Tamarama's past comments

  • 8

    Tamarama

    They should have payed the 200 million to rescue both Japanese citizens and then got the hell out of there and left the people of the region to fight amongst themselves.

    I absolutely disagree with this. Strangerland is exactly right, 200 million buys a lot of ammunition and weapons to fund further killing and you simply cannot fund lunatics like ISIS by paying them not to behead hostages. They will kill scores of the local population with that money, and if they establish themselves as any semblance of a 'State', the potential security issues for that region are terrible. If they turn their eyes to Israel, you may just get World War 3.

    I am sorry to say this, but these men, journalist and the 'adventurer' start to compromise a whole lot of people when they venture into this kind of madness. Sovereign countries should never bow to the ultimatums of Extremists.

    Syria is a beautiful country with amazing history. I met many fine people there. It's a tragedy what is happening in that part of the world.

    Posted in: Abe says video claiming one hostage killed likely authentic

  • 13

    Tamarama

    ISIS, and ISIS alone are responsible for the death of these people.

    Just imagine what their Islamic State will actually look like if they ever realise their objective. They will make the Taliban Afghanistan look like Disneyland.

    Complete and utter madness.

    Posted in: Abe says video claiming one hostage killed likely authentic

  • 2

    Tamarama

    Don't mind the squatter at all myself. I find it facilitates the movement beautifully. Public toilets everywhere are rarely top shelf - if you think the ones in Japan are bad, go give India a try for a bit of perspective.

    The toilets in department stores are often sensational in Japan and I can clearly remember my first toilet in Japan at Narita. It was an epiphany.

    Posted in: Poll reveals what we already know: Japanese toilets make no sense

  • 6

    Tamarama

    I don't think this will end well, unfortunately.

    Posted in: Abe cuts short Middle East trip to deal with hostage crisis

  • 4

    Tamarama

    When an industry wishes to evade making itself attractive to its customers if they don't come from these parts, and assumes a bold defiance of the basic precepts of business out of some default victim psychology to do so, it doesn't take a genius to figure out why tourists don't flock here.

    You miss the point. Japanese hospitality and Omotenashi is performed and presented in the Japanese context, style and custom. It is specific to Japanese culture...because it is Japan!

    Isn't that what you come to Japan for if you are a tourist?!

    If you want a cheap, watered down holiday experience because you are too ignorant or culturally inept to handle and appreciate the Japanese way, then don't come. Go somewhere else.

    or to not have an omotenashi waiver if the honoured guest has a tattoo.

    I love this argument. Typical egocentric Western mentality in all it's self centred glory. No tats means no tats. Why should exceptions be made? Tourists are no more important than the next person.

    Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?

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    Tamarama

    however, from their perspective wouldn't it be great if you could just speak and think like a Japanese then they wouldn't have to deal with all of YOUR cultural differences. Couldn't YOU be just a little bit less "mendokusai"? Instead of the Japanese being a slight bit more accommodating, they want the foreign visitor to do all of the conforming to a pre-conceived Japanese version of good service, fun things to do, etc

    I totally disagree with this. I think the Japanese tourist industry that are at the coal face of foreigner interaction are amazingly tolerant of culturally clumsy, ignorant and insensitive tourists who often show absolutely no ability to conform to local customs and norms whatsoever.

    Why should Japanese people do all of the compromising in their own country? Why should they have to speak English? Why is the onus on entirely on the Japanese? Sounds like cultural imperialism to me.

    In fact I see tourist operators in places like Australia show genuine contempt for their foreign customers - particularly from places in Asia.

    I, for one, am glad that Japan isn't that popular to foreign tourists - that suits me just fine.

    About a fortnight ago I was playing Billiards with some Japanese friends in Shinjuku. A stylish, quiet, immaculate establishment, and as soon as I walked in it was impossible to miss a group of loud, drunk, tattooed group of Australians at a table. To describe them as obnoxious and completely oblivious or dismissive of local manners and a sense of propriety is an understatement. Within 5 minutes, one of them - a complete tool from Queensland came up and wanted to talk with me. No manners, no charm, no wit, no class - just loud, drunk, bombastic, obnoxious, foul mouthed. I was extremely embarrassed to behold my fellow countryman in all his glory. I was embarrassed for my friends, who showed incredible tolerance with the idiot, I was embarrassed to be Australian.

    The influx of Australians who think it's cool to go snowboarding in Japan is not a good thing.

    Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?

  • 1

    Tamarama

    She certainly achieved her goal of finding out what dismembering a body is like. The problem of course, is that such whims are not tolerated by a sane and reasonable society, so it's best she is enclosed in a maximum security facility where she will not be able to exercise such impulses again.

    For a looooong time.

    Posted in: Sasebo girl who killed classmate judged criminally responsible

  • 3

    Tamarama

    The right to free speech is a cornerstone of liberal democracy. It is the right of the individual and organization, although the onus is generally on those parties to use it sensibly and sensitively. You might argue that this hasn't been done by Charlie, but in a Liberal Democracy you don't die for doing so. The rule of law governs this.

    If Muslims in France or anywhere else do not agree with the basic tenements of Democracy, there are plenty of countries that will suit their sensibilities more adequately.

    Posted in: Je suis Charlie? Attack sparks debate on free speech limits

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    Tamarama

    I spent 3 month in India in 1996. It was tough place to travel then with pitfalls and con artists at every turn. It was certainly dangerous in places, with bandits, thieves and scammers of all description. For women I felt it was particularly so. India holds romance for many, but the reality is an overwhelming poor population with near on medieval social conditions and customs in the more remote regions.

    This woman shows an indelible spirit to me. To endure for a month the inconceivable, to take the opportune moment to outwit her captors and make her way to Calcutta to file a police complaint, now staying on to bare witness to the evil little weasels that perpetrated the crime - she has my upmost respect and admiration. She must be tough.

