Tamarama's past comments

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    Tamarama

    Had United won on Merseyside, they would have climbed into second place.

    Right. But they got pumped 3-0. City 2nd, United 4th. The natural order of things is restored.

    Posted in: Chelsea's title bid on hold; Everton overpower United

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    Tamarama

    Was just listening to Doolittle the other day for the first time in a while.

    Great album, Smith. One of the very best.

    Posted in: Korean pop music concert draws thousands of Japanese fans

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    Tamarama

    The Chinese TV show 'If You are the One' has made me a fan of 10 seconds of Girl's Generation's 'Gee', I'm a little ashamed to admit. My regular playlists usually include the likes of: The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Pavement et al....

    Posted in: Korean pop music concert draws thousands of Japanese fans

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    Tamarama

    I've been a surfer for over 30 years and I really don't see why it should, or needs to be an Olympic sport at all. In fact, I'm against it.

    It's going to be a very, very narrow field of athletes vying for medals - you can virtually guarantee right now that they will either be Australia, American or Brazilian. It's not inclusive enough.

    Posted in: Surfing hopes to ride wave of popularity into Tokyo Olympics

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    Tamarama

    You can’t have a high-ranking country today if you’re not willing to face your past. They have to admit their failures. If they admit their failures, then by golly they deserve to have the best

    This, to me is the salient point and one very well generously by Mr Tenney. What rankles me the most about that is that most of contemporary Japan seem to have no idea that their country has been forgiven for acts of unbelievable cruelty, murder and torture perpetrated by their older generation/ancestors because they are ignorant to the truth of history. And those that do know just can't bring themselves to behave as global statesmen and accept the reality of it so that we can all just move on and forward in the appropriate manner. Japan needs more Haruki Murakamis - far fewer Shinzo Abes.

    Posted in: Japan's view of WWII history rankles some U.S. veterans

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    Tamarama

    Ha ha! The old Fella copping one to the Jatz Crackers!!! Great ad.

    Posted in: Actress’ incredible swing in new Toyota commercial has people talking

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    Tamarama

    The myth of Gallipoli. I'd like to preface what I'm about to write by saying that I have ancestors who landed on Gallipoli this very day 100 years ago, and I have huge respect that they went and put their lives on the line in battle. I'm going to refer here to the appropriation of the story and the subsequent convenient shuffling of facts for self serving purposes.

    The story of Gallipoli has undergone a pretty considerable transformation over the years, particularly in the last 20 (Thanks John Howard) and bares little resemblance to what actually happened there. It's become a myth of ourselves as Australians that is starting to border on the uncomfortable, and at times downright cringeworthy.

    I went there in 1997 because I was in Turkey at the time and the overwhelming impression I got was one of complete futility and the senselessness of war. I also had a very sobering tour by a Turkish guide - a real old gentleman who was respectful, but pointed out subtly that the Turks won the battle convincingly. The Anzacs never got further than they did on the very first day at Gallipoli - a pretty underwhelming performance. He also dispelled this myth of the ANZACS cleverly disappearing from the peninsula under the cover of darkness, pointing out that when you are dug in only meters from an entire Army, you know when they are moving. The Turks had won, so there was no need to fight a retreating and defeated Army. They watched them go happily.

    Military records also show that Australian soldiers were willing fighters, but poorly trained and badly disciplined soldiers. This is backed up by German military records who made those exact observations on capturing large numbers of Australian soldiers on the Western front. I can't remember the exact quote, but it is something to the effect that they were physically impressive but complete military and strategic amateurs who were not considered a serious threat on the battlefield.They were disorganised and poorly run by their own officers who were mostly equally inexperienced and inefficient.

    So our first major military commitment as a sovereign nation was a costly and very decisive defeat. Something you don't often hear in the modern version of the story. But as the old adage goes: 'Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story'.

    Lest we forget.

