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Posted in: Häagen-Dazs Japan’s 35th anniversary Green Deep Tea ice cream is no ordinary matcha dessert See in context

濃い is a wonderful word to describe intensity. It means thick (beard, fog, make-up), dark (colours), close (relationship), strong (taste, drinks) and even sensual. Great example for the Japanese language being build on context rather than having precise words for everything.

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Posted in: What do you think of Japanese pop and rock music? Heard anything you like? See in context

Still stuck in the past glory of psychedelic J-Rock:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15g9nz2TZTI

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Posted in: Japanese actor Kenichi Hagiwara dies at 68 See in context

While I preferred the "good boys" to the "bad boys" of the GS時代, this news really saddens me. Great singer, actor and a true character. Still love the PYG supergroup, about time to listen to the CD again.

Thank you ショーケン. You will be missed.

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Posted in: Snowy jump See in context

Not quite, her name is written 有希, Yūki. Could be translated as "there is hope".

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Posted in: Japan to ban physical punishment of children by parents See in context

Sitting here reading, mouth open aghast at the number of yous condoning disciplining children by "smacking" or the use of a belt... Are you serious?! I grew up in the 60s when physical punishment was the norm according to my classmates. When I was in kindergarten age I got a spanking (flat hand to the butt) once and from then I prodded my butt with cardboard just in case it might happen again because I had no idea what I had been punished for. Only once I got a slap across the face by my dad when I came home late from school. I had good reasons to be late but he wouldn't listen. My dad is dead since 2001 but I've never forgiven him that single slap.

Beating kids is wrong, no matter if its "just a slap" or reducing them to a crying mess with belts, spoons, sticks or whatever. Reading all the comments from folks that claim it didn't do them any harm convinces me it did. Very much so...

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Posted in: World's oldest man dies in Japan at 113 See in context

@GyGene: Ashoro https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashoro,_Hokkaido

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Posted in: Man sentenced to death for murder of 2 children in 2015 See in context

Death penalty facing a murderer and screaming "You're disgusting!" is like looking into a mirror. It's like beating a kid to lecture him about not beating other kids.

If a murderer cannot be rehabilitated he should be kept away from society. But to kill him to teach other potential murderers that killing is wrong? What's the logic in that?

And don't let me get started about wrongful convictions and all the other reasonable facts that Deadforgood has mentioned before.

I'm against the death penalty. Always have been, ever will be.

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Posted in: 3 dead, 12 wounded in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting See in context

Some posters just won't let get reality into the way they react to news like this. Please allow yourselves to be educated. This sad incident has nothing to do with refugees or recent immigrants.

North-Africans were accepted to France as cheap labourers, stuck into crammy flats in the banlieues and when economy faltered, the banlieues became ghetto-like suburbs. No way to get a job with an address like that, no help in getting a decent education, thus many youths took the only way out in committing crimes like robbing stores and breaking cars to steal whatever seemed of value. Getting nicked resulted in being put in prison cells fitted for six but stuffed with 9 or more young angry guys. One islamist preacher among them would be enough to convince most others that they had been deprived of their chances because the Western Way were the enemy.

That's how terrorists are made. Religion alone won't suffice, it merely acts as a fertilizer on barren ground and desperate seedlings. Give the seedlings the water of knowledge, education and a proper chance in life!

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Posted in: Tuna tank See in context

My desire to eat fish has dropped to an all time low after reading this:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/oct/30/are-we-wrong-to-assume-fish-cant-feel-pain

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Posted in: Disgusting Food Museum See in context

Was surprised they had my beloved salmiakki on display... not surprised about sheep's heads, cow stomach and other local delicacies though. One man's owl is another man's nightingale I guess.

Take it easy, folks. I guess there's a treat and a yuck for everyone there.

I wonder if they have marzipan there as well - I was told many Japanese hated it...

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Posted in: Merkel won't seek 5th term as German chancellor See in context

@ Yubaru: That guy is Volker Bouffier, minister president of the state of Hesse.

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

baggy trousers - especially if they expose half of their wearers' butts

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Posted in: A stir-fry with easy-prep ingredients done in under an hour See in context

I use sunflower seed oil but other vegetable oils that stand the heat work just as well. I do not use olive oil as it has a distinctive taste and smell.

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Posted in: In your experience, which country's airport immigration offices have been the rudest or most difficult to deal with? See in context

Only had two difficult experiences so far, one while transiting through the GDR from Hamburg to West Berlin in 1982, the other at London Heathrowback in the early 90s. While the issue with the GDR officials was solved quickly by giving me a temporary passport (setting me back 10 DM) I was held up for several hours at Heathrow. Double bag-search, testing "unknown substance" (a small salt shaker which surprisingly contained salt), rub-down body search, questioning why I did not go for the exit straight away but spent time "looking around"... When I was released my hotel reservation was gone and I had to look for cheap accomodation around Paddington late at night. I would have preferred to start my London holidays less stressful.

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Posted in: A simple chicken tikka masala that's neither mushy nor dry See in context

@Strangerland, over here I buy my spices at an Indian supermarket. I don't know if there are as many stores in Japan as in Germany but TRS has a variety of masalas, curry powders and other ingredients that can also be ordered online. Try "pickle masala", I wouldn't want to cook without it once I tested it...

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Posted in: Trauma fears cloud upbeat picture of Thai boys rescued from cave See in context

A lucky outcome helps battling traumata - no doubt some of the boys might suffer from fear of enclosed, dark spaces but I'm sure they'll have all the help they can get. I wish them luck!

It would be far worse if they would be left alone like so many other people who survived horrible experiences. The boys got help, they are heroes of resilience and I have no doubt that they will recover.

