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Marie Kondo is a Japanese consultant on tidying up who writes extremely Japanese bestsellers about how you should thank every item you own before ritually throwing it away.

 
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  1. Anonymous[241] • Disclaimer says:

    She’s right though, no matter how racialist incels on /pol/ want to spin it.
    Hoarding and consumerism are perverse manifestations of the deeper truth of animism. There way be reasonable differences between Western and Eastern ways of approaching this, but it is what it is. If someone dislikes the “Shinto shrine maiden” way, give us a “Rhine maiden way” or STFU.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    Incels? Why are you carrying water for the disciples of Bernays? A virgin is not an incel, a person having sex regularly is not an incel, a voluntarily celibate person is not an incel. It's literally high school level namecalling from paid shills.
    , @Anonymous
    From what I've seen most of the Marie-posting on 4chan has been pro-Kondo, although she's certainly not without her detractors. The gist of it is that she's cheerful, feminine, skilled in the domestic arts, minimalist/anti-consumerist...in other words, the diametric opposite of the modern American woman whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate.
    , @Tusk
    Living in your head rent free.
    , @E e
    " If someone dislikes the “Shinto shrine maiden” way, give us a “Rhine maiden way” or STFU."

    Does "The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning" count for the latter?
  2. This is Steve’s first chan repost after 10+ years of coexistence!

    • Replies: @Anonym
    Unz is a board of peace!
    , @Jenner Ickham Errican
    You got some dope memes gramps
  3. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    The Japanese are a little nutty for items we threw away for decades:

    Western Electric WE 300B 2004 Pair Vacuum Tube Audio Sound Used Mint
    Price:
    US $3,377.00
    $141 for 24 months

    WE 300 B manufactured by Western Electric Company Reprint version 2004 Manufactured pair unused
    It seems that it was opened for check, but it is an unused item.

    1 piece made 52 weeks in 2004
    1 piece made in 2004 for 39 weeks

    When the actual WE plants in Lee’s Summit and Allentown made these things you could order them via Graybar distributors for the then ridiculous price of about $30 apiece.

    Input Wire 33′ 10m from Western Electric WE TA-7352 86/87 Movie Sound Amplifiers

    Price:
    US $165.00
    Buy It Now –

    One single piece of original 33′ feet (10 meter ) input signal wires from 1939-40 WESTERN ELECTRIC WE 1086A/ 87C sound movie exhibition system.

    Original bundle, still has the puling soap residue, wire is quite old but still flexible, see pictures.

    Inside wires have Red & Blue fabric/filament insulation that looks OK, conductors are about #18-20 gauge (1 mm) of solid copper, see pictures.

    Scrap wire , valuable because it is Restrum Erectric.

    Where do the little nippers get the cash to pay these prices if they are so badly off from stagnation and no innigration and an aging population?? I thought they were bad off.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    And they're right to be. Technology doesn't go in a straight line, it peaks, plateaus, and gets bought out by Cerberus. Japanese and original hipsters identify and collect peak items that most reject as outdated. The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy book notes that the infamously expensive subtype of Lee jeans are actually totally worth it -- they're objectively better made and may last forever. Those ones were made on the original Lee machinery, long since replaced by cheaper and weaker machines. The original Lee machinery was of course bought by rich Japanese visiting in the 80s.
    , @Mr McKenna

    Where do the little nippers get the cash to pay these prices if they are so badly off from stagnation and no innigration and an aging population?? I thought they were bad off.
     
    Such is the Mind on MSM. (Yes I know you were kidding.) Japan is orderly, clean, prosperous, respectful, and above all peaceful.

    As such, a stinging rebuke to everything our 'cultural leaders' hold dear.

    But yeah, vintage Western Electric stuff is revered. They've lately opened up a new plant to build retro tube amps, in Rossville, Georgia near Chattnooga.

    http://www.westernelectric.com/products/images/97a/97a.jpg

  4. Hey, don’t talk shit about Marie. I was wondering how you fold fitted sheets just a couple of weeks ago. Can you do it?

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    There's no such thing as a real man who can fold fitted sheets. It's a sex-linked characteristic. [I believe it was Darwin who first identified it as such.] In my own life, I've seen exactly one male perform the task adequately, and he was gay--and not one of those masculine gays, either. Women, otoh, can do it with one hand tied behind their backs and they really should step up and claim this zone of clear sexual superiority. Where's Hollywood now?

