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KabukiloverDec. 09, 2013 - 06:39PM JST
Let me say this. I am all for instructional video for foreigners who will be flooding Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics. Please understand that will the low yen a lot of foreigners will want more than bathing at a public bath.
We need more instructional videos so that foreign visitors do not run smoke! This is absolutely vital to Japan's wellbeing!
We need videos regarding proper behavior regarding the following:
*How to use chopsticks. Yes I know WE resident foreigners know how to use them. But what about the hicks from Iowa? There is a right way and a wrong way to use chopsticks. Wrong way: Please to do not spear the sashimi with a chopstick. We japan only do that if we are absolutely dead drunk and no responsible for our behavior.
The proper behavior in going to a soap land. Do not be offended if they charge extra for foreigners. The girls do not speak English and you in bigger than they are normally used to. I am speaking of body weight of course.
How to ride a commuter train. There is a polite way of sticking your elbow into someone's back when you get on a crowded train in the morning.
There should be other instructional videos as well. It is vital to Japan in 2020.
Posted in: Instructional video promotes public baths to foreign visitors
KabukiloverDec. 09, 2013 - 06:22PM JST
When you are well taken care of you do not age so quickly.
Posted in: Happy 50th birthday
KabukiloverDec. 08, 2013 - 11:24AM JST
It can happen here. It has happened here before.
A warning about supposedly friendly strangers who as ask you personal questions. Ignore them.
Posted in: People will be living in a society where they could be punished for not knowing what's secret and what's not. Arrests, court judgments, all could be secret. This would violate the constitution.
KabukiloverDec. 08, 2013 - 11:11AM JST
You do not need a doctorate to learn good manners in a sento. It is not that much different from what you learn before going into a public pool in North America or a hot spring in Europe, Asia, New Zealand or Greenland. Clean yourself off before you go in. If you have a skin diseases don't go in. Once you are in don't splash or make wee wee. There is nothing really unique about what the Japanese do. The only thing that may be different is that the Japanese cover their private areas when they go into the water.
I am not a mixed bathing fan. The water is usually the right temperature to breed bacteria. Inevitably someone does make wee wee. In Japan people check out your body if you are a Westerner. That can be annoying.
Funny how there were success law suits filled against sentos that discriminated against people who did not look typically Japanese a decade ago. Can't have that during the Olympics, I guess.
KabukiloverDec. 08, 2013 - 10:49AM JST
Most of these people have the right to vote. Let us hope they good memories of how the LDP walked all over the people will in the next election. If Japanese democracy is to be saved the LDP and its followers must be removed from power.
Posted in: People power
KabukiloverDec. 07, 2013 - 07:58AM JST
Another nail in the coffin of Japanese democracy.
Posted in: Diet passes controversial secrets law despite protests
KabukiloverDec. 03, 2013 - 10:21PM JST
Quite right. This is old news. Traditionally, the oldies were the bullies in the family. A lot of the current oldies are bitter because they had to take it and cannot give it back in the modern Japanese family. I well remember the old ladies who rammed their fists into your back to make you move faster in a crowded line. That was in Nagoya. Maybe that sort of behavior is confined to Nagoya. I haven't seen it in years.
Commuter trains are bad places to draw generalization because everyone behaves like an animal there. Ditto on the street and on the road.
I do know and have known oldies who have an acute social conscience and concern for peace, democracy and human rights. I've know the other kind too: totalitarian in thought and deed. I can tell you stories.
One must be careful about making generalities based on particular situations.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
KabukiloverDec. 01, 2013 - 10:13AM JST
Yeah, I guess I am pretty unmotivated or I wouldn't be sitting here writing anonymous postings.
Let me repeat something. What Spa's article is saying was not made an issue during the boom years. In those days conservatives held up Japanese workers are paragon of diligence (so obedient, working long hours, never striking, etc.). Now with this a 20 + year recession we get spurious stuff like this.
Posted in: If you're low-income, here's what you're doing wrong
KabukiloverDec. 01, 2013 - 09:50AM JST
Thanks to Article 9 there are people who were born and grew old in a country that did not go to war. On the other hand, successive LDP governments have supported every worthless, unjust war that the US has ever fought.
Posted in: The generation that didn't go through the war feel the experience of terrible suffering in World War II is not a problem for them to worry about because it's removed from their everyday lives, and they feel that today's wars, too, are geographically and psychologically distant.
KabukiloverNov. 30, 2013 - 01:23PM JST
Something is happening internally with the PRC's power elite. This zone nonsense is crazy--and I think it is a distracter. I suspect there is going to be a revolt within the state, followed by a purge. After that, whoever takes control will likely start to mend fences. What is happening is not good for the PRC's business. The only thing I can see is that the people on top are creating an unnecessary crisis to save their skins.
Posted in: China sends fighters to ID flights by U.S. and Japan
KabukiloverNov. 30, 2013 - 10:35AM JST
I knew, I just knew, that we would get at least one self-made man story that divides humanity into hardworking rich people and lazy bum poor people. There are two problems with these sort of stories, both in themselves and as moral tales. First, in-your-face self-made men seldom if ever tell the whole truth about their successes. Second, ambition alone does not guarantee success. I saw lots of ambition and lots of success and failure stories in the Silicon Valley, New York and here in Japan. The burst dot com bubble in Silicon Valley devastated a lot of self-made men almost overnight.
One thing the ruling classes do not want is ambitious working people. They form unions, and sometimes start revolutions.
