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TrevorPeace2May. 20, 2013 - 11:44AM JST
It's all in your mind.
Posted in: What do you do to overcome jet lag?
TrevorPeace2May. 20, 2013 - 11:42AM JST
Besides, in Canada now, they have to make it all a single price. I think an earlier poster said that.
Posted in: Do you think airlines are sneaky about fuel surcharges, fees for extra baggage and other charges for various services?
TrevorPeace2May. 20, 2013 - 11:41AM JST
Who cares? Blaming bureaucracies for extra charges is mindless. The cost is the cost. Example: I leave Victoria BC on May 21 and arrive in Sendai May 22; the return from YYJ/YVR/NAR/SDJ is $1600. Who cares how they divvy it up? I'm flying halfway around the world, in the air for about 14 hours, and at a cost of about $120/hour???
Get a taxi for that, I dare you!
TrevorPeace2May. 16, 2013 - 10:02PM JST
To Yubaru: the word 'snatched' in the context it was used is not, and never will be, an adjective. As used, it was a verb, past tense. An adjective is used to enhance or otherwise define a noun. I'll go with JT's moderator on this one.
Posted in: Abe says he may meet with North Korean leader
TrevorPeace2May. 14, 2013 - 09:58AM JST
You drive on the wrong side of the road, and 80% of the world's vehicles are left-side controlled. Look at the success of the show's participants from a global share perspective. Economics 101.
Posted in: Big three U.S. automakers to skip Tokyo Motor Show
TrevorPeace2May. 13, 2013 - 10:48AM JST
As a former athlete, I'd be concerned about the air quality. From the pictures and videos I've seen of Tokyo lately, I'd say it's a no-go, a pipe dream, a figment of the imagination worthy of spending $4.5 billion (that's dollars, folks, not Yen).
As for the 2019 Rugby World Cup venue, it's money spent; why add to the pain?
Posted in: Tokyo Olympic bid prepared for every twist and turn
TrevorPeace2May. 07, 2013 - 07:39PM JST
So I guess I'd better not say any of the Japanese women I meet during my month-long visit to the country are beautiful or well-dressed?
Sure am glad I retired before this pettiness infected the ad agency business.
Posted in: Is it ever OK to compliment a co-worker's appearance on the job?
TrevorPeace2May. 03, 2013 - 07:58PM JST
None of my four dozen tomato plants produced fruit that good-looking!
Posted in: Tomatoes – Tokyo’s latest fashion trend?
TrevorPeace2May. 01, 2013 - 03:50AM JST
They're not French, and they're not fried. They're turned out on tiny little lathes in the slums of Brazil.
And they're equally as bad for you.
Seriously, though, you've hit an issue with me, so during my imminent visit to Japan, I will try a few of those places and compare them to the establishments where I get the real thing, here in Canada, or in the UK - chips in newsprint, with a splash of dark cider vinegar and a light sprinkle of coarse sea salt.
Of course, I don't expect to find them anywhere in Japan, so I expect to teach a chef or two that I plan to meet just how to do it right.
Posted in: Who serves the best-tasting French fries in Japan?
TrevorPeace2May. 01, 2013 - 03:35AM JST
What about people who don't wear underwear?
Posted in: National obsession with cleanliness bodes ill for health
TrevorPeace2Apr. 28, 2013 - 12:17PM JST
$35,900 Yen? That's about $375. For 'Golden Week'? Sounds more like charity to me.
Posted in: Golden Week holiday exodus begins
TrevorPeace2Apr. 26, 2013 - 05:42AM JST
I won't go into the conspiracy theories, but would like to suggest some food for thought. Efficiencies in trade bring about a higher standard of living, in general. Individualized upheavals in labour, production, distribution and other economic factors are a sore spot for humanity. But humanity doesn't look after those people properly. I think the WTO will continue to exist as long as its leader is a true free trader. It's when we're all true free traders that it works.
Posted in: WTO faces irrelevance: NZ trade minister
TrevorPeace2Apr. 24, 2013 - 08:13PM JST
And then there's the the Spirit Bear Preserve in the largest temperate rain forest on earth, on the coast of British Columbia, which of course you can't get to by road.
But like commanteer says, these lists are only the judgment of the authors. And the giant sequoias of California are indeed magnificent - almost as big as the 1,000-year old cedars and Douglas firs on Vancouver Island and Haida G'waii.
Yet, as Jim Poushinsky writes, northern Ontario is something to see, too - in autumn it beats anything Japan can offer, when it comes to rioting colours.
There's nothing quite like the beauty of a virgin forest.
Posted in: Travel picks: Top 10 enchanting forests around the world
TrevorPeace2Apr. 14, 2013 - 08:26PM JST
It's a good piece. Nice background, cogent explanation of the change of warfare methodologies, exposure of the politics involved in shutting down needless domestic bases, etc. As for the mention of a 'samurai sword," if my recollection of history serves well, a lot of Japanese culture originated on the Korean peninsula, and it was the samurai who fought off an attempted invasion of Japan by Koreans. Maybe Baby Kimmy wants to try again. LOL
Posted in: The North Korean threat in an age of Pentagon cuts
TrevorPeace2Apr. 14, 2013 - 04:02AM JST
The fact of the matter is North Korea is desperate. Desperation almost always leads to aggression. Read history, chill out and stop insulting each other. From what I've read on this thread only one of you has a thinking brain. The others have not only a limited vocabulary but no global strategic intelligence.
I'm still coming to Japan in mid-May and will stay for at least six weeks, nuke threat or no.
Posted in: U.S., Japan review nuclear deterrence amid N Korea crisis
TrevorPeace2Apr. 12, 2013 - 10:49AM JST
America's waking up. And like all similar occasions in the past, it's the young entrepreneurs leading the way.
Who will they support for president/pestilent in the next election, I wonder?
Posted in: Facebook's Zuckerberg launches political group
TrevorPeace2Apr. 12, 2013 - 10:44AM JST
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Y130/$1. Bet on it.
Posted in: What do you think the yen-dollar exchange rate should be in order to benefit the Japanese economy?
TrevorPeace2Apr. 10, 2013 - 07:35PM JST
A perfect example of why I call Twitter users twits.
Posted in: Yokohama mistakenly tweets North Korean missile launch
TrevorPeace2Apr. 09, 2013 - 07:51PM JST
Having given up my cable service five years ago because of the exorbitant cost of dozens of channels thrust into even the most basic package that I never watched and never would, and then having given away a perfectly good larger-screen TV, I can say unequivocally I DON"T MISS IT!
Except of course for Super Bowl, but I can watch that at a pub, or with friends at their house.
Posted in: U.S. broadcasters worry about 'Zero TV' homes
TrevorPeace2Apr. 08, 2013 - 09:21AM JST
It's about time. Kids are taught to read it, but can't speak it worth a hoot(er).
Since I'll be a guest teacher of Canadian and British Columbia geography and culture to a class of 6-year olds, and another of 11-year olds, when I visit Sendai, next month, I think I'll be able to confirm that without equivocation.
Posted in: What do you think about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's proposal that universities must adopt the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for entrance exams. Abe says it is aimed at reforming the English teaching system in schools by shifting emphasis to verbal communications skills.
Mar. 10, 2014 - 09:42AM JST
No I would not concur, and they are essentially the same thing.
Then your primary school…
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Mar. 10, 2014 - 09:40AM JST
I'd like to be Oscar from The Rose of Versailles.
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