philly1's past comments

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    philly1

    Check out the 'distinct' part. In Japan the seasons are clearly and dramatically defined. In some countries they are not and smoothly indistinctly blend into each other.

    All 4 seasons anywhere (including Japan) gradually blend into each other. Only in Japan do people set a date and change their clothing (even before the season transitions) to match the seasons. The Japanese have created a long story--essentially a construct--about their unique four seasons in the service of art. There actually are 5 climatic seasons, but the rainy season between spring and summer is conveniently overlooked. As Shakeskpeare said, "...thinking makes it so." Therefore, the unique four seasons of Japan affect the taste of Japanese whisky." That's the story.

    For a comprehensive discussion of the subject read Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons by Haruo Shirane. https://cup.columbia.edu/book/japan-and-the-culture-of-the-four-seasons/9780231152808

    Posted in: Japan one-ups Scotch with whisky, coveted around the world

  • 1

    philly1

    What the J government may be overlooking here is the lack of funding for that kind of maintenance abroad. That coupled with a lack of understanding of the most basic elements of pruning and maintaining plant health outside of Japan results in deteriorating gardens. The stone work and pond maintenance are separate elements that require expert attention throughout the life of a garden.

    What I'd like to see is an apprenticeship program that trains civic garden crews and volunteers abroad in Japanese techniques. Who would pay for it is the major problem.

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  • 1

    philly1

    Like others here, I found LLL underwhelming. It was Hollywood pleasuring itself with a nostalgic idea of itself. A giant singing & dancing selfie, if you will.

    For all their acting talents, the principals did not have the ability to sing and dance at the level of the numerous stars of the previous films referenced in LLL. As a result the whole thing was a bit flat. The love story, too, was a bit corny. Especially the rerun of what might have been, at the end. That was a groaner and much too simplistic.

    I hope it doesn't get too many Oscars. There are other films with much more weight and finer performances.

    Posted in: 'La La Land' has Hollywood singing a different tune on musicals

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    philly1

    There are so many pertinent facts missing from the report of this case that it's hard to make a judgement. However, a child took his own life. What a waste and a shame. For that my condolences to the grieving parents.

    That said, Japan has a long tradition of hard-ass sensei types who are products of their earlier even more hard-ass sensei's approach to sport/martial arts/education/work/life. A music teacher I know was honestly mystified when parents complained about their children being verbally abused. Compared to her own even harsher musical training, she considered herself kind and compassionate.

    We also don't know whether the child was one who always whimpered about everything. I know from my own extended family, that kind of child can prompt even his own parents to ignore a reported injury. That said, proper protocol, proper examination of the injury and necessary reports were overlooked. That should never happen. In all cases it's better to establish the facts rather than make assumptions. An exam by a first-aid attendant would have caught that and the child sent for x-rays.

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    philly1

    I don't see how this sort of plan would be appealing unless the tourists staying were competent to drive in Japan.

    Some years ago I stayed a week in the Kyotamba area with a friend who encouraged me to stay at her house for 8 days instead of a hotel. She had assured me that her home was near Sonobe station and the stay would be no inconvenience. I could come and go as I pleased. It didn't quite work out that way.

    To me, "near" meant within walking distance, but the reality was 30 minutes by car along winding country roads. The scenery was lovely as was her hospitality. On many days we traveled through the countryside together enjoying the autumnal weather and numerous cultural sites. However, I had no independence. On days when she was at work there was nothing to do but hang around the house doing nothing, or fight with a balking computer. That or leave very early in the morning with her, head back to Kyoto before anything was open, and rattle around wherever for the entire day before meeting at Sonobe at day's end. That it rained heavily during those particular days or that my bedroom ceiling was covered in black mold which caused a deep cough did not help. People need to understand that old houses in the countryside can be like that.

    In a hotel in a city I can stop in for re-charging naps between visits to sites or drop off packages picked up. I can find many ways to rest and recharge in restaurants, tea shops or lounges with views throughout the day and into the evening. The problem of what to do in the evening is real.

    Though I appreciate the effort and hospitality of my friend immensely, the "home-stay" ended up being exhausting, detrimental to my health and the most stressful period of a 5 week trip. I would not choose to repeat it.

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    Didn't VW also have an aggressive marketing campaign which offered cash with the purchase of a vehicle? That might have been a factor in its success. The "problem" with Toyota is that together with their excellent servicing, their cars last. There's no need to replace them every few years. I've been in 3 Toyotas since 1973! Even though I shopped around, I've never bought another brand. Never found a car to match what they offered.

    Posted in: Toyota gives up No. 1 title with fewer vehicle sales than Volkswagen in 2016

  • -1

    philly1

    Is it full of baloney with a tiny pickle?

