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JapanGalOct. 29, 2014 - 07:34PM JST
Wow, larger than gentle giants in America.
Welcome too Japan. Hope they do not make you sit on a tatami mat, nor a common sized short Japanese chair.
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JapanGalOct. 29, 2014 - 07:32PM JST
Farm boy, your weather forecasts are faulty. Have you ever heard of the Westerlies? They bring the Taifu.
Posted in: Kyushu town approves nuclear reactor restart
JapanGalOct. 29, 2014 - 07:28PM JST
My work station. Was taihen!
Posted in: 19-year-old arrested for pushing man off train platform
JapanGalOct. 28, 2014 - 09:14PM JST
No address is a catch 22 in this country. You cannot even get a post office box. Homeless are destined to stay homeless.
Tikkun Olan and Tzedekah are very much needed.
Posted in: Undercounting Tokyo’s down and out
JapanGalOct. 28, 2014 - 09:01AM JST
Must have been one strong woman to strangle an adult young male. More info when it comes out please. Thanks
Posted in: Woman arrested for strangling 18-year-old son to death
JapanGalOct. 28, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
I enjoy the stores that have signs that say "Open" and "Close"
But I go nuts when I hear, "Thank you for riding Odakyu Line"
Anyway, I cannot spell in English at all, so am not bothered by mispellings. Spell check cannot find my intended words.
So, just enjoy the bad Engrish, smile at it, take a picture and send it home to family and friends.
Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?
JapanGalOct. 27, 2014 - 11:09PM JST
He has studied and learned Chinese which is fantastic. I would bet that his wife has learned Hebrew also to become part of his multi-dimensional civilisation that he comes from.
Started in 2010 and talked for 30 minutes. Pretty good.
Most gaijin here know as many as two words per year for the total number of years they have been here.
And for those criticising an accent, why would you want to lose your own and pretend to be a Japanese national. That is so boring. Be proud of your roots. Keep the accent.
Posted in: Zuckerberg speaks Chinese, Beijing students cheer
JapanGalOct. 27, 2014 - 11:02PM JST
Personally, I found the books trite, boring and very difficult to get through after many tries.
I guess my mind works in more creative and fulfilling ways.
Posted in: Cost of making 'Hobbit' movies up to $745 million
JapanGalOct. 27, 2014 - 10:58PM JST
Semantics do no count when death is the issue.
RIP no matter what kind of building took your life away.
Posted in: 2 children among 4 dead in fire at Ishikawa religious facility
JapanGalOct. 27, 2014 - 10:45PM JST
Personally, I find the toilets here in general brilliant, especially the handicap toilets. Super clean in general. Privacy with doors down to the floors, rather than letting everyone see your clothes and shoes is a plus too. Plus there is usually toilet paper available where as in many public toilets in America it was long gone stolen, or the seat stolen and just disgusting.
Germs are important for survival. You need them to flourish to live and grow. If you are so paranoid as to constantly go to the doctor and get antibiotics for every little bacterial infection, you are doing your body a big disservice.
Yes, door hand knobs can be contaminated . You can use a simple tissue to open it. Go with the flow.
I am definitely not a Ryokan fan, and find the mildew in general to be asthma inducing, and that really does not do me well. I also find that athlete's foot here is a killer for the public bath areas, beach showers etc. That annoys me more than just fake cleaning.
So much her looks pretty but is superficially washed. Watch how most Izakaya clean their tables. The cloths are never sterilized and wipe away. The people picking up the dirty dishes on their way back are delivering food...did they clean those hands? Heck no way.
You need dirt kids. Get over it. If you have asthma, keep away from Ryokans and old hotels. If you got other probs, keep away too.
Posted in: 5 tips for staying healthy while traveling in Japan this winter
JapanGalOct. 27, 2014 - 10:24PM JST
Messing with Israel would create a glass desert in the place that attempted to mess with them.
I hope the Palestinians decide on peace and form their own state, but they have to stop the rockets.
Posted in: Why Israel loses no sleep over Islamic State
JapanGalOct. 27, 2014 - 10:17PM JST
Has not the West in America, namely Yosemite have the same problem with hundreds of thousands of years of documented moving hot spots and huge calderas?
Posted in: Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan: study
JapanGalOct. 27, 2014 - 10:15PM JST
Secluded spot is meant that it was hot, or hiding from tax....but if that secluded spot was in a house, then I guess I would be guilty of stealing, unless I did not tell. More info needed here.
Posted in: If you found a large sum of money in a secluded spot, would you keep it or hand it in to the police?
JapanGalOct. 27, 2014 - 10:12PM JST
If I owned that many shares and had to influence over laws pertaining to it, I believe I would probably try to protect myself.
Posted in: Trade minister got funds from foreign-owned firm
JapanGalOct. 24, 2014 - 08:37AM JST
Is the club hiring?
Posted in: New trade minister hit by S&M bar scandal
JapanGalOct. 23, 2014 - 10:33AM JST
Nice to have money and health.
I was just watching the TV series Episode one with the salt craving woman. Pretty cool.
Posted in: Shatner, 'Star Trek' director to meet about role
JapanGalOct. 23, 2014 - 10:31AM JST
Hopefully a torrent out soon.
Posted in: Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for 'nuclear refugees'
JapanGalOct. 23, 2014 - 10:27AM JST
I thought it said Pork and dumping it a health hazard.
But anyway, that is alot of porn to leave in a park for kids to find.
Posted in: Pensioner arrested for dumping 200 kgs of porn in park
JapanGalOct. 23, 2014 - 10:23AM JST
We are all gullible at times. I downloaded IO8 for an iPad 2. Lucky this woman told her husband, but I cannot help wonder why she did not immediately call her son up.
Posted in: 3 members of phone fraud group arrested
JapanGalOct. 23, 2014 - 10:19AM JST
There is nothing worse than someone chomping with their mouth open and making all sorts of foul noises.
Posted in: Chewing too much hassle? Here's just the thing
Oct. 30, 2014 - 11:12PM JST
It seems not only Chileans think this sentence is short.
Chilean Justice is kinda behind times.…
Posted in: Chile man gets 10 years for killing Japanese astronomer
Oct. 30, 2014 - 11:11PM JST
Usually Japanese workers are diligent and careful so they check something to avoid mistakes. Then why…
Oct. 30, 2014 - 11:07PM JST
@ Educator - reference was to an Aussie rock song. Sorry if you didn't get it!
Posted in: Prosecutors begin probe into Obuchi political fund scandal
Oct. 30, 2014 - 11:05PM JST
Mike O'BrienOct. 30, 2014 - 08:14PM JST
Actually you did, with the line
Actually I didn't,…
Oct. 30, 2014 - 10:47PM JST
Yet many cars made in America have problems that are kept hidden due to those in…
Posted in: U.S. gov't pushes air bag maker Takata on replacement parts