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shinhiyataMay. 22, 2013 - 09:05AM JST
Great musician from a great band during a pivotal time for society. Never saw Ray on stage but I caught Robbie Krieger live with Blue Oyster Cult twice! Roadhouse Blues!!!
Posted in: The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek dies at 74
shinhiyataMay. 14, 2013 - 01:35PM JST
I will step outside the box and offer my five favorite Japanese sci-fi movies. 5 - Latitude Zero - Cesar Romero and Joseph Cotten starring together, how can you go wrong? 4 - The Mysterians - alien abduction 35 years before the X-Files. 3 - Gorath - Utterly preposterous end of the world scenario but Kumi Mizuno in the bathtub makes it worth watching. 2 - Yog, Monster from Space - if your kaiju clips end up in a Ministry video, it has to be good. 1 - Godzilla vs Mothra - an absolute masterpiece - everything clicks - Honda's visionary directing, Ifukube's brilliant score, Tsuburaya's signature special effects, Takarada's impassioned performance, Sekizawa's genius screenplay, mighty radioactive monsters trampling Japan in a battle to the death, and the Peanuts !!!
Posted in: What are your five favorite science-fiction movies?
shinhiyataMay. 11, 2013 - 08:08PM JST
Posted in: Special edition Ultraman popsicles
shinhiyataMay. 11, 2013 - 08:06PM JST
Gibson rules !!! I have 3 SGs, 2 Flying Vs, 3 EB3 basses, a Thunderbird bass, and an FT165 acoustic 12 string. I wish I had more. I used to have a Strat, but I gave it away to one of my students.
Posted in: Gibson Guitar closes tender offer for 54.6% of TEAC
shinhiyataMay. 10, 2013 - 04:42PM JST
We have both a nice Italian cafe and French restaurant here in south Iwate. The French place is a little more upscale and more expensive, but the Italian place has a great atmosphere and great pasta. The only complaint is that the Italian cafe is so popular, the waitress is a little overworked. The French place is off the main track and very quiet, much more suited for a romantic rendezvous. I recommend both spots to my friends and visitors depending on the event. Both proprietors have trained in Europe. There is another great Italian restaurant next to Sendai station.
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of French and Italian restaurants in Japan?
shinhiyataMay. 08, 2013 - 08:52AM JST
One of the most important fantasy movie pioneers. A visionary and gifted storyteller who thoroughly entertained millions of awe-struck youngsters - including me - over the years. Thanks a bunch.
Posted in: Film special effects legend Ray Harryhausen dies at 92
shinhiyataMay. 07, 2013 - 03:23PM JST
This is a really cool gadget, especially since nobody listens to the radio anymore to hear music. The Becker 8-track in my lovely old XJ12 just got a new lease on life.
Posted in: The world’s first lightning connector compliant FM transmitter
shinhiyataMay. 06, 2013 - 12:12PM JST
After the lockout disaster earlier this season, a Cup final with Minnesota and New York would not garner the NHL any redemption in the eyes of the fans.
Posted in: NHL playoff capsules
shinhiyataMay. 06, 2013 - 11:02AM JST
After what happened to Deep Purple in December 1975, I'm surprised any rock band would ever play Jakarta ever again.
Posted in: Aerosmith cancels Jakarta concert due to security concerns
shinhiyataMay. 03, 2013 - 07:37PM JST
SF2K - better than the trend where you grow old - seems that's where you've gone
Posted in: Tomatoes – Tokyo’s latest fashion trend?
shinhiyataApr. 19, 2013 - 01:08PM JST
Only moderate shaking here in south Iwate, but I could tell that somebody somewhere was getting rocked big time. I'm at the point where I can tell those sort of things after living in Tohoku for the past 5 years. The one we had Wednesday night had stronger shaking and was much noisier but didn't last as long.
Posted in: M7.0 quake jolts islands off northern Japan; no tsunami warning
shinhiyataApr. 19, 2013 - 08:51AM JST
This is the direct competitor to Bentley's Continental GT, but it's about 10 years too late. The Showa-period Wraiths were a LWB saloon, so I wonder why they didn't resurrect a coupe name for this car like Corniche or Camargue?
