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jpntdytmrowSep. 16, 2014 - 07:19AM JST
The Jetson's lifestyle.
Posted in: When you were younger, which inventions or technological developments did you think we would have by now, but which have not eventuated?
jpntdytmrowSep. 16, 2014 - 07:16AM JST
No. And I do not want to listen to someone tell me about the one they have.
Enjoy it on your own watch.
Posted in: What do you think of smartwatches? Would you wear one?
jpntdytmrowSep. 12, 2014 - 07:06AM JST
I will do what I can to watch out for visually impaired or otherwise physically impaired people and elderly and small children and guide dogs and stray cats and homeless and othered people when I can and others will, too, and pretty soon the streets will be safe for all anywhere, any time.
(There are stations that have more visually impaired people due to there being a "school for the blind" nearby. I went to one for shiatsu treatments years ago).
Posted in: Visually impaired school girl kicked from behind in Saitama
jpntdytmrowSep. 10, 2014 - 09:04AM JST
Thank you papigiulio and Fish Forest for your information!! Really appreciate it!
papigiulioSep. 09, 2014 - 02:18PM JST
@farmboy:Here ya go: Yoyogi Park, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Japan | Dengue | Humans Tokyo Metropolis, Japan | Dengue | Humans Osaka Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Aomori Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Niigata Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Ehime Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Chiba Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans Okayama Prefecture, Japan | Dengue | Humans
unfortunately doesn't show detailed locations.
FishForestSep. 09, 2014 - 04:04PM JST
@Farmboy, this map shows where the cases were reported - in Japan and around the world:
Posted in: 81 dengue fever cases reported in 15 prefectures
jpntdytmrowSep. 07, 2014 - 09:09PM JST
Let's see now, the first time I became a target of a "chikan" was in my home country. I was.... THREE years old!! I was a quiet, imaginative little girl who liked to play outside and was often alone and unattended. The perp was a "respected neighbor." I can list more...move to Japan and the "chikans" were usually on the subways or in the launromats. I was in my early 20's and wore relatively mild clothing. I think my unassuming attitude and my inabilty to speak Japanese was a real factor. Not that the blame rested with me, but certainly learning to become more assertive and more cautious led me to be targeted less. The pervs just went elsewhere.
But, another thing that happens in other countries is where men do cat calls and whistle at women. If they do not respond, they get called "b...h." This is also annoying and intimidating.
Posted in: Women who attract 'chikan,' and women who don’t: An illustrated guide
jpntdytmrowSep. 06, 2014 - 08:25PM JST
In case you haven't seen this clip of the No Frills Airline from Carol Burnett, things have been pretty bad in economy for about.....40 years!
This says it all! I remember United trying to stuff my 7 month old baby into a bassinet under the seat in front of me!!
When I asked for "infant meal" I got a jar of pureed carrots. Could have brought that with me. The same airline had put my 2 year old toddler 7 rows BEHIND me, the mother!! I was told, "He can handle it. My kid flies alone all the time!" ...a two year old!?
Response from a flight attendant when called is "WHAT!?"
I loathe flying. I understand it is a difficult job, probably a thankless one. I try not to recline. Ever been stuck in the middle of 5 seats? Better hope you never have to use the restroom or that others to the left or right will allow you the one trip to the restroom trying to maneuver the reclined seats as you contort your way to the aisle.
Other countries have pretty good service and are more comfortable and hospitable I have been told.
Posted in: 'Legroom war' rages as planes grow more cramped
jpntdytmrowAug. 28, 2014 - 03:02PM JST
Brother and family visted few years back. They headed straight for the unbeaten paths speaking NO Japanese at all and had a blast ordering and fending for themselves.They picked up some words and had great experiences. Completely avoided English speaking areas.
Daughter just returned from a visit to a country with a completely unfamiliar culture and two languages spoken and hardly any English. Had the time of her life with local people and was really happy to try to adapt to their culture and traditions. Picked up some basic greetings and money-related words.
People go to other countries to learn something and see something different. Why travel if everything is familiar and like the "shopping mall" back home?
Zones.....didn't Japan already do this in the early 1900's with Tsukiji, and Yokohama "Zones" for foreigners and later Karuizawa for foreigners in Japan during WWII? I am leary of Zones for certain types of people.
