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kurumazakaMar. 31, 2015 - 11:47AM JST
Very well, Strangerland, consider me properly chastened
Posted in: New radar system looks to nab speed offenders anywhere in Tokyo
kurumazakaMar. 31, 2015 - 11:20AM JST
Uh, Strangerland, I said 40kph which converts to 25mph...
kurumazakaMar. 31, 2015 - 11:09AM JST
I got caught in one of the "mobile" speed traps. Four lane road with separate, guardrail-protected sidewalks with a 40kph (25mph) speed limit. Was doing a whopping 63 (39mph) and got a 15,000 yen ticket. Yeah, 15,000 yen for 39mph on a four lane road. Was a holiday with almost no traffic and no pedestrians within 500 meters...So if you use Uchibori between Kudanshita and Takebashi, watch your speed as they are enforcing that 25mph limit with vigor! Just laugh as you get passed by mamachari, knowing that you are a good person who follows the rules!
kurumazakaMar. 19, 2015 - 09:26AM JST
I feel your pain, Laguna! My son is in his final semester at college and is very much in "pull away" mode. I know I'm supposed to celebrate this, but it kinda sucks, too.
Posted in: Some parents, adult children can't let go of each other
kurumazakaMar. 18, 2015 - 10:18AM JST
Thank you Himajin! I shall now crawl back under my rock and hide...
Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015
kurumazakaMar. 18, 2015 - 09:51AM JST
So I just read that Trump disqualified her and Miss Philippines for being half. According to his royal highness, they do not "represent their culture to its fullest extent."
Way to go Donald! Afraid you really stepped on your crank this time. You claim it's not racist, but a celebration of "the purity of diversity in our universe." I'm curious, just how do you define a "pure-bred" American, Mr. Combover?
Well, on the bright side, he probably just hooked Miss Miyamoto up with a mega modeling contract
kurumazakaMar. 13, 2015 - 12:52PM JST
Pizza is great here if you like real Italian style. Mexican, yeah being from AZ, I really miss good Mexican food.
Central heating, yeah agree, it's rediculously hard to keep your pad warm.
Reasonable Speed Limits, preposterously low, rarely enforced, but when they do...ouch! Just paid a 15,000 yen ticket for doing 63 (39mph) in a 40 (25mph) zone. Four lane paved road with separated sidewalks (Uchibori, between Takebashi and Kunanshita, so if you use that stretch, beware, it's being monitored) Yeah, 15,000 yen for doing 39 mph! How about they worry about drivers doing 160 plus on the Higashi Kanto? On that same line, reasonable right turn laws. Have been ticketed twice for making rights with no other cars within 200 meters. It's your willingness to violate the rule you get nailed for. So frigging anal! Ok, rant is over, sorry all!
Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had
kurumazakaFeb. 05, 2015 - 10:08PM JST
Totally unsat. How in the world did he think he wouldn't be called out on this? Good on the crew for exposing this total fabrication. This wasn't merely "stretching the truth" a bit.
Posted in: U.S. news anchor Brian Williams recants on coming under fire in Iraq
kurumazakaFeb. 03, 2015 - 11:21AM JST
While I still think the call was stupid, Caroll's explanation does make some sense. Hawks tried to spread the defense by bringing in 3 receivers, Pats didn't take the bait and left the goal line front in. Advantage Pats. Hawks line was overwhelmed and Beast probably would have been dropped for a loss had they run it. So they gambled, throwing right into a defense they hoped would be focused entirely on Lynch. Then an undrafted rookie from a school no one outside of Alabama ever heard of made the play of his life. And for those wondering why the Hawks D was so nasty when the Pats were trying to take a knee, they still had a chance to win if they could disrupt the snap and fall on the ball in the end zone. So Pats are celebrating while Hawks are still going 150% and tempers flared.
Posted in: Brady rallies Patriots to 28-24 Super Bowl win over Seahawks
kurumazakaDec. 22, 2014 - 02:03PM JST
Strangerland, I don't know if I would count on CNN. I was flabbergasted when I saw Abe/LDP campaign ads on CNN. Don't remember ever seeing that network run campaign ads in the states. And there were only LDP ads. (Someone please correct me if I missed non-LDP advertising) Made me wonder if Abe and Co. have penetrated CNNj as well as every Japanese news provider outside of Asahi and Tokyo Shimbun.
Posted in: Japanese activist challenges secrets law with whistleblower website
kurumazakaDec. 17, 2014 - 04:28PM JST
I'm surprised they aren't mentioning how the Zaitokukai keeps them company. Zaitokukai is real proud of their efforts. It's all over YouTube
Posted in: Sea Shepherd files complaint against police to protect Cove Guardian volunteers
kurumazakaNov. 21, 2014 - 08:57AM JST
As Farmboy and Onagagamo state above, Abe simply knows he is in trouble and needs to solidify his power while there is no viable opposition. Then he can get right back to doing what he wants while saying "what are y'all whining about? You elected me!"
