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by Gozen
Nov 14th, '07, 22:45
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Do you like Japan? Well, Japan doesn't like you!
Replies: 202
Views: 23382

I'm older than you, 20th century boy, and I'm English. I can state quite happily, without fear of contradiction, that the only people not welcome in England are the English. If you saw a sign, and I don't doubt you, it was almost certainly meant as a joke. No, it isn't funny, unless you are a drunke...
by Gozen
Oct 29th, '07, 09:04
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Effects of JDrama on your opinions about Japan?
Replies: 23
Views: 4225

The biggest surprise (and horror!) for me is the way hospitals are portrayed. Every dorama set in a hospital shows nothing but corruption, incompetence, politics are more important than patient care etc. How accurate is this? I have no way of knowing whether it's just to beef up the drama or whether...
by Gozen
Aug 27th, '07, 08:02
Forum: International Community
Topic: United Kingdom D-Addicts
Replies: 439
Views: 91828

The main providers, who are much less expensive than the smaller guys, have trouble keeping up with demand. Even if they aren't capping you, the sheer weight of numbers, and your distance from the telephone exchange, can have a bad affect on the speeds you get. I use a smaller provider, which is twi...
by Gozen
May 19th, '07, 18:24
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Which JDrama Pairing is your Favorite?
Replies: 157
Views: 38961

Since most of the women annoy me with their pouting and acting like brats in romances, I have to say that the pairing that gave me the most pleasure was Sorimachi Takashi and Takenuchi Yutaka in Beach Boys.....
by Gozen
May 11th, '07, 21:26
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Survey]Which one single performance was the most memorable?
Replies: 14
Views: 3184

I'm with you on Santamaria Yusuke in Flowers for Algernon, I thought he was outstanding. I also loved Terao Akira as the father in Yasashii Jikan, he was subtle and gave a delicate performance, so different to the normal over-the-top pouting/shouting actors. Also Toyokawa Etsushi in Aoi Tori, a man ...
by Gozen
May 2nd, '07, 21:27
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Dissapointment in current JDORAMAs
Replies: 76
Views: 12803

Groink, I understand what you are saying about the taiga drama. I want to see this year's so bad it hurts, but only 7 episodes with subs are up, and no news on any more. I know it's a huge commitment to load 49 episodes of a drama, and I understand why it might become a pain in the backside to have ...
by Gozen
May 2nd, '07, 17:56
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Dissapointment in current JDORAMAs
Replies: 76
Views: 12803

Interesting suggestions. I might give Watashitachi a go, just to see if it's better than my preconceptions. I got put off, thinking it was a school drama, which I can only stand if they aren't full of pouting, shouting kids. But if this is not like that kind of school drama, then it might be okay! T...
by Gozen
May 2nd, '07, 07:03
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Dissapointment in current JDORAMAs
Replies: 76
Views: 12803

Am I the only person to be disappointed with this season's offerings? I can't find anything amongst it all that appeals to me (the one show that DID appeal, nobody is subbing it). I know that, for all the younger members, this season must look wonderful, but for me, it's got little to appeal. I woul...
by Gozen
Apr 30th, '07, 17:41
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Survey] Your Best J-dramas: Ranked! (Update #17)
Replies: 923
Views: 285815

my current top three, in no particular order: Suna no Utsuwa - exquisite music beautifully blended with a deep, dark story. Perfect tragedy Yasashii no Jikan - gentle, sweet, slow and beautiful Kekkon Dekinai Otoko - the writing and acting made a perfect comedy. If only this poll was for top 11! I'd...
by Gozen
Dec 16th, '06, 14:34
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: RECOMMENDED/FAVORITE JDRAMAS (ask for suggestions here)
Replies: 4484
Views: 1518025

A minor point possibly peculiar to me (but I doubt it....) Most people interested in the sengoku period will know that it's the warring states period, prior to the Tokugawa Edo period which saw the slow demise of the "active" samurai. They will therefore enjoy Yoshitsune and Shinsengumi! and appreci...
by Gozen
Dec 11th, '06, 18:54
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: RECOMMENDED/FAVORITE JDRAMAS (ask for suggestions here)
Replies: 4484
Views: 1518025

All the 49 episode Taiga dramas here have subtitles, but be prepared for a lot of downloading! Taiga dramas are a yearly event and cover various aspects in history. From memory, available here are: Toshiie & Matsu Shinsengumi! Musashi Yoshitsune this year's is Komya ga Tsuji also have seen Aoi, thre...
by Gozen
Sep 18th, '06, 00:23
Forum: Life & Relationships
Topic: will you marry someone with different religion
Replies: 213
Views: 52725

