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browny1Oct. 21, 2016 - 09:19AM JST
The art of beautifully crafting dolls has existed in many cultures for millennia. Each culture attaches different sentiments to these creations - but it is without question, whether lifelike or mock resemblances - 3D images of humans (dolls) have an unnerving element about them. Even in Japan, while admiring the skill, many people feel uncomfortable with such, esp larger dolls. Dolls have an inherent other-worldly aspect to them.
That said, the use of the dolls, which form a part of a light hearted, albeit scary Halloween themed attraction, are surely being used in a "fun" manner, and not as a deviant deconstruction of Japanese culture.
If one wants to find deformation of traditional Japanese culture, you don't need to go to a theme park - just take a walk - but who's complaining?
Posted in: Doll makers association protests to USJ for using Japanese dolls in their horror attraction
browny1Oct. 20, 2016 - 09:04AM JST
Even in Japan - all is not as it seems.
Many of the popular Wasabi products sold in supermarkets are also horseradish. Shock, Horror but it's true.
If you want a tube of real wasabi you need to look for 本わさび, HonWasabi - real wasabi.
And an essential aspect of cultivation is clear, clean running water - which due to pollution, agri-chemicals etc has become in short supply.
I hear places like Tasmania - with large swathes of minimally impinged upon natural environments - are now optimal for producing the highest quality wasabi.
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browny1Oct. 19, 2016 - 08:51AM JST
Just another ploy in playing the electorate as fools.
The chances of a "Snap Election" sometime in the not too far future, ensures anything controversial goes to the back burner.
Which is why the ldp won't scrap the idea - just bide it's time till another 4yr term is secured.
And until now, voters seem to be icognizant to all of this - or just believing "It has nothing to do with me".
Posted in: LDP backs away from controversial constitution revision proposal
browny1Oct. 18, 2016 - 09:15AM JST
Personally - as someone with little interest in the olympic juggernaut (not the athletes) - I'd like to see the games stay in Tokyo.
Greater Tokyo, the largest metropolis in the world with an economy exceeding that of most countries, made the decision to acquire the games. It's bid was "business as usual" for the Tokyo elites, comfortable in their incestious relationship of ldp pollies - bureaucrats - construction. Now the sh*te has hit the fan and everyones scrambling for outs to alleviate the burden. Using the plight of Tohoku as a means to get out of the bog, is neither a heart-warming or caring gesture as it is way, way too late. Why wasn't a betterment of their dire predicatement in the original bid? No one could have cared less - as this was always about the "Compact, Eco, Innovative TOKYO Olympics"
No - let Tokyo bear the brunt of it all as a symbol to the follies of the leaders chosen again and again by an immature electorate and to the folly of the days of Big Inc Olympics.
For these people, with no penalty to bear ( a huge "extra" debt), then no lesson is learnt. Let all know that the era of wasting the peoples money, while lining the pockets of slugs is drawing rapidly to a close.
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browny1Oct. 12, 2016 - 09:29PM JST
Haraguchi himself admitted it was a careless action and said it was a penalty.
Can't get more correct than that.
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browny1Oct. 12, 2016 - 08:46AM JST
Yubaru - my thoughts exactly. How could the point of funding this circus not have been the MAIN consideration from the start. It's embarrassing that she's asking for a you know, "rough estimate" now. Beyond Incompetence.
Can you believe that the biggest, most expensive, most public show on earth was planned by people who didn't do their sums???
Just a bunch of lies to get the winning ticket.
And if they start playing the "We're moving some events to Tohoku to help the suffering victims of the earthquake / tsunami" tune, I'll puke.
browny1Oct. 11, 2016 - 03:46PM JST
Saw on tv last night.
All members looked thoroughly equipped & professional.- wearing real mountain gear, helmets, and large back-packs. Couple this with the weather condition as mild as it was, they appeared to have never been in any danger.
The problem apparently was a "beginner" who took longer to climb, so they didn't manage to reach their overnight point as planned.
A lot more ill planned / equipped mountain ventures than this one.
browny1Oct. 09, 2016 - 05:10PM JST
Yakisoba & mayo sandwiches.
Reminded me of a "Late night-anything-goes-munchie-event" in university days decades ago.
But they ( the shop staff) were for real when reccomending it.
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browny1Oct. 06, 2016 - 12:43PM JST
Bamboo - do you believe "mind blowing maths" doesn't feature in high level medical research?
Ohsumi probably has something to say re that.
browny1Oct. 04, 2016 - 01:05PM JST
Concerning "Winning" a Nobel Prize. I know some may say it's just word play and the result is the same - a person or persons are recognized for outstanding achievement.
But to me winning suggests one is in a race-like situation to be the first over the line - which may well be the case, but was that the goal set by recipients - "to win a prize"?
That's why I believe, and countless others including the Nobel organization, prefer the term "Awarded". A Nobel prize is Awarded for research / work par excellence. People are nominated by peers and then chosen by committees to decide who will recieve - be awarded the Nobel Prize. People cannot choose to nominate themselves, unlike a personal decision to enter a race or competitive event.
Often more formally the expression bestowed is used. The Nobel Prize for medicine was bestowed upon Yoshinori Ohsumi.
More common use of these terms, may reflect better the dignity of the Award, whilst avoiding the clap-trap and nationalistic chest beating that often accompanies media reports.
browny1Oct. 02, 2016 - 10:46AM JST
Yesterday - some folks came over and my wife made scones (very rare). We never use margarine and butter is for cooking - not for spreading on bread(s) - we always use olive oil.
So we ate scones with olive oil, blueberry jam and fresh whipped cream. Yummy.
No big deal at all, but our guests were excited(???) at this new experience. Simple things.....!
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browny1Oct. 01, 2016 - 10:36PM JST
Bullfighter - you said,
"...what practical value is there in knowing the particular individual or committee that screwed up?.."
