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Standard kesa giri but notice the last guy uses a much wider cutting sword for the purpose! In fact, I sort of regret never getting a sword used in WWII specifically for beheading. It was basically a machete. The standard katana require upkeep.

Anyways, as the video shows, it is a lot harder than it is suppose to be. The somewhat execrable The Challenge with Various Japanese Original Actors Including Mifune born from the alcohol haze of the director of The Manchurian Candidate and staring a young(er) Scott Glen at least had him ruin a sword trying to cut bamboo. There are some interesting tales about that film involving James Bond Donn Draeger who convinced the director not to end it in a manner so ridiculous even Nyarl would blush.
Two swords would fight themselves.

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The director drank a lot, but he did sober up enough to give us Rōnin years later.
Anyways, those are Anax's Waifu's tatami wrapped around bamboo. Cutting more than one is still pretty impressive.

Obata has done a shit-ton of Hollywood work:



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there seems to be a particular angle that works will and falls off sharply on either side
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The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:52 pm

I wonder how many kamikaze pilots would have had “mechanical trouble” if they’d had the Swiss/Swedish option.
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More Than Friends, But Not Quite Lovers: Japanese Marriage Trends

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I knew a couple in their mid-30s (friends of my girlfriend) who reportedly had sex twice on their honeymoon and then no sex for well over a year. It might have been two years.

The woman (I'll call her Chie) is attractive.

When my girlfriend mentioned this to me, claiming Chie wanted to have more sex but for whatever reason they just didn't, I told her something to the effect of "Well, I don't know what's going on between them. But Chie sounds pretty naive to me. Just because they're not having sex together doesn't mean they're not having sex."

Of course, I was right. The guy got caught with discount coupons from a massage parlor in his pocket. And while he's an idiot for getting caught the way he did, I don't think he's completely responsible. Chie apparently didn't either, since they're still together.

Now that I think about it, I know another guy who got caught in a similar manner. So I have to wonder if it's not a very Japanese passive aggressive way of letting their wives know they're not satisfied.
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I'm sending this from Tokyo Station (underground) right now. The facade of the station building still looks much the same. It's the farther away building on the left.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:38 pm Need a translation of the Japanese on this label.

The Japanese isn't as colorful as the English. It's just a straightforward description of the contents/ingredients:

Whisky
Original Ingredients: Malt, Grain
Volume 500ml, 51% alcohol
Maker: Nikka Whisky, Inc.
Tokyo, Minato-ku, Minami Aoyama 5-4-31.
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Yeah, someone did the photoshop on that. What it actually says is Nikka Whisky From The Barrel.

https://hiway.online/shop/?product-id=5 ... %255B%255D
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Japanese chef wins first Michelin 3-star rating in Paris

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PARIS (Kyodo) -- French restaurant Kei in Paris has earned a three-star rating in the 2020 French edition of the Michelin Guide released Monday, making its owner-chef Kei Kobayashi the first person from Japan to receive the honor in France.

Kei opened in central Paris in 2011 and won a star the following year. Its status in the prestigious guide's listings for France was upgraded to a two-star rating in 2017.

Kobayashi, 42, is known for his unique take on French cuisine featuring Japanese ingredients. At the ceremony unveiling the latest French edition of the Michelin Guide, Kobayashi said he was very surprised by the three-star rating.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:57 pm "Nikka"? Is that a Japanese name?

I haven’t heard it used as a name in other places, but phonetically it could be.* Here the company name “Nikka” is written in katakana, the script used for foreign words.

A quick search on Wikipedia also says the founder studied in Scotland and went so far as to marry a Scottish lass.


* I know it from 「日課」”nikka,” “daily lesson.”

https://japanese-names.info/first_name/nikka/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikka_Whisky_Distilling
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shuize wrote: Wed Jan 29, 2020 1:50 am
Abdul Alhazred wrote: Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:57 pm "Nikka"? Is that a Japanese name?

It could be. But the company name “Nikka” is written in katakana, the script used for foreign words.

A quick search on Wikipedia also says the founder studied in Scotland and went so far as to marry a Scottish lass.


https://japanese-names.info/first_name/nikka/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikka_Whisky_Distilling
Hmm, says the founder's name was Masataka Taketsuru, so clearly Nikka isn't his own name. Not sure why he chose it, but it doesn't really matter. They do produce a brand of whiskey called Taketsuru though. It's one of their "premium" brands.
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For Over 30 Years, a Tokyo Soba Chef Drew Everything He Ate

Sometimes, it’s the simple stories that stay with us the longest. Like that of Itsuo Kobayashi, a former Japanese soba chef born in 1962 who has recorded his meals in painstakingly detailed, hand-drawn food diaries of sorts for the past 32 years. In addition to recollections about taste, Kobayashi’s pen has accounted for every last spring onion and grain of rice, for the sheer pleasure of tasting life twice…

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Susami Bay.
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It's about the first Japanese contact with "strange barbarians" from the South. And their mysterious "firearm".
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This is interesting too.

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Photo I posted came from one of this person's tweets. You find it. I can't scroll through all those mascots any more today.

https://twitter.com/mondomascots

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Do you have questions about God?

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Hiroshi Yoshida, Fuji from Kawaguchi Lake.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:03 pm Is that on a postcard?
It was originally a woodblock print, but you can probably get it on a postcard nowadays. Or a T-shirt, a coffee mug, a lampshade, an iPhone cover or other products.

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Cherry blossom trees under siege by starving rats in Kagoshima

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AMAMI-OSHIMA ISLAND, Kagoshima Prefecture--Japan's largest native rat species is suddenly devouring the country's beloved cherry blossoms, and conservationists can't explain why.

Feasting on the blossoms up in the trees is strange behavior for the critically endangered Ryukyu long-haired rat (Diplothrix legata), which grows to 25 to 30 centimeters in length.

Conservationists wonder if this year's failure of the acorn crops is behind the rat's surprise change in diet.

The species, a designated national natural treasure, only inhabits Amami-Oshima and Tokunoshima islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, and the northern part of Okinawa Prefecture’s main island.

In spring, the rats, which have partially white tails, are usually spotted eating acorns, their favorite food, that have fallen to the ground.

But acorns are scarce this year, nature conservation officials said, which may account for why they're now climbing cherry blossom trees in search of food.
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If you have the time for it.
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Japanese random crap:
Two Asian women who did not speak English were pounding these into a strip of dirt next to my office. They took off without them when we asked what they were doing.

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Snowed here yesterday for the first time this year. There was no snow in December, January, or February, but it finally snowed on March 14th. Not enough to last though. It's already gone.
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So guess which is farther north.

Paris, France, or

The northernmost tippy tip of Hokkaido, Japan?
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Well, Hokkaido has 8 letters, so ...