    1. Japanese woman does housework
    2. White people look for esoteric meaning hidden behind her actions
    3. *face palm*
     
    The best take on Kondo I saw at the link.
    , @Song For the Deaf
    I can but doubt I could make them stand up like that afterwards. She clearly communicates better with her clothes than I do with mine.
    , @Rosie

    Hey, don’t talk shit about Marie. I was wondering how you fold fitted sheets just a couple of weeks ago. Can you do it?
     
    I certainly can't. I just strip, wash, and replace. It's much easier that way.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Colin, years ago I lived in an apartment in the shadow of Buffalo's city hall. I was one of a handful of single guys in the complex. I lived on the third floor and our unit had a free laundromat on the first floor. Once I ran a load of clothes, waited for them to spin and then tossed them in a dryer. Bored, I headed back up to my apartment, turned on the TV and fell asleep. I woke, remembered my laundry and returned to the laundromat to find my wash, including fitted sheets, neatly folded on the folding table. That happened twice more but the third time I returned to find all of my laundry missing.
  5. This broad is all over 4chan, every board, normally accompanied by the observation that nothing makes fat white female slobs angrier. You look at the man’s face, as he stands next to his wife who is quivering with impotent rage, and you can actually see the yellow fever like tea entering into the hot water.
    However, while she is a good person doing good work in a market beset by Collyer-calibre clutter, we should remember that Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality. I don’t want to live in a Japanese person’s idea of clean.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality

     

    In before Pinsen:

    “When you gonna get some furniture?”

    “When I get around to it.”
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3rv0BdxWfM
    , @Chrisnonymous

    I don’t want to live in a Japanese person’s idea of clean.
     
    Japanese people don't really want to either. Most Japanese apartments are cluttered messes. That's part of the reason your Japanese friends will entertain you in restaurants instead of in their homes. Kondo got famous in Japan because Japanese people don't have enough space for all their stuff, not because Japan is full of empty space.

    Akso, the problem with Japanese aesthetics is fluorescent lighting, not space.
    , @Kratoklastes

    Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality. I don’t want to live in a Japanese person’s idea of clean.
     
    As usual, there's an aphorism that puts the boot into this Kondo nonsense: also as usual, it probably wasn't actually uttered by the person to whom it's attributed (in this case, Albert Einstein).

    "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
     
    At least Kondo is less fucktarded than the 'minimalist' types - who make it absolutely clear that every single one of the 'few' items they own, is a 400% markup, niche-branded version of a normal product... right up to the ubiquitous MacBook Air.
  6. @Anonymous
    She's right though, no matter how racialist incels on /pol/ want to spin it.
    Hoarding and consumerism are perverse manifestations of the deeper truth of animism. There way be reasonable differences between Western and Eastern ways of approaching this, but it is what it is. If someone dislikes the "Shinto shrine maiden" way, give us a "Rhine maiden way" or STFU.

    Incels? Why are you carrying water for the disciples of Bernays? A virgin is not an incel, a person having sex regularly is not an incel, a voluntarily celibate person is not an incel. It’s literally high school level namecalling from paid shills.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    You're right. Criticism accepted. Other points stand. Misguided choice of words.
    , @AndrewR
    Is there a clear boundary between volcel and incel? I sowed many oats as a younger man but, while I do still have some desire for female companionship, at this stage in my life I simply lack the desire to do what's necessary to date and mate. I am handsome, fit and can be as charming as I want to be, so I know I wouldn't have a huge problem adding to my n count, but frankly I don't care enough to bother.
  7. @J.Ross
    Incels? Why are you carrying water for the disciples of Bernays? A virgin is not an incel, a person having sex regularly is not an incel, a voluntarily celibate person is not an incel. It's literally high school level namecalling from paid shills.

    You’re right. Criticism accepted. Other points stand. Misguided choice of words.

  8. Anonymous[274] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    She's right though, no matter how racialist incels on /pol/ want to spin it.
    Hoarding and consumerism are perverse manifestations of the deeper truth of animism. There way be reasonable differences between Western and Eastern ways of approaching this, but it is what it is. If someone dislikes the "Shinto shrine maiden" way, give us a "Rhine maiden way" or STFU.

    From what I’ve seen most of the Marie-posting on 4chan has been pro-Kondo, although she’s certainly not without her detractors. The gist of it is that she’s cheerful, feminine, skilled in the domestic arts, minimalist/anti-consumerist…in other words, the diametric opposite of the modern American woman whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate.

    • Replies: @El Dato

    whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate.
     
