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ensnaturae2Nov. 18, 2014 - 02:14AM JST
I have to rethink that as fluent in another, second, language ...not Japanese.
Do I care if anyone talks back to me in English?
I've just addressed them in what I assume to be their mother tongue?
Why would it matter unless I've got some kind of juvenile hang up that tells me
people who mirror my own behaviour (in this attempt to communicate in first language of hearer) are taking the pee. or in some way out to cut me down. Ha ha ha! No I hope I have sufficient confidence to face the world without tying my brain into knots of that kind! Silly silly...try to be brave ...everyone.... and git over it....
Posted in: How do you feel when you speak fluent or reasonably good Japanese to a Japanese person and they insist on answering you in English?
ensnaturae2Sep. 11, 2014 - 06:30PM JST
I do not know how well the schemes progress, surely one excellent government idea...must be the arts villages ...there are a number of them up and running in rural locations, eg http://www.transartists.org/air/akiyoshidai-international-art-village... and as far as I know...they bring tourism and new jobs/new lives, to places that had been abandoned. This is a familiar story...globally. ..those people interested in art/creativity for its own sake...who appreciate adventure maybe or wild beauty or a thousand other aspects of a life where everything is possible...but perhaps very little or nothing provided for the usual, preferred comfortable life...will be sure to seek out, and find, the worlds most beautiful...undervalued unappreciated places ...as work places and for their homes. Artists communities are most often the places that begin poor ...and end expensive. The gentrification of those areas of New York, for example - that were once rambling and chaotic mixes of abandoned industrial buildings and collapsing tenements...become prized locations in the same way... as artists move in and make them their own...but soon cannot afford to pay to live there any more. I remember when it was cheap and easy to find a room just off the Kings Road..Quentin Crisp was a neighbour in those days..it was a cheap and colorful life. The same kind of communities developed in many poor places of UK...and spread through Europe...many parts of France remain arts centres ..but the cheap homes and workshps disappear...as travelling to find a new home...becomes so much cheaper and easier. Compare this kind of exodus and development..to the state of rural Japan. so beautiful, so cheap, so rich in culture and art already... but still...as yet...mysterious and inaccessible ...as a new home or work base...for creative people worldwide...The lack of real information that might indicate safe or less safe bits of the landscape..diminishes the potential. However...since I first came to Japan accessibility has changed drastically..fares are becoming ridiculously cheap..around 500e ...and the possibility of finding a glorious bolt hole in the hills of Japan, or on its empty , dreamlike coastline..once unimaginable... is fast becoming easy to pick up like a nut fallen from a tree..So much changes so fast. the internet will sell those lovely parts of Japan...I hope they will be protected and treasured.
Posted in: Demographic crisis empties out Japan's rural areas
ensnaturae2Aug. 29, 2014 - 02:36PM JST
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/TheSnowQueen#Story. Is the link to the plot of the real Snow Queen, I have no idea if 'frozen' resembles it....
Hans Christian Anderson's story was for ever a beloved tale...but because of its close ties with New Testament (bible)..is unlikely to be accurately reproduced as Anderson himself might have approved...however..the eternal plot about the triumph of love over cruelty and wickedness is likely to survive for ever.. My own hope might be that Japanese children have their own 'Snow Queen'...story...as I had Anderson's in my childhood. Perhaps Frozen is it...I dont know...I havnt got what it takes to watch whole movies as animations.
Posted in: 'Frozen' on track to become second highest-grossing film in Japan
ensnaturae2Aug. 07, 2014 - 04:37PM JST
Is it my imagination....or has nobody here or in the clinic or anywhere else...recognised the risks inherent in inbreeding?
If this is in any way a common practice in Japan, it could account for the decline of the population. Homozygosity....The clinic lacks fundamental essential knowledge and should be closed down.
Posted in: Maternity clinic in Nagano sparks debate over sperm donation controversy
ensnaturae2Aug. 03, 2014 - 04:52PM JST
I thought ....oooo ....something very new and different....in JP pop?.....
