Pidestroika's past comments

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    Pidestroika

    Apparently one more posting is necessary as obviously some here are too opinionated... Putting aside the "gaijin" that "atarimae" don't understand the language therefore their opinion is "not worth listening" (then why do you reply to them?) I posted that among Japanese viewers "only 8% really find the J-TV interesting. 32% are towards finding it interesting and the overwhelming 60% find the J-TV little or not interesting at all (10% hate it)." In other words 92% of the Japanese find their own TV of average or bad quality. "afanofjapan" admits that "TV in general is mindless crap" but has issues if someone says so. "ebisen" has difficulty to understand that the existence of a few good documentaries does not mean the J.-TV as a whole is good. "Disco" keeps repeating the same mantra without proving us that his/her Japanese is good enough to form an opposite opinion. People keep telling him "we understand Japanese perfectly well" but somehow it doesn't register. To him/her Japanese TV is full of unique philosophical ideas that only a native Japanese could understand and therefore no "gaijin" should ever say anything. It's extremely difficult to understand the "concept" of tarento going to a restaurant eating food and yelling "oishii", every day on every channel. Only he can understand and appreciate. Enough with this. Keep watching!!! Have a good one everybody.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

  • 4

    Pidestroika

    One final posting from me with some food for thought. Found on the net that only 28% of the Japanese, who obviously don't have any "language or cultural problems" really like their TV, 46% are inclined to like it, 20% are inclined to not like it and about 5% don't like it at all. On the other hand only 8% really find the J-TV interesting. 32% are towards finding it interesting and the overwhelming 60% find the J-TV little or not interesting at all (10% hate it).

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

  • 3

    Pidestroika

    DiscoJ, apparently you are confusing TV with Radio. You don't need to understand the language to form an oppinion whether a program is boring or fun to watch. If the acting is horrible or great. If the director has done a good job or not. If the music, the costumes, the plot and many many other things are of good guality. I enjoyed so much a music show on Indonesian TV and a game show for teenagers on Taiwan TV even though I couldn't understand the language. Excelent rhythm, presentation, director and decoration. Overall great fun to watch. When 10 of the 20 minutes of a Japanese drama is close-ups and the rest are shot in a house or school this should tell you how cheap the production is. If different actors perform in exactly the same way in every drama (and yes, my Japanese is enough to understand drama language) then obviously there are issues with quality. Two "commedians" standing on a stage doing nothing else except talking and constantly hitting each other on the head could be hilarious to you but to me it's RADIO. Not TV. Somebody out there is very confused. You and a few others presuppose none of us visiting here understand good enough Japanese to enjoy J-TV or we have cultural issues. You're wrong.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

  • 2

    Pidestroika

    afanofjapan, I have no idea what you're talking about. Read more carefuly what I wrote. You and a couple other guys feel you have some short of obligation to defend J-TV or you think it's another Japanese bushing cultural attack by the ignorant gaijin? Everybody here states their opinion. It's called "criticism", what you do when you say you like a movie or not. In my opinion, Japanese TV in general is unwatchable and absolutely terrible. The few exceptions prove the rule. The little I saw in other Asian countries I've been to is far better.

    Keep enjoying J-TV if you like it so much. I won't.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

  • 11

    Pidestroika

    An answer to the typical "language", the "gaijin can't possibly know" and "the TV in other countries is worse" arguments... In all the South-East Asia countries (5) I've travelled to and stayed for a week on average, I found that the TV was FAR BETTER than the Japanese in any respect, even though I didn't understand the language. Even the TV in Cambodia was better than the Japanese and my J wife agreed too. Just because you like a few programs on some channels, that doesn't mean that the J-TV as a whole (11+ channels, broadcasting 24/7) is good. Quite the opposite.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

  • 8

    Pidestroika

    Where do I start? It's absurd to compare J TV with other countries' and find excuses like "oh, you know in my country TV is worse, so J TV is not that bad". We are not discussing other countries' TVs. We're talking about the JAPANESE TV.

    A J. friend working with one of the channels explained that most of the programs are there to provide filler for the commercials. That tells a lot.

    News. Ugly casters with buffoon haircut and vintage style clothing running to tell some news, constantly interrupted by cms. Analog weather reports using pointing sticks and cotton to show clouds. Talk about the country of hi tech.

