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Posted in: Beyond East & West See in context

That dress was made for her, she looks stunning!

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Posted in: Japan is safest place to be born, UNICEF report says See in context

Culture difference? American women marry and babies are born. Japanese girls prefer to attend univ.. than marrying.

Umm?????

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Posted in: Plane passenger almost gets busted for unusually-shaped chocolate in carry-on luggage See in context

@Educator60

He hated it and wouldn't eat it, not much I can do about that. Nobody bakes, we both work full-time.

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Posted in: Plane passenger almost gets busted for unusually-shaped chocolate in carry-on luggage See in context

Ah I know this chocolate! It's from Kobe and is as bitter as hell, it got thrown out. Looks good though and I can see why it may have caused problems.

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Posted in: Kyoto revamping crowded bus services amid rise in foreign tourists See in context

Ban people carrying large suitcase and backpacks.

Couldn't agree more. My 6 year old niece had her face scraped and scratched by a zipper on a backpack just last winter.

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Posted in: Kyoto revamping crowded bus services amid rise in foreign tourists See in context

The buses really have become chaotic in the last 5-10 years. They are way overcrowded, and young tourists are sitting uploading their shots to Instagram whilst elderly locals are standing. Also choosing to pay with coins really and truly is a major pain in the butt, if you are towards the back of the bus it takes forever to get off, please get a Suica or a Pasmo.

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Posted in: For those of you who are married to Japanese, how well do you (or did you) get on with your in-laws? See in context

Never met my husband's father (he passed away) but get along very well with my mother-in-law. She's really laid back and easy going, and is always talking to the tv which I find adorable.

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Posted in: White soars to 3rd Olympic halfpipe title; Hirano gets silver See in context

congrat to both white and hirano.

Congrats to all three, a bronze is nothing to sneeze at.

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Posted in: Father arrested for beating son to death with hammer See in context

Yikes this is extreme!!

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Posted in: 680 cars still stranded in heavy snow in central Japan See in context

Fukui city doesn't get a lot of snow I was told (uncle in law lives there), so this is quite unexpected for them. And like Tokyo they don't have snow ploughs, because there's generally no need for them.

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Posted in: Sapporo snow festival gets under way See in context

@TrevorPeace You're most welcome, I used to live there so I know the place well. The cottages are out at Hanakagura, which is not far from the local airport. The onsen I mentioned is at Hanakagura hotel (right next to the cottages).

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Posted in: Sapporo snow festival gets under way See in context

If you go visit Asahikawa's ice festival as well. They have the most amazing ice sculptures down the main street from the station, and also some of the larger snow ones like Sapporo's at Tokiwakoen near the riverside. Sounkyo's Hot Springs Ice Festival is worth a visit too if you have some time up there. Cabins can be rented out of downtown Asahikawa, and they have private onsen very nearby.

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Posted in: 11-year-old girl killed after wheel loader hits kids with impaired hearing See in context

There are so many words being used to describe this type of machine. Wheel loader, excavator, shovel car, what is it?? I learned at school that its called a front end loader.

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Posted in: Lunar showstopper: Super blue blood moon awes and wows See in context

Trapped in parent-teacher interviews at school during the best time, it was small and not so spectacular by the time I got out. Such a shame.

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Posted in: Thousands stranded, scores injured in snowbound Tokyo See in context

I cleared our road this morning, and moved the snow to an area that's out of the way and gets full sunshine. An old geezer showed up at lunchtime and threw a lot of it back onto the road, the road is shaded. I shoveled it back after he left, he returned and threw it back onto the road. I just let him go.

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Posted in: Tokyo digs out from heavy snow; transport disruptions remain See in context

20cm of snow in a large city that sees snow once or twice a year is a big deal. This is not Hokkaido, it's not Niigata, it's Tokyo. Tokyo doesn't have the same infrastructure in place, a lot of places don't have large equipment for moving snow, most people don't have snow tyres. There is generally no need for these things, so if we get a decent dump it is of course chaos.

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Posted in: Woman gets 12 years in prison for killing lover See in context

@DaDude Most likely. Once of the office ladies at my school lives with a married man, and has for 12 years now. He goes home on the weekends to his wife and kid, and his wife knows he lives with another woman and she's supposedly okay with it. It's a bizarre situation!

