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    Not to spin off on tangents, but I wonder if...

    Not to spin off on tangents, but I wonder if Maciamo's observation...



    is not due in part to the legacy of colonialism. Humor me for a second - colonialism didn't end very long ago for many...
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    I would argue that there is a status issue -...

    I would argue that there is a status issue - Japan has always wanted, and arguably achieved "equality" with the great nations of the world. Some argue this was one of the important motivations behind...
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    The sakoku policy of the Tokugawa bakufu did...

    The sakoku policy of the Tokugawa bakufu did limit foreign contact to a few ports and highly restricted travel within Japan. However, Japan maintained limited economic ties with China and select...
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    Which makes foreigners seem all the more odd and...

    Which makes foreigners seem all the more odd and unstable when they get upset and make a fuss about it.

    as for the katakana thing on TV, while this is rampant in the daytime and variety TV shows,...
  5. Poll: Yes, yes, I know it is :( In an ideal world it...

    Yes, yes, I know it is :( In an ideal world it wouldn't.
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    I don't really mind these designs, but deep in my heart I question the need for mascots in the first place...
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    Celtican - before I can take you seriously, you...

    Celtican - before I can take you seriously, you need to qualify what you posted -



    Unless you are better at rhetoric and logic than out past friend McTojo, I see no reason why we would be able...
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    Care to qualify that or should we assume a moment...

    Care to qualify that or should we assume a moment of - shall I say - levity? :souka:
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    Personally, the only reason I would change would...

    Personally, the only reason I would change would be if having a different colored passport extended legal(voting), financial (loans etc.), or social benefits (by which I mean access to public...
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    Just to add - The Ministry of Education,...

    Just to add -

    The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is really pushing to have all graduating high school seniors able to pass the ikkyu level of eiken and is...
  11. First, a caveat lector - in general I abhor large...

    First, a caveat lector - in general I abhor large cities (nice places to visit but...), and it takes very little to keep me occupied (ie I don't need clubs, bars, movie theaters etc.). I don't care...
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    I wonder what that consists of... Just going off...

    I wonder what that consists of... Just going off my gut here, I can't help thinking that historic preservation in huge cities like Tokyo and Osaka - save for a few neighborhoods and such - is simply...
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    I suppose what complicates this hypothesis for me...

    I suppose what complicates this hypothesis for me is the subjective problem of aesthetics and a blend of cross-cultural linguistical issues.

    Posing the excellent examples posed by others to my...
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    Perhaps this is due to my lack of sleep recently,...

    Perhaps this is due to my lack of sleep recently, but what do you mean by the "concept of kirei"? Is it that cleanliness = beauty and beauty = cleanliness (which I would argue is not that rare an...
  15. Sticky: Poll: Yes, it was, I just realy like the gumption of...

    Yes, it was, I just realy like the gumption of Tosa, Satsuma, and Choshu and all them types...
  16. Sticky: Poll: Bakumatsu, by far, when taken with a dash of...

    Bakumatsu, by far, when taken with a dash of Meiji - watching a government rip itself appart and trying to find its feet again satisfies both historian and political scientist in me. Revolution,...
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    This is tragic. About the only thing a foreign...

    This is tragic. About the only thing a foreign spouse can do is spend a lot of time and money getting the ex-spouse on the Interpol list of child abductors (if the child was taken over international...
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    aside to omae mona - thanks for your input. Don't...

    aside to omae mona - thanks for your input. Don't think it will change my wife's opinion of him :bow: But then again, my household has a rather strong distrust of any mass media (of any country) and...
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    Adrian, Thanks for the post. Do you have a link...

    Adrian, Thanks for the post. Do you have a link to an article or two we could put up on forging Japanese swords? I think it would make a nice addition, but we shouldn't get too technical too fast......
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    (After pointing several times ot the very nice intro about cultural relativity) I would add,

    1) some people having complete and total lack of control over their small children and not even trying...
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    Thats what that is! Ah ha!

    Thats what that is! Ah ha!
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    Having trouble making out all the bits, and I am...

    Having trouble making out all the bits, and I am in a bit of a hurry, but the sign also asks that people without their little fingers (ie yakuza) also not come in.
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    Just a small correction, under the "Conclusion"...

    Just a small correction, under the "Conclusion" section, JET is listed as a "other large company" along with Berlitz, ECC, and the rest.

    JET is a government program run in partnership with a...
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    The employers don't look at what you did in...

    The employers don't look at what you did in university but rather the university you went to. Simply put good university = good job, great university = great job. So, they do all the work to get into...
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    It is going on 2:30pm here, ie the dark period...

    It is going on 2:30pm here, ie the dark period before the coffee break, but I'll add a bit.

    Some do and some don't a lot can varry by regions. All texts have to be approved by the Ministry, but...
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