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sakuralaDec. 03, 2013 - 01:43PM JST
Thunderbird: I wish I would have read your comment yesterday. I maticulously went through the 2000 photos on my phone last night and put them into folders. Then I deleted every. single. picture off of my camera roll....only to find my phone left with NO photos at all :( Good thing I was smart enough to upload them on my computer before.
Posted in: What do you dislike most about your smartphone?
sakuralaNov. 18, 2013 - 02:13PM JST
Why don't they just cloth diaper? It's way cheaper and also great at keeping diaper rash away. I find it is also better for babies with sensitive skin.
But at the same time I really hope that the stores are able to keep the stock available for people in Japan who actually need the diapers! I would hate to be a parent and have to settle with a brand that would cause issues with my baby's sensitive skin.
Posted in: Chinese speculators buying up diapers in Japan
sakuralaSep. 27, 2013 - 09:12AM JST
Controlfreak: I think I get what you mean. I wish that both parents had the responsibility of raising or caring for children in Japan. If shared custody was a possibility, children would have more of a support network and parents may get a break that they need. However, until that changes, the responsibility rests solely in one persons shoulders which can be too much for some.
Little girl, rest in peace
Posted in: Woman detained after school reports non-attendance of her daughter
sakuralaSep. 17, 2013 - 09:38AM JST
Im from Shiga and the typhoon hit here hard. My in-laws had to be evacuated due to a river that was about to flood. Luckily it didn't and everyone is safe. Just because it didn't hit Tokyo hard doesn't mean it wasn't a serious storm.
Posted in: 3 dead as powerful typhoon lashes Japan; thousands evacuated
sakuralaSep. 13, 2013 - 07:42AM JST
Here's an idea: fix the problem so there is no need to make cartoons about it. Japan better get used to being criticized because that comes with hosting the Olympics for every country.
Posted in: 'Lighten up,' French magazine tells Japan after Fukushima cartoon complaint
sakuralaSep. 06, 2013 - 08:10AM JST
The food comment seems off to me. I was told no raw fish and to stay clear of cold items like ice cream or juice. It was also recommended that I "range up" my salad...who would ever eat a microwaved salad?!
Posted in: Japanese mother compares child-rearing techniques in U.S. and Japan
sakuralaAug. 31, 2013 - 09:56AM JST
My husband is truly Japanese...he heard a typhoon is coming and decided that today would be the day to fix our roof. Hopefully anyone who is planning to do the same gets their work done before the storm hits. Stay safe everyone!
Posted in: Tropical storm heading toward Kyushu, Japan Sea coast
sakuralaAug. 02, 2013 - 06:52PM JST
I love the English version of this book. I also enjoyed seeing it on a book shelf in Sapporo in the "self help"'section.
Posted in: 'The Zombie Survival Guide' finally gets a Japanese release
sakuralaJun. 14, 2013 - 08:55AM JST
I am lucky that I have never been in a boardroom filled with nastiness. However, I have had my fair share of random questions by strangers. My favorite is when they already have an answer in their mind for the questions they ask. For example, there was a drunk middle aged man that approached me in Shinjuku one evening. This is the convo we had.
Man: Where are you from? Me: Canada Man: Russia, nice! ...How old are you? Me: 21 Man: 18...nice! I excused myself at that point because I could already see his train of thought and how it was not going to turn out well.
Posted in: Handling nasty questions from nasty people
sakuralaMay. 31, 2013 - 09:34AM JST
I am hoping Turkey will get it for 2020. It would be nice to have the Olymics in new locations as much as possible to show its global attitude.
Posted in: 3 bid cities make pitches for 2020 Olympics
sakuralaMay. 30, 2013 - 01:31PM JST
I am not sure if this will really help. Lots of people know about tobacco and its risks but still choose to smoke. By making it more mysterious, I think it may give it more allure to attract the rebel types. And really, word of mouth is the best advertising and it seems quite impossible to stop people from talking about it.
I think it would be more responsible to go after the bigger issue of health related to tobacco use. Make companies cut out the dangerous chemicals as they aren't fit for consumption. This may also reduce dependence which would allow people to enjoy a smoke casually. At the same time, countries should be encouraged to make better divides between smoking and non-smoking areas or ban indoor smoking in places that won't comply. And finally, give support and incentives to those who are addicted and wish to quite.
Posted in: WHO urges global ban on all tobacco marketing
sakuralaMay. 28, 2013 - 12:25PM JST
Couldn't she get some support from the government or some other group? I highly doubt that they would let a child starve to death. It seems like there were still options, especially when she still had some money in the bank.
