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edojinJul. 22, 2014 - 05:11PM JST
Just like the captain of his doomed ship ... he was scared to stick around when the pressure builds up. Too bad he couldn't have faced the music ... in a courtroom and in a jail cell.
Posted in: Body of fugitive S Korea ferry tycoon found by police
edojinJul. 22, 2014 - 05:08PM JST
I have friends who live near the border in both Texas and Arizona. They say it is really scary down there ... and around their homes. They say border crossers could be nearby at any time ...
Posted in: Texas governor sending 1,000 National Guard troops to border
edojinJul. 06, 2014 - 05:21PM JST
Going over this article a day later, I discovered I mistakenly wrote an "elbow to the back". Actually, it was a knee. Neymar was kneed brutally.
Thankfully, he doesn't need surgery ...
Posted in: Neymar injury bombshell rocks Brazil
edojinJul. 06, 2014 - 05:18PM JST
Tessa-san ... the body is cremated to the point where only the bones remain. Then while they are still hot from the incinerator, the family stands around the remaining bones and puts them in an urn ... with the use of chopsticks. From my experience, I used one chopstick and a relative used the other one and together we picked up & placed a bone in the urn. This is done until everyone in the family has had a chance to do this. Beforehand, the skull cap has been set aside and when all the remaining bones and ashes have been put in the urn, the man in charge of the procedure puts the skull bones on the top of the pile. Then the urn is closed ... and taken back home where it remains for one month. Then the family gathers again at the cemetery and the urn is placed inside the family tomb (probably alongside other urns that have already been put there ages ago), from the front where the main stone has been removed. When everything is finished, the main stone is returned to its original place and sealed once again.
And Tessa-san, all the organs have been cremated. As I said above, only the bones remain.
The first time I experienced this I was in a huge crematorium. While the chief priest from the family cemetery was saying final words over the intact body, I heard a hideous scream from somewhere in the crematorium. Sent chills up & down my spine. As I looked around, I could see numerous other bodies being prepped for cremation or being wheeled out of the oven with only the burned bones remaining. A chilling scene ...
Posted in: A dying business: family graves in Japan
edojinJul. 05, 2014 - 04:59PM JST
Neymar has been a target for hits throughout the tournament. He was playing the game with Germany with leg injuries ... and watching the vital play in the 88th minute in today's game on TV, he really got hit hard in the back. Looks like Zuniga not only ran into Neymar from the back, but that elbpw blow seemed to have had a little extra oomph on it.
It's tough being a talented star in this game as there are guys who seem to want to slow them down or take them out completely no matter what.
Anyway ... so far it's been an exciting tournament ... and expect to see more top-quality football (soccer) ahead ...
edojinJun. 21, 2014 - 04:47PM JST
More goals might be the result of the new Adidas ball that is being used in Brazil for the first time. It is being billed as a high-tech wonder. The ball is made of a six-panel design that makes it better to kick. According to a recent AFP-Jiji story, "the evolutionary panel shape creates flight speed and efficiency." Thus, the balls go faster and more accurately toward the goal. The thing is, the players gotta use their own footsies and heads to send the ball that way ... something the Japanese team can't seem to do.
When I played soccer we used an old-fashioned leather ball that seemed clumsy when compared to the high-tech ones that are now in use. And Adidas has upped that level even more in the ongoing World Cup. Therefore, I expect to see even more goals in the remaining games.
Posted in: Why so many goals at the World Cup?
edojinJun. 20, 2014 - 12:45PM JST
So far, mostly British sports have been mentioned above. From the viewpoint of an American, I like watching baseball, American football, basketball, high-speed automobile races plus numerous other sports. Being from a small town, I played or was involved (such as in auto racing) in most team sports in my younger days so now enjoy watching all of them no matter what.
I've never been to a cricket match ... and often have wondered how anyone can sit through something like a three-day match. My Aussie friends tell me there is a lot of beer consumed during such cricket events ... saying something like the sport here involves downing the suds as the game slowly proceeds.
I've only done a bit of wrestling ... but at the higher level I do enjoy watching professional wrestling ... I know the game is for "entertainment" purposes but guess I like being "entertained" by their injury-defying feats and weird antics.
Up in Canada the Canuks are crazy about ice hockey ... which, I, too, enjoy watching (I can't skate worth a hoot, though) ...
Chess is considered a sport ... but I prefer playing it vs. the computer rather than watching it.
Posted in: What for you is the most exciting sport to watch, when it is played well, and what is the most boring?
edojinJun. 17, 2014 - 04:21PM JST
I was informed prior to this that Ishihara had blundered in his inept handling of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima. If he were in any other administration he would be gone by now. Don't know why Prime Minister Abe keeps him. But then, Abe himself wants to keep his screwed-up administration intact as he adds to his 500-plus days of keeping the same administration in place. Unbelievable how the Abe crew can run amok in this country ... and get away with it ...
edojinJun. 14, 2014 - 03:05PM JST
Baseball has such replays available ... and the action still ends up in controversial calls on some plays ...
I've always enjoyed booing the referee/umpire and always will ... high tech technology or not.
Posted in: Do you think goal-line technology and video replays can help avoid controversial referee decisions in sports?
edojinJun. 10, 2014 - 05:52PM JST
Should be an interesting addition to the game ... especially at such a high level of play.
