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jpntdytmrowJul. 28, 2015 - 11:57AM JST
Grow, buy and eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Make cold veggie soups from tomatoes and cucumbers. Cold miso soup is also good. Freeze fruit and fruit juices for snacking and eating with yogurt. We like tokoroten a lot with Myoga and or shiso leaves. Red shiso leaves make a great summer drink with honey to combat the heat (add gin or the like in evenings).
Make kaki gori with own fruit toppings for fun. They can be heathy, too.
Somen, and other cold noodles,
Other things are kiddie pools for adults and children alike on balconies, or we use old plastic drawers for the dogs after walks or to just dip our feet in like when we hang laundry.
Watery cleaning like mopping, bathtub, washing windows is a also a great way to stay cool.
It is hard, but embracing sweat and showers and cool foods is the best way.
We keep lights off, too which seems cooler.
Naps are necessary, too. If it is too hot, it is just unbearable, really!
I used to hate Japanese summers. Don't really like them still unless able to stay home. I think schools should definitely close for the summer. No running allowed between 11 and 2, for example.
Posted in: What is the most environmentally friendly way to keep cool in summer?
jpntdytmrowJul. 27, 2015 - 05:31PM JST
Deer Tail, Colorado actually VOTED whether or not people with a hunting license should be allowed to shoot down drones flying within their town limits!! (Add THAT to the thrill of fireworks and drones!) ((spoiler alert....nah, read the article!)
Posted in: Fireworks organizers urge people not to fly drones nearby
jpntdytmrowJul. 27, 2015 - 05:23PM JST
I have a question made from a recent observation.
I sat on the train next to a middle aged Japanese male one school day. The man had a sketch book and was sketching people. Part of me thought that was interesting and he "must be an artist... or mangaka, perhaps." It turned into kind of a creepy feeling for me and went from "interesting" to "should I tell someone or ask him to stop or at least tell the junior high school girl (only one girl, not both....) that they were being sketched?
I later asked adults and they mostly said, "oh, he must be a mangaka."
Hmmm.... I still did not feel good about it and asked them if that was the same as taking pictures of girls on trains. Most did not see the connection.
So, last week, I talked with some female high school students. I asked them and they said that for them, taking pictures was unforgivable and a crime, but sketching them seemed even worse, because to sketch someone the artist has to focus for a longer and more intense period of time. They did not like that at all!!!
So, there is a small survey that tells me it is possibly not art if one does not want to have it done to themselves. I have yet to meet a high school girl who is happy that middle aged men or younger men or even women get excited about drawings of girls being raped, intimidated or molested.
I know personally of one young man in the USA who asked high school girls to take pictures for his band's album cover.
Turned out he also "collected" photos of the young daughter of the woman he lived with in various poses. Arrested.
Posted in: Sexual images of minors in manga and anime: Art or obscenity?
jpntdytmrowJul. 18, 2015 - 12:41AM JST
Yamanashi Prefecture suffered much rain and damage from landslides.In western Kanagawa, and eastern Yamanashi, the ground is saturated and even when the typhoon passes, trees and soil will be a threat for many for a good while. Did you see the 10 meter wall crash down from the house it was supporting? The house was left hanging over the ledge.
In this area, the roads were flooding, gutters were spilling over, the Chuo Honsen line between Takao and Otsuki stopped completely and today, stop and go at best. Route 20 opened and closed and the Chuo Highway west of Hachioji closed but opened in the night. Open one way only this a.m.
Actually, I was able to drive a family member over the Takao pass but was stranded in Takao for the entire day and into the evening as Route 20 west of Takao immediately closed after we got off. It just rained buckets and buckets all day west of Takao, but in Takao, it was off and on. Other family and friends said it rained lightly off and on in Tokyo.
JARTIC has an interactive map that shows road closures. Many smaller, but essential roads remain closed.
Now we have a new landslide alert for our phones and tablets. Went off a few times last night for at least Kanagawa and Yamanashi prefectures.
Schools were closed in parts of Yamanashi, Kanagawa and Hachioji today (the 17th).
Again, we became aware of how dependent we are on good tunnels, train lines and roads to stay connected to Tokyo.
Posted in: 2 dead, 39 injured as tropical storm hits Japan
jpntdytmrowJul. 07, 2015 - 09:13PM JST
Got the reminding postcard on Saturday. Went to Tachikawa today. Crowded but finished within 3 hours!
The place to go for Yamanashi and Sagamihara-shi residence as well as Tokyo.
Had a nice nap. Staff was kind. Most were there for this purpose by the looks of it.
