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ensnaturae2May. 16, 2013 - 12:36PM JST
Psy is the current model for global success - invent a silly dance everyone can copy and some words eveyone can repeat, even if no one knows what they mean - & bingo, jackpot. Whoever thought of 'Knees up - Mother Brown', thought of it first. This gal has done her best, overkill in the wardrobe dept. wont cut the mustard..but a title that will scare everyone enough, wherever it appears as a news headline, will get her noticed & talked about, when the wardrobe fails.
Posted in: Pamyu invasion
ensnaturae2Apr. 21, 2013 - 12:38AM JST
No use at all getting uptight about any of it! Groups like these can appear to be hells on earth sometimes. Be tough and cope with it - youll find that real friends, really do appear in the end, if you just hang in there quietly and dont get upset or make a fuss. We get 'measured' in all kinds of ways that are not immediately apparent. Humans need understanding and kindness much more than they ever need to be one up, or kingpin, or leader of the pack or whatever else is on offer. If you can get the guts to cope with the whole gamut of human frailtie, inc silliness, unkindness and indifference, of the kind described - you wont ever be short of real, good friends. I absolutely PROMISE you that.
Be strong, be kind. You will also be precious - to someone.
Posted in: Mama-friendships can be deceptive
ensnaturae2Feb. 17, 2013 - 08:24PM JST
I suppose anyone might be in 'their right mind' to attempt what might appear to be impossible to others. - Perhaps they had superior skills in canoeing - that had already taken them through much more testing weather conditions. Everyone makes mistakes, whatever their ability. The police report says that the winds were strong in the afternoon - perhaps in the morning when they set out - it was calmer, and quite different. Very sad, can imagine the anxious mothers waiting for news, when they were so late.
Posted in: Bodies of two missing canoeists found in Chiba river
ensnaturae2Feb. 10, 2013 - 07:41PM JST
Tedious genderism. 'Men do this, women do that'...NO, NO, NO thank you. Consider each person with empathy and respect, You might discover a new friend.
Posted in: Poll asks men what behavior by women turns them off
ensnaturae2Jan. 30, 2013 - 05:08PM JST
The only astonishing thing about liking crooked teeth - (given the assortment of attractions that people of any culture might find very curious in others), is that people find it astonishing.
Leave UK with its toffee teeth decay, and USA with its unnatural rows of white marble tombstones - out of the discussion for a moment - and think of the magnificent diversity of features considered attractive - of different cultures around the world. From a few thousand years ago, to present day. And celebrate it?
Posted in: Why Japanese women go for fake crooked teeth
ensnaturae2Jan. 17, 2013 - 09:28PM JST
Horsefella! ... ref your 'youtube generation' comment - together with your destructive observations about talent agencies in general and the 'unhealthy fixations' of Japan, have small basis in rational thought. Ad agencies have a job to do. ie - to advertise, which in this case, given that this agency has created a sensational multi million crowd puller, it could be said to have sensationally - succeeded. At least - as long as the debate about the image continues, which obligingly we all continue to do.
Whether the woman has talent or not is immaterial. Im quite sure that the agency knew very well, that it took a great risk in including the childs 'head' in the image - I think it very unlikely that they took the greater risk of getting the child to actually fondle the womans breasts. Possible, but unlikely. The 'head' looks (quite clearly) photoshopped to me.
Within a few months they will know if their sensational advertisement worked successfully or not. Thats to say - will the woman be instantly recognized and known worldwide long enough to promote whatever talent she would like to offer - or will she simply fall by the wayside as party to abuse of youngster?
. Whatever the outcome may be - there will be ad agencies all over the world waiting to see it - and meanwhile, thinking of new, ever more 'on the edge' publicly offensive, attention getting, paths to take. You and I in continuing to think and write about this image are helping those ad agencies. except that I am pointing to motives, while In diverting the attack onto me, the child's parents, and 'Japan' etc - you support their cause. Are you perhaps, in the industry yourself? I think you might very well be.
Posted in: Weekly pulls issue over 'child porn' picture with ex-AKB48 singer
ensnaturae2Jan. 16, 2013 - 08:37PM JST
Sorry folks - you have all been hooked into an ad campaign - sad to say - me too. But perhaps we can remedy it.