Douglas, I'm glad you won't post any more on the subject. I'm entitled to my opinion, which is based on research, not the kind of knee-jerk reaction you have just given. I stand by my opinion - which I am entitled to have - and would suggest that you take an objective look at all the major (and some...
by Gozen
Sep 17th, '06, 18:12
Forum: Life & Relationships
Topic: will you marry someone with different religion
Replies: 213
Views: 52725

Sorry Deedlith, but I just can't understand what you are trying to say to me. My statement is that all religions denigrate women. Societies may also denigrate women, but that does not mean that religions are therefore reasonable to women. As for anyone else with a problem about my statement that rel...
by Gozen
Sep 17th, '06, 17:03
Forum: Life & Relationships
Topic: will you marry someone with different religion
Replies: 213
Views: 52725

Douglas2k6, give me some examples of religions that don't denigrate women, I'd love to know if there is one out there!
by Gozen
Sep 17th, '06, 15:31
Forum: Life & Relationships
Topic: will you marry someone with different religion
Replies: 213
Views: 52725

ABCD99, what point are you making?
by Gozen
Sep 17th, '06, 14:57
Forum: Life & Relationships
Topic: will you marry someone with different religion
Replies: 213
Views: 52725

I wouldn't marry anybody who seriously followed any religion at all. If they follow a religion, they are almost inevitably intolerant, brain-washed, unrealistic, narrow-minded and, with some religions, cruel. Their parents are likely to be even worse. For me, religion = bad attitude to everyone who ...
by Gozen
Aug 20th, '06, 09:14
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Theme Song Thread
Replies: 228
Views: 218368

Speaking of Tamaki Koji, can anyone seed the Konna Koi no Hanashi theme music options - there are two, either one seeded would be wonderful, and I would be very grateful for help with this.
by Gozen
Aug 7th, '06, 22:30
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Idols vs Real Actors - Alot of crappy dramas recently IMO.
Replies: 87
Views: 15477

Groink you make insightful points, as usual. I think many people forget, or maybe don't even realise, that "do your best" almost certainly doesn't mean "do your best for your own benefit" but do it for the group: in the case of actors, the group would be the agency, the network, the other actors. Re...
by Gozen
Jul 30th, '06, 06:22
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Japanese Musical Instruments
Replies: 8
Views: 1458

I don't, but I really, really appreciate the dramatic sounds that a shakuhachi can produce. Either listening to it played on a CD, or used as background music for dramatic effect in historical dramas, it can produce the most earthy, eerie, gut-wrenching sounds.

Good luck with learning it!
by Gozen
Jul 24th, '06, 17:59
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Hanbando Anti Japan movie
Replies: 109
Views: 15179

How, exactly, or inexactly, does Japan atone for the past? Are you going to tell a teenage manga fan or a member of Morning Musume that they should apologise? That even though Korea and China are now countries with plenty going for them they are still anxious to be victims? How do you explain to an ...
by Gozen
Jul 20th, '06, 23:03
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What Makes You Watch a New / Unknown Drama?
Replies: 109
Views: 19544

B Plot synopsis first and foremost A Actors in it, got a few favourites, I'll watch anything they do, no matter how bad (yes, Love Complex, I mean you) D Genre - if it's historical/taiga, I'm there, if it sounds different, I like it. H Reviews of others - if it sounds interesting, I'll give it a go....
by Gozen
Jul 17th, '06, 17:38
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: "Western guy goes finding love in Asia" doramas?
Replies: 36
Views: 9423

Yes, should have been more specific. I mean westerners speaking English, they never, ever speak it normally, but slowly, enunciating every syllable. I haven't come across any westerners speaking Japanese in a drama yet, just English! The idea of Rain Man finding love ......not my cup of tea, no offe...
by Gozen
Jul 17th, '06, 14:48
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: "Western guy goes finding love in Asia" doramas?
Replies: 36
Views: 9423

As a normal, red-blooded woman, I find the prospect of some ugly western guy trying to get with an eastern woman quite boring. I'd much rather watch a good looking Japanese guy taking up with a nice English woman like me.....Think I'll hold auditions for Sorimachi, Kimutaku, Takenouchi, oh yeah, and...
by Gozen
Jul 8th, '06, 09:27
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: The Gifts!
Replies: 26
Views: 3276