Hope we get to see at least one close goal-line call ... and see how the new technical addition works in the final decision.
Posted in: Goal-line technology to be used for first time at World Cup
edojinMay. 15, 2014 - 05:59PM JST
No matter what ... she showed a lot of guts by entering that radiated place. I'm pretty sure none of the readers posting here nor any other of you would do what she did. I'd rather get my thrills elsewhere ...
Let's now see how many other ambassadors try this sort of thing ...
Posted in: Kennedy inspects Fukushima nuclear plant
edojinMay. 05, 2014 - 05:17PM JST
Were these kids "gangsters" or were they merely immature "pranksters"?
Posted in: Gang arrested following spate of drive-by eggings in Osaka
edojinMay. 05, 2014 - 05:15PM JST
They're fun to browse around in. Seems as if China, where most of the items come from, makes just about everything around nowadays ... And occasionally I do find things made right here in Japan ...
Posted in: What do you think of those 100-yen shops in Japan?
edojinApr. 30, 2014 - 05:02PM JST
Abe-san keeps saying have no fear, everything is under control. Let's see ... how much longer will he be in control? Until he departs the scene, apparently we have much to fear as nothing is in control.
In the meantime, bye-bye much hard-earned yen ...
Posted in: BOJ sits tight as industrial output, wages falter
edojinApr. 27, 2014 - 05:22PM JST
DeDe Miura says above that Obama didn't eat all his sushi. It was reported elsewhere that Obama ate sushi in his hotel sushi shop before going to the Ginza for Abe's sushi treat. Seems as if being a Hawaiian, Obama has learned the good taste of sushi ... and guess he couldn't resist having a sushi snack before having a sushi meal with Abe.
As for what they discussed, guess Obama felt the TPP was the only topic they had in common between them at the time ...
Posted in: Abe says Obama just wanted to talk trade at sushi dinner
edojinApr. 27, 2014 - 05:07PM JST
In the comments made so far, it seems that everyone has reached the same conclusion: Abenomics is a failure.
If so, then I, too, agree. It's getting harder and harder to wade through Abe's flood of economic brainstorms. Just hope an Abe-spurred tsunami doesn't sweep away what little we've got left in our pockets.
Posted in: If Japan wanted to tell the world it was going to stage an economic comeback, electing Shinzo Abe Prime Minister might have been the best way to do it.
edojinApr. 27, 2014 - 05:02PM JST
Ah ... David Baldacci ...
One of my favorite writers. Guess I'll be reading this book, too ... when it comes out in softcover ... Sounds interesting ...
Posted in: David Baldacci hits 'The Target' with new thriller
edojinApr. 25, 2014 - 05:21PM JST
Last autumn I boarded a train with the doors closing behind me ... and in the rush to get on I tripped over a baby carriage. I successfully grabbed poles, hand grips and what not around me to keep from falling on the baby. Nobody was hurt ... but I did seem to pop a cranking hip joint back into proper position ... and thus no pain there for weeks after that.
The whole incident didn't bother me and thankfully the baby only got to see a clumsy foreigner doing a weird dance above him/her. As for having baby carriages, strollers or whatever on trains, I am for it 100%. I enjoy looking at cute babies while riding to and fro. And looking into the future, when these babies grow up and start working, hopefully they will be putting money into my social security paycheck.
Posted in: Ministry says it's OK for 'baby cars' to hog space on public transport
edojinApr. 25, 2014 - 05:03PM JST
Following the news coverage of Obama's visit to Tokyo, it seems that Amari-san did more work than Abe-san, who was busy wining and dining Obama. Amari-san put in a lot of time on the TPP talks during Obama's visit ... and came away with a successful "defense" of Japan's trade program. However, the U.S. is still trying to make easy inroads into Japan's trade setup, so Amari-san will be doing even more work in the days, weeks, months and perhaps even years that lie ahead.
Posted in: Amari says no accord reached with U.S. on TPP
edojinApr. 25, 2014 - 04:58PM JST
To me, the highlight of the agreements between Japan & the U.S. was seeing (via TV, of course) Obama saying that the Senkaku Islands belong to Japan.
Otherwise, the security issue stand between the two countries is something that is supported by every high-ranking U.S. government official who comes this way.
Now that the Senkakus are "officially" in Japan's territory, wonder what the Chinese will do to counter this?
Posted in: Abe says he achieved 'historic' success with Obama
Jul. 23, 2014 - 06:58PM JST
Built by the Japanese government in 1972... ...and became a decisive element in the renewal of…
Posted in: Abe visits Tomioka Silk Mill
Jul. 23, 2014 - 06:57PM JST
Nobody ever heard of "Ice-Non" ? It's a kind of "ice-pillow". You won't need a "wet"…
Posted in: 3,179 people taken to hospital for heatstroke July 14-20
Jul. 23, 2014 - 06:55PM JST
Using a miniature robot to attack cancers.......brilliant!
Posted in: Medical advances turn science fiction into science fact
Jul. 23, 2014 - 06:45PM JST
The incidence of heat related health conditions is relatively low in United Kingdom. There…
Jul. 23, 2014 - 06:44PM JST
Looks like he's after the goodies in the plastic bag !
Maybe the guy holding…
Posted in: A sight for saur eyes