    Posted in: Large crowds as Australia and New Zealand mark Anzac Day

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    Tamarama

    It seems the height of hypocrisy and absurdity for one, or a group of countries who have an arsenal of the most destructive weapons known to man to say to another 'We can have nuclear weapons, but you can't because you aren't responsible enough'.

    The irony of that is something to marvel over.

    Posted in: Should some countries have the right to tell other countries that they cannot have nuclear weapons?

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    Tamarama

    The term 'Comfort women' is a vile euphemism for the forced sexual slavery of women and is further insult to the people who had to suffer the ignominy of their imprisonment and torture at the hands of the JIA in the first place. In fact, it is of itself a further form of abuse imo.

    Despite seven decades of distance, the delicate issue of comfort women remains highly sensitive in Asia.

    Not just Asia, European and Australian women also watch with interest as the contemporary Japanese government skate on very thin historical ice over the issue. I've said this before, but what Japan fully fails to realise is that the majority of people are prepared to forgive the atrocities of a militarised Imperial Japan of 70 odd years ago - but certainly not forget they happened. Whilst modern Japan has managed to veil itself from it's past, the rest of the world is fully cognizent of it and will not allow people like Shinzo Abe to attempt to revise it.

    Posted in: In U.S., 'comfort woman' demands apology from Japan

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    Gaijinshufu

    Interesting perspective. Sounds like you are running a house and family with a husband effectively in absentia, and I can see how that fosters resentment and hostility.

    A couple of general things. You have to be careful about who you marry - because if you are serious about it, it's going to last for a looong time, and if you are lucky there will be kids involved too. You need to get to know the person and experience with them a variety of situations that shines a light on the kind or person they really are so that you get a measure of them as an individual. I think it's worth doing your due diligence with this.

    Trust and openness are important. Sharing is important - of everything, including your time, your possessions, whatever. This is how my wife and I do things in our marriage - we are two parts of the same unit. Money seems to be pretty much a non-issue, we have joint account that we both access when we need to and is where salaries go. We share the management of household money, bills etc. I manage the finances in terms of investment decisions and actions because it's more my thing than hers, but always consult her and make sure she knows what is going on at all times.

    Openness, honesty, communication.

    Posted in: Japanese men share a list of common male woes before and after marriage

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    Tamarama

    A couple of my very good friends are going through this right now. They are not legally allowed to marry each other, but they do want to have kids. Both girls are sensitive, creative, open minded intelligent women - the kind of people that will make absolutely outstanding parents. But they face huge hurdles. One is going to have to quit her (very good) job and relocate to a working environment that she believes will be more supportive of her choices. And that's just the start.

    Strangerland

    Particularly since it's been shown that these children usually end up well rounded, often more so than children of heterosexuals.

    Can you provide a link for this please?

    Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo

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    M3M3M3

    Can you identify any social benefit to society that justifies the rule for excluding people with tattoos?

    Interesting question. I suppose if I think offhandedly about why the establishment rules/social construct exists in the first place it's probably an effort to marginalise or isolate a nefarious and anti-social/bullying group (Yakuza) within a community/society. I've heard it said that humanity's success as a group is partially attributed to it being a coalition of the weak. So I guess it's origins perhaps have something to do with that, and it's 'benefits' lie therein. And I guess they choose to continue the sentiment in contemporary life.

    Or are you simply suggesting that everyone should respect every rule that exists because it's the rule?

    It's funny. I see a lot of expats on JT and in Japan gnashing their teeth about how the Japanese treat them differently, or the Japanese don't fully accept foreigners no matter how long you are here, blah, blah, blah, and yet can't observe or respect a simple cultural idea and call it stupid, backwards, whatever. Well, ya can't have it both ways, so yeah, regardless of whether I think this is a good rule or not, I think you just suck it up and do as the Romans do. Obviously not a popular sentiment though.

    Jerseyboy,

    But, just as a question, exactly what "rule" prohibits folks with tatoos from enjoying onsens?>

    My understanding is that proprietors have the right to refuse people entry to their establishments, some have signs saying no Tatts allowed.

