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kominkaNov. 28, 2013 - 09:37AM JST
Eruption of Mount Vesuvius
Completion of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling by Michelangelo
Posted in: If you could go back in a time machine to observe any three events in history, which three would you choose?
kominkaSep. 20, 2013 - 05:27PM JST
Please teach your kids how to swim! If you can't swim, take swimming lessons with them. This happens far too often. So tragic.
Posted in: 6-year-old boy drowns after falling into irrigation ditch in Saitama
kominkaAug. 23, 2013 - 05:03PM JST
Our beloved Lab died last May. Cost 3.000 yen to have his body cremated at our local crematorium. A neighbor, who is a retired city office employee, told us the cost to cremate a human corpse is also 3.000 yen. In fact, the same crematorium is used for both pets and people. The cost is subsidized by our city. Cremation costs can be low. Funeral costs, I would imagine, are high.
Posted in: Man arrested for dumping body of dead mother in suitcase
kominkaAug. 22, 2013 - 03:32PM JST
Back in 1980, after Mount St. Helens blew, volcanic ash soap was available for purchase. My sister still has a bar! She was a student at WSU in Pullman, Washington. The area suffered heavy ash fallout.
Posted in: Canned volcanic ash for sale
kominkaAug. 14, 2013 - 04:26PM JST
Wonder if her salary will be 30% less than the male pilots holding similar experience and qualifications....
Posted in: Maki Horikita plays pilot in new drama
kominkaAug. 06, 2013 - 08:22AM JST
My grandfather was an engineer working for the central phone company in Hiroshima. He did not go into work the morning of 8/6/45 as the day was the 10 year anniversary of his father's death and a priest was to come to the house that morning to offer prayers. After the blast, he rode a bicycle into the city (from Jigozen) to check on his coworkers only to find his company building in shambles. He dug with his bare hands through the rubble hoping to find someone still living. My grandfather died a painful death of radiation poisoning 5 months later. Peace to him and all the victims of war.
Posted in: Abe pledges to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons
kominkaJul. 11, 2013 - 06:42AM JST
Posted in: What do you do at those times when you and your partner get on each other's nerves?
kominkaDec. 18, 2012 - 08:31PM JST
Fresh in-season produce should not be a luxury. That domestic 300 yen, perfect looking apple is most likely shared by the family, instead of being an after school snack for a kid to ward off hunger until dinner time. And the 3000 yen "gift melon"... you know, the boxed melon no one seems worthy of eating, the one that gets passed around to at least 5 others, only to be way past its prime by the time someone finally decides its too gushy to pass on ...What a bunch of nonsense. Why are many people brainwashed into thinking that only Japanese farmers can grow good produce? A peach in-season should not cost 400 yen, period. Something here is very wrong. Join TPP, let the rich continue to buy the perfect looking produce, and the rest of us will be happy to eat an entire peach while standing over the kitchen sink.
Posted in: Despairing correctly about Japanese agriculture
kominkaDec. 15, 2012 - 11:22AM JST
Congrats to you, Ranger, for eating only healthy food and for working out often. We all know that your method is the best way, it sounds easy to follow, but few of us are able to sustain the effort over long periods of time. Good for you!
Posted in: Forget fad diets - cutting down on fat will keep you slim
kominkaDec. 14, 2012 - 08:20PM JST
I have had very good basic medical care here in Japan. In America, to see a specialist, I had to visit my primary care doctor, get a referral, and wait at least three weeks for an appointment. Then after consulting with the specialist, I'd have to go to another clinic to have my blood test. A week to ten days later, the results of my blood test would be sent to the specialist. I'd have to go to the specialist again in person to consult with him and get a prescription for medication. Finally, I'd take the prescription to an offsite pharmacy, wait at least an hour for my prescription to be filled. I had health insurance, but still had to pay at least $800 out of pocket for three office visits, blood test, and medication. In Japan, I did not need a referral to see a specialist. I walked into the hospital, said I didn't have an appointment, stated my health problem, filled out forms, waited an hour, saw a great doctor, went to another floor for an ultrasound and blood test. Within an hour the results of my tests were on my doctor's computer screen, he went over them with me, gave me a prescription. Went to the ground level of hospital, payed my bill, which included my prescription. Took the receipt to the in house pharmacy and received my medication. Total time: about 3 hours. Cost: 8,000 yen.
Posted in: People worldwide living longer, but sicker
kominkaDec. 14, 2012 - 05:03PM JST
And I thought stealing undergarments off balconies was weird. Catch this guy!