Posted in: Voters to Abe: Why call an election now?
kurumazakaNov. 14, 2014 - 08:17PM JST
LB2010, at least she had the decency to let you know she was utterly asexual before you married her! Usually that comes after the rings go on...
Posted in: Men list top four reasons why they dumped their past girlfriends
kurumazakaNov. 14, 2014 - 04:04PM JST
Cute car, but who was the Ad Agency? That font could not have been accidental.
Posted in: Suzuki Hustler Minicar wins 2015 RJC Car of the Year Award
kurumazakaNov. 13, 2014 - 12:20PM JST
Ishiwara san, I second your vote for Ogawa Coffee in Kyoto. Only prob is you often have to wait in line to get in. Emo Coffee in Machida is great too. Young master who is quite passionate about the quality of his beans, hand selecting them one by one before hand grinding them prior to a 5 min pour through. (Many thanks to him, as he taught me how to do it right.) And finally, if y'all are ever up that way, Anchor Fullsail Coffee in Kesennuma just rocks! The original shop was destroyed in the tsunami, but has reopened in a kasetsu complex. It will return to its old location as soon as is possible. We ordered six bags of beans from there and are most satisfied.
Posted in: Japan's dated, smoky cafes unfazed by Starbucks success
kurumazakaNov. 06, 2014 - 08:44AM JST
My vote is for Kamaishi, a great Rugby city. They have a pro team there already so they have the facilities and it has the culture as well. Stout people with an economy based on fishing and steel, seems a perfect fit! And yes, it definitely has the Tohoku factor covered.
Posted in: 14 cities in Japan bid for 2019 Rugby World Cup games
kurumazakaNov. 04, 2014 - 04:34PM JST
I never saw what the big deal about Yamazaki was. Then again. I wasn't drinking a 35 year...For me, I prefer the Nikka line or pretty much anything from Ichiro's Malt, though none of it beats a bottom of the line Ardbeg 10 or Laphroiag Quarter Cask
Posted in: Japanese single malt whisky named world's finest
kurumazakaOct. 07, 2014 - 10:04AM JST
I like the four distinct seasons here. Being raised in northern Arizona, where winter basically lasts from late September to mid May and "spring" is a mix of snow, freezing rain, or 60mph wind, Tokyo weather is pretty darn nice.
Posted in: 10 instances when Japanese people feel thankful to be Japanese
kurumazakaOct. 07, 2014 - 09:45AM JST
I'm not an English teacher so I can't comment about specific curriculum issues, but it would seem that a focus on phonics would be helpful. It must be discouraging for someone who has gotten good grades in English to try to speak to an English speaker and draw blank stares because they don't understand a word that has been said to them. I used to see this back in New York all the time. Japanese tourists at Starbucks saying "hooto Koohi pureezu" while the barista just gives them this "what the heck are you asking?" look. I can say from my own experience with nihongo that such things made me just want to crawl under a rock and stop speaking all together. I mean, one of those girls was sitting at her table reading "Gone with the Wind" in English. She was not incompetent in the language, but her spoken English was all but unintelligible. Seems a lot of these problems could be solved with a focus on phonics. And for gods sake, after phonics is taught, there should be no katakana in any English textbooks. Nothing quite like teaching your students how to say nearly everything wrong.
Posted in: What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair
kurumazakaSep. 16, 2014 - 10:02AM JST
Ichiro's Malt makes some damn fine spirits. The Wine Wood Reserve is splendid! As good as I have ever had. As for Suntory, I Like Hakushu, but don't see what the big deal about Yamazaki is. It's not "bad" but for that price you can do a lot better...As in, pretty much anything from Nikka. Both Yoichi and Miyagiko (and even the Taketsuru blend) are much better than Yamazaki, for considerably less.
Posted in: Japanese whisky makers in high spirits as accolades pour in
Apr. 01, 2015 - 03:04AM JST
So, flying got him...down?
Posted in: German co-pilot was once treated for suicidal tendencies
Apr. 01, 2015 - 03:03AM JST
although nice countries for holidays.
No thank you.
Posted in: Malaysian arrests of 3 editors draws flak
Apr. 01, 2015 - 03:02AM JST
A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States,…
Posted in: Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin
Apr. 01, 2015 - 03:00AM JST
Clio, that is actually pretty good. My wife brought me to the house to meet her…
Posted in: Japanese women list top 10 lies they can spot the second a guy says them
Apr. 01, 2015 - 02:56AM JST
Star-viking: And what will the public make of all this data? Nothing. They'll just let ENEnews…
Posted in: TEPCO to make all data on radiation at Fukushima plant public