borax's past comments

  • 1

    borax

    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?

  • 2

    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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  • 14

    borax

    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

  • 4

    borax

    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

  • 0

    borax

    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

  • 5

    borax

    “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

  • 0

    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

  • 2

    borax

    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

  • 4

    borax

    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

  • -1

    borax

    Talk is cheap.

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

  • 1

    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

  • 6

    borax

    I wouldn't say this is indicitive of Japanese people's nuanced ability to interpret how (or whether) their culture is being appropriated by the west, so much as it is a demonstration of the simple fact that Japanese culture being promoted or glorified, in any way, by the west, is something that tickles the hell out of Japanese people.

    Posted in: Racist in the West, cool in Japan

  • 2

    borax

    Yeah. I heard about this before I even watched the news. My TV set off an earthquake warning alarm. I glanced at the TV and it said an AKB48 member had been slashed with a knife. The first thing that went through my head was... "Why the hell is that so important that it actually gets sent through the emergency broadcasting alert?" Seriously how sad is this place that AKB48 is so important it can just pop into that?

    I was watching TV too, it wasn't an earthquake alert, it was a standard breaking news alert. It's a different system, and individual broadcasters use it of course for things like elections and other national news, but major entertainment stories as well. I've seen it plenty of times before for celebrities passing away or being arrested, it's nothing new.

    Posted in: Two AKB48 singers, 1 staff member attacked at handshake event in Iwate

  • 1

    borax

    I say good on them, it's pretty rare that a Japanese company or institution picks up on a way they're perceived negatively by foreigners, and then actually does something about it. If I had it on my resume from a study abroad program or whatnot, I'd much rather tell American companies that I studied at Kindai University than Kinki U.

    Posted in: Kinki University to change pervy English name

  • 0

    borax

    Soooo many stupid awards in this country. I'm going to start promoting a "Breathing Air" award, see if I can get some Japanese celebs on JT front page in a few years.

    Posted in: The cotton club

  • 1

    borax

    kickboard, excellent information. I had pretty much the same experience. If you just plan it right and actually look at the details, it doesn't take all day, and it doesn't cost 3600 yen. And there IS good food to be found, and some fun shopping on the upper floors of the shopping mall. I was a SkyTree basher before I made the trip; now I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who was interested.

    Posted in: Tokyo Skytree’s disappointing attendance so far: 6.19 million visitors

  • 1

    borax

    Can't wait! I'll be there, and I'll also be hoping that they decide to do this with some of his other older films as well.

    I remember reading, at some point, an interview with Miyazaki where he said something along the lines of, were it up to him, his films would never be released for home video. He only wanted people to experience them in the theater, and they could be re-released from time to time for people to fondly rewatch, together. I own all his films on DVD and certainly don't want anyone to take them away from me, but I understand where he's coming from. Can't wait to experience Cagliostro on the big screen, for the first time.

    Posted in: Miyazaki's first film returning to theaters in May

  • 8

    borax

    I love that Obama is getting taken to a 3-star, incredibly exclusive sushi shop, and Bush was just taken to an izakaya.

    Posted in: Abe takes Obama to Jiro's in Ginza for sushi dinner

  • 19

    borax

    Headline: A new survey shows that 60% of Japanese don't like being told what to do by people in other countries.

    Posted in: 60% of Japanese support whale hunt; 14% eat whalemeat, survey shows

  • 10

    borax

    They do the same thing in New York, with the massive security force and the missing garbage cans, every time Obama visits, and he visits a lot. Doing the same thing in Tokyo is not excessive - saying it's unnecessary because Tokyo is a safe city is incredibly naive.

    Posted in: No trash

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