philly1 comments

Posted in: As passengers return to air travel, bad behavior skyrockets See in context

Too bad that airlines can't offer masked and mask-free flights. Cost prohibitive, I know; however, it might assuage people's fears and frustrations if they felt they had a choice.

Flying--especially on the longer haul flights--crammed into a tin with other people crammed in more and more closely as airlines try to fill planes for grater profitability is not fun. I'm petite and slim and have noticed the discomfort of shrinking space and less comfortable padding. A person who is 6 feet or 183 cm tall has knees jammed into the back of the seat in front. That's a problem that airlines have created because they don't wish to raise prices.

It's not a workable solution for everyone, but for long haul flights I find a combination of custom made earplugs, self-hypnosis, meditation and a mild sedative helpful. I get to my destination refreshed.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic Village considering ban on alcohol See in context

Just cancel the whole mess....

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Posted in: Mount Recyclemore See in context

It would have been more entertaining to see what they would have done with Trump.

No thank you. Happy to give that a pass.

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Posted in: Shinkansen driver leaves controls for toilet while train running at 150kph See in context

So much for relaxing because you can trust Japan's penchant for "safety."

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Posted in: Naomi Osaka conflicted over holding Tokyo Olympics See in context

@ Lamilly Well said. All Osaka has done is present the facts. There are two sides to the argument. The athletes hopes and lifelong aspirations on one side and significant concerns for their health and safety on the other. Those also extend to the host country, its citizens and the spectators. Of course, in the end a choice will have to be made. But to call her out or disparaging speculation about her motives for not taking a stand at this point is not warranted.

At this point her comments are reflective and an honest assessment of the situation. August is some time away. During that interval the issue may be decided for her and the Olympics cancelled. Whatever the call made by the IOC, when it comes then there may be a burden of choice on Osaka. Not before.

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Posted in: Even among Japanese convenience stores, the Daily Hot makes this chain especially awesome See in context

Typical of the endless, fluffy and not that tasty carb loading baked goods offered up as food in Japan. Healthier food is more expensive and cooking at home (often without sufficient kitchen space to efficiently prep items) a discouraging hassle. Still, Japanese "food" from convenience stores holds this mystique and allure.

Don't even get me started on the tongs used by thousands in a day. As well as table top chopsticks, toothpicks, condiments and the like. Are those still being used in the midst of the coronavirus crisis?

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Posted in: Queen enters 'twilight' of reign after farewell to Philip See in context

...so retaining a powerless head of state has advantages. At least we can never have the likes of Mugabe, Putin, or Trump.

That extends to the Commonwealth nations as well.

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Posted in: Japanese companies utilize Manthan wellness programs; report increased productivity, staff happiness during pandemic See in context

A crash course for 6 months duration and when the hype simmers down then what...?! Mind meditation to levitate your conscienceness is never to be trained - it's self disciplined.

It is surely no bad training but one needs more personal psycological support if you are in fact in need for courses over several months.

Not necessarily. Seven years ago I undertook a similar program. There were two components: a weekly focus with exercises and homework for 8 weeks and a 30-day, incremental regimen designed to establish a meditation practice.

I have not missed a day of the meditation practice since. That brief but effective program gave me the strategies and tools to approach and navigate numerous challenging circumstances and extraordinarily difficult life events with grace, compassion and calm. In addition, I was able to manage without additional (and often costly) psychological support.

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Posted in: Imperial poetry See in context

Stuff like this shows how out of touch the Japanese royal family and those in the halls of power really are...

And those geeking-out on numerous other art forms or some of the more outré opportunities for entertainment and self gratification available in Japan are "more" in touch? With what exactly? How is this fundamentally different from a group of people reading salacious material in the aisle of a convenience store? To each their own, ne?

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

For those inclined to dance on the heads of pins, like many other words borrowed from other languages which have become common in English usage, tsunami entered the English dictionary some time ago.

