Japan quotes

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◆ I've never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don't like eating fish. And I know that's very popular out there in Africa.
- Britney Spears100
◆ By almost every account he's a fine young man. I'm simply trying to figure out why I should care that he's three centimeters taller than he was in May.
- John Burnham Schwartz99
◆ Japan likewise put her hopes of victory on a different basis from that prevalent in the United States. (...) Even when she was winning, her civilian statesmen, her High Command, and her soldiers repeated that this was no contest between armaments; it was pitting of our faith in things against their faith in spirit.
- Ruth Benedict99
◆ I was employed for many years as a senior research scientist developing naval underwater weapon systems at the Technical Research and Development Institute of the Ministry of Defense, Japan, and I often suspected there existed extraordinary technologies developed by the world's superpowers. I am of the opinion that most of these technologies have been concealed from the public's eyes.
- Takaaki Musha99
◆ In our modern world, we look unkindly on mistakes and imperfection. But this is far from the samurai ideal. Mistakes are part of the learning process and if you haven't made them then you are, indeed, dangerous because it means you have never learned anything. Mistakes, to a samurai, are the proof of your learning.
- Alexei Maxim Russell99
◆ This private estate was far enough away from the explosion so that its bamboos, pines, laurel, and maples were still alive, and the green place invited refugees—partly because they believed that if the Americans came back, they would bomb only buildings; partly because the foliage seemed a center of coolness and life, and the estate's exquisitely precise rock gardens, with their quiet pools and arching bridges, were very Japanese, normal, secure; and also partly (according to some who were there) because of an irresistible, atavistic urge to hide under leaves.
- John Hersey99
◆ There are so many other fun ways to dishonor the family name that buying girls' underwear shouldn't be one of them.
- Rin Chupeco99
◆ When he appeared before the lord, his lordship was smitten immediately with the boy's unadorned beauty, like a first glimpse of the moon rising above a distant mountain. The boy's hair gleamed like the feathers of a raven perched silently on a tree, and his eyes were lovely as lotus flowers. One by one his other qualities became apparent, from his nightingale voice to his gentle disposition, as obedient and true as a plum blossom.
- Saikaku Ihara99
◆ If the love is true, it will wait until the dream becomes a reality. True love also gives strength to a dream.
- Lorraine Koh99
◆ It was as if - this something I thought of only later, of course - she was gently peeling back one layer after another that covered a person's heart, a very sensual feeling.
- Haruki Murakami99
◆ As is known worldwide, Japan has tried to catch up with the western countries since the beginning of this century by importing science from them.
- Kenichi Fukui99
◆ It is not, of course, only the Japanese who find flat sterile surfaces attractive and kirei. Foreign observers, too, are seduced by the crisp borders, sharp corners, neat railings, and machine-polished textures that define the new Japanese landscape, because, consciously or unconsciously, most of us see such things as embodying the very essence of modernism. In short, foreigners very often fall in love with kirei even more than the Japanese do; for one thing, they can have no idea of the mysterious beauty of the old jungle, rice paddies, wood, and stone that was paved over. Smooth industrial finish everywhere, with detailed attention to each cement block and metal joint: it looks ‘modern'; ergo, Japan is supremely modern.
- Alex Kerr99
◆ Ruth was a novelist, and novelists, Oliver asserted, should have cats and books.
- Ruth Ozeki99
◆ No foreign architect of stature, such as I. M. Pei, resides in Japan. Foreign architects come to Japan on short-term contracts, erect a skyscraper or a museum, and then leave. But subtle and sophisticated approaches to services and design—the core elements of modern building technology—cannot be transmitted in this way. Japan is left with the empty shells of architectural ideas, the hardware without the software.
- Alex Kerr99
◆ The ditties blend Japanese popular culture themes of saccharine, childlike goodness and viciously detached sadism, which Aum drew upon as it tapped the barely suppressed rage of the young against their society.
- Robert Jay Lifton99

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