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Posted in: Tokyo remains top gourmet city in Michelin Guide See in context

梅の花 = Ume no Hana

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Posted in: Tokyo remains top gourmet city in Michelin Guide See in context

I gotta support rainman on this one... heavily flavoured does not equal delicious. And yes, I would go out of the way to eat tofu. If anyone is interested I suggest going to 梅の花, it is a tofu place with branches all over the country. There are so many ways to prepare and serve it, it is a very versatile ingredient.

The Michelin guide is a guide to gourmet restaurants, which is why it doesn't feature cheap but good eats. That is referred to as B級グルメ, or B-level gourmet... and is affordable and delicious. As other people have posted, people don't go to these restaurants all the time... rather usually on special occasions or celebrations.

I've been to two Michelin star restaurants in my life... one in Tokyo and one in Hong Kong.... and they were both absolutely amazing.

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Posted in: Anna Tsuchiya: 'No one could kill someone who looked like me' See in context

@porter, totally agree... people should take things with a grain of salt.

Some people are never happy. You guys complain about the actresses saying they all look the same...and then you complain about all the other ones saying they look different.

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Posted in: 'Space Battleship Yamato' blasts off See in context

Before being the name of the battleship in the war, Yamato was the name of an ancient province, and then became the way to refer to Japanese people and even Japan (大和). Surely there might be some war connotations, but I don't think its fair to say that it is 'lame' and that people are in denial. That being said, I have not read the manga and it sounds like any other sci-fi flick set in outer space a la star trek etc. Might check it out depending on the reviews but I won't be lining up at the theatre...

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Posted in: Slimmed-down comic sings praises of tofu & natto based diet See in context

His height and weight stats are good and all.. but 98cm (39 inch) waist is the number to pay attention to... leading one to believe that the majority of that 80kg was not lean body mass.

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Posted in: Slimmed-down comic sings praises of tofu & natto based diet See in context

This is actually a very healthy substitution... lower carbohydrate intake is great. Have used similar principles to great effect, though eating tofu every single day might be a bit too much soy.

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Posted in: 3,000 pairs of stolen panties found in home of underwear thief See in context

I wonder if this is some form of obsessive compulsive disorder... compulsive hoarding is one of the well known symptomatic behaviours, and this certainly fits the bill.

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Posted in: N Korean leader Kim promotes 3rd son to general See in context

It's their family name... wouldn't it be stranger if they were different?

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Posted in: SMAP kicks off international tour See in context

The most talented one in the group ain't Japanese.

What does that have to do anything? The article and discussion is about the group, not their nationality or race. No one cares about that, not even part of the discussion.

In anycase whatever the rumours about their bloodlines, that's their own business, who are we to judge and demand. Not everything you read on the internet is true. If you don't like it, just don't watch or listen... simple as that.

Moderator: Exactly. The subject is SMAP's concert tour.

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Posted in: Garbage men find infant's body in plastic bag See in context

Very unfortunate. Who knows... could be the father that didn't let her keep it... or someone else. We can only guess at the circumstances and be thankful that they are not our own.

I'm guessing one thing would be improving sex ed. in schools, anyone know about how the curriculum is? Though not all people go through the school system, perhaps taking a detailed look at it would be a good start.

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Posted in: Harajuku style See in context

Why the hate? They're not so bad.

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Posted in: Leading eco goods and ideas site to open redesigned web shop See in context

Er... the site opens on friday.

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Posted in: 'Norwegian Wood' debuts at Venice Film Festival See in context

Don't post spoilers.. you just killed it for people who want to read/see the movie.

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Posted in: Key Coffee CLASSIC See in context

By the packaging I'd say its ground (粉) coffee, so not that expensive for 200g.  Apart from the fact that Yokohama, was one of the first ports open to foreign trade and thus one place where coffee began to be introduced in to Japan, a little checking showed that the company opened in Yokohama in 1920. Might give it a try if I see it in the store...

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Posted in: Erika Sawajiri: Inside the head of Japan's outspoken star See in context

A lot of harsh words and negativity all around? The near fluent English is a rarity in the entertainment industry, which this article is about.

From the CNNgo article

"My family was quite rich when I was young," she says. "My father had a stable of horses amongst lots of businesses, but suddenly he disappeared when I was about nine years old. We had a big house in Tokyo until then, but we had to move to an apartment as my mother had a hard time to make a living. She had to sell a lot of things, the house, jewelry and so on. It was a tough time. Then one day, suddenly my father came back when I was 15. He told us he had cancer and was going to die. We lived together for one month with my two brothers." Her elder brother then died in a car accident while Sawajiri was in her first year of high school.