    A J visiting another country. His/her words are subtitled, the voices of the locals are dubbed and subtitled. Apparently the TV gurus have decided that nobody in Japan is interested to hear people from other countries speaking.

    "Downtown" used to be great. 15 years ago!!! Now they are just a bunch of supposedly genojin talking about how they spent their week. WHO CARES???

    Pachinko decoration background everywhere with kitsch waterfalls, fake flowers and lot's of sparkling stuff! Absolutely, definitely need to sparkle!

    Change the channel, change the program there seems to be the same director everywhere. Who's that guy?

    There is no comedy after Drifters. Only the constant head-top hitting. Glowing exception, the "old men on the pillows".

    Quit watching after a 2 hour special detailing which is the favorite hamburger of AKB.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

  • 2

    Pidestroika

    @lucabrasi

    "Barbarians"? Well, winter is coming. I prefer this one: "A large number of educated speakers and writers, for whatever reason, object to disinterested in the sense 'uninterested, unconcerned'--a sense it previously had but lost for awhile--and want the word to have only the meaning 'impartial, unprejudiced.' The criticized use has nevertheless gained such ground that it has practically driven out the other one. That change causes no harm to language as communication. We have merely lost a synonym for impartial and gained one for indifferent." (John Algeo, The Origins and Development of the English Language, 6th ed. Wadsworth, 2010)

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

  • 4

    Pidestroika

    With a 15y English teaching experience in Japan I can say that one of the main problems is the luck of a clear objective. What does the school education is aiming at? What is the English level the students are supposed to reach? Pre-intermediate? Intermediate? Conversation fluency? From my experience I see students who have never practiced reading and actual listening and therefore have absolutely no sense of rhythm and punctuation. Many never practiced composition, essay/letter writing and therefore have minimum skills at expressing themselves in writing. If English at school is just another lesson like all the others then it as useful as the rest of the material students usually forget after graduation. If it's supposed to actually help students to learn then I'm afraid you are asking too much. We are talking about a different form of education. Inspirational, interesting, creative...perfectly valid attributes that frankly speaking shouldn't be applied only to English but every other subject lesson. Another thing is that if English is not to be examined like all the other lessons, students lose their interest. If it is to be examined then it becomes another school subject that is to be tested in a similar way as all the other subjects. You cannot separate English teaching from the way other subjects are taught and examined in a Japanese school. And in my opinion that's where the problem is.
    As I see it, at the moment, the whole thing is a complete mess. Students are stuffed with lots of grammar and vocabulary, ALTs are doing their best to teach pronunciation and communication and all is done haphazardly regardless of level or clear objective. Not to mention messing with British vs American English. Personally I think English education in Japanese schools should bring the student to a pre-intermediate level, clearing all the basic grammar, with basic vocabulary and fair pronunciation and those interested in continuing their English studies to a higher level they could do so at a private school/lessons.

    Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

  • -9

    Pidestroika

    The sign is not racist but plainly stupid. The first part "Karaoke is Japanese culture" obviously is for non-Japanese, English speakers. I'm sure there is no "いらっしゃいませ日本人", therefore what's the point of the redundant word "foreigner"? "Welcome" would be enough. Unless they are inviting the band "Foreigner"...

    Posted in: Step in

  • 1

    Pidestroika

    Scolari after the 7-1 defeat by Germany: "The person who decided the line-up, the tactics, was me. It was my choice." "My message for the Brazilian people is please excuse us for this performance".

    Zaccheroni after the 4-1 defeat by COLOMBIA: "It was a nice game. We played well in the first half." "We all thought we would do a lot better, that we would perform much better as we showed in the first half (against Colombia) when we play intensely as we normally do and we are able to generate opportunities to win a match."

    Posted in: Germany inflict historic 7-1 defeat on Brazil

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    Pidestroika

    Yes, there is indeed a significant rise of Japanese nationalism. Japanese undoubtly prefer AKB48 and Momoiro Clover Z to Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

    Posted in: China says U.S. should be concerned about Japanese nationalism

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    Pidestroika

    LBGT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and others

    Who exactly are the "others"?

