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BrainiacMar. 28, 2015 - 09:23AM JST
It is rude to sell someone to sod off. You don't go to Otsuka to browse. It's a personal service. You should have politely said no thank you and left, or better still, sign up and let them guide you. You don't have to buy anything.
Posted in: Furniture magnate fails to oust daughter in family feud
BrainiacMar. 25, 2015 - 07:40AM JST
Life is so cruel. They leave on a holiday and come back in a coffin. They probably looked forward to this cruise for a long time.
Posted in: Bodies of 3 Japanese tourists slain in Tunisia museum attack return home
BrainiacMar. 20, 2015 - 04:26PM JST
I'm sure Mrs Obama had more fun doing this than watching the noh performance.
Posted in: Drum roll
BrainiacMar. 19, 2015 - 01:46PM JST
There certainly is a difference between a cult and a religion, and I am surprised that do not understand that.
Posted in: Friday will be the 20th anniversary of the sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway system by the Aum Shinrikyo cult. Why do people join cults?
BrainiacMar. 19, 2015 - 08:29AM JST
onagagamo, it It has nothing to do with religion.
People join cults because they are looking for a sense of belonging. Cult recruiters cleverly know how to target vulnerable people who have been rejected by society or can't find their place; or they are having relationship, family or work problems. Cults (which never use that word) give them a sense of self-worth and a "place."
"We're having a party this weekend. Why don't you join us?" "Could you give us a hand printing and distributing leaflets?" And so on. The new recruit feels wanted and gradually the boundary between their sense of identity and the cult gets blurred and the cult becomes the central core of their life.
Once in, it's very hard to leave.
NHK had a story on this last night. Membership, especially young people, is increasing in Aleph, the renamed Aum Shinrikyo. The young people can't remember the sarin attacks 20 years ago.
Unfortunately in all modern societies, there are a lot of people falling through the cracks. Some become walking time bombs but most are drifting through life, looking for some meaning or purpose in their lives. That's why a club/organization/cult can be very appealing at first.
BrainiacMar. 18, 2015 - 07:32AM JST
The Silence of the Lambs, Halloween and the Blair Witch Project.
Posted in: What are the three scariest movies you have ever seen?
BrainiacMar. 16, 2015 - 10:12AM JST
No offense to Ariana, but personally, I don't find her features that beautiful. I guess I prefer the Kurara Chibana look.
Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015
BrainiacMar. 16, 2015 - 07:22AM JST
So many, it's hard to list just a few.
"Oshibori" and a glass of water when you go to restaurants; not having to tip; takyubin delivery service; warm toilet seats; convenience store services; barber shops (my barber gives a scalp massage, and it's divine); good manners.
Posted in: What customs, way of life or products in Japan do you wish your home country would adopt?
BrainiacMar. 12, 2015 - 12:21PM JST
I think it would be less interesting living in Japan if we could get all the things we miss from back home. Certainly, the reverse applies too. There are plenty of things about living in Japan that I wish were available in my country.
Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had
BrainiacMar. 12, 2015 - 08:34AM JST
Yes, I also prefer printed books. I can't imagine reading a bedtime story to my children on an e-reader.
My favorite authors are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Alistair MacLean, Clive Cussler and Agatha Christie.
Posted in: In this digital media age, do you still like to read books (the printed kind)? And who are your favorite authors?
BrainiacMar. 11, 2015 - 12:49PM JST
I've heard some of the "missing" are people who used the tsunami to escape from creditors or bad marriages.
Posted in: 4 years after Tohoku disaster, death toll stands at 15,890
BrainiacMar. 09, 2015 - 02:58PM JST
I wonder how many walking time bombs like this man move among us every day. Everytime I read a story like this, I become much more attentive to people around me when I am out and about. That's why I never listen to music or use a smartphone when I am walking along or waiting on a train platform.
Posted in: Man stabs 5 people to death in 2 houses on Awaji
BrainiacMar. 03, 2015 - 10:10AM JST
Yes, I went there once (someone else paid, fortunately). The steak was fantastic but with all the side dishes, we couldn't finish it. The cheesecake was the best I have ever tasted. I just wish the prices weren't in the stratosphere.
