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sakuralaDec. 19, 2016 - 02:52PM JST
I am not a fan of otoshi but I understand it works as a kind of cover charge. It ensures that even if a patron isn't drinking, they will have to pay for using the space. It makes sense in busy pubs where a non-drinking cutomer is taking the place of a potenially high paying customer. I think a simple solution would be to put a small message on English menus that states that the OO yen table charge includes a free small snack. Of course, this wouldn't work everywhere but if there are some areas constantly having to deal with the issue, this is a simple fix.
Posted in: Why appetizers are giving tourists and restaurant owners in Japan a headache
sakuralaNov. 29, 2016 - 12:33PM JST
I can see a few barriers to the women using shelters that need to be addressed. 1) There isn't a shelter for every city which means if a woman decides to escape, she might have to move a few hours away making it more difficult to get to work or to put her children in childcare. 2) If the women can't leave or are restricted to do so, how can they continue to work in order to save up money to move on. 3) Restirctions on cell phone use are fine to a point such as no location service but to full out ban them would cut women off of the emotional support of their friends.
There has to be rules for shelters to protect people from knowing their locations and causing people to show up there causing issues, but there has to be a more realistic way of helping them out.
sakuralaAug. 20, 2016 - 07:57PM JST
I'm so happy to see this! One of those men is a former student of mine and I know how devoted, driven and focused he was on becoming a runner. It's great to see him on the world stage and can only hope he can continue to compete and win the gold on 2020!
Posted in: Well run
sakuralaAug. 04, 2016 - 08:10PM JST
I'm really starting to get the feeling that every female who gets into power is being played to look like a fool. It seems that they want to make it seem like women in power can't play by the rules or handle the pressure and therefore should not be in positions of power. Being set up to fail to hold all women down...dispicable.
sakuralaJul. 11, 2016 - 12:51PM JST
A sad situation all around. Maybe the man was thinking that if he let her out near an interchange that it would be relatively safe. The truck drivers wouldn't expect someone walking along the expressway, especially at night without any signs such as a car with hazards on the side of the road. Also, when her body was on the highway, it may have been difficult or dangerous to dodge it and most would just assume it was an animal. I hope that all of those effected by this accident get proper counciling.
Posted in: Woman dies after being hit by 4 trucks on Shiga expressway
sakuralaJul. 01, 2016 - 12:28PM JST
An absolutely stunning museum and wonderful garden. I had the pleasure of visiting it a few years ago and found it very welcoming. It also had a very steep discounted price for foreign tourists. Worth the trip 100%.
Also, my avi features a painting that was displayed at the museum
Posted in: Adachi Museum of Art among Shimane Prefecture’s many attractions
sakuralaJun. 30, 2016 - 11:41AM JST
I think that people are looking at the elderly as if they are trash and that's horrible! A lot of 60-70 year olds here are still very genki. It seems that a good chunk of them also work to subsidise their pensions. From what I know, pensions aren't huge and lots just scrape by.
I think there has to be a way to help their standard of living while reducing their burdan on public funds. Many of the elderly would do well with being in nursing homes that allow a lot more social interaction and therefore reduce the visits to doctors just simply by having someone to talk to. Also, by having a nurse that comes, they can decide which cases need to be seen by a doctor and which can be dealt with OTC medicine. These centers could have a daycare that is attached to them because in spite of what people think, it is rarely the elderly complaining about the noise of children, it is usually the young and middle aged singles that don't have kids. Children are often welcomed by the elderly and children can learn so much from all the baachans and jichans.
Or we can just continue with the way things are and hope everything works out...
sakuralaJun. 28, 2016 - 01:03PM JST
I wonder what other factors were looked when designing this stdudy. I am especailly curious if they factored in mothers who were unable to breastfeed because they were pressured into returning to work before their child was 6 months old. Also, is it just breast feeding or breast milk? If one pumps, are the benifits lost with using a bottle and perhaps having someone other than the mother feed the baby? Sometimes links are just that and other factors are at play.
Posted in: Breastfeeding linked to better childhood behavior: study
sakuralaJun. 07, 2016 - 08:02AM JST
And just to let JT know I'm serious about what I said...I will offer to write some columns. I have to cook anyway and live in the I aka so chances are of I can find the ingredients, almost anyone can. I can incorporate Japanese dishes as well as food from around the world. How about it JP?