And some of them may have found some inner strength that will enable them to do great things in the future.

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Posted in: Trump calls off Eagles visit to White House over NFL anthem dispute See in context

I don't get what's disrespectful about kneeling. If the players dropped their pants and wiggle their bare butts in front of the cameras while the Anthem was played it would be a different matter...

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Posted in: Unjust dessert? Japan demands Koreans wipe map off summit dinner mousse See in context

Guess I need new glasses... I can see Jeju and Ulleung on that map, but that miniature speck of land halfway between Ulleung and Okinoshima escapes me. Could that blotch right of Ulleung be Jukdo by any chance? For if that's supposed to be Takeshima/Dokdo, the Korean cartographers' skill leaves something to be desired.

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Posted in: What is your image of yakuza? See in context

Since I read about the murder of Junko Furuta I feel nothing but disgust and comtempt for Yakuza and their ilk.

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Posted in: 18-year-old mother arrested for killing 2-year-old son See in context

To you who assume the young mother is a cold-hearted bitch, would you consider her as heartless if you learned she was raped by her uncle? Of course, that's just assuming too. But with so little information I'm not willing to condemn a child bearing a child.

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Posted in: What would you say is Japan's most well-known food overseas, after sushi? See in context

Over here it's sukiyaki.

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Posted in: Now 80, Jane Fonda says she didn't think she'd live to 30 See in context

Well, from my German point of view standing up against a country that commits war crimes is considered very honourable. Especially if it's your own country!

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Posted in: Miniature European village See in context

As a citizen of Hamburg I feel unimpressed. We have this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniatur_Wunderland

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Posted in: Osaka may end San Francisco sister city ties over 'comfort woman' statue See in context

I just noticed there's a line in my post that could be misunderstood - I did not mean it were bad taste if Israel having Holocaust memorials all over their country, but South Korea having Comfort Women statues even in buses and in front of the Japanese embassy is definitely going too far. Out of proportion, one might say.

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Posted in: Osaka may end San Francisco sister city ties over 'comfort woman' statue See in context

I was in my early teens when I watched the movie "Sandakan No. 8" and I was shocked to learn that young girls were sold into sexual slavery by my beloved Japan. It took a while to realize that this seemed to be common practise not only by Japan but in general. So let's put the facts together:

In the 20th century females were abducted, sold and tricked to serve as prostitutes in brothels. There's not doubt about this fact.

Japan had her share in this loathsome practise. This cannot be disputed either.

A large part of those unfortunate women were Koreans. I guess we still agree on this.

After the war, Japan has made several apologies and paid a large sum of money to compensate the victims. This can be checked by searching Wikipedia.

South Korea invested the money to develop the infrastructure.

The poor victims didn't get the compensation money.

While the rest of the world moved on and other countries did not make an issue of the hideous practice of abducting girls for brothels, South Korean nationalists hijacked the issue and started to erect statues in other countries.

Japan gets annoyed and protests about that.

If I have overlooked a bit, please remind me.

IMHO Korea has no business placing statues all over the world. Should Israel put a Holocaust memorial in, let's say, New Zealand? Or Canada? If they do it in their own country, fine with me - bad taste still, but okay. But dragging the world into their mindset feels wrong.

And please leave Germany out. When Willy Brandt dropped to his knees at Warszawa it was an outstanding gesture of humility leading to much controversy at home. Some things can't be compared to Japan.

Would Korea expect a similar gesture? By a Japanese representative? By Abe? Or by the Tenno himself?

I'm afraid nothing would be good enough to Korean nationalists. Nationalists are made that way: Let's wallow in our anger, for it is all we have left.

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Posted in: Jewish groups around world alarmed by far-right breakthrough in Germany See in context

The left certainly did not choose Merkel. They voted for Die Linke ("The Left") or some tiny, unimportant Marxist-Leninist parties. Anything right from Die Linke like the social democrats (SPD) or the Green Party doesn't really count as "left" over here in Germany. For me as a democratic socialist it's embarrassing enough having to defend Merkel from far-right attacks. At least she stopped that nuclear power madness and showed a heart for refugees when most other politicians seemed to feel fine with letting them drown in the Mediterranean Sea.

I really wonder where Bass gets his information on Germany from. He's clearly not living here like I do.

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Posted in: Singer Amuro to quit showbiz in September next year See in context

For those who were wondering, the tattoo on her arm reads "My mothers love live with me Eternally in my heart".

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Posted in: KitKat bets on weird and wonderful flavors in Japan See in context

Perfectly happy with matcha kitkats. Sadly not available over here...

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Posted in: Death rates far higher for 'alternative' cancer cures: study See in context

I agree with goldorak, proper cancer treatment needs to come first. But in cases when chemotherapy fails and there is hardly any hope left, alternative treatment may improve whatever lifespan is left. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 80s and 8 years after, after undergoing several chemos, she is as fine as a 91 year old can be.

A friend of mine, after diagnosed with malignous lymphoma, underwent six chemotherapies in one year, lost 20 kg of weight and and her will to live. Her sister talked her into trying alternative therapy: She was given Bach flowers, homeopathic treatment, acupressure, massages, physiotherapy and vaporized marijuana. One month later she was able to eat again, slowly gaining weight. Two months after that she was able to walk again, even doing a little bit of gardening. She was happy to sit in the sun, enjoying the few months her doctors had predicted for her. She managed to hold on to life for a full year and pneumonia, not cancer, ended her life.

Why not try alternative treatment while conservative treatment is in given? Maybe she would have lasted even longer.

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Posted in: Merkel stands by her 2015 decision to open German borders See in context

@Jim - you think it would be fair to call everybody a neonazi right of me then? trying out elasticism

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