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Posted in: Germany clicks at Euro 2020 with 4-2 win over Portugal See in context

Incredibly frustrating for the Portuguese to have a better team and still not being able to beat the Germans. For a number of reasons, starting with the coach. I believe they also have an inferiority complex when playing against Germany.

For those of us who love to watch football, it’s unfortunate that this Portuguese team has more than enough talent to produce spectacular plays and memorable matches but because of Fernando Santos, their true potential is stuck in a limbo.

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Posted in: Japanese gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split See in context

This is one of the reasons why there’s so many angry / unhappy people out there. This “work work work” mentality was never healthy. If we can have more people in a better mood, the world is going to be a better place.

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Posted in: June has no national holiday in Japan. If there were to be a national holiday, do you have any suggestions what it should be for? See in context

The “I’m sick of this weather, please let me stay home” day. June = 90 - 100% humid plus rain = worst weather of all time.

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Posted in: Garigari-kun celebrates 40th anniversary with new ume flavored popsicle See in context

Garigari-kun ... ... still going strong ... :)

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Posted in: Japanese cook shaves head in apology after customer complaint See in context

That Minegishi girl shaved her head a few years ago because of the no dating rule. Yeah, really old school. You really can’t say anything about it, it’s part of Japanese culture.

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Posted in: Crackdown on illegal maid cafes making maids rarer sight on streets of Akihabara See in context

............ places where perverts and nerds pay 7000 yen for a drink just so they can talk to a ( young ) girl that doesn’t give a d-mn about them – who’s gonna miss that. I won’t. Clean them all. Help/Support the girls.

Anything to stop the exploitation of young girls in Japan is a good thing.

Well said.

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Posted in: High schools to begin mental health education amid rise in suicides See in context

............ right, blame covid ... ignore all the other reasons why hundreds of thousands, I’ll dare to say millions of Japanese kids are unhappy and depressed. Kids aren’t supposed to be unhappy, but again, this is Japan; where there’s no such thing as facing reality, recognize that something is wrong with you and try to fix it. This goes for everybody, parents included.

... yeah, let’s ( just ) blame the pandemic...... it’s easy, right?

...

smh

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Posted in: Stop terrorism See in context

“If you notice something unusual or suspicious, call the police right away!”

No, I’m not gonna “call the police”! ( being a foreigner ) ...if I do that, they’ll ask me 292 questions and time is money!

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Posted in: Tougher anti-COVID-19 measures begin in 6 prefectures See in context

... “tougher measures...”? nah... nobody,s impressed...

these people don’t know the meaning of the word tough...

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business as usual...

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Posted in: 60% feel it is hard to raise children in Japan: gov't survey See in context

Two things. Kids can’t be kids in Japan ( too many strict rules ) and the “I’m better than you” culture ( if you don’t wanna be “left behind” (the end of the world for some Japanese), you have to pay for it ). Japanese are obsessed with being “successful“ ( whatever that means ), and being respected.

We see ourselves in our sons and daughters so we want them to be the best ... but(!) the most important thing is making sure they’re happy. Unfortunately, I think it’s safe to assume that their children s happiness is not the number one priority for many Japanese parents.

Changes need to start “from the top”. Younger politicians, younger CEO,s, younger teachers.

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Posted in: Man arrested for kidnapping 14-year-old girl after meeting her on social media See in context

For her it’s even better to search for a ‘kidnapper’ than to live any one more day longer at home together with a father (or family) she could not even chose and must obviously be much worse than any kidnapper could be. And don’t tell me that there’s governmental help or institutions for such young people where she could grow up safer or with more chances. There you are even more pushed to the edge and abused or harassed than by any kidnapper of which quite a percentage just want to offer temporary help and not what you might think.

... you know there’s a thing called being a teenager...

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and...... “temporary help”; lmao...

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Posted in: Japan's coronavirus vaccine booking system crashes after Salesforce outage See in context

You gotta be kidding me .........

