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  1. Anyone tried out Gassan, thats the place that is open til the end of July. I think it only opens in April or something crazy like that.....
  2. Wow, interesting. Wonder how these numbers compare with this year......
  3. I think I am missing something here. What are you lot talking about?!?!?
  4. Not disagreeing with that, Ocean11. I am enjoying the Olympics, just bringing up the point of the tasteless display for discussion. Have a good one.
  5. A rather predictable - let's go the other way post. I am opening up "debate" on this here winter sports forum of people with an "international" outlook. Obviously not all. So why do you always feel the need to respond? Isn't it you who is doing the griping? I was just bringing up the subject hopefully for intelligent discussion. Alas....
  6. Agreed on that ivo - nothing wrong with painting faces, etc supporting your country team. As you so rightly pointed out, that is not the point being brought up here. But doggy-style is never going to be able to see that, ivo, so there you go! And I am enjoying the Olympics, as I am sure you are too, ivo, yeah? Again, not the point here.
  7. Actually having to "work" today, so lots of time free. Sorry, Huh?, don't want to party with you. Try someone else.
  8. And why did you think I was an American doggy-style, not just a jealous foreigner mouthing off because I dont come from the "greatest country on earth". Yeah, sure. It is comments like this and times like these that I feel almost embarrased to be.
  9. Quote: .. i think nationalism can't be helped in the arena of the olympics.. that's just part of the olympics and the olympic spirit.. Does that include changing Olympic protocol by adding nationalistic words to the opening words, or bringing on a torn flag from "ground zero", or wearing national team uniforms (another first), or chanting USA USA USA USA, or......??? I don't think so.
  10. Something along the lines of fair play, sports - not politics, overt patriotism. I don't like the Japanese coverage either. I find all forms of nationalism rather ugly. In that sense it seems us Americans* (see below) and Japanese in general do have a lot in common. Have you answered the "when will the waving flag on the TV continue until" question yet? And why the US terrorist incident, terrible though it of course was, was more terrible that any other number of terrible terrorism incidents that have gone on over decades in other countries? By the way, Yeah!, thanks for
  11. Oh yes. But wait a minute, the Olympics are, hmm, the Winter Olypmics. I heard there were quite a few winter sports going on there? Maybe I was wrong. Thanks for wishing me all the best on getting a life, BD. Appreciated.
  12. Thomas Thought there would be a response like that! OK, doggystyle, so you are proud and a patriot, arent you? Thats fine. Dozo.... But for how long does the flag on the TV and all of this continue? And for the consumption of the rest of the world? (as per Olympics ceremony). Forever? And can you not think of another country that has seen tradegy or terrorism ever before? Maybe not 3000 people at one time (oh yes, werent many of those victims non-Americans?), but ongoing and for a long long time anyway? Or do they not show tell you that kind of thing goes on in th
  13. "Shukan Bunshun (2/21) dumps on what it describes as "American arrogance toward the spirit of the Olympics" at the St. Lake City Games' opening ceremonies." Anyone seen this - concerns the flag issue, the USA chants and shirts worn by the torchlighting team (a first), and Mr Bushs addition to the protocol announcing the Games open.
  14. haha, funny! Do you think less Japanese are smoking recently though...?
  15. I am pretty new here, but its becoming a habit to check this out. Waiting to be able to go out onto the slopes - only another 2 weeks for me now. Cheers all!
  16. Go to the obvious places - Niseko, Naeba, Hakuba - and you will see lots....go to smaller less well known and you will probably be the only gaijin around.
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