Livvie's past comments

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    Livvie

    Yes. I do from time to time. Wish I could do it more often.

    Posted in: Could you go a day without using your smartphone or cell phone?

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    Livvie

    This thread...oh boy...

    This argument is a losing battle. However please allow me to throw in my two cents!

    People with weight issues will forever be labeled as "lazy", "disgusting", "a tax on the health care system" etc. Especially women. Just can't win. Not to mention the fact that it seems that the people who say these things about women in particular, aren't the pillars of health themselves. It is perfectly acceptable for a chain smoking, heavy drinking, overworked and sexually promiscuous louse to tell someone that they need to get in shape, from merely judging that person's physical appearance.

    Just as there are people who are thin, not because they have eating disorders, but because their metabolism stops them from gaining a lot of weight, there are plenty of people who aren't thin and are still physically active, but will forever be questioned about their lifestyle and eating habits. How many All You Can Eat Sweets Cafes do you see abroad? How many in Tokyo? Right? And they are all filled seemingly healthy looking Japanese women. I had a female friend who was quite slim, and when I saw her eat most of her meals weren't really meals. It was ice cream, a slice of cake, a cookie, a piece of curry bread from the convenience store, So, does that make her better because she looks "healthy" on the outside? Is it okay for her to continue eating the way she is eating because it helps her stay slim? No. But if you saw her sitting next to a "marshmallow" girl in McDonalds, where would your look of distain be directed to? The big girl right?

    Yes there is a problem with obesity in the world, but do you really think shaming them by calling them names will motivate them to get healthy? For some people, yes. For others, it actually ends up exacerbating the problem, and that's when you see cases of people just shutting down and shutting themselves up in their homes, slowly eating themselves to death because they can't deal with the ridicule anymore and food is the only thing that makes them happy.

    Just some food for thought (pardon the pun)

    Posted in: Don’t call them fat; call them Marshmallow Girls

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    Livvie

    There are quite a few people in Japan, male AND female, who are allergic to the sun. At first I found the full body sun armour crazy and unnatural, but then when I became good friends with someone who can't even drive her car without gloves on because she breaks out into hives I changed my perspective. Yes, there will always be someone who will put up a parasol or wear black gloves up to their elbows for the sake of keeping pale and beautiful, but there's always someone who wears it because they really have no choice. If I were a man and had to choose between wearing a bee keeper hat or using a parasol on the walk to the office...I'd choose the parasol. Preferably in a chic navy blue or black pinstripe to blend in with my salary man suit.

    Posted in: Japan and the rise of the male parasol

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    Livvie

    I loved the Dojunkai Apartments in Omotesando and wanted to live in them so badly before they tore them down! Ended up moving to another historical building up the street in Harajuku but moved after the 3/11 earthquake. There were so many cracks that appeared inside and outside the building after the earthquake and all the aftershocks it was quite unsettling. The building was built in the early sixties so I can only imagine what kind of damage has been done to the remaining Dojunkai apartments! Still I think they should stop building soulless concrete buildings like Omotesando Hills and at least preserve a small part of the building for history's sake.

    Posted in: Last 'dojunkai' apartments to be demolished in June

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    Livvie

    I saw the Air Force Two with all the bodyguards on the tarmac today at Haneda and knew something was up!

    Posted in: Shake

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    Livvie

    I'm not sure why his girlfriend Yuri has to be part of his entourage??? Doesn't she have school or a job to go to? Is she his caddy or something?

    Posted in: Rising star Ishikawa starting to fade

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    Livvie

    Or just look for the Korean company's "Hurom Slow Juicer" that Sharp copied to make this more expensive version of. I have a Hurom that I bought on Rakuten last year. Love it. The quality and colour of juice that comes out of this thing will make you never want to buy anything sold in a bottle again. It was a little pricey but certainly not $400. Not only that, the company I got it from threw in a whole bunch of ohmake- a big box of carrots and apples, some kind of organic powder for cleaning fruit, and bags specially designed for keeping produce fresher longer! It was a great deal!

    Posted in: Slow juicer for more nutritious fresh juice

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    Livvie

    Sigh, that's one more taxi driver who won't stop to pick me up (or any foreigner up) from now on. Though I do suspect that this may have been a dispute over the cost of the fare? 1500 yen from Roppongi to Hiroo seems like a lot, and maybe the ladies were upset because they felt they were being ripped off?

    Posted in: Two Russian women arrested for not paying taxi fare, assaulting driver

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    Livvie

    This missed the most important piece of advice: "Avoid Renting a Flat at the First Floor". There are plenty of Japanese men in each and every neighborhood who will be stealing your pants and bras from the balcony of the first floor. They prefer them unwashed but may be content with the washed ones on the laundry rope too. Just don't live on the first floor!

    VERY important point. I learned my lesson after I caught my drunk and aroused landlord peeping through my living room window one summer night.

    Posted in: Safety tips for foreign women in Japan

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    Livvie

    I think the type of "haafu" you are will also affect the way you are treated by society here. You might get special treatment as a child, but the darker your skin tone becomes the more complicated things get....Hopefully with time Japan will be become more accepting. Perhaps they can start by not using the term "haafu" anymore. That would be nice.

