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MapleGNov. 22, 2014 - 11:36PM JST
Quite frankly these photos would put me off visiting Japan, not entice me.
Posted in: New ad campaign features Japan in all its stunning glory
MapleGNov. 21, 2014 - 10:31PM JST
The manufacturer claims to be anguished? Sure thing. Their anguish is nothing compared to the anguish of the family of the deceased.
Posted in: After 4 hours of questions, U.S. senators get no clear answers on air bag safety
MapleGNov. 21, 2014 - 10:28PM JST
Ever been to a Japanese beach near the end of the day? Now there's a pigsty.
Posted in: Japanese baseball fans disappointed by filthy conditions visiting Major Leaguers left dugout in
MapleGNov. 12, 2014 - 10:31AM JST
If a shop's claim to fame is that John Lennon/Yorko Ono had coffee there, then we are talking 30 plus years ago. Things have changed since 1980
Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success
MapleGNov. 06, 2014 - 07:58PM JST
Stories like this are why I refuse to spend my tourist money in Florida.In years past, living in Canada, a Florida vacation was something to look forward to. But not any more..the place is a nuthouse.
I mean seriously, they are treating homeless people like pigeons that you are forbidden to feed?
Posted in: Florida man arrested for feeding homeless in public park
MapleGNov. 06, 2014 - 07:51PM JST
I have no problem with a campaign to keept temps at 20C during the winter, but telling people what to wear as if they are 5 years old is a bit much. Now..step 1 would be to enforce this 20C on trains and department stores. I was in a store in Okayama yesterday with a local market. The temp in the store was at least 30C, possibly higher. Very few vendors had their perishable goods refrigetated or on ice. Train earlier today was boiling hot for no good reason.
As a Canadian in Japan my biggest complaint is the unrelenting heat in stores, trains, buildings etc. I get strange looks wearing short sleeved shirts, but it's the only way I can cope, and a Gatsby Ice paper is usually close at hand.
Not sure why people here are so prone to the cold..after all, what happened to the Japan is a 4 season saying? I go to the local sento and see people wearing long Johns in the middle of the day (when the temp is 15 to 22C outside). Heck in Canada we don't start wearing those unless it is below minus 20, and even then only if heading outside for an extended period, not just walking to a bus or train. Also, girls wearing scarves when it is 15C--really?
Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan
MapleGOct. 29, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
I won't complain about Engrish is most cases, particularly when it is a small Mom and Pop type business or a sign painter in a rural town...it might not be perfect, but at least it gets the point across in some way to an English speaking visitor.
What I do object to is Engrish when it is done by a huge corporation. Look at Hitachi who are using the slogan "Imagine the Next". Just saw it on a huge sign today outside one of their facilities. I just can’t imagine how or why the brain trust there picked that slogan.
Posted in: Why does 'Engrish' happen in Japan?
MapleGOct. 19, 2014 - 03:39AM JST
The show organizers are to blame. What use is giving repeated warnings which were ignored to stay off the grate? They should have stopped the show until the grate was cleared. If people continued to go back to the grate , end the show.
Not much different that those sad situations where a nightclub flouts safety standards and a fire ensues. It's not the patrons' fault..it is the nightclubs.
Posted in: S Korean safety official commits suicide after concert tragedy kills 16
MapleGOct. 10, 2014 - 06:58AM JST
You have to admit, 20,000 yen is really an insult as a bonus.
Posted in: Nobel winner Nakamura was salaryman who took on bosses
MapleGOct. 10, 2014 - 06:16AM JST
Reminder to self...never, ever visit Yemen
Posted in: 43 dead in suicide attack in Yemen capital
MapleGOct. 07, 2014 - 12:08AM JST
For those saying "no sympathy", I suggest a re-evaluation of your position. Things are not always black and white.
Walk a mile in another man's shoes goes the old credo, and I think it fits this story.
MapleGOct. 05, 2014 - 09:28AM JST
Looks like the old goats never give up.
Posted in: Solitary seniors who seek soul mates descend into stalking
MapleGOct. 04, 2014 - 03:03AM JST
It's not that much of a savings really-buy a 5,000 bottle and save 400 yen. Hardly worth the hassle of the paperwork.
Posted in: Japan expands tax-free shopping range
MapleGOct. 02, 2014 - 03:34AM JST
Very well said YuriOntani.
And for those who have not seen bi-level (2 Storey) Shinkansen, just hear north from Tokyo and you will see plenty of them I like the Max Toki
Posted in: Train service
MapleGSep. 17, 2014 - 10:41PM JST
He must be running low on funds...so back to performing he goes
Posted in: Cat Stevens announces brief U.S. concert tour
MapleGSep. 15, 2014 - 11:26PM JST
Most of the chronic pot smokers I knew from my university days ended up as complete duds in life.
Posted in: Daily cannabis smokers risk health, wellbeing and achievement
MapleGSep. 13, 2014 - 05:06AM JST
Oops--forgot the word not in my earlier posting...it should have read "because Japan will NOT easily let foreigners retire to Japan..."
Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas
MapleGSep. 13, 2014 - 05:05AM JST
I know people in Canada who would gladly retire and live in a small Japanese village in Kyushu. Nicer winter in Kyushu, than say Winnipeg.
Of course, it can't actually happen because Japan will easily let foreigners retire to Japan or live there.
Such a shame, and having at one time in my life studied demographics, Japan really has not fully grasped what its future will hold with a declining and aging population. Without youth, the economy will stagger and retract..many places will end up as virtual ghost towns
MapleGAug. 28, 2014 - 09:18PM JST
Never saw it and won't bother to, even if it is free on a plane. Kind of disappointed that a Disney Movie makes it to #2 all time.
Posted in: 'Frozen' on track to become second highest-grossing film in Japan
MapleGAug. 03, 2014 - 08:57PM JST
If you wake up every morning and predict a disaster is coming tomorrow, eventually you will be proven correct. Has nothing to do with skill, just the fact you have bleated the same thing for years on end.
Sounds like some of these predictor types have been wearing their tin foil hats a little too tight.
Posted in: Scientist predicts another major earthquake in Japan by 2017
Nov. 27, 2014 - 06:20PM JST
As cute as she I couldn't let her near my stuff.
Posted in: From Japan, the joy of minimalism at home
Nov. 27, 2014 - 06:13PM JST
@ theeastisred at Nov. 27, 2014 - 03:38PM JST
Surely *washi *is very much and very…
Posted in: Washi paper added to list of UNESCO intangible heritage items
Nov. 27, 2014 - 06:12PM JST
In so far as exploiting a loophole.
How is it exploiting a loophole? They were given…
Posted in: New whaling plan will prove hunt is for scientific purposes: negotiator
Nov. 27, 2014 - 06:06PM JST
accoridng to Yomiuri newspaper,
( The cout room was filled with 70 people, one…
Posted in: Japanese journalist goes on trial for defaming S Korean president
There is an OVERWHELMING ratio of black men killing white people to white cops killing unarmed…
Posted in: More than 400 arrested as Ferguson protests spread to other U.S. cities