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sakuralaJan. 31, 2016 - 12:47AM JST
I come from a BC community where news like this happens every year. It's so tragic, especially since a lot of the time, there are warnings about the the Avalanche conditions. I wish people would pay more attention to the weather and the warnings so this like this would be avoided...but the thrill of it will always make it so that news like this is far too frequent.
Posted in: 5 dead in avalanche in British Columbia
sakuralaJan. 29, 2016 - 12:36PM JST
I really feel bad for these people fleeing and could never in a million years know how hard it is on them. However, it doesn't seem right that they can continue to go to other countries forever. At some point, the people will need to stand up and have their own civil war to resolve the issue. They need to have the courage to fight back for what is theirs. I feel like it cannot be other countries going in an helping and mass asylum seeking should be discouraged. I hope this issue resolves soon for the sake of the world.
Posted in: Mass expulsions ahead for Europe as migrant crisis grows
sakuralaJan. 29, 2016 - 12:24PM JST
I have lived in Japan almost a decade now and have never had a problem with the police. I actually have gone to the kobans many times to ask for directions and they were all very lovely. I also got stuck on an island due to a rooky ATM mistake and they lent me 10,000 yen to pay for accommodation for the night and to enjoy the festival. And when I was assaulted, they took my complaint very seriously. I must say though, it would be great if they could speak English a bit more fluently but I think a set phrase book (or tablet program) might be the best route to go.
sakuralaNov. 27, 2015 - 09:01PM JST
I don't plan to get one this year. I am big on vaccines but not a fan of the influenza one. It is made with strains that are predicted to be the strongest for the winter season. However, their actual effectiveness can be as low as 15%. I think last year's batch was around 20%...I am young and responsible enough to acknowledge my symptoms and stay away from others while sick.
Posted in: Have you had your influenza shot for this winter yet? If not, are you going to get one?
sakuralaNov. 27, 2015 - 08:01AM JST
Had to check the date on this as I am sure it's almost the exact same as last week's article and probably 5 before it. It still doesn't have any specific solutions, laws or information...still just a pipe dream I guess.
Posted in: Gov't to tackle maternity harassment, day care to slow population decline
sakuralaNov. 18, 2015 - 02:18PM JST
Tea: Awesome response!
I agree that it was probably a lack of seat belts. I am assuming the driver put on his seatbelt but the passengers sadly didn't. Another sad story of possibly preventable deaths.
Posted in: Three 16-year-olds killed in car crash in Ehime
sakuralaNov. 17, 2015 - 02:53PM JST
I saw this on facebook and was disguisted by it. I was also shocked when the parents were saying that people shouldn't get angry about it and then took it down when they saw people were already sharing it in a bit to get them caught. Just disgraceful. Also it looked like the poor buy had burn marks on his face :(
Posted in: Man, girlfriend arrested for making his 2-year-old son smoke
sakuralaNov. 13, 2015 - 08:15AM JST
A good way to assist people in increasing the birthdate is by allowing them time to have kids. Point out black companies, encourage less overtime, incourage people to take their holidays....basically teach about a work/life balance. Then, increase daycares by giving tax breaks to big companies who will host in house daycares. The government has to realize that the 3 generation households are rare no and women can't do all the child raising on their own.
Posted in: Gov't targets boosting birth rate to increase economic growth
sakuralaNov. 11, 2015 - 09:49AM JST
....Or it could just be that they are exhausted from doing lots of emotional work such as preventing massive meltdowns and are tired of being clinged to all day. They probably just want a moment to recharge from being needed non-stop.
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sakuralaOct. 22, 2015 - 04:34PM JST
So I notice a lot of Americans on here but just wanted to speak up for the Canadians...
Unless things have recently changed, most if not all the jobs that require tips are actually paying minimum wage. As a waitress in high school and university, I would make minimum wage plus tips. The tips would be way over my actual wage since I could "hustle" as Bass put it. It was nice, but the more I think about it, it is a system that should really be done away with. I was always happy to get 10% but now it seems that 20% is the going rate. I really don't see why I should have to feel obligated to pay that much more for a service that is a necessity of the job (wait staff brings the food, taxi driver drives, hair dresser does hair...)
Posted in: What do you think of the custom of tipping waiters, taxi drivers, etc?
sakuralaSep. 23, 2015 - 08:09PM JST
Zones2surf: that's also a very good idea.
