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    Tokaido Highway

    If you want to know more about the outposts along the Old Tokaido Highway, you could take a trip to Hakone. A faithful restoration of a guard outpost along the Old Tokaido Highway has been built on...
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    Shinagawa Outpost

    Great thread! I didn't know it existed.

    During the Edo period, the Tokyo Bay shoreline was much further inland. In the Hiroshige print shown below, the shoreline comes almost up to the Old...
  3. Sticky: Poll: Showa Era

    If you combine all the votes for the Showa era (why is it split up in the poll?), you'd count 34 votes, second only to the Edo era. Maybe it's because of its closeness (people tend to magify the...
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    Regime Change

    The DPJ's proposed policies are basically anti-LDP policies, which is what the public wants. And the DPJ has a lock on at least 290 of the 480 seats up for grabs. It will have a clear majority in...
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    I was wrong

    Aso's stimulus package, which includeed cash handouts and incentives to buy energy-efficient cars and electronics, actually help to expand the economy in the 2nd quarter. Apologies to the PM.
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  6. Did anyone take the test? How'd you do?

    Did anyone take the test? How'd you do?
  7. Prejudice Test

    Are you prejudice free? I don't think so. It's built into us, a survival mechanism from the time our ancestors lived in the African plain. If you think otherwise, just take this test: ...
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    So now we know that Aso's great idea of a 12,000...

    So now we know that Aso's great idea of a 12,000 yen handout was a complete waste. Not only did it not buy any support for his party, it didn't stimulate the economy at all. He should have given us...
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    This is just my opinion but yes, I would have Aso...

    This is just my opinion but yes, I would have Aso stay to try to prod the bureaucracy to formulate better policies for the serious problems Japan is facing. It would be a good signal to the...
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    Not if he's implicated with the DPJ Secretary,...

    Not if he's implicated with the DPJ Secretary, and it would be extraordinary if he isn't. If his Secretary isn't exonerated and he doesn't step down, then I think voters will completely lose...
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    Jet Setter

    My beef with Aso is that he's dashing off here and there on the taxpayer's yen on his more or less private jet, Japan's equivalent of Air Force One, even though his effectiveness as a leader of the...
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    Aso doesn't seem to know what he's doing except...

    Aso doesn't seem to know what he's doing except to hang on to his Office. Maybe he likes the perks? Nevermind what the people want.
    Hmmm, they say that people get the government they deserve. ...
  13. Sounds like distressed needs a marriage...

    Sounds like distressed needs a marriage counselor. Just my 2 cents.
  14. Tokyoites can be really rude. Someone told me...

    Tokyoites can be really rude. Someone told me about one obasan on a bicycle who hit another obasan in the back with ther bike then complain that the walking obasan shouldn't have been in her...
  15. Sticky: Poll: Baburo Jidai

    Unfortunately, I wan't around for most of the periods indicated. But writing from experience, I'd say the Baburu Jidai (Bubble Era), when the price of the the Imperial Palace alone was worth more...
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    Watching a lot of porn again, huh? I thought it...

    Watching a lot of porn again, huh? I thought it wasn't allowed in Singapore. Anyway, that woman in the video made some money so don't worry too much about it. :)
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    When you move from a country where you're part of...

    When you move from a country where you're part of the dominant race to a country where you're part of the minority, you'll have a strong tendency to interpret things as discrimination when something...
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    Poll: What a long thread for a simple question. ...

    What a long thread for a simple question. Actually, Japan is a Northeast Asian country with a Confucian based society that has incorporated many Western elements.
  19. Poll: Seismic Geography

    There are four techtonic plates shifting under Japan. Please learn some geophysics rather than dreaming up stuff from manga.

    Rather than reading manga, you might try to read, FOOLED BY...
  20. Economic events don't occur naturally. Even...

    Economic events don't occur naturally. Even something basic as reaching the equilibrium point of supply and demand involves a lot of social factors. Building Japan from scratch after the war to the...
  21. The article is pretty good but being the...

    The article is pretty good but being the Economist (a staunch advocate for the war in Iraq), it is biased towards the Anglo-American capitalist system where money is the main motivator. It didn't...
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    Nezu Jinja

    Nezu Jinja might be the oldest. It was founded over 2,000 years ago by Prince Yamato Takeru, who passed through the swamps of Edo, on his way north to conquer some hostile regions. So it pre-dates...
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    I don't think most Japanese want the...

    I don't think most Japanese want the freewheeling, individualistic democracy that the U.S. has. They seem to prefer a more cooperative, peaceful social order. Thinking that the individual is more...
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    IMO some westerners have a problem with this...

    IMO some westerners have a problem with this because of their overly strict perspective of truth and non-truth (or lying, if prefer). However, Japanese don't consider lying a bad thing in...
  25. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is perfectly legal to...

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. It is perfectly legal to discriminate against certain classes...for example, in the States, a landlord can refuse to rent his property to lawyers and rock musicians because the...
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