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Posted in: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine: One of western Japan’s oldest shrines See in context

Pretty near there. About 45 minutes on the train.

They used the Sacay spelling from some antique European maps of Japan. They reprinted a section in the free Natts railway magazine this week, and here are the other place names surrounding Sacay: Farima--maybe Arima onsen area?, Ecunocuny, Cavachi, and Hiamato--most likely Hashimoto in Wakayama close to Nara. Somehow Osaka/Naniwa didnt make it onto the map, but Lake Biwa is there unlabelled.

Now watch those exotic names get used for next years car models.

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Posted in: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine: One of western Japan’s oldest shrines See in context

Thanks for the sweet story albaleo. Hankai tram is good for that slow old timey feel. As you know, it runs right through Sakai near the joint Sen no Rikyu and Yosano Akiko museum and the newly opened four level Pheniche Sacai ? Concert hall. You can jump off and walk towards the JR line to some of the kofun mounds that were given World Heritage status this year. And somewhere on the Hankai Line is a corrugated metal lunch joint open only 2-3 hours a day owned by an 89 year old cook who is a minor celebrity in China for his outstanding rice.

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Posted in: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine: One of western Japan’s oldest shrines See in context

It is one of the most visited shrines over the first week of January. I took two visitors there directly from KIX and they looked bedraggled by the time we made it through the gauntlet. The oddest thing was a lone grumpy white evangelical picketing with handwritten signs against hatsumode. But even he had the sense to stay across the street away from the onrushers.

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Posted in: Vissel Kobe to meet Kashima in Emperor's Cup final at new National Stadium See in context

I bet TV revenues from this kind of game help cover some of the big salaries. I remember Iniesta is making 10 - 20 million per year plus a wine selling deal with Rakuten.

But speaking of overpaying players, in baseball the Yankees just promised to pay a pitcher over 300 million for nine years. That amount is more than the combined yearly salaries of all the players in NPB, just for one person. Craziness.

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Posted in: Vissel Kobe to meet Kashima in Emperor's Cup final at new National Stadium See in context

Not a serious fan of footy, but even I can appreciate the sight of grizzled veteran Iniesta alongside speedy youngsters 10 or so years his junior. Mix in the return of Villa for his last ever game and we have the makings for some dramatic new years day viewing.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

@bass--whiny unprofessional and incompetent sound pretty good compared to this mess. They can join Sneezy, Grumpy, and the other dwarves in the Disney party.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

@burning bush--a vile of radioactive toxins, eh? You get half credit for effort, but for next time they are vials.

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Posted in: U.S. diplomat says top levels of Trump administration were in on Ukraine pressure See in context

@blacklab--consult your whistleblower ID sources on the question of Muellers party affiliation and report back the answer like a good boy.

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Posted in: Group riding bikes through underground shopping mall in Osaka cause ruckus See in context

The context for this story is Osaka city govt agreeing to convert 2 of 6 lanes on a section of Midosuji St. into exclusive bike lanes, maybe as part of the winning World Expo bid. It works great when the cyclists stay in their new zone, but at some bottlenecks around the station I have witnessed small groups of swerving riders sideswiping innocent pedestrians. Would be a shame if a citizen backlash meant the end of the bike lane experiment.

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Posted in: Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 U.S. citizens, including 6 children, in ambush in Mexico See in context

@stormcrow--your numbers are off because you equated 1000 people in ten days with 30,000 a month. Not to dispute it's horrific but you added an extra multiple of ten.

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Posted in: Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 U.S. citizens, including 6 children, in ambush in Mexico See in context

@theFu--oops, honest mistake. It was his father George, later governor of Michigan, who was born in one of the Mexican expat enclaves, according to Smithsonian.com etc. Yes, Mitt is American-born and says he doesn't know any of the people involved in this shooting. I still think he would be better diplomatically to deal with this.

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Posted in: Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 U.S. citizens, including 6 children, in ambush in Mexico See in context

Task Utah Senator Mitt Romney with leading how this is handled. He has more credibility as someone who was born in one of the northern Mexico Mormon enclaves, which were set up to get away from US fed and state police raids in the first place.

