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Re: Mylo --- In Transit to America
« Reply #75 on: August 09, 2013, 09:51:11 am »
Huzzah! :D

Miss home at all while you were away? I know I could never pull a trip like this off unless I took my family with me, I'm a homebody. :)

Of course I missed home. But, Japan was too awesome for me to dwell on that!

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Re: Mylo --- In Transit to America
« Reply #76 on: August 09, 2013, 10:16:59 am »
What did you see that really made you go, "WOW!", in Japan?

I know that you probably mentioned a few things, but I just want to know what ordinary things over there are so different from over here.
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Re: Mylo --- In Transit to America
« Reply #77 on: August 09, 2013, 11:35:11 am »
Here's one thing.

For the most part, people in Japan are very respectful to each other and the nice things they have. For example, when I exited a certain train in rural Japan, they didn't have a ticket checker. You just put your ticket in a bin. Basically, that means you can buy like a 190 ticket and then go as far as that 1350 ticket, and nobody would know. But obviously most if not 99% of people aren't idiots and take advantage of that. They buy the 1350 ticket to go the 1350 distance.

In America, I feel there is a predominant culture of "If you beat the system, then you're respected." In Japan, if you do everything you can to keep the system good for everyone else, then you are respected.

If you come here, it's amazing what you can contrast with America. I'll just say a general statement for now, but I'm going to have to explain it later. Being in Japan made me really realize that we are a nation based on fear. Now, that really does sound like an extreme statement and over general, but I'll explain it later.

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Re: Mylo --- In Transit to America
« Reply #78 on: August 09, 2013, 11:47:32 am »
Hmmmm........

That's more than a little food for thought right there.....

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Re: Mylo --- In Transit to America
« Reply #79 on: August 09, 2013, 07:16:45 pm »
Have safe trip and hit me up when back

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Re: Mylo --- In Transit to America
« Reply #80 on: August 11, 2013, 11:58:02 am »
In a culture where respect for each other is held high. Fear of others would be much less or virtually non existent.

A century ago one would find many places here in the U.S where you
could trust almost everyone. Though it was more prevelent in the
rural areas even then.

In some small comunities here in the U.S. there is some reminant of respect
where some people feel comfortable leaving their homes and property unlocked or unguarded. But even there it is quickly disappearing.

When disaster strikes we find the true nature of americans. We
stand up and help each other in great numbers. Of course the
media with it's desire or need of ratings always points out the bad
side of humanity. We need the media, but hearing about terrible
events can create distrust, distress, and fear over time.

I wonder how the media paints events in Japan. Of course their
culture would affect it.

On a lighter side. How was the bullet train ride? :orbunny:


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Re: Mylo --- Supertoys last all summer long...
« Reply #81 on: August 13, 2013, 09:22:19 pm »
Another thing...the Japanese have a philosophy that image is everything.  The convenience store food (which is about the same quality as gas station food) is still prepared so that it looks good.  McDonald's food is arranged artfully.  They have this idea that if food looks good, then it will taste good. 

I think this is what drew me to Japanese culture...that presentation is everything.  Even before I knew about this part of their culture, I was instilled with this same ideal as well (I say ideal because I don't do it all the time, but I highly value it).

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Re: Mylo --- Supertoys last all summer long...
« Reply #82 on: August 14, 2013, 01:03:41 pm »
Yes. That belief in image ties in well with respect or loss of it.. I understand
the Samari committed suicide rather than living in dishonor.

I don't know how the average Japanese deals with dishonor. But I am sure
it's still hard to live with.

Even here image is important to many people. A buisness will usually
do a lot better if it has a good image.

Of course some people here don't care at all.

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Re: Mylo --- Supertoys last all summer long...
« Reply #83 on: August 19, 2013, 10:44:08 pm »
Now of course everything has its downsides, and Japan is no exception.  The first thing that was very apparent was how pacified the society seemed from an outside perspective.  Some can argue over whether this is a good or bad thing, but it just looked like...

Well here are a few examples.  The advertisements on the train all had really cute characters and smiling faces plastered all over them, and at every train stop a cute melodic tone would play when the train's doors opened and closed.  This was in direct contrast to the salarymen who looked absolutely crushed during the late hours of the night, tired from work.

This thought was kind of dark, but it just came to my head after hearing the music...there are a lot of train suicides in Japan, so how awful it would be for those people committing suicide to here that music at the end...

You go to a game center, and of course it's great fun, but you also see salarymen there like zombies...just mashing buttons without moving any other part of their body but their arms, completely encapsulated by the game it seems.  And each play of these games cost around a dollar, so you know they spend a lot of money here.

In Tokyo, you are constantly bombarded by advertisements, melodies and music, announcements...there are restaurants everywhere.  Tokyo (and the other cities of Japan) are truly consumer paradises.

And everything seems to be designed to facilitate minimal interaction between people.  Vending machines.  Bike racks.  Pre-recorded audio thanks you in the polite language, but it's just a cold robotic woman's voice saying the same thing to everyone (like the United States in the auto cash registers nowadays).  People who serve you in restaurants and convenience stores just serve you very politely, but once again, they are like robots themselves. 

