Car Sharing in Japan

Sorry this is all in Japanese. I think even in Japanese one can follow the logic of the system. This is the way young people use cars now. The video has the car rental from about $2 an hour per 15 minutes. (Oops! I should have double check this.) There are 30 types of cars to choose from.

  1. Make a Reservation
  2. Pick up a car.
    1. Use a card to open the car door
    2. Get the car key from the glove box
  3. Go to a gas station or a car wash if needed. The gas or car wash is charged to the rental company.
  4. If you need to, you can extend your rental time by selecting extension on the car’s GPS system.
  5. Return the car.
  6. If you forget something in the car you can open the car’s door just one more time to get it out. (I guess they only allow for one forget.)
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Attention 10 Cents (and others in Japan)

Rare fish sighting in Japan sparks ‘precursor to earthquake’ fears

According to Japanese legend, the fish will purposely rise to the surface and beach themselves whenever they believe trouble’s on the way. Residents have reported their presence before the arrivals of tsunamis and earthquakes in the past — including the 2011 Fukushima quake.

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And now for something completely different . . .

Except maybe to the sock.

Japanese commercials from 2018.

I guess synchronized dancing is a thing in Japan. Does this really sell soap (or whatever) there?

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Rose by any other name

Why do it simply when you can do it hard? Here is the way to write “rose” in Japanese.

薔薇

 

 

This is a lot of work so most Japanese just write the pronunciation:

バラ (bara)

Bonus question:

How many strokes does it take to write “rose” in Japanese?

What do you think of a language with such a complicated writing system? Japanese themselves are struggling because they are using computers so they have trouble remembering how to write. They can read fine but they get blank faces when they have to write the “big words”.

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Lunar Lander


How many of you remember the old Lunar Lander video game? For those who don’t it is a simple game that challenges you to land a LEM on the lunar surface. You have to slow down the horizontal speed; slow down the vertical speed; and find a flat place to land. Well, it is simple til you crash a bunch of times because you are going too fast or at the wrong angle. Oh, you also have to watch your fuel. No fuel and you “die’>

You are probably wondering why I am bringing this up. Well, I am on an exercise bike every day and find a game helps me to enjoy the ride. It distracts my mind and gets the kilometers in. Also I met with my Japanese side of my family and played the game with my nephew. He grew up on Play Station 2 so I was wondering how he would like old school video. He liked it and wanted to keep trying till he got the landings right. He is a quiet person so sharing a game worked out better than trying to get him to talk.

I figure some of you are Lunar Lander Pros so you can give me some good advice to not crash so much. So far the moon surface is so full of holes from my failed attempts the “cheese” is not green but Swiss.

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An obituary to share –Mario

NPR has a feature worth reading.   It is an obituary of a plumber.   He started his own company.   He worked hard and his business grew.   He ended up owning some property, which is how he became the landlord for the Nintendo office in Tukwila, Washington.

https://www.npr.org/2018/11/02/663372770/mario-segale-inspiration-for-nintendos-hero-plumber-has-died

Another friend of Segale’s commented on that story: “My direct understanding and perception is that Mario Segale doesn’t mind at all the fact that his name inspired such an iconic character, and that he shows humble pride in that fact in front of his grandchildren and close-knit adult circles.”

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TOTD 2018-9-10: French Comedy

Okay, the title is clickbait for the Francophiles on the site. This is a video of the comedy troupe Yoshimoto. They repeat the same plot in their skits. There is a family run shop, restaurant, or hotel and the Yakuza in loud suits shows up. Different characters in the troupes have running gags. Some of the gags have gone on for decades. This is like Saturday Night Live but with humor.

If you drink Soleil Lemon, you probably won’t get the humor.

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Monday Meals: 18-7-16 Jaga Bata

Be it summertime, I figured I’d talk a bit about on of my favorite matsuri foods. A matsuri (祭) is a festival in Japan.  Most towns from the smallest to the largest have festivals, which are usually during the summertime.  Accompanying the festivities are food booths with various tasty attractions.  One of my favorite happens to by jaga bata. Jaga bata is a deep fried buttered potato.  The name is a portmanteau of jagaimo (potato) and bata (butter).

Jaga bata is often topped with just butter.

Jaga bata
Jaga bata, lightly fried with only butter.

Many people, myself included, like to put mentaikomayo along with the butter on the jaga bata.  Mentaikomayo is mentaiko (spicy, fermented fish roe) and mayonnaise.  It gives the jaga bata a creamy, spicy quality.  So delicious.

Jaga bata with mentaiko
Deep fried jaga bata with mentaiko and a bit of corn.

If you are ever at a Japanese matsuri, I highly recommend you seek out and try jaga bata with mentaikomayo.

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Doshaburi

Google Translate gives “doshaburi” as one of four ways to say “downpour” in Japanese.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807080023.html

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807080035.html

Hey, 10 Cents, are you all right?   High and dry, I hope.   I saw the news about floods, but I think you are about 400 miles from there.

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Japanese MOMO-2 Private Rocket Launch

Interstellar Technologies, Inc. of Hokkaido, Japan is an aspiring private space launch company, hoping to join the ranks of companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic in providing low cost access to space.  The company was formed by a group of hobbyists who had previously built and launched their own rockets noncommercially.

Their first product, MOMO, is modest.  It is a “sounding rocket” which is intended to launch lightweight payloads into space on up-and-down missions which give them a brief period of weightlessness and access to the space environment.  MOMO is designed to launch small payloads above the Kármán line of 100 km, which is the conventional boundary of space.  The rocket is small and light: just 10 metres tall and one tonne.  For further details, see the Interstellar Technologies Web site, which is also available in Japanese.

The first launch of MOMO in July 2017 became the first privately-funded space launcher to be launched from Japan.  The rocket was functioning normally until telemetry was lost 66 seconds after launch.  This triggered an engine cut-off, which caused the rocket to reach an altitude of only 20 km before falling into the sea.

The second launch attempt was on June 30th, 2018.  Here is what happened.

They did not go to space that day.

The company is developing an orbital launcher for small satellites which is expected to fly in 2020, and has already conducted several tests of engine components for that rocket.

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