I will opt to "zone out" in 2020 as much as possible!
Hope it works out for everyone, though.
Posted in: Special English zones proposed as part of Cool Japan tourism initiative
jpntdytmrowAug. 27, 2014 - 07:53AM JST
Confused. How would anyone even know there is such an exhibition unless they are into art exhibitions?
And most people go to exhibits that are attractive and stimulating, not ones that are going to offend them or rub them the wrong way. I can't imaging long lines of activists beating down the doors to see photos of people they find offensive.
On the other hand, walking past magazines of sad young women with heavy breasts on the covers is not a choice. We have to see them on the way to the conbini restrooms. And I have to drive or walk by various lonely naked women statues scattered about the country, in mountains, on bridges, in parks, at stations. Not even a little bird on their shoulder to comfort them in the snow. Where are the police on that issue providing a blanket or cover?
Posted in: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art forced to cover up 'obscene' photos following complaint
jpntdytmrowAug. 26, 2014 - 08:01AM JST
Our university daughter is travelling in a country that is primarily Islamic with people of other cultures living there from way back. She is safe and having a great time meeting a variety of people, some dressing traditionally, Western, with hajibs, etc. and learning about the influences of the Silk Road. I have always enjoyed conversations with women from Central Asia, South Asia, Middle East, no matter what they were wearing. Very clever and interesting and it would have been my loss to ignore them based on outward appearances, just like choosing not to talk to a woman (we seem to be focusing on women here) because she had a pierced belly button or nose or wore only black make up or raw meat like Lady Gaga. What saddens me is that when telling family or friends about her journey, inevitably people ask, "But, is is she safe?" I do not want to judge any group based on what I am told. Murders and crimes happen and there are dark histories worldwide. I still want to believe that people are the real peace keepers if we choose to have open minds.
I don't want to be afraid to listen to others based on outward appearances, including fashion or race.
Posted in: In some countries, there is a ban on adults and children wearing religious clothing and symbols such as burqas, veils, head scarves, skullcaps, turbans and crucifixes in public places like schools, recreational facilities and so on. What’s your stance?
jpntdytmrowAug. 25, 2014 - 08:28PM JST
Who draws the lines?
Head or body garb, tattoos, pierced body parts, manicures, pedicures, lingerie-like clothing, dyed or straightened hair...the list goes on and on. Even some women are not allowed to wear their hair in its natural form in the military...they must have it straightened and treated in an unnatural way to keep within the uniform requirements,which costs a lot of money beyond just having their hair bobbed or in the case of men, shaved and that is completely secular, but still enforcing a code of acceptable attire or appearance on women and men.
I am in favor of tolerance. I expect to receive tolerance and I try (though admittedly hard at times) to be tolerant.
jpntdytmrowAug. 25, 2014 - 10:00AM JST
In a video of a visit to the families of the victims of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado,
President Obama says, "I come to them not so much as president, but as I do as a father and as a husband..."
"...my main task was to let them know that we are thinking about them at this moment and will continue to think about them each and every day..."
"It reminds you that even in the darkest of days, that life goes on, people are strong, people bounce back and people are resilient."
This may seem off topic, but surely a similar visit and a similar speech or a different speech is warranted in Ferguson?
Maybe it is easier to visit the seen of the shooting when the shooter is a lone individual, and not a man of the law and when there are large numbers of those being shot, like unsuspecting students or theater patrons?
Should he go to Ferguson? I don't know. Interested to see what others think.
Posted in: Obama walks fine line on racial issues
jpntdytmrowAug. 22, 2014 - 09:05AM JST
TessaAug. 21, 2014 - 08:38AM JST
"As athletes and officials have opportunities to socialise with those in foreign teams, they “hug and kiss (each other) very naturally”, she said."
right, blame the foreigners.
This is completely the same line given to me in earlier years when an Asian man in Japan started cuddling up to me and kissing and hugging during a meeting. He used the Olympics as an example of mutual tactile affection.
Posted in: Magazine says Seiko Hashimoto sexually harassed skater Takahashi
jpntdytmrowAug. 19, 2014 - 09:21AM JST
Thank you "bonestructure" and "frungy."
