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BrainiacMay. 21, 2013 - 02:39PM JST
Poor Masako. The prison doors have closed again. The strain of going to the Netherlands must have been too much for her.
Posted in: Crown prince to visit Spain June 10-17; Masako not going
BrainiacMay. 20, 2013 - 08:50AM JST
I think everyone is used to the fuel surcharge now and know that they will have to pay an extra 25,00 - 30,000 yen more than the advertised fare. What I don't like is the way airlines want to charge more for seats at the front of each section just because you get a bit more legroom.
Posted in: Do you think airlines are sneaky about fuel surcharges, fees for extra baggage and other charges for various services?
BrainiacMay. 17, 2013 - 04:24PM JST
Somebody put a muzzle on this guy.
Posted in: Defiant Hashimoto says U.S. troops abused women during occupation
BrainiacMay. 17, 2013 - 08:11AM JST
I wonder how Chiaki will sound. Zoe is hot, much better than the original Uhura (sorry Nichelle).
Posted in: Voiceover
BrainiacMay. 16, 2013 - 05:49PM JST
It's possible the mother couldn't swim.
Posted in: 2 children almost drown in river
BrainiacMay. 15, 2013 - 09:19AM JST
It's an interesting shape and may be very effective, but 10 meters doesn't seem high enough to me.
Posted in: 2.4-km-long X-shaped seawall being built in Iwate
BrainiacMay. 14, 2013 - 10:39AM JST
"The Man From UNCLE" casting seems offbeat.
Posted in: Hi Ho Silver
BrainiacMay. 14, 2013 - 08:23AM JST
I'm a fan of the golden age of sci-fi films of the 1950s with Ray Harryhausen special effects, so in no particular order:
The Thing From Another World, Earth vs the Flying Saucers, It Came From Beneath the Sea, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms and Them!
Posted in: What are your five favorite science-fiction movies?
BrainiacMay. 13, 2013 - 09:14AM JST
I think that foreigners who don't wish to learn Japanese are quite fortunate in Japan. When I first came in the 1980s, I was surprised that many TV programs were bilingual, that signs were in English and that there were four English newspapers. It made me very lazy about learning Japanese.
Posted in: Why you shouldn’t learn Japanese
BrainiacMay. 13, 2013 - 09:10AM JST
I like the Starbucks atmosphere. It is a good tonic for when I am feeling tired. I always walk out feeling rejuvenated. The staff at my neighborhood store know me, so that helps. And I like some of their food items, too.
Posted in: Starbucks on track to open 1,000th store in Japan
BrainiacMay. 10, 2013 - 07:42AM JST
World class, at least in Tokyo. Les Saisons at the Imperial Hotel for French, and Elio's in Hanzomon (I think) for Italian are outstanding, but there are so many more. There are so many fine young Japanese chefs who trained in Europe and are now setting up their own restaurants here.
Posted in: What do you think of the quality of French and Italian restaurants in Japan?
BrainiacMay. 08, 2013 - 08:27AM JST
I've just been watching his movies during Golden Week and the DVDs had special interviews with him. Farewell Ray. Thanks for the memories.
Posted in: Film special effects legend Ray Harryhausen dies at 92
BrainiacMay. 07, 2013 - 10:19AM JST
I hope they don't dig up any dirt on Benny Hill or Terry-Thomas. Those are the only two British comedians left whom I enjoyed when they were around.
Posted in: British comedian Tarbuck arrested over child abuse claim
BrainiacMay. 06, 2013 - 09:09AM JST
It depends what you watched while you were growing up. I loved the Three Stooges and still watch them on DVD. But some of my relatives, who never watched them, can't understand what is funny about guys poking each other in the eyes and hitting each other on the head with a hammer. That's one reason why the Farrelly brothers' film on the Three Stooges a couple of years ago wasn't a big hit. I couldn't identify with it and I am sure modern audiences didn't understand the film's pedigree.
I didn't see much of the Marx brothers or Laurel and Hardy as a kid, so I don't particularly find them funny today. Interestingly, I recently saw a Charlie Chaplin silent film and got tired of it after a short time. Yet I know he was hugely popular in his day.
So I guess some forms of comedy stand the test of time and others don't. My all-time favorite is the 1960s TV series "Get Smart," which I think does hold up well even today.
Posted in: What do you think of old-time comedy acts such as the Three Stooges, Marx Brothers, Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy? Do you think their brand of comedy still holds up today?
BrainiacMay. 03, 2013 - 03:19PM JST
I wonder how he'll go against Usain Bolt.
Posted in: Japanese teenager tipped to become fastest Asian runner
BrainiacMay. 02, 2013 - 01:27PM JST
In my company, there are fewer staff than there used to be due to cost-cutting measures, so everyone has to do more. The Japanese staff are working hard in my company; they're not wasting time.
I've also noticed that most of my foreign friends in various companies also work long hours. Whenever we arrange to meet up for drinks or dinner, it invariably is 8 p.m. and not 6 p.m., which I wish it could be.
Posted in: Why do Japanese work such long hours?
BrainiacApr. 30, 2013 - 01:11PM JST
Where's Masako? They make this big deal about her making her first official overseas trip in 11 years, put her on the plane and then she skips the banquet. Poor dear. It'll be tough on her to sit through the coronation, I'm sure.
Posted in: Royal gathering
BrainiacApr. 30, 2013 - 10:47AM JST
I like Freshness Burger's fries, followed by Wendy's.
Posted in: Who serves the best-tasting French fries in Japan?
BrainiacApr. 27, 2013 - 11:27AM JST
I've been there many times and find the grounds quite beautiful, especially during cherry blossom season. There are some summer festivals, too, worth seeing. I find, when going to places like this, that it is best to leave one's emotional baggage outside. Then you can appreciate the serenity.
Posted in: Leafy Yasukuni shrine stirs raw emotions
BrainiacApr. 19, 2013 - 07:23PM JST
It is not always easy to arrest someone in a situation like this. From what I have read, the suspects were throwing explosives at police as well as shooting at them. There is no hard way or easy way. I commend the Boston police and so should you.
Posted in: Boston bomb suspects believed to be Chechen brothers; 1 dead, 1 on the run
May. 23, 2013 - 05:43AM JST
The respect for international laws and conventions is one (among many) of the key features that…
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
May. 23, 2013 - 05:41AM JST
ChibaChick May. 23, 2013 - 05:00AM JST if you go INTO Canada - the border guards…
May. 23, 2013 - 05:39AM JST
The overriding concern should be the well-being of the child...
The well-being of a child can…
May. 23, 2013 - 05:23AM JST
He was appointed by President George W Bush
We need to start taking a look at…
Posted in: U.S. Congress grills former IRS boss over tax scandal
May. 23, 2013 - 05:00AM JST
@malfupete - interestingly though - if you go INTO Canada - the border guards give you…