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Posted in: The lie of the land: How topography made Tokyo the city it is today See in context

Tokyo was also built as a castle town, which means that it's layout was like a labyrinth, so that an attacking enemy got lost during his attempt to get to the central castle.

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Posted in: Do a temple stay at the headquarters of Soto Zen Buddhism See in context

Japan has lost its spirituality just as the western world has. I came to Japan and entered a Soto Buddhist monastery, but life in Japan has certainly nothing to do with that.i

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Posted in: Do a temple stay at the headquarters of Soto Zen Buddhism See in context

Don't expect any spirituality there. It is just a training center for a quick license to run a temple.

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Posted in: Suga wants to cut cell phone charges in Japan by around 40% See in context

I am paying 1800 Yen a month with DM mobile.

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Posted in: Death knell sounds for some of Japan's oldest department stores See in context

As a tour guide I often took my customers to the food section of department stores, to show them how nice everything was arranged but also kind of a strange world where 100 grams of beef cost 2000 Yen or a melon 10.000 Yen.

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Posted in: Koike says postponed Olympics should be held 'by all means' See in context

More than Covit 19 the heat is of concern. If you have the same temperatures as this year this is going to be hell for many athletes.

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Posted in: Japan's male smoking rate drops below 30% for 1st time See in context

I don't like people smoking around me myself, but the Japanese have the longest life expectancy in the world. Maybe all those people complaining about the smoking habits in Japan should have a closer look on their own eating habits and maybe those of the countries they come from. Obesness is at least as problematic as smoking.

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Posted in: Yasukuni Shrine a symbol of haunting wartime legacy See in context

It seems that many here do not understand the historical meaning of Yasukuni. It was at the center of the Kokka Shinto (State Shinto), which was again an important element of Japanese ultra-nationalism. With this religion people were indoctrinated, you could say brainwashed. In this respect, this religion can be compared to radical Islam because it promised the fighters to die as martyrs. Japanese ultra-nationalism can be compared to that of Nazi Germany maybe even more radical. The Nazis first had to create the Germanic myth; in Japan they simply used the indigenous religion. This indoctrination led to the cruel behavior of the Japanese soldiers in Asia. What would people say if there was still a symbol of Nazi indoctrination in Germany?

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