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Posted in: Do you think the extended state of emergency in parts of Japan will work for or against the Tokyo Olympics? See in context

Imho it won’t change a thing. Only time will tell but I don’t think these pseudo soe,s can make a difference. People getting vaccinated – that makes a difference.

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Posted in: Spain's Iniesta to stay with Kobe for two more years See in context

How low the level of Japanese football / J-League must be when a club keeps paying a 37 year old tons of money because of a name. I’ll say the same thing about American and Chinese football. These players can ”help these teams”, but that’s it. It doesn’t change the fact that their football will remain mediocre.

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Posted in: Man kills 6, then himself, at Colorado birthday party shooting See in context

Whatever reason he had left in him, it was enough to let the children live.

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Posted in: Action star Steven Seagal gives samurai sword to Venezuela's Maduro See in context

Anybody seen Richie??

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Posted in: Japanese schoolgirl and karate teen subdue violent shoplifter See in context

Yes, if they were not Japanese, this would be a completely different story. And another thing; they were lucky they didn’t get hurt. My advice: don’t try to be a “hero”; if you wanna get home at the end of the day; play safe.

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Posted in: Alan Moore working on short stories, 5-volume fantasy series See in context

Is it “Watchman” or Watchmen? And you can’t write about Alan Moore without mentioning ( at least ) The Killing Joke and Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow.

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Posted in: Super League breakaway in tatters after 6 English clubs quit See in context

This is what you get when you have Americans and Arabs in charge of ( European ) football clubs / the best in the world. Luckily, this thing was over before it even started.

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Posted in: 12 major European clubs launch plans for breakaway Super League See in context

... my AC Milan is one of the clubs but I’m not supporting this cr-p.

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Posted in: If the Tokyo Olympics are held, who do you think would be a good choice to light the Olympic flame? See in context

Someone who lost everything in 2011.

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Posted in: Name some movies that left you so confused at the end that you couldn't really figure out what they were about. See in context

As expected, some people here mentioning Mulholland Drive. I'll admit that ( especially if you're watching it for the first time ) it can be pretty confusing, but

( WARNING! )

( SPOILERS! )

things get easier after we realize that she was dreaming. Then it's just putting the little pieces together and separate the "dream" from "reality". Essentially, the movie is about Hollywood and broken dreams.

For those of you that ( probably watched it recently and ) need some help in understanding the movie; some key explanations:

"The dinner", which is the beginning of everything.

The characters here will be incorporated into the paranoid fantasy of Diane's 'romanticized Hollywood' dream: The director talking about the pool man becomes the director in her dream, also with Diane's idea of the pool man. The fat man watching her as she drinks her coffee becomes the gangster who doesn't like his espresso. Coco, the director's mother, becomes her landlady. The cowboy-hat guy becomes the cowboy-hat Hollywood power figure. The girl who kisses Camilla becomes the "Camilla Rhodes" in the dream part. And of course, Camilla, her ex-lover, becomes the dependent, loving person Diane wants her to be: "Rita".

About the ( strange ) "Espresso scene":

( plausible explanation )

The reason this was in Diane's dream was because during the real life dinner party, when Diane hears Adam's news that his divorce resulted in him getting the pool while his wife got nothing, the coffee that she's drinking tastes bad to her in light of this news, and she goes to look away. (In a traumatic moment like this, a person's brain can memorize anything) And who does she see? The guy that is going to eventually turn up in her dream as an Italian mobster, who ruins all of Adam's plans for his own movie. In this way, Diane manages to get revenge on Adam in her own dream world.

About the blue box and the club Silencio scene:

Inside the box, Diane has hidden away all her anguish, hysteria and depression – the components of her real life. Locking the box would mean hiding the reality, and constructing her fantasy. So when Rita opens the box, the dream falls apart. The blue box appears in Betty/Diane’s lap at the end of the opera. This is the culmination of her fantasy. Or rather, it signifies Diane/Betty waking up. The magician is forcing her to face the truth; to deconstruct her fantasy, to open the box and let the harsh truth come out. In this "Silencio" club scene, when Diane realizes she is dreaming, she shakes uncontrollably. This means that on the edge of reality/waking, her subconscious could no longer repress her memories of murdering the woman she loved. The box can be seen as a symbol of Camilla's death and inside it Diane's guilt, which she kept locked up by her fears (the bum). Once Rita/Camilla unlocks it, the dream-cowboy says, "It's time to wake up."