Rubbish like this Spa! article tend to surface during hard times, or in places where gross inequalities prevail. I cannot recall anything like the article under discussion being published during Japan's bubble economy years. If there were such articles they were not about Japan's working population. What we did get, over and over, was how hard-working the Japanese all were. Following Spa!'s reasoning, can we conclude economic downturns create laziness? Did Japan's 20 year slide begin when one grey day Japan's hard-working people decide to become lazy?
I am writing this as a successful person (phi beta kappa, Ph.D. job that I love for starters). I will tell what any other honest successful person will tell you: no matter how hardworking, bright and talented you are, a large part of your success will come about because of good luck.
KabukiloverNov. 29, 2013 - 10:49AM JST
"Failure to grow up." Right. This can be said about a lot of successful professional people and I know and read about daily. Privileged people have no incentives to grow up. Low income people grow up very quickly, knowing that the system is not for them.
Success depends a lot on networking with successful people. This is something that poor don't have. They have to work harder to achieve success and a significant failure rate should be expected.
One interesting thing is that success lets you out of suffering over your job all the time in lots of cases. I know doctors who jam with their bands on weekends, highly successful independent business people who travel, run in marathons and various professionals who take photographs with expensive cameras.
KabukiloverNov. 28, 2013 - 08:48AM JST
This article is typical conservatives rubbish in claiming that the poor can only blame themselves for their poverty. The articles only "proof" is a collection of doubtful anecdotes. The fact is that economic downturns impoverish people, no matter who diligent they are how many wedding they attend. Success has much to with privilege and luck especially in hard times.
KabukiloverNov. 27, 2013 - 12:38PM JST
Cell phone use is now banned because of safety concerns. I would worry about cell phones endangering a flight above all else But after that the noise pollution. Try to tell people to stop being bothersome. Either people will tell you to f off or ignore you. Cell phones are banned in a lot of public places because their use would disturb others. The last place you need to have people being disturbed is on an airplane.
Posted in: The U.S. government is considering to permit passengers to make and receive cell phone calls while in flight. The flight attendants' union oppose it, saying it would cause trouble, as well as bother other passengers. What's your stance?
KabukiloverNov. 23, 2013 - 09:30PM JST
The most important thing is that we would not have had the trauma that followed the JFK murder. There would be other assassinations in the the 1960s that would traumatize us nevertheless.
Other than that, the Vietnam horror probably would happened on one hand and major strides in civil rights would be made on the other, which is what happened under LDP.
It is possible that JFK would have died in office. He was heavily doped up with painkillers and anti-depressants. His body might not have been able to take it.
Camelot would probably have fizzled out if JFK escalated the war in Vietnam. He might have ended his second term as unpopular as Johnson.
One thing I am certain of. He would have been reelected. There was not a Republican around that could compete with him.
Posted in: Speculation time: How do you think the U.S. and the world would have been different if JFK had not been assassinated 50 years ago?
KabukiloverNov. 23, 2013 - 05:51PM JST
Wait a moment. This is said to have happened on Sept. 21 and we are only hearing about it now--how come? Was not on Nov. 21?
Posted in: Man arrested for cutting off sleeping woman's underwear
KabukiloverNov. 16, 2013 - 09:05PM JST
Quite true, Bertie Wooster. But I suspect that at the same time the US would rather see him gone and replaced with a reactionary with a softer touch.
Posted in: U.S.-Japan relations are generally on an even keel, but President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are not as close as some would like. The chemistry is off, possibly because Obama does not support the right-wing views Abe holds.
KabukiloverNov. 16, 2013 - 02:18PM JST
Abe's rightist views are extremist for a national leader and Obama is perfectly correct in keep a polite diplomatic distance from him. It is not a matter of chemistry but sound politics. Abe is disliked by a number of America's Asian allies. Being too close to him would invite trouble.
So wants better chemical interaction between these to leaders? I do not.
KabukiloverNov. 09, 2013 - 09:17AM JST
Agree with Smith. This is a fine commentary on the state of respect for the law and law enforcement in Japan. Two Channel is violating the law. And the police are making a "request" that this website obey the law and remove illegal content. Requesting that the law be obeyed is stupid. If you have beg someone a favor to obey the law, the law is not really the law. It is merely a set of suggestions. What have police done about this website's refusal to obey the law? Nothing. Question. Are the police really serous about seeing the law obeyed? Or is the just a show? Are the police in fact sympathetic with the bigotry that prevails on 2 Channel? Or are they just too lazy?
Try refusing to pay for a speeding ticket and see what happens. You will get more than a request.
Posted in: 2 channel leaves 90% of illegal posts online despite police request
KabukiloverNov. 08, 2013 - 12:00PM JST
See those guys bowing? Push their faces into some of that food they have mislabeled.
Posted in: Luxury Okura hotel chain ensnared in food-label scandal
Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:48AM JST
Her coach got her drunk and had sex with her. Maybe she said yes. Maybe she…
Posted in: Olympic judo champion loses appeal over 5-year jail term for rape
Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:33AM JST
So much for the superior Japanese education system.
...is what I'd LIKE to say, but I…
Posted in: Japanese college students struggle to answer basic astronomy questions
Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:32AM JST
OssanAmerica, you are very good at distorting the facts about Cairo declaration and Potsdam Proclamation. If…
Posted in: Gov't panel calls for stronger military to deal with China
Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:27AM JST
The Japanese who live in the United States don't receive any legal assistance on a private…
Posted in: U.S. House pressures countries on child abductions
Dec. 13, 2013 - 04:17AM JST
Lost in all this discussion is the perspective of outsiders like those in North America or…
Posted in: Japan hangs two death-row inmates