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Azure

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Yes, I agree that it's not part of Canadian culture and I think we talked about it on a thread called, 'The Odd thing about you' or something similar to that. I am just genuinely sensitive about everything and don't like to abuse them and get really irritated when I see people kicking their stuff. It's more to do with their anger, frustrations etc. and taking it out on those things because they are inanimate objects - taking things for granted, in other words. Whereas I feel everything is part of consciousness and is aware of itself. So if I hurt something I hurt myself (goes around comes around in human terms) and I am not sure why I'd do that. I am naturally against violence, drugs, politics, guns, animal abuse etc. I've been mean to people, no doubt and hurt their feelings when they rubbed me the wrong way and that still is a work in progress. It's easy to be nicer to objects and animals I'd say. The real challenge always lies with the humans.

But still, I said sorry 3 times already this morning. When I was getting on the train, I sort of pushed someone as we both tried to get on the same car so it was more of accident so I said sorry right away and let her go first (too cold so we were all rushing!). And then I said sorry to the person next to me as I sneezed a couple of times (again too cold today! lol). And then said sorry to myself because I did or said something to self that wasn't very nice. lol

But anyway, I have yet to ride a bike and it's rare in North America though we have bikers that love to bike all over NA during the summer and they travel as a group. I just love the idea of it. I think it's more doable in the country where there's not as much traffic. I do see them on the highway or even on the streets from time to time but in general, I find it very risky here in NA.
Why don't you drive to work instead? I don't have a bicycle here either. I could get one but I really don't need three modes of transport now lol!

Europe is so awesome with cycles really. @Hydrocella will have a lot to say about cycles in China. Apparently it's a huge thing there.
 

Zara

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Why don't you drive to work instead? I don't have a bicycle here either. I could get one but I really don't need three modes of transport now lol!

Europe is so awesome with cycles really. @Hydrocella will have a lot to say about cycles in China. Apparently it's a huge thing there.
Driving to work when work is downtown Toronto is not ideal at all. You will be stuck in traffic forever and parking in downtown is very expensive. Our office has our own parking but they are very still very expensive. So people take Go train to work. These trains are specifically designed for professionals who work downtown Toronto. And they have stations in each city/location. So I drive to my station and then I take the train to downtown. But it's not over yet, I still have to walk about 10-15 minutes before I can get to my office. Such fun! But I don't mind the walk as it's good for health. And walking downtown especially in the summer is huge fun. It's very lively and happening all the time even in deep winter. I don't think the city ever goes to sleep!

I know Europe is great in that regard. I have a bicycle but that's different than motor bikes, isn't it? I was talking about the latter.

@Hydrocella has abandoned this thread it seems just like he abandoned Canada. Traitor!
 
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Zara

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Smoking funky cigarettes while running around in adorable costumes. Does kinda feel like how a Paradise should be.

Purgatory is this?
Isn't heaven a state of the mind? You feel heavenly or feel like as if you are in heaven when you are surrounded by beautiful nature or when your favourite player wins or when you fall in love (as you are with me :love:) or when your first baby is born etc. And idea of hell is also similar when you go through unthinkable pain or suffer for terminal diseases or being tortured (reminds me that I need to torture you soon) etc. So it's a state of the mind/feeling etc.

Lmho at purgatory! I think so. ABBA is pure Heaven because they take you there feeling wise.
 

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Isn't heaven a state of the mind? You feel heavenly or feel like as if you are in heaven when you are surrounded by beautiful nature or when your favourite player wins or when you fall in love (as you are with me :love:) or when your first baby is born etc. And idea of hell is also similar when you go through unthinkable pain or suffer for terminal diseases or being tortured (reminds me that I need to torture you soon) etc. So it's a state of the mind/feeling etc.

Lmho at purgatory! I think so. ABBA is pure Heaven because they take you there feeling wise.
I do like this since I'm not a believer of what might be next. So heaven has to be a place on earth while I'm alive. Same with hell. I think I've been there several times. Been to Heaven and Purgatory as well. It ain't all bad. :p
 

Zara

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I do like this since I'm not a believer of what might be next. So heaven has to be a place on earth while I'm alive. Same with hell. I think I've been there several times. Been to Heaven and Purgatory as well. It ain't all bad. :p
Lmho! I could imagine. I was in hell just this Friday (work related - deadlines and what not - bloody hell) but Saturday was heaven. Sunday was Purgatory (the first half but got better later). I find Purgatory really annoying but better than hell for sure. .

