на дорогах...



(2011春、西条)

... по словам владельца, всего таких в японии - 10... каждый год - автопробег...

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所有者の曰くところで、日本には10台しかないだそうだ・・・珍品そのもの・・・



...雑念... )
"meronpans" on a 'pandumping sale'...






・・・ってことは、一個あたり45円だと?堕落勧誘罪で起訴に値する悪行・・・


・・・雑念・・・ )
моль...







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...снова в saijou... с одной стороны традицию 'ученичества' (сначала ты десять лет подметаешь пол или ходишь в горы за хворостом, и только потом - составляешь экибану или куешь мечи...) - древняя и, может быть, правильная, но подавать чай "сенсеям", складировать 'омуцу' или фотографировать сессии аудиотерапии... ... ... - "нот э дрим джоб" (c A.) - indeed... особенно, если в связи с увольнением всех коллег, кто нашел, где лучше, или, кого контора просто достала, 'ученичество' грозило растянуться на неопределенно долгий срок...
... в гифу привыкал к новому режиму: в saijou ложился спать часов в восемь и просыпался около четырех, там в восемь - вечерняя жизнь только начинается, и, учитывая, что моя комната была ближайшей к кухне с ее дискуссиями на корейском, грохотом кастрюль, стуком палочек и буквально хардкорным звуковым сопровождением приема пищи, заснуть было почти невозможно...
...кстати про еду: недавно понял какой вкус постоянно, буквально до автоматизма, когда он выходит за границы активного восприятия, присутствует в 'русской кухне' (что бы под этим ни подразумевалось) и напрочь отсутствует в 'японской' - вкус лаврового листа: недавно купил, добавил к 'порку' - однако! (такой вот 'специ'-фический 'мадлен')!...


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... образовавшееся 'свободное' время убиваю на книжки и газеты: из 'текстовых' параллельно две про золотой стандарт "The gold standard illusion. France, the Bank of France, and the International gold standard 1914-1939" и "Gold. The once and future money" плюс "Power, Sex, Suicide Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life" про митохондрии, плюс "The journey to the East" Hesse; на японском - всяческие 'тексты' акутагава, какие опубликованы на 'aozora'... иногда возникает мысль прочитать что-нибудь на русском (уже не припомню, когда это было в последний раз...), но...
...читаю NYT... чем больше читаю, тем больше становится понятно, что старый большевистский лозунг про "загнивающий капитализм" начинает сбываться... сбываться применительно к стране, в которой ни разу не был, которая повинна в массе нехороших вещей как в прошлом, так и в настоящем (но с кем не бывает?), но к которой я, тем не менее, испытываю, в целом, эмоции скорее положительные, скажу больше - уважение и восхищение - в смысле, такие 'уважение и восхищение', какие можно испытывать в отношении искусно выкованного меча или умно сконструированного танка: как 'вещь-в-себе' - красиво и гениально, но только, если самому не оказываться 'объектом' их применения; 'уважение и восхищение' как к 'произведению искусства' истории... ну и как к 'меньшему злу' в сравнении с... третьим рейхом или северной кореей... так вот, 'загнивает', однако... - и это, если подумать, кто/что может придти на смену в качестве новой супердержавы/идеологии, - решительно печальный факт: 'давид' или 'лаокоон', возможно, и лучше, но в споре между пластиковой куклой ronald mcdonald'а и бетонным истуканом kim jong il'а я бы выбрал, скорее, первого... 'загнивает' не в смысле разных временных проблем (у кого их нет?), а в смысле патологической неспособности с ними справляться, 'справляться' в смысле реализации нужных, но, возможно, дорогих, а потому неприятных и непопулярных среди электората решений, воплощения масштабных 'государственных' проектов: смотря с каким скрипом был принят новый закон о страховании и что из него получилось в итоге бурных обсуждений, споров и компромиссов, можно быть уверенным, что новых manhattan project или interstate highway system эта страна произвести уже не способна... даже и не понятно, когда все там у них 'сломалось' - может в '71'ом, когда никсон покончил с bretton-woods? - если да, то было бы, наверно, забавно посмотреть на то, как сложились бы дела в альтернативной реальности, где в 2008'ом обама вместо TARP'а 'подарил' бы wall street'у новый золотой стандарт... но тогда это был бы настоящий "конец истории"...
... загнивает: вот, опять же, решение суда, отменившее "не спрашивай, не говори"... свобода - это, конечно, правильно, но, наверно, никто не будет отрицать, что армия - это не "про это"...
... или, вот, "чайная партия", грозящая 'захватить' конгресс: и, ведь, все верно - плюрализм - пусть себе 'захватывают', но когда кандидаты с гордостью заявляют, что их главное достоинство в том, что они не заканчивали гарварда с йелем, настаивают на преподавании креацианизма как 'научной' доктрины наравне с дарвинизмом (не понимая, что тем самым лишают его главного конкурентного преимущества) и буквально искренне удивляются, что первая поправка таки действительно разделяет религию и государство, есть все основания для серьезного беспокойства, что эти люди, став большинством и получив право объявлять войну, увидят однажды на любимом fox'е сюжет про российско-'георгианскую' войну, спросят, что эти русские делают в атланте, и решат асимметрично ответить - ... такое вот "восстание масс"...
... хотя, если посмотреть на другую сторону атлантики, где британские консерваторы режут на металлолом авианосцы, но увеличивают помощь странам третьего мира (разграбляемую в большинстве случаев их правительствами), то тезис о загнивании можно экстраполировать и на другие части цивилизованного (без кавычек) мира...
beast going west