( the blonde wig : the dream begins to break down once Rita dons the blonde wig--making her look like Betty. This is a way of showing that Diane is beginning to realize that "Rita" is just a fiction of her own mind. Diane IS "Rita", hence their resemblance in the dream's waning moments. )

( at Winkie's ( which is where Diane hires the hitman to kill Camilla ), the waitress's real name, Betty, is the name Diane takes in her dream persona. In Diane's dream, the waitress becomes "Diane". )

The ending:

As shown on her face when she wakes, Diane is forced to face the fact that it was all a dream, the sadness of her own life, and the guilt brought on by having her ex-girlfriend murdered. Diane's neighbor knocks on her door, which is what actually woke her up, to tell her there have been detectives looking for her, additional confirmation that there has been a murder. She starts reflecting on how she came to be in this position, from Camilla's coolness to her flirtations with Adam to the unforgivable humiliations at the party. In her kitchen, Diane says excitedly, "You've come back", to "Camilla" before quickly realizing it was just another hallucination/fantasy. The final breakdown / hallucination starts with the bum dropping the open blue box (the murder realization), and then comes the crushing guilt. The escaping little old people (the ones who are possibly her parents or grandparents) remind her of how far she's come and how much she's changed and also how she couldn't possibly face those people again, knowing what she's done. (When we first meet Betty, she is saying goodbye to this old couple, on to a better, brighter future in Hollywood.) As her guilt and the reality of what she's done overwhelm her (and with the hallucinatory breakdown of the old couple attacking), she shoots herself in the mouth.

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Naomi Watts said in an interview: "Diane is the real character and Betty is the person she wanted to be and had dreamed up. Rita is the damsel in distress and she's in absolute need of Betty, and Betty controls her as if she were a doll. Rita is Betty's fantasy of who she wants Camilla to be."

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Posted in: Large numbers of people out and about despite gov't antivirus pleas See in context

“All work and no play makes jack a dull boy.”

They’re not worried about the trains, stations and workplaces from Monday to Friday ( that’s 5 in 7 ) but a little fun on a sunny Saturday is a sin.

blame it on the

”Please, we kindly ask you to ...” / with sugar on top requests

; and the greediness of this government that cares way too much about money.

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Posted in: Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25 mil See in context

I don’t have this one but I have the 423 issues of the Superman series ( and a few other Superman comics ) and I didn’t need to spend this kind of money. Far from it.

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Posted in: Japan to extend ban on all trade with N Korea by 2 years See in context

... that’ll teach them a lesson ...

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Posted in: Gov't fears COVID-19 variants are behind possible 4th wave See in context

“possible 4th wave” ?

... with this kind of leadership, people should get ready for the 5th ...

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Posted in: Kofu City official gives speech telling new employees to 'play around' to fix birth rate issue See in context

... childish thinking, disconnected from reality ;

... guy ,s a pervert. Like many other Japanese middle aged men.

... not a surprise.

... what’s worrying is that these people are in charge of this country ...

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Posted in: Coronavirus cases rising in 42 of Japan's 47 prefectures See in context

... another wave, another pseudo state of emergency ... ‘till the next one.

smh

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Posted in: Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have 'hit the bottom' See in context

Russian Foreign Minister says relations with West have ‘hit the bottom’

Nah...

... we know where you’re trying to go ...

... you scared little puppy, give me some of that Vodka ( the only thing I care about Russia ) and shut the hll up.

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Posted in: New recruits mark 1st day at work, with many ceremonies held online See in context

Yesterday I saw many wearing the same, looking the same.

( Welcome to Japan )

I wish them strength and resilience. Many of them will be intimidated and harassed by their bosses and colleagues. Be strong!

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