Random Japan

WHAT WAS ON THE TUBE (March 17-21)

The following are the lengths of time six “wide shows” on four channels in the Tokyo area devoted to certain topics. The programs cover everything from politics to celebrity gossip.

The listing is provided by Reservia Corp.

1. Rioters and authorities clash in China’s Sichuan province, as protests in support of demonstrations led by monks in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa spread to the neighboring area. Chinese authorities mobilize armed police to clamp down on the protesters. But it is difficult to grasp the entire picture of what is happening because of China’s control over the media. 6 hr, 26 min, 1 sec

2. After the opposition-controlled Upper House rejects a nominee for Bank of Japan governor because of his past in the Finance Ministry, the government offers up a new candidate–another ex-Finance Ministry bureaucrat. Not surprisingly, the BOJ’s top post becomes vacant for the first time in postwar history, and also at a time when global markets are in turmoil. 5hr, 49 min, 56 sec

3. The ruling coalition and the opposition camp continue their standstill over road-specific tax revenues. Minshuto insists that the current higher rates, which are to expire March 31, should be abolished. The step would allow the price of gasoline to be lower by 25 yen a liter. But the ruling coalition wants to extend the “temporary” rates for yet another 10 years. 3 hr, 26 min, 9 sec

The Egg Master Visits Tokyo

He even brings eggs

Doing Laundry The Wrong Way

While the clothes are still being worn.

Chinese lathered up over Liu Longnian’s lewd lessons in lusty lingo

“Wo xiang yongbao ni” (I want to hug you). “Hao shufu a” (It feels great).

The above are certainly useful phrases in any language. But as Shukan Shincho (4/3) reports, the 239-page Chinese-language phrase book by Liu Longnian, titled “Otoko to Onna no Kaiwa-shu” (Selected Conversations between Men and Women, publ. Natsume-sha, 1,365 yen) has already unleashed a deluge of disapproval by fellow Chinese, who see it as nothing more than a seduction manual.

At first glance, it may very well seem just that. Some other examples, which are written in simplified Chinese “kanji” (ideographs) and “hanyu pinyin” (romanization) — plus a Japanese “katakana” pronunciation guide — include “Luozhe wo” (Hold me close), “Wen wo” (Kiss me); “Ganjue hao ma?” (Does it feel good?); “Wo bu xing le, kuai chu lai le” (I can’t hold back any longer, I’m coming); and “Zai dengdeng, bie na me kuai” (Hold on, not so soon).


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  1. nocatz

    whole set of new sig lines there mishima.

  2. H2D

    The breakfast article was very interesting, especially this part –

    In Japan, breakfast culture is a far cry from that in the States; going to a diner to grab a 24-hour morning meal is still a foreign concept.

    Breakfast has always been my favorite meal, at least when I have time for it…


    But even when I don’t; I regularly eat ‘breakfast-ish’ foods for lunch and dinner, anyways…

    That article got me thinking, though; and at the risk of sounding like an idiot here, I must ask – how common are things like omelets and scrambled eggs outside of the US, Canada and Western Europe?  I would assume grains and oatmeal-ish things are probably much more common throughout the rest of the world?

    Now I’m about to go do some research on ‘breakfasts of the world’!  I’m a huge “foodie” myself (as my bank account is usually painfully aware, since I also live in one of the greatest Food Cities in the world – Portland, Oregon), and this is something I’ve never before really given much thought to.  Thanks for the idea!

    BTW, I’m still ecstatic about having just very recently found The Greatest Plate Of Grits In The World right here in Portland, at a place only about a mile from my new apartment!


    What is that ‘bleach thing’ about?


    BTW, I love these.  Wish I could be around for all of them…thanks!


  3. YetiMonk

    if so, take good care of him!

  4. H2D

    I wonder how long I could get away with one of them before somebody calls me on it…

    I am so tempted to go experiment over on dKos!


    To wit –

    (random thoughts, blabbering, etc…)

    “Wo bu xing le, kuai chu lai le”

    by Hardhat Democrat on Fri Mar 28, 2008 at 09:40:32 PM PDT

    [ Parent | Reply to This ]


  5. RUKind

    Raffles, Singapore, Sunday morning

  6. pico

    I’m content with the neighborhood hawker centers: cheap but excellent.

  7. RUKind

    Just across the street at the Plaza Towers (my old home away from home) the breakfast buffet caters to the entire world. Beef bacon for Muslims, miso soup and all the fixings for the Japanese, mega-saturated cholesterol in various forms for the Europeans – Germans especially, everything you can think of and then some. Plus all the various tropical fruits. Except of course, the king of all fruits – the durian.

    I’m hungry now. Gotta go. 😉


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