(spring 2010, fukuyama)

...雑念... )
киотские деликатесы: печеный чеснок...




京都'美味':焼き大蒜(食わず嫌い的に言えば、その'お味'は想像だにおそろしいものだろう)

えぇぇと。。。 「「「葷酒山門に入るを許さず」」」だったけ?でも、心配しなくてもいいかも、だって「ぶどうを食べるような感じ」だってー)))。。。

(spring 2010, kyoto)

...以下は意識の流れ的な雑念... ... ... )
...elections...

выборы, значит... в "верхнюю палату"... будущие сенаторы сходятся в жестокой полит-пиар схватке... и иногда незаинтересованному наблюдателю остается только недоумевать качеству 'боевых сил' в частности и общей стратегии в целом... ну, то, что товарищ кан вдруг заговорил про повышение налогов - с этим, наверное, ничего не поделаешь: человек он, как говорят, из простых - сын 'сараримана', и такая "простота хуже тяжких телесных", может, и простительна, но, вот, стратегам простота или просто малоумие - вряд ли: кто, например, 'придумывает' рекламу?: такое чувство, что они или просто бездарности, либо '(с)читая' ситуцию слишком глубоко, просто не верят в ее, рекламы, какой бы то ни было практический эффект, и 'креативят' из проформы, потому что 'так принято'... есть еще и третья, самая трагическая, версия, что они - и то, и другое - безотрадная амальгама наивной глупости и скептического цинизма... но такое, наверное, не лечится...

...вот, к примеру, плакат либеральных демократов:




танигаки в мрачных тонах психоделическо-фисташковой сепии и затерявшийся в углу лозунг с легкой игрой слов в смысле, что их, либеральных демократов, возврат в роль правящей партии снова сделает японию 'первой' (если по отношению государственного долга к ввп, то со времен их правления япония с этой 'лидирующей позиции' сомнительной приятственности никуда и не уходила)... конечно, консенсуса по поводу вкуса и цвета обычно нет, но такая цветовая гамма - просто угнетающа - увидев ее, сразу же представилось, что именно в такой тональности были выполнены плакаты в Океании - те, что про "свобода - это рабство" и пр....

...или демократы:



...хммм, не слишком ли удрученное выражение лица для лозунга "возродим бодрую японию"?...

... либо кроме краткого 'клича' им просто нечего сказать, либо идея выражена в такой высокой степени абстракции, что ее постижение доступно только немногим особо одаренным, завтракающим "поэтикой" и ужинающим "критикой чистого разума"...

