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CapnSinbadMar. 28, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
I too was always baffled by the reply "I sleep." to the question "What do you do on the weekend ?" I told whoever I was asking that in Canada no one would say that and they were equally baffled. Even when my office staff go out for drinks all they talk about is work which makes for tedious outings. Perhaps the expression could be "No fun please, We're Japanese."
Posted in: Japanese men share top 10 ways their weekends disappear
CapnSinbadMar. 28, 2015 - 10:29AM JST
We bought all our furniture there when we bought our house 10 years ago. The salesman guy kept steering us to the high end items and we had to continually ask him to show us less pricey stuff which they kept way at the back of the store to make you feel like you were slumming in the warehouse. Suffice to say, we have already had to throw out most of the cheaper stuff, just didn't stand up to daily wear and tear (plus 4 cats). That being said, most of the furniture in that place is way too nice for the average Taroh and Hanako's humble abode.
Posted in: Furniture magnate fails to oust daughter in family feud
CapnSinbadMar. 28, 2015 - 10:23AM JST
They had DST here after WWII when the allies were in charge. They cancelled it just after MacArthur left. Some nonsense about it being 'mendokusai'. In Canada we have summer sunlight til almost 10 pm, it's great.
Posted in: Abe asks gov't employees to start work early, finish early in July, August
CapnSinbadMar. 28, 2015 - 10:18AM JST
Those clothes look ridiculous. Of course, a lot of the clothes guys walking around Harajuku wear on the weekends look equally so.
Posted in: Tokyo men stay one step ahead in style
CapnSinbadMar. 19, 2015 - 01:04PM JST
When I was in junior high school in the 1970s we hated studying English grammar. And then when were all forced to study French (in Canada), we hated that even more. Kids hate being forced to study stuff they don't like. Especially if it smacks of having someone else's culture stuffed down your throat.
Posted in: 58.4% of high school seniors say they don't like studying English
CapnSinbadMar. 10, 2015 - 07:14PM JST
Posted in: Sony sacks 1,000 employees at Swedish mobile unit
CapnSinbadMar. 10, 2015 - 07:10PM JST
I was standing in front of my house in Tokyo when everything started swaying and rocking. The telephone poles swayed ominously and all my neighbors' cars started bouncing up and down like they were all hopped up. I ran and shut my garage door lest my car roll out. I heard any number of things crashing to the floor inside my house. Neighbors ran out of their houses and huddled on the ground in the middle of a parking lot. It seemed to subside, then began again with renewed vigor, I thought that was it for sure but I stood my ground and girded myself for the worst. Finally, it subsided, so I went inside to survey the damage, lots of small stuff broken, my four cats all freaked. I then went out and walked down my block seeking solace in perhaps exchanging news with the people there. Many milled about, all chatting frantically, and the weirdest thing was, despite the calamity, the locals all ignored me, no one even made eye contact. I found that even in the face of ruin, the locals still chose to keep their you-are-not-one-of-us attitude, it mad me sad, on top of being freaked out by what happened.
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CapnSinbadMar. 09, 2015 - 08:07PM JST
Yes, crossbows are legal here. I was recently at shop for war geeks here in Tokyo and they have every kind of non-gun weapon you can think of: huge Rambo knives, machetes, dozens of hunting knives, knuckle dusters, handcuffs, swat clothing, FBI jackets, exact replicas of AK-47S, etc. Weird what is legal here and what isn't. Poor swan was a victim of this closet industry for war nerds too afraid to join Isis but not too chicken to slaughter an innocent bird in their own backyard.
Posted in: Swan shot by arrow dies in Saitama
CapnSinbadMar. 05, 2015 - 12:41PM JST
I was at the Motley Crue concert and everyone was delighted when they were told they could take pix or vids. Tommy Lee's upside-down drum solo hanging from the roof of Saitama Super Arena really had to be seen to believed so I was quite grateful myself to take a minute or so vid of that. I put my iPhone away after that to enjoy the spectacle but thousands continued to vid the whole performance so the lights of all those phones were a tad distracting and became a spectacle in themselves somewhat detracting from the drum solo acrobatics and creating a kind of circus-like atmosphere. In sum, I wouldn't want every concert to be like that but since the Crue was putting on a sayonara concert, I'd say it was ok this time anyway.
Posted in: Why do most concerts held in Japan prohibit taking pictures?
CapnSinbadFeb. 11, 2015 - 11:19AM JST
I've gone to a variety of gyms here over the last 30 years and the reason I quit some of them is the total lack of privacy you have as a foreigner while dressing and undressing. I've had locals stand there totally unabashedly staring at my nether regions without a thought to their rude and insulting behavior. And as soon as you enter the work-out area, every eye is on you the entire time like you're a zoo specimen. I often left the gym much more stressed out than when I arrived. I found the solution at my latest gym: just ignore everyone there, not even making eye contact, do your workout and get the hell out of there. They resent you for it but hey, I'm going there for my benefit, not theirs.