    Sadly, it is difficult to object.
    , @Corvinus
    " The gist of it is that she’s cheerful, feminine, skilled in the domestic arts, minimalist/anti-consumerist…in other words, the diametric opposite of the modern American woman whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate."

    Actually, there's a great deal of Japanese women who carry the water of their American counterparts. You are really out of the loop.

    Both men and women express strong intentions to marry. In Japan, like in the United States, marriage is a marker of adulthood (Kawamura, 2011).

    Married women in Japan increasingly hold part-time and full-time jobs, as they are becoming increasingly educated (North, 2009; Japan Times, 2012).

    Dual income households report less stress on the husband compared to traditional households (Bae, 2010).

    Both men and women feel more satisfied in dual income households that share family roles (Bae, 2010). The sharing of family roles is slowly increasing.

    Japan faces a shortage of children because of the shifting roles of women, economic realities, and the reluctance of many men to share what was once considered female tasks (Kawamura, 2011).


    Japanese women also are heavily influenced by American culture when it comes to fashion and relationships.

    , @Anonymous
    Moreover, she is putting her actual intellect to work in the domestic arts. And it shows.
    Honestly, I'd take a white girl like her over her.
    But I'd take her over the VAST majority of white girls.
    That's "realism" for yah...
  9. @Anonymous
    The Japanese are a little nutty for items we threw away for decades:

    Western Electric WE 300B 2004 Pair Vacuum Tube Audio Sound Used Mint
    Price:
    US $3,377.00
    $141 for 24 months

    WE 300 B manufactured by Western Electric Company Reprint version 2004 Manufactured pair unused
    It seems that it was opened for check, but it is an unused item.

    1 piece made 52 weeks in 2004
    1 piece made in 2004 for 39 weeks


    When the actual WE plants in Lee's Summit and Allentown made these things you could order them via Graybar distributors for the then ridiculous price of about $30 apiece.

    Input Wire 33' 10m from Western Electric WE TA-7352 86/87 Movie Sound Amplifiers

    Price:
    US $165.00
    Buy It Now -

    One single piece of original 33' feet (10 meter ) input signal wires from 1939-40 WESTERN ELECTRIC WE 1086A/ 87C sound movie exhibition system.

    Original bundle, still has the puling soap residue, wire is quite old but still flexible, see pictures.

    Inside wires have Red & Blue fabric/filament insulation that looks OK, conductors are about #18-20 gauge (1 mm) of solid copper, see pictures.



    Scrap wire , valuable because it is Restrum Erectric.


    Where do the little nippers get the cash to pay these prices if they are so badly off from stagnation and no innigration and an aging population?? I thought they were bad off.

    And they’re right to be. Technology doesn’t go in a straight line, it peaks, plateaus, and gets bought out by Cerberus. Japanese and original hipsters identify and collect peak items that most reject as outdated. The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy book notes that the infamously expensive subtype of Lee jeans are actually totally worth it — they’re objectively better made and may last forever. Those ones were made on the original Lee machinery, long since replaced by cheaper and weaker machines. The original Lee machinery was of course bought by rich Japanese visiting in the 80s.

    • Replies: @Icy Blast
    "Those ones..."? Maybe we should find a cute, conscientious Japanese woman who can help you with your English.
    , @RobRich
    "Those ones" is a perfectly legitimate regionalism going back centuries.
  10. @Lot
    This is Steve's first chan repost after 10+ years of coexistence!

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BpX8E-kavmI/maxresdefault.jpg

    Unz is a board of peace!

  11. @Colin Wright
    Hey, don't talk shit about Marie. I was wondering how you fold fitted sheets just a couple of weeks ago. Can you do it?

    There’s no such thing as a real man who can fold fitted sheets. It’s a sex-linked characteristic. [I believe it was Darwin who first identified it as such.] In my own life, I’ve seen exactly one male perform the task adequately, and he was gay–and not one of those masculine gays, either. Women, otoh, can do it with one hand tied behind their backs and they really should step up and claim this zone of clear sexual superiority. Where’s Hollywood now?

    1. Japanese woman does housework
    2. White people look for esoteric meaning hidden behind her actions
    3. *face palm*

    The best take on Kondo I saw at the link.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "There’s no such thing as a real man who can fold fitted sheets. It’s a sex-linked characteristic."

    Perhaps you are right for once.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLrUUYZOZ2k
  12. @Anonymous
    The Japanese are a little nutty for items we threw away for decades:

    Western Electric WE 300B 2004 Pair Vacuum Tube Audio Sound Used Mint
    Price:
    US $3,377.00
    $141 for 24 months

    WE 300 B manufactured by Western Electric Company Reprint version 2004 Manufactured pair unused
    It seems that it was opened for check, but it is an unused item.