другое дело - коммунисты:



...идея ясна и мессидж доходит; не ясно, правда, как бы они выкрутились, если бы товарищ кан не выдвинул эту самую идею удвоения потребительского налога...



どんどん迫っている選挙・・・参加出来ない即ち(殆ど)関係のない純粋たる傍観者にとって面白いもの、不可思議なもの、また単に理解力が及ばないものが盛り沢山・・・
・・・たとえば、政治家そしてその活動をあらゆる場面・側面で支え(幇助し?)ている党員の力量・手腕のこと・・・まぁぁ、選挙直前にあの「増税」という禁句を漏らして、眠っている龍を舌禍で呼び醒ましてしまった菅さんは'庶民'家出自と言われるから単純というか愚直というか、或いは理系出身だからあまり文系出身者にみられがちな権謀術数や詭計に長けていない、であることが分からなくはないが、例えばさぁ・・・ ・・・ ・・・ 
・・・選挙宣伝、ポスターとかの内容・形式・色彩を全般に亘る作成作業を取り仕切って、その構想を練り出している論理上・理論上頭脳のいいである筈の人たちはああいう単純さが看過されうるものではないだろう・・・
・・・あまりの馬鹿馬鹿しさに呆れるばかりだ・・・ ・・・ ・・・ 
・・・'黒子'というか'傭兵'というかは裏で活躍しているから事態の即興性による誤ちを犯すことはあるまいだろう・ものごとを冷静視し、計算尽くして進めている筈だろう、と、このボクがまた単純に思っているけど・・・ ・・・ ・・・
・・・'弁慶役'の家来供がちゃんとやらないとお殿様も困るだろう・・・ ・・・ ・・・ 
・・・その'家来'について三つの可能性が存在するであろう:単に頭が悪い・・・頭が優れすぎている(ので凡人にその考えていることが分からない)・・・彼らは両素質が合体して恐るべき、しかし無能であるに変わりがない怪獣である・・・ ・・・ ・・・ 
・・・だからさぁ、例えば、自民党のポスターをいったい誰が作った?あの丸で当分の間正気に戻れそうにない酔っ払った水墨師が悪夢をみてそのまま夢寐で画けたような '''サイケデリック的セピアわさび色'''の総裁様の個人崇拝画はいったい何?・・・ ・・・ ・・・まさか趣味の悪い退屈なおっさんが考え出しそうな色合いを用いて自民党は若くてダイナミックな政党であると語ろうとしたのか?・・・ ・・・ ・・・ 
・・・あるいは、民主党の場合はどう・・・ 
・・・本気であれだけヤルセなさそうな眼差しで「元気な日本を復活させる」おつもり?説得性は皆無と言われてしかたがなかろう・・・ ・・・ ・・・
・・・まぁ、有権者に特に伝えたいメッセージがないのは考えられなくもない窮地だが、せめて、何と言うか、もっと趣向の凝らされた映像で自分をアピールしたほうがよかった・・・かな・・・(例えば、凄まじい目をしてどっかの独法の理事長を鞭打ちして、声を荒げて「税金の泥棒」とか宣告している蓮舫の姿をポスターにすればどう?)))・・・)))・・・ ・・・ ・・・ リーダをポスターに掲載するよりいいアイディアがなかったのか?あれはあの冗談にそっくりのはなしだ:

警官が街灯の下に物色している泥酔者に問いかける、「何を探している?お前」
泥酔者が答える、「鍵」
警官、「鍵をどこで失くした?」
泥酔者、「公園で」
警官、「んじゃ、何で街灯の下で探し回っているの?」
泥酔者、「だって明かりはここにしかないよ」

なーんちゃって・・・ 谷垣さんや菅さんの顔にしか閃きの「明かり」を見出せないなんて、なんだかショボイって感じ・・・
・・・ボクが見たポスターの中で一番創造性や現実的臨場感に富んだのは共産党のものだった - 少なくとも志位の顔写真を載せるよりアピールの趣旨が分かりやすい・・・かな・・・
...random thoughts...