Though a quick Wikipedia check didn't pinpoint the date it gained that status, this was offered:

The term "tsunami" is a borrowing from the Japanese tsunami meaning "harbour wave." For the plural, one can either follow ordinary English practice and add an s, or use an invariable plural as in the Japanese.

Wikipedia also offered this:

In recent years, the term "tidal wave" has fallen out of favour, especially in the scientific community, because the causes of tsunamis have nothing to do with those of tides, which are produced by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun rather than the displacement of water. Although the meanings of "tidal" include "resembling" or "having the form or character of" the tides, use of the term tidal wave is discouraged by geologists and oceanographers. 

I guess that means we can safely wave less than acurate terminology good-bye and use tsunami.

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Posted in: M6.9 quake hits northeastern Japan See in context

Can we go back to calling it a tidal wave?

This is a Japanese focused news site, reporting on an earthquake that occurred in Japan, where a "tidal wave" is called a tsunami, and even though this is an English language site, basically every english speaker on the planet understands what a tsunami is... not sure I get what you are complaining about.

For those inclined to dance on the heads of pins, like many other words borrowed from other languages which have become common in English usage, tsunami entered the English dictionary some time ago.

Though a quick Wikipedia check didn't pinpoint the date it gained that status, this was offered:

The term "tsunami" is a borrowing from the Japanese tsunami津波, meaning "harbour wave." For the plural, one can either follow ordinary English practice and add an s, or use an invariable plural as in the Japanese.[14] Some English speakers alter the word's initial /ts/ to an /s/ by dropping the "t," since English does not natively permit /ts/ at the beginning of words, though the original Japanese pronunciation is /ts/. 

Wikipedia also offered this:

In recent years, the term "tidal wave" has fallen out of favour, especially in the scientific community, because the causes of tsunamis have nothing to do with those of tides, which are produced by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun rather than the displacement of water. Although the meanings of "tidal" include "resembling"[16] or "having the form or character of"[17] the tides, use of the term tidal wave is discouraged by geologists and oceanographers. 

I guess that means we can wave that good-bye and use tsunami.

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Posted in: Race, title and anguish: Meghan and Harry explain royal rift See in context

When a Japanese royal female marries out of the family, she leaves behind her royal status, lives quietly (and, we hope, happily) and we never hear from her again, end of story.

@ Cleo This holdover from patriarchal pre-history lingers on across cultures in the 21st century. The expectation for women remains the way it was when they (like land, cattle, concubines and children) were nothing more than property. Women are expected to shut up. Be silent. Their opinion and their truth are not required. Alas, this misogyny is perpetuated not only by men but also by women against other women.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympics add 12 women to executive board to reach 42% See in context

I have seen this strategy employed before. When a program or project is in decline prior to its discontinuation, the powers that be give it (especially the grunt work parts) over to women to handle. Why waste up and coming ambitious men's effort on something likely to fail?

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Posted in: 72-year-old woman gets 18 years in prison for killing 3 family members See in context

Getting the impression that familial bonds are weak in Japan.

Or perhaps after decades of undervalued servitude to a husband and in-laws (based on the hierarchical nature of Japanese society and the role of a wife and daughter-in-law within it), the poor woman thought that death was a better option than life. Sadly for her, the murder-suicide did not go as she planned. She did not get her release.

I feel so much compassion for people in such situations. They do not get the support they need for their own physical and mental health which is fundamental but too often unavailable for caregivers. And not just in Japan. After years of caregiving, as Zichi said, in prison she will receive care--likely more care than she may have known previously. I hope that she finds some serenity and peace in her remaining years.

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Posted in: Mochi may be even more dangerous in 2021 due to coronavirus See in context

Mochi, the most boring bland food of all. Hard to believe it is even a food. Best avoided in my experience.

The only thing worse is konyaku imo--slabs of tastelessness slathered in gooey sauces.

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Posted in: Emperor thanks medical professionals in video message See in context

My OCD really wishes that bonsai was positioned between them rather than over his right shoulder.

Asymmetry is preferred in Japan.

