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jpntdytmrowOct. 04, 2015 - 06:46AM JST
I felt confused there. I entered on the first floor and was told I "was doing it wrong and not following the arrows on the floor!"
Really weird experience. I thought the beer section was a good idea!
Needed it after that complete overload. Left with a bathmat that is still in tact.
The funny part was the little fridge magnet cannisters. There were a number of us fondling them lovingly and simultaneously wondering aloud what in the heck one would really put in those. Too small for pasta. Too big for pain killers. Spices? Paper clips? Really cool, but didn't get one.
Haven't been back. No online shopping and it is just too far for the value.
Bought a great wooden-iron rocking chair at J-MART this summer.
Posted in: Passion for life at home for IKEA's man in Japan
jpntdytmrowOct. 04, 2015 - 12:12AM JST
I wonder, the next time I am stopped randomly and asked to show my "papers" oops, I mean "card," will I have to show both. If I show just one, will I be asked to show the other?
I tried showing my driver's license once, but that was not acceptable... like how would I have a Japanese driver's license if I were not legally registered?
Oh, bother. Will it show that I do not own a TV on the card making it unnecessary to pay NHK?
Cash will be okay by me at the convenience store.
Posted in: My Number system raises red flags ahead of notice release
jpntdytmrowOct. 03, 2015 - 11:45AM JST
Can you inform us of the necessity to have both my numbah and gaijin card with our personal information on it?
Also, (separate request to JT: What is the reason for some articles becoming "no longer available" in the archives?
Unrelated here so feel free to answer me privately or elsewhere. Thanks).
jpntdytmrowSep. 23, 2015 - 10:35AM JST
Let's see, now.... yes, yes, back in the first half of the 20th Century, the world was at war twice with a particular country with a particular ethnicity, belief system and ideology. Some of the US soldiers fighting that particular nation were of the same ethnicity and religion, German and Christian. One of my US ancestors received the Purple Heart for being killed in action while fighting against the nation his father came from.
One general in particular stands out as being a German-American with a very recognizably German surname. Nevertheless, his family had been in the USA for many generations and the USA still entrusted him with their security. So much so, that after the war with the German nation of his ancestors, he was elected POTUS.
It is possible to see people for their own self worth and not as a representative of an entire ethnic, nation, or religion.
Indeed, many of us hope that that is the case with the USA, the EU, and possibly, Japan where most posters here reside with many having children with names, surnames, ethnicities, religions, beliefs, customs that set them aside from the majority population.
Not to get too preachy, but I cannot hope for the freedoms, rights and opportunities given to my mixed-race children in this country, if I, myself, would deny such to others in my home country.
Posted in: American Muslims fear a new wave of Islamophobia
jpntdytmrowSep. 21, 2015 - 03:37PM JST
See this fascinating video to get an idea of what "a bag" is.
How many stored there along the OCEAN shoreline!
Posted in: More than 300 bags of decontaminated waste swept away by floods in Tochigi
jpntdytmrowSep. 21, 2015 - 03:03PM JST
I grew up in the US with children from the urban areas moving to the suburban areas, and our area becoming mixed race and culture. Hispanic, Italian and German descendants were there from early on after the Native American population was removed. People from Vietnam, Laos came as well. Later, more children from Korea came. Most of the average Caucasian kids were from families who moved from neighboring rural states for job opportunities. Homes were bought, sold, rented, regularly. My neighboring homes there now have had well over 6 inhabitants over the centuries.
Honestly, one of the hardest parts about raising kids in Japan is that there is very little casual interaction with various cultures outside of the core urban areas.
I am sure the empty homes and rural areas in Japan could handle and thrive with more people of different cultures.
The schools are getting more students from various backgrounds. They are growing up and entering the work force.
The face of Japan is changing, little by little.
But, still have not met one Japanese who is supportive of accepting refugees.
Posted in: Kerry: U.S. to accept 85,000 refugees in 2016, 100,000 in 2017
jpntdytmrowSep. 14, 2015 - 05:25PM JST
Just laying out there for all to see. Some in people's yards. It was up to some people to get rid of them themeselves. Some are "encouraged" to store it on their own now useless rice fields and farms. A sight to see, even along the new and improved highways.
