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One of my favorite shows on the local PBS/NHK affiliate is Japanology. I started watching this when it was titled "Begin Japanology". A few years ago it was refreshed and re-titled "Japanology Plus". Same host, Peter Barakan, and similar themes, but perhaps with better production values.

Here's a sample of many Japanology Plus shows available on Youtube. This one is about the superb Japanese train system, the Shinkansen. If you've never ridden a high speed train in Japan, this might give you a clue of what you've been missing:

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Cool. Almost makes me wish that I didn't always root for Godzilla.

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.Oomba. wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:06 pm
Cool. Almost makes me wish that I didn't always root for Godzilla.
Godzilla was just a man in a rubber suit.
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Ulysses wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:47 pm
.Oomba. wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:06 pm
Cool. Almost makes me wish that I didn't always root for Godzilla.
Godzilla was just a man in a rubber suit.
This is why nobody likes you.

Godzilla is the greatest animal actor in the history of cinema.

Not Bugs Bunny. Not King Kong, Lassie or Flipper. Not Daffy or Donald Duck.

Was, is, always will be only . . . Godzilla.

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.Oomba. wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:57 pm
Ulysses wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:47 pm
.Oomba. wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:06 pm
Cool. Almost makes me wish that I didn't always root for Godzilla.
Godzilla was just a man in a rubber suit.
This is why nobody likes you.

Godzilla is the greatest animal actor in the history of cinema.

Not Bugs Bunny. Not King Kong, Lassie or Flipper. Not Daffy or Donald Duck.

Was, is, always will be only . . . Godzilla.
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GoCubsGo wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:10 am
.Oomba. wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:57 pm
Ulysses wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:47 pm
.Oomba. wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:06 pm
Cool. Almost makes me wish that I didn't always root for Godzilla.
Godzilla was just a man in a rubber suit.
This is why nobody likes you.

Godzilla is the greatest animal actor in the history of cinema.

Not Bugs Bunny. Not King Kong, Lassie or Flipper. Not Daffy or Donald Duck.

Was, is, always will be only . . . Godzilla.
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I lived in Japan for almost three years; 75 to 77 inclusive. Their public transportation system is one of the best, if not the best, in the world. Virtually anywhere in the country there is a train station within walking distance; and they are always on time. Those high speed trains, at the time, only served limited areas usually around the large cities. Never in hell could those be put in service in this country; way too many stupid drivers who can't even get out of the way of a slow moving freight train, not to mention the brave and foolish bubbas who think they can beat the train and go under the crossbars. Japan doesn't have such problems with nutjobs. Comparatively very few Japanese drive cars; if you want to buy a car in Japan you have to first prove to the state that you have or own the physical place to park it (they will actually come and measure your car and your parking place). And if you want to buy a foreign (American, German, etc) car, upon that car's arrival in the country inspectors will damn near totally disassemble it to ensure it is safe and of sound construction. The Japanese guy who owned a bar I used to go to bought a 75 Trans Am, white, and by the time he paid import duties and the inspection fees, that car cost him three times what it sold for here.

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GoCubsGo wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:10 am
.Oomba. wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:57 pm
Ulysses wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:47 pm
.Oomba. wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:06 pm
Cool. Almost makes me wish that I didn't always root for Godzilla.
Godzilla was just a man in a rubber suit.
This is why nobody likes you.

Godzilla is the greatest animal actor in the history of cinema.

Not Bugs Bunny. Not King Kong, Lassie or Flipper. Not Daffy or Donald Duck.

Was, is, always will be only . . . Godzilla.
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Not bad, for a gimmicky wannabe.

But Godzilla would crush him.

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.Oomba. wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:46 am
Not bad, for a gimmicky wannabe.

But Godzilla would crush him.
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What's everyone's all time favorite movie(s)....
... Then, of course, there's the greatest movie ever made:



Less is more.

You thought Rocky has a lot of sequels:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... s+godzilla
Like Rocky sequels, they mostly suck.
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... 43 All Monsters From Weakest To Strongest. I'd never heard of:
Godzilla Jr
Larva Mothra
Battra
MechaGodzilla
SpaceGodzilla
SuperMechaGodzilla

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Well, he sure is a sneaky and pernicious creature. It seems like he's gotten inside this ancient fucking computer.....probably thinks it's his. Any video posted now is one I cant see all of a sudden; just shows a white blank screen. It's like I'm slowly being eased into the twilight zone. Just my luck. And the worst goddamn thing is, when I was a kid I had a model of this dude....was even green plastic. Obviously come back to haunt me.

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Shit; I bet that thing is made in China. I wish the ships they come in sink before they get to Guam.

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Of course, equating Japan with Godzilla is like equating America with Frosty the Snowman The Thing It King Kong...
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