Met a woman from Hong Kong and we went to a cake shop afterward at the station!
Don't have to renew it again for 7 years.
A pair of 3 year-olds made a strong friendship there, too.
Posted in: Wednesday deadline for foreign nationals to get resident cards
jpntdytmrowJul. 01, 2015 - 03:03PM JST
Saturday, I was walking in a rural town near a busy street. Saw two 2yr olds holding hands on a street toward the intersection!
I asked where their okaasan was. They were too young to talk. I got them to stay in the parking lot, a woman getting gasoline watched them as I got someone from the 7-11 to take them into the store. They started crying (of course!) and wanted to go back to their mommy..... so the gasoline customer and the 7-11 clerk carried them screaming toward the direction they pointed toward. I have no idea what happened then, but 7-11 at least knew about it and the police station was next door!!
I kind of suspect they were at a nearby medical clinic and wandered off. I had never seen them before nor had others in the area.
I cannot even phathom kids playing alone outside near a train track!! There was an area on the Chuo Line that people said was full of ghosts beckoning children to enter. Really scary place. It worked to keep children from going near.
Terrible for the child that died, the one struggling to stay alive, survivor's guilt looming, and the train driver who will NEVER be free of that image.....EVER!
Posted in: Two boys aged 3 and 4 hit by train in Yamanashi; one dies
jpntdytmrowJun. 14, 2015 - 10:16PM JST
akoppaJun. 13, 2015 - 11:02PM JST
"It is a very bad idea to let a tortoise crawl in a hard surface. I know that cause I had an small tortoise at home when I was a kid. Tortoises living in hard surfaces always end with deformed legs, feet, toes and claws. They suffer enormously, let alone if you let kids to ride them."
Wonder if tortoise boots would help and let him get the exercise?
Posted in: Giant tortoise walks Tokyo's streets - slowly
jpntdytmrowJun. 14, 2015 - 10:12PM JST
"By country, the greatest number came from China—404,000, which was a 110% increase over 2014, followed by Taiwan (up 29.9% to 335,100)."
Would this be a good time to add Chinese to the languages taught in high school? A few high schools are having seniors learn a third language, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Spanish. But, perhaps earlier would be better for those with a good grasp of English, like returnees or long term homestay students.
Posted in: Gov't to promote 7 new tourist routes
jpntdytmrowJun. 13, 2015 - 10:31AM JST
He said the tortoise would outlive him. I hope they have a will that provides for his care after they are gone.
Being in the funeral business, they no doubt have thought of that, I am sure. Lovely story. Thanks.
jpntdytmrowMay. 29, 2015 - 12:00AM JST
Thank you for that post, Harvey!
harvey pekarMay. 28, 2015 - 08:04PM JST
Suicide is major issue amongst the military, active and retired. Has been since... well, since records of war has been kept. Here's some more striking information...
In early 2013, the official website of the United States Department of Defense announced the startling statistic that the number of military suicides in 2012 had far exceeded the total of those killed in battle—an average of nearly one a day. A month later came an even more sobering statistic from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: veteran suicide was running at 22 a day—about*** 8000**** a year. !!!!!!!
Some have claimed that this spate of self-harm is because of the stresses of war. But the facts reveal that 85% of military suicides have not seen combat—and 52% never even deployed.
...all evidence points in one direction: the soaring rates of psychiatric drug prescribing since 2003.** Known medication side effects of these drugs such as increased aggression and suicidal thinking are reflected in similar uptrends in the rates of military domestic violence, child abuse and sex crimes, as well as self-harm.**
Pull the string further and you’ll find psychiatrists ever widening the definitions of what it means to be “mentally ill,” especially when it comes to post traumatic stress disorder in soldiers—and PTSD in veterans. And in psychiatry, diagnoses of psychological disorders such as PTSD, personality disorder and social anxiety disorder are almost inevitably followed by the prescription of at least one psychiatric drug.
Posted in: 54 SDF members sent to Iraq, Indian Ocean committed suicide over 10-year period
jpntdytmrowMay. 13, 2015 - 11:57AM JST
Just more planes. Nothing new to people living in "the outskirts of Tokyo," like Ome, Hachioji, Tachikawa, Mitaka, Sagamihara, Kanagawa and Yamanashi. They fly other air craft regularly. This is just additional. Air base means air craft. Look up.
Posted in: Pentagon announces it will deploy Ospreys at Yokota in 2017
jpntdytmrowApr. 18, 2015 - 07:48AM JST
This is not a sign of there not being enough real news coverage of of oversensitive animal lovers bemoaning a dead cat. It is news because there is a recorded and recent history of any number of crimes against people, specifically children, murders if you will, where the murderer had on at least one occasion murdered a cat or two. There is a link between the gruesome murder of cats and the potential ensuing crime.
