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browny1Jul. 02, 2015 - 06:37PM JST
Hawkeye - I don't think that has anything to do with the topic at hand.
Posted in: Why do so many Japanese hotels and ryokan charge by the person instead of the room?
browny1Jul. 02, 2015 - 02:04PM JST
Both penalties should not have been awarded. The first was of minimal of minimal contact and occured outside the penalty area so shouldn't have been a PK. The 2nd was a clumsy fall in the least or a dive at worst. No PK.
And the own goal was astonishing. Good luck to Nadeshiko, but to give credit where it's due, England's shooting decisiveness was greater and could easily have been rewarded with 3 goals.
But that's soccer and while it can be an exciting game to watch, no other sport can beat it for sure frustration.
And just an offside - I just watched the highlights commentated by 2 British(a man & women - don't know who) and the commentary was so refeshingly different. Both were knowledgable about ALL players, applauded the skills on both sides and didn't hesitate to say negatives when due - eg the women called the England penalty free a dive. A local commentator would NEVER say that. I wish the locals could skill up when commentating World Sports.
Posted in: Japan reaches Women's World Cup final after England injury time own goal
browny1Jul. 02, 2015 - 01:18PM JST
sf2k - you're right.
And it has now become openly obvious that the original Tokyo Olympic plan was an idea of virtual reality designed to attract the deciding votes, but could never be realized within the time and monetary constraints of real time / life.
Posted in: Olympic stadium to cost Y252 bil, sports minister says
browny1Jul. 01, 2015 - 04:08PM JST
The title mentions Hotels and Ryokans which actually are quite different in terms of settings, operations, services and experiences. Comparing such could be a little difficult.
For me the main critical point is, " Why do Japanese hotels charge by the person?"
Many mid-level (3-4star) hotels which offer only the basics charge per person. For example when my wife, daughter and I stayed in such a place in April and paid ￥7,000 each that brought it to a total of ￥21,000 for a very ordinary room.
We love to go skiing and the tatami hotel rooms we often use with 4 people in X ￥8,000 + each, equates to ￥32,000 - a pretty stiff price for no bath/shower. Of course for one person I guess it's reasonable, but it's too much for a very moderate room.
Other cases abound.
browny1Jun. 30, 2015 - 10:36AM JST
jcjapan - me too. crusty's heartening words were certainly sniffle inducing.
O-Olympics - embolden be thy name.
browny1Jun. 30, 2015 - 09:30AM JST
The World Heritage program is a wonderful thing to acknowledge greatness in nature and human culture and to preserve such for posterity.
But there seems to be an unhealthy obssession here (and other places) from exploiting the status to it's full marketable potential by the entrepeneurs to the overly fanatical desire to visit such places.
Posted in: Mt Fuji is so crowded with climbers, their sticks are close enough to touch
browny1Jun. 30, 2015 - 09:01AM JST
As others have suggested - the cost of ￥250bil is just a chalkboard figure to be erased numerous times.
This is one of those classic "Put this on your Fridge" moments and have a chuckle or two over the next 5 years.
And the excuses for the cost will continue to play to the strains of weeping strings.
Already the reasons have included - "the arches are too expensive"(original design plan accepted by all) to "the rise in price of materials"(Abenomics ? - but steel & concrete is cheap now) to "the contractors are too greedy".
I await for more.
browny1Jun. 26, 2015 - 07:57PM JST
Cactus & Castles
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browny1Jun. 26, 2015 - 07:54PM JST
Yelnats - please explain why the kittie in question is poor (I can only think you mean hard up, dire, suffering etc)???
It lived a charmed life full of love and attention esp in it's latter days.
It lived to an old age of 16.
It probably died because it's heart muscles had atrophied.
A V.G.I. (Very Good Innings) by all accounts.
Such is life.
Posted in: Wakayama's famous stationmaster cat Tama dies at 16
browny1Jun. 26, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
Stranger - thankyou. Exactly - I feel the way I feel. As I said - a little sad perhaps.
And I'm not judging others, merely passing comment on the level of grief shown over the death of an aged cat.
I would never judge a Jainist displaying grief over the untimely death of a butterfly, but I can comment on such without being insincere or derogatory.
browny1Jun. 26, 2015 - 09:31AM JST
Nice story - the cat was saved, the rail-line was saved, the town was saved. Good all round.
But as has been suggested life means death - and becoming distraught over the passing of an aged cat by those not directly connected seems a bit over the top. A little sad perhaps.