Was there end of August. Hope the survivors get the help they need and those in temporary housing get assistance.
Can Japan really afford the Olympics? I still have not met anyone who cares for the Olympics.
jpntdytmrowSep. 12, 2015 - 12:12PM JST
toshikoSep. 12, 2015 - 09:23AM JST
Thank you toshiko!
@jpntdaytmorrow: How does one say, "Oh, that is just heart-breaking" in Japanese? I am sure I have never heard this type of expression.
Shinzouga harisakeru youna itamashii hanashi desu ne. '
Just one of too many expressions since you wrote heart, I wrote one that includes heart. There are many expressions that contain heart ache. Read Japanese novels that are sad story speciality.
Two Germans I know personally wrote of their own experiences as child refugees. The elder crossed the Oder River in 1945 when her family was expelled from land they had called home for hundreds of years just 3 km away. Remembering that experience and hardship, she said she welcomed them. Her tiny town was accepting 200 or so.
The other friend escaped with his siblings and parents August 13, 1961 from East Berlin to West Berlin. Each child was sent to an orphanage until parents settled and could raise them. Recalling his hardship and that experience, he wrote that it was an exciting time and they are more than willing to help these people in their times of need.
I was impressed.
In high school, I commuted by city bus and talked each morning with an Afghan refugee in the early '80's. I can still recall some of the conversations we had. Nah, I think it will work out. No need to show cartoons to refugees anyway.
They are busy trying to stay alive.
Posted in: As Europe opens its doors, Japan considers clamping down harder on asylum seekers
jpntdytmrowSep. 12, 2015 - 08:00AM JST
Having read many of the comments here by readers (like myself) who are living in Japan only because we were allowed to get some type of visa, it rather amazes me how many likes are attached to what can only be seen as bigoted comments.
It is one thing to be bigoted and xenophobic in one's home country, but quite another to say that certain races or religions are not welcome in an adopted country where one's visa could be removed at any given moment or twist of policy.
When push comes to shove, this government is not going to make any distinctions between believers of "a 7th Century" religion and those who believe a "zero" Century or a "pre-zero Century" religion! All things being equal, foreign is as foreign does when the doors close!
jpntdytmrowSep. 11, 2015 - 09:24AM JST
It is easy to go on about one's business in the urban areas and choose whether or not to greet one of many non-Japanese. Interesting to talk with people of all walks of life on a train ride.
Meeting non-Japanese at rural stations with few trains moving can be awkward. There is a time limit it seems. Get in at the beginning or forever hold your peace. It ain't gonna happen after 3 minutes from the initial awkward eye contact.
But, one time, I struck up a conversation with a non-Japanese person, and it turned out that we had worked together 20 years earlier and time had taken it toll on us and we were unrecognizable but so happy to know the other was living life with all its ups and downs, births and deaths.
Sometimes it seems like we should speak and the other doesn't want to. Particularly if one is a tourist. They will never ask me for directions. So, I do not want to interfere in their adventure.
Others obviously have lived here a long time and simply do not want to strike up a conversation. Some reasons are that conversations between long term residents quickly become like a job interview or an interrogation, "What do you do here?" "Are you married?" "Kids?" "farming?" "PTA?" "Place of origin?" "Speak Japanese?" and on and on into the night. Or, the opposite, where they will tell you every minute aspect of their life in Japan and give their credentials, and how many fascinating hobbies they have.
Simply exhausting for someone who may be late for a job interview, going on a date, have had a tragedy in the family, a marital fight, kid in the hospital, wanting to enjoy a much deserved day off, got transferred, demoted, promoted, stopped by police, has a hangover, or who seems to be of the same culture or nationality but in reality does not speak the same language.
Forgive me for not greeting someone because they are non-Japanese on the train or street or festival or supermarket. I may want to but understand that others may not want to for whatever reason. Or, I may have a headache or be really tired.
Posted in: Five types of foreigner you’ll meet in Japan
jpntdytmrowSep. 11, 2015 - 06:20AM JST
This week, I asked a group of middle aged adults to talk about the more major issues, news stories of the week.