Same as usual, just louder.
Actually....a diabolical noise.....
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ensnaturae2May. 02, 2014 - 06:44PM JST
'TRUSTING' the police - would be a bad slip down a greasy pole. Dont go there. Not because one policeman or another is more or less likely to behave in a moral way - but because creating good, fair laws, with an ongoing attempt to enforce them - is the only safe way to build a sound structure for any society. Without that attempt or determination to maintain good laws - those who choose to make their own best uses of circumstances, or those who attempt to take control without justification, and for wrong purposes, may gain strength & opportunity.
Posted in: Police may film interrogations under new proposals
ensnaturae2May. 02, 2014 - 06:27PM JST
"Is it better for people to just be told its the bully's fault and then pray for karma to come do something about it? "
'Praying' (in all its forms) might look like a waste of time to you...but that could well be because you clearly have no conception at all - of what a 'bully' may be capable of. What are you thinking of? A comic strip cartoon character, who can be persuaded to slip on a banana skin while everyone laughs? You imagine, for a moment, that the word 'bully' inevitably means some kind of schoolboy with a pea shooter and a grudge? When you have actually met someone, who is in any kind of position of power - sufficient to cause YOU profound psychological or physical or material distress - without your having a crumb of power to defend yourself or escape - without even that miserable recompense - 'retaliation'.... When you feel your own life, or the lives of those you love, may be in the hands of someone whose interest and motivation is entirely self-gratifying, and there is no help to be found, no law to protect you, no power to crush that of the offender (and millions of people around the world, must, at this minute be in such a position right now -) only then - can you come back with your insolent, disrespectful and ignorant comments that defend bullying and the cruelty it brings about.
Posted in: 2 Fukushima police officers found dead in apparent suicides this week
ensnaturae2Mar. 30, 2014 - 03:06PM JST
Japan needs an 'Innocence Project' (USA)?... "the IP mission - is nothing less than to free the staggering numbers of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring substantive reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment......... "DNA Exoneree Case Profiles..
There have been 314 post-conviction DNA exonerations in United States history. These stories are becoming more familiar as more innocent people gain their freedom through postconviction testing. They are not proof, however, that our system is righting itself.
The common themes that run through these cases, from global problems like poverty and racial issues to criminal justice issues like eyewitness misidentification, invalid or improper forensic science, overzealous police and prosecutors and inept defense counsel, cannot be ignored and continue to plague our criminal justice system.
Eighteen people had been sentenced to death before DNA proved their innocence and led to their release.
The average sentence served by DNA exonerees has been 13.6 years.
About 70 percent of those exonerated by DNA testing are people of color."
"In almost 50 percent of DNA exoneration cases, the actual perpetrator has been identified by DNA testing"
The Innocence Project - Understand the Causes
Posted in: World's longest-serving death row inmate freed in Japan
ensnaturae2Mar. 21, 2014 - 06:52AM JST
yes !!.....onsen, ....plus people almost always being civil to each other, no one-upmanship, & no thieves, no thieves and ....no thieves. (and safe city streets at night)
Posted in: 6 things Japanese expats miss most about Japan
ensnaturae2Dec. 08, 2013 - 07:13AM JST
fuss about nuthin time. Old folks cant usually achieve a lot in terms of physical aggression - and a few weird oldie habits that look and/or sound freaky in public - never trouble me. I hope when Im old enough to be thought of as old, I will be able to enjoy a bit of free expression, not usually available to those who must meet deadlines and quotas, or do any clock watching. I am always tolerant of weird people - and odd behaviour, unless it is dangerous. in any age group.
I dont need automatons, I am fine with nutty people young or old. (inc myself). Old peeps in Japan - in my experience - are most often wonderfully tough, amazingly fit - and so grateful for small kindnesses. May the angels take care of each and every one.
