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shinhiyataDec. 06, 2013 - 10:18AM JST
Ossan, not sure that her adult life was so free of suffering either: she had her daughter kidnapped and hidden away in a bizarre religious cult by her ex-husband, she was vilified for years as the reason for the Beatles demise, Lennon left her for another woman for two years in the early 70s, and then she witnessed her husband and son's father violently murdered right in front of her. More of a nightmare than a dream if you ask me. But her positivity and resilience in spite of these personal tragedies, coupled with her continued philanthropy for the disenfranchised, should qualify her as a role model, albeit a quiet one, for at least some segment of the world's population.
Posted in: Yoko Ono recounts own hunger during war in Japan
shinhiyataDec. 05, 2013 - 12:10PM JST
We have Sushi-ro here in Iwate and it is great. We take our babies and they just love to watch the non-stop action as the dishes continuously roll on by. I never have to worry about my little kids behaviour when we go there. And since sushi isn't recommended for small children, they have lots of other things, such as ramen, for them to eat while the missus and I pile up the plates and the kids enjoy the free entertainment. Kippu has better sushi (well it is more expensive anyway) but no conveyor, so we avoid taking the kids there.
Posted in: What to expect from conveyor belt sushi restaurants: not necessarily fish
shinhiyataDec. 04, 2013 - 11:45AM JST
Taj - this story was already made into a movie long ago - TOHO's 1963 epic kaiju masterpiece - Kaiteigunkan aka Atragon.
Posted in: World War II-era Japanese submarine found off Hawaii coast
shinhiyataDec. 02, 2013 - 08:13AM JST
Johnny Yuma - the Rebel - Dr Bowen would be proud.
Posted in: Yuma most popular name for baby boys in 2013; Yuina for girls
shinhiyataNov. 28, 2013 - 08:25AM JST
Even though I am not a Christian, I believe in the message of Christmas. That a child was born who would become a great teacher and leader of men with gospel of peace and love. Clearly these two got the message.
Posted in: Christmas kiss
shinhiyataNov. 21, 2013 - 07:05PM JST
What's up with the 5 year old kids in that soiree photo? Aren't they a little young to be getting shlockered in a hot tub with a bunch of bikini clad obasans? Oh, I forgot this is Japan.
Posted in: Beaujolais Nouveau goes on sale across Japan
shinhiyataNov. 21, 2013 - 12:30PM JST
Not much different from 'Beatlemania' or having Motorhead's Snaggletooth tattooed on your body. Only difference is that the Beatles and Lemmy are legitimate musicians who can actually play.
Posted in: Pop group Arashi inspires extreme fan worship
shinhiyataNov. 13, 2013 - 09:36AM JST
Tardis - the current government of mainland China is communist and decidedly left wing. Ultra-nationalist right wing views are considered facist. These two political mechanisms are diametrically opposed. Your argument is semantically flawed.
Posted in: Gov't planning to add moral education to curriculum for elementary, junior high schools
shinhiyataNov. 08, 2013 - 04:02PM JST
I hope she will make a concerted effort to establish a consulate office in Sendai. Even if it is only an occasional office like the Philippine government set up in Morioka. During the disaster, Americans had no access to any Dept of State resources here in Tohoku. We were cut off from Kanto by the JR stoppage, the lack of gasoline, as well as the Fukushima meltdown. I can not imagine why a city the size of Sendai doesn't merit a monthly or bimonthly consulate office to help with visa, passport, and notary matters for US citizens living in Tohoku. Sapporo and Tokyo are too far away and too expensive to take the entire family to if you live in Iwate or Akita. There are no State Dept services at Misawa if you are not military. It doesn't have to be a full fledged embassy, just a consulate, and just part time.
Posted in: New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy to arrive in Japan on Nov 15
shinhiyataNov. 06, 2013 - 03:07PM JST
While the Blacksmith Institute does do some worthwhile work, the sad reality of our rapidly withering planet is obscured by their report. The world's most polluted places are in the ocean. But since no people reside there, they are semantically excluded by the narrow scope of this article. And the cataclysmic degradation of our homeworld's oceans puts not only all of the human (over)population at risk, but essentially the entire biosphere. Soylent Green anyone?
Posted in: 200 million people at risk from toxic pollution
shinhiyataOct. 31, 2013 - 04:31PM JST
I remember the very early days of MTV and the Who's Eminence Front would air constantly. I was watching Entwistle playing his Alembic Spider when I suddenly realized 'That is what a Rock God looks like.' RIP Ox.
