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DS86DS

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A thread about Japan and all things Japanese.

I have long had an interest in Japanese culture, history, art, architecture, literature, cuisine and entertainment. Unlike China which had been a large, unified empire for thousands of years - Japan until the mid 19th century was a collection of competing and warring kingdoms in much the same way as Medieval Europe had been before the movement towards centralised states during the Early Modern Period. For most of its history, Japan and the Shogun had been hostile to Westerners. During the late 19th century, Japan began to rapidly industrialise, and today is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Japan is a very mountainous country meaning much of the land is not suitable for agriculture. Despite attempts at Christianisation over the centuries by European missionaries, Japan retains its traditional Shinto Buddhist practices. Japan is a land of contrasts, a country of modern high speed bullet trains and ancient temples, a land which hosts the largest metropolitan area in the world along with mountain areas teeming with wildlife. Japan truly is a country where East meets West.



 
Only had a stopover in Tokyo. Cool kimono laid out on the bed. Went out for a walk around. If you ever want to know what it feels like to be an alien on earth then try wandering around Tokyo as a westerner.

Not sure westerners can ever know Japan and the Japanese.
 

Mowl

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This is the shooter/assassin of Shinzo Abe.

By all accounts he bypassed the gun laws and 3D printed his own.

This yoke:





Looks like a fairly simple device, the bullets were obviously real: Abe's really dead.





Seems people in Japan can get up real close to their politicians when they're canvassing.

Can't see that lasting.
 

DS86DS

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Shocking news and a very sad day for Japan.

How on earth do you 3D-print a gun and bullets? I would have thought 3D printers could only manufacture the most basic of goods and designs? What's certain is that 3D printing and its capabilities are about to come under the spotlight after this tragic event, most notably as it could become a threat to national security for many states.
 

Mowl

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How on earth do you 3D-print a gun and bullets?

Rather easily, I'd imagine.

I attended a lecture at one college where the students were creating parts for engines in 3D programs.

I was looking to get a part created for an old American designed drum made in the 1930's and replacement parts were no longer being produced. The part I was looking for could have been created but the materials it was built from weren't designed to take the high tension strain of a drum.
 

DS86DS

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Tokyo is the largest city in the world with a total population of 38 million.

 

roc_abilly

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PS Just spotted Jambo's snippet above taken from a speech given 7 years ago. Just to bring things more up to date:



Certainly some lessons there in avoiding the whole "anti-white" cult backlash etc.
 

roc_abilly

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Anyway, I don't think they'll be revisiting any type of all out "nationalism" anytime too soon after the last time, even young Jambo would have to agree.

 

roc_abilly

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Now, I'm far from a topgear type car slobbering gimp. But I did for a while consider importing one of these.

You could pick up one in good nick for around 8-9K when I looked into it. I thought the kids would get a kick from all the gadgets in the back. And it's a weighty beast, which makes it safer in an accident.

Very nice motor.

 

DS86DS

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The Japanese are certainly as mad as a box of frogs and extremely eccentric by our standards. But I think that's what I love about them though.
 

Mowl

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Harro? Shitty Shooshey?

Me wan shicken nooda - enn haw soss widdey shicken.

Yoo bwing too me tooray?

Yes?

Come shoon, me ongray.


 

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