Posted in: Elderly people's manners increasingly deplorable
ensnaturae2Nov. 23, 2013 - 06:00PM JST
What an exceptionally curious notion that is! That anyone 'has to remain loyal to their own country'! Who chooses the country that he or she is born into? I choose to support actions/ideas/effort/thought - in fact all human effort that appeals to me as having worth or value - regardless of nationality. To feel bound to any 'club' organized and maintained by human reason, is not guaranteed to place you or me on the side of 'right'. I was glad to leave UK and have no regrets in doing so, after 17 years. The people of the whole world - are MY people - not those of any particular patch of terrain, or historical association - and I will support whatever I see as valuable to world peace and creative effort, in whatever field I see it - including sports.
Posted in: Japan shocks Belgium with 3-2 victory
ensnaturae2Nov. 01, 2013 - 05:02PM JST
It seems somehow, safer, to depend on basic industries like paper making and printing, - than to trash them all in favour of the digital/electronics stuff none of us will be able to reproduce, if/when civilizations collapse....(as they must, I guess) . I suppose that accounts for the fuzzy-warm, delightful feeling found in the best café/librairie settings, where carefully chosen & loved, real books - can still be bought & sold or fondled and read over again, with a chunk of tarte aux figues well slicked up with a giant dob of creme fraiche, plus a steaming pot of earl grey. aaaah wonderful. but my free kindle and mound of free downloads makes it easier to read anything at all, anywhere in the world.
Posted in: 'Buy from bookstores or they’ll disappear!' Frustrated bookseller implores crowd on final day of business
ensnaturae2Oct. 17, 2013 - 06:18PM JST
The hello 'kitty' thing, is getting bigger in Europe by the minute - maybe Mr Anpan will come to life again ....in Paris. Bread? Parisiens? French people? ...Cant be so hard to find someone to take over the drawings and the plots?
Posted in: 'Anpanman' creator dies at 94
ensnaturae2Oct. 17, 2013 - 05:40PM JST
go back and read all of my post . Books of rules and approved procedures - do not work all of the time, they are a backup to initiative and sound intuitive responses (eg sound as in not panicking) - you have no idea what went through that guys head or what the exact circumstances were. Very few people who live or work with fishing in any way - have not heard of 'correct procedures' - but if you imagine that relying on rules and procedures is the best way to go at all times, then you must have lived inside a crate for a long time. When I know precisely what those circumstances were - that man faced - then I can make some kind of judgement. Not before. - And neither can you.
Posted in: Father drowns trying to save 2 sons off Kanagawa coast
ensnaturae2Oct. 15, 2013 - 07:35PM JST
JeffLeeOCT. 14, 2013 - 06:39AM JST
"I would do the same"
I would NOT do the same. The best way for a rescue is from land. Find a pole or an object the victims can grab. If unavailable find anything that floats first, to then enter the water to give it to the victims. Call out to nearby boats or others nearby for assistance
Youve no idea what you will do - when you find yourself in the situation of seeing your two small boys in a life threatening situation. You will act according to instinct and according to exact prevailing circumstances - as far as it is possible to read them - at the time. Not according to rule books and instructions. Either child might have disappeared from sight if the man had turned away even for a moment - to find a pole or get help, I guess, as a fisherman, he was well aware of the risks he took.
ensnaturae2Oct. 11, 2013 - 05:20PM JST
a very sad business, too sad to think about sometimes, for a child to lose someone he or she loves, for whatever reason, in no matter what circumstances. It happens in so many ways - so much pain is caused for a child - and that pain has to be addressed. The easy solution is often presented that Japan is bad news in kidnapping children - on the other hand - the comparison between US and Japanese cultures makes it clear that no parent, no matter what nationality - can come to an easy decision. .... No quick fix laws can resolve the matter. This is not simply a question of global rights of the child. The basic respect for every child in each different situation - must always be considered - when a judgement must be made, - including the child's own view, if it is old enough to offer one. Nevertheless - I can see how hard it must be for two people from such vastly different cultures - to agree, or to accept the opposing laws of different cultures, when both, truly love the child.
ensnaturae2Oct. 11, 2013 - 02:28PM JST
As the divide between performance of the suggested acts of coitus or masturbation/ sex gratification etc - and performance of the 'real' acts, for mass public entertainment, diminishes, less and less attention and for ever shorter time spans, will be spent guessing about the effects on performers. How much time will pass before the ACTUAL sex act/masturbation etc is included in public display as part of the dance routine? Cyrus - tongue and twerk - is already old news, and any shock in that performance - fading fast.