Posted in: Sock thief on the loose in Chiba
kominkaDec. 14, 2012 - 08:27AM JST
Does anyone find it odd that the government ordered NEXCO to inspect tunnels NEXCO themselves operate? 9 fatalities! Shouldn't the government have its own inspectors, or at least ordered a company not connected to NEXCO perform the "emergency inspection"?
kominkaDec. 13, 2012 - 10:54PM JST
My weight is just fine, thanks, at 5'4" and 110 lbs, I'm lean enough. Mom is Japanese, asking her to give up white rice forever would not go over too well. Dieting for one week, three times a year, works for my mom. How do you keep your weight in check?
kominkaDec. 13, 2012 - 05:51PM JST
My mom is 77, in great shape, is 5 ft tall and lives with my husband and me. Her secret to maintaining a healthy weight is not allowing herself to weigh over 115 lbs. I cook most of our meals here at home and she will eat plenty of whatever I prepare, but once her weight hits 115, I eliminate bread, white rice, sweets, juices, milk, and we eat only oatmeal, brown rice, lean meats, low fat yogurt, fruits and .veggies for a week. Mom loses 3 lbs, and we go back to eating our fairly healthy, usual diet. We only have to repeat this eating cycle once every 4 months or so. Pretty painless. My husband has never noticed a "dieting" week, just as long as you feed him, he's happy.
kominkaDec. 13, 2012 - 11:18AM JST
I do not follow your meaning about someone coming up with a thyroid medication as an excuse...
I take an anti-thyroid medication as I am usually hyperthyroid. If I become hypothyroid, I need to switch to taking thyroid hormone. Taking excess thyroid hormone will make you lose weight, but can increase your heart rate, body temperature, anxiety levels, cause tremors, damage your heart, and can lead to shock and death.
kominkaDec. 13, 2012 - 08:17AM JST
Leaders of China, North and South Korea score points with their population by taking a hard stance against Japan. The anti-Japanese sentiment helps fuel their nationalism. Taiwan has a natural antagonist in China, of course, and must remain forever wary of China's intentions. This is what I read, and it makes some sense to me.
Posted in: Why is anti-Japanese sentiment almost non-existent in Taiwan, unlike in China, South and North Korea?
kominkaDec. 12, 2012 - 09:04AM JST
Sit at the counter of a restaurant here in Japan and look into the kitchen. Chances are you will be able to spot at least a few Food Handling 101 mistakes. Having cooked at a small restaurant in the US while attending college, I can vouch for the fact that inspectors showed up fairly often and performed rather extensive inspections at the place where I worked. Are restaurants here inspected?
For cleaning your cutting boards, a diluted bleach solution works great.
Posted in: Food viruses can be spread by kitchen knives - scientists
kominkaDec. 09, 2012 - 05:27PM JST
I asked my local policeman his thoughts on carrying pepper spray, and he advised against it. According to him, some women have been made to pay money for causing permanent eye impairment to their alleged attackers. Of course, if attacked, most of us would not hesitate to break out the spray.... He also said only women may legally carry pepper spray. He did recommend carrying a loud alarm device and my daughter and I both do so, in addition to the spray! The spray is kept handy in a jacket pocket, and the alarm dangles at the end of a small chain attached to the handbag. My dad, a former Marine, taught my sisters and I some basic methods of self defense, but seriously, I am not confident I could follow through with them in a real situation. He said the knee is easy to damage, kick hard, sideways...the heel of your hand is strong, punch up hard at the attacker's nose....use the thumb to stab an eye...The goal is to quickly disable the attacker and run to safety. Okay, now I've freaked myself out, I need a cup of tea.
Posted in: Experts give tips for repelling a random slasher
kominkaDec. 06, 2012 - 01:56PM JST
Will play some Brubeck on my piano tonight in tribute to the greatest jazz pianist/composer of all time. My dad, a darn good jazz piano player, turned me on to Brubeck many years ago. My daughter also loves to play him. "Time Further Out" is my favorite album of all time, closely followed "Dave Digs Disney". Had the pleasure of hearing him live in Chattanooga in 1990. I sat just two rows back and I can tell you he had enormous hands with the longest fingers....Loved him!
Posted in: Jazz great Dave Brubeck dies at 92
kominkaDec. 05, 2012 - 03:40PM JST
Last Sunday, my daughter was vomiting, had chills and diarrhea. Monday morning she went to her local clinic and doc there said she had norovirus. He loaded her up on meds, as they seem to do here, and by Tuesday morning, she felt fine. She lives in Kobe. The doctor said he has seen many case there. Beware and be healthy.
Posted in: Norovirus outbreak in Osaka infects 48, claiming 2 lives
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:44PM JST
Good to see young English talent. I'm not confident about England's chances in Brazil but I…
Posted in: Arsenal's momentum halted by Everton; Fulham wins
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:42PM JST
Ossan: "Please refrain from interjecting unless you have a intelligent point to make."
Back at you,…
Posted in: China's parliament: Japan has no right to criticize air defense zone
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:36PM JST
smithinjapanDec. 09, 2013 - 07:55PM JST
Ossan: "Chinese diplomacy is "What's mine is mine" and let's…
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:33PM JST
Some academics are concerned that this is just another sign of America’s “society of violence” importing…
Posted in: Attacks in Kobe, Osaka spark concerns over 'Knockout Game'
Dec. 09, 2013 - 09:31PM JST
Chiang Mai/Phoenix (Arizona)/Prague
Posted in: What are your three favorite cities in the world to visit for a holiday, and why?