I am heaven for you, Richie. You know this. :giggle:
 

Zara

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Looking at your blurry smiling face is heaven, dearie.
More like a zombie smile. Lmho! It wasn't distortion but one of those special effects that I found in one of the presets and I liked it instantly. It was almost like art, wouldn't you say?

But I do aim to please you, Richie.
 

Zara

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It was so cold this morning (-35 with the windchill), I was becoming a frozen statue waiting for the train.

 
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Driving to work when work is downtown Toronto is not ideal at all. You will be stuck in traffic forever and parking in downtown is very expensive. Our office has our own parking but they are very still very expensive. So people take Go train to work. These trains are specifically designed for professionals who work downtown Toronto. And they have stations in each city/location. So I drive to my station and then I take the train to downtown. But it's not over yet, I still have to walk about 10-15 minutes before I can get to my office. Such fun! But I don't mind the walk as it's good for health. And walking downtown especially in the summer is huge fun. It's very lively and happening all the time even in deep winter. I don't think the city ever goes to sleep!

I know Europe is great in that regard. I have a bicycle but that's different than motor bikes, isn't it? I was talking about the latter.

@Hydrocella has abandoned this thread it seems just like he abandoned Canada. Traitor!
Not quite. On the move recently, back in Taiwan - whee. With a handful of days before the New Year begins there’s some work to be done.
 
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Heeby-jeeby from somewhere I cannot really remember now. What I can remember was while it seemed like Verona, where people flock to Shakespeare’s settting of Romeo and Juliet and lovers pen kitsch notes of undying devotion, this felt more vivid. Read some notes and arrive at your own thought(s):

Some year, somewhere in Japan.







You lie. We have successfully bored you, haven't we? The magic is gone?
It’s true, few seem to have the capacity of allowing magic into their lives. And while I’d rather have moments of magic than weeks of reality if you learn to watch out for them, it’s never boring.
 
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Zara

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Heeby-jeeby from somewhere I cannot really remember now. What I can remember was while it seemed like Verona, where people flock to Shakespeare’s settting of Romeo and Juliet and lovers pen kitsch notes of undying devotion, this felt more vivid. Read some notes and arrive at your own thought(s):

Some year, somewhere in Japan.








It’s true, few seem to have the capacity of allowing magic into their lives. And while I’d rather have moments of magic than weeks of reality if you learn to watch out for them, it’s never boring.
It’s a place where you make your wishes. I seem to remember seeing something similar either in a movie or documentary. But I think it was a tree and people would write their wishes and hang those on tree branches. Somewhere in Europe I think.

I liked the pictures. I am glad you took them because they are interesting aspects of people. Besides, I like looking at something different anyway.
 
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It’s a place where you make your wishes. I seem to remember seeing something similar either in a movie or documentary. But I think it was a tree and people would write their wishes and hang those on tree branches. Somewhere in Europe I think.

I liked the pictures. I am glad you took them because they are interesting aspects of people. Besides, I like looking at something different anyway.
Now I remember! This was at the Meiji shrine in Tokyo. I get some of these things a bit confused nowadays. I’ve become acquainted with Japanese history and culture from a different vantage to the one I grew up with in the West, a more organic one. I was dating someone from Kyoto at the time which helped.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_Shrine

Are they offering TOEFL for 80 Japanese currency? Lmho
Not nearly as good with Japanese as I am with Chinese but pretty confident it’s referencing a TOEFL score.
 

Zara

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Now I remember! This was at the Meiji shrine in Tokyo. I get some of these things a bit confused nowadays. I’ve become acquainted with Japanese history and culture from a different vantage to the one I grew up with in the West, a more organic one. I was dating someone from Kyoto at the time which helped.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_Shrine


Not nearly as good with Japanese as I am with Chinese but pretty confident it’s referencing a TOEFL score.
You are absolutely right re: the TOEFL score. Because it's a wish list, makes sense for it to be a wish. Wish to get a score of 80 l'd assume. Even when I wrote that I had my doubts because it seemed a bit out of place. Now it makes sense. Lol
 

Zara

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Now I remember! This was at the Meiji shrine in Tokyo. I get some of these things a bit confused nowadays. I’ve become acquainted with Japanese history and culture from a different vantage to the one I grew up with in the West, a more organic one. I was dating someone from Kyoto at the time which helped.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_Shrine

Not nearly as good with Japanese as I am with Chinese but pretty confident it’s referencing a TOEFL score.
I actually ended up reading the wiki link as I got curious. And this is the gist of it but of course there's a long history behind it too.

