Oh My Japan Anthem


This is an interesting thing, as the national anthem of Japan still praises the Emperor of Japan even though we live in a democracy and the emperor is little more than a figure head. Teachers have lost their jobs over it, because to refuse to sing it at school events is against the rules stated by the Ministry of Education.

Here is some background from wiki,

Lyrics

Official[29] Kana (Hiragana)[29] Rōmaji[14] English translation[39]
君が代は
千代に八千代に
さざれ(細)石の
いわお(巌)となりて
こけ(苔)の生すまで
きみがよは
ちよにやちよに
さざれいしの
いわおとなりて
こけのむすまで
Kimigayo wa
Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
Sazare-ishi no
Iwao to narite
Koke no musu made
May your reign
Continue for a thousand, eight thousand generations,
Until the pebbles
Grow into boulders
Lush with moss
Poetic English translation by English professor Basil Hall Chamberlain[40]
Thousands of years of happy reign be thine;
Rule on, my lord, until what are pebbles now
By ages united to mighty rocks shall grow
Whose venerable sides the moss doth line.

Controversies

Inside Japan

Schools have been the center of controversy over both the anthem and the national flag.[41] The Tokyo Board of Education requires the use of both the anthem and flag at events under their jurisdiction. The order requires school teachers to respect both symbols or risk losing their jobs.[42] In 1999, several teachers in Hiroshima refused to put up the anthem while the Hiroshima Education Board demanded that they do so. As the tension arose between them, a vice principal committed suicide. A similar incident in Osaka in 2010 also occurred, with 32 teachers refusing to sing the song in a ceremony. In 2011, 9 more teachers joined the rebellion, along with another 8 in 2012.[43] Hashimoto Toru, the mayor of Osaka, slated the teachers as “It was good that criminals (teachers) who are intent on breaking the rules (of not singing the anthem) have risen to the surface (public)”.[44] Some have protested that such rules violate the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the “freedom of thought, belief and conscience” clause in the Constitution of Japan,[45] but the Board has argued that since schools are government agencies, their employees have an obligation to teach their students how to be good Japanese citizens. Teachers have unsuccessfully brought criminal complaints against Tokyo Governor Shintarō Ishihara and senior officials for ordering teachers to honor the Hinomaru and “Kimigayo”.[46] After earlier opposition, the Japan Teachers Union accepts the use of both the flag and anthem; the smaller All Japan Teachers and Staffs Union still opposes both symbols and their use inside the school system.[47]

In 2006 Katsuhisa Fujita, a retired teacher in Tokyo, was threatened with imprisonment, and fined 200,000 yen (roughly 2,000 US dollars), after he was accused of disturbing a graduation ceremony at Itabashi High School by urging the attendees to remain seated during the playing of the anthem.[48] At the time of Fujita’s sentence, 345 teachers had been punished for refusing to take part in anthem related events, though Fujita is the only man to have been convicted in relation to it.[49] On September 21, 2006, the Tokyo District Court ordered the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to pay compensation to the teachers who had been subjected to punishment under the directive of the Tokyo Board of Education. The then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi commented, “It is a natural idea to treat the national anthem importantly”. The ruling has been appealed by the Metropolitan Government.[50] Since October 23, 2003, 410 teachers and school workers have been punished for refusing to stand and sing the anthem as ordered by school principals.[51] Teachers can also be punished if their students do not stand while “Kimigayo” is played during school ceremonies.[45]

On 30 May 2011, and 6 June 2011, two panels of the Supreme Court of Japan ruled that it was constitutional to require teachers to stand in front of the Hinomaru and sing the Kimigayo during school ceremonies. In making the ruling, the panels ratified the decision of the Tokyo High Court in ruling against 13 teachers who had asked for court relief after being disciplined between 2003 and 2005 for refusing to stand and sing the anthem.[52]

Outside of the school system, there was a controversy regarding “Kimigayo” soon after the passage of the 1999 law. A month after the law’s passage, a record containing a performance of “Kimigayo” by Japanese rocker Kiyoshiro Imawano was removed by Polydor records for his next album Fuyu no Jujika. Polydor did not want a record to stir up emotion in Japan; in response, Imawano re-released the album through an independent label with the track in question.[53]

 

 

 

By Jin Okubo author of Love

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jin-Okubo/dp/1495962717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429834864&sr=8-1&keywords=jin+okubo+love

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My news letter which is rather small due in part to time allocation will be a twice a month thing. In it I send some tips about writing. Some things about romance. And random thoughts. Nothing to great but still fun.

Oh my comics now


This is image is taken from DC Story at hit fix  Now on the surface value it may seem

like a good idea to allow a change like this for a character such as power girl. Yet the damage it does is far below the surface.
1. It makes the statement very clear that Original non-white heroes and heroines cannot be created and should not. Just give them the same powers of someone else and that should make the populace happy.

2. The iconic image of the hair is almost as a blatant stereo type as cosby showing up to the white house dressed as a stereotypical negro from the 40’s.

