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Samantha UenoDec. 03, 2012 - 09:58AM JST
no gangnam style on Kohaku? boo. They did the numa numa song when it was popular that year!!
Posted in: NHK denies not inviting Korean acts to 'Kohaku' due to territorial dispute
Samantha UenoDec. 03, 2012 - 09:41AM JST
I actually identify with this, I felt more comfortable wearing a mask on the train, I would get less "gaijin" stares.
Posted in: More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
Samantha UenoSep. 15, 2012 - 07:49AM JST
My husband is a Japanese chef, and very picky and strict about rules. He usually mixes the wasabi and shoyu, at home and at kaiten-sushi or izakaya, but the few times we've gone to a "nice" place he doesn't mix.
Posted in: The rules of sushi
Samantha UenoSep. 07, 2012 - 04:07PM JST
Gotta hand it to Simon Cowell for knowing what will sell! I remember watching the X Factor and thinking week after week, why are these boys still in?
Posted in: British band One Direction tops MTV video awards
Samantha UenoAug. 28, 2012 - 10:35AM JST
Japantoday really, really needs to check facts before posting articles (and re-posting from other websites) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/22/stav-strashko-toyota-commercialn1822990.html?icid=hpcanadatop_art
Huffington Post has it right, big surprise. Stav Strashko is a 100% male model, not transgender. Just happens to be androgynous.
Posted in: Toyota Japan’s sexy new topless ad featuring transgender model shocks viewers
Samantha UenoAug. 19, 2012 - 10:01AM JST
LOL, husband's grandparents asked me if I could eat natto every. time. we. went. there.
To be fair grandma is a little senile and they live in Mito.
Posted in: 7 things all Japanese just gotta say
Samantha UenoAug. 17, 2012 - 04:55PM JST
My one month old gets fussy if she starts getting hot and sweaty in the sling! I can't imagine the torture that 5 month old went through. Sickening. She should get life at least.
Posted in: Baby left in car dies while mother plays pachinko
Samantha UenoAug. 10, 2012 - 01:35PM JST
partner of two years...14 month old son....well they didn't waste too much time did they?
Posted in: Hollywood star Portman weds her 'Black Swan' love
Samantha UenoJul. 23, 2012 - 12:05PM JST
I enjoy his books. Especially 裸の王様, where he questions a lot of things about Japan, including the TV shows where people just go to restaurants and eat. He said "Why would I want to watch someone else have a good time?"
Posted in: Takeshi Kitano exhibition in Tokyo not supposed to make sense
Samantha UenoJul. 21, 2012 - 09:22AM JST
I have a week old baby girl and I could never think about hurting her. I love every minute of taking care of her.
Posted in: Mother suspected in murder of 1-month-old baby boy
Samantha UenoJul. 04, 2012 - 04:43AM JST
My husband and I love raw liver, we live in the US now so we can't eat it anyway but in Japan we would regularly order 3-5 portions between the two of us when going to our local motsu place. Never got sick from it, once. We ate beef and chicken liver, and even turtle liver when he made suppon at home. If the people preparing it have common sense there is no problem. In summer just to be safe they would sear the outside.
Posted in: Japan raw liver lovers lament new food ban
Samantha UenoJul. 03, 2012 - 08:02AM JST
Licensed fugu chefs do NOT leave in ANY amount of poison, the "tingling and numbness" of the lips is an urban myth. My husband is licensed and I have eaten fugu prepared by him several times. It is a mild flavored white fish, I have had the sashimi, nabe and karaage. If it is prepared by a licensed chef there is no danger. It's the idiots who catch it themselves or buy it illegally thinking they can copy a diagram from Google that end up dying. Even at the Tsukiji, my husband has to show his license to be able to by unprepared fugu.
Also, the article states the training takes "5 years" but my husband got his in less than a year with super-intensive study in Kanagawa and Tokyo. However the licensing does vary by prefecture. There is a written test that not only involves food safety and procedures but extensive study of the different varieties of fugu, and a skills test in which you have to successfully cut and separate the fugu correctly and with no chance of cross-contamination (using separate cutting boards, knives, towels, receptacles, etc.) in about 15 minutes. He used videos, practiced at home using "non-edible practice fugu" from Tsukiji, and went to a hands-on class every few weeks.
