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Linda Sherman
Social Business Strategist and Trainer, Public Speaker Wordpress Websites, Japan Expert, Presentation Training, Travel Destination Marketing
Social Business Strategist and Trainer, Public Speaker Wordpress Websites, Japan Expert, Presentation Training, Travel Destination Marketing


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Halloween in Shibuya Tokyo

A recent phenomenon, Shibuya is now THE place to be for Halloween. I was there last year and caught these photos.

Everyone’s favorite spot for photos is “The Scramble” which is the intersection where pedestrians are permitted to cross diagonally. Almost any time of the day, this is an interesting sight, but on Halloween, with most everyone in costumes, it is a special event with each pulse. Please see the article for more of my photos.

#Shibuya #Tokyo #Halloween #Japan
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Ceramic Tea Art Exhibit in Tokyo

Running through October 31st at Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi.

I've included photos and videos in my article.
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Why You Seek Swastiakas in America But Not Germany

Good thorough article.

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed horror at the racist marches that roiled Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend. “It is racist, far-right violence, and clear, forceful action must be taken against it, regardless of where in the world it happens,” she said on German television Monday.

She might have added that such a thing wouldn’t have happened in today’s Germany — because it’s illegal.

While America protects the right of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, and other hate groups to hold public rallies and express their views openly, Germany has strict laws banning Nazi symbols and what’s called Volksverhetzung — incitement of the people, or hate speech. Like more than a dozen European countries, Germany also has a law criminalizing Holocaust denial."
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Toro Nagashi Lanterns on Last Night of Kauai Obon Festival

The last night of the annual Obon Festival on Kauai was a beautiful Toro Nagashi ceremony Sunday evening, August 6th at Kukuiula Small Boat Harbor.

The traditional Japanese ceremony was presided over by Reverend Ishikawa from the Koloa Jodo Mission.

Toro means lantern in Japanese and "nagashi" means flowing. Toro Nagashi is written like this in Japanese:

Five volunteers swam the flotilla of lanterns out past the break at the harbor. (All paddlers that use this harbor are familiar with the challenges of negotiating past this surf break). From there the procession of lanterns was able to catch the current with the rudder-ed boat at the front, and proceed down the coast.

#Kauai #Japanese
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With ZIMA in the US news for a limited time come-back, I wanted to share some of our launch of ZIMA in Japan story.

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Racial Profiling Can Cost Lives

Effective commentary in the +New Yorker by +Jelani Cobb.
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Award Winning Ad from Gillette Focuses on Care Giving

Handle with Care also has a making of video that points out there are 40,000,000 caregivers in the USA and 85% are relatives.

Making of video:

AdWeek article about this ad winning three Cannes awards with kudos to +Grey Advertising

Excellent product development and marketing strategy by +Gillette

#aging #caregiving #marketing #gillette #canne
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Lt. Col. Eugene J. McNamara left his card in a bottle with note: “Lived at Grand Hotel Yokohama from 1946-1948 Room 316-317.”

A little story out of Japan via Harold Archer. The Grand Hotel in Yokohama wants to get word to family. The UX on this website was very jumpy for me so I copy pasted the article here for your reading comfort.

I found this searching Lt. Col. Eugene J. McNamara
Birth: Jul. 7, 1896. Death: Apr. 11, 1957. Note: LT COL INF USA 4052 ASU. Burial: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington Arlington County

Published: June 14, 2017

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Using a whiskey bottle, a business card and some rudimentary carpentry, Lt. Col. Eugene J. McNamara found a way to be remembered.
McNamara lived along Yokohama’s harbor beginning in 1946 at the historic New Grand Hotel, which began extensive structural renovations last year, ahead of its 90th anniversary.
If not for the construction, McNamara’s name likely would have faded into history among the hundreds of thousands who served in Japan in the aftermath of World War II.
Shortly after the Shimizu Corp. began strengthening the hotel’s floors and ceilings last year to better withstand earthquakes, a worker found a glass bottle caked with dirt, nestled against an interior beam. There was a business card inside with the following hand-written note in English on the back: “Lived at Grand Hotel Yokohama from 1946-1948 Room 316-317.”
The U.S. took most of its documents after returning control of the hotel to Japan following the end of the military occupation in 1952. The hotel staff had little information about McNamara, but the room number made an immediate impression.
McNamara’s next door neighbor in Room 315 was Gen. Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of Allied powers and de facto ruler of Japan shortly after the war.
The worker who found the bottle shared it with others, who then brought it to Keisuke Ohta, manager of the hotel’s Bar Sea Guardian II.
Ohta marveled that the old bottle had been placed where it was, survived unbroken for 70 years and not been thrown away by a worker mistaking it as garbage.
“A series of miracles led to the bottle being here today,” Ohta said.
The bottle’s discovery set the hotel staff on a fact-finding mission that taught them a little about McNamara and the history of the post-WWII period. It also presented a mystery: how did the bottle get there?
Like a good detective, Ohta began examining what he had in front of him. The one-pint glass bottle included the following imprint: “Federal law forbids sale or re-use of this bottle.”
The imprint was used post-Prohibition in the 1930s and continued for about 30 years, a sign that the bottle was as old as it appeared.
McNamara’s name, written in pencil on tape, hasn’t weathered after all this time. Above his name are the Japanese katakana symbols spelling out “Maku.” This likely made McNamara a regular at the bar, where a Japanese bartender would have refilled his bottle.
Ohta then contacted the Yokohama city library’s reference room, where an employee found McNamara’s name in a military phonebook at the National Diet Library.
They learned that McNamara was an infantry officer working at the Second Major Port headquarters at Shinko Pier, which is now the site of the city’s Red Brick Warehouse shopping area. McNamara would have helped manage a vast amount of cargo and personnel coming into the port.
McNamara and his wife lived a short distance from the pier at the hotel, along with about 60 officers. Several large tents housed enlisted soldiers in front of the hotel at what is now Yamashita Park, a popular event venue with a rose garden and piers for tour boats.
Ohta can only theorize that McNamara enjoyed his life in Yokohama very much.
“He placed his business card in the bottle, which was something he had used in Japan and had special attachment to, and placed it in the ceiling right under the room,” Ota said.
Workers surveyed his old room. Nothing short of heavy machinery and major construction would have allowed anyone to get through the floor.
What was the main dining hall — now a ballroom — lies under both his and MacArthur’s old suites. The wood-paneled ceiling is 20 feet high, meaning McNamara or whomever placed the bottle there would have had quite a challenge while removing the wood and nails, before replacing it all again.
Much of the hotel’s history was lost during WWII, though assorted prewar memorabilia in English is displayed in the lobby, as is a wartime menu displaying the flags of the Axis powers.
Shortly afterward, diplomats and travelers from the West returned to the hotel for special occasions and several Fourth of July fireworks displays overlooking the harbor.
McNamara’s bottle will be one more addition to the hotel’s collection. But the hotel also hopes that news of the discovery will act as a message in a bottle of sorts to any family he might still have today.
“We hope the story is published by the American media and catches his descendants’ eyes, so they can visit us and see the bottle in person,” Ohta said.
Stars and Stripes reporter Hana Kusumoto contributed to this report.
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How Politics is Affected TV Show Ratings and Success