Japan is a far more consumer-based society than the United States, and currently, the country really shows what a super consumerist society can become.
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Re: Mylo --- Supertoys last all summer long...
« Reply #84 on: August 20, 2013, 12:44:19 pm »
Several years ago I saw a documentary on tv showing how
Japanese children are taught in schools. It appeared to
be very competitive. This continued into college. There
they toss a young man into a tough buisness learning curve
where he either makes the grade or fails in disgrace.

It's been sometime so I don't know if they still teach their
people this way or not.  I have seen some physical game shows
on tv where the average young person will do almost anything
to win. Not to hurt one another but they didn't seem to worry
about hurting themselves while trying to win. Of course you never
know how real programs like this are.

Not knowing any Japanese personally, I can only go on what I
have seen and read. They appear to be very industrious and
hard working. 

I often wonder how it would have affected this country or theirs
if we had accepted them as the 49th state when they applied back
in the 1950's.  Of course there wasn't any way we would have accepted
them with the terrible memories of WWII so fresh in our minds.

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Re: Mylo --- The fall comes...
« Reply #85 on: September 08, 2013, 10:36:27 pm »
School has begun, and now I'm working on the second half of my undergraduate degree.  They say that the winter is going to be very cold in Boston, and I can feel that in how cool it is now.  I'm taking six classes this semester (up from the normal four), so it is going to be more busy than usual.  I don't really know what to expect this year.  So far, I am just rolling with it. 

It feels odd, like I am along for the ride.

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Re: Mylo --- The fall comes...
« Reply #86 on: September 10, 2013, 11:58:57 am »
Sounds like your going to be a busy fellow. Keep your
fur collar close to keep out those cold winter winds.
Best wishes for a successful year of learning.

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Re: Mylo --- The fall comes...
« Reply #87 on: September 10, 2013, 12:52:00 pm »
Very nice! I'm on my Sophomore year of college up in Alaska studying to be a commercial pilot. I'm taking 6 classes as well (I've got a busy week) best of luck on your schooling!  :D 
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Re: Mylo --- Is it already the holiday season?
« Reply #88 on: November 02, 2013, 11:29:06 pm »
November all ready.  The last month went by so quickly, but I suppose it was also quite eventful.  More eventful than I thought it would be in my real life.

But now it's the holiday season, or at least it is for me.  :)  I like getting into it early personally.  Surprisingly we are still having warmish days in Boston...I remember this time last year it was already snowing.

Also, Midwest FurFest is in less than 3 weeks!  Very much looking forward to that; gonna be meeting a lot of Furtopians (and rooming with two of Furtopia's staff, Shim and Ziel).  It's going to be my first furcon, so we'll see how it goes...  :)


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Re: Mylo --- Is it already the holiday season?
« Reply #89 on: November 07, 2013, 11:55:13 am »
 I would say November starts the holiday season. At least the buying season these days.  :D

Only 3 weeks to turkey day. Hope you have a nice holiday season Mylo. :orbunny:
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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #90 on: February 24, 2014, 01:41:05 am »
It's hard to believe that the year is 2014.  I still think about it sometimes and realize just how far we are in the timeline.  Or at least, it seems like that, thanks to the power of Hollywood movies and bestselling sci-fi novels.

I have this feeling of progression that I haven't felt in a while.  That's really all I have to say.
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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onwards
« Reply #91 on: February 24, 2014, 02:09:58 am »
if it's the progression of our technology that you are talking about, i feel the same way... in the past 15 years we went from these big chunky laptops to these small phones that can do more. and in biology it went from almost no interest to the highest demand, well besides making money....  sad to see that lots of our technology is just used for getting rich....

funny thing is how accurate those movies are. like in gattaca all the gene mods, we most likely will have that in the next decade. and for space we might start building a moon base in the next 4 decades. 

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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #92 on: March 07, 2014, 01:08:25 pm »
I know I posted in the other thread on this, but.....!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #93 on: March 08, 2014, 12:22:55 am »
I know I posted in the other thread on this, but.....!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Thanks Bear.  :) 

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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #94 on: March 08, 2014, 11:04:57 am »
Congratulations again Mylo :orbunny:
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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #95 on: March 08, 2014, 07:19:41 pm »
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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #96 on: March 10, 2014, 12:59:03 am »
Thanks again Old Rabbit. :)

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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #97 on: April 25, 2014, 02:19:17 am »
Sometimes I wonder how apparent it is every decision we make, and how it affects so many other things.  Today, one small choice that I made changed the entire day in a way I didn't even consider was going to be possible.  Of course it sounds overblown, but it's just times like these where I realize how almost random these choices can be that grow into these awesome and completely unrelated and unexpected things that you didn't see coming.  Or perhaps very negative things that you didn't see coming...who knows?

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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #98 on: April 25, 2014, 12:39:26 pm »
I think you will find that as you grow older with greater responsibility your
decisions will be more life changing.

When young we do many things, though we feel they are important at the
time they usually don't affect our lives all that much.
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Re: Mylo --- Marching Ever Onward
« Reply #99 on: April 25, 2014, 02:34:44 pm »
I think you will find that as you grow older with greater responsibility your
decisions will be more life changing.

When young we do many things, though we feel they are important at the
time they usually don't affect our lives all that much.

And that's the thing...this random choice ended in an unrelated and unexpected outcome.  But, it really has no effect on the rest of my life, or even the next few days of my life.  It's just more an admiration of the phenomenon.