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ensnaturae2Sep. 17, 2013 - 09:23PM JST
Pay attention ladies - some kind of physical malfunction, is almost guaranteed to produce a useful effect. eg groan..."Oooh hell, Im going ...to be soooo s-i-i-ick" .... or have diahorrea, or a miscarriage or a fit, or a seizure - ie - just talk up what you do best. With a bit of luck the bloke will fight his way out of the lift before you've got one finger to any button - and you will be able to carry on to whichever floor you wanted to go. If you can manage to create some kind of bad smell at the same time - greased lightning!
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ensnaturae2Sep. 13, 2013 - 05:22PM JST
Maybe 'Le Canard Enchaine - ' feels some kind of yearning for the worldwide publicity gained by those journals that published the 'mohammad' cartoons - Someone needs to explain the difference to them.
Making jokes about other people's disaster, misery, pain and tragedy - seems to me to be like a classic 'how would you feel' - and 'do to others as you would like done to yourself ' situation.
Certainly, it does seem to me, also - to be very seriously tempting fate - with so many nuclear power stations around France (59) - so will Le Canard Enchaine make the same kind of jokes - say - if French children ever suffer as Japanese children have, in that disaster? Especially in view of the fact that following the Fukushima I nuclear accidents an OpinionWay poll found that 57% of the French population were opposed to nuclear energy in France. My guess is - not - the French, culturally - are deeply caring for their families, and to ridicule such appalling pain & horror, would put all the 'Canard' staff in line for a reinstallation of the guillotine. (Despite declining newspaper circulations in France, and elsewhere, Canard is rich, and growing)
Posted in: 'Lighten up,' French magazine tells Japan after Fukushima cartoon complaint
ensnaturae2Aug. 06, 2013 - 07:53PM JST
Im pretty sure that the fascination with sites of disasters must always have much more than any kind of mindless, insensitive rubbernecking at its base. The real fascination is in the thought of what it must have been like to actually experience such terror - and further - the recognition that many people really were able to live through it, surviving in physical and psychologica -l terms the kinds of terror that are usually only the stuff of worst nightmares or horror movies. The thousands of stories that illustrate the battles to survive and win for ordinary people - in extraordinary times. There can be few people who do not find that aspect of 'dark tourism' interesting or who cannot learn much from thinking about it, & seeing those places for themselves - imagining how they would have faced the terror. The unforgettable images and stories from the Nagasaki museum, I visited last year - are those of bravery and compassion in the midst of the horrors. Maybe 'Light' or enlightenment - tourism would be a better name.
Posted in: Disaster zones continue to draw sightseers
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:09AM JST
Although it looks similar on the surface, the role of journalism in Japan is vastly different…
Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences in the way Japanese and U.S. media report the news?
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:08AM JST
"Another policeman assisted suicide"!
---So officer Wilson is guilty I read in your comment. The media…
Posted in: 12-year-old boy with fake gun dies after shot by Ohio officer
Exactly. However, you can have your say - if you choose Japanese citizenship. You will then…
Posted in: Abe's support rate at lowest ever
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
That reminds me of Freshness Burger's "Mango Burger" sold a couple years ago. It was actually…
Posted in: Burger King Japan’s new Premium Berry burger may sound awful, but it tastes fantastic
Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
Love that comment Cleo! :D
This is one possibility for farming these fish, but why has…
Posted in: Surrogate sushi: Japan uses biotech for bluefin tuna