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Thomas CarrollMay. 06, 2013 - 10:56PM JST
Considering the lack of street addresses as in the US, not hard to imagine arriving at the wrong house, drunk or sober!
Posted in: Drunk U.S. serviceman arrested for trespassing in private residence
Thomas CarrollJan. 17, 2013 - 05:32AM JST
When I was a young lad I would have been blushing to cup her breasts, boys are nasty!
Posted in: Weekly pulls issue over 'child porn' picture with ex-AKB48 singer
Thomas CarrollNov. 19, 2012 - 01:14AM JST
I get my workouts through Aikido and Judo, affordable training through martial arts!
Posted in: Survival of the fittest
Thomas CarrollSep. 21, 2012 - 01:44AM JST
Another story from that trip: I was approached by two matrons at Yaskuni Shrine who had a polaroid camera they wanted to refill. They asked me if I was American, could I help with this American Camera? I was able to oblige and keep up National prestige for Made in USA!
Posted in: Why the Japanese have no problem asking about your marital status
Thomas CarrollSep. 21, 2012 - 01:37AM JST
Decades ago I took a sleeping car train from Kita Kyushu to Tokyo and was hit with a barrage of similar question from a school teacher who was only dissuaded when I told him please speak slowly, that my limited Japanese made it difficult to respond and gave me a headache! Then he shut up completely!
Thomas CarrollMay. 29, 2012 - 08:09AM JST
Went to Japan in the '80's with a Japanese friend, spoke very little Japaneses then, most learned from Aikido classes, hanging out with Japanese people in restaurant. Three weeks of fun, someone in Osaka asked me for directions on Roku-Jo, funny! Rode on the sleeper train from Kitakyushu to Tokyo, had a great conversation with a schoolteacher in my limited Nihongo. Had a lady run away from me in Osaka when I was lost and asked for directions. The people in my friend's town treated me as a celebrity, nearly got into a fight with a guy who asked me if I was a gaijin, when I replied " Onatta mo desu ka?", he was ethnic Korean! Went back with NY Aikikai 10 years later, got turned away from restaurant I had been to before, asked to sit with my friends, just have a beer with them, owners realized I was with Aikido tour, served me free food, guest bought drinks, of course I had to return and bring more paying guests! Third week in Japan we went looking at castles beginning with Osaka Jo. I would live there if possible!
Posted in: Why do Japanese change their attitude when they communicate with foreigners?
May. 19, 2013 - 11:23AM JST
The prosecutor Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt doesn't seem to be in any hurry to prosecute the two men.
Posted in: German resort island shaken over Japanese chef's murder
May. 19, 2013 - 11:21AM JST
Counter accuse the woman of groping you and sound indignant. [Grin]
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
May. 19, 2013 - 11:14AM JST
The Federal Reserve hates competition.
Terrorists don't need to use Bitcoin money. They use money generated…
Posted in: U.S. seizes Bitcoin operator accounts
noriyosan, they are already there in Busan.
As to what NK did, or didn't do, ....yawn.
Posted in: N Korea fires 3 short-range missiles
May. 19, 2013 - 11:12AM JST
I would buy an overnight trip for the lazy children and while they were away have…
Posted in: Parents advised to give the boot to their sponging adult kids