    Posted in: What it means to be 'haafu' in Japan

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    Livvie

    Exactly tmarie! Not to mention the fact that she is not a mother, and the publication is not a parenthood magazine or anything of the sort. It was meant to be published in a magazine that is primarily read by young males, as the article states. She is looking at the camera very suggestively while a young boy is cupping her breasts. It may not be child porn in some people's eyes but it is most certainly inappropriate. Ugh. They probably wanted a little boy because they thought it would look innocent and tiny kid hands would make her breasts look bigger.

    Posted in: Police to investigate former AKB48 singer's 'child porn' picture

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    Livvie

    Could be mistaken but I believe CN Tower in Toronto isn't really in a residential area so it may not be as big of an issue. Sky Tree is smack dab in the middle of Shitamachi so you know how densely populated the area is. Maybe they should have built it near Tokyo Bay instead ?

    Posted in: Falling snow from Tokyo Skytree crashes through roof of home

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    Livvie

    I agree with you Neil, it is a little crazy but as long as it keeps people from staying locked inside their apartments reading manga and not being able to find love or even friendship because of social ineptness I say go for it.

    Posted in: Geeks seek love at masked match-making event

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    Livvie

    Sales, CD or iTunes or otherwise are still important to an artist's livelihood. It cost money to tour, to hire the musicians and feed them, book rehearsal studios for weeks at a time, hire people to rig the lights, set up and tear down the sets, to pay for the hotels, to print the tickets and promote the show. Once the build a fan base and those fans start coming to shows on a regular basis then the artist can begin to make money off ticket sales. But the bigger the production, the smaller that profit margin gets. Nowadays record companies are not willing to put much money towards a major tour unless they know that the artist is selling. Once they know that people are buying their work then the record company will sign the cheques. Which means if people aren't buying the music or corporations aren't willing to use that artist's music in commercials, etc., they won't have the money they need to put on the show they want. It's even more important when that artist is independant and there is no middle man.

    Anyway it's about time Sony opened up and started offering their music on iTunes and other outlets. I think not doing so hurt their business and their image a bit.

    Posted in: Apple's iTunes to sell rival Sony's Japanese songs

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    Livvie

    Some of the comments on JT really astound me sometimes...

    All I can say is this - as long as she is still able to fit in the clothing that Prada required her to wear, and looks good in said clothing, it doesn't matter how "fat" she is.

    Last week I went to the wedding party of an acquaintance who works at another uber-famous fashion house and I had the unfortunate experience of sitting next to her colleagues, who were the most unfriendly, unpleasant people I've met in memory. They took my friends' seats without even asking and then scoffed at them when they took their seats back, talked amongst themselves with their noses stuck up in the air and ignored everyone around them. By the end of the night one of them got drunk enough to come up to me and say " I noticed SOMETHING sitting over there (in reference to me!) but I didn't realize who you were." If the people I sat next to are anything like the people Ms. Bovrisse worked with, I completely sympathize with her. Having said that, getting a judge (especially in Asia) to side with you on a case based mainly on issues regarding physical appearance seems like an impossible feat.

    Posted in: Tokyo court dismisses Prada sexual harassment suit

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    Livvie

    I always ask myself this question whenever I try to buy celery. Why is celery so expensive here? Why on earth do they only sell them in stalks of ONE or TWO?? Why can't I buy a bunch of celery like at any other North American supermarket?

    Posted in: With a few exceptions, why is fruit so expensive in Japan?

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    Livvie

    @ Badge213 - Thanks for the info. I am self employed, single, have private health insurance and am not a permanent resident. I also have a tax accountant that processes all of my returns and files my receipts every year, I pay my taxes, and am requested to bring my tax returns and proof of payments to immigration every time I renew my visa. I haven't once been asked about my contributions to the National Pension plan. So either it is already being taken out of my income when I pay my taxes, or I've slipped through a huge loophole, or I should be expecting someone from the government knocking at my door any minute.

    Posted in: Cool Japan? With new resident system for foreigners, 'Cold Japan' fits better

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    Livvie

    Well after spending over five hours at immigration on Tuesday trying to get my new visa and residency card, I really can't see how this is going to make things easier or better. You no longer need to purchase a reentry visa but they don't even stamp your passport anymore. Your visa is the new card. Not only that, after waiting all that time and finally getting the card in hand I was told by the clerk that they don't do address registration and that I need to go to my ward office to do so. So now I have to head over to my local kuyakusho just to get them to write my address on the back of my new "state of the art" residency card with a black marker. Now that's progress. If next year they start forcing us to pay into the pension/health plan I'll be bidding this country adieu.

    Posted in: Cool Japan? With new resident system for foreigners, 'Cold Japan' fits better

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    Livvie

    Good for her! It's nice to see Japanese actors that are willing to step out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves. The drama/movie scene in Japan really stifles growth IMHO. How many times can you play a cute but feisty flight attendant/lawyer/police officer/school teacher/you fill in the blank before you get tired of it? Or before they get tired of you once you start to show signs of aging? I wish her all the best.

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    Livvie

    Methinks this is a marketing ploy...

    and shame on Japan Today for trying to pass this off as entertainment news. 90% of the article is just quotes from comments on her YouTube channel. Nevertheless I hope her intentions are true and I wish her the best.

    Posted in: Mystery singer does covers of AKB48 and Shinji Harada

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