It was such a helpless feeling to see my brother-in-law deal with the place in his head the rest of us could not see or calm. Therapy, medication, all just prolonged the ending of suffering he sought. Beyond sad for him and the family. He was not famous, but we loved him and he was a kind, creative, and gentle person, nonetheless. Mental illness is still a huge mystery.
Posted in: Williams' death serves notice of dangers that come with fame
jpntdytmrowAug. 17, 2014 - 08:21AM JST
The apartment with only a door and a balcony window at the opposite end is really hard to get a good ventilation going.
Aren't there more of these apartments now than in previous decades? They need air conditioning.
But, then there are the stores and trains that are so cold I get a headache. Women use shawls to keep from freezing on the trains.
We don't have air-conditioning. It can be rough. We keep the fans circulating, the curtains pulled, electrical appliances off in the daytime, windows open, have pool time for the dogs, do "water chores" like mopping in the daytime if home,
sleep on bamboo mats, use water pillows, take cool showers to cool pores, eat shaved ice with frozen fruit and watery veggies like tomatoes or cucumbers, iced teas with a bit of salt, wear hats, wrap necks with frozen ice packs, etc.
Evenso, it can be really hard to cope still when it hits over 34 degrees. We are surrounded by concrete and the sun hits in all directions all day.
On the really hot July days, we got additional warnings of extreme smog and were told "not to exert oneself and to stay indoors" on the PSA speakers of the town. Yet, the school sports teams heard the same announcements and continued.
Today, people are out prepping for the summer festival in the heat but it is cooler than in previous weeks.
Posted in: Are Japanese growing less heat-resistant?
jpntdytmrowAug. 12, 2014 - 02:54PM JST
A young man with a future, a start at college has been shot and killed.
Why does any racial adjective here have to be used?
A young man with a future has been shot and killed. He was 18.
He was shot by a police officer. He was not tried in a court of law.
A young man will not have a future and his family and friends have lost him.
He is dead. I will not add a race to rationalize or detract from the fact that an 18 year old young man has been shot and killed by someone hired to keep the community secure and safe.
"Ferguson’s median household income is $37,517, less than the Missouri average of $47,333."
Why do I need to know the median household income of the people of this town?
An 18 year old young man was shot and killed by police.
Police shot and killed an 18 year old young man.
Posted in: Second night of rioting after killing of black Missouri teen
jpntdytmrowAug. 09, 2014 - 12:42PM JST
Two incidents with guns come to mind growing up in the US:
1. I went to my neighbor's home to play at around 9 years of age. We were in the basement near the laundry room. Her bedroom was there. (1970's).
Her very adult brother (out of the military) was home and pulled out a pistol and held it at her because she did not clean her room..... daytime, we were playing! He threatened to shoot her and I was standing right next to her! No tears, just a real sense of danger and the necessity to get that room cleaned!!
Forward about 20 years later, and he has married, had kids, divorces, returns to the same home and shoots himself in the head and dies.
I was in high school in the same suburb. Was at a restaurant with my classmates and told to go into the kitchen to take cover. (1980's).
A man was outside shouting about his misery, loss of a job, divorce perhaps and had loaded rifles aimed at our restaurant.
Both incidents left a deep impression on me. Both incidents are treated with a shrug of the shoulders and a non-chalant attitude. Part of my memories. All too common to some, unbelievable to others.
Never seen a weapon in Japan. Oh, someone threw peanuts at me on the train once, met any number of exhibitionists and even some sexual harrassment. Have to watch out for a few people with knives now and then but no guns in the home of my kids' play mates.
Life can be lived without them. It is possible.
Posted in: Texas boy, 7, shoots 8-year-old cousin
jpntdytmrowAug. 08, 2014 - 07:29AM JST
"The meeting would run over two days from September 12 with about 100 prominent business and political figures ...."
I would appreciate a list of the other prominent business and political figures
In Japanese, shows a few of the speakers.
the official site but does not give names nor show that it is open to the general public...only some "EXPERTS" on women's issues.
We are all experts on women's issues. Many of us had double income parents, single parents, affluent parents, struggling to make ends meet parents, food on the well set dining table at night, or told to plop in a frozen entre into the microwave and eat alone,
and now, many of us are in similar, better or worse situations than what we grew up with.