First topic was.......... The Olympic EMBLEM scandal. They went on and on about this!
So, I brought up the refugee situation in Europe. One did not want to talk about it, "Oh, that." and another had no idea, "What's that?" and others knew and wanted to discuss it.
It was not a very accurate discussion, and when I asked whether Japan should take in more refugees to help Europe out, they adamantly said, "NO!"
I did not sense any feelings of sympathy toward the refugees or the countries hosting them. Interestingly, this is the same response to any conversation regarding people of Fukushima. I wonder what they will have to say about the recent rain victims in northern Japan. It seems there is very little sympathy toward others.
It may not be fair to call Japan a racist nation, across the board which JT wishes to avoid, understandably, but it seems extremely rare to find sincerely empathetic responses about human beings in need, be they in Japan or abroad.....just an observation based on over 3 decades of living here.....Maybe I'm not meeting the right people.
How does one say, "Oh, that is just heart-breaking" in Japanese?
I am sure I have never heard this type of expression.
jpntdytmrowSep. 09, 2015 - 08:57PM JST
Rural, lower economic areas like Kochi, (where in-laws live) are the backbone of the military.(see many maps on Google).
US high schools offer ROTC programs, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
US News and World Report article says 3,000 USA high schools have this program which emphasizes its leadership training.
JSDF needs a better PR program if bayonetting is the main skill offered.
Certain train stations like Higashi Oume in Tokyo have SDF recruiting posters and is near a large high school.
When I was in high school, we had recruiters visit the school or even call our homes, male or female
to entice us to join the military.
Wonder how many schools in Japan do that?
I know of one rural private school where high school students are required to take the JSDF entrance exam (not required to go), in addition to the Center and other exams.
Posted in: Kochi school to launch SDF course
jpntdytmrowAug. 23, 2015 - 06:29PM JST
Today, I found out that my husband ripped out and discarded a plant outside of mine. Years ago, I would have really gotten angry and hurt and it would have led to a fight. Decades into a marriage, I am planning to simply write a note explaining what that "weed looking plant in the white planter" was.
I am not going to verbally discuss it. It is a better choice to write about that type of plant and tell him why it is in the shade like that. Its season finished, it is blissfully waiting quietly for next spring. It does look like a weed and is hard for me to get. I think I rescued it.
Point of story is that as we age, we become more able to see what is important. Sure, I am annoyed by the action, but I realize it was an honest mistake and he was actually trying to help, with an unfortunate consequence. By yelling, I will not only start to hate that plant anyway, I will lose his desire to help.
In the end, I lose too much.
So, a note with the plant's description is easier.
Live and learn and forgive and help. Marriage.
Posted in: 59% of 'salarymen' find family life more exhausting than work
jpntdytmrowAug. 23, 2015 - 06:10PM JST
I was invited to this event last year. I was astounded by the display of weaponry this event showed in terms of ground and air machinery. Tanks and missile launchers literally shoot at targets facing Mt. Fuji's base.
It was terribly hot sitting on the tarp that covered the volcanic rocky ground. A few stands are available but we got the front rows. Very crowded. And once you know what to listen for, you can feel the vibrations of the missiles all around the Fuji area including eastern Yamanashi and western Kanagawa. Yamanashi prefecture has made announcements to "calm" the many people who were wondering what the bombing feeling was.
It is announced on the websites when they will have their drills, sometimes combined with US military.
I am glad no one was hurt!
Seems that invitations are offered regularly. Don't know about attending otherwise.
Many of the spectators really get excited when those missiles go off!
But, not something many of us see or hear. Helps to understand the people who have to live with explosions regularly in war-torn areas.
Posted in: 2 spectators injured while watching SDF live fire drill
jpntdytmrowAug. 23, 2015 - 08:00AM JST
Japan really should encourage its young to try many different activities, study, volunteer, build things!
I have a niece who went to uni, quit, went to a vocational school, got a skill, and is not building her own Tiny Home to take that skill on the road.
Young people should be allowed to be young and university should be accessible to adults of all ages.
University, itself, should be a place where students are given many real opportunities, not just make it to the next exam and then onto the civil servant exam, and then post job, they are made to put life aside in hopes of a promotion!!