    Thanks for the laugh, Stookibill! Whatever it's got, it will probably make you sick for 4 years.

    Posted in: Japan ushers in new U.S. president with Y5,800 'Trump Burger'

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    philly1

    And if "some guy doesn't want you," please be an amazing woman who creates a rich and fulfilling life for herself. Don't wait for a man to validate who you are or be the basis of your self worth. There are so many rewarding choices in the world. Learn. Travel. Contribute according to your natural gifts. A lifetime of making bento for a salary man is not the only option available.

    Posted in: New colored contact lenses will help near-sighted Japanese women land a husband, maker claims

  • 5

    philly1

    Twaddle. There's more than one non sequitur in these arguments. Lots of gaps in correlation/causation. No citing of any science there may be to back up the claims.

    Consumed in moderation, any of the items discussed do no harm to any bodies--Japanese or otherwise--unless you have a severe intolerance or allergy. As part of a balanced and varied diet the foods and beverages listed may offer some health benefit in addition to the gastronomic pleasure of enjoying them. To create disease by enjoying anything cited above, you'd have to have grossly overindulged for years.

    Posted in: Health diets from overseas flooding Japan, but are they right for Japanese bodies?

  • 6

    philly1

    There is no reason why a grace period of (say) two years can't be created during which time both old and new forms and documents would be accepted. During that time old ones could be used up and new ones brought in by (say) January 1, 2020. That also gives people plenty of time to use up old stock of calendars and the like.

    Nothing is really all that difficult once a decision is made to do it. After that it's a question of how (as well as how simple or complicated you are going to make it).

    All that's required is will and imagination. Not even all that much imagination. Done.

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    philly1

    Ironic. In the beginning she was disparaged (in this very forum) as an ignorant light-weight. Her appointment was considered a "fluffy" one. A favour from the President like a bon-bon. A vacation-style opportunity to enjoy life in Japan.

    Posted in: I think most people don’t know about this, but Ambassador Kennedy was an exceptionally tough negotiator. When I could persuade her, I could persuade Washington, D.C., as well. On the contrary, when she gave me a firm negative response, I thought it was time for the Japanese side to come up with an alternative idea.

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    philly1

    Rightsided, I was thinking the same thing. Might as well get a jump on Halloween and Christmas, too. Heck, let's have all the holidays and all the trimmings all year round. They've become banal by the time they arrive anyway. Why wait for them to start?

    Posted in: Ready for Valentine's Day

  • 1

    philly1

    you can't change people, work with them or exploit their weakness.

    When my wife gets hysterical I tend to do what she says. (teehee)

    we need the press to stop obsessing themselves about him! He isn't the centre of the Universe!

    When you can't work with people because they are impossible, you must exploit their weaknesses. But to do so, you must remember the words of Lao Tzu: A good army does not reveal its weapons. The target can't know what you are up to.

    When a wife gets hysterical you may do what she says, but you probably don't call her hysterical. Not if you want to win the day. Plus, you probably only appear to do what she says while pleasing yourself in round about ways. And you probably pay less and less attention to anything she says.

    If the press did not feed this man's ego by printing every twit (I mean tweet) thing and left the "news" to his followers on Twitter, that would help. If, at the next press conference no one showed up but the tabloids. An organized media blackout against "fake news" would be sweet revenge (not to mention relief) indeed.

    Perhaps it's time for the press to take it's blinkers off and look at the more newsworthy news of the world for the next four years. Leave the mess in Washington to diplomats and governments who are paid and elected to deal with it, and those businesses who must now cope with the changed landscape.

    Leave this problem to the Americans. They created it. It's up to them to clean it up.

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    philly1

    To those of you that think students should be taught about it in school.... where is the relivence in making them feel guilt for their country when they had no choice?

    It's not guilt they are supposed to feel. They are supposed to gain an intellectual understanding of atrocities and deepen their own commitment to avoid repetition of the warped views and mistakes of their brutal ancestors.

    At present, few countries anywhere have created truly egalitarian societies. Most nations still struggle under the taint of millennia-old, deeply entrenched and largely unconscious notions of women (and children) as chattel and booty of war. Unfortunately, these ideas are supported in religious texts.

    For example, the Bible (Old Testament) describes women and children (along with sheep and goats) as the measure of a man's wealth, as well as the natural plunder of war. Such systemic ideas of tribal societies living times very different from ours no longer fit human kind's transition into a globalized world. Most of us would likely agree with that intellectually, however, in practice the subjugation of women occurs largely without significant censure everywhere. Why is that? Well, in Western democracies, the idea of equality and the vote--and even women's status as persons--is less than 100 years old. Change never happens quickly. History teaches us that.

