Tuesday, May 09, 2006


A decades-old family legacy was shattered earlier this month, when the Japan Times subscription was replaced by The International Herald Tribune (published by The New York Times, with cooperation from The Asahi Shimbun).

The International Herald Tribune is, IMHO, fantastic. Firstly, they cover non-Japanese, non-Bush news. I don't know about you but I am getting sick of hearing about supreme court judges fondling girls on the rush hour train. And yes, I already know the President doesn't speak English. They also have this letter-unscrambling word game every day, which is easy enough to make me attempt it, and tricky enough to make me waste another 10 minutes of my morning.

Best of all, they don't give 3 alternative spellings for "Mao Asada" in the same article. To think all those years of irritating mornings finding errors in the paper were unnecessary...


Blogger teahouse said...

Oh gosh, I've heard about how every woman in Japan has been fondled on the train. Ick!

2:29 PM  
Blogger "Tsunami" said...

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6:04 PM  
Blogger "Tsunami" said...

Fondling on the train, that sounds fantastic. If you're sitting in the train while the fondling is going on next to you is it alright to watch?
In NYC, eye contact is avoided on the subway. In Japan, must I first make eye contact before I go in for a fondle or can I fondle and make eye contact as I make my exit? Better yet, do you even have to make eye contact or can you run a quick fondle and exit strategy?

6:06 PM  
Blogger e! said...

Tsunami - Getting fondled on the train really isn't all that fantastic, especially when the fondler is a greasy, balding sociopath with paedophiliac tendencies, who hasn't bathed in 2 weeks. But I guess you could watch, if you're into that sort of thing.

THB - Unbelieveable as it may seem, *most* of the things you hear about Tokyo are in fact true. Luckily, some of the trains now offer female-only trains during rush hour. Side note: when I was in Jr. Hi, I was groped by a white woman on the rush-hour train. So the women-only thing won't eliminate all sickos - only the vast majority of them.

1:47 PM  
Blogger la mannanista said...

heheh..as a former editorial assistant at the iht, it's easy to forget about the good reputation the paper has outside of its own employees... you are right, the iht is not so bad.
but also, having been away from japan for a while: supreme court judges? holy crap, that is pretty desperate.

p.s. you would probably do a world of good to iht quality. you should try to get a job there and move to paris!

8:55 AM  
Blogger e! said...

La M:

Whoa... your fabulousness quotient just increased tenfold. You worked at IHT?!?

I'd be on the next flight out to Paris if my French didn't make people bleed from the ears and if I had the funds. Oh, and it would also help if people there would stop setting the city on fire and crazy shit like that.

12:21 PM  

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