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Posted in: Origami-themed Airbnb apartment opens in Harajuku See in context

Fantastic! And just in time for the Tokyo Olympics!

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Posted in: Ken Watanabe to star in Japanese remake of ‘The Fugitive’ See in context

Thanks for the giggle! The multi-talented Mr. Watanabe starred on Broadway in "The King and I". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrjmK2YdZQ0

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Posted in: Japanese singer Hideki Saijo dies at 63 See in context

The world has lost a very talented musical star. He always performed 100 % and with a passionate heart. I was thrilled to be able to see Hidekiさん perform in Osaka and Kobe several times in recent years. May Hidekiさん forever rest in pain free peace. Thanks for all the wonderful musical memories.

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Posted in: Defending champ Matsuyama relishes raucous Phoenix Open See in context

Looking forward to catching a glimpse of both Matsuyama and Rahm on Friday at the PHX Open. Snagged a pair of free tickets for my daughter and me, so I guess we'd better plan to drive over to Scottsdale real early with the massive crowds expected. It's going to be a beautiful day, weather-wise,in the Valley of the Sun!

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Posted in: Taylor Swift wins top Grammy Award, Kendrick Lamar wins 5 See in context

Lady Gaga's tribute to the late great David Bowie was phenomenal!

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Posted in: 6-year-old boy drowns in Nara swimming pool See in context

Haven't the temperatures been extremely high in Japan recently? My Kansai friends have been complaining about the really high temps. This would support the reason for overcrowding at the city pool in Kashihara, Nara. RIP, young fellow. How sad for his family and friends.

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Posted in: Crying infant found in bag outside home in Aomori Pref See in context

Remember that there is also a "father" out there equally responsible for this precious child, even if he was uninformed. Both should be held liable. What a tragic beginning for this baby.

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Posted in: Japanese businessman fathered 13 surrogate babies in Thailand See in context

Is the implication that these children, as the biological product of a Japanese father, would eventually be going to a biological mother who is also Japanese and who, for whatever reason, is unable to sustain a pregnancy, hence the need for the surrogate birth mother? This point isn't made clear in this article. Or is this Thai doctor running some kind of "baby mill" in which case these Thai women are hardly "surrogates"? And if this Japanese fellow is just a sperm donor, then he may have signed away his parental rights and responsibilities, so shouldn't be "criminalized" as the headline implies.

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Posted in: Hugh Jackman new pitchman for Toyota in Japan See in context

He sings, he dances - a little Hugh Jackman in the morning while drinking a fresh cup of coffee is not a bad thing !!! Thank you, Toyota!

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Posted in: Ken Watanabe to make Broadway debut in 'The King and I' See in context

I once had the treat of seeing the legendary Rudolf Nureyev perform the title role in "The King and I". And now this classic musical is returning to Broadway with Ken Watanabe taking his turn as the magnificent King of Siam. My heart's all a flutter!

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Posted in: Man saved from Nazis by 'Japan's Schindler' returns on journey of homage See in context

I hope that Mr. Melamed will also visit the Suginara Chiune Memorial Museum in Gifu while he is visiting Japan. http://japanvisitor.blogspot.jp/2013/03/chiune-sugihara-memorial-museum.html

Here's a film dramatization of Mr. Sugihara's life some might like to check out - The Visas that Saved Lives: http://www.martygrossfilms.com/films/visas/visas.html

Another excellent resource on Mr. Sugihara and his humanitarian achievements is the PBS website and documentary, Conspiracy of Kindness: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/sugihara/

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Posted in: George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan See in context

Mr. George Takei at his very witty, fun, intelligent best, boldly going where few dare to go in a 2013 interview: http://youtu.be/aZl6fb9FuRA

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Posted in: George Takei sees gay pride beginning in Japan See in context

I had the privilege to hear both Mr. George Takei and Mr. Patrick Linehan, the U.S. Consular General for Osaka-Kobe, speak at the special TEDxKyoto event, "To Boldly Go", held at Kobe University of Foreign Studies on Wednesday. Both shared their personal stories with humor and with grace, giving courage to many others in the audience, I'm sure. Later during the Q & A session, both gentlemen also introduced their supportive husbands to the audience as well.Thank you to the U.S. State Department for sponsoring Mr. Takei's visit to Japan during LGBT Pride Month. "Live Long and Prosper!"

