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    borax

    Sad, doughy American dudes with a hilariously flimsy understanding of Japanese culture, training to be the kind of mystical warrior that only ever existed in movies and video games.

    Posted in: What do you think of when you hear the word "ninja?"

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    I'd support it, but in all likelihood no one would enforce it. Most towns and station areas have signs written directly on the sidewalk declaring that smoking outdoors is prohibited there, usually within a certain radius of the station. But smokers ignore them all the time, frequently in direct view of the Koban, whose occupants do nothing. Limited smoking bans have worked in other countries because there are a lot of police and other public employees on the ground to enforce them. Here, they just rely on the good manners of the people the rules are aimed at...and since we're talking about smokers, well, that's a lost cause.

    Posted in: Would you support a total smoking ban in public places?

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    In the end it probably won't taste much like the award-winning restaurant version (which I've never had). But seeing as how getting into that restaurant not only takes hours, but is also apparently quite the exercise in frustration, I'll give the combini version a chance!

    Posted in: World’s only Michelin-starred ramen is getting an instant noodle convenience store version

  • 0

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    Weasel - very little that can compare with the best of the west coast, but a lot that's certainly worth trying. Outside of the bigger names like Hitachino, Baird, Yona-Yona, and Minoh, though, they can be hard to find.

    Posted in: Premium toast

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    @CrazyJoe

    Sad news but I find it odd that all the media have safety helmets on interviewing the suffering. Don't you find that weird?

    They're setting an example of being safety-first in an area where extremely strong aftershocks are still occurring with a frequency of about 10 times an hour. Nothing weird about it.

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    Yubaru is right, this is an appalling scandal, and the Japanese media's decision to almost completely ignore it is shameful. If it were the opposite situation, if American-made parts were killing Japanese people on Japanese roads, it would be the top story for months, and Japanese politicians would be banging on the doors of Congress. But a major Japanese company responsible for the deaths of Americans? Let's just bury that one under...well, any story we can find, really.

    Posted in: As deaths rise, so do chances of total Takata air bag recall

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    Good for him! Too bad all the headlines read "Japanese wrestler wins championship" or some variation on that, not "Kotoshogiku wins first championship". And throughout the tournament, the announcers and commentators continued focusing on the nationality of the wrestlers. Such a great sport, run by such a xenophobic establishment.

    Posted in: Japan-born sumo wrestler wins title for 1st time in 10 years

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    smithinjapan, I saw it on Friday night in a sold-out theater with only a few other foreign faces sprinkled throughout the audience. There was raucus appluase and cheering every time a familiar face appeared, and every time something amazing happened, which was frequently. Some things are universal when die-hard fans are involved. : )

    Posted in: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' smashes box office record

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    This is definitely a unique and very cool place to see. It stands out among all the temples I've been to. The best part is how it looks so normal from the outside, only appearing to have 3 floors or so, but actually has something like nine, all staggered.

    Posted in: Kanazawa’s historic 'ninja temple' packed full of hidden rooms, pitfalls, and more

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    I wouldn't actually say it's my favorite Ghibli film, although I do love it very much, but I would vote for Laputa too. It's one of the very few movies I've ever seen where I felt truly sad when it ended, because I just wanted it to keep going, to keep me in that world.

    Posted in: The top five Ghibli sequels that Japanese moviegoers would like to see

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    "The underground tracks between Shimbashi and Yurakucho Stations"? Are you sure that's not supposed to read "Under the tracks between Shimbashi and Yurakucho Stations"? That would make a lot more sense. I go to Shimbashi all the time, but am not aware of any places to drink that are underground tracks.

    Posted in: The top 10 drinking districts in Tokyo, as recommended by Japanese locals

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    I would love to take part in this tour. But even if I had the spare change, I'm sure it would be impossible to grab a spot. Whenever those tickets go (or went) on sale, I'm sure they'll sell out in an instant.

    Posted in: Now bullet train geeks can ride the rare 'Doctor Yellow' train

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    This is exactly what a few (very few) of us were saying in the comments to a recent article about this. It's not coddling, or hysterically making an issue out of nothing. People shouldn't be walking/rushing up and down escalators. That's not what they're for.

    Posted in: It’s not necessary to leave one side open. There are some people who have an arm or a hand that is incapable of functioning and have difficultly keeping a specific side open.

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    The etiquette here in Tokyo is for people in a hurry (like me) to walk on the right, and for those willing to wait, or too infirm (or lazy) to walk to que up and board on the left.

    This is completely ridiculous. I thought it was only Japanese people who kept up these obnoxious escalator rules. Escalators exist to get large numbers of people up or down a short distance as fast as possible. If "infirm or lazy" people (or people wearing heels, or people carrying baggage, or people holding a baby, etc.) all have to line up to use only half the escalator, while a comparatively small number of people sprint up the right side, the escalator is failing at its very basic purpose. Especially at stations with very long escalators, like on the the Oedo or Sobu express lines, or the Tozai line at Nihonbashi, it just makes no sense. If you're in such a hurry that you can't wait for the escalator to bring you to the top, then jog up the stairs. Expecting people to wait in a line sometimes dozens of people long just to keep the "express lane" open is total nonsense.

    And they ask you to stand within the yellow lines because Crocs-style rubber shoes can trip you up and lead to accidents if they rub against the side of the escalator or the step in front when it lowers back down at the top.

    Posted in: Consumer Affairs Agency urges people not to walk on escalators

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    This is a goofy but fine idea for a publicity stunt, but the fact that it's to "showcase the new summer range of “Fresh Mac” burgers," - essentially the same burgers they always sell, but with a few more very standard vegetables - just highlights the fact that they haven't had a decent idea for a new sandwich in years.

    Posted in: McDonald’s to open fancy pop-up restaurant in Tokyo for one night only

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    I've been living in this country for a decade, and it still finds ways to surprise me. This is just amazing.

    Posted in: Robots do check-in and check-out at cost-cutting hotel

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    Wolf Children was wonderful as well. Hosoda is a sparkling 3 for 3 so far, can't wait to see this one!

    Posted in: 'The Boy and the Beast' film debuts at #1, earning Y667 million in 1st weekend

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    Pay a little extra to fly on airlines that treat you a bit better, and do everything I can to get an exit row seat. Because if I can't, flying is a nightmare for me and my 195 cm frame.

    Posted in: Modern air travel has become increasingly unpleasant as airlines continue to shrink seat sizes to fit more passengers on board, especially in economy class. What do you do to make your flight more bearable?

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    Sounds great (except for the cilantro, but to each their own)! I've recently gotten into turnip steaks, fried in olive oil and finished with a little butter and lemon. The second paragraph says it right: these vegetable steaks will never surpass a beef steak or your other favorite meat, but they make a deliciously satisfying meal for the other days.

    Posted in: Cauliflower steaks keep you firmly in the produce aisle

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    Interesting explanation from Twitter user Mitsuko. A minor example of the power of the internet in prolem-solving!

    About the article though...Japanese eggs come in packs of 10, not 12. It seems like nitpicking, but shouldn't an article about Japan from a Japanese news site strive to get the obvious details right? And yes, I know this article comes directly from another site.

    Posted in: 12 eggs, 24 yolks? Woman in Japan receives batch of extraordinary eggs

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