Posted in: Rock legends The Who to stage last big tour in 2015
shinhiyataOct. 30, 2013 - 07:53AM JST
This guy had the on-screen personality of a bowl of natto. Too bad his family situation is so skunky as well. Hope they replace him with some cute 25 year old in a really short skirt.
Posted in: Mino Monta resigns from long-running news show 'Asa Zuba!'
shinhiyataOct. 25, 2013 - 01:20PM JST
I find this overt commercialization of Christmas in Japan to be truly offensive and I'm not even a Christian. If I were, I would probably be sickened by the video clip above and the treatment that this holiday gets in Japan. But I'd really like to see a Japanese company try to commercialize and market an Islamic holiday in a similar tasteless fashion. Good luck with that.
Posted in: Haruka Ayase kicks off KFC's Christmas campaign
shinhiyataOct. 24, 2013 - 08:40AM JST
I sincerely hope this next attempt is more successful that the previous Hayabusa spacecraft. Japan's media have made an obvious and concerted effort to cover up what was a nearly complete failure of the first spacecraft to achieve almost all of its main mission objectives. They even coaxed Watanabe into making a movie about it in order to whitewash the debacle with an overcoat of pseudo-credibility and importance. The first Hayabusa was a cracked egg even before it got off the ground. Better luck with this one.
Posted in: Asteroid-blast space cannon on track, say scientists
shinhiyataOct. 24, 2013 - 08:31AM JST
Gobi Gobi Godzilla !!!
Posted in: A sight for saur eyes
shinhiyataOct. 18, 2013 - 09:26AM JST
I was shocked to see the going prices for some of my 90s records on eBay recently. My old TOOL, Danzig, AIC, Smashing Pumpkins, and Soundgarden vinyls are fetching hundreds of dollars each. I never thought they would be worth anything. If I didn't treasure them so much, I could easily afford a new motorcycle. Maybe I should also check the prices of my old 80s Celtic Frost and King Diamond records.
Posted in: Vinyl records sales reach 10-year high in Britain
shinhiyataOct. 15, 2013 - 10:59AM JST
This is wrong. I don't care what the interpretation is. Morally wrong and reprehensible. It should be interpreted as unconstitutional. Japan should not be in the arms export business to any extent. Facilitating another military's capability is not what Japan should be focusing on at this point in its history.
Posted in: Gov't to allow Kawasaki Heavy to supply parts for use by British navy
shinhiyataOct. 11, 2013 - 01:15PM JST
N73 - You are gravely mistaken if you think that DPRK is a paper tiger. With the world's largest arsenal of poison gas and germ warfare weapons, and the capability to deliver them and render all of Japan uninhabitable for decades, the nuclear card is just for extortion purposes. If the US military and its allies in Japan and SK thought that the DPRK was a paper tiger, do you think they would be conducting this exercise? Changing the pacifist constitution will change nothing.
Posted in: U.S, S Korea, Japan hold naval drill despite N Korean threat
shinhiyataOct. 07, 2013 - 08:09PM JST
Arrh! Ye landlubber Braves ! Ye be scurvy dogs! The Buccaneers will keelhaul ya, shanghai ya, make ya walk the plank at sabre tip, scrub the poop deck with ya, and tie ya to the yardarm for 50 lashes with a cat o nine tails! Arrh !!!
Posted in: Pirates edge Cardinals; Dodgers rout Braves in NL division series
shinhiyataOct. 05, 2013 - 07:29PM JST
Arrh! Ye landlubber Reds! Ye be scurvy dogs! The Buccaneers will keelhaul ya, shanghai ya, make ya walk the plank at sabre tip, scrub the poop deck with ya, and tie ya to the yardarm for 50 lashes with a cat o nine tails! Arrh !!!
Posted in: Pirates, Braves win in NL; Red Sox, Tigers in AL
Dec. 07, 2013 - 10:45AM JST
I cannot wait! :)
Posted in: Live-action 'Attack on Titan' gets release date, new director
Dec. 07, 2013 - 10:43AM JST
"Well, I guess with the new secrecy law I guess we can't protest this."
Posted in: Nuclear to remain key Japan energy source, gov't panel says
Dec. 07, 2013 - 10:42AM JST
WHOA now! watch your tone! You wouldn't want to go to jail would you?…
Posted in: Diet passes controversial secrets law despite protests
Dec. 07, 2013 - 10:40AM JST
Kudos to Abe for passing this law. A secret is a secret, period. Especially in this…
Dec. 07, 2013 - 10:37AM JST
thank god at least the French are there...come on Paras !! going into houses and killing…
Posted in: 300 killed since Thursday in Central African Republic