borax's past comments

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    borax

    Marnie was one of the best Ghibli films in years. It had heart, beauty, and characters who felt very real. People just didn't give it the chance it deserved...while it may not be at the same level as Miyazaki's legendary works, no movie ever will be.

    Posted in: 'Spirit' fades for famed animation studio after Miyazaki signs off

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    Another day, another "foreign people eat sushi wrong!!!" article. But look around at the Japanese customers in your local sushi joint and tell me how many of them are eating it "wrong" according to this article...from my experience, it's most of them. These are guidelines, not rules. Eat sushi in the way that makes you happiest.

    P.S. most wasabi sold INSIDE of Japan, at grocery stores, is actually a mixture of horseradish, mustard, starch, and green food colouring, which is a poor substitute.

    Posted in: Do you really know how to eat sushi? Probably not

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    The question has to deal with the best technology. As it stands currently, TGV without any doubt.

    Based on what? Taking into account safety and reliability, the shinkansen's technological track record is pretty much impeachable.

    Posted in: Which country has the best high-speed rail technology in the world?

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    Correction: women tend to end up being forced to quit, through a desire to raise a family and give more time to their family life, or simply because they are fed up with a business culture where they have to push and fight, and endure criticisms for their pushing and fighting, just to get half the respect their male counterparts get by default.

    Posted in: It's a custom among Japanese corporations to promote someone who knows the company well: people who have been with the company a long time and have transferred to different departments and places. Women tend to end up quitting before experiencing all that.

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    There isn't even enough grounds for a debate, it's obviously Japan.

    Posted in: Which country has the best high-speed rail technology in the world?

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    The picture looks like those horrible lollipops with actual bugs inside them that became popular in the States 15 years ago or whatever. I have about as much desire to try this.

    Posted in: Tokyo restaurant has chilled chicken skewers in collagen blocks

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    borax

    Especially in the thumbnail on the front page, the lights on the ferris wheel make it look like creepy evil centipedes coming over a hill or something. Maybe not what the photographer was going for, but I love it.

    Posted in: Supermoon

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    Truly horrifying insects. A friend of my wife's was stung once...she went to the hospital and was ok, but the doctors told her that if she was ever stung again, she would likely die.

    Posted in: Man dies after being stung by wasps

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    Want it! I've always loved this movie, but it's even more fun, just a tiny bit, watching it on TV here, taking part in the goofy Twitter thing mentioned above, and making a new world record every broadcast.

    Posted in: Voice-activated Laputa pendants sell out after hitting stores

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    Pricing fruit as a luxury item is a crime against public health, it's a shame this has never been brought up as a serious issue in the public forum here. Like Pandabelle said there are local, family-owned shops where you can get less beautiful produce for much cheaper, but not everyone has access to those shops, or is aware they exist at all.

    Posted in: Why are summer fruits, such as peaches, plums, nectarines, cherries, etc, so expensive in Japan?

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    borax

    I'll take the other side of this and say nuts to all you people cheering for a pullout. McD's isn't healthy, everyone knows that by now. What it is is a tasty, cheap, and important little slice of home for many of us living here. Same goes for KFC for that matter. If you don't like it, fine. But them pulling out of Japan would be a sad day for me, and many other expats I know. And don't tell me I can just go to Mos instead, they make the worst burgers in the world.

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    Someone should compile a list of all the things Japanese officials have said would be "impossible" or "unthinkable" in Japan, after they happened in other countries. Then we can cross them off the list one by one, as they happen, eventually, because bad things happen EVERYWHERE, sooner or later. Such hubris.

    Posted in: Ex-JSDF commander: Mass murders by disturbed soldier could never happen in Japan

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    Why is Mori still there? For the love of god, why is this man who has embarrassed his country again and again in the international media still president of the committee??

    Posted in: All for one

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    Farmboy

    What I'm not sure about is why the picture of raw beef is associated with a story about restaurants.

    I assume that's a picture of the food at the number 1 restaurant, M. Being a yakiniku restaurant, the beef would naturally be served to you raw.

    Posted in: Travelers pick Japan’s 30 best restaurants

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    “It is our responsibility to lead the people of the next generation.”

    It is your responsibility to get the heck out of the way and let the next generation (or maybe just skip the next generation and go to the one after that) try to lead themselves, and try to dig everyone out of the mess that you created.

    Posted in: Ishihara, old guard launch Next Generation Party

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    borax

    Magnolia cupcakes are terrible, all you can taste is butter and sugar. Obviously things like this should be decadent and sweet, but they take it to a nauseating degree.

    Posted in: Magnolia Bakery opens very first shop in Japan to huge crowds

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    In the past, there have been people throwing fireworks into crowds, climbing high up lampposts and falling off, and damaging shops. Trying to prevent dangerous drunken nonsense like this does not make Tokyo/Japan a "nanny state". Have all the fun you want, just keep it under control; all the police are going to be doing is helping with that second part.

    Posted in: Police to restrict pedestrian access to Shibuya crossing for Japan's World Cup opener

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    Brainiac-

    I can only conclude that those of you who say there is not much to do or see in Tokyo know nothing about Tokyo. All my friends and family who have visited me over the years have spent at least a week here. They've enjoyed yakatabune rides, visiting Miraikan to see Asimo, saw the Tsukiji fish market, shopped in Akihabara, watched sumo wrestlers train, had yakitori under the train tracks at Yurakucho, went to Sensoji, went up Tokyo Tower or Skytree, enjoyed superb dining, had calligraphy lessons, had fun at Tokyo Disneyland... and that's only the start.

    Sounds like you're an awesome host, and it's obvious why all the people visiting you have had a great time. But they key phrase in your post is "...who have visited me". It would be extremely hard for visitors to find out about and get to some of the attractions you mentioned without the help of someone like you. After my first few visits to Tokyo I was largely underwhelmed, but now that I live here, I love it. It's such a huge, sprawling city, that it takes the help of someone who really knows the place, or your own personal years of exploration and experience, to discover the treasures hidden within it.

    Posted in: Tokyo rated No. 1 city in the world in Trip Advisor survey

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    borax

    Talk is cheap.

    Posted in: Honda predicts Japan will produce 'miracle' at World Cup

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    borax

    I was working at a JHS here a few years ago when a first-year girl was flashed on her way home. She came back to school and came into the teachers' room with this dazed expression on her face. Her friend told us what happened and a motherly female teacher went over to hug her, at which point she burst into tears and continued sobbing uncontrollably for what seemed like an eternity. It was the single most heartbreaking thing I have ever seen. Anyone who makes light of an incident like this, or fails to see what the fuss is about, does not understand how deeply upsetting and traumatic this can be for a young girl.

    Posted in: 35 year-old-man arrested for exposing himself to schoolgirls

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