    Posted in: Rainbow Pride

  • 4

    Pidestroika

    Ruud sadly is not ofcourse your average comentator who just found this site. Google her name and you'll see. She is looking for compensation from the Japanese gov and her whole ideology as with most Korean/Chinese ultra nationalists is revolving around the Santayana saying and is fed on hatred.

    Also I wonder how the commentators of this site feel having their comments translated in Korean. http://www.gasengi.com/main/board.php?botable=politics&wrid=55693

    Would it be possible for JT to blog any comments on such subjects like Yasukuni and Japan/Korean/Chinese nationalism? Aren't death threats towards commentators enough? Everybody has said their piece more than once.

    Posted in: Sending a message

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    Pidestroika

    "Crazy, but that's how it goes Millions of people living as foes Maybe it's not too late To learn how to love And forget how to hate"

    Posted in: Sending a message

  • 0

    Pidestroika

    toon toon toonnnn, chu hah! toon toon toon, chu hah! "What's your name? Who's your daddy? Is he rich like me?"

    Posted in: Garden party

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    Pidestroika

    Probie, you shared your Middle Aged wisdom with the rest. Don't you think it's enough?

    Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to gain information that would prevent an attack like the Boston Marathon bombings or 9/11?

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    Pidestroika

    Somebody saw a movie with Samuel Jackson and Carrie-Ann Moss and is asking this...

    Absolutely YES to torture. Fingernails...gone. Teeth too. Ears, nose...whatever sticks out. Whips? Definitely. Red hot irons? A must. Sleep deprivation and water boarding is for softies. Turning parts of the body into a toaster with electric shocks is fun fun fun! And don't forget the all-too-entertaining...turning a prisoner into a contortionist!!! After all we live in the Middle Ages, right? "You will be hollow. We shall squeeze you empty and then we shall fill you with ourselves"

    So, YES to torture. And if the wrong guy gets tortured by accident, ooopsy! The soldiers did it on their own. No need to torture only the guy we are absolutely sure he knows. Let's torture his family too. Then he will definitely speak. Let's torture the whole neighborhood! Surely someone knows something. And don't forget: "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face, forever."

    Posted in: Do you support torture as an interrogation method if the objective is to gain information that would prevent an attack like the Boston Marathon bombings or 9/11?

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    Pidestroika

    Apparently some would prefer the news to be reported as:

    "Seven human beings had an excessive discussion with 10 other human beings and one of them used a metallic kitchen utensil to persuade them they were wrong."

    Note that mentioning the location and the time should not be politically correct since it could discriminate towards the other residents of the area and could create fear to the readers. Or even better instead of "human beings" put "living organisms" to avoid discrimination towards animals... Thankfully we don't live in Kita Chosen.

    Posted in: 3 stabbed in drunken brawl between Japanese, non-Japanese outside station

  • 3

    Pidestroika

    Ok, I just saw the video posted by dmhondz. My bad. It's Nishi-Guchi one of the streets where prostitutes often gather. Mostly Korean shops in the area but also Thai. The kobban is a few meters from where it happened. There is also an Uyoku bar nearby. Maybe some drunk grabbed the butt of a hooker and she wasn't happy...

    Posted in: 3 stabbed in drunken brawl between Japanese, non-Japanese outside station

  • 4

    Pidestroika

    Since we live in Nishi-Kawaguchi, we were wondering what the hell was going on with all the ambulances last Sunday night...

    1. The "red light district" is not "in front of the station". The area changed about 5 years ago.

    2. Nishi-Guchi of the station has a koban right in front of the exit so most probably that's not where it happened. It's the atrea where the "red light disctrict" is now with the strip joints and where most of the foreign prostitutes gather. (And don't start me with the word "foreigner". I've heard them arguing many times and they've tried to pick me so I know first hand they're not Japanese)

    3. Higashi-guchi where the red-light used to be has a number of food joints you really wouldn't like to visit. There is no koban there, only a button you can press to call the police. This is where the brawl most probably happened. And in this particular area there are many Chinese (Koreans are on the other Guchi) and, trust me, very few of them are "university students". There are even a couple "izakayas" with a large hinomaru permanently hanging in the entrance, and there are at least a couple Uyoku groups (and an Uyoku newspaper hq). You can draw your conclusions...

    Posted in: 3 stabbed in drunken brawl between Japanese, non-Japanese outside station

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