More than any other animal, feral cats seem to be the target of anti-social behavior. They represent something that the person resents or longs for and can't have. What? Independence. Inner peace. Freedom. Even community among other cats.
There are any number of jounals online where experts show the link between animal abuse and human abuse. There are links between dog fighters and domestic violence.
Posted in: 2 dead cats found in Tokyo neighborhood within a week
jpntdytmrowApr. 10, 2015 - 07:15PM JST
Two non-Japanese customers were at Subway's yesterday. They did not speak Japanese at all. I observed them ordering. Very interesting. They were not native speakers of English themselves. They gave their orders in very clear, succinct English phrases. The Japanese sandwich makers (proper term??) spoke according to their Japanese manual asking in Japanese if they wanted all toppings, French fries, anything to drink, and even the amount to be paid was said in Japanese.
After receiving the food, the two non-native English speaking non-Japanese said, "Thank you" cheerfully to which the reply was "domo arigatou gozaimashita".
And so it goes.
English was completely unnecessary for the workers. Zip. Nada.
Posted in: Pronunciation anxiety: Many Japanese people don’t want to speak English unless it’s perfect
jpntdytmrowApr. 10, 2015 - 01:56AM JST
Well, yes, in a sense you are correct in saying that legal procedures ARE different in Japan. I have yet to hear about a police officer chasing down a person and shooting him in in the back instead of arresting him and letting him have that much coveted US court of law. I am glad there are citizens like yourself who will, being State side, do what you can to make sure that that US court of law and the justice system is upheld for ALL. It would be a travesty if people were to get the wrong idea that one could be shot in the back at any given moment without having their day in court.
Here is a little something .......about 35 pages on the Miranda Rights from the Miranda vs. Arizona case ....1966
Not many of will take the time to read it...I just copied it and will see if I can get through it. Probably not before the NEXT person is SHOT to DEATH without receiving their right to remain silent....in the sense of not talking not in the sense of,.....being too DEAD to talk!!
May all human beings residing in the USofA be legally tried of a crime in a US court of law with an appointed attorney if necessary and a jury of their peers (of a VARIETY of backgrounds!!!!) and not just be shot a multitude of times on an assumption!!!
This is a problem and even today, some 3rd graders asked me why Americans love guns so much..... I certainly was at a loss so I just said, "I really haven't the slightest idea."
Texas A&M AggieApr. 09, 2015 - 05:36PM JST
"@Mirai: Only in your mind (and of others) he's guilty. Guess legal proceedures are different over there in Japan. Here in the U.S., he's yet to be convicted of a crime in a U.S. court of law."
Posted in: Video of South Carolina police shooting inflames debate
jpntdytmrowApr. 09, 2015 - 11:19AM JST
I completely agree. We have a legal system with justice decided by a court. I don't know why comments about prisoners serving justice in the form of murder or rape or physical abuse is constantly raised. I am not denying that injustices toward prisoners happens, but cheering those acts of violence is not part of our justice system.
It is likely that anyone writing of the "prisoner justice" acts has never stepped foot into a prison and knows of no actual case of prisoners serving "justice" other than a lot of Hollywood films from the 1930's onward.
kcjapan wrote "prisoners are not society's executioners." Excellent.
I also have no sympathy for this person nor do I deny his crimes. Prisoners are likely in there trying to do what is necessary to be released from prison at some point, not in there to commit a crime that would only extend their term.
kcjapanApr. 09, 2015 - 10:42AM JST
*"I would completely disagree." with "There is no justice if justice is left to prison vigilantes." - comments
The point of the statement: 'There is no justice if justice is left to prison vigilantes.' is an important distinction. It isn't justice to release the guilty party into the prison system for the inmates to murder in retribution.
Justice means the guilty answers for their crime and society imposes the penalty.
In this case, the guilty is deserving and qualifies for the death penalty in seventeen counts. Inmates aren't societies' executioners. The assumption that they should be or that their murder of the guilty is justice is appropriate is flawed.
Prisoners are prisoners. An executioner exacts the justice the court determines*
Posted in: Tsarnaev guilty on 30 counts over 2013 Boston Marathon bombing
jpntdytmrowApr. 07, 2015 - 05:02PM JST
It is a reality for a great many US citizens that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki only sparked the onset of the realities of living with nuclear weapons for another 50 years during the Cold War, in the process of working with the production or storage or the release of other chemicals necessary in the production process, or in the case of having family members in the factories, the military and even nearby neighborhoods live with long drawn out cases of Cancer and the compensation that has only come to some far too late, some not alive to receive it, others working after the arbitrary cut off date given. But, more and more, the people involved with this part of US history are gaining recognition. Part of that is seen at the Trinity memorial focused on in the article.