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Posted in: Man referred to prosecutors over 'Terrace House' star's suicide See in context

Seems these days the only reason people are on these platforms is to boost their egos. It goes the other way too.

With all due respect, that's a bit too simplistic. SM platforms are a way to communicate, to post creative content that would otherwise not see the light of day, to generate income and yes, sometimes become a 'star' with millions of followers.

However, if you have your head in a romantic cloud about the reality of all that, you might be in big trouble. Obviously, for whatever psychological and mental health conditions at work, Hana could not blow off her critics. Others on the show who have left it to continue their careers in other ways have made similar criticisms as Hana's mother about the pressures to "act" in certain ways on what purports to be an unscripted show. Others on the show have spoken of their SM accounts blowing up after certain episodes and comments.

Producers should be held accountable for the health--physical and mental--of their content creators. They need to provide a safe working environment--which could very easily include third party monitoring of social media feedback to block harmful, bullying trolls. It wouldn't affect their bottom line on a franchise as popular as Terrace House in all its incarnations.

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Posted in: Lawyer for 89-year-old driver of car that killed woman, 3-year-old daughter blames faulty brake See in context

Driver error and infraction number 1:

I can't tell you the exact number of times that Tokyo drivers--young and old--blasted through intersections to beat a red, threading their way through the pedestrians already in the crosswalk. The first time it happened I was just stepping off the curb. After that I was consistently cautious, always hung back a few seconds and double-checked that it was safe before crossing.

Driver error and infraction number 2:

The responsibility of the owner of the car to insure that the vehicle is sound and properly maintained. With mandatory 2 year inspections that record should be accessible to any court. Here the vehicle's owner/driver is at fault if indeed the brakes were faulty.

Driver error and infraction number 3:

If that indeed is what may have happened, hitting the gas instead of the brake is on the driver.

Free pass in spite of the law and the circumstances:

The driver is former senior bureaucrat with a weasel lawyer.

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Posted in: New Santa look See in context

Definetly not Santa.

Neither is the 1930s Coca Cola version in the 20th century.

Saint Nicholas is another entity entirely.

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Posted in: Nike ad addresses bullying and racism in Japan; riles up debate online See in context

“Is Japan really such a country full of discrimination? It feels like you’re creating a false impression of Japan.”

Yes. Sadly it is full of such discrimination. No. It' isn't a false impression. Rather it's a point of view that the Japanese don't wish to comprehend. It doesn't fit the Four Seasons Land of the Rising Sun with Uber Cool Technology and Always Polite People narrative.

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Posted in: After thousands of years in homes, traditional Japanese flooring goes modern See in context

The single use plastics are the main problem. Bags, plastic bottles, food boxes which are ending up in the oceans.

Correction: The plastic itself is not the problem. These items do not appear in the oceans of their own volition.

Governments that have not supported the development of disposal technologies or directed the makers of single use plastic to provide the infrastructure for its proper disposal are a huge part of the problem. In addition, careless people who routinely fail to dispose of such plastic properly even where facilities exist are at the heart of the problem.

For example, I cannot dispose of any Styrofoam even though it is completely recyclable because where I live there is no way to do so. I have no choice but to send it to the landfill. That's marginally better than throwing it in the ocean, but not much. Wherever possible I avoid choosing single use plastics, but I didn't have much luck with that when I lived in Japan.

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Posted in: People who badmouth others undermine their own physical, mental health See in context

How many sweet, really old people do you actually know? I mean a few, maybe, but really?

@ Farmboy: I'm going to call out the ageism in this comment. I have a few questions.

How do you define "really old"? By the numbers on a birth certificate? Isn't it relative? For example, any 13 year-old will undoubtedly think that their parents are "way too old to have sex" and that such indulgence is disgusting. Does that make it true?

How many "really old" people do you know? That is work with, live with, interact with in a meaningful way other than watching them pass on the street or in shops? The more "really old" people--or people of any age group--that you know, the greater your chance of finding sweetness in them.

