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Posted in: Japan and the Jedi: How Japan influenced ‘Star Wars’ See in context

At a recent Bonenkai the topic of Star Wars came up. Everybody at the table said that they had never seen any of the films, that they weren't interested in seeing any of the films, and one guy went as far as to say, "I'm not interested in those trendy movies, Star Wars, Harry Potter, that kind of thing..."

Star Wars and Harry Potter lumped together - just recalling the conversation fills me with equal amounts of anger and sadness. Also, I have a new enemy at the office.

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Posted in: 40% of Japanese women OK with 'Christmas Eve-only' boyfriend See in context

@SenseNotSoCommon ZING! Nice comment!

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Posted in: Japanese people seem expert at napping on trains, subways, in department stores, cafes, restaurants, park benches or anywhere in public. Have you ever been able to nap in public like that? See in context

I sometimes sleep on the train home. Mind you it's always a voluntary decision, i.e. if I'm reading a book I put it away before closing my eyes - not like so many overworked salarymen etc. who fall asleep in the middle of reading/gaming/using their phone and drop their stuff on the person standing in front of them. It's always amazed me that people can fall asleep without realizing they're about to fall asleep...

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Posted in: McDonald’s Japan releases new 'Ultra' prawn and macaroni croquette burger See in context

Prawn and macaroni croquette burger... nah I'm good, thanks.

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Posted in: 金 chosen as kanji character best representing 2016 See in context

Maybe it's supposed to be a subliminal message to make people spend more 金? Another hair-brained scheme thought up by one of those government think-tanks.

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Posted in: What do you think of when you hear the words "Cool Japan?" See in context

Cool Japan... cringe. Whenever I hear "cool" though I also remember that line by Marge Simpson, "Cool? Do the kids still say cool?"

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Posted in: Lower half of human body found in lake in Chiba See in context

“Sketonized,” my least favourite of all the words ending in “-ized.” Oh sketonization…

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Posted in: Tokyo officials announce flu season has begun See in context

Nyoh my God, it's back...

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Posted in: What habits by your co-workers annoy you the most at your workplace? See in context

Phone rituals - if the people at the other office need to talk to more than one person, why not just ask to be transferred when they're done talking instead of ending the phone call them calling up again asking for so-and-so.

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Posted in: 'Ghost in the Shell' makers defend Johansson casting See in context

Well, at least some random member of AKB48 wasn’t chosen to play the major, right?

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Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan See in context

Maybe I’m missing something here, but I thought the reason Japanese buildings aren’t insulated (other than in places like Hokkaido) is because of how hot they would get in the summer months…

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Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan See in context

Don’t forget knee blankets – y’know, for the office gals who insist on wearing ridiculously short skirts even in the dead of winter.

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Posted in: Dentsu received labor bureau warning 4 months before employee’s suicide See in context

Overtime "work" what a joke - as if anybody is doing anything they couldn't have done during regular working hours. But I don't think the "overtime=good/hard work" mentality will change anytime soon.

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Posted in: Truck driver arrested after slamming into parade float, killing one, injuring 36 See in context

You take your eyes off the road for just a second and a parade float and several dozen people just appear out of nowhere - yeah happens all the time...

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Posted in: Rolling Stones to release first studio album for a decade See in context

What's the fuss about? It's only rock'n'roll...

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Posted in: Policeman arrested for stealing Y50,000 from elderly woman's home See in context

Speechless. If I ever need to call the cops I think I'll call the local Yakuza instead - at least they'll tell me if they're gonna take my money.

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Posted in: Day at the tennis See in context

Nice hat.

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Posted in: Small firms dying out as aging owners struggle to find successors See in context

So the chalk industry isn’t on the up and up? Well consider all my stocks in chalk pulled.

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Posted in: Osaka sushi chain apologizes for using too much wasabi in foreign customers' orders See in context

If someone put as much wasabi in my sushi as the picture in Papi's link above, I'd just assume they wanted trouble and go table-flipping ape.

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Posted in: 5 children, one adult stung by bees in Chiba park See in context

Well, I won't bee going to that park then.

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Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

Enjoying these comments! I don't believe that it's a cultural thing or that all Japanese drivers are bad though. I’d be interested in hearing where in Japan people are having these experiences.

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Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

Definitely agree with above comments about being an "obnoxious pedestrian" and just walking out anyway! And always at a leisurely pace to show the driver that you know you have right of way.

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Posted in: More than 90% of vehicles don't stop at crosswalks without lights despite presence of pedestrians See in context

I've only experienced this since moving to Tokyo. When I lived in Nagasaki it simply never happened. The drivers were so laid-back and considerate that they would slow down even if there was nobody at the crosswalk, just in case.

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Posted in: Increasing number of women leave rice behind at revolving sushi train restaurants See in context

It's true that carbs play a big role in manipulating body weight, but if we're talking about restaurant/combini food I think the main enemy isn't carbs but the amount of salt in food (especially in the Kanto region). You might be surprised at how much water weight you'd lose if you cut out "gaishoku" for a month or two and prepared meals at home instead.

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Posted in: Scorsese's 'Silence' to get Oscar-qualifying release Dec 23 See in context

Woot. Been looking forward to this since it was announced years ago. I actually lived in one of the “hidden Christian” villages where the story is based (now home to a small Endo Shusaku museum and various landmarks). It surprised me that even to this day there is still a lot of bad blood between the villages who harboured fugitive Christians and nearby Buddhist villages.

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Posted in: Increasing number of women leave rice behind at revolving sushi train restaurants See in context

This reminds me of another story I saw on the news about people ordering bentos without rice. The reporter asked a rather large guy ordering a rather large karaage bento why he didn't want rice, and without missing a beat he goes, "Because I'm very conscious of my health." People have some pretty warped ideas about healthy eating nowadays huh.

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