watching the recent episode of japanese political soap opera, i was bepuzzled by a question of why contemporary democracy (which, i believe, per se is the lesser evil among all other possible yet inevitably flawed and imprefect, as all human contraptions are, forms of government) functions in a fashion it does, that is in a 'representative' one: in ancient greece (particularly in the 5th-4th c. athens) all enfranchised citizens could go to the council and partake in state matters directly by voting themselves (they even got paid for it, but that's another story)... then in modern times the sheer number of citizens and the vastness of states necessitated the construction and implementation of a representative approach... now, providing the enormous progress in means of communication it would not have been completely impossible to return to the original system of direct democracy: almost everyone has a cellphone, so why not embed in them a voting function (with appropriate authentication, of course) - wouldn't a real-time engagement in state affairs have been an ultimate citizen / layman / voter control? wouldn't that have ensured an absolute possible level of representation? (e.g. that would have forestalled such fairness-challenged cases as the recent elections in the uk where lib.dems got almost as much votes as labour but that resulted in them getting only half as much of parlamentary seats as the latter, or the 2000 us elections when gore got more votes nationwide but lost in number of secured electors)... of course, some sort of government got to be installed (like ceo and board of directors if likened to how corporations are run), and a mechanism of legislative intiative developed and deployed... but it doesn't look neither entirely inconceivable nor prohibitively unsustainable, and it would have been cheaper (in the long run) than to hold usual elections... of course, nothing is perfect, and thus it is as well perfectly within the reach of imagination to consider that some preposterous or even dangerous idea quickly, in a fit of voter passion, becoming a state law - but hey, don't you entrust these people with voting rights in the first place?; then, there is that anonymity issue that individually a person (some closeted abomination) may think really ghastly things however would rather abstain from revealing them publicly (or have other people share them) but would not hesitate to vote for certain bills that would have promoted and facilitated their agenda if they could do so secretly... so, it can be said, that in a parlament settings it's much easier to see who's what (by judging how they vote or what motions they introduce); and, yes, electronic systems are vulnerable to malicious hijacking... but, vote fraud is possible in conventional elections either (even on staggeringly onerous scale of which a pertinent example would be those more than 1.5 million falsified ballots for karzai during the last elections in afghanistan) ... well, to think of it, haven't some states already ventured on that slippery road by introducing electronic voting machines? (with dubious counting algorithms)... but, all in all, it may be alright to have it as an abstract concept to fiddle with, but perhaps it would be preferable to stick to the current system... at least for the time being...

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speaking of 'means of communication', i'd guess that it's just a result of their colossal 'improvement', and overall globalization, so thus it just appears the way it does, but one would have to make a great effort so as to fail to notice an increase in number and intensity of natural disasters: tsunamis in indonesia, volcanoes in iceland, black holes appearing out of nowhere in guatemala... i earnestly hope that they weren't onto something inevitable in the "2012"... and if they were?... - then humankind still yet has a time for self-annihilation without any unwarranted assistance on the nature's part: a couple of more oil spills like that in the mexican gulf (though, some blankety-blank bp spokesperson recently has dared to claim it to be an 'ultimate 'natural' disaster'), or some nut with a nuke going even roguer, and the world's going to go to the hell in a handbasket...