And if you do meet a "really old" person who seems less than sweet during your brief encounter, have you considered their situation from a default position of compassion? Isn't everyone is entitled to a bad day when they slip up and let their irritation show? Might there be a good reason--physical pain, recent bereavement, bad news or the like--that might colour their responses in the moment? Couldn't you extend them a measure of grace?

Just asking...

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Posted in: Roppongi sparkles See in context

Ugly costly, kitch pollution.

While I understand that the light up spectacles around Japan are not everyone's thing and might seem an assault to the senses they do fill a collective need. On account of its time zone and geographical location the sun sets early in Japan even in summer. Through winter's darkness people have an even greater need for light.

Since the sun does not provide it, throughout time people in the northern latitudes have created it. Of course, a great bonfire or Yule log to gather round is nicer in some respects; however, today that's impractical. Now we have light designers who do marvelous things the ancients couldn't even dream of.

In pre-covid times (sounds like millions of years ago doesn't it) Japan's light up spectacles were a way of bringing people out of their homes to take in the sights, spread a little money around to the nearby vendors, and get a little exercise at the same time. In general, that does not happen in my country except for the few lights people string on their houses. And I miss it (as well as the safety in wandering and exploring alone after dark).

When I lived in Tokyo a few winters back, it was lovely to get out of my 30 square meter apaato, hop a train and explore the various neighbourhoods which were lit up for the season. The long pink walk along the river in Meguro was one of the loveliest interludes in spite of the crisp air.

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Posted in: English mistake makes Kyoto the enemy of the world See in context

English teachers should never be short of work here.

That should read: Copy editors should never be short of work here.

However, as Luddite points out:

I used to do English copywriting for an ad agency here. Often my work was criticised by my Japanese bosses for using incorrect English, who returned copy with their own nonsensical and poor grammatical ‘corrections’.

Exactly. Don't even try to make sense of the (unrecognized) problem. It's Japan. It is what it is and ever will be.

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Posted in: Don't move See in context

... in rush hour they could move more people up and down the escalator if everyone stood.

Alas, this finding seems counterintuitive to most people who are hard pressed for time if they are not moving forward on their own volition. Another example of emotion overriding logic.

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Posted in: Demystifying Japanese food for the home chef See in context

I'm with you expat. Leave it to those who do it professionally and surpass any of my attempts at amateur imitation. Besides, preparation of Japanese food is far too fiddly. I don't particularly like to cook; I like to be fed.

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Posted in: Fetus found in garbage truck in Iwate See in context

A knowledgeable and compassionate response to a dark and most often hidden trauma, Lisa. In such cases some people opt to bury the remains in their yard and perhaps place a commemorative plant, stone or garden sculpture over it. However, someone living in an apartment complex will not have that option. A slightly darker observation: The municipal manual does not offer suggestions for disposal of this kind. Hospitals and clinics don't offer a service for this unfortunate circumstance either. Cremation is an option; however, it's expensive. I know a couple who kept the remains of a much wanted pregnancy in their freezer for many years as they had no way to deal with the physical aspect of their loss. Compassion and blessings to the parents and the unborn child.

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Posted in: Nations long targeted by U.S. chide Trump’s claims of fraud See in context

If Trump demands for vote counts to stop, it should be in ALL places. If he want it to continue, it should be EVERYWHERE; not just in the states he is behind.

Trump cannot issue such a demand or have it obeyed in a democracy. The powers to carry out such orders are the powers of despots and dictators.

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Posted in: Increasingly normal: Guns seen outside vote-counting centers See in context

“I’m here to protect a peaceful protest,” said Keith Owen, who carried a black, semiautomatic assault rifle and wore a handgun in a holster strapped to his leg. His vest held extra ammunition. He described himself as a veteran who served in Afghanistan and now lives in Arizona.

Such "protection" is not the responsibility of citizen vigilantes.

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Posted in: Second wave of coronavirus infections picking up with a vengeance See in context

... if this continues, stronger measures may be required.

Don't you mean stronger suggestions may be made?

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