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BrainiacApr. 18, 2014 - 07:54AM JST
Once again, poor Masako was not allowed out. Walking along, bowing and smiling is too stressful for her, I suppose.
Posted in: Meet and greet
BrainiacApr. 17, 2014 - 08:25AM JST
But if you are against whaling, then surely you are against whaling in any waters, whether it's Japan's waters or not.
Posted in: Lawmakers demand gov't 'redesign' whaling program
BrainiacApr. 15, 2014 - 07:35AM JST
Recently, it seems to be police.
Posted in: Which profession in Japan seems to be in the news the most due to deviant or unlawful sexual behavior by its members?
BrainiacApr. 10, 2014 - 03:27PM JST
God, I could use a drink.
Posted in: What is everyone thinking?
BrainiacApr. 10, 2014 - 07:45AM JST
Difficult to pick one. I'd go with John Lennon, followed by Paul McCartney, one of the Gershwins and maybe Cole Porter.
Posted in: Who gets your vote for the greatest songwriter of the last 100 years?
BrainiacApr. 04, 2014 - 08:34AM JST
Dinner is a bit out of my budget but I've always loved going there for brunch. I hope the new chef doesn't change the menu too much. That hotel will always be indebted to "Lost in Translation."
Posted in: Taste of Buenos Aires at the New York Grill
BrainiacMar. 31, 2014 - 09:19AM JST
I wish flights to Australia would leave from Haneda.
Posted in: Haneda Airport doubles number of international flights
BrainiacMar. 25, 2014 - 07:33AM JST
Good. I have always thought Japanese women's hair looked more beautiful when it was their natural black.
Posted in: Black hair represents the original beauty and strength of Japanese women. Although it gives the impression of being striking and strong, it also projects an image of classic and elegant femininity.
BrainiacMar. 22, 2014 - 11:51AM JST
Actually, I think you would let police know you got some of the money, despite the temptation to keep it. If you heard that 28 other mailboxes in your apartment building got money and that the police were checking tenants to see how many others got money, would you really say no? Personally, I'd be worried about where it came from. Did a criminal on the run stash the money? Will he be coming back to retrieve it later? Or was it just some generous benefactor?
In any case, if no one claimed it or its ownership couldn't be traced, it would probably come back to the recipient. So honest is the best policy.
Posted in: Y750,000 left in 29 mailboxes at Nara condo
BrainiacMar. 20, 2014 - 07:50AM JST
The well has run dry for me on "Star Wars" films. Same with Hobbits. I wish Hollywood could make some films with original storylines rather than sequels and remakes. Has anyone actually seen a film with an original storyline in the past year?
Posted in: New 'Star Wars' film to be set 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi'
BrainiacMar. 19, 2014 - 01:09PM JST
It doesn't matter what aspects of Japanese culture and society are featured in the opening ceremony, whether it is samurai, sumo wrestlers, robots or idol groups -- the Japan bashers on this site will always complain. I saw things at the London, Beijing and Sydney Olympic opening ceremonies that were really weird and made no sense to me, so it's all subjective anyway.
Posted in: AKB48 creator joins Tokyo Olympic board; petition against him circulates
BrainiacMar. 17, 2014 - 01:33PM JST
The model in front looks like she just stepped off the Yamanote line during rush hour.
Posted in: Wear to be seen
BrainiacMar. 11, 2014 - 05:13PM JST
I like the Fanta line but they keep changing the flavors every couple of weeks.
Posted in: Coca-Cola sees further growth opportunities in Japan
BrainiacMar. 03, 2014 - 01:54PM JST
I know Yureeka. A classy lady. Japan needs more women like her running companies.
Posted in: A taste of success
BrainiacFeb. 28, 2014 - 08:11AM JST
Most of my favorite shows are from the 1960s and '70s, which I think was a golden era for TV. Anyway, here are my top 10, in no particular order.
Get Smart, The Munsters, I Dream of Jeannie, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Columbo, Frasier and The West Wing.
Posted in: Name your 10 favorite TV shows of all time.
BrainiacFeb. 26, 2014 - 09:38AM JST
It's possible that the snowfall was so heavy that he may have been afraid that his car would be completely buried in snow, in which case he and his daughter would suffocate. So I guess he though they could find some shelter somewhere.
Posted in: Girl who lost father in last year’s deadly Hokkaido blizzard pens heart-wrenching thank-you letter
BrainiacFeb. 26, 2014 - 07:42AM JST
In some countries, the national mood does depend on sporting success - soccer in Brazil, rugby union in New Zealand, judo in Japan, skating in Korea, and countless other examples. In my country (Australia), there was a national inquiry after the Olympic swimmers failed to win gold in London. I mean, who cares? It's just a sport, right?
But I guess everybody wants to be good at something, but the media overdoes it.
Posted in: Why do Olympic athletes and other sportsmen and sportswomen come under so much pressure from their country's media and politicians to succeed? Is winning that important to the national mood?
BrainiacFeb. 25, 2014 - 03:55PM JST
You couldn't be more wrong. Families of murder victims should never have a say in whether the perpetrator should get the death penalty. The same applies to relatives or victims of any crime, for that matter. Anyone suffering such a loss is in an irrational state of mind. I would be, too. That's why the law exists.
Posted in: Japanese public skeptical on death penalty: study
BrainiacFeb. 21, 2014 - 09:57AM JST
I saw the show last weekend. It was fantastic as always. I don't think I have have ever seen a bad Cirque performance. My favorite is always the trapeze. And the writer is right about the trip to Odaiaba. The monorail across Rainbow Bridge is a fun ride.
Posted in: Cirque du Soleil now in Japan with 'OVO'
BrainiacFeb. 19, 2014 - 08:54AM JST
I'm surprised that you can't see this for what it is - a wonderful and humbling sporting gesture. There is nothing disturbing or shameful about it. I would say it is an expression of joy for having participated in the Olympics. Many women's sporting teams from Japan do this. It is something to be admired and respected.
Posted in: Sporting gesture
Apr. 21, 2014 - 10:59AM JST
@pointfview: You are stereotyping that all Japanese are idiots ! Right?
Posted in: Michelle Obama's absence likely to be felt in Japan
@hokkaido for Japan a weak currency is better as it makes imports more expensive and exports…
Posted in: Japan's trade deficit quadruples on-year in March to Y1.45 tril
Apr. 21, 2014 - 10:54AM JST
Rosberg is still ahead in the championship.
Alonso seems to be good at wringing every last…
Posted in: Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP
No "global warming" since 1996. 65% increase in ice on Polar Ice Caps. Hurricane frequency in…
Posted in: Global warming: Fact or fiction?
Fox Cloud Lelean
Apr. 21, 2014 - 10:53AM JST
What with Russia flying bombers close to Japan as well now, this is a wise move.…
Posted in: Japan steps up surveillance capabilities on Okinawa