There can be very few topics that raise passions so much as child abuse and child pornography. Of course everyone went straight to the image to see how bad it really is. Imagine the ad agency people with their heads together - HOW CAN WE GET EVERYONE TO LOOK AT THIS IMAGE? . Perhaps the image of the girl with the hands on her breasts, - did not have the child's head - to begin with - I do not think the hands actually belong to that child. It must be very easy to photoshop the head of a child onto a photo of a small pair of mens' hands fondling breasts. You have all helped to boost this ladies world wide fame, for it is an image and a name you will not forget - except that I have told you how you are being used, and you might try harder to forget now. I hope so..
ensnaturae2Jan. 08, 2013 - 06:26PM JST
Among the First Things that astonished me in Japan - was that people RUN when working, its not unusual to see people rocketting about, as if they take the 'human race' as far as it'll go. Im in france, It occasionally occurs to me to cough, ahem ahem, when a cashier goes into her third story about a relative, with the person in the queue in front of me, but I dont like to upset anyone. Its just the way things are. l guess that the 60 second thing fits in with Japanese willingness to serve everyone well, but MacDs would be on a sure loser to try it in france. Yikes. Nationwide strikes would begin at the thought of it..
Posted in: McDonald’s 60-second campaign a bit much for staff
ensnaturae2Jan. 08, 2013 - 06:11PM JST
Never could cope with sea swimming, not any further out from the beach than my feet could touch the sand. Most bits of ocean, even in cute family seaside resorts, are just the little wet edges of vast regions of an unexplored undersea world where all kinds of unimaginable creatures might have lived, unseen, for millions of years. I dont want them to be caught or hurt, I just dont want to meet them or invade any part of their territory.
Posted in: Giant squid filmed in Pacific depths by scientists
ensnaturae2Jan. 07, 2013 - 08:31PM JST
Thats one thing I dont miss about Walesl. (Not whales). Driving along tiny hillside lanes, sans fences, and finding the way blocked by an animal the size of a tanker truck, with eyes like tiny rocks. I could not believe it when they said 'he'd never hurt a fly'. He always looked to me like he was waiting for someone, (me), to dare to ask him to move over.just a tiny bit. ....You couldnt drive around him on the steep hillside. He didnt look too bright, but I guess he knew that much. So sorry about this poor gentleman who died, Im sure he was aware of the danger, since he knew about cows., Perhaps its snowing, and he was cold and thought he would take the risk to get the job done faster. RIP, not-so-old guy.
Posted in: Bull tosses, kills man in Shiga
ensnaturae2Jan. 01, 2013 - 11:25PM JST
Mochi is maybe a kind of trad comfort food - things the family always shared together. Old folks just forget the family isnt there anymore, or the mochi brings back memories - the older they (we) get the more we forget.. My comfort food is thick doorsteps (bread) and butter and jam - as a late night snack (with GERD) more lethal than any gummy golf ball mochi. I like the sticky sweet brown ones on a bbq spike.
Posted in: Authorities appeal to elderly to be careful when eating 'mochi'
ensnaturae2Dec. 23, 2012 - 08:51PM JST
Anyone tried Baclofen? (treatment for alcohol dependency)?
Posted in: Scientists may have found way to ease Christmas hangover
ensnaturae2Dec. 23, 2012 - 08:45PM JST
Deaths/injuries caused by alcohol - versus - deaths/injuries caused by personal firearms, anybody?
Counting all road accidents/aggression public and domestic etc etc ??
in UK the support services say they will not be able to cope with booze fuelled, domestic aggression this year.
Tums and antacid wont deal with it.
ensnaturae2Dec. 23, 2012 - 08:29PM JST
love the thought of drumming with chopsticks!!! - mini taiko on the tabletop, or upturned miso soup bowl.
Never seen it done - can we start a 'thing'?
As for noisy eaters - cant EVER remember hearing anyone eat in jp - must be a lot to do with which CAFF you choose to eat in? ditto ref sneezing into the menu?
Ive been ticked off for not doing the right thing with my sushi ('no - it isnt alright to take the top layer off and eat the rice bit after') and no - I dont eat in all the best places - unless those super caffs in Ameyoko where everyone sits on beer crates count as 'best'? Or (also super) real hot Indian curry and popodum restaurants - and sushi conveyor belt caffs - count as 'best' or 'Gratin' Italian? Or coin in the slot Noodles? From Hokkaido to Okinawa - where DO you go to eat to meet these strange guys who sound like they eat like feeding time in Ueno zoo? Tell me - Ill do the places as a tourist.
Posted in: Which is considered worse, holding your chopsticks the wrong way, or eating noisily?
ensnaturae2Dec. 20, 2012 - 08:40PM JST
If you test two big cities - eg Paris and Tokyo one after the other - fast - the diffs become clearer -
I mean that people are nice - and nasty - in very different ways.
Life is better, and worse - in very different ways.
Theres something, someone to love - pretty much everywhere.
Posted in: 9 random reasons to love Japan
ensnaturae2Dec. 13, 2012 - 11:02AM JST
Errors in examining 'reasons' for human behaviour from the limitations of a base of any particular culture(s) become clearer in consideration - of such a globally pop activity as mask wearing, with a long; recorded, ancient history.
Face covering produces a wide variety of effects that might only be surpassed by talent & careful training in theatre.