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plato wrote (was it in the "republic"? or where?) something to the extent that if one truly KNOWS what is good and true one would use them as guiding principles for their actions - seems right to the mark, though like as every other of his axiomatic maxims they are applicable rather to saints or sages, cause (when it comes to common folks) in most cases even if one knows (or, if we think in plato terms - "justifiably believes") that something is such that not necessarily will translate into real action, like we can know ('have a belief') that something is detrimental for us, and yet do or do not something anyway: like when it comes to nutrition and exercise (fields an interest in which makes an average joe a socialbly dangerous creature called 'fitness freak') there are two positively wise thoughts: "you can't out-exercise your lousy diet" and "a single workout will not make an athlete, but can brake an athlete": the first means that one cannot redeem their indulgencies and more often than not sheer gluttony with repentative exercising mortifications ('yeahh... i've done an hour of dumb screwing cardio so now i can gorge on that pack of cookies' or vise versa), the second stands for the ol'time tested adage that too much even of a good thing can (and in most cases will) turn out to be a bad thing, and, in more general application, that the principles upon which human metabolism, and taken more broadly - epigenectics, functions are not of 'arithmetical' nature but more or less are something like a 'quantum physics' with synergistic and non-linear mode of operating, and that such straightforward propositions like 'if no pain means no gain, so more pain would mean more gain' or 'calories in - calories out' just ain't hold a candle to the reality though they may be positioned just cosy within the realm of conventional wisdom: of course, stimulus - response mechanism is undisputable but aside of it... there factors in a system of correlating elements including the bestiarium of various hormones (leptin hasn't been discovered until some 20 years ago, so science may not know everyone of them yet), stress level, environment... ... ... so, what was i about?... ahm yeh, about knowing, doing and knowing what you're doing... about 'walking the talk' that is... which i seem to be lamentably and miserably unable of... well, conversely, the other end of the stick - indoctrinated, narrow-minded and, yes indeed, mightily determined 'n=1' epistemology (no 'black swans' out there) is not that much attractive either...


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i've been recently reminded of russia in exceptionally peculiar a manner: i was riding a bicycle, and saw two white guys also riding bicycles but wearing special sleek helmets in a 'gee, look, what a cool guy i'm!' fashion... well anyway, i saw them, and, they seemed so familiar to me as if i had definitely seen or known them before, but despite of that fleeting though unambiguous dejavu impression i was strangely incapable of recollecting where and when or in what circumstances it had happened... more over, i was somehow reassured in that feeling when they nodded to me in a greeting... why would they nod to a stranger?... of course, i'm the last person to be of high opinion of his memory faculties but... the enlightenment came upon further inspection of their countenance and attire: young, smile-engraved ken-like neatish though rather nondescript faces, high height, short hair, black slacks, white shirts, black ties - yes, you cannot confuse that 'cheerful undertaker' image with anything else - i got it! they looked exactly like those jehova witnesses i saw in russia - looked eerily same, no really... are they cloned or something?... and speaking of those apostolic 'clones', i tend not to regard them as some sort of conartists or hypocrites (although their higher-ups maybe indeed) for i doubt one can fake both those undaunted attitude and determined face - if you aren't a true and an enthusiastic believer you just aint cut out for that 'line of business'... - and they should be given their due in that respect, i reckon...
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japanese words that just freak me out: 'seikatsusha', 'kurashi', 'dannasan', 'okusan', 'okosan', 'josei' (like in 'josei ni mo...'... just as if it was a sort of different specie - kind of 'human' but not quite sufficient to qualify for being treated as equal), i also cringe at an ignominious practice of adding "za" to other words...

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short, ugly, fat, unemployed, untalented (has a good command of no languages, has no skills...), with iq barely enough for being able to tie his shoestrings, with a body falling apart... and completely hopeless... so, who that would be?... me, alas...

♪♪♪: "man of constant sorrow":♪♪♪
...random_thoughts...


sales of ipads have begun (though, i can't grasp woz the all the fuss's about, but that's perhaps due to my inherently low iq, i reckon), so some folks venture on standing in a queue for a mindboggling amount of time which is measured not just in hours but in days - wretched souls, i wonder how unfathomably miserable their hitherto existence should have been so they loathe to live a single moment without the 'stuff'...; well, there are, after all, those who don't mind waiting for 7 hours to buy a couple of donuts, so i dunno - i saw that on tv, and the reporter wasn't that much perplexed by the sheer bizarreness of it...
...so, the funny thing about ipads is that of all 47 prefectures of japan the only one that was deprived of even a single 'pos' where those wretched souls could satisfy their uber-early-adopting itch is aomori - a peculiar fact given that...  well, the symbol, though a gastronomical as it may be, of aomori is an apple...