    That's why we must establish for the coming generations--every single individual--that sexism, misogyny, and brutality against women (as well as others) is wrong. There is no shame in acknowledging that our ancestors had a more limited world view that we simply cannot condone. We all must make our uneasy peace with what our countries have done and speak against it. As a Canadian, even though I am not responsible for committing the abuse, the interment of Japanese Canadian citizens during World War II is something I need to understand and abhor. As is the ongoing prejudice against the indigenous peoples of this land and the present inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

    Posted in: Japan recalls envoys from S Korea over 'comfort woman' statue

  • 1

    philly1

    Toyota will be here longer than Trump who may last only 4 years. Wise of Toyota to steer their business course as the company president has articulated. After the Fords bought over the next 4 years fall apart, people won't mind spending more for a Toyota.

    Posted in: Toyota is latest Trump target over Mexico production plans

  • 1

    philly1

    Thanks Sarah! What a lovely idea. Of course, you can use pre-made pasta that is not dried; however, that's a costlier option. Taste is great, but a good quality dried Italian pasta is excellent, too.

    Posted in: The secret to a better pasta? Bake it

  • 2

    philly1

    These elderly people see the news (over 50yrs watching this happen)and know people die every year eating mochi, how is warning them gonna change anything? It's like warning people about eating fugu fish, they know they can die but still do it.

    And many people don't know that hot dogs pose the same choking hazard for children. A hazard easily eliminated by slicing the wiener and spreading it wide rather than leaving it round. Do people change their habits? No. Every year children die. Ever heard about it?

    Not much you can do about the vagaries of people compromising their safety in all sorts of ways. Add dementia into the mochi mix for the elderly, and death is inevitable for a few. Sadly, shoganai.

    Posted in: Authorities urge elderly people to be careful when eating 'mochi'

  • 5

    philly1

    My mother's cognitive impairment before her death was mild. She could engage socially and look after almost everything herself except driving, banking and thinking ahead in certain cognitive areas. (She knew she needed to make meals and ate well, but she couldn't be relied on to take her medication properly. Therefore, she needed blister packs to organize them for her.)

    To assist her I took care of the finances. Plus I organized a cleaning service to do the heavy jobs like vacuuming and clean the bathrooms. That way she didn't risk falling in the tub. A nurse came every six weeks to take care of her feet as she no longer had the strength to clip her toenails. Once a week a driving service took her to shop for groceries which she could do independently until the week she went into hospital. The driver carried the bags for her. Over the 5 years after my father's death, they became her friends and happily looked out for her. She got extra attention that her other children (who each lived 8 hours away) could not provide.

    Given her mild impairment and that I lived .5 km away, could I have done all that myself? Yes. However, having others' watchful eyes on her who could alert me to concerns she might hide from me was very helpful. Also, like many people, my mother behaved better with strangers than with me. Sometimes she could be mean, obstinate and demanding, but she didn't show that side to the public or her friends. Arranged this way we were all happier. My outings with my mother could be pleasant occasions such as shopping for shoes or enjoying lunch in a restaurant.

    In a case where a person is more severely impaired this dynamic changes drastically. When my mother needed acute care I could not provide it. I did not have the training or skill set required. When the end came she went directly to palliative care via Emergency from her home. For those who linger for years at home--incontinent and sometimes violent--the burden on the caregiver is severe. Most end up in that role by virtue of gender and geography. Most don't have the skills to assist their parents or the time to acquire them.

    The extra level of service the agencies described can provide the elderly will be a godsend to families. It eases the burden on the caregivers enormously.

    Tess, you "know" too many awful people. However, you don't know the individual dynamics in those relationships that cause the calloused attitudes. If you give it some thought, there might be good reasons you are not privy to, reasons not to let a demented parent dominate one's life. Even so, I hope you don't judge everyone else based on them.

    Posted in: Private detective agency to keep eye on senile seniors

  • 4

    philly1

    Trump 'isn't ready to accept the finding by intelligence officials that Moscow hacked Democratic emails in a bid to elevate Trump.' Let's hope he starts getting ready to accept it!

    Maybe Trump doesn't have to accept the finding because he condones it (or if you want to believe the worst without proof, he engineered it).

    Posted in: Trump aides ask of Russian meddling: Does it matter?

  • 12

    philly1

    Well, you can bet that if Hillary had won the election "fair and square" the whinging and accusations from "Camp Donald" would be loud and relentless. Lawsuits would be flying like confetti at a wedding. Indeed, "There's going to be things that individually people may believe in their hearts or in their mind;" however, we are so far down the rabbit hole that the truth doesn't seem to matter. The Apprentice is moving to the White House. And no one gets fired until four years pass.

    Posted in: Trump aides ask of Russian meddling: Does it matter?

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