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edojinSep. 27, 2014 - 03:53PM JST
Must have been a nice camera. Surely he can buy a good camera here in Japan at a reasonable price. No need to steal one ...
Anyway ... the swim team is minus one swimmer ...
Posted in: Japanese swimmer expelled from Asian Games for stealing camera
edojinSep. 27, 2014 - 03:49PM JST
I like the last line: "No nuclear power plants are located nearby." Who in name's sake would place a nuclear power plant near a volcano?
I've seen a lot of volcanoes during my travels around Japan, and no way would I put a nuclear power plant near one. They all look very unfriendly ...
Never been to Mt. Ontake ... but looks like a nice place to visit ... once the rumblings & eruptions stop ...
Posted in: Volcano erupts in central Japan; 7 unconscious, 250 stranded
edojinSep. 25, 2014 - 05:39PM JST
No matter how much training is involved, as long as the top guys continue to side-step their opponent for an easy victory the training doesn't really matter. Get extremely discouraged when seeing the so-called yokozuna win fight after fight without actually fighting. Even sumo experts are looking down on the ability of the yokozuna. Wish the yokozuna would show us how strong they are by taking on the lower-ranked guys on the belt instead of merely grabbing them by the back of the head and pushing them down to the dohyo. Yes it's part of sumo ... but come on ... why should the yokozuna be allowed to get away with such lousy non-yokozuna tactics. I call these yokozuna "cowards."
Posted in: Make training more scientific, says Bulgarian sumo wrestler
edojinSep. 25, 2014 - 05:31PM JST
Now that the Evil Empire has been eliminated from the playoffs, I have no one left to root against. Guess I'll just have to sit back and relax while watching my favorite teams go at it for the World Series win.
But ... aha ... there is still one Evil Empire team left ... and it's right here in Japan. Will be rooting for anyone to beat the heck out of the crybaby Yomiuri Giants.
Posted in: Dodgers, Tigers seal playoff berths; Yankees out
edojinSep. 23, 2014 - 02:39PM JST
I have spent nearly half a century going to public bathhouses throughout Japan. It's now part of my daily life. And believe me, after a stressful day in the office, a nice hot relaxing bath at night is all that is needed to remove that stress and make one feel really great. I always get a good night's sleep after soaking in a huge tub of hot water.
I have made many friends, both men & women, from my bathhouse experiences. It seems that I can go almost anywhere in Tokyo and can meet someone I know from a bathhouse I have been to. And if I don't recognize them, they tell my wife where & when they saw me, and she informs me. Can't "hide" anywhere in Tokyo without someone seeing me ... and letting my wife know about it.
Of course, good manners are expected of the sento users. As explained above, the "how to wash" signs are not only in English, but Japanese, Chinese & Korean, too. So, if you go to a sento, show those bathing with you that you have good manners.
Posted in: A guide to public bathhouses, the newest hot spot for tourists in Tokyo
edojinSep. 23, 2014 - 02:29PM JST
Helps make the medal ceremonies more pleasing. Yes, South Korea has done well in selecting attractive women for various jobs at the Asian Games.
Congratulations, South Korea, for showing Asia ... and the world ... that you, too, have beautiful women in your country ...
Posted in: Asian Games 'Medal Ceremony Girls' join beauty battle
edojinSep. 23, 2014 - 02:23PM JST
Hagino isn't just winning those swimming events ... he is crushing his opposition. This shows that he is without doubt the best of the so-called best in those events. His competition continues to look on as he humbly accepts his gold medals on the winner's podium ...
China has nothing to cry about ... they are being swamped in the pool.
And look at judo ... Japan has won a handful of medals in this competition. So, the Japanese are doing quite well so far at the Asian Games.
Posted in: Hagino swim treble sparks China rant
edojinSep. 20, 2014 - 08:47PM JST
In his speech to the United Nations this coming Thursday betcha Abe-san will include this empty statement quoted in the article above: “My administration’s growth strategy is paying off. The unemployment rate is now below 4% and the labor market is tightening.”
As he keeps doing everywhere he goes, surely he will continue to praise his three-arrow plan for the Japanese economy. He is his own cheerleader. So wonder how the U.N. members will comprehend his statements on this subject? Stay tuned ... 'cause he's probably working on his U.N. speech as you read this ... and it'll be forthcoming in a few days ...
Posted in: Gov't downgrades view of economy as Abe promises reform
edojinSep. 20, 2014 - 11:34AM JST
Oh yes ... forgot to add this in my previous comments ...
Those of you who watched the opening ceremony last night here in Japan ... did you notice how beautiful all the nation sign-carrying girls were? It was like watching a commercial for top-notch plastic surgery clinics. They were extremely beautiful. I kept wondering ... are these real Korean faces ... or did these girls have some kind of work done on their faces to make them so beautiful.
If they were pure Korean faces ... then ... like ... wow!! Great.
