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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
kurumazakaSep. 05, 2014 - 09:54AM JST
While I certainly have nothing good to say about the Ferguson militia, I mean, "police," the little tidbit about black motorists being stopped nearly twice as often as white motorists really doesn't tell us anything when 7 out of 10 Ferguson residents are African American. Anyone know what percentage of the remaining 3% is actually white? Not defending Ferguson PD, but can't their critics come up with an actually relevant example of discrimination?
Posted in: U.S. Justice Department to investigate Ferguson police
kurumazakaSep. 05, 2014 - 09:36AM JST
Not bad for a 41 year old mother of two small children. "Not bad?" Who am I kidding? Ryoko is rocking! She looks better than ever!
Posted in: Ryoko Shinohara’s smoldering lingerie ad is a Triumph
kurumazakaSep. 05, 2014 - 09:32AM JST
Call me a dinosaur, but I never even activated iCloud for my phone.
Posted in: Celebrity hack puts focus on Internet 'cloud'
kurumazakaJul. 16, 2014 - 02:36PM JST
I second the votes for Tanimura, Oda and Hirai. While he's still relatively new, would add Shimizu Shota as well. He got a standing ovation at the Apollo when he performed there.
Posted in: Japan’s 10 best singing voices as chosen by people in the industry
kurumazakaJul. 15, 2014 - 09:22AM JST
Kind of surprised Kyosuke Himuro (especially from the BOowy years) didn't make the list.
kurumazakaJul. 15, 2014 - 08:44AM JST
Any Koji Tamaki fans out there should check out Sapporo based musician Yuya Hoshino. He is produced by Anzen Chitai guitarist Wataru Yahagi and frankly could step in for his obvious hero and have old Anzen Chitai fans wondering if they were listening to Tamaki himself. And he's a damn nice kid to boot!
kurumazakaJul. 01, 2014 - 04:12PM JST
Compared to their SMAP sempai, Arashi are actually pretty good. A Johnnies group harmonizing? Say it ain't so!
Posted in: Arashi announce largest dome tour ever
kurumazakaMar. 12, 2014 - 09:00AM JST
According to Wikipedia, the Japanese suzemebachi is a subspecies of the Asian giant hornet. Read a NatGeo article that said these nasty wasps have killed 42 people in northeast China. Like the suzumebachi, their favorite snack is entire hives of honeybees, which just a few can decimate in short order. Japanese honeybees have developed specialized defenses against them (they swarm the scout wasps, buzz violently, and literally cook them alive) but European honeybees are essentially defenseless.
Posted in: Asian hornets seen for first time in Japan
kurumazakaMar. 03, 2014 - 02:49PM JST
Don't know what the US can really do about this beyond some sort of sanction regime against Russia, which would of course be vetoed by the Russians (and possibly Chinese as well) in the Security Council. While my heart goes out to those Ukranians who desire to be a part of the EU, militarily the US/NATO has few, if any, viable options. Russia has all the numerical and geographic advantages, and crucially, the support of about half the Ukranian population. Russia had no trouble seizing Crimea because the predominatly ethnic Russian population welcomes the Russian military presence. What the heck is the US supposed to do about that?
Regarding Japan and the Northern Territories, this changes nothing. Russia was not going to return them anyway, regardless of whether Abe buddies up with Putin or not.
Regarding the Senkaku issue, China would be wise not to push its luck. Unlike Ukraine, the US military does have the ability to influence outcomes here.
Posted in: Japan expresses concern over Russia's Ukraine move
kurumazakaJan. 31, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
Have seen Clapton several times at Budokan and can say he still has it. And his side man is Doyle Bramhall II (with Derek Trucks on one tour), worth listening to on his/their own. Never been to a Stones show, but last live TV performance I saw (Super Bowl) was outright awful with Mick and Keith totally out of sync with each other. Ronnie Wood was the only bright spot in that performance. Jeff Beck is incredible!
Posted in: Big music acts coming to Japan one after another over next few months
Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:54PM JST
Did you miss this from the article?:
"Instead, it ( Korea ) is likely to…
Posted in: S Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia
Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:51PM JST
I know this sounds dumb, but this kinda reminds me of Naruto. Korea and Japan are…
So it appears that Sony is not the only Japanese corporation run by morons.
Posted in: Japan auto lobby sounds alarm over weak domestic sales
Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:50PM JST
The only difference is I don't believe the most recent hostage taker was on any sort…
Posted in: Australian police conduct counter-terrorism raids across Sydney
Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:49PM JST
In a blizzard, on private land (not a public road, so not governed by road traffic…
Posted in: 83-year-old woman dies after being hit by snow plow in Hokkaido