I have a 2 year old she and when she is having a bit of a meltdown, I ask her for a hug. I give her a big tight squeeze and usually that helps us both calm down. I also try to make myself aware and present when she is being a great kid and praise her for it. Positive reinforcement really helps.My 5 month old is much easier though...I put her in a carrier or feed her and the close contact helps her calm down. Hitting is never a solution for me because pain just causes more tears, fear and sends the message that hitting is ok.
Posted in: What advice would you give to stressed-out parents of young children so that they don’t resort to abusing their children as a means of discipline or because they won't stop crying?
sakuralaSep. 23, 2015 - 12:59PM JST
It really depends on the age. For newborns, try to find what works for your child such as the 5S technique and if it doesn't work, look up purple crying and cholic to understand its a phase. Put the baby down and take a breather...it's prefectly fine for a baby to cry for 10 minutes if it is fed, dry and safe. Also call someone for help if it becomes too much. For toddlers, be consistent. They will challenge you by crying but don't give in or else it will lead to more crying later on. And above all, keep your child entertained, active and feeling useful! They thrive on it.
And burning bush...would you really hit a baby or toddler? I think you have misread the question to be advocating such things.
sakuralaSep. 12, 2015 - 09:08AM JST
Hahahaha...great article JT! It's so fitting since I'm always wondering which kind of turkey meat to buy in the stores here in Japan, the land of turkey...
Posted in: What's cookin'? A lean but protein-packed turkey burger
sakuralaAug. 14, 2015 - 09:58AM JST
I wish that their mascot was more reflective of the divers. Make it a cute little obaachan without FF cup boobs and a realistically cut diving dress. I think they could still have a cute mascot without it looking like another big busted, shot skirt wearing frail framed manga girl.
Posted in: Shima City’s 'ama' girl mascot faces backlash from shellfish divers
sakuralaJul. 27, 2015 - 02:54PM JST
Jeff: It really depends on what is classified as a bathroom though. A lot of places have 1.5 baths....which can mean another toilet or full out bathroom. My house in Japan has 3 in that case...a men's urinal, a toilet and a shower room. I also think most newer houses in Japan have 2 toilets, one for each floor.
Posted in: 12 awesome features of Japanese bathrooms you won’t find in the West
sakuralaJul. 26, 2015 - 12:49PM JST
Jeff: My Canadian home only had 1 bathroom for its 4 bedrooms and was small. I had to wait long stretches of time for family members to finish their bath to pee or wait for our water heater tank to have enough for a shower after someone took a bath. I hated it and love my Japanese bathroom.
As for using bath water for the laundry, it's only on the cycles that add soap. On my washing machine you can even choose to only use it for the first time the washing machine is filled with water and the second and final cycle will be fresh water. The final rinse cycle is always fresh water.
sakuralaJul. 12, 2015 - 09:39AM JST
Seems like a fairly light punishment. I sat seiza for 1 hour at 30 weeks pregnant but the only issue I had was tingly legs when I stood up. I think these students should be able handle 20 minutes on tile. If it was on glass or jagged rocks, then there would be a reason to complain.
Posted in: Teacher forces 96 students to kneel for 20 minutes as punishment for being late
sakuralaJun. 05, 2015 - 12:43PM JST
2 more interesting ones for you. You can get nanohana ice cream in the northern part of Aomori. Nanohana is the flower used to make canola oil and margarine...it tastes like frozen margarine. I have also tried asparagus ice cream in Shiga. The shop that sells it is still working on its recipe but it's a very light flavor and it topped with some delicious yuzu.
Posted in: Japan’s 10 weirdest ice cream flavors
sakuralaJun. 01, 2015 - 06:58PM JST
Just looked at the photo montage and it looks like they screwed up big time! In the past that area was all roped off and only event organizers could enter that area. In fact they even roped off a nearby bridge during the big kite event. I wonder why they changed it this year.
Posted in: 700-kg kite plunges into crowd, injuring 4 people
sakuralaJun. 01, 2015 - 02:59PM JST
This happened just across the river from my house. The kite is huge and take a big truck to bring the pieces to the event where it is then assembled. It is made from bamboo and very heavy paper or maybe cardboard. 700 kg seems like a lot but it really does weigh that much. It takes a team of people to attempt to get it up in the air (complete with the kite festival princesses who fan it). Yesterday was a crazy windy day which helped it get up quite high but made it difficult to control. They probably shouldn't have let it get up so high. The area they keep roped off for safety doesn't seem like it would be right for how high the kite was flying yesterday. Luckily I watched it from my balcony instead of the festival yesterday.
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