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Japan: a kick arse culture

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An interesting story of how quickly cult ideology can change... people are fickle?

His Aum Supreme Truth cult, which combined a bizarre mix of Buddhist and Hindu meditation along with Christian and apocalyptic teachings, yoga and the occult, once boasted more than 10,000 followers in Japan and an estimated 30,000 in Russia.

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Aum was banned but resurfaced in 2000 as Aleph, whose members claimed they had disowned Asahara and agreed to pay compensation to the gas attack victims.

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Born in 1955 on the southwestern island of Kyushu, Asahara, who was virtually blind, was regarded as a charismatic leader who began to draw recruits to Aum, which had originally started as a yoga school, in the 1980s.

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Yoga - weird chanting etc i suppose it could be used for brainwashing new cult members? mostly women

 

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I'm not sure I'd consider hentai to be a positive. I think it's bloody weird for a middle aged man to be viewing that kind of thing openly in public, personally. But then I am British.

From what I do know about Japan, learned from porn, they are bloody weird.

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7 minutes ago, swiss_democracy_for_all said:

Why wait so long though?

He exhausted 14 appeals.

So not quite kick ass if they allowed that carry on. 

 

Edited by WorkingPoor

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I watched a YT video on how Japan treats Muslims. They do keep em on a tight leash so Shariah Law will never come there. No nonsense tolerated. Fair play to Japan. :)

They seem like a country that has most of their shit together: build reliable vehicles, transport system that runs like a Swiss watch, a generally orderly and polite nation. Seems a shame that despite these factors their economic situation is in a bit of a mess. :/

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I don't know a huge amount about Japanese culture, but in general I think they have a lot to feel proud about.

Random observation that made me smile: I bought an oak bed frame from Muji recently and it was so clearly Japanese. Asides from the great quality of construction, there was the inclusion of thick self-adhesive felt pads for the feet, and instructions that dictated that you should "lay a blanket down before assembly to avoid any scratches to your floor" xD

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55 minutes ago, LC1 said:

I don't know a huge amount about Japanese culture, but in general I think they have a lot to feel proud about.

Random observation that made me smile: I bought an oak bed frame from Muji recently and it was so clearly Japanese. Asides from the great quality of construction, there was the inclusion of thick self-adhesive felt pads for the feet, and instructions that dictated that you should "lay a blanket down before assembly to avoid any scratches to your floor" xD

There is a lot of attention to detail in most everything they do. One thing in particular I recall is that every en-suite in the hotels I stayed in had non slip tiles on the floor. Never seen that anywhere else I've been.

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Gotta love the attention to detail. I love picking up a bento box to eat on the Shinkansen. Compare to picking up some kind of Tesco's ready meal to eat on a Virgin intercity.

Having said that, the relentless formality becomes utterly stifling after a while. I know I've had enough when a pretty young girl bows and smiles as I leave the hotel and the first thing that comes to mind in response to this beautiful gesture is 'oh do fuck off'.

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37 minutes ago, Roger_Mellie said:

Gotta love the attention to detail. I love picking up a bento box to eat on the Shinkansen. Compare to picking up some kind of Tesco's ready meal to eat on a Virgin intercity.

Having said that, the relentless formality becomes utterly stifling after a while. I know I've had enough when a pretty young girl bows and smiles as I leave the hotel and the first thing that comes to mind in response to this beautiful gesture is 'oh do fuck off'.

Yes. The cleanliness, the courtesy, the respect for the environment, and the artistry put into every endeavour to make it aesthetically pleasing. Beautiful country in so many ways.

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I think some of the Japanese culture has been the inspiration for the political correctness and no offense stuff in Britain.  They do it without the immigration.  

As usual in Britain it all gets rammed down using state intolerance, lies and unfair and unbalanced law.

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2 hours ago, Roger_Mellie said:

I know I've had enough when a pretty young girl bows and smiles as I leave the hotel and the first thing that comes to mind in response to this beautiful gesture is 'oh do fuck off'.

I get sick of that wherever I go.

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3 hours ago, twocents said:

I think some of the Japanese culture has been the inspiration for the political correctness and no offense stuff in Britain.  They do it without the immigration.  

As usual in Britain it all gets rammed down using state intolerance, lies and unfair and unbalanced law.

I recall reading somewhere that when Japan modernised itself in the 1860s, they modelled a lot of their society on Britain (which was the world superpower of the day) with things like driving on the left, having a constitutional monarchy, a modern army, certain Christianised customs such as weddings etc. I suspect the culture of formality and politeness is based on this. 

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1 hour ago, Austin Allegro said:

I recall reading somewhere that when Japan modernised itself in the 1860s, they modelled a lot of their society on Britain (which was the world superpower of the day) with things like driving on the left, having a constitutional monarchy, a modern army, certain Christianised customs such as weddings etc. I suspect the culture of formality and politeness is based on this. 

1860's? driving on the left? hehehe.

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5 hours ago, Hail the Tripod said:

Yes. The cleanliness, the courtesy, the respect for the environment, and the artistry put into every endeavour to make it aesthetically pleasing. Beautiful country in so many ways.

I've been there three times and I love it. When I return to England I am ashamed of the litter and filth.

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3 hours ago, Austin Allegro said:

I recall reading somewhere that when Japan modernised itself in the 1860s, they modelled a lot of their society on Britain (which was the world superpower of the day) with things like driving on the left, having a constitutional monarchy, a modern army, certain Christianised customs such as weddings etc. I suspect the culture of formality and politeness is based on this. 

I dare say there's been to-ing and fro-ing over the centuries but post WW2 Japan was a source of amusement and considered ott in that regard until they started to outperform British companies then I think they thought it would be good to introduce some of the ott-ness into Britain.  That and the employee militarism/conformity.  I'm not saying it's the complete explanation but part of it.  It hasn't fully caught on in Britain to the extent it is in Japan - far from it and I doubt it ever will do.

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2 hours ago, mooncat69 said:

I've been there three times and I love it. When I return to England I am ashamed of the litter and filth.

It is one of the countries on the list of just a few that I really want to get to see whilst fit and healthy.

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