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my MD thesis was in part about determining the content of school social studies curriculum, so it's sort of 'infotaining' to see how they get it done in the Lone Star State... yehhh, right wing this, right wing that... social conservatives, christian fundamentalists, intelligent-design-theory-worshippers, c-o-n-f-e-d-e-r-a-t-e-s... the recent NY article says that they've pulled back on the most controversial issues, like the one requiring to write the president's name in its complete form - that is with "hussein" in between)))...

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hatoyama resigned... i'd say that i didn't like him as a politician, but i somehow can't help feeling sorry for him... his story is just one more example that it is quite unlikely to be a friend of everyone in the first place, as well as even trying to accomplish this impossible feat in practice - that's how you'd get just the opposite - end up being hated by everyone, just as has happened to the guy... i wonder, what would have happened if he really told the potus something to the tune of "you see, guys, i've promised my constituents to get you out of that base, and if i don't keep that promise that would be tantamount to a political suicide"... no, really, just what would have happened?... would the cia have sent agents to assasinate him?... hmmm, though a thorough scholar of the history of latin america in the second half of the 20th century would not discard this idea compeltely, i reckon (allende, anyone?)...)))... so, was he actually in a sort of messy fix of chosing whether to commit a suicide (a political one) or signing one's own death sentence?...
but still, making promises easily, and thinking you can just as easily get away with not fulfilling them is a trait of character quite incompatible with requirements for someone in a position of high authority...

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maybe i'm too simplistic or backward, but i do believe in a principle of constitutionality viewed in a broad sense of 'there is no crime without a law (manifestly prohibiting a certain action or inaction)' and 'no formal social sanctions ought be imposed without a formal condemntation (court sentence)', which is why it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that i'm bewildered to say the least when i hear that people find it literally abominable when members of so-called 'organized crime groups' (shitei bouryoku dantai) get their hands on tickets to the most prominent seats on sumo competition, and get themselves broadcasted nationwide: well, first and foremost, i'm struggling with the understanding of the very concept of an 'organized crime group' in the first place: there is nothing wrong with organizing a group (is there?), and if that group (=its individual members) commits a crime, so go on - punish the crime by prosecuting the individual criminals who have commited the crime, otherwise all those prohibitions are nothing but a bigoted discrimination... well, to think of it, in the us they prohibit (former) sex offenders to settle within a certain vicinity from schools and alike, so they end up with having to live nowhere but under the bridges...
really can't reconcile myself with the notion of "tai" being The Fish: alliterations, either phonetical or connotational can be funny, of course, but
that "tai-medetai" stuff is nothing but a reverse superstition - it's just aint tasty; well, it's not that bad on the other hand, but still, doesn't go beyond tasting plain or rather boring... speaking about words, there are some i must confess to have an acute and profound aversion to: for example, "chotto" - it's so irritatingly versatile and so ambiguously fickle as to deserve banning... and a merciless one indeed; the other one is "herushi": this one i detest for two reasons: first, cause on most occasions i regard what is commonly considered "herushi" as its total opposite (now, how on earth can soy be called healthy?), second, it is used in those loathsome and bulimiogenic gourmet shows; the third one is "oshiri" - it is usually pronounced in such a childish and innocent-like manner that, well... it's just quaint... or maybe it's that easygoing and yet to a great extent obsessive fixation on toilet-related issues that more often than not i find odd...

