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  1. Poll: I really like it. It's one of the most beautiful...

    I really like it. It's one of the most beautiful forums I have seen ! Good job Maciamo ! :cool:
  2. Indonesia, Philippines, a glance into Japan's past ?

    I saw a documentary about the Philippines and Indonesia. Many country people still live in huts and wood houses without windows. This is what houses looked like in Japan before the Westernization....
  3. Kan chosen as new Japanese Prime Minister

    Just read it on the BBC. The Democratic Party is no better than the Liberal Democratic Party. Leaders will change every one or two years again and no major change will be made because it's too short...
  4. Go tell a Nihonjin that she is allergic to...

    Go tell a Nihonjin that she is allergic to sakura... :silly:
  5. And I thought that the Japanese were done with...

    And I thought that the Japanese were done with trying to beat meaningless records like this... Apparently not. What's the point building a tower so high when everything already works fine with the...
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    I wonder what Japanese villas look like. Is there...

    I wonder what Japanese villas look like. Is there any Californian style villas with swimming pool and tennis court in those rich neighbourhoods ? Anything fancy looking like European castles ?
  7. What word best characterizes Japanese mentality ?

    For me the word is 'ganbaranakya'. It's difficult to transslate because it is so Japanese a feeling. I means something like "we must try hard" or "let's work harder". I think it is a feeling present...
  8. Do the Japanese lack a sense of humour ?

    Has anyone else felt that the Japanese don't laugh as much as other people (Germans excepted) ? Or is it what they laugh at that is so different ? The "Owarai" (comedy talk show) Tv shows appeal to...
  9. Yeah, take a picture of him next time (if there...

    Yeah, take a picture of him next time (if there is a next time :p ). Run away first, then take out your mobile phone and snap at him running after you.
  10. Should the Brahmaputra be diverted to Xinjiang ?

    The Brahmaputra is one of the five great rivers that originates in Tibet. It is the longest river to cross Tibet, and the closest to the capital Lhassa.

    Going down the Himalaya to the south, the...
  11. Just how seriously will Toyota's problems affect the Japanese economy ?

    Earlier this month Newsweek published the shocking headline Toyota and the End of Japan. Toyota, they say, is "largest and virtually the last remaining face of Japanese manufacturing and trading...
  12. What's your favourite city in China ?

    The question is simple but the answer requires careful consideration. There are so many cities in China it is hard to say. Then I don't expect that many people have seen all China. I certainly...
  13. Poll: Are you planning to visit China in the next few years ?

    If there is one destination that arouses the imagination nowadays it is China. The world's most populous country, most dynamic economy, best place for investment, most changing culture and society,...
  14. Poll: Three Gorges Dam : good or not ?

    The Three Gorges Dam is one of the greatest engineering project that the world has ever seen. It is 2.3km long , 184m high, and took 12 years to complete. Its 34 generators will produce 22,500 MW of...
  15. Korea, only half as interesting as Japan ?

    I had a look at what to visit in South Korea and it struck me that everything there was to see was also found in Japan, but the reverse is not true.

    Korea has Buddhist temples, modern cities with...
  16. Is South Korea as safe as Japan ?

    Japan is famous for being one of the safest country in the world. I read stories of lost wallets being frequently returned without any alteration of content. Thefts are very rare indeed, and physical...
  17. When did the Japanese stop eating dogs ?

    Our canine friends are consumed as meat in Korea, China and pretty much all over South-East Asia. Japan is the only East Asian country (with Mongolia ?) where dog meat is not eaten. But it used to be...
  18. Poll: Do you ever feel lonely in Japan ?

    Let's face it, Japan is far away from where we grew up for most gaijins. It's far from our family, friends and familiar environment. We may love life in Japan, but the language barrier and the lack...
  19. When did Japanese women start wearing pink ?

    Kimono and other traditional clothes in historical films are never pink. Even the word pink (sN) comes from English. But now Japanese girls and women are obsessed by pink clothes and accessories....
  20. Except that there are 37 new states and a lot...

    Except that there are 37 new states and a lot more cosmopolitanism.



    Ancient Chinese characters did not look like modern ones at all.
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  21. Trivial Pursuit wrong about Japanese ?

    I played the UK edition of Trivial Pursuit and one of the question was "what animal goes moo moo in Japanese ?" The answer was pigs. I thought it was cows. I asked a Japanese friend and she also...
  22. How late exactly ? Corruptions often happen for a...

    How late exactly ? Corruptions often happen for a reason, because of a need for a new term. If the Japanese noticed that the Dutch used -ken, they could have created a new suffix from -san to convey...
  23. Was Katakana inspired by Roman characters ?

    When I learned the kana, I found some katakana characters more intuitive to remember because they looked so similar to the Roman alphabet that we use in European languages. In fact there are so many...
  24. Suffix -chan related to German -chen and Dutch -ke(n) ?

    Japanese is an Altaic language. It is related first to Korean, then Mongol, then Turkic languages. Suffixes are common in all these languages. European languages do not have suffixes like Tanaka-san,...
  25. If you think like this, we have countless seasons...

    If you think like this, we have countless seasons here too : the hunting season, the foie gras season, the tulip season, the strawberry season, and so on. Food and lifestyle change at least once a...
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