"On the eve of new year, Japanese usually visit a Shinto shrine to prepare for the worship - Hatsumōde (初詣) of the new year. Meiji Shrine is the most popular location in Japan for hatsumōde."
 
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I actually ended up reading the wiki link as I got serious. And this is the gist of it but of course there's a long history behind it.

"On the eve of new year, Japanese usually visit a Shinto shrine to prepare for the worship - Hatsumōde (初詣) of the new year. Meiji Shrine is the most popular location in Japan for hatsumōde."
Yep. Shrines and monasteries were a big part of that relationship. Not so much the chanting and tranquility but visiting to take pictures. It honestly got to me after some time. There’s only so many temples and sacred places I’m capable of handling before getting flustered. What I mean is I’m usually relaxed and tranquil by default, being told I need to find my infinite point of vanishing bliss gets awfully annoying.
 

Zara

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Yep. Shrines and monasteries were a big part of that relationship. Not so much the chanting and tranquility but visiting to take pictures. It honestly got to me after some time. There’s only so many temples and sacred places I’m capable of handling before getting flustered. What I mean is I’m usually relaxed and tranquil by default, being told I need to find my infinite point of vanishing bliss gets awfully annoying.
I'd do the same. I don't require any special sacred places to make myself relax and be in tranquil state etc. but I am interested in visiting them to see what people are up to and what does it tell us. It's just curiosity and sometimes, I find it interesting.
 
Yo @Hydrocella If you were planning to revisit Sarajevo in the near future, think about postponing that. :laughing: This hellhole is polluted to the core, I've been breathing heavily for like a week now and I am far from being the only one. My mother said "it's like there is a factory of sh1t nearby". I can't wait to go to the nearby mountain soon.
 
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Yo @Hydrocella If you were planning to revisit Sarajevo in the near future, think about postponing that. :laughing: This hellhole is polluted to the core, I've been breathing heavily for like a week now and I am far from being the only one. My mother said "it's like there is a factory of sh1t nearby". I can't wait to go to the nearby mountain soon.
Thanks for the heads up! I understand the topography [bowl shaped nestled in a valley] wouldn’t help matters, is there a fair amount of production going on around the city?
 
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I actually ended up reading the wiki link as I got curious. And this is the gist of it but of course there's a long history behind it too.

"On the eve of new year, Japanese usually visit a Shinto shrine to prepare for the worship - Hatsumōde (初詣) of the new year. Meiji Shrine is the most popular location in Japan for hatsumōde."
Now that it’s popped up in conversation if you watch an amount of Japanese film or even anime a lot of it is themed around the Meiji era, especially the end of it. To understand the turbulence is to be able to better contextualize the cultural idiosyncrasies. Virtually everyone knows Godzilla was/is a work of art derived after Hiroshima and Nagasaki and this helps putting in place absurd giant lizards and moths. The same applies to classic shows or movies like Rurouni Kenshin, a story about a Samurai that carries a reverse blade - if you are even a little familiar with the Meiji period, you’ll have a completely different experience.



Or even an unassuming bar of chocolate. Which for many decades has been a staple of the middle class family in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Singapore and Korea.



Here’s the wiki teaser. Where that curiosity of yours takes you is anyone’s guess:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_period
 
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Heavy traffic and excessive use of coal are one of the main problems. Pretty sure the air quality index was hazardous last month, making this city among the most polluted in the world.
It’s such a shame to hear this. I understand you’re Serbian, the city and way its been portrayed and politicized would not make it these things simple. My fondness for the city and people is on a heartbreaking level - can’t describe how I feel about it in an easy or straightforward way. Hearing about the smog, traffic and pollution makes me upset at the EU, and Turkey and Christianity and Islam and America, everything. It’s not anyone’s fault, for ‘effed up human reasons a country and people will not be allowed to be a normal one and I’m left feeling bitterly confused.

