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    Being Japanese but self-employed is another...

    Being Japanese but self-employed is another hurdle, esp. if your operation is small (just me and my husband).

    But, my husband had credit cards he got while still working for a big business...
  2. Poll: I still think you use it in the girls' room... ...

    I still think you use it in the girls' room...

    On a bad day, I seriously wish it will happen, and the girls will stop doing it... :p
    Imagine the sight of a girl doing it in a cramped train,...
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    The one on the left is Chinese poetry: ...

    The one on the left is Chinese poetry:

    http://www.linese.com/cc/20224040000000000,5.html

    I am moving this to the China forum.
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    According to info on the Web, the Shakado Hall...

    According to info on the Web, the Shakado Hall was built in the Muromachi Period (1336-1573). It is designated Important Cultural Property.

    The temple itself was founded in the 9th century. There...
  5. Poll: Yep, close--I guess. :blush: Kokumin means...

    Yep, close--I guess. :blush:

    Kokumin means Japanese citizens
    Ningen means people or human beings
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    I found a page saying that the oldest wooden...

    I found a page saying that the oldest wooden structure in Tokyo proper is the Shakado Hall of Enyu-ji Temple in Meguro-ku. It survived the air raids of WWII.
    ...
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    Poll: I agree with Mike about how the Levels are...

    I agree with Mike about how the Levels are assessed, at least in this thread. (Can't someone do something about how the levels are described?)

    In terms of functionality and practical usage in the...
  8. Authentic terracotta warriors for your garden? ...

    Authentic terracotta warriors for your garden?

    I have a feeling that they belong in museums... :relief:
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    I found "senko-hanabi" in action on YouTube,...

    I found "senko-hanabi" in action on YouTube, though the resolution is poor:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8DWquffviY

    As undrentide said, Japanese handheld fireworks (temochi-hanabi) are...
  10. I can't say for sure, but curriculum can change...

    I can't say for sure, but curriculum can change quite frequently (like in, say, five years or so) and also differ by type of school. Also, the schoolteacher has significant elbow room on what part of...
  11. Yes, I've done that, too. And so did my children...

    Yes, I've done that, too. And so did my children (now in their 20s).
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    Well, I meant "Japanese" books--meaning in the...

    Well, I meant "Japanese" books--meaning in the Japanese language. I've never seen anything comprehensive written in English.
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    I think the reading "Hassaku" comes from 八朔 which...

    I think the reading "Hassaku" comes from 八朔 which is the first day of August in the lunar calendar (I think), which is a special day for festivities praying for a good harvest. It is also the name of...
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    There are 3 variations to read 八月一日 which, if not...

    There are 3 variations to read 八月一日 which, if not a name, is read "hachigatsu tsuitachi"
    (a) Hassaku
    (b) Hozumi
    (c) Yabumi

    Source: http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~suzakihp/index40.html
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    If you mean 五十嵐 , it's read "Igarashi." My...

    If you mean 五十嵐 , it's read "Igarashi."

    My maiden name is an unusual three-character name, but I'm not telling... :emblaugh:
  16. Famous Chinese works of poetry already have...

    Famous Chinese works of poetry already have translations in Japanese:

    http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~shici/y34.htm

    In Japan, the poem as written in Chinese (at top of the website page) is written...
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    Poll: Kyoko-san must be really deft with chopsticks! ...

    Kyoko-san must be really deft with chopsticks!

    If I eat spaghetti with chopsticks, I get spots of tomato sauce all over my glasses... :emblaugh:

    Normally, I use fork and spoon. :cool:
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    Poll: Trailer for "Gedo Senki" (Earthsea, reportedly...

    Trailer for "Gedo Senki" (Earthsea, reportedly based on the third book of Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea Cycle):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xuMos5bgOc&search=gedo%20senki

    At least, I like the...
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    Poll: Do you mean "Debuya"? I like the guys on that...

    Do you mean "Debuya"?
    I like the guys on that show and worry like their mom that they're eating too much and not taking care of their health!!:blush:
    But, Papaya Suzuki is OK in that respect,...
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    Poll: KrazyKat, I can attest to what Hachiro-san is...

    KrazyKat,

    I can attest to what Hachiro-san is saying.

    I don't know how old Hachiro-san is, but, in the 1950's through 1970's when 99% (figuratively speaking) of foreigners in Japan were...
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    Poll: You just have to LEARN them. :relief: You get...

    You just have to LEARN them. :relief:

    You get help very often with romaji readings of place names in signs posted at railway stations, shopping districts, etc. Otherwise, you have to ask the...
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    Poll: Sure, it's difficult, but it's difficult for...

    Sure, it's difficult, but it's difficult for native speakers, too. I think it happens in English, too, like the late US President Ronald Reagan. The Japanese always thought his name is pronounced...
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    Food Can you eat/Do you like (if you don't...

    Food

    Can you eat/Do you like (if you don't know what it is, then "no") :

    1) Sushi - YES
    2) Natto - YES
    3) Hijiki - YES
    4) Oden - YES
    5) Tofu - YES
    6) Umeboshi - YES
  24. Poll: 私も、真茶門さんのような強固な意思をお持ちの方が、そんなことで撤退するとは思えませんね。:okash...

    私も、真茶門さんのような強固な意思をお持ちの方が、そんなことで撤退するとは思えませんね。:okashii:
  25. Poll: That's quite right for a young lady to do, Miss...

    That's quite right for a young lady to do, Miss apollo7! :cool:


    I think people didn't touch it because of the recent cases of poison-laced stuff lying on the ground or on benches, making...
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