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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:45 am

This one is not Japan, but I'll never complain about Japan's trains being too crowded again:

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Re: Japan

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Re: Japan

Post by sparks » Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:23 am

WTF kind of bread is that? And since when does a burger and fries come with 3 hedge rows of coke?
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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:58 am

The bread is probably colored black with squid ink.

There's also squid ink spaghetti which will turn your teeth black.

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Re: Japan

Post by Doctor X » Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:17 am

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Re: Japan

Post by sparks » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:05 pm

She's been spending too much time with ... Tentacles.
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Re: Japan

Post by Witness » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:39 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:There's also squid ink spaghetti which will turn your teeth black.
Cultural appropriation! :x

Spaghetti al nero di seppie is Venetian, or at least Italian:

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http://tonibrancatisano.com/index.php/2 ... di-seppie/

As is the mantecato di patate al nero di seppie:

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http://reportergourmet.com/5210/gennaro ... verde.html

Or the risotto al nero di seppie:

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http://www.pixelicious.it/2016/02/10/ri ... di-seppie/

Actually you can even buy spaghetti already colored with the cuttlefish ink, but that's not as delicious.

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Re: Japan

Post by Doctor X » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:30 pm

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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:27 am

Aum Shinrikyo: Japan executes cult leader Shoko Asahara

Wow, that took a long time. (I was actually under the mistaken impression that they had already executed him)
The leader of the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult which carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo underground in 1995 has been executed.

Japan media are reporting that six other Aum Shinrikyo members have also been executed.

The sarin attack, Japan's worst terror incident, killed 13 people and injured thousands more.

Another six members of the cult are still awaiting execution.

Shoko Asahara's execution, at a Tokyo detention house on Friday morning, was confirmed by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Japanese media reports said six followers were executed shortly after.

The executions had been postponed until all those convicted had completed their final appeals. That happened in January.

Asahara was also accused of several other murders and an earlier sarin gas attack in 1994 which killed eight and left 600 injured.
Well we are finally rid of those cunts, although supposedly the cult lives on under a different name now.

The method Japan uses for capital punishment involves tentacles is hanging, if anyone is curious.
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Re: Japan

Post by Doctor X » Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:51 am

Funny, just reading it on BBC and posted it in the TUMBREL thread.

Apparently, Japan does not carry out an execution until all involved have had all of their appeals. I feared the fat-fuck would become another Charles Manson in that he would never actually get executed. I know, Charlie had his automatically commuted.

Hope the rope was a bit too short.

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Re: Japan

Post by Witness » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:48 am

French fellow winemakers leap to defend Japanese couple facing deportation, hailing their ‘extraordinary’ reds

Rie and Hirofumi Shoji have devoted their life savings to making their Pedres Blanques wine in southern France, harvesting grapes by hand and earning the admiration and respect of other farmers

French wine lovers have risen up in revolt after a Japanese couple who make “outstanding” wine in southern France were threatened with deportation.

More than 42,000 have already signed a petition protesting the “crazy, moronic and shameful decision”, with wine and restaurant critics now joining the outcry.

Rie and Hirofumi Shoji’s “exceptional” red wine, Pedres Blanques (White Rocks), made from grenache grapes near Banyuls-sur-Mer in the French Catalan region of Roussillon, became an instant hit after their first harvest last year.

It has already made the cellars of the world’s best restaurant, Can Roca, just across the Spanish border in Girona, and top Paris restaurants have also been vying to stock up on the natural wine.

But immigration officials said the couple could not stay in France because they were not earning enough and their business was “not viable”.

The Shojis sunk 100,000 euros of their savings and took out a 50,000 euro loan to buy their vineyards on difficult terrain where the Pyrenees mountains plunge into the Mediterranean.

They harvest the grapes by hand, growing them organically and without adding anything to the wine.

Hirofumi Shoji, 38, fell in love with French wine when he began working for the French three-star Michelin chef Alain Ducasse in Japan.

The Shojis met in France after arriving separately in 2011 dreaming of making their own wine. Both studied and worked with some of the country’s leading winemakers in the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions to perfect their skills before marrying and buying the land together in 2016.

But when they tried to change their status on their papers from “employees” to “farmers” officials told them they would have to leave the country because they earned less than €2,000 a month.
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/ ... ple-facing

They got a 3 months extension, let's hope it goes well. Apparently local winemakers make less than 2000 euros/month (or that's what they tell the IRS :mrgreen: ). French article if you dare: https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2018/07/0 ... _23475587/

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Re: Japan

Post by Doctor X » Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:01 am

Star Festival time! :hyper:



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Re: Japan

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:17 am

Some truly awful floods have occurred over the weekend here. Mostly down in Kyushu and southern Honshu.

Japan floods: At least 100 dead in record rainfall
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Re: Japan

Post by Doctor X » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:51 am

Yeah, I thought of posting about that but then Boobs nice Jazz.

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Re: Japan

Post by Doctor X » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:56 am

School in Japan removes traditional Tanabata decorations for being incongruent with Christianity

However, sometime later he passed by this same spot again, and noticed that the tree was now gone. In its place was a notice saying:
“By order of the Religious Center, the Tanabata decorations that had been placed here have been removed. It seems the practice is incongruent with Christianity. We are sorry, but we hope you will not take this too harshly.”
While Christianity is a fairly minor religion, in terms of believers in Japan, many of the country’s institutions of learning have connections to 19th-century missionary efforts, and several Japanese universities that teach non-religious subjects have religious roots. @rrrRr0902x’s school is a Christian college, and apparently someone in the administration felt the Tanabata display was inappropriate.

But while it’s understandable that a religiously founded school would be averse to displaying symbols of other faiths within its facilities, the decision to remove the Tanabata decorations is surprising because Tanabata is a secular celebration. It has its roots in the Chinese folktale The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl, which is a story of two young lovers who can meet only once a year, and who are represented by the stars Vega and Altair, which are separated by the Milky Way. While it contains fantastical elements, the tale has no connection to Buddhism, Shinto, or any other religion.

Despite the school’s hope that students would not take the decision too harshly, a number of them did. When @rrrRr0902x passed through that part of the school for a third time, there were a number of handwritten notes from other students, which, in the absence of any bamboo to tie them too, were simply stuck to the wall. Some of them read:
“My wish is that next year everyone gets to enjoy Tanabata.”
“My wish is that this will become a school that’s tolerant of other cultures.”
“Do you think you can get away with anything as long as you say ‘amen?’”
“Now I can understand how Luther felt when he started the Protestant Reformation.”
Though one of the messages references Japanese tradition as being part of “other cultures,” it’s worth noting that the administration at some of Japan’s Christian schools is staffed primarily by Japanese nationals, so it’s possible that the decision to remove the Tanabata decorations came from people born and raised in Japan. Nevertheless, @rrrRr0902x, and most people leaving comments about his tweet, feel it’s a needless buzzkill to shun one of Japan’s secular summer traditions, and hopefully the person asking to be allowed to celebrate Tanabata next year will have their wish granted.

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Re: Japan

Post by shuize » Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:24 am

“Do you think that you can get away with anything as long as you say ‘amen’?”

Ha. Ha.

I’m going to remember that one.

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Re: Japan

Post by Grammatron » Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:06 pm

That's the most succinct way to describe Catholicism.

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Re: Japan

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Re: Japan

Post by sparks » Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:06 pm

Now, you just have to love that!

More energy consumed parking bikes than would have been consumed if the bike riders had just driven their cars instead.

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