Posted in: Mother, child apparently starve to death in Osaka apartment
sakuralaMay. 28, 2013 - 12:18PM JST
Cos: In Canada. children are completely covered by the government medical system. However, parents need a place to stay when their children are in the hospital, sometimes months at a time. This is where the fund usually helps out. It helps the families have a comfortable stay while they are in need. A few of my friends were able to get assistance through this system and were greatly appreciative. Every country is different though...
As for banning ads, seems a little extreme. I would rather teach children to be responsible and to question advertising rather than just let them figure it out when they are adults. But of course, not all parents would be willing to do that.
Posted in: McDonald's can't shake criticism about nutrition
sakuralaMay. 28, 2013 - 12:08PM JST
Hopefully the children learned about what to do if they get lost in the forest before the hike. I know when I was a kid, we were taught to stay put and wait for help, under shelter if possible. We were also told how to deal with bears in case we met one along the way. Let's hope that these 2 kids are found safely soon!
Posted in: Two students found safe after spending night lost on Shiga mountain
sakuralaMay. 27, 2013 - 07:39PM JST
Osaka: doesn't sound like the guy has a mental disorder to me...unless being young and stupid qualifies. He does however seem cowardly since he would rather flee the scene to protect himself than help the girl he injured. As for the girl, I feel bad for her, but it doesn't seem like she was making good choices...riding around at night with someone who doesnt have a license and probsbly not wearing a seatbelt. Yet again, another symptom of being young and thinking that one in invincible.
Posted in: Girl left unconscious after unlicensed driver crashes car, flees scene
sakuralaMay. 27, 2013 - 09:32AM JST
I don't mind the health checks here at all. However, I still haven't had to do the barium challenge which may change my opinion. Also, my city doesn't have any English speaking doctors on hand which prompted my company to offer someone to go with me. I told them that I can do it on my own and was so happy I did! The doctor asked me if I have ever been or was thinking of becoming pregnant...although a little intrusive, the doctor just wanted to give me advice. If my company heard about my answers though, I would have felt very uneasy.
Posted in: What to expect when undergoing a medical check-up in Japan
sakuralaMay. 26, 2013 - 08:30PM JST
Wow! The video clip is priceless! Just eating a sandwich like nothing has happened and fully decked out in Canadian apparel. Maybe he wanted to make Canadians look bad while trying to prevent himself from going back to Canada.
Posted in: Canadian man arrested at Narita airport for stealing camera
sakuralaMay. 25, 2013 - 11:27AM JST
Is it racist if you don't know about it? I love fried chicken and watermelon and am as white as can be. Up until a few years ago, I didn't know that those 2 items were associated with anything other than awesome summer food! So one of my friends and I went out for lunch and I suggested KFC. She was quite happy to go and then we went back to my place for watermelon. A few days later I saw something indicating that what I had done may be construed as racist...I didn't even have the slightest clue because I was never taught that stereotype. I felt bad and asked her later if I offended her. She just laughed and said no. However, I learned that I can and perhaps do things that seem racist without even knowing!!
Posted in: Can a person say something racist but not BE a racist?
sakuralaMay. 25, 2013 - 08:52AM JST
I would dread going to such a bipolar country. You never know if they are going to throw you in jail for being a perceived spy or something to that extent...
Posted in: N Korea town opens to Western tourists
sakuralaMay. 25, 2013 - 07:19AM JST
Although Im not a fan of McDs, I think that a lot of these complaints are silly. Yes, they are marketing towards children, but parents have the final say if the kid will be eating there. Also, having spokespeople from different backgrounds is necessairy or else people would be complaining that they are racist. McDs also has a fund to help sick children go to hospitals, so that might be why they are also found at hospitals.
It is really simple in my opinion, choose to eat their food if you want or choose to go somewhere else.
Dec. 13, 2013 - 09:32PM JST
Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Station are products, eh?
"Convenience store freshly brewed coffee"
The coffee shops…
Posted in: Dentsu announces '2013 Hit Products in Japan'
James Dean Jnr.
Dec. 13, 2013 - 09:31PM JST
A Waste of valuble time and resources.
Posted in: Santa being tracked by Microsoft and Google
Dec. 13, 2013 - 09:27PM JST
Typical event in a horrible state: evil man orders the killing of an equally evil person.
Posted in: N Korean leader's 'traitor' uncle executed: KCNA
Dec. 13, 2013 - 09:26PM JST
"Just over half of respondents (56%) answered that the seemingly changing shape of the moon as…
Posted in: Japanese college students struggle to answer basic astronomy questions
Dec. 13, 2013 - 09:21PM JST
"The two Asian democracies have refused to recognize the Chinese zone, as has the United States."…
Posted in: Japan, S Korea hold joint sea drill in China air zone