May they and others who deserve it benefit from the
1990 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.
Posted in: Thousands visit Trinity on anniversary of A-bomb explosion
jpntdytmrowApr. 06, 2015 - 01:24PM JST
We also need to remember those who continued to work in the A-bomb factories in the USA in several states who were in charge of making the small plutonium pits that were to be used to test in the Pacific Ocean and in Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Some places mined the uranium throughout the western US, processed the plutonium and shipped it by train through residential areas to be made into the pits that were later shipped to other facilities for storage... some waste stored outside in rusting barrels! Some of the plutonium is actually missing or unaccounted for! Where'd it go?
Many communities were developed because of these A-Bomb factories and dependent upon them for work and they led to further development of even more communities even closer to the factories that sometimes had documented but hush hushed fires or leaks. Some of these communities even got drinking water from reservoirs that got water from sources that flowed under these factories.
Fascinating and frightening to know that so few knew what was happening so close to their communities, literally within a few miles!
Kudos to those who research and care.
Some luxury homes are being built in areas that were once off limits to people.
Definitely should ask "what was this land say.... 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 years ago? Why wasn't it developed?" before purchasing a home built on "pristine land!"
A lot of people are buying homes only to find out after they move in that they are next to atomic weapons manufacturing land.
jpntdytmrowMar. 25, 2015 - 03:18PM JST
"Last month, Japanese authorities said they had laid coral-poaching charges against crew from a record 16 Chinese vessels in 2014.
The maximum fine for poaching in territorial waters tripled in November to 30 million yen."
There are Japanese coral gathering boats as well. Are they poaching or do they have a legal quota? Check out some of the fishing ports or tourist sights in Shikoku that sell coral jewelry and cuff links or necklaces or art. Always wondered about that. Some fishermen sell them little by little to Chinese buyers to supplement or replace their fishing income.
Posted in: Chinese skipper avoids jail term in Japan coral poaching case
jpntdytmrowMar. 24, 2015 - 09:45AM JST
This is a new era!!
I was in 2 public school high school classrooms yesterday and there were....about 7 Japanese students with parents or grandparents from outside Japan (Philippines, Columbia, US, Brazil, China, Korea, Peru) but who were by birth, race, citizenship, culture, language, JAPANESE.
They were so happy to see ARIANA (I think we should use her name here) be chosen to represent Japan as a Japanese. My own adult multiracial children are happy and so are their other multiracial friends in Japan.
Japan. A land of various kinds of people. They even have recognized that AINU are indigenous.
Go, Ariana! GO!
Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015
jpntdytmrowMar. 21, 2015 - 10:07AM JST
Somehow a letter I sent was not printed (nothing controversial).
We are really excited for Ariana to have been chosen. Students I have of various racial combinations are excited,
our own multiracial, multicultural children are excited.
She has a great gift for communication, said she had to lose a lot of muscular bulk needed for her hobby of heavy motorcycle touring, and she is really a great role model and is not from Tokyo, but from Nagasaki and on and on.
I think she is really just a young person whom we can watch with enthusiasm. Never cared much for Miss Universe pagents but watching this one for sure!!
And, it is not the last thing Ariana will be doing with her life. In ten years, she will surely be doing something else and enjoying whatever it is!
GO, ARIANA! GO!
Jul. 28, 2015 - 05:23PM JST
Being (inadvertantly or deliberately) documented online is a pitfall of the informations age. Lucky i am…
Posted in: What is your stance on the "right to be forgotten" issue in which people are suing to have links about themselves removed from search engines such as Google and Yahoo?
Jul. 28, 2015 - 05:17PM JST
Daylight saving time would do this with far less fuss.
Posted in: There is latent demand on summer evenings, and if the 'yukatsu' initiative expands its foothold, we can expect economic benefits.
Cogito Ergo Sum
Jul. 28, 2015 - 05:16PM JST
@ Ossan.... Because they can.
Posted in: China says it has every right to drill in East China Sea
Jul. 28, 2015 - 05:02PM JST
No, no it's more that actually you can't read properly."
Well she joins the…
Posted in: Man arrested for killing woman after fireworks date
Jul. 28, 2015 - 05:01PM JST
Surely "turbulence ahead" would be a better analogy....
Posted in: U.S. airlines surge but clouds may be ahead