"For someone who purports to hate the Emmys, Donald Trump has given the awards show a lot of attention over the years. As The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report, Trump has been a member of the TV Academy since June 2004, six months after his reality show The Apprentice premiered. That program generated massive ratings for NBC, but it never clicked with Emmy voters. Its first two seasons were nominated for reality competition series, but it lost both times to The Amazing Race and was never nominated again — to Trump's everlasting fury. "I got screwed out of an Emmy," he said of his first loss during an Apprentice episode a decade later. "Everybody thought I was going to win it. In fact, when they announced the winner, I stood up before the winner was announced, and I started walking for the Emmy. And then they announced the most boring show on television, The Amazing Race. Piece of crap."

Over the ensuing years, Trump became a relentless critic of the telecast: "If the Emmys want their ratings back, they have to pick shows that deserve it" (2010); "Fewer people watch the Emmys each year, and for good reason … they choose the wrong shows" (2011); "The Emmys have no credibility … all politics" (2012); "The Emmys are sooooo boring! Terrible show. I'm going to watch football!" (2013); and "Which is more dishonest — the #Oscars or the Emmys?" (2014). In 2015, Trump declared his candidacy for president, and at the final presidential debate in 2016, Hillary Clinton stated, "He didn't get an Emmy for his TV program … and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged," at which point Trump interjected — to laughter from the audience — "Should have gotten it!"
Now that Trump has won an even greater prize — the presidency, which some think he wouldn't even have pursued had he gotten a trophy — there's reason to believe he might actually have more of an impact on the Emmys than when he was in contention. One must acknowledge that the oddities of Trump's first months in office have altered the compass of what seems normal and crazy — on TV and off. Veep, which won best comedy in 2015 and 2016, is all about outrageous ineptitude in and around the White House; now, at a time when a press secretary berates the press for questioning demonstrably false statements and a president walks out of an executive order signing ceremony without having signed an executive order, it's harder to come up with fiction that's stranger than the truth (something Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has noted). Similarly, House of Cards, a show about brazen corruption in the White House that earned drama series nominations for its previous four seasons, seems far less shocking than it once did.

Another problem for shows like these: Voters, like many in the public, increasingly prefer to avoid altogether the depressing subject of White House politics when they turn on the tube. At the same time, shows that deal only indirectly — and critically — with Trump-related issues may be getting a subliminal boost. Suddenly of broader interest are topics like hacking (Mr. Robot), Russian spies (The Americans), misogyny (The Handmaid's Tale and Big Little Lies), racial intolerance (Black-ish and Atlanta), LGBT issues (Transparent), undocumented immigrants (American Crime), Wall Street greed (Billions and The Wizard of Lies) and, yes, a female president (Homeland).
Of course, some prefer escapism, which might explain the popularity of comedies (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) or glorified soap operas (This Is Us) or period pieces set safely in the past (The Crown) or shows that might be called otherworldly (Stranger Things).

As for individual contenders, their public stance about Trump could have a redounding effect. The Late Show's Stephen Colbert went after Trump ("The only thing [his] mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin's cock holster") and surged in the ratings past The Tonight Show's apolitical Jimmy Fallon, who infamously fluffed Trump's hair prior to the election, which some criticized as a "normalizing" gesture. Last Week Tonight's John Oliver, The Daily Show's Trevor Noah, Full Frontal's Samantha Bee, Late Night's Seth Meyers and Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party's Martha Stewart also went after Trump and could see a similar boost in Emmy buzz. Meanwhile, Feud's Susan Sarandon won't be helped by the fact that she has been unrepentant about arguing that there's no difference between Trump and Clinton.

Lest anyone think that considerations like these — what one might call the "send a message mentality" — don't factor into voting, look no further than last February's Oscars. The Iranian film The Salesman had no prayer of winning best foreign-language film until Trump declared his "Muslim ban," at which point the film's director, Asghar Farhadi, said he would boycott the Oscars; Hollywood rallied against Trump's plan by rallying behind Farhadi, and The Salesman won."

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