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Posted in: What's the best way to avoid getting the flu in a densely populated environment? See in context

I have never had the flu in Japan, colds yes, but flu no. I take crowded trains to work, and teach kids all day long. I have also been coughed on and sneezed on by kids who end up absent with flu. Could be diet, could be luck, who knows.

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Posted in: Sleeping 8-year-old boy left on Yokohama bus at terminal station See in context

@Tommy Yes I did, I'm a teacher so its instinctive to step in and protect children from harm. Bus drivers won't do anything either.

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Posted in: Sleeping 8-year-old boy left on Yokohama bus at terminal station See in context

NEVER let your child ride alone in the buses here, I have witnessed some horrible things. Other passengers will just look away and pretend nothing's going on.

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Posted in: Japan's retailers struggle to raise prices, even as economy gains momentum See in context

@Yubaru The PE teacher where I work is 204 cm tall, he gets his gear from eBay. Shipping can be reasonable if you shop around.

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Posted in: In Japan, fruit is treated more as a luxury than a meal item. See in context

@cucashipboy I compost all winter and get chicken manure from a tiny farm nearby, so the choko vine grows absolutely nuts and there's no space for any other vine plants unfortunately. I used to grow tomatoes and cucumbers, but recently summers are wet so those things get watery and split. Chokos are divine in miso soup, nabe and ozoni. They soak up the flavour of the soup and are a great filler.

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Posted in: Japan's retailers struggle to raise prices, even as economy gains momentum See in context

Companies like Uniqlo have maintained cheap prices, but the quality of their merchandise has declined (lots of thin fabric and things fade and get holes easily). I'm guessing this would be the case for quite a few retailers out there who are trying to turn a profit.

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Posted in: In Japan, fruit is treated more as a luxury than a meal item. See in context

@cucashopboy Very true, both fruit and veges are much cheaper in the countryside, particularly where they're grown. We are always buying roadside fruit and vegetables during road trips, and we grow chokos every year here in Tokyo. Some of the best pumpkin you'll ever eat comes from Yamanashi, passionfruit from Kagoshima, peaches and apples from Nagano.

My local supermarket bags up old fruit mixed with new stock. You can expect 1-2 rotten mikan in every bag, same goes for apples and oranges. I'm sure this is a major turn off for those on a budget, no point paying for six oranges and only getting four or five edible ones.

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Posted in: In Japan, fruit is treated more as a luxury than a meal item. See in context

I love fruit but was shocked at how expensive it is when I first came here, I remember telling folks back home that you would need a mortgage to make a fruit salad. Also my husband says that we can't be eating strawberries or watermelon every day, those are luxury items. Oranges, mikan, apples and bananas are deemed daily types of fruit, along with the occasional kiwi thrown in.

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Posted in: Virtual Currency Girls See in context

Some things in Japan are either extremely infantile or just straight out stupid. Yes there are a lot of awesome things too, but this is not it.

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Posted in: Temple bell tolling on New Year’s Eve gets rid of evil desires, but not complaints See in context

I actually lament the fact that we can't hear the bells tolling at midnight out where we live in western Tokyo. I used to be able to hear them ringing at Kitain Temple when I lived in Kawagoe, its something I truly miss during New Year. I can't imagine why anyone would complain about such a thing.

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Posted in: New study ranks most notorious Japanese train stations for perverts See in context

Poor Saitama, I lived in Kawagoe for 7.5 years and loved it. I will admit that taking Tobu Tojo line was sometimes a tad unpleasant, but I have fond memories of the place so I don't let that from stop me from visiting now and then. As for flashers and perverts, I only had one incident in Saitama, and it was a gaijin. Also lived in Hokkaido for a few years, yes can confirm that there are some dirty old men up there. In my 7 years of living in Tokyo I have encountered just one flasher, it was during spring which I believe is peak flasher season.

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Posted in: Feeding time See in context

We sometimes see squirrels scurrying along the power lines out where we live in western Tokyo. During hunting and gathering season they seem to work all day long.

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Posted in: Japan to greet New Year with prayers, shopping and 'Kohaku' See in context

Thankfully there's no Kohaku at our house, my Japanese husband thinks its utter garbage.

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