Posted in: Jump in my car
shinhiyataApr. 03, 2013 - 01:11PM JST
There are some classic movies which should not be subject to remake - this is one of them. How can you top such a landmark film? Another submarine fantasy movie which would be better suited for a remake is 1969's Latitude Zero.
Posted in: '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' to be shot Down Under
shinhiyataApr. 02, 2013 - 08:29AM JST
We had a 5.2 Sunday night, a 6.0 around 4am and several aftershocks this morning here in south Iwate.
It's hard to get a good night's sleep when it's like this. Yawn.
Posted in: M6 quake strikes off northeast Japan
shinhiyataMar. 31, 2013 - 11:34PM JST
Ishida was doing fine, but the knockdown punch put him through the ropes and he bashed his head off the ringside table which is what really put him out for good. Ouch.
Posted in: Ishida knocked out in WBA title fight
shinhiyataMar. 29, 2013 - 03:09PM JST
Craig, I think the current implications are more important for China. Considering the DPRK has the largest biological and chemical weapons arsenal on the planet, and has reportedly weaponized the smallpox and Spanish influenza viruses for terror attacks against the west, and considering 400 million Chinese were born after 1970 and not vaccinated for smallpox, it would behoove Beijing not to send their troops across the Yalu like they did before.
Posted in: North Korea puts rockets on standby for U.S. strike
shinhiyataMar. 29, 2013 - 08:16AM JST
History will show that the Kim junta is one of the worst criminal cliques ever, responsible for atrocities on par with the Khmer Rouge. The genocide perpetrated against their own people and the victimization of an entire nation has gone on for far too long. While I am a pacifist, I do believe an overwhelming military intervention is necessary to put an end to this crime against humanity. Peace is a beautiful thing, but sometimes you have to fight against evil at all costs. Even the Amida Buddha has Bishamonten to wage his battles with the demons. And I am also no big fan of American capitalism and globalization or its industrial-military complex, yet diplomacy and sanctions as tools to thwart this insanity and mass murder has failed completely.
shinhiyataMar. 22, 2013 - 08:16AM JST
If Honda and Tanaka were still around, this would 100% be about TEPCO Fukushima. Instead, it's about some US military experiment gone awry. Fail. They should have got some real Godzilla actors to add a little credibility. Why not Kumi Mizuno, Akira Kubo, Akira Takarada, or Kenji Sahara? For that matter, why not Russ Tamblyn?
Posted in: Ken Watanabe joins cast of Hollywood's 2nd go at 'Godzilla'
shinhiyataMar. 06, 2013 - 08:21AM JST
Cults are thriving here in Iwate. We've got them all from Aleph to Tenrikyo, Mormons, and Kenshokai. People's lives today are so empty, they are all to willing to fill them with anything. I suppose the tragedy of the disaster is so overwhelming that many victims feel the lies of bizarre shinshukyo and Christian fringe sects are less painful than dealing with reality. And these groups are expert at exploiting the vulnerable and easily manipulated.
Posted in: Haunted by trauma, tsunami survivors turn to exorcists
shinhiyataMar. 06, 2013 - 07:58AM JST
There are so many wonderful Japanese composers whose music could be performed instead. Why not Michiru Oshima, Takayuki Hattori, Sadao Bekku, Sei Ikeno, Masaru Satoh, Ikuma Dan, or Akira Ifukube? Beethoven is boring. If this is truly about cultural exchange, shouldn't Inoue-sensei be promoting some of Japan's exquisite repertoire of contemporary symphonic music instead of overplayed European works from long ago?
Posted in: Japanese maestro to conduct Beethoven in N Korea
May. 24, 2013 - 05:48PM JST
Stop being such a Hashimoto.
Why dont you ask South Korean Consul-General in Japan?
Posted in: Korean 'comfort women' cancel meeting with Hashimoto
May. 24, 2013 - 05:47PM JST
Yes you are correct, I can easily control my curtains, however I can't control shop…
Posted in: Gov't considers setting clock ahead by two hours
I don't think this is really a good solution...I wish they would either choose to allow…
Posted in: Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys, but not leaders
May. 24, 2013 - 05:46PM JST
From the USGS
This deep section of the Pacific slab beneath the Sea of Okhotsk has…
Posted in: M8 earthquake hits Russia's Far East
May. 24, 2013 - 05:45PM JST
It's good for those Korean women that someone persuaded them not to go there.