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Posted in: Kinki University to change pervy English name See in context

I'm sorry that the university leadership feels the need to change the English version of this excellent institution's name. Instead, they should embrace its proud geographic heritage and turn these possibly awkward moments into teachable opportunities when abroad. But this does remind of the coffee shop/kissaten I happened upon years ago near Namba - its name boldly displayed in romaji was "Urine (うりね)Coffee Shop"...

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Posted in: Japanese baseball results See in context

Looking very good, Hanshin Tigers!

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Posted in: Bus fire in Colombia kills at least 32 children See in context

My heart just aches when I hear of tragic stories such as this. So many new angels in heaven. RIP.

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Posted in: Four NFL playoff spots at stake in last-weekend games See in context

As a NorCal gal, sure glad that the 49ers are in the NFL playoffs again. Best wishes to QB Colin Kaepernick and the rest of the team! GO NINERS! And best wishes to QB Aaron Rodgers, as he's from NorCal, too.

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Posted in: Steamy new Miley Cyrus video sets viewing record See in context

It just goes to show that talent, as any art, is strictly in the eyes and ears of the beholder. Miley Cyrus as well as her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, of course, are talented. It's all a matter of degrees and personal taste. I enjoyed watching "Hannah Montana" on the Disney Channel with my youngest daughter - it was a sweet, fun show. People are still talking about her MVA performance a week+ later and what more could any performer hope for, right??

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Posted in: Clint Eastwood splits from second wife See in context

Hummmmm,,, I saw Mr. and Mrs. Clint Eastwood playing in a celebrity Jr/Sr pro/am golf tournament at Pebble Beach in Carmel, CA a few years ago, and they seemed pretty playful and happy together then. I actually thought she was one of his older daughters, until someone explained she was his current wife!!

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Posted in: Veteran actor Michael Ansara dies at 91 See in context

May you RIP, Mr. Ansara. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ansara

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Posted in: UNESCO to formally add Mt Fuji as World Heritage site this week See in context

Why is Mt. Fuji "being considered as a 'cultural' heritage site, rather than a “natural” heritage site"? Doesn't "cultural" indicate some kind of human-made aspect. I think of Mt. Fuji as a natural phenomenon, not as much a cultural phenomenon.

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Posted in: Japanese band with American singer wants to turn music industry on its ear with free downloads and gigs See in context

Sounds like this band is taking a page from Amanda Palmer's "book" --> The Art of Asking. http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking.html. Best wishes to nothing ever lasts. Go Cal Bears!

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Posted in: Keanu Reeves makes directorial debut with modern kung fu film See in context

Gentlemen, remember that Mr. Reeves is primarily action eye candy; his acting abilities are secondary. I wish him well with his directorial debut.

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Posted in: Hashimoto offers to meet 'comfort women' to apologize See in context

For a translated version of the August, 1993 Kono statement, go to: http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/women/fund/state9308.html

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Posted in: Tomatoes – Tokyo’s latest fashion trend? See in context

Ah, the noble tomato - one of my favorite fruit!

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Posted in: 2 students drown while swimming in Nagano lake See in context

How tragically sad. I spent a relaxing week at Nojiriko last summer. RIP.

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Posted in: Japanese baseball results See in context

Sunday's results: Hanshin Tigers beat the Bay Stars 5 - 3. GO TIGERS!

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Posted in: Golden Week holiday exodus begins See in context

@Elbuda Mexicano: Safe and sane travels to you and blessings to your family in California (it's my home state, too).

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Posted in: 24 injured after M6.3 quake hits western Japan See in context

Quite a pair of tremors early this morning in Nishinomiya. Glad my keitai emergency alarm woke me up just moments before I felt the first one. Glad that from the reports I've seen on TV, that the damage seems to just be structural. Reminds that I really need to tighten up my emergency preparedness plan...And, yes, please be safe, everyone.

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Posted in: Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and film star, dies See in context

As a baby boomer growing up in California, I rushed home after school to catch the Mickey Mouse Club on TV and Annette was always my favorite. Sadly a bit of my childhood died with her. Enjoy this video clip from her classic movie "Beach Blanket Bingo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ngTd7SPFCw

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