The look of something, the outer surface, is more important than the content. Buy something in a department store and pay a little extra for gift wrapping, or buy good quality paper. Ribbons and bows are also good, but nothing too cheap and nasty! In this instance, a lot of women are really good at ...
by Gozen
Jul 8th, '06, 08:42
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: The Gifts!
Replies: 26
Views: 3276

Whatever you decide to buy, make sure it's beautifully gift wrapped (don't just hand it over in the carrier bag) and don't make out like it's a big deal, they would usually say, oh it's just a small gift - even if they spent a fortune on it. I think (and I'm probably wrong, but whatever) that the pr...
by Gozen
Jul 7th, '06, 18:24
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Proud or embarrassed at your addiction to Drama?
Replies: 250
Views: 32388

Embarrassed? The most embarrassing this is trying to talk and pout at the same time, go on, try it, you can't do it, can you? Embarrassed because I drool over gorgeous men? Embarrassed because I cry over the issue of the month? Embarrassed because I don't know another soul who "gets" it? Embarrassed...
by Gozen
Jul 6th, '06, 06:51
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: What is your favorite Takuya Kimura Drama Series
Replies: 97
Views: 26968

I've enjoyed all his work. It doesn't hurt that he is aesthetically pleasing, of course.....my current favourites are A Million Stars Fall From the Sky and Engine, but I loved Long Vacation and Pride too. I have Good Luck ready to watch, but I'm trying to get my blood pressure down first, cos I migh...
by Gozen
Jun 30th, '06, 22:16
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Hanbando Anti Japan movie
Replies: 109
Views: 15179

Long, long memories borrowed from ancestors is what caused so many people to be slaughtered in England for the last few decades. Ordinary people shopping or having a drink were bombed because somebody felt that it was justified. History is fascinating, and should sometimes be used as a tool to learn...
by Gozen
Jun 30th, '06, 18:08
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Iryu Team Medical Dragon (All Seasons)
Replies: 318
Views: 105329

I got all my medical knowledge from watching ER, you can rely on me! Athlete's foot, for example, is a well known digestive-tract problem. Oh yes, call me Nurse Gozen! No! Doctor Gozen, Medical Dragon!
by Gozen
Jun 30th, '06, 16:53
Forum: JDrama Discussions
Topic: [Discussion] Iryu Team Medical Dragon (All Seasons)
Replies: 318
Views: 105329

Unless we are expert medical people, we really wouldn't know if the translation was perfect or not, and I am pretty sure that even if we did have medical knowledge, we still wouldn't care if it was right or wrong. I just don't see that the medical terminology is such a big issue. You could tell me t...
by Gozen
Jun 13th, '06, 17:04
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: awrittensin's Jdrama Summer Extravaganza!
Replies: 27
Views: 9287

I just wanted to say a big thankyou, but I can't stop drooling long enough to get the words out......
by Gozen
Apr 14th, '06, 21:52
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: Things I noticed from Jdramas.
Replies: 253
Views: 89994

The things I've noticed the most: they can't (or maybe won't) kiss properly. Even passionate kisses are chaste, sometimes it looks like their lips aren't even touching, never mind anything else! As there are so many good looking actors, I'd love to go and teach them how to do it properly.......Actua...
by Gozen
Apr 14th, '06, 17:48
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Subbed or Dubbed?
Replies: 23
Views: 4558

I can't stand dubbed, the more you watch subs the less you notice them, you read them out the corner of your eye and get on with enjoying the movie/episode. Unfortunately a lot of people don't read, so they find subs too much like hard work. So most of the world misses out on wonderful films from ot...
by Gozen
Apr 6th, '06, 21:01
Forum: International Community
Topic: United Kingdom D-Addicts
Replies: 439
Views: 91828

Doesn't look like there's many of us! I'm on the south coast, West Sussex
by Gozen
Feb 20th, '06, 23:30
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: why is Jdrama so short???
Replies: 25
Views: 9168

Don't forget taiga dramas do last for 49 episodes, but there is only per year. I adore taiga dramas because I find history, especially Japanese history, fascinating. But normal dramas suit me just fine too, being around 11 episodes, it's long enough to get into the story, if they were too long they'...
by Gozen
Feb 4th, '06, 23:35
Forum: Japanese Culture & Entertainment
Topic: I looked up "Japanese" at urbandictionary.com and.
Replies: 22
Views: 7229

"Also, I find it uneccasary for the Prime Minister of Japan to go pay respects to soldiers of Japan's WWII army. This would be like saying the president of German going to pay respects to Hitler." No, it is nothing like paying respects to Hitler. It's more like the war memorial in Washington paying ...