Doesn't sound like her youth has been the exact walk in the park... cut her some slack.

Who is to say she's not doing her work 'sincerely'? And that the other artists aren't? I don't think it is fair to judge her career as she is a whopping 24 years old... or anyone's for that matter. People make mistakes... and life goes on.

@Cos...your relative has had a whole career to do his work, and I admire that. However, the unfortunate thing is that it isn't that easy to make it (correct me if I'm wrong but I'd say his success in the minority rather than the majority, and he must have had amazing talent at his work as well). At the age of 24 she still has a lot to learn about the world... most actors, actresses, singers, etc. don't come into their own until they've grown up a bit. The fact is that in any country, 'pop' style music is directed towards a specific audience, and it sells... that's not going to change in the near future. It's not necessarily good, but it's a fact... and is it really that bad? No one is forcing anyone to listen to it.

In anycase, there are a lot of talented actors and musicians who have 'made' it outside of the box. Ken Watanabe, Rinko Kikuichi, Rie Miyazawa, Seiji Ozawa, Sakamoto Ryuichi, Utada Hikaru, to name a few.

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Posted in: Erika Sawajiri: Inside the head of Japan's outspoken star See in context

@gameover

Kimutaku is definitely not the norm... the reason he threatened to break free was due to the agency's unhappiness with his marriage. The business practice of not reporting romantic relations in the media is commonplace, which makes the tabloids all the more sensationalist and inquisitive.

http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/fd20061210pb.html - interesting article a while back about Kimutaku and the 'agency'

To quote from the link, 'three of Johnny's former charges talk about how they left the agency and had trouble finding work because they had no real abilities, even though they had sung, danced, and acted while in the company. "When you are in Johnny's," one said, "you don't realize how poor your skills are." SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai often jokes about this, which is why he channels his energies into emcee work.'

There are very few talents like Kimutaku that come around... and it is true that a lot of the celebrities are replaceable. Unless one is extremely talented, they're unable to dictate their contracts or rules and go it alone.. so they have to go through the system.

As for Sawajiri, from the article, it is possible to see how she's gotten this 'rebel' attitude, with her family problems and all. While I don't think that her rudeness to the media should be condoned, I appreciate that she's pushing the envelope and trying to strike out on her own.

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Posted in: Mikitty shows her housework skills See in context

What's with all the grainy pictures lately? She's really a cutie... this pic doesn't do her justice.

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Posted in: Universal values See in context

@ Apec... I'm sure this isn't the official Toyota photo...

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Posted in: First official SMAP magazine goes on sale See in context

I don't think they're washed up, and they are already quite big ... but most of it is thanks to Kimura Takuya (he's the best actor, singer, dancer, etc...). He also has been in some foreign films...

It's true that a lot of people have moved on to Arashi, but SMAP are still popular... just not with the younger 'kids' (either way, they are managed by the same company so the money still goes to the same place).

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite examples of the way English is misused in products, advertising and pop culture in Japan? See in context

I can understand how some of these mistakes are made and don't condone them, but I don't condemn them either. English speakers misuse all other languages in the same way. In anycase, to the topic at hand, my favorite one is 'Nice Shoot!'

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Posted in: Pedal power See in context

Your comments crack me up every time alladin...

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Posted in: Blatter says draws may be scrapped at World Cup See in context

Blatter should be scrapped as president!

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Posted in: Gay pride See in context

Let's face it, tolerance is in very short supply in Japan.

If you ask me, tolerance is in very short supply on this forum.

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Posted in: Testimony leads to discovery of woman's remains in Shizuoka See in context

So did he murder 2 people or one? His girlfriend, or his wife? Editing...?

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Posted in: Majority of weight-loss products fail to cut kilos See in context

@herefornow

Have you watched tv in any other countries? From my experience, late night programming isn't really that different...

In anycase, I agree that the products are money-making schemes which just latch on to the hopes of people looking for a short cut.

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Posted in: What would be your ideal summer fling? See in context

All of the other ones are understandable... but killed in a motor-bike accident?? That's just morbid.

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Posted in: Shuttle blasts off carrying Japanese lab See in context

Yeesh people, that's what news reports are like in other countries too.

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