And sorry - I can't get into the RIP frame of. I'm not even sure what that means in this context?
browny1Jun. 20, 2015 - 09:44AM JST
John-san - I agree with your point re smoking. I can never understand why so many of the onsens I've visited allow smoking IN the change rooms or in the lobby areas immediately adjacent to the bath entrances.
After relaxing, calming and cleaning your body & mind you get a 2nd complimentary bath of smoke. BUT all of these establishments have signs banning tattoos.
I have a small tattoo which I can conveniently cover with the locker key bracelet. However one time I was "turned in" at my local gym after deciding to use the hot bath (for the first & only time) by a fellow bather who had obviously spotted the evil drawing.
After much debate with the manager - which took place in the smoky reception area of one Japan's largest fitness chains - I gave up and quit the gym on the spot. Not one of the staff -trainers, reception etc - who I had become very friendly with, said a peep, just heads lowered. But I understood their situation. My wife- also a member - went ape(very rare) and said her husband comes here for medical reasons (sciatica...) and is accepted with his little tattoo in many places from kindergarten to university. She quit too. All in all a sad case al round.
I do reluctantly acknowledge the right of owners to have a tattoo policy, but the amount of physical harm a small tattoo can inflict upon other patrons compared to volumes of filthy PM2.5 is puzzling in the least.
Posted in: Japan Tourism Agency surveys onsens over tattoo policy
browny1Jun. 17, 2015 - 11:42AM JST
All sports played at top level can be exciting to watch if there is skill, tension and close scores.
But for skill, power, speed and spectacle - Austrlian Rules Football. The players are the supreme athletes of ball sports.
Posted in: Which sports, when they are played well, do you find the most exciting to watch, and which sports do you find so boring that you can't understand how anyone could find them interesting?
browny1Jun. 15, 2015 - 12:44PM JST
i simply stated it was NOT on NHK prime time 7:00 news.
Which wouldn't be the first time for selective reporting(both time & topic) by NHK.
But then maybe I'm being too cynical.
browny1Jun. 15, 2015 - 08:38AM JST
Braniac - Actually it is news. Anytime a demonstration can attract 25,000 is news anywhere, esp in Japan.
And the demonstration was as direct a challenge to the powers that be, as possible - around the Diet building.
Anything-Could-Happen, and if a media editor didn't send any staff there, it'd certainly be negligent.
NHK (AHK) as the national broadcaster funded by the public, certainly was negligent in not giving even a scant report on prime time.
browny1Jun. 11, 2015 - 08:00PM JST
CH3 - concerning rape & ianfu - please research a little more widely.
Posted in: Denying WWII sex slavery stains Japan's honor: Kono
browny1Jun. 10, 2015 - 07:21PM JST
Nadeshiko is just a nick name with little meaning outside of japan - but I've always thought it's trite and a little condescending, because the word implies faithful, dutiful, petite, coy girl who will diligently take care of the menfolk. A good housewife & mother.
When I learnt of the naming years ago, I couldn't match the meaning with my favourite player Sawa and her team mates - all of whom were anything but dainty flowers.
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browny1Jun. 10, 2015 - 08:43AM JST
Peeping tom - thanks.
Are you suggesting with your comments "...dominance whenever they wanted to" and " ...Japan did not press on that much as they did not have to", that as a professional world class outfit they didn't give 100% effort???
If that's true (which i don't believe is) then everyone should be duly shocked and heads rolling as the Swiss equalizer in injury time was only cms off.
I stand by my impression of the 2nd half as being of a standard that will not progress them far - also corroborated by many sports commentators.
I suspect they will lift their game next outing - although they are only playing the minions.
browny1Jun. 09, 2015 - 03:39PM JST
A great start. Congrats.
However, I watched the 2nd half and they didn't really look champion quality at all. I was surprised at how the swiss seemed to dominate and had many shots on goal.
Perhaps the 1st half was much better. I hope so because i don't think a similar performance will hold up against the other powerhouses.
Good luck for the next game.
browny1Jun. 07, 2015 - 10:26AM JST
Bertie - agree - unbelievable that the tens of thousands of workers who have passed through over 4 years, working in stressful, dangerous and dirty situations, didn't have a proper eating, cleaning and resting facility.
With all the trillions of yen flying around, no-one thought to look seriously at the welfare of the front-liners.
Posted in: 4 years after disaster, Fukushima workers get own rest area
Jul. 03, 2015 - 04:53PM JST
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Jul. 03, 2015 - 04:51PM JST
The local Mosque is quite nearby where this cat was beheaded.
Posted in: Body of decapitated cat found in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward
Jul. 03, 2015 - 04:50PM JST
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