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edojinApr. 19, 2014 - 05:45PM JST
Saw via TV the three arrested suspects being paraded in front of the press in South Korea. Yes, they are alive ... but I was always under the impression that the captain of the ship is the last one to leave the vessel in case of an emergency. Their explanations will probably run afoul of what they were supposed to have done in this horrible incident.
Posted in: Captain of S Korean ferry, 2 other crew members arrested; bodies seen
edojinApr. 19, 2014 - 05:40PM JST
Has anybody actually seen somebody dressed in one of these things? I surely haven't. Glad I saw it here first, 'cause if without warning I would have seen one of these people I would probably have thought they were from nearby Aoyama Cemetery ... or the funny farm ...
Posted in: A fetish for full body suits in Japan
edojinApr. 19, 2014 - 05:34PM JST
If there are any secrets involved in making Jeeps ... then the Chinese will surely get them. Hopefully the U.S. military Jeeps are different from those to be made in China ...
Posted in: Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
edojinApr. 19, 2014 - 04:36PM JST
I give Ambassador Kennedy high grades. She is a high-profile ambassador who has been seeing Japan first-hand. She is out and about, learning many things about what is happening here in Japan, about Japanese culture and other things. Plus she seems to be mingling rather well with the local people, who, so far, seem eager to see & meet her.
If I were asked for something critical, I would have to say that she should have studied more about Okinawa before visiting there. Yes, Futenma Marine Corps Air Station has to be moved ... but to where? The proposed site near Nago is right in the middle of a natural fish & sealife area. If she is indeed worried about saving whales, dolphins and other sea creatures, then she must also worry about what is living in the sea off of Henoko. But then I guess she has to follow the Embassy's & U.S. government's lead on this issue and toe the line as they demand ...
Posted in: How would you evaluate U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy's first six months on the job?
edojinApr. 12, 2014 - 05:35PM JST
Next ... let's go to Mars ... and plant some seeds there ... and see if they take root and bloom. Moreover, send seeds from real cherry-bearing trees and see if we can get some real eatable cherries in space.
For those of you young-ones who might end up on Mars sometime down the road in the future, this might lead to "local" grown food on that mysterious Red Planet ...
Posted in: 'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan
edojinApr. 12, 2014 - 05:24PM JST
Just saw on TV the Tigers crush the Giants 9-0. Did the livelier ball hurt the Giants? Nope, even with a dead ball they would have been shut out due to the excellent pitching performance by the Tigers' pitcher.
For many baseball fans, there's nothing better than hearing the whack of a bat against a ball and seeing the ball go out of the ballpark ... or even out of the stadium.
Now that the players know what the balls are capable of doing, they must use their professional baseball abilities to adjust to what is happening with them right now. Who knows what the balls might be like next season ... more livelier than those used now or making a reappearance as "dead" balls that the mightiest slugger can't power past the infield ...
That's baseball ...
Posted in: Baseball commissioner apologizes over livelier ball
edojinApr. 12, 2014 - 05:13PM JST
"wavelength" ... a belated reply to your question above concerning information on the Shikoku trek.
My favorite map/information guide is "Shikoku Japan ... Pilgrimage to the 88 Sacred Places ... Guide Map." It is published by the Shikoku Tourism Promotion Association. Its URL is: http://www.shikoku.gr.jp/
I picked up my copy at a tourist information center in Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture.
An American friend tried to see all 88 temples in two two-week tries in consecutive years about 20 years ago. He used very detailed Japanese language maps ... and still did not see all of them. Like me, he found that many are located in difficult-to-find and hard-to-get-to places ... no matter what kind of map you use.
I have met Japanese at temples on the trek and I found that the ones I had difficulty in reaching they also had problems getting there.
My Japanerse niece-in-law has been to all 88 temples twice. I have met other people who have been to all 88 temples ... but all of them went on arranged bus tours. And when they mention this to me, they sort of whisper it ...
You see, to those purists who trek from temple to temple ... going on arranged tours is considered CHEATING!!
Posted in: Anti-Korean stickers posted at several points along Shikoku pilgrimage route
edojinApr. 11, 2014 - 06:23PM JST
Just saw the Korean sign on TV. It is ugly ... should be removed ...
At the same time, the Japanese replies should be removed, too ...
Just leave the routes the way they were ... no such signs ...
edojinApr. 11, 2014 - 05:17PM JST
I have been to many of the temples in Shikoku and did so without the help of any signs posted along the way in any language. As a matter of fact, I haven't noticed many signs in Japanese either indicating a certain temple was this way or that way. That's the fun of hiking along these routes. That is, you have to use your beanie to find your way during the journey. I use English maps to get me in to the area I want to explore, then, if necessary, use a Japanese map to work my way into my intended temple.
I believe that signs or location indicators should not be posted along the way as they would spoil the local natural beauty that can be seen while trekking to the next temple. Besides, you can get more of feel for the area by trying to find a temple on your own.
And, if you want to try to see the 88 temples on your own ... believe me ... many of them are not easy to find. That's the challenge ... and the fun of the whole experience ...
edojinApr. 07, 2014 - 02:25PM JST
In a time of suffering extreme pain I have had to use an ambulance here in Tokyo. The ambulance crew was very efficient and they got me to the hospital in a short time.
There was no problem at the hospital ... and I was accepted immediately. And, of course, as you can witness here, I survived ...