    Give the bast@*% 25 years.

    Posted in: Indian police to hold Japanese gang rape ID line-up

  • 3

    Tamarama

    -5 Bgood41JAN. 07, 2015 - 07:52AM JST As expected of Aussie mentality. No surprise to see most Australians bypass Japan to favor China, if it brings Australia greater benefits. In playing a role as logistic broker between Japan & China, Australia would pull both strings to own's benefits. Japan should not put all eggs in one basket.

    Rubbish. Most Australians will no little of this conflict, it's history, it's intricacies. Many of the people they polled would not have even heard of the Senkakus I'm betting, so it's prudent to remain neutral. It's not Australia's business.

    Posted in: Australians reject siding with Japan against China in island dispute: survey

  • 5

    Tamarama

    Is this really the right assumption to make? I would think that a man who was rejected by the person he had committed his life to would lack the self-confidence and self-worth to attract an affair partner. How do you mentally come back from being denied like that?

    Thon, I think the answer lies in the fact that it seen not so much a rejection but just a normal and expected progression in the marriage. I don't think they guys are suffering too much - maybe some I suppose do, but it seems to just be what happens, nothing personal. A Japanese mate of mine once told me that all Japanese men visit soapland at least once a year. Of course, this isn't to be taken literally, but you get the general idea. And those women having affairs aren't doing it with other women - I know of a couple of girls who have been having long running affairs with married men: over several years. One of them is a bright, attractive young woman who is madly in love with this older guy but understands he will probably never leave his wife. It's kind of tragic really, but then maybe as a marriage their relationship would ultimately suffer the same fate.

    Also, Japanese kids tend to sleep with their parents until they are 5 or 6 years of age. Do 12 hours at the office and then come home and try it on with the Mrs under those circumstances. You are getting donuts.

    So you got to get it somewhere.

    Posted in: Is being in an international marriage any more or less difficult than a "regular" marriage? What are some issues that you think might torpedo an international marriage (or relationship)?

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  • -1

    Tamarama

    To be honest, I'd be very wary about dating a divorced woman, were I single, let alone marrying one. I can see their concerns.

    Baggage.

    Posted in: Survey reveals 55% of women in Japan wouldn’t marry a divorced man

  • 5

    Tamarama

    Some thoughts.

    I don't know if they are more difficult per se, but they obviously have their own flavor. Probably true of any successful marriage is the need to compromise - if one, or both of you can't or won't, you are doomed to fail imo. You have to constantly consider the cultural differences at play in everything you do to ensure that you find some common ground. It shouldn't be so hard - after all, these cultural differences are also some of the wonderful aspects of your relationship as well. It makes sense that they will also present challenges at some point as well- you are naive to think they won't, just have to be prepared to work at this as a couple.

    The sex stopping after kids thing is interesting, and certainly isn't a myth from what I know. It does appear common, and infidelity with Japanese people in marriage also seems to be common. I know of LOTS of cases of this happening. In fact, I know lots of cases of Japanese women I personally know having affairs. I think it's fair to assume their husbands are doing the same. Soo....... I think it's important you keep your partner happy with regular, porno sex. Make them know you find them attractive - verbalize it, and do it. My wife as it happens was particularly conscious of this happening after kids, so has made an effort to ensure things are good between the sheets. Sure, it's harder, but it's worth it.

    And for god's sake - communicate.

    Posted in: Is being in an international marriage any more or less difficult than a "regular" marriage? What are some issues that you think might torpedo an international marriage (or relationship)?

  • -1

    Tamarama

    Blue Moon, da dee dee da do da, I saw you standing alone....

    Posted in: Man City eye another Wembley FA Cup triumph

  • 0

    Tamarama

    Absolutely despicable. I deplore animals who do this and think a BIG sentence is entirely warranted.

    Because of the planned and organized nature of the crime it would be reasonable to assume that it's not the first time they have done it and you wonder how many local girls have suffered the same fate at the hands of these scum.

    Imprisonment and rape. That's torture in my opinion.

    20 years anyone?

    Posted in: Indian police arrest 3 for gang rape of Japanese scholar

  • 3

    Tamarama

    I thought that was Hakuba and Niseko...

    Posted in: Is an entirely English-speaking village coming to Tokyo?

  • 9

    Tamarama

    Well, given that his father was absolutely culpable in what happened 70 years ago and was just about the luckiest bloke in Asia in about 1945, Akihito has every reason to be circumspect about the past. But all flippant quips aside, I applaud the general sentiment of the statement, but like Laguna says, there is an evasive ambiguity to it that allows for a variety of readings....and I wish for once that someone like the Emperor would grow a pair and give a bold, pointed statement that leaves no wriggle room in it's interpretation.

    However, this is Japan.

    Posted in: Emperor stresses importance of learning from World War II

  • 1

    Tamarama

    The man is a North Korean, I'm sure he understands the situation perfectly well.

    There is something rather poetic about the idea - the fall of a regime at the hands of a balloon raid!

    Can't see it having the effect he desires, but those touchy North Korean officials will go absolutely nuts if those USB's start touching down. I like that.

    Posted in: South Korean to drop Sony film in North by balloon

  • 3

    Tamarama

    Oh god, it's not even 8pm and I'm struggling with the Kohaku. How do you explain this to someone who has never seen it? A big Part Disney, part gay pride, part vaudeville, part burlesque, part circus, part ham cheese and eggs.

    The opening number was about Melon Juice for chissakes!!! 'Let me give you my melon juice'??!! Seriously?

    I need beer.

    Posted in: Japan to greet New Year with 'Kohaku,' prayers, shopping and blizzards

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