context

Surprised the brown circle of grass in the photo did not have a rope around it and five signs about "Keep Off the Grass". Yes, trees, please. Urban sized trees, not giant ones that are chopped into ugly stumps. More trees, everywhere, such as Dogwoods and Japanese Maples of medium stature. Anyway, it's nearly 2020 . . .

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Posted in: Gunman shot dead by parishioners in Texas church attack See in context

Good thing the two parishioners were good shots. Otherwise, more collateral damage would have resulted. I do not like the fact that anyone can pack heat.

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Posted in: Going to market See in context

Can't photographers find people free of those awful white paper masks? We want to see faces, not zombies. Otherwise, this would have been a fine photo.

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Posted in: I was able to deepen my relationships with ministers from many countries during the conference. I am convinced that I will be able to utilize this experience in the future. See in context

Why are people so negative towards Koizumi? He is the Environmental Minister, possibly the most relevant position in Japan for the climate chaos that is here and will increase. He seems to have good ideas. Abe sure does not. Koizumi went to the conference and actually talked and listened. I think we should be more supportive of him. Plus, he is not an old oyaji geezer just waiting to collect his pension instead of doing anything useful.

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Posted in: Japan gov't eyes new law to draw more tourists to museums See in context

Where is the obvious way to increase draws to museums. Keep them open into the evening hours so people working can go at night. Night hours on weekends means people would have choices of night entertainment beyond booze, food, and shopping.

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Posted in: Japanese actor Tatsuo Umemiya dies at 81 See in context

Photo?

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Posted in: Japan rugby squad parade draws thousands of fans in Tokyo's business hub See in context

Thank you Brave Blossoms for an incredibly uplifting season which brought so many people together and taught us about this amazing game.

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Posted in: Same as Olympics: Tokyo Paralympic ticket demand tops supply See in context

Welcomed news.

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Posted in: Pink nights in Meguro See in context

Why pink? Color of Christmas is red and green....and other assorted colors.

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Posted in: Japanese firms brace for economic contraction after Olympics See in context

I usually stop myself, but for godssake, can JT STOP with the inane photograph caption phrase "are seen"? It is entirely unnecessary and yes, since we are looking at said photo, we see it. There. Done. Good night.

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Posted in: Lake Suwa: Climate change unravels 600 years of history See in context

Beautifully written and photographed. Learned quite a bit. Ditch the leaf blowers, though. A few leaves left over never hurt anyone.

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Posted in: Thin skin: Japanese firm develops ultra-fine spray-on face mask See in context

Maybe this could replace those dreary white face doilies?

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Posted in: Could life insurance go up in smoke for some vapers? See in context

One can only hope. How many would quit or never start if they knew this wretched addiction would deprive them of medical coverage? Plenty, I think. Has anyone ever proposed that the only ultimate answer to the plague of ciggies/etc. is to ban all nicotine products completely? Just imagine...no vending machines for packs of cancer, no more butts everyone degrading the streets, no more stinking smokers in offices and no more smoking inside anywhere. Sounds like heaven itself, doesn't it?

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Posted in: Japan had over 8,000 deaths related to drug-resistant bacteria in 2017 See in context

How much do all those stupid, useless white paper doilies over the face contribute to illness? Think about it! People breathe in and out into that little face paper and it collects all their bacteria and viruses for endless re-inhalation. Please stop using them. Bring a little hankie that people have used for centuries. Your ancestors did not collapse because they were not stringing a paper rectangle across their face. Show your face in public before crowds in Tokyo take on the look of the zombie apocalypse.

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Posted in: Yokohama recognizes partnerships for LGBT couples See in context

Once the kinks are worked out of the system, this may become the standard throughout Japan. Certainly a good step forward.

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Posted in: Trump conveys condolences over death of Nakasone See in context

Trump has never heard of Nakasone, I guarantee it. Some flunky wrote this.

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Posted in: Local gov'ts adopting ordinances for bicycle liability insurance over accidents See in context

Once saw a guy reading his manga with his arms propped across the handlebars...while crossing a busy intersection in Tokyo on Yasukuni-dori!

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Posted in: Former Japanese Prime Minister Nakasone dies at 101 See in context

Wasn't he also responsible for taking the limits off of how many floors a building could be? This has led to the canyon-ization of Tokyo. I seem to recall that he was also responsible for removing zoning laws. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing. I rather like the chaotic mixture of Tokyo. At any rate, at 101, RIP.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

Or take your date to any of the nonsmoking small, non-corporate venues readily available in Japan/Tokyo, such as ramen, udon, sushi, etc. places. A little awareness of a neighborhood, some online searching, and safe-for-the-body, good food and charming venues can be found. See if your date is situationally aware of better than corporate offerings and you may have found a keeper. Just my thoughts.

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Posted in: Nuclear watchdog approves restart of Miyagi reactor hit by 2011 tsunami See in context

Yeah, sure. What could possible go wrong?

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Posted in: Sniff... sniff... does Japan have a problem with odors? See in context

Yes, Japan does. From smokers. What a stench on their clothes and from their very pores. As for "kareishuu", that's a no-brainer as well.

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