Posted in: Try a guilt-free dessert with a pear and chocolate crumble
sakuralaJun. 07, 2016 - 06:35AM JST
Mukashi: I see some non-sugar items on here from time to time but it all seems to be from New York which means it doesn't always reflect what ingredients are available for most Japan nor the season. It would be nice if this column could be locally sourced and used recipes that would match Japan's seasons and supermarkets.
sakuralaMay. 25, 2016 - 01:54PM JST
It has gotten to the point that I think that changing the host city would be best for all involved. Tokyo doesn't have the venues even close to prepared, just chose a logo, can't accomodate all of the expected tourists that will come with the games and more than likely bribed their way to get them. The IOC should use this as a teaching opportunity to show that bribing and unattainable bibs will be dismissed.
Posted in: Scandal-hit Tokyo seeks crumbs of comfort from IOC
sakuralaMay. 12, 2016 - 08:01PM JST
For those are down voting me...what's the reason? I have breastfed 2 children, suffered cracked, torn, bleeding nipples while being woken every 1.5 hours for weeks on end to nurse my daughters. I did it out of love and determination. However, looking back on it, I think I would have liked someone to tell me that it's ok to give some formula and get a 3.5 hour stretch of sleep. It's ok to give formula if your nipples are literally being shredded and need a few hours of relief. Yes, breastfeeding is good, but telling companies that they have to downplay their product when it can clearly help others is ridiculous. Also, free samples became an amazing benefit when I was so ill, that I had to be hospitalized and I didn't have enough breast milk frozen.
Posted in: World must tighten laws on breast-milk substitutes: U.N. report
sakuralaMay. 11, 2016 - 01:16PM JST
I agree that breastfeeding is great and a good option but not everyone can or should. I wish that there was a balanced way to look at all the information and let women decide for themselves. Let's educate women on how to create a healthy breastmilk supply full of nutrients and stop berating those women who cannot produce of choose not to do to their own specific circumstances. Breastfeeding is hard work and no one should be made to feel that they are failing their children when it is the best option for the mother and child as a whole.
Also, JT, you may get more traffic on this article if you use one of the other 2 pictures...some workplaces aren't really a fan of a boob sticking out even if it is in such an innocent matter as this. I wish this wasn't the case but some people will be hesitant to read due to the photo.
sakuralaMay. 11, 2016 - 01:09PM JST
Minello: It likely means that the governent wants to make Japan look as a dream society when all the cameras are on it. Hopefully it won't stop there but I wouldn't doubt if a lot of these initiatives will be forgotton about once Japan thinks the world isn't focused on them anymore.
sakuralaMay. 02, 2016 - 07:38PM JST
I must admit...I've been tempted to take the rickshaw in my town just because the man is so friendly and handsome.
Posted in: Hot and handsome rickshaw pullers poised to become the newest crush of women across Japan
sakuralaApr. 18, 2016 - 01:13PM JST
I have participated in a few of these sports days and have done some of the "gymastics" even while pregnant. I enjoyed watching the students work together in their teams to do small formations. Some kids got injured doing something simple like handstands but nothing too serious. Others suffered from heat exhaustion because of the timing of the festival. However, the massive towers that students made were definitly dangerous and not needed. I think that sports days should continue but there should be strict restrictions on sizes of the towers.
For those who say that sports day isn't creating future athletes, you are misinformed about the event. CLubs are where atheltes are made. Sports day is a day to get everyone out and being active for the benifit of the group. It is a long day with usually each student only doing one or two events but it allows them to take a much needed study break and to make memories that will last. Those experiences are just as valubale in my opinion.
Posted in: Teamwork or torture? Japan's bone-breaking school gymnastics
sakuralaMar. 17, 2016 - 07:51PM JST
His last words really do seem like they are out of place. Perhaps it's a code for something...I hope he makes it out safely.
Posted in: Video of apparent Japanese hostage surfaces with message to family
sakuralaMar. 17, 2016 - 09:49AM JST
Beautiful! I hope to get another kimono this year and would love something like this.
Aly: I want more baklavas! They are delicious :)
Posted in: Classic style
sakuralaMar. 14, 2016 - 12:02PM JST
fds: They don't get an extra day off. They get an option to take a day off if they are not able to work and that will be taken out of their vacation leave. I am sure you would be able to take a day off too if you were vomiting, fainting and needing the washroom at least once an hour.
The other option to letting women leave for child related issues, is to let men leave...still haven't seen that mentioned by anyone and would probably be laughed at by most men in charge.
Posted in: Friction between working moms, working non-moms can get complicated
sakuralaMar. 14, 2016 - 09:52AM JST
borscht: I was about to say the same thing! These situations are exactly the reason to hire temporary or part-time employees. This is what that kind of employement should be out there instead of being a way to keep people underpaid and worried about their future employment.
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Jan. 24, 2017 - 01:57PM JST
Hey this picture must've been taken from near my office...
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