Posted in: Wolfgang’s Steakhouse packs in the essence of New York
BrainiacMar. 03, 2015 - 08:12AM JST
It's a form of lynching and I am against it. Too many people show poor judgement when circulating things on Twitter, Facebook or whatever. There is always the danger that some idiot will vandalize the homes of the suspects' families or make obscene phone calls to them, or even worse, attack them physically or online out of some warped idea of justice.
And sillygirl, being arrested doesn't equate to being guilty, especially in Japan. Sooner or later, somebody innocent will be arrested and their families will be subjected to vitriol online. No thank you.
Posted in: Although Japan's Juvenile Law prohibits media from publishing the names and photos of minors arrested for crimes, people have been using social media to circulate the names, photos, addresses and telephone numbers of the three suspects in the murder of a 13-year-old Kawasaki boy. What are your views on this?
BrainiacMar. 03, 2015 - 08:01AM JST
I like some of the Japanese versions of movie posters. This reminds me of the "Man of Steel" one two years ago that showed Superman flying over Mt Fuji.
Posted in: Japan’s poster for Academy Award-winning movie 'Birdman' raises eyebrows online
BrainiacMar. 02, 2015 - 01:54PM JST
I must be the only reader on Japan Today who pays the license fee. I think some of their programs are excellent, especially late at night. Their documentaries are good, too. I always watch their "News Watch 9" when I am home and Hiroko Kuniya's "Close-up Gendai" at 7:30 p.m.
In the aftermath of March 11, 2011, it was my main source of English news, as I am sure it was for many JT readers.
Personally, I think any reader who watches NHK and who doesn't pay is a deadbeat and bragging about how rude you act toward the collector just shows how uncouth some of you are.
Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you
BrainiacFeb. 27, 2015 - 07:43AM JST
It's an interesting question. I think it will be music that influenced the times, so I would say the Beatles, and possibly Elvis. Christmas carols will probably be still with us.
I've always wondered why classical music has been passed on down, but no other music from centuries ago. I suppose orchestras kept classical music alive, whereas other singers had no means of recording or handing their song styles onto the next generation.
Posted in: Which music from the past 60 years do you think people will still be listening to 100 years from now?
BrainiacFeb. 26, 2015 - 09:34AM JST
Shouldn't two bodyguards be running in front of t he crown prince to stop someone from coming at him from the front?
Posted in: Royal runner
BrainiacFeb. 25, 2015 - 12:42PM JST
I wish the 2022 World Cup had been awarded to Australia. Though it is not a soccer power, it is a great sporting nation, the stadiums are first rate, the climate just right and the fans would have turned out in force. And they know how to host a big event. The 2000 Sydney Olympics was exemplary.
Posted in: FIFA recommends Nov-Dec for 2022 World Cup in Qatar
BrainiacFeb. 24, 2015 - 08:35AM JST
I think Billy Crystal was the best host, followed by Johnny Carson and Bob Hope (the good old days). Crystal was really at his peak in the early and mid-1990s when he inserted himself into a montage of clips from the nominated films and when he was wheeled onstage in his Hannibal Lector restraints.
Posted in: Harris wins praise as Oscars host
Apr. 02, 2015 - 05:36AM JST
When I went to Sea World in Orlando years ago, "Shamu" refused to perform. He slid…
Posted in: SeaWorld, animal rights groups clash on social media over orcas
Apr. 02, 2015 - 05:30AM JST
@ hayai - How do you know it was her? I've watched the attitudes/behavior of Japanese…
Posted in: Actress Ryoko Yonekura reportedly splits from husband of 3 months
Apr. 02, 2015 - 05:20AM JST
cardsfan5, The last sentence of the article says
U.S. lawmakers still have been quietly urging that…
Posted in: Japan denies plan to join China-led development bank
Smith: In America: "...many states and local governments have very specific anti-discrimination laws that also contain…
Posted in: Gov't to make workplace maternity harassment illegal
Apr. 02, 2015 - 05:15AM JST
This will only work if a woman so harassed can file a complaint with an agency…