Posts Tagged ‘japan’

World-Famous Japanese Decluttering Guru Marie Kondo to Speak at USF March 6th – Tickets Available Now

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Marie Kondo’s Japanese Art of Decluttering is coming to Frisco on March 6th, 2017.

(I have my invite around here somewhere, perhaps near my many many piles of water-damaged LIFE magazine.)

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(Here’s a point / counterpoint from Slate on this newish Joy Spark Club.)

All the deets:

Mon, March 6, 2017, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

University of San Francisco Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

The USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies with support from Tatcha is delighted to present “Marie Kondo’s Japanese Art of Decluttering.” 

Join us on Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Presentation Theater when we welcome Ms. Kondo to campus for a lecture and brief organizational demonstration, followed by Q&A with the audience. A limited number of tickets are available to a private VIP reception preceding the talk.

Marie Kondo is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Spark Joy and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (also a bestseller in Japan, Germany, and the U.K.) and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. She is the founder of the KonMari Method, widely regarded as a new approach to decluttering based on Japanese values, which includes the spirit of Zen.

How Wrong is Oakland Warriors Co-Owner Peter Guber About the “Certainty” of “E-Sports” Video Gaming Becoming “an Olympic Sport in 2020?” – VERY

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Here you go:

Gaming revolution: Millennials make e-sports billion-dollar business By Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle February 1, 2017

And here’s the problem:

“Let me say something very provocative — I think there is a high certainty e-sports will be an Olympic sport in 2020.”

Well first of all, when did video games become a “sport?” Which of course is:

an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Oh so you think video games can fit in there? What about chess then? Let me say something very provocative, Gentle Reader – I think there is a high certainty chess will be an Olympic sport in 2020. That’s the ticket.

And second of all, look for any mention of any video games at all here:

Following the 2012 Games, the IOC assessed the 26 sports held in London, with the remit of selecting 25 ‘core’ sports to join new entrants golf and rugby sevens at the 2020 Games. In effect, this would involve the dropping of one sport from the 2016 Games program. This would leave a single vacancy in the 2020 Games program, which the IOC would seek to fill from a shortlist containing seven unrepresented sports and the removed sport. On 12 February 2013, IOC leaders voted to drop wrestling from the Olympic program, a surprise decision that removed one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896,[26] and even further to the Ancient Olympic Games. The decision to drop wrestling was opposed in many countries and by their NOCs.[27][28][29][30] Wrestling therefore joined other sports in a short list applying for inclusion in the 2020 Games. On 29 May 2013, it was announced that three sports made the final shortlist; squash, baseball/softball, and wrestling.[31] Five other sports (karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu) were excluded from consideration at this point.[32] On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC selected wrestling to be included in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024. Wrestling secured 49 votes, while baseball/softball secured 24 votes and squash got 22 votes.[33]

So what’s up with that?

And note that the Guber didn’t say by 2020, he said “in 2020.” So I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that there’s a “certainty” that “E-Sports” video gaming will somehow become “an Olympic sport in 2020.”

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TRUTH: If Your Beef Aint from the Kobe Area, It Aint Kobe Beef

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Or so they say

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And I’m not sure if those taters come from a farmers market neither…

Iwo Jima Memorial, In Situ, Contra Costa County

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

From far away, on the I-80:

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Your best view from the I-80

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And here’s a little closer, during springtime:

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And closer still:

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All the deets.

Find the Iwo Jima Memorial in This Photo – The East Bay’s Mount Suribachi – As Seen From the I-80

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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And here’s a little closer, from a rainer time of year:

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And closer still:

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All the deets.

The Rich Whites of Pacific Heights REALLY REALLY Heart Black Cars, Chapter Two – Even Ferraris are Black Up There

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

I already showed you ten in a row, up on Broadway:

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But now let’s check out the ritzy part of our 94115. Here’s five right here:

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And right next door, with the roof of the Land Rover from above in the lower right corner. (And here I thought all Ferrari(s) are red.)

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So that’s seven black luxury cars all bunched up parked outside on Jackson.

And what’s inside the garages? At least seven more black cars, obvs.

Prove me wrong!

Black Cars in Specific Whites: The Rich People of Pac Heights Don’t Like Colors – Ten in a Row on Broadway

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

I’ll tell you, back in the day, in Japan, looking out the airport bus window, I was surprised to see a Nissan Fairlady Z police car but also I was surprised to see that most cars on the road there were plain-Jane white sedans, and it was like, “Oh yeah, most cars are white here in Japan.”

Oh. News to me.

But check the scene here, in Frisco – ten vehicles in a row on the street what are painted black. (Now, there’s a covered-up motorcycle in this parade, but you just gotta know that it’s painted all black as well. C’mon, this is Frisco, where people in groups on the street wear black from head to toe, or almost do so.) Anyway, Y SO SRS, 94115?

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I mean, Tokyo has moved on, so why can’t you?

I wear Black on the outside
Cause Black is how I feel on the inside
I wear Black on the outside
Cause Black is how I feel on the inside

And if I seem a little strange
Well, that’s because I am
If I seem a little strange
That’s because I am

But I know that you would like me
If only you could see me
If only you could meet me

Oh
I don’t have much in my life
But take it – it’s yours
I don’t have much in my life
But take it – it’s yours

Here’s Why People at This Train Station in Japan Don’t Fall / Get Pushed Onto the Tracks – Could MUNI / BART Afford This?

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Here’s how things look in Japan in 2016 at a nothingburger, random train station:

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What do you call these, pocket doors?

Hey BART! Are you up to speed on this?

Imagine installing these automatic safety doors at just one station, like at Powell. It would be an implementation nightmare, just saying.

(OTOH, those cool-looking exposed bulb chandeliers, well putting those into a BART would be a snap…)

Anyway, hop to it BART/MUNI – get on this, like stat.

The Bude’ Abides – Better Know Your Giant Buddha of Golden Gate Park – But Why Don’t We Send It Back to Japan?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Here’s your history of this 3000-pound statue in our pricy ($8 a person!) Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park:

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Oh, here we go, just found this in the SFChron, but I don’t know what “Tajima province Honsha, Japan” means. (Perhaps they meant to say Tajima Province in Honshu, Japan? That would be like saying Atlanta, GA in the American South, I guess.)

Hey, maybe we should make a replica of this thing and send the original back to Japan, how about that?

Frisco Finally Gets Around to Fixing the Hanging Lanterns Above the Great Southern Entrance to Japantown – Here’s What They Look Like

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

First, it was all like this, like for a looooong time:

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But now it’s all like this, all fixed (except for the tagging, which might qualify for Landmark status at this point, but oh well):

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So that’s good.

(Hey, how’s the seismic safety for all what you can see in the background there, on Geary and Post from Fillmore to Laguna and including the big ugly Peace Pagoda [L]andmark? Oh, not good? Uh oh.)

Now what’s the next step? Hopping lanterns, Miyazaki-style, natch:

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Someday