I have many young adults in my neighborhood, I rarely see them. Growing up, they were building cars.
katsu78Aug. 22, 2015 - 02:29PM JST
"The education - work pipeline probably is a contributor. Japan is a country where basically your entire social status for your entire life is decided by the actions you take when you are 17-18, the age when most people's hormones are at peak "screwing with your mind" level. Some "ronin" can re-take university entrance exams a year or so after they failed, but it's practically unheard of to say, get a vocational diploma, work in the world for a few years, realize you made a mistake, go back to university and come out a professional with real chance of getting back onto a career track.
Frankly, under that kind of pressure, I think it's amazing we don't see this happen more often. Which isn't to say I excuse his behavior at all. Throw the book at this kid. But if I were looking at this story as a university administrator or a politician on a committee involving labor regulations, I'd seriously take these sorts of stories as a warning that the country needs some kind of safety valve to lower the pressure."
Posted in: 17-year-old youth arrested for stabbing mother and grandmother
jpntdytmrowAug. 12, 2015 - 10:54PM JST
What is the correct procedure for dousing the flames of a person on fire? I learned about drop and roll but not sure about fires starting from fuels like gasoline.
But, this one sight just shows kitchen or camping fires, not self-emoliation.....
But, in all seriousness, this really happened in a rural town recently, when two elderly men were fighting around 6 a.m.
One stabbed the other and one of them lit the other on fire. Both caught fire and both are in critical condition. People on the way to school and work saw them. Seems some helped.
So, it seems that this is something we really have to become aware of like AED.
Posted in: Man sets himself on fire outside Japanese embassy in Seoul
jpntdytmrowAug. 08, 2015 - 09:43AM JST
"Their (ie any politician in any country on any continent) claims are based on their self-centered and extremely egoistic thinking that they don't want to go to war. We can blame postwar education for such widespread selfish individualism."
-parenthetical content added. What a brilliant quote when the pronoun is redefined!
Posted in: Their claims are based on their self-centered and extremely egoistic thinking that they don't want to go to war. We can blame postwar education for such widespread selfish individualism.
jpntdytmrowAug. 05, 2015 - 12:41AM JST
We used to get pop up adds for US military during online searches aimed at young males. I don't notice this now, but SAT searches, for example, often had ROTC advertisements.
We bought some US boys magazines and a few of them included CD-ROMs for military games aimed at young teens.
I notice some train stations near particular Japanese public high schools have JSDF recruitment posters.
Some males here get post cards with ads to join the military.
When I was in my senior year of high school in the USA, I got direct phone calls from military recruitment centers.
Eagle 810 radio station out of Yokota runs ads saying that people can get a commission on each person they encourage to join the military.
List of incentives:
Posted in: Anime 'Gate' tries to recruit for Self-Defense Forces
jpntdytmrowAug. 04, 2015 - 12:40PM JST
How many nuclear bomb survivors are there around the world where tests were done in say, Nevada, USA, the Pacific Islanders, Kazakhstan, and how many survivors are alive who have experienced making these bombs at nuclear bomb plants in the former USSR or the USA?
Interviews with these people are being recorded and can be seen at various sites on the Internet. The experiences of those involved with the processing, storing, transporting, testing, just living near such places are available for the listening and reading. Their voices are also necessary to hear.
There was another half century of nuclear bomb activity around the globe after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
That many more casualties and survivors.
At least one major nuclear bomb factory has been turned into a wildlife refuge with and infinity room in the center.
This borders a luxury home development. The municipal drinking water for several communities came from water stored in resevoirs that received water from the contaminated nuclear bomb plants for decades.
"Truth is stranger than fiction" as they say.
Posted in: As A-bomb survivors age, Japanese pass storytelling to young
jpntdytmrowAug. 04, 2015 - 09:59AM JST
Our biracial daughter was asked by a major bookstore a few years back where her father worked,
maybe assuming it was the father who was non-Japanese,
what her favorite book was, grades at school, not where her parents were from,
and she had to write it down on the official application (except her grades),
Posted in: 5 interview questions employers in Japan are no longer allowed to ask
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