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jj1980Mar. 11, 2014 - 03:46PM JST
@LFRAgain, Ah, I see what you mean. Makes sense.
Posted in: Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
jj1980Mar. 11, 2014 - 08:59AM JST
I was in the states at the time, in the same house, in the same living room where I had watched 9/11 unfold. (My mother's house) So, here I was up late watching a John Lennon movie (about his killer, forgot the name) When my phone started ringing. At first I was screening the calls to finish the movie up until something told me something was up since he kept calling over and over again.
I finally answered and he asked if I'd been watching the news, or if my wife and her family were ok. I flipped the channel to CNN and just couldn't believe what I was watching as my soul almost sunk into the couch. My wife was still in Japan at the time awaiting her VISA, and thankfully was living near Yokohama. Those images shown from that day on CNN will forever be burnt into my mind just like 9/11, and it was eerie how similar witnessing both events were to me. I was very lucky to have nobody I know taken from me on both those days.
Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day?
jj1980Mar. 11, 2014 - 07:18AM JST
I can hardly believe it's been 3 years already. I hate the sound of warning sirens of any type, and sounding them on the anniversary would freak me out even more. I understand why they are doing it, but I think bell tolls would have been a better choice in my opinion.
jj1980Dec. 21, 2013 - 09:02PM JST
Don't mix your rice into your miso soup.
I had actually learned of this bad manner from a book called "inspector Imanisi Investigates" by Seicho Matsumoto. One of the detectives did this when he went home for lunch. He had always did this because it tasted really good.
So the next time out to lunch with my wife I did this for two reasons.
1. The book made me curious.
2. I couldn't finish the rice by itself since it was getting too dry.
Result? It tasted really good, but I found out that's it really rude and considered muck that is usually fed to stray cats. I got an ear full , but I still do it when nobody's around, it's a really good way to eat lots of leftover rice. Just don't get caught doing it!
Posted in: 10 little-known rules for eating Japanese food
jj1980Nov. 29, 2013 - 05:26AM JST
So what happens when you stick your tounge give a raspberry?
Posted in: Tongue pierce lets the paralyzed drive wheelchairs
jj1980Nov. 20, 2013 - 02:20PM JST
When i was stationed in Atsugi, i tried to find anything about LHO. Old logs, pics etc.. (We ran across old logs snd such from as early as 1950-51) But it was like he never existed. Because apparently he was stationed there.
Posted in: Who was Lee Harvey Oswald? Many questions linger
jj1980Nov. 11, 2013 - 02:55PM JST
Someone mentioned about the people who pass out flyers on the streets. I used to hate how they would always pass me up and pretend I wasn't there after they had just looked me straight in the eyes. I always look and smile at everyone of those tissue/flyer ad givers when they come across my path. Me not being Japanese and my wife who is..... Guess who gets the tissue/flyers? Most of the time they will look at me like a deer in the headlights, or nervous like and show signs of not sure what to do. Others will just ignore you and act like those fake sleepers on the train who pretend nobody's there. I always smile and greet them back so there is no intimidation on my part.
Now when I do get one who decides to give me a tissue/flyer, I ALWAYS take it. My for awhile my wife would laugh and say "Why did you take it? You don't have to take those, and besides it's for make up! LOL!" I tell her and anyone who questions why I collect so many for what looks like no apparent reason. "I take them for the next foreigner who comes along and may actually have a use for this advertisement. If I don't take it, maybe they might assume that foreigners don't like to take flyers and tissues and/or are rude and then there would be less of them handing out to gaijins."
By the way, those tissues really come in handy in winter.
Posted in: Is Japan really racist?
jj1980Nov. 04, 2013 - 03:56PM JST
Glad she is ok and alive to tell sbout it. The details they sleays give in these stories are so vauge, that its pointless. They just discribed about a million guys around the world.