    Posted in: Nagano onsen welcomes foreigners with tattoos, as long as they patch ’em up

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    Yubaru

    You really need to understand Japan better, there is no black and white law regarding tattoos in sentos or onsen and all the rules are made by the establishment.

    Kind of hard to "accept" or "play" by the rules when there are none.

    You'll note in my first post I used the term 'public position'. Another way of saying that is 'broad cultural expectation', which is pretty clear in Japan regarding tattoos and Onsens/Sentos. The rules, which most certainly do exist, are set by the individual establishments and I'm yet to see one that says 'tattoos welcome'.

    Posted in: Nagano onsen welcomes foreigners with tattoos, as long as they patch ’em up

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    Strangerland

    I've been to too many (overnight) onsen to count, and I have lots of tattoos. I've never had anything said to me.

    Why do you need someone to 'say something' before you observe what you know is a custom in Japan regarding tattoos and Onsens?

    Posted in: Nagano onsen welcomes foreigners with tattoos, as long as they patch ’em up

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    Tamarama

    I think this is a pretty generous compromise.

    The Japanese public position on tattoos is widely known and long established and I absolutely support the right of institutions to ban or remove people who have them from their premises. There should be no exemptions - if you are in Japan you accept the rules and play by them. I don't have much respect for those who try to feign ignorance or simply put themselves first by getting into the Onsen regardless.

    So here's a solution that works for everyone. Patch up, people.

    Posted in: Nagano onsen welcomes foreigners with tattoos, as long as they patch ’em up

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    Tamarama

    If I had to choose I'd much rather worship at a festival for a Kayak Vagina than a supersized Phallus any day of the week.

    Stop the nonsense.

    Posted in: Vagina kayak artist denies obscenity charges

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    Tamarama

    I'm just going to put it out there - I really, really dislike 'selfies'. Narcissistic detritus of the Social Media age.

    I don't dislike Miranda, however.

    Posted in: Miranda and me

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    Yamashi

    That is why atomic bombings of civilian population were and still are among worst crimes against Humanity.

    Yes it is, but unfortunately the bombing cannot be extracted or removed from it's context - it has to be viewed within the frame of World War 2 and the shocking acts of barbarity Japan visited upon Asia and the Pacific Islands at that time. That is the ugly prelude to the Atomic bombs that cannot be ignored. The Japanese made victims of millions first - up to 30 Million, in fact. It's a horrific number, isn't it?

    See to me, the experience of standing on the Aioi Bridge is not just an acknowledgement of what happened in Hiroshima, but also the wider madness that preceded it - it encapsulates all of that. If you just think of the victims of Hiroshima, you are myopic in the extreme.

    Posted in: Hiroshima survivors: Haunted 70 years on, determined to remember

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    Tamarama

    One of the most sobering moments I think I've ever had was standing on the bridge at Hiroshima and looking into the sky to see where the Little Boy Atomic bomb detonated above the city. I'm sure it's completely impossible to imagine the experience. I'm sure you wouldn't want to be able to.

    It's hard to believe that's where Humanity was at in 1945. That this kind of terror was developed, considered and implemented as a solution. That a nation had been so destructive and vile that people fully believed that such measures against them were fully warranted.

    This was the final dagger in the heart of the Modernist age that brought so many advancements and so much horrible and wonton destruction.

    I can't see it ever being forgotten.

    Posted in: Hiroshima survivors: Haunted 70 years on, determined to remember

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    Tamarama

    Japan said the goal of its plan is to obtain highly accurate data to determine sustainable minke catch quotas and study the ecology of the Antarctic.

    This simply HAS to be one of the most absurd pieces of scientific logic I have ever seen. The insult, of course, is that they think the international community are stupid enough to buy it. 'We must kill 333 whales a year to prove they exist in the Antarctic and are healthy!'. It is a nonsense.

    The scientific committee isn't political, it's just interested in proper.....science.

    Posted in: IWC panel: Japan's Antarctic whale hunt still not convincing

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