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CapnSinbadDec. 27, 2015 - 05:32PM JST
Does this mean he'll be allowed to enter Japan now for press tours ?
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CapnSinbadDec. 20, 2015 - 06:52PM JST
I just saw it, just as good as when I first saw it back in '77.
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CapnSinbadApr. 25, 2015 - 01:07PM JST
* Aaaand that's Thursday.*
That was funny. Good one.
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CapnSinbadApr. 25, 2015 - 01:03PM JST
Why must Japan constantly be in need of being understood ? Enough of this endless navel-gazing already. Sheesh.
Posted in: 8 places you need to visit to really understand Japan
CapnSinbadMar. 30, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
My wife smokes under the kitchen fan. I tell her everyday she's killing me and the 4 cats but she just says 'shoganai'. What can ya do ? Guys at work who smoke stink esp. in the elevator. When I inform them of such, they grin sheepishly, and several of them just got married so there's no accounting for taste it would seem. Smoking in restaurants is so primitive, why can't they figure this out ?
Posted in: Vast majority of women in survey say no to guys who smoke
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.
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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 ?
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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.
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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.
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May. 02, 2016 - 12:37PM JST
Bullsh.t I:m sick of this tired of this lame excuse. The lowest wages in Japan are…
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I have hated them for over 2 decades now, the noise, crowds, pricing, it all seems…
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May. 02, 2016 - 12:35PM JST
What happens when 'unauthorized' facilities disappear?
I remember Mr Aso, actual Minister of Finance, had a…
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May. 02, 2016 - 12:33PM JST
God bless Paul Bremer for showing the Iraqis how to do corruption properly. That $8.8 billion…
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DisillusionedMAY. 02, 2016 - 11:42AM JST
Money cannot buy a reputation.
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