The French, possibly by bitter experience, & well aware of potentials, banned all face covering entirely by their 'Loi interdisant la dissimulation du visage dans l'espace public, ("Act prohibiting concealment of the face in public space")
Not sure if that meant I was breaking the law today - entering France via the airport, wearing the biggest anti-booger, emotion concealing, complexion protecting mask I could find, and wondering why EVERYONE doesnt wear a mask, among winter germ carriers, harassed by delays and confrontations, in any confine/crowded space.
Posted in: More Japanese youth wearing surgical masks to hide their face
ensnaturae2Dec. 11, 2012 - 08:42PM JST
Nah - got no sense of clubby, 'belonging' anywhere. My PLACE is always sure to be somewhere/anywhere, on this wee planet, I just need the air - and stuff like that, you cant get it elsewhere, as far as I know.
I am sometimes astonished at the thought of how there's so very little substance between me and (maybe) an eternity of whatever 'space' is. so - feeling 'proud' of 'here' or anywhere else - would seem bizarre. Makes no sense at all!
I might rejoice in being here, or celebrate it - if I was sure that NOT being here was somehow not as good.
Will that do?
I think a lot of people are constructs of mixed and possibly antagonistic cultures. Born in UK BUT with a strong German family connection, made childhood - just after wartime - a big mess, culturally speaking. Whose side was I on when 'we' were busy bombing, or being bombed? At three/four years old its not easy to work out stuff like that - easier to shut it all out and forget. Now I (whatever I am) am well mixed into Japan along with UK, Germany Wales and France - and none of those cultures are very much like each other, except in basics, like the need to breathe, eat, drink, sleep and pee.
Im having problems locating a use for 'pride' in any of that.
Posted in: Are you proud of being whatever your nationality is, or don't you think about it one way or another?
ensnaturae2Nov. 02, 2012 - 06:54PM JST
I used to think (thinking on about solutions, downgraded wives and squirming husbnds) that no matter what kind of interpersonal difficulties one might encounter - to adhere to responses and reactions based in love, without any sense of anger or revenge or retaliation etc - could resolve everything. The question remains for each person to resolve for him and herself - how much is tolerable, what can you or anyone bear, in the process of sustaining or repairing a good and worthwhile partnership? How much hurt can you carry, in order to protect the stability of partnership, children, extended family, and the society you live in? It must be a personal decision, there can be no rules issued by society. Some people are prepared to carry so much more than others, not always creatively. In the past - women were expected to carry the most weight, the most blame, to do the most apologising and appeasing, with the obligatory role of 'second' to any male head of household, I think. Have the tables turned? Balance must be possible, with careful discussion, and mutual respect. Listening to each other.
Posted in: The 'downgraded wives' who make hubbies squirm
ensnaturae2Nov. 02, 2012 - 06:32PM JST
Are not 'Ugly truths' likely to remain with us, until all the worlds problems are resolve? And Isnt that why - ultimately - 'love' remains the only path to take. Love having rules of its own, that will always exclude all the unkindnesses described in this (or any) 'husband/wife', or interpersonal scenario.
ensnaturae2Oct. 29, 2012 - 04:43PM JST
Bernie Campbell Wrote;
Woman was made for man as a companion, not the other way around according to the bible! Any s(d?)eviation from that will cause emotional pathology!
I hope then, that your own interpretation - of your own essential literature, gives a clear definition of what a 'companion' is, or ought to be? From your protest, it appears that you hope to award power over women, to all men, and justify that by 'belief' in your own interpretation of a written text? Is there, in consideration of your required roles for both women, and men - any boundary, or line that may be drawn against behaviour that is intolerable, for either of them?
If only one is to be 'companion' - what is to be the role of the other? What - exactly - is 'a companion'.? And what - exactly is the required behaviour within the male 'role'?
May. 25, 2013 - 03:41AM JST
It is not only COSCO. Walmart, too. very very cheap things are usually made-in-China, Pricely gadgets…
Posted in: Japan's electronics giants still bleeding
May. 25, 2013 - 03:29AM JST
But then if your conviction is so shaky, you probably don't have the stomach for…
Posted in: Obama lays out guidelines for drone strikes, Guantanamo
May. 25, 2013 - 03:27AM JST
This is crazy. One writer from one newspaper from South Korea writes an article about what…
Posted in: S Korean paper says A-bombs on Japan were 'divine punishment'
May. 25, 2013 - 03:20AM JST
Are you Hashimoto supporter like Ch3Cho?
Hashimoto doesn't have to pretend to be Japanese.
Posted in: Korean 'comfort women' cancel meeting with Hashimoto
May. 25, 2013 - 03:19AM JST
It has to settle dispute between Buddhim and Islam feud in order to have Japanese corporation…
Posted in: Abe heads to Myanmar on sales mission