Well, isn't finding the perpetrators / causes of wrongdoings, esp those acted out by public officials or with the use of public monies, a defining aspect of modern democracies justness. After centuries of despotism and nepotism, it is exactly such coverups, feignings and dunnos that the population at large is sick of.
And the key practical reason(s) would be a sense of justice for the people and a message that such contemptuous actions will not be tolerated in a 21stC democracy where public servants inc. need to show accountability.
And finding out the culprits is not reliant upon how to fix the mess or vice versa. They are both issues that need to be dealt with and making a claim that pursuing the publics right to know, will slow the corrective process is surely a ruse.
This "debacle" as stated in the title is just one of many, many over the decades and needs to be squeezed upon like the festering sore it is.
I hope Koike can strike while the irons hot - but the machinations of rot may be too entrenched.
browny1Sep. 30, 2016 - 09:47AM JST
Re the total deaths since July, it is necessary to know the "norm" so as to speak.
My friend - a gastroenterologist - has a 3 floor hospital, not unlike the Oguchi hospital but smaller. The majority (all) of his patients these days are terminally ill. They usually have been transferred from the big city hospitals as they occupy needed bed space, and it is understood by most families, that this is their "last" place. In some respects the hospital is actually a hospice, but not by name. He told me a couple of weeks ago this years summer has taken it's toll on his elderly patients and he has had over 25 deaths in this time. I said but your hospital is airconditioned and well equipped, he said that elderly, frail, extremely ill, terminal parients cannot easily withstand even subtle changes in their environments and succumb to it all. I was surprised. So I could imagine the Oguchi hospital staff not being on red alert, as it appears this is not an isolated situation.
However, the cause of all the Oguchi patients deaths is another thing and if indeed the patients have been killed, then it's very worrying in the least and a cause for grave concern.
browny1Sep. 29, 2016 - 09:06AM JST
I guess one of the critical issues here is - govt inc has again lied and run roughshod over common sense and declared protocols.
This is alarming, as such cases are not rare, esp those that may have considerable impact once again on "the people - the ordinary citizens". In this case officialdom has been found out, but how many more cases exist?
Unfortunately, a toxic "we can do as we please" political / business atmosphere is all too prevalent, and can only reflect negatively on Tokyo and Japan at large, with us - the plebs - being the big losers.
browny1Sep. 28, 2016 - 09:53PM JST
Triring - please note. The butter shown - snow brand - costs around ￥450 in my supa the same as Bill M said, making it over ￥1100 / 500g. That's expensive. The dairy industry here is insanely protected.
Rana - vein blocking butter??? You need to read more current research on "fat/oil evils".
There is no way Japan can be self sufficient in many of the main 21stC food staples - dairy products, flour, soy, etc.
Not under any of the agricultural strategies employed at the moment that's for sure.
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browny1Sep. 24, 2016 - 10:44PM JST
Scraps of paper pinned up all over. Some taped.
Think "A Beautiful Mind".
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browny1Sep. 24, 2016 - 06:35PM JST
bullfighter - thanks. But...!
DPJ was never going to save the country in it's short term - let alone dolphins.
No matter what you think about lukewarm dpj 6 years ago, ldp have had chance upon chance upon chance. No 2 ways about it. They just don't want to. And what does that have to do with dpj now? No connection - as much as the rightists try to draw one.
Bringing up dpj is not even on the table. Only naive people would think that dpj had an opportunity to change the country under the circumstances. Some believe if they had a 6yr tenure - without the calamities - much more would have been achieved.
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browny1Sep. 24, 2016 - 10:25AM JST
Bullfighter - agree with your sentiments.
But I will present a stock anti-LDP poke. The DPJ's chaotic 3 years in reign - firstly with inept leadership, followed by the quake/tsunami tragedy left little time for much else at all. Taiji didn't feature strongly on the radar.
The LDP however, have had decades of "in power", at times absolute - but their members and associates have so many fingers in so many vested interest pies, that they have no interest in divorcing themselves from this marriage.
And the pies are topped with "OB pride icing", so no-one is going to slice through that.
browny1Sep. 23, 2016 - 09:28AM JST
Goldorak - I agree.
But clearing $3,000 a month is like clearing 25万 here - and no-one but no-one would get that, except perhaps a super elite professional in a major childcare / preschool complex.
One of the most under-rated, exploited professions there is.
browny1Sep. 23, 2016 - 09:21AM JST
Years ago after the birth of my 2nd child, a local station wanted to do a spot on international marriages with kids.
I was asked and a full day and another half was spent following us around in the house, going to the park, shops etc. Also many interview style questions about me, us, Japan etc. Lovely, friendly crew - nice guys.
The hours of film was edited into a 10min piece on a popular local wide show. Surprise, Surprise!
Not one of my try-hard-to-speak-Japanese bits was shown. Everything was dubbed over in comical Japanese. A Japanese friend who watched the program said they made me sound like a "country hick", probably because they thought my antipodean accent sounded like someone from the Ozarks. I recall a big "Ehhhhhhh!" in the show was the focus on me cooking (peeling potatoes & carrots actually) and washing / drying dishes, took over 2mins of the 10mins.
And the lady "talents" were squealing and "いいな-ing"
I wasn't upset over the prog.at all, but understood how false tv is first hand. Essentially little of value was reported and it was just a "fun" piece - which is what they wanted from the start. Naive me thought it was a bbc style doco - ha, ha. I met the "director" again when he called on us to give us a video of the event. He was really nice - but a bit embarrassed. I'm sure his senior producer boss had different ideas to his.
Of course all of this is probably consistent the world over, just the emphasis here is different - more focussed on titilating with the banal.
As Katsu said - easy to see why tv is dying.
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