Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who became the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee’s chairman last month, said Asada has a habit of “always falling at the most critical time” of a competition. He blamed Asada’s short program shortcomings on her participation in the earlier team event at Sochi.
Mr Mori is a jackass. How could someone who so misses the Olympic spirit become the organizing committee chair for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics? But he didn’t stop at criticizing Asada; he also had harsh words for Japanese ice dancers Chris and Cathy Reed, who were born in the United States but compete for Japan.
“They live in America,” Mori said. “Although they are not good enough for the U.S. team in the Olympics, we included these naturalized citizens on the team.”
For starters, they didn’t naturalize—they ‘ve always been Japanese, as Debito points out:
Oh. But wait. They’re not naturalized. They always had Japanese citizenship, since their mother is Japanese. And how about Japan’s other athletes that also train if not live overseas (such as Gold Medalist Skater Hanyu Yuzuru, who now hails from Toronto)? Oh, but he won, so that’s okay. He’s a real pureblooded Japanese with the requisite yamato damashi.
Japan should boot Mori before he puts his foot in his mouth again.
Over 120 years ago, near the end of the 19the century, when foreign visitors were a very rare sight in Japan, an American painter who was fascinated with Japanese culture travelled to Japan and created a series of vibrant paintings and sketches of scenes and people he saw in the country.
Some amazing pieces. I like this one:
Here to the site to see more.
A Japanese woman recently celebrated her 100th birthday. That by itself is not so usual, but what is interesting about this woman is her strange way of writing her name, using an old style of Japanese called hentaigana:
Not to be confused with the homophone hentai as in “pervert,” hentaigana means an “alternative kana” or different way of writing existing letters. The characters in hentaigana have largely fallen by the wayside but can sometimes be seen in places such as restaurant signs.
Here are some samples of the hentaigana characters:
- They Must Be Kicking Themselves
Shortly after killing off the clones, Steve Jobs did something unexpected: he tried to get Sony to use OSX for their VAIO computers.