It's a very intense process and that is precisely why eating fugu from a licensed chef is safe.
Posted in: Pufferfish a hit in Japan, despite the risks
Samantha UenoJun. 29, 2012 - 04:03PM JST
They actually did a full medical check on her on one TV show to find out how and why she can do what she does....her stomach is longer than the average person's and stretches to fit more....also yes, her metabolism. When she eats her body temperature actually goes up several degrees to burn off the calories as she is eating. She can eat as little or as much as she wants. Amazing, really.
Posted in: Speed eater 'Gal' Sone announces pregnancy
Samantha UenoJun. 27, 2012 - 04:44PM JST
Oh no, a tattoo! Save the children! If they see it they will surely be corrupted! Wait....both me and my husband have tattoos, and we're going to have a baby, does that mean we will definitely be unfit parents?
Posted in: Osaka mayor's survey finds 10 education professionals with tattoos
Samantha UenoJun. 23, 2012 - 04:12PM JST
LOL Yubaru and tmarie, I have no idea who ICONIQ is so I just assumed it was a man when I saw the headline. But anyway, good for them. Hope they at least try to use some kind of birth control until after they're married.
Posted in: GACKT reportedly in relationship with ICONIQ
Samantha UenoJun. 23, 2012 - 04:08PM JST
I don't see what this has to do with Japan other than they might bring Sister act here someday somehow. I saw it this past winter in NYC, my highschool senpai Marla plays Sister Mary Roberts, it was amazing seeing her on Broadway! My husband has been to NYC 3 times and saw 42nd Street and Chicago before on Broadway and he said this was the best he's seen so far. Even if you're not a fan of the movie, the music in this is so exciting, and the songs give so much more development to all the different characters. You literally want to jump up and sing with the choir at the end, there is so much energy!
Posted in: 'Sister Act' to go to Broadway theatrical heaven
Samantha UenoJun. 23, 2012 - 04:04PM JST
Last year in Tokyo when they reduced lights and AC in the trains and other places it was great! Less light makes indoors cooler anyway, and as long as you have air circulation it's not so hot. And they had the power consumption charts on the TVs in the trains and stations and I don't recall it ever going above 80% or so, so rolling blackouts seems very unlikely.
Posted in: Gov't asks 4 power companies to plan for rolling blackouts
Samantha UenoJun. 23, 2012 - 09:45AM JST
I can't speak for the other cities, but in New York and Tokyo it's extremely easy to navigate by train. Even if you don't know how to get to your hotel from the train station, you can save so much money by going to any major train station in town directly from the airport and then getting a taxi from the station.
Posted in: A tourist's day in 5 cities: Expensive, exhausting
Samantha UenoJun. 23, 2012 - 09:27AM JST
Last summer rolling blackouts were not necessary, the usage never went over 80% of the capacity even in peak times. I spent 3 summers in Japan, did not turn on the AC in my apartment once. If you have a fan and drink lots of water AC is not necessary.
Posted in: 20,000 protest outside Noda's residence over nuclear restart
Samantha UenoJun. 16, 2012 - 03:36PM JST
Why are other people having so many problems bringing your foreign spouse to the US? We started the process for hubby's green card in 2009, got the first step approved right away, then when we decided to move in 2010 we did the other step. Medical exam, proof you can support yourselves after moving to the US, and a short interview was all that was needed. The green card was approved and sent 2 months later to the US, and then the social security card followed soon after. No. Problems.
Posted in: Joy and anger as Obama relaxes deportation rules
May. 22, 2013 - 06:54PM JST
@jojon922 Feeling a little sleepy ? I believe you're on the wrong article !
Posted in: 39-year-old man arrested for beating 1-month-old son to death
Babies cry. If you can't stop crying as an adult because of that fact, don't have…
May. 22, 2013 - 06:51PM JST
The old arguments about racism, which have so exercised liberals, are not wholly beside the point…
Posted in: Scrambling for the immigrant elite
May. 22, 2013 - 06:50PM JST
The headline should read, "Diet approves 'uniquely Japanese' child abduction treaty."
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
I totally agree these people deserve the same rights as the people in Fukushima Prefecture
Posted in: Hundreds of Miyagi residents seek equal compensation as Fukushima