Posted in: The most annoying people you’ll meet at a Japanese fitness gym
CapnSinbadFeb. 11, 2015 - 11:09AM JST
Bentos are a scourge on the food chain. My J-co-workers gobble them to the last grain and pronounce themselves satisfied while I quietly slip half of mine into the gomibako hoping no one will notice. In a word: inedible.
Posted in: 104 suffer food poisoning after eating bentos in Tokyo
CapnSinbadFeb. 11, 2015 - 11:05AM JST
I went in a big McDs at noon last Sunday on Aoyama Dori, hardly a soul in there, five clerks at the counter with no customers waiting, kind of eerie. Food was ok, what does one expect ?
Posted in: Food scares cost McDonald's in China, Japan as sales fall
CapnSinbadJan. 22, 2015 - 03:35PM JST
Apparently those doo-dads for holding an umbrella are also considered illegal as the wind can blow the umbrella into your face and maybe cause an accident. Gray areas abound. Where I live in Itabashi, they have lovely red brick lanes for bicycles on the sidewalks, and grey for peds. Guess where all the peds are ? Strolling all through the bike lane, totally oblivious as usual. Very spatially unaware they are. When I chastise them for it they unload a torrent of verbal abuse even though they are clearly in the wrong. Morally bankrupt as well. Big surprise.
Posted in: Gov't to tighten penalties for dangerous bicycle riding
CapnSinbadNov. 01, 2014 - 12:34PM JST
Nice to see young people having some harmless fun. The world needs more of this kind of thing.
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CapnSinbadOct. 08, 2014 - 10:46PM JST
That's insane expensive. I bought a beautiful 17" screen Aspire laptop at Walmart 3 years ago for $375 and the thing still kicks ass ! My wife's Sony Vaio which I bought at the same time here for $800 has almost packed it in and is so poorly made it's falling apart.
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CapnSinbadSep. 16, 2014 - 12:43PM JST
Many younger people stopped buying watches years ago because of having smart phones. I wonder what age group Apple is targeting with these smartwatches ? Young people will probably ignore them and older people will find them too hard to read (like me). Apple could take a real bath with these.
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
CapnSinbadAug. 20, 2013 - 12:25PM JST
Agreed, demi-glace sauce, probably out of a big can, is so gross, and adding potato to burgers is a definite no-no. As stated, Mos burgers are sloppy and messy, better eaten with a fork or even a spoon. Plus they're expensive and you have to wait a while to get them. Call this ad campaign DOA.
Posted in: MOS Burger’s new premium hamburger packs a sophisticated punch
CapnSinbadJul. 07, 2013 - 08:02AM JST
I wore a helmet in Tokyo a few times but school girls kept pointing and laughing so I stopped. It's still an anomaly here to wear a helmet on the streets and most people are reticent to don one.
Posted in: Ehime enacts law instructing cyclists to wear a helmet
CapnSinbadJun. 11, 2013 - 08:42PM JST
Been a few times: food's ok if you make your choices wisely, girls are nice, a fun place. Who doesn't need more places for some harmless fun in Tokyo ?
Posted in: Hooters to open 1st restaurant in Osaka; 3rd location in Tokyo
CapnSinbadJun. 11, 2013 - 07:19PM JST
The same thing happened to a friend of mine at Yoyogi Station: he fell into the large gap that exists on the platform there where the platform curves. The train left and he fortunately survived so he made a major complaint. Someone from the station brought around a box of cookies the next day and apologized. Case closed. He was dumbfounded.
Posted in: Station official allowed subway train to leave despite woman being on tracks
Mar. 28, 2015 - 07:56PM JST
Hope they don't slide down the slopes in heavy rainfall. Hope they r ally think things…
Posted in: NTT Facilities tests installation of solar panels on slopes
Mar. 28, 2015 - 07:51PM JST
http://www.nas.gov.sg/moff/ Old Ford Factory
Posted in: Abe to attend Lee's funeral in Singapore
Mar. 28, 2015 - 07:45PM JST
@plasticmonkey, well I really don't care whether other people like my hobby off course, it's my…
Posted in: World's first 'otaku' summit opens in Japan
Mar. 28, 2015 - 07:44PM JST
He only sustained minor injuries. Um, it could have been worse. From now on, I think,…
Posted in: Police officer hit by bikers fleeing from traffic summons
Mar. 28, 2015 - 07:42PM JST
The non-otaku comments make me laugh. We do read books without pictures, probably more often than…