Posted in: Maid cafe robber gets away with Y130,000 in Akihabara
jj1980Aug. 03, 2013 - 10:11AM JST
Funny thing is, many schools and businesses are resulting to Internet transactions and that doesn't help matters much either. But like it was mentioned by other posters, yeah ..... 10% seems way too low.
Posted in: 10% of all high school students can't live without Internet: survey
jj1980Jul. 31, 2013 - 01:09PM JST
It's quite strange how many of the insects and crows are huge in Japan compared to many other places. A few years back, we had a problem with the crows swooping down at people as if they were going to attack on base in Atsugi. But other than that, they can be a real cool animal to watch.
Posted in: Water break
jj1980Jun. 09, 2013 - 04:09AM JST
As luck would have it, I happened to trade work days with a co-worker. So I had to work the day of the attack, while normally I had planned to go to Akihabara that day for sure. In fact where the incident happened was right at the intersection where a couple of the shops I always went to were located. Had I not have been offer a trade of work days from a co-worker, there would have been a very good chance I could have been there while it happened.
I went back months later, and it was eerie being at the actual scene of where that massacre happened.
Posted in: 5th anniversary of Akihabara rampage marked
jj1980May. 29, 2013 - 08:03AM JST
They are both pretty, ( the women, not abe) and so are the outfits. But the one thing I always didn't like about the kimonos were the fact that they hide the woman's figure, making them almost look like a linebacker.
Posted in: Two queens and a PM
jj1980May. 20, 2013 - 02:02PM JST
Wish they would have gotten the artists name. One of my favorite artists in Japan is Shohei Otomo. This doesn't look like his style, but who knows.
Posted in: Art attack
jj1980May. 13, 2013 - 10:16PM JST
Good grief, hate reading about things like this. Lets not paint with a broad brush, People are always eager to blame the driver right away. But sometimes it takes two to tango, and with out seeing the actual scene, it's hard to pass judgement on what really happened. Regardless of how many bad drivers, or careless cyclists there are. Always hated how many in Japan let too many little children be independent when clearly there is too much danger lurking around.
Posted in: 5-year-old girl run over by truck while cycling in Toyama
jj1980May. 06, 2013 - 04:24AM JST
I agree, safety measures should of been well thought out for things like this. But I'm not surprised about the bad location spot. I took a trip to Pataya, Thailand and went to an Elephant zoo where you could ride and feed them. What was right next to it? A gun range with a hack job of a brick wall where the targets are set.
Posted in: Man hit by arrow while walking in garden in Ibaraki
jj1980May. 04, 2013 - 02:30PM JST
I'm not understanding this. If you can't read a banknote, then how are you seeing the screen on a smart phone? Maybe it's time to buy better prescription glasses instead?
Posted in: Ministry of Finance, BOJ to launch smartphone app for visually impaired
jj1980May. 03, 2013 - 01:36PM JST
Reminds me of Ryu Murakami's book/movie "sixtynine".
Posted in: 2 girls vandalize junior high school, inspire copycat incident
jj1980May. 03, 2013 - 04:17AM JST
I recommend the movie "blue bird" with Hiroshi Abe. He plays a teacher with a stuttering problem and is the substitute teacher for a class that bullied a young boy who tried to commit suicide. So Mr. Abe makes them learn a valuable lesson in a strange but powerful way. Great movie, and I think these kids should learn the same way.
Posted in: Mother of suicide boy files slander charge against 3 bullies
jj1980May. 03, 2013 - 02:08AM JST
Sad, and I feel sorry for everyone who had to witness it.
Posted in: 6-year-old boy falls from jet coaster at Fukui theme park
jj1980Apr. 30, 2013 - 02:34AM JST
I've seen and helped recover decomposed bodies from the water, and it's a freaky scene in itself. If you have never seen a "floater" They actually start to resemble a fish face look at a certain point. But to add that he was still holding onto a metal box that contained pictures of the NK leaders really adds a whole new level.
Posted in: Body believed to have drifted from N Korea found on Akita coast
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