MapleG's past comments

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    MapleG

    I sure don't understand the obsession with limited edition items, especially something as mundane as a Suica card. Folks, it is just a commodity item and 10,0000 of them does not mean it is even close to rare.

    I mean even today's newspaper is a limited edition if you thing about it.

    Posted in: Chaos as Tokyo Station celebrates centenary

  • 2

    MapleG

    “If they have the money, they’d better spend it."

    Man am I glad my wife never talked like that. I would have run fast from any girlfriend with such an attitude.

    Posted in: How much do Japanese girls expect their boyfriends to spend on Christmas presents?

  • -2

    MapleG

    . In any other environment, a 27% (!) price hike would be the sign of a serious crisis.

    That's 27% since 1990...in any other economy in the wold that would be consider a blessing not a curse.

    And if you pay has not risen 27% since 1990, that tells me all I need to know.

    Posted in: Japan's beef bowl - symbol of deflation - to get price hike

  • 2

    MapleG

    upon learning the woman was a police officer, Ukai’s “spirits sank.

    And more that just his spirit sank, says I.

    Posted in: Policewoman grabs groper on train

  • 0

    MapleG

    Niagara Falls has a Festival of Lights around Christmas time...so nothing wrong with Japan doing it either

    Posted in: Niagara night

  • 2

    MapleG

    Sounds revolting.

    Posted in: Drinkable cookies in a can mean there’s no need to pour yourself a glass of milk

  • 0

    MapleG

    Why pick on these people who are working here legally and trying to make a living? They are not too pushy and anyone who ends up being drugged in one of their bars only has themselves to blame. Leave them alone, I say

    Blaming the victim? Seriously?

    Posted in: Police crack down on bar, adult establishment touts during year-end

  • 0

    MapleG

    Hope they export this thing out of Japan for the rest of the world

    Posted in: Honda begins sales of all-new Grace hybrid sedan

  • -5

    MapleG

    Sorry, but seriously..how many sword fights can one look at in a row? And it's not like anyone figures Bllbo, Gandallf or many of the other leads are going to kick the bucket. No real suspense, just a lot of waiting for the inevitable.

    Posted in: Dark and epic 'The Hobbit' finale premieres

  • 1

    MapleG

    This warning has been on the US site for years....and I would suggest they expand it a little to Kabukichō as well. The foreign touts there are relentless.

    Posted in: U.S. Embassy warns citizens about drink spiking in Roppongi

  • 1

    MapleG

    GM is not really the choice of luxury car buyers in the USA and Canada. As for Lincoln, just a rebadged Ford for more money. The quality of GM is not what is should be.

    Posted in: U.S. automakers aim for luxury market in China

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    MapleG

    Actually it looks pretty good (and I grew up in Niagara Falls)

    Posted in: Niagara night

  • 2

    MapleG

    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

  • 3

    MapleG

    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

  • 5

    MapleG

    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

  • 6

    MapleG

    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

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    Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success

  • 3

    MapleG

    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

  • 2

    MapleG

    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

  • 6

    MapleG

    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?

  • 0

    MapleG

    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

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