Posted in: Asian Games kick off 'Gangnam Style'
edojinSep. 20, 2014 - 10:14AM JST
Been watching via TV the men's & women's soccer games featuring the Japan teams. Empty seats galore. And the empty seats up front at the opening ceremony were quite visible. I thought they had been reserved for the athletes to sit in later in the ceremony, but nope ... If they want to make money, they had better start filling up the stadiums.
In brief, the opening ceremony was rather ho-hum.
Otherwise, am looking forward to seeing some exciting events via TV during the games.
edojinSep. 20, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew appears to be just another "instant expert" who is on the outside looking in. These idiots bug me to no end. If he were here actually living in this economy he surely would have different thoughts on those three arrows.
As the above article above states: "gloomy economic data suggest it (Abenomics) is not succeeding as hoped."
If Jack Lew were to turn around, bend over and give us a good target to shoot at, hopefully those three arrows would find a good landing place.
Posted in: U.S. urges Japan to stick with 'three arrows' economic plan
edojinSep. 17, 2014 - 05:16PM JST
Coming from this area, I had to cheer for two favorite teams at once. Bet my relatives back there are having a ball ... a double celebration.
Go go Orioles ... Go go Nationals ...
If they end up facing each other in the World Series ... tough to pick only one team to root for. Would be fun, though .,..
Posted in: Orioles, Nationals clinch Major League Baseball division titles
edojinSep. 15, 2014 - 02:56PM JST
I get tired of complaining about the failures of Abenomics. However, something has happened that has really teed me off. The public bathhouse where I go to regularly here in Tokyo is closing at the end of this month. One of the reasons it is going out of business: Abenomics. By manipulating the monetary exchange rates to suit Abe's economic goals, the cost of fuel oil (which comes from overseas) for the bathhouse has increased. Moreover, the three percent that was added to the consumption tax has also boosted prices higher on other things related to public bathhouse use. So, the owner said he is no longer making money on the public bathhouse business ... so he is pulling the plug.
In addition, the aging bathhouse needs various parts replacements & repairs, and it is just too expensive to do these things, the owner said.
And now Abe says he is "neutral" on adding another 2% to the consumption tax, thus raising it to a total of 10%. He'd better pull his head out of the sand and start looking around at what is happening around all his voters. Prices are going up, salaries are still stagnant and the government keeps cutting Social Security payments for the oldsters ... plus, plus, plus ...
When asked the other day if he was going to dissolve the Parliament and call for a general election, Abe said something like it is not necessary as everything is okay. If he were to call for an election soon, the only people voting for him would be Soka Gakkai members, who vote as instructed by the New Komeito Party. So, we will undoubtedly have Abe and the LDP for another two years yet ... while the prices continue to go up, up and ... away ...
Posted in: Abe says he is 'neutral' on whether to raise sales tax to 10%
edojinSep. 05, 2014 - 06:03PM JST
While PM Abe was busy reshuffling his cabinet, he should have taken Kuroda's position into consideration ... even though he is not a cabinet member. While prices continue to rise across the board and as a result there is less money in people's pockets, Kuroda keeps saying everything is rosy financially-wise. For not knowing what is happening to the average person in Japan, Kuroda should be shown the door ...
Morever, he continues to call for a rise in the consumption tax to 10%. It has been said that the new Abe cabinet supports this move fullfold. Guess no matter what happens, there is no stopping the consumption tax from reaching 10%. And with the jokers who are now in power, some day we may see the consumption tax go even higher ... as was suggested by the head of the IMF about a year. Bye bye hard-earned yen ...
Posted in: BOJ stick sticks by rosy view of economy; backs next sales tax hike
edojinSep. 03, 2014 - 06:01PM JST
Such a mission sounds like fun. Hope everything goes well.
The first such probe, JAXA’s asteroid explorer Hayabusa, had some exciting moments and returned with at least a few samples of an asteroid.
So, we'll have to wait until 2020 to see if No. 2 can come back with at least a few more materials from an asteroid. Let's see ... that's only six more years down the road ...
edojinSep. 03, 2014 - 05:54PM JST
Perhaps it would have been better if Abe had selected 13 women to top jobs and put only five of his male cronies in the other slots. He should have given the women a better chance to run the whole show ... not just bits and pieces of it. They would probably do better than what is happening now.
One good thing, Abe got rid of the ex-Tokyo governor's bungling son and also the TV loud-mouth politician who headed the ministry involving Okinawa. However, he kept the infrastructure minister who passes the buck, like when there were problems with the Hokkaido railroads while he was at the helm of the ministry, yet he didn't take the blame for the problems ... he said the officials up there were fully responsible. Moreover, the infrastructure minister is from the New Komeito Party, and Jiminto needs the Soka Gakkai votes to hold on to quite a few seats in parliament (according to a magazine article, they "elected" at least 40 Jiminto politicians to parliamentary seats).
