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All you have to do is look (95)

Posted by ampontan on Friday, November 2, 2012

Two miko advertise the start of a morning market on the second and fourth Sundays of the month on Shinbaba-dori in front of the Matsubara Shinto shrine in Saga. It was a bustling shopping district before the war. It’s a 10-minute walk from my house.

Photo from Saga Shimbun

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4 Responses to “All you have to do is look (95)”

  1. David said

    Ampontan, whaddaya think of this? http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/nov/08/expect-be-lied-japan/?pagination=false
    ——–
    1. The word “horsesh*t” comes immediately to mind.

    2. The first tip-off was that a book by McNeill was being reviewed. He’s made a career out of accentuating whatever shadows he can find and ignoring the sunlight. Typical of the FCCJ barstool crowd.

    3. I have no patience for the artsy-fartsy, and it was a struggle getting past the first paragraph for that reason.

    4. I stopped at this point:

    The atmosphere at the demos is not unlike that of last year’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in the US: passionate, peaceful, festive, and sprinkled with an element of nostalgia by the conspicious presence of veterans of the 1960s. One of the leading figures is the novelist and Nobel Prize laureate Oe Kenzaburo, aged seventy-seven.

    That’s 100% proof horsesh*t about Occupy. There are compilations of even worse horror stories than that one. (NY sanitation workers, who do it for a living, said the garbage they picked up there smelled the worst of any than can remember.) The reviewer is living on an imaginary planet. And most Japanese put Oe in a category lower than that most Americans put Noam Chomsky in (among those who know or care who either person is).

    Yoroshiku!

    -A.

  2. Andrew in Ezo said

    David beat me to it. Buruma also delivered a whopper in an article about Takeshima/Senkaku:
    http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/east-asia-s-nationalist-fantasy-islands-by-ian-buruma

  3. yankdownunder said

    Buruma book review

    The words “horsesh*t” artsy-fartsy are too kind for this scum bag.

    “What put paid to any celebration of nuclear power in Japan, however, was the American H-bomb test at Bikini Atoll in 1954. By a slice of ghastly irony, the only victims of this explosion in the Pacific were Japanese fishermen, whose boat had strayed too close.”

    strayed too close

    the only victims

    The Japanese fisherman were among 264 people accidentally exposed to radiation because the explosion and fall-out had been far greater than expected.

    They did not stray and they were not the only victims.

    The review is full of lies, misinformation and bias.

    The title “Expect to Be Lied to in Japan” should be changed to
    “Expect to Be Lied to by Buruma”.

  4. James A said

    Ian Buruma is still around? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. These old-school leftist academics whose brains have atrophied during tenure sometimes like to make a peep time and time again to show the regents that they aren’t totally comatose.

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