3. It is demeaning to try and increase sales by sticking a new face on another hero and calling it done. Sure they may tend to build a story around it but the idea is still there. It is a face on another hero and the ignorant masses will eat it up.

 

All of this and you can see why racism is still alive and well in the USA and the people being discriminated against are seeing it as a step forward for race relations when they are in fact missing the whole demeaning event. So power girl is black now. Annie was made black. The whole time I am wondering why the African American public is not up in arms over these clear attempts to take there cash and belittle the culture in one shot. But then ignorance is bliss. And I doubt that this article will get any traction in the ears of the creators.

It is just like the ignorant bigoted racist remarks by the NRA vice president did not cost him his job. While progressive feminist lose their jobs on complaints from con artist like Anita Sarkessian.

By Jin Okubo

A thought


There are many things that make a great story. When deciding on the story you want to tell. Tell it as you want, fix the grammar and spelling as much as you can, and always, always keep hunting those dam typos because they are more elusive now with word processors than ever before.

 

Screw it I finished it: Game of Thrones final review


wpid-wp-1426675681462.jpgThe dread of having to wade through the last 200 pages of Game of Thrones in two more sittings really did not sit right on me. So I took it at one go and read it. What follows is my opinion of the whole book and why I do not like it. For all the sensitive spoiler freaks out there, do not worry there will be no spoilers. Just my thoughts on the writing, the story, and why I felt and feel the way I do.

No, I did not enter the book with a positive look. I did not even make it through the first episode on TV. And when I mean I did not make it through I mean I could not change the channel, website, video player fast enough. That is how much the dialog sucked in my opinion. I thought it was uninspired and still do. To me the discussions tend to be children playing at a mystery game where they all know that each other is lying but refuse to call them out on it just so they can play longer. There was no intrigue for me and even though I was wrong on my guesses for what was coming I found that I was right more often then wrong as when an event happened I was not surprised, nor was I amazed. To put it plain and simple the writing did not carry the weight that a good fantasy novel with intrigue should carry.
Maybe I am reading the book wrong, maybe it is not meant to be a fantasy, maybe it is supposed to be a soap opera told in a fantasy setting. If so, then it is clear why the book did not appeal to me. If he was trying to write a compelling fantasy novel I think he failed and the only reason the book has merit is because it is long. But a long boring story is still one thing. Boring.

Something that I did like was the description. He was very good at painting elaborate scenery and rooms. I could feel the cold of the ice around the neck, but that was not enough to save the story that had no excitement.

As I said before I could see what was coming and though I made mistakes here and there about what was happening it was not for lack of trying. I wanted to get  into the story and really tried to be excited.  Yet even when it came to deaths they sort of just happened. They tended to remind me of the old paint by numbers books but in conversation. So when someone died, even though I wanted the character to die or whether I wanted the character to live I was like well yeah that was going to happen. There was no loss or elation in the scene. This may be why the most common comment I have seen is I saw the show and then read the books. I guess for those who saw the show and enjoyed it then they would enjoy the books. It would be like reading a script and enjoying it. Well I did not.

My last comment will be on the ending. (Sigh) even my friend who lent me the book was like, wait until the end. Others were wait until the end it will be something. I can honestly say I waited and there was nothing. Now before the comments come as well they built it up to big, or you must read the next book, or even that I may have just missed the point, I simple say NO.

The Ending was just there. Even pyre scene was just there. And you could not expect me to be excited about something that anyone with any thought would know was coming since the first mention of it way way earlier, I am talking first part of the book early and then throughout the book. There was no mystery, no excitement, no suspense. Again it was paint box one red, box two blue.  If I put water in a tea pot and put it on the stove to heat up. When the pot whistles I get hot water. I am not surprised by the hot water, I know what happens when someone heats up water. IT GETS HOT.

For the childlike whiners out there. A spoiler may come after this, that is if you have not seen the show at all, or read the book in this wholeBookCoverImage time. Which is doubtful. But you have been warned. Do not worry I won’t go into specifics but just add a simple fix that to me would have added so much in the end.

Now someone might be  stupid enough, ignorant enough to make the comment, well what would you have done differently. Or to put it easily put up or shut up.

One simple fix. A very easy fix and it would have added some inkling of suspense, thrill, mystery, excitement. Remove three rocks from their earlier mention. Have them brought in as a funerary gift to be burned as offering to the gods. Have those rocks be noticed by Daenerys but only in passing glance. (Not the obsessive are they no they aren’t bullshit game that was used.) As a second thought she brings up the idea of what they are just as the screams and thundering is heard from the pyre. Then do the reveal.

The way that he did I would have been more surprised if they had been rocks. Or if he would have saved them until IMAG0135book two. At least that would have given me something to look forward to if that can be said about anything in this book. You know a mystery, some suspense, anything to bring to life a dead story, dead dialogue, dead characters with very little to know value to me. Even the imp towards the end was just there for me and I rather liked the imp towards the end, even though I saw him and still see him as more of a move the plot forward device.

By Jin Okubo  author of Love

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Jin-Okubo/dp/1495962717/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429058956&sr=8-1&keywords=jin+okubo+love