We know people who had luxury one week and tragedy strike the next week. I have a neighbor with three children, a husband with a successful career, kids in private schools, excellent home made and healthy food only, but the husband died suddenly, and now they are are a single parent family with kids forced to enter the public school system they have never known, give up university. They will make it but will this forum talk about such families? They were not wealthy but made choices.
Yes, she gave up a career to raise her kids to be all they could be without luxury.
When parents have more time in the morning, they can make better food. Busy mornings mean rushed and often packaged breakfast...."Wheaties, the breakfast of champions...." REALLY?
How about hot soup and whole grain breads with vegetables to start off the day?
I know Japanese working mothers who struggle between getting the young toddlers to the nursery and being called at 11 to be notified of a fever they have to go home for.
Well, we will see what comes of this forum....or NOT because it is not open to women or people related to women like spouses, children, parents, employers, etc.
Who are the 100 other speakers?
Posted in: Japan to host 'World Assembly for Women' next month
jpntdytmrowAug. 07, 2014 - 12:45PM JST
Well, if there were a group of elite men coming to Japan to tell how women should live and behave, we would likely be upset. But, here are a group of elite women coming to Japan to tell women how to live, work, behave, raise children, and so on and we are not supposed to think anything odd.
One thing missing from these forums on "women" where ever they are held are "women" who work, stay home, raise and educate kids, care for aging elderly family members, run community volunteer organizations for single parents, mentally challenged, aged, farming, teaching local culture, and so much more.
Where are applications for regular women to attend and share their voices and give real experiences of the difficulty in balancing the family and career, or those who want to climb the ladder with sexism all around.
Anyway, here is the website for yet another chance for a few to pat themselves on the back and walk away back to their lives, never having heard any voices of real women in this community, inclulding those of us who make Japan our home but are not Japanese, just struggling in similar ways to make ends meet, stretch the yen, and be unable to earn too much or have huge taxes on income if it goes beyond the li'l part time job at the konbini or crap fast food restaurant. If a woman has a full time career, she has to make sure it is enough to pay her own health insurance and individual taxes.
The smiling women in the photo are not even representive of the average woman they have likely never even spoken to. http://www.mofa.go.jp/fp/hrha/page22e000456.html
It would be great if more women were participating in this!!
jpntdytmrowAug. 04, 2014 - 07:17AM JST
If she owns a konbini in Fukuoka and made it to 70, she is not naive and has seen her share of idiots!!
She just cooler than cool!
Posted in: Digital-age robber foiled by analog elderly woman at convenience store in Fukuoka
jpntdytmrowAug. 04, 2014 - 07:12AM JST
I agree with many here that the first gut reaction is that any driver who hits a pedestrian is a wreckless, distracted, crazed person.
But, the truth is that driving in urban or rural Japan on the clearest of days is like pachinko in reverse! Add to that the narrow streets with concrete up to the corner sidewalk, rainy nights, returning workers (sober or drunk) walking on either side of a street with NO sidewalk, in clothes that match the color of the unlit midnight sky, and children playing ball in the street or riders holding cell phones or umbrellas dinking a buddy on the back of hte bike, and it becomes a real test of one's driving ability.
In a rural town I drive through at night, "Mama-san" sends off her drunk customers from her door that opens onto the street! Gosh!
In another area on a local road, the same woman in sunglasses stands non-chalantly in the street with her chihuahua
just beyond the curve, again IN the street! Children move here and think "whee....countryside!!! ZOOOOM!" on their bicycles gathering speed downhill. Parents are overjoyed to see their kids laughing at the new country freedom they have. Cats are killed regularly, dogs sometimes, other critters often, and I am just so relieved when the new "little Taro" on his bike enters another grade.
I think I will have to defend the driver who ends up hitting that woman and her chihuahua because she has been warned but doesn't get it. Only in her 40's so too young for dementia!? I go a different route to avoid her...adding time to my commute.
I am all for walking and cycling, but does it have to compete with delivery trucks, huge trucks carrying gasoline as well as people picking up or delivering family from the station?
Last year, we had people slipping and sliding on ice in the street with huge on-coming trucks and buses because it is a main artery and there are NO sidewalks.
So, I hope this driver was not negligent, glad the child was not harmed, but it needs to be a wake up call that it is hazardous to drive and bike and walk in Japan, even moreso in Tokyo and larger cities.
Posted in: 9-year-old girl hit by actor Jun Kaname's car
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