Bitter confusion is correct though. It’s how I ought feel about very complicated things. In this regard it’s better than straightforward bitterness which has not once in the history of mankind ever been useful.

Thanks for your post Doctor.
 

Zara

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Now that it’s popped up in conversation if you watch an amount of Japanese film or even anime a lot of it is themed around the Meiji era, especially the end of it. To understand the turbulence is to be able to better contextualize the cultural idiosyncrasies. Virtually everyone knows Godzilla was/is a work of art derived after Hiroshima and Nagasaki and this helps putting in place absurd giant lizards and moths. The same applies to classic shows or movies like Rurouni Kenshin, a story about a Samurai that carries a reverse blade - if you are even a little familiar with the Meiji period, you’ll have a completely different experience.



Or even an unassuming bar of chocolate. Which for many decades has been a staple of the middle class family in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Singapore and Korea.



Here’s the wiki teaser. Where that curiosity of yours takes you is anyone’s guess:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_period
Don't care for anime at all but have definitely seen a few movies. A couple of them were good; rest were rubbish.

No, not familiar with Meiji period but on a quick look the history seems like an interesting one.
 
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Don't care for anime at all but have definitely seen a few movies. A couple of them were good; rest were rubbish.

No, not familiar with Meiji period but on a quick look the history seems like an interesting one.
Okay but if we’re ever to play the fishball noodle game you’re going to have to be a bit more open minded.

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Zara

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Anime is just so freakin annoying - Japanese or not. I had to put up with all those nonsense with NN when I'd speak to him via PM and half the time he'd talk about those stupid Japanese anime.
 
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Now I love this and I am in! how do you play? Do I have to throw fishes into those bowls? Lmho! but I am all for stuffed animals.
I have absolutely no idea. Somebody explained the rules I still had no idea. It was fun though.
Anime is just so freakin annoying - Japanese or not. I had to put up with all those nonsense with NN when I'd speak to him via PM and half the time he'd talk about those stupid Japanese anime.
That’s a peculiar opinion, how come? There’s such a diverse variety of anime out there it’s as broad as Hollywood itself.
 

Azure

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Hey didn't know this thread was still active lol!

I love everything Japanese - their culture, some of the literature I have read, their attitude towards many things, manga, anime...all terrific.

When I was traveling in Europe, Austria, particularly, I was in a family run restaurant. A group of 10 Japanese had come for lunch at the same restaurant. The tables had capacity for only 5. A waiter helped joining two tables and arranged the chairs around the table. The waiter then asked everyone to sit everywhere and no one moved. The waiter was surprised and asked why. A lady answered - this is my father (pointing to an elderly and frail gentleman), we will sit after he is comfortable in his chosen seat.

Needless to say, I was very touched by this scene.
 

Zara

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I have absolutely no idea. Somebody explained the rules I still had no idea. It was fun though.

That’s a peculiar opinion, how come? There’s such a diverse variety of anime out there it’s as broad as Hollywood itself.
Don't care for the Japanese ones. Only like a few Hollywood ones. Don't care for anime all that much.
 
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Hey didn't know this thread was still active lol!

I love everything Japanese - their culture, some of the literature I have read, their attitude towards many things, manga, anime...all terrific.

When I was traveling in Europe, Austria, particularly, I was in a family run restaurant. A group of 10 Japanese had come for lunch at the same restaurant. The tables had capacity for only 5. A waiter helped joining two tables and arranged the chairs around the table. The waiter then asked everyone to sit everywhere and no one moved. The waiter was surprised and asked why. A lady answered - this is my father (pointing to an elderly and frail gentleman), we will sit after he is comfortable in his chosen seat.

Needless to say, I was very touched by this scene.
You’re talking about ideals. America fought a civil war for the right to an individual’s ideals and drafted one of the most ambitious documents in the history of mankind [its constitution] in service of of those rights.

Japan, to me, has thought about ideals the deepest.

When you watch a good anime or movie what you’re often seeing are ideals meted out. Many times the viewer isn’t even sure what side is even right or wrong, good or bad, relevant or not. I find it much more gripping and emotionally complex than the single dimensional characters/plots so prevalent in Western film and media.