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Posted in: Cole, powerful Astros hammer Nationals 7-1; lead World Series 3-2 See in context

Don-man the Con-man won less than 10% of the vote in the city of Washington D.C. so you'd think he would know better than to go out in public there. It is probably the reason he never goes out for meals there either.

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Posted in: GOP mourns Cummings as friend, statesman See in context

Bass: Doh-nald was at the Bush funeral? If not, why?

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Posted in: Democrats subpoena Pentagon, White House budget office in impeachment probe See in context

@wolf CIA operatives in the CIA? Doesnt that seem redundant?

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Posted in: U.S., Japan sign limited deal on agriculture, digital trade See in context

@NB--those spotless cowboy hats and business suits must be hog farmer chic.

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Posted in: Osaka reveals pressure of being No. 1 See in context

Coach B? Have heard nil besides the management book he is selling in Japan. Maybe JT should be reporting on his career instead?

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Posted in: Osaka, Thiem win China Open titles See in context

Congrats Naomi!

A feel good story about her dad becoming her interim coach, even though she downplays his role in the quote. He was the one who had the far-fetched idea to train his first daughter Mari to play pro tennis on local public courts, with Naomi tagging along. From that humble start to the absolute top--amazing!

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Posted in: Murray, Barty, Osaka advance at China Open See in context

@fxgai--I dont think it is coincidental that she is playing better under her dad Leonard Francois. A laid back lowkey dude with patience for her quirky side.

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Posted in: MLB sets strikeout record for 12th straight season See in context

@Yu--US minor leagues top out at 3A, so are you saying NPB is two levels above that? That would put those small ballers hitting your roof all winter above MLB level, would it not?

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Posted in: MLB sets strikeout record for 12th straight season See in context

Tons of Ks are futile if you also lead the league in HRs like Darvish, who is a top 5 pitcher in Ks across the NL but with a 6-8 W-L record.

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Posted in: 'Joker' wins Golden Lion at Venice; Polanski drama is runner-up See in context

Serrano--by that standard, your list of Trump friendly entertainers is shrinking until all you are left with is Scott Baio reruns.

And a hearty tee hee thinking that you can no longer listen to the Stones after Mick shredden Dumpsterfire Donny.

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Posted in: Hong Kong leader withdraws extradition bill that sparked protests See in context

@theFu--I pick none of the above. Her husband and adult children already live in the UK. She would most likely join them.

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Posted in: Sumo champ Hakuho gets Japanese citizenship See in context

In other sports, if selling jumbo dogs, nachos, and plastic cups of beer is just as dignified and satisfying as the jobs of the guys running the teams on the field, then why does anyone go into coaching and managing in the first place?

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Posted in: Sumo champ Hakuho gets Japanese citizenship See in context

@Yubaru--you are wildly off if you think that after a decade at the top spent not ruffling feathers, Hakuho is going to go looney like Asashoryu, get himself thrown out, and seek revenge by refusing to hire Japanese staff for his bar. But instead of drama, he is staying on track to be an establishment insider.

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Posted in: Sumo champ Hakuho gets Japanese citizenship See in context

Hakuho found a suitable middle ground. He honored his national hero father until the man passed away, then got the citizenship to prepare for his future coaching career. Much more dignified for a yokozuna than opening a nabe restaurant.

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Posted in: Police unsure why man went on shooting spree in West Texas See in context

The local police are hamstrung by the need to avoid pointing fingers and stir up their fellow townies, but one clue being reported by the NY Times is the shooter was fired from his trucking job hours before the rampage. Might be worth looking into.

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Posted in: Kyrgios calls ATP 'corrupt' for $100,000 fine See in context

@waka--tennis pros are paid by the match, so if Kyrgios plays only two matches in a slam before elimination, he earns enough to cover his fines.

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Posted in: Trump suggested nuking hurricanes: report See in context

He could save a lot of time and manpower hours at his numerous golf courses that way. I hereby declare to all groundskeepers--you fired!

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Posted in: Nishikori ponders mixed doubles with Osaka at Tokyo Olympics See in context

And Nishikori has lived in the US more than half his life and must be well Americanized by now.

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