I do support Obuchi's big promotion to head the trade & industry ministry ... but as she comes from a famous family I wonder how much she can relate to the common people and their employment problems.
Abe should now start grooming one of the women to some day become prime minister. Maybe a woman could be able to bring Japan out of the financial doldrums instead of a male politician.
As for the opposition parties ... where are they? I only saw bits and pieces of comments from the opposition concerning Abe's new cabinet. They are fading further and further from the attention of the average voter.
Posted in: Abe names 5 women to new cabinet
edojinAug. 30, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
Real freedom in Hong Kong took a hit when the colony was returned to China in 1997. Since then Beijing has been leaning toward full domination of Hong Kong ... and this pressure will get greater and greater until it achieves its goal. Hopefully, Hong Kongers will be able to resist complete Beijing control ... but the odds appear not to be in their favor.
Posted in: China warns against foreign meddling in Hong Kong
edojinAug. 30, 2014 - 04:05PM JST
When my wife and I travel around Japan in a rented car we sometimes stay at love hotels. Being on the unusual side of things, I guess, we are given first-class treatment by the love hotel staff. Perhaps it's because they rarely see married couples staying at their place. Anyway, the cost is cheap, we don't need reservations, the rooms are fantastic and the parking is free. Once in Tottori Prefecture we stayed at a love hotel in which our room overlooked the open sea. It was nice to hear the water lapping up against the waterfront just outside our window. It was much better than staying at a much more expensive hotel ... which wouldn't have put we low-paying customers right next to mother nature ... that is, the open sea.
So my advice is, when driving around Japan, or even touring by air or by train, stay at love hotels ... they are great (for the above reasons).
Posted in: Rush of foreign travelers good news for Kansai love hotels
edojinAug. 28, 2014 - 05:37PM JST
I liked playing pachinko in days gone by ... when the balls were released by a spring-powered lever. I had a knack of winning on these machines. I had won such things as a hair dryer, a necktie (which I still have) and other prizes. I never collected any money off of them. I enjoyed playing for prizes.
Enter the modern machines that use a knob-type of release to shoot the balls up the slot and into the main playing field. I can't win on these machines ... and as I hate to lose ... I have not played pachinko in years.
There is a pachinko parlor next to the place where I work, and if a "winner" is collecting his/her winnings in the little room next to the parlor, I always look at the computer in the window to see how much was won. I have seen a little old lady walk away with 47,000 yen in cash, another woman with a little over 40,000 yen and guys with anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 yen. Such winnings don't tempt me to return to playing 'cause I know these people were probably lucky on that particular day ... and in the long haul probably they lost much, much more than what they won.
And yes ... those places are smoky ... and noisy. Never could stand the smoke ... and today probably couldn't stand all that noise either.
I also enjoyed playing "smart ball." Does anyone remember those games? Each machine had a pretty girl standing beside it. And I enoyed playing ... and sometimes ... winning on them. Perhaps some old "smart ball" games can still be seen in amusement centers ... and if so, I'm sure the pretty girls are long gone ... history ...
Posted in: What do you think of pachinko?
edojinAug. 24, 2014 - 05:48PM JST
Of the 10 cities in the list above, I'd choose Matsuyama and Hiroshima. In Matsuyama, there's a super sento near the JR station that I enjoy going to when I'm in the city. The Dogo Onsen sento is interesting, but too small and too expensive for me. Matsuyama is an interesting city to cycle around. Hiroshima is an interesting city with a nice public transportation system. Plus I enjoy eating fresh Hiroshima oysters ...
Recently passed through Fujisawa and found the train going into there and out too crowded for my liking when taking long trips (such as going to Tokyo from there ... ). Enoshima is nice, but it takes a lot of time and energy to get to and from there. Maybe it would be different living there ... but never experienced this, so don't know ...
Nishinomiya is in a nice area, but staying only in hotels when visiting the Kansai area, I prefer nearby Kobe and Osaka. Kobe has excellent food and Osaka has all kinds of exciting things and people in its favor.
But I find that home is the best of all ... which, for me, is downtown Tokyo. We have everything that is needed here ... plus I don't need an automobile as the public transportation system is great. And, at my age, Tokyo's hospital system must be the best in the world ...
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Oct. 01, 2014 - 06:55AM JST
I never witnessed a "groping", but there was one perverted incident I saw on the Sagami…
Posted in: Bank employee, Tokyo district court clerk held for groping same woman in train
Oct. 01, 2014 - 06:46AM JST
Why don't people like Win 8?
There are only a very few programs I use, and…
Posted in: Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows
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Oct. 01, 2014 - 06:40AM JST
I'm glad he got to come home. But, we all know if it was a regular…
Posted in: Asian Games swimmer Tomita pays fine for camera theft
Oct. 01, 2014 - 06:29AM JST
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