borax's past comments

  • -2

    borax

    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

  • 1

    borax

    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

  • 0

    borax

    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

  • 4

    borax

    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

  • 0

    borax

    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?

  • 1

    borax

    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

  • 2

    borax

    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

  • 0

    borax

    Yes, only because the fewer countries that have them, the better. Preventing more countries from getting the bomb is step one. Getting all the countries that currently have a nuclear arsenal to dismantle them all, together, is step two.

    Posted in: Should some countries have the right to tell other countries that they cannot have nuclear weapons?

  • 16

    borax

    A refreshing sign that we live in a country where freedom of speech is protected as it should be. These sad sacks can complain about whatever xenophobic issue they want, and we can point and laugh at them and carry on about our day.

    Posted in: Sign of the times

  • 3

    borax

    Strangerland,

    When I was growing up, we would often talk about our background. "I'm half French, 1/4 English and 1/4 Russian", or "I'm have German, half Dutch" were common replies.

    What you're talking about here is an innocuous topic of conversation, something that might come up only every now and then. The term haafu is very different because it's a label. In this country, wherever they go and whatever they do, they will be a haafu first, their name and identity second. I don't think as many Japanese people use the term negatively as some commenters here are claiming, but even if it's used neutrally or positively, it's still an unnecessary label, one that marks them as being different from Japanese people, even if they're Japanese citizens and live their entire lives here.

    Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015

  • 3

    borax

    This has been all over TV the last week, but it's just so lame. "Let's put our shoes on a needlessly high shelf somewhere, then have people tap buttons on a tablet and stand there and wait for a drone to go get the shoes and drop them in a bucket. THE FUTURE OF SHOPPING." Obviously it's just a marketing gimmick, but still pretty dumb.

    Posted in: At your service

  • 0

    borax

    While I agree the spelling of his name is annoying, it was an intentional choice. He wants his name to be pronounced kind of halfway between a hard "si" and a soft "shi," rather than a full soft "shi". Call it a subtle artistic choice. It looks painfully ugly when written out in romaji, but that's the way the creator wanted it, so end of story I guess!

    Posted in: Guest of honor

  • 1

    borax

    Yay! I'll be there...once the line to get in falls to a reasonable 30-45 minutes or so.

    Posted in: Shake Shack burger chain plans to open restaurants in Japan

  • 4

    borax

    They do? According to who/what?

    Posted in: Why do so many native English speakers (mainly Americans) wrongly use "loose" instead of "lose?"

  • 0

    borax

    kickboard

    Say what? The smoking rate in Japan is falling every year and is now around 20%. The OECD average is also 20%.

    http://www.oecd.org/els/health-systems/Briefing-Note-JAPAN-2014.pdf

    Those numbers are a bit misleading, though. As the same PDF report states one page earlier, there is a huge gender gap among tabacco users in Japan: 34% of men, and only 9% of women. From my (observational) experience Japanese women are far more likely to smoke at home or away from other non-smokers, due to manners, whereas Japanese men are more likely to light up in restaurants, cafes, on the street, etc. The result being that when you're out and about, it certainly seems like a lot more than just 20% of people are smokers.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

  • 14

    borax

    Timothy Bedwell

    Unless you have absolutely no vices, never overeat, always eat 100% healthy food, exercise daily, and don't get sick, you don't have a right to call smokers stupid for enjoying a vice they know isn't healthy.

    The one hugely important difference being, eating unhealthy foods or not exercising are not direct, repulsive nuisances to the people around you. Smoking very much is.

    Posted in: Smoke haters go after smokers with a vengeance

  • 4

    borax

    Yes, yes it is. I loved living in this country for a good five years, until I started watching TV regularly.

    Posted in: Is Japanese TV really as bad as its reputation?

  • 0

    borax

    Am not condoning/never will condone looting and violence, but...whole lot of people posting comments here who cannot possibly understand the years' and lifetimes' worth of anger and frustration that are causing this nationwide outlash.

    Posted in: National Guard ordered in as Ferguson businesses torched

  • 0

    borax

    Even the Shinkansen does this: on the Nozomi train between Tokyo and Hakata Stations, they usually change drivers at Shin-Osaka Station.

    They change the entire staff at Shin-Osaka. This is beacause Shin-Osaka is where operation of these trains is divided between JR Central and JR West.

    Posted in: Little known deluxe bus services promise long-distance trips in comfort

  • 1

    borax

    Galapagos-

    The ones I've been on had two drivers from the start, they switched at a rest area partway through the trip.

    Posted in: Little known deluxe bus services promise long-distance trips in comfort

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