One thing ... I live in Shinjuku Ward and the ambulance service here is free if you go to a hospital within the ward. If you want to go to a hospital outside the ward, you must pay at least 10,000 extra for the service. I don't know what the policy is in other wards ... or in cities outside Tokyo.
I visited the island of Awashima several years ago and their nearest hospital was across the water in Murakami City in Niigata Prefecture. There is no doctor on the island ... only a nurse. They have an emergency helicopter service, which the islanders say is efficient. Otherwise, if somebody is sick there, they must either go to the local clinic which has only the nurse or take the ferry across the water to Murakami City. That's why I like living in the city...
Posted in: We aim to create an environment where foreign residents and tourists feel easy to use ambulance services in Tokyo.
edojinApr. 05, 2014 - 06:49PM JST
Selling their souls to the devil. That's what I said about Randy Johnson when he joined the Yankees. And I said the same thing about Mark Texiera (I forget how to spell his name ... is that it?) And I say it about everybody else who goes to the team I grew up hating ... just like my friends and relatives around me ...
Sorry ben4short ... but that's the way it is ... more minus points from you of course ...
Posted in: Yankees give Tanaka a win in Major League debut
edojinApr. 05, 2014 - 04:38PM JST
Tanaka looked good today. Too bad he had to sell his soul to those damned Yankees ...
edojinApr. 05, 2014 - 04:36PM JST
While out and about doing routine shopping since the tax hike, I have noticed higher than normal prices on certain items in the food stores. What are the real prices anyhow? Can't understand why some things are priced higher and others are priced lower than before. Abenomics has really screwed up the whole price structure. Wish the guy would have gone fishing the past year ... and stayed out of the inflation picture ...
Posted in: Aso says BOJ's aggressive stimulus should be appreciated
edojinApr. 05, 2014 - 04:30PM JST
If a North Korean missile is shot down by Japan ... wonder what the reaction will be on North Korea's side? Should be interesting ...
Posted in: Japan orders SDF to shoot down any new N Korean missiles
edojinMar. 20, 2014 - 06:33PM JST
This is their answer to Abenomics. They give up. Those pieces of paper represent yen notes. We are in a financial mess. Suits or no suits ...
Posted in: Hands up
edojinMar. 19, 2014 - 05:08PM JST
The only top talent left skating here will be Japanese ... everyone else seems to be bailing out ...
Posted in: Russian Olympic figure skating champion Sotnikova to skip worlds in Japan
edojinMar. 19, 2014 - 05:05PM JST
Okay Mr. Aso ... let's unload heaps of praise on Kuroda-san. Oh, by the way Kuroda-san, thanks for sending prices sky high throughout Japan. Thanks for leaving less money in my pockets at day's end. Thanks for your backing of Abenomics, which has just led to the closing of a popular local supermarket in Yotsuya (in Tokyo).
Deflation seems to be over ... now, Kuroda-san, how are you going to end this spiraling inflation, which seems to be getting out of hand ...
If you want real praise Kuroda-san, why not bring things under control to where the financial scene makes real sense for everyone concerned ...
Posted in: Aso says BOJ's Kuroda should be praised for quantitative easing policy
edojinMar. 19, 2014 - 04:58PM JST
According to today's weather report for the Tokyo area, the wind is supposed to be blowing in from the direction of the crippled nuclear power plant. Hope those guys up there know what they're doing concerning the air we are breathing down here ...
Posted in: Water decontamination system halted at Fukushima plant
edojinMar. 08, 2014 - 05:38PM JST
Gotta walk through it during my next visit to Osaka. Looks interesting ...
Doesn't the Landmark Tower in Yokohama have more floors? Offhand, I forget ... I thought the Landmark Tower has about 70 floors.
Posted in: Japan's tallest building opens in Osaka
edojinFeb. 28, 2014 - 09:36PM JST
I agree with Zaccheroni. Columbia will be the toughest of the three. If Japan can get past Greece and Ivory Coast with wins or draws, then the guys will be inspired to give Columbia a run for advancement. But how much farther they could go is the question. A major power in the knockout rounds will send them packing.
Guess they'll have to change their name to the Samurai Green ... 'cause they'll be wearing green uniforms ...
Posted in: Japan not World Cup underdog, says coach
Apr. 21, 2014 - 04:00PM JST
Another day in Nippon. I have met some of these ornery old ladies and in some…
Posted in: Daughter arrested for killing 83-year-old mother with kettle
Apr. 21, 2014 - 03:58PM JST
Ron BarnesApr. 21, 2014 - 02:43PM JST
What does Japan expect when she is expanding her…
Posted in: Defense minister puzzled by abnormal number of flights by Russian military aircraft
Apr. 21, 2014 - 03:57PM JST
"State-ordered?! They're called National Holidays for cripessake."
They are state ordered. The holidays under "Golden Week"…
Posted in: Train companies, airlines expect mixed Golden Week
Apr. 21, 2014 - 03:47PM JST
Boston bombing was a hoax event.
Wow, how lucky we all are to have you tell…
Posted in: Boston Marathon looks to emerge from shadow of 2013 bombing
Apr. 21, 2014 - 03:46PM JST
"Go to Blackjack table now. Bet all! " ... we`re getting closer.
Posted in: Researchers use Twitter to predict crime