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asashouryuu has finally got His Corpulence back to the homecountry, and the first thing that chanko-guzzling enfant terrible did? - nonchalantly pissed off japanese psyche by refusing to answer a question in japanese: "okotowari", more over - denied any wrongdoing, playing into compatriot media hand by hinting at sort of conspiracy or mongol-bashing; yeahh, what he could have said instead: "after another victory, as it usually happens, i got inhumanly drunk, and revealed my aggressively socio-pathic personality in all its egregious and wicked glory"; it's just curious why the reaction of japanese media was so lenient and condescending: even comments by yaku mitsuru were rather languid and apathetic; or, perhaps, it was a crafty tactic: kind of if a scandal is the best pr, denying him one would be the most fiendish thing to do: "alright, you can say what you want, and we don't care that much cause you're just an ingrateful clown, and it was only reasonable to fire you, so now you can wear all those stupid looking sun-glasses as much as you want, and get yourself hired by your family-run circus... blah-blah"...
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on the other hand, there is one thing japanese [media] are really angry about: the rest of the world's critique of consumption of marine creatures of various degree of sentience: well, tuna may be no more clever than plankton but i doubt that whales or dolphins are so advanced as to deserve more benevolence than "beef" or "pork" or bisons, slaughtered in great multitudes by ancestors now whale-adoring americans [moby dick, anyone?], for that matter; i personally, don't mind tuna or whale fishing in reasonable amounts so they are not annihilated completely, but what freaks me out is the brazen hypocrisy: "that's not whaling - that's a scientific research; banning tuna fishing ("tuning"...?)))...) in the mediterranean or atlantic is a hideous plot against japanese food culture, and we don't give a damn that japan is located on the other side of the globe"; japanese culture and language are so euphemistic-oriented, decorous and coy, however japanese themselves, at least some substantial part of japanese, seem somehow unaware that that doesn't have that much of a currency in the rest of the world: toyota's musings about "drivers' feeling" being at the core of the prius problem rather than actual hardware malfunction may have been accepted in japan but not elsewhere; and that's the problem cause i don't know what exactly for but japan wants to be respected or even liked by The World, even those internationalism/feminism/humanism-cursing ultra-right nationalists tend to make their arguments contingent on examples of other countries: "you see, over there in america, they are all patriots, and they sing their anthem, and revere their flag, so why we shouldn't?"...
...miscellaneous...


during the recent long and fairly besetting bout of unyielding unwellness, with just but a vague, though not entirely nonexistent, understanding of its reasons on my part, to which i have succumbed, i've been wasting oodles of time "watching cellphone" - a tv on the cellphone - and thus getting more "enlightened" about the country of sojourn, a sojourn indeed fleeting and transient as it may yet turn out to be, immersing in the atmosphere of contemporary pop-media culture, a milieu of a constant barrage of seemingly unending and unrelenting weather forecasts, a food porn sort of gourmet variety shows and gossiping chit-chats, usually by some gaudy freaks, about smallest and smallest minutiae of celebrities' lives...

the princess...
during the first (husa-)year here, one of the professors had, to my mind rather unvigilantly, said a somewhat unflattering remark on the appearance of princess aiko, that is that she was far from being beautiful; at that time i had no idea how did she looked like, so the professor's assessment was of little relevance... but just recently i saw the princess in a program about her taking part in a sports day event, usually held in japanese schools in autumn, and it somehow hit me - yeah, that's what he meant, now i got it, alright... that's one more example, that one rarely can get all the good stuff - in this case to be a princess and a pretty one - but have to content with some flaw or other misfortune...

constipation...
a hell of a great deal of tv ads try to convince constipation afflicted audience that a particular miracle of pharmaceutical alchemy, an elixir of amalgamated chemical prowess and marketing wizardry, will cure the said malady... these commercials habitually feature middle aged women with an anguish on their faces at the beginning and a joy at the end saying something like "dasu tte taisetsu" or "deta!"... just been wondering if a similar wording would be ok'ed in a context of any other culture, aside from china and korea, i guess... and to think of it, what's the cause of this 'condition' in the first place, is that something white rice should be laid blame for?...

children safety...
there is an obsession with children's safety... judging from what i can observe having a junior school near the place i live at, and from experience of translating communication notes schools send to parents, japanese are fully committed to live up to the tenets of the "kodakara" principle, in earnest and for sure, forcing students to attend schools in groups, and surrounding them with flag-waiving chaperons... that may make a lot of sense in terms of ensuring their physical security, but i can't help feeling uneasy with that kind of patronage, an incessant, intrusive and bigbrotherish watch-dogging redolent of... ... ... hmmm... doesn’t matter... so, just recently saw a reporting on kindergarteners' training in shouting "help me!" in as loud a voice as possible... i guess, that's just how some folks end up being maniacs - cause they've been getting indoctrinated with that very idea from their very tender years... or i dunno, it's just what popped up in my head when i was watching it...

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