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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
Aug. 30, 2015 - 04:52PM JST
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