To understand Japan is to embrace conflicting ideals and to search for inner peace in turmoil around you. Also music is pretty damned good, if you’re into international music. Anime makes for an easy and quick introduction to Japanese culture. By no means is it only for children.

 
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Azure

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You’re talking about ideals. America fought a civil war for the right to an individual’s ideals and drafted one of the most ambitious documents in the history of mankind [its constitution] in service of of those rights.

Japan, to me, has thought about ideals the deepest.

When you watch a good anime or movie what you’re often seeing are ideals meted out. Many times the viewer isn’t even sure what side is even right or wrong, which is so much more gripping than the single dimensional characters and plots often done in Western film and media.

To understand Japan is to embrace conflicting ideals, and to search for inner peace in turmoil around you. Also music is pretty damned good, if you’re into music. Anime makes for an easy and quick introduction to Japanese culture. By no means is it only for children.

Has anime ever been thought of as a child's indulgence? Surely themes discussed in Monster or even Death Note are not suitable for children?
 
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Has anime ever been thought of as a child's indulgence? Surely themes discussed in Monster or even Death Note are not suitable for children?
I mention it because people quite often think “cartoon” and “anime” are synonymous. They’re often thinking about animation from a very Western narrative.
 

Zara

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Wish Chad was back. This place is dull without him. He is more authentic and far from pretentious. Quickly becoming my No. 1 favourite poster.
 

Azure

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I mention it because people quite often think “cartoon” and “anime” are synonymous. They’re often thinking about animation from a very Western narrative.
Oh! I never thought of it that way! Manga is art. Do you, like me think that the Japanese embrace death and loneliness as concepts much better than the rest of the world?

One of my aunts lived in Japan for a while. She always calls it as one of her richest experiences. It is one place I am whole heartedly praying that I get to visit.

My first introduction to Japanese culture was this program that aired for a dreadfully short period of time on national television here. As a child I was hooked on to the culture.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oshin
 
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Wish Chad was back. This place is dull without him. He is more authentic and far from pretentious. Quickly becoming my No. 1 favourite poster.
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Who is this directed at? I hope you aren’t talking about me or Azure here? That would quite jarring given all the time we’ve spent babbling to one another. I need to ask, you’ve lobbed the term pretentious seemingly in the middle of a conversation.

You’re a significant part of the enjoyment I find in this place, it would be disappointing to learn your statement was aimed my way. It’s fine if it is, it would be your opinion but I hope it isn’t.
 
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Oh! I never thought of it that way! Manga is art. Do you, like me think that the Japanese embrace death and loneliness as concepts much better than the rest of the world?

One of my aunts lived in Japan for a while. She always calls it as one of her richest experiences. It is one place I am whole heartedly praying that I get to visit.

My first introduction to Japanese culture was this program that aired for a dreadfully short period of time on national television here. As a child I was hooked on to the culture.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oshin
From what limited exposure I’ve had I do concur that they’ve explored both subjects in a way I haven’t really come across in other cultural narratives. I mean they’re huge topics, I want to think about them deeply and engagingly - having material that helps with that is fun.
 

Zara

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Who is this directed at? I hope you aren’t talking about me or Azure here? That would quite jarring given all the time we’ve spent babbling to one another. I need to ask, you’ve lobbed the term pretentious seemingly in the middle of a conversation.

You’re a significant part of the enjoyment I find in this place, it would be disappointing to learn your statement was aimed my way. It’s fine if it is, it would be your opinion but I hope it isn’t.
WHAT? Why would I direct this to you or Azure? In all honestly, I am not really paying attention to your conversation with Azure as it's not interesting me much. And I've been looking for Chad for a few days now. lol

But I do have the tendency to talk about something completely out of the blue. That's just how my mind works.
 
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WHAT? Why would I direct this to you or Azure? In all honestly, I am not really paying attention to your conversation with Azure as it's not interesting me much. And I've been looking for Chad for a few days now. lol

But I do have the tendency to talk about something completely out of the blue. That's just how my mind works.
Ah, okay. Great. Thank you for explaining it. I’m relieved to learn it isn’t Azure or myself here.
 
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