    1 piece made 52 weeks in 2004
    1 piece made in 2004 for 39 weeks


    When the actual WE plants in Lee's Summit and Allentown made these things you could order them via Graybar distributors for the then ridiculous price of about $30 apiece.

    Input Wire 33' 10m from Western Electric WE TA-7352 86/87 Movie Sound Amplifiers

    Price:
    US $165.00
    Buy It Now -

    One single piece of original 33' feet (10 meter ) input signal wires from 1939-40 WESTERN ELECTRIC WE 1086A/ 87C sound movie exhibition system.

    Original bundle, still has the puling soap residue, wire is quite old but still flexible, see pictures.

    Inside wires have Red & Blue fabric/filament insulation that looks OK, conductors are about #18-20 gauge (1 mm) of solid copper, see pictures.



    Scrap wire , valuable because it is Restrum Erectric.


    Where do the little nippers get the cash to pay these prices if they are so badly off from stagnation and no innigration and an aging population?? I thought they were bad off.

    Where do the little nippers get the cash to pay these prices if they are so badly off from stagnation and no innigration and an aging population?? I thought they were bad off.

    Such is the Mind on MSM. (Yes I know you were kidding.) Japan is orderly, clean, prosperous, respectful, and above all peaceful.

    As such, a stinging rebuke to everything our ‘cultural leaders’ hold dear.

    But yeah, vintage Western Electric stuff is revered. They’ve lately opened up a new plant to build retro tube amps, in Rossville, Georgia near Chattnooga.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    This is a bogus deal that bears less relationship to the historical Western Electric than Martin Luther King did to Martin Luther.

    The original WE ERPI units, and to the units WE kept making aftr ERPI was spun off (i.e., the 124, which was used by the thousands in large retail stores and in emergency PA systems in large buildings where the local Bell was the contractor, and test equipment like the 19C heterodyne oscillator) were very solidly constructed out of telco grade parts in a point to point manner enabling easy repair. They lasted forever. They would turn up at hamfests and no one particularly wanted them though because they were not high fidelity. They didn't meet even the basic federal consumer product/IHF standard of 20 to 20,000 cycles per second +/- 3db at less than 1% thd at any level or frequency. The output transformers were undersized and no negative feedback was used across them (though often they had NFB from the output tubes to the screens of a previous stage, the twiode twats somehow never see that).

    http://westernelectric.com/products/images/97a/97a-interior.jpg

    Any tech will instantly recognize that here we have a service nightmare. Replacing throughhole components on a PCB that is connected by soldered flying leads to things on both sides?

    An actual WE unit:

    https://d3h6k4kfl8m9p0.cloudfront.net/stories/6ltLV0esFJkmhL.pP0LRug.jpg


    Simple to troubleshoot and replace any necessary component.
  13. The world’s most genocidal Republican website had a good article on this.

    Forge your own damn links.

  14. Gotta hand it to Steve, he successfully got me to take 90 seconds out of my life to watch a cute Japanese chick folding clothes.

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
    Their domestic bots have nearly overcome the uncanny valley!
  15. @Colin Wright
    Hey, don't talk shit about Marie. I was wondering how you fold fitted sheets just a couple of weeks ago. Can you do it?

    I can but doubt I could make them stand up like that afterwards. She clearly communicates better with her clothes than I do with mine.

  16. 3.) Well, I don’t particularly have specific religious connotations to Shintoism in my daily life, but it is true that I did have a part-time job at a Shinto shrine when I was younger, so I think that is what that has to do with it. It is reflected in some ways. So Shintoism, for me, is not particularly a religion in my life, but it is a natural habit in our daily life. Shintoism, for Japanese people, is not the same religious feeling as a lot of American people might feel, but is pretty much blended into our daily lifestyle or habits. It influences me, but not as strongly as you might think.

    H/T: https://themediaproject.org/news/2019/1/16/the-religion-of-marie-kondo-and-her-konmari-method-of-tidying

  17. Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:

    • LOL: dvorak
    • Replies: @Rosie

    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:
     
    Hispanics and Asians make ideal workers. They work hard and don't complain or ask for more.
    , @Iberiano
    In my life and career I have known dozens of white men married to Asian women (typically Korean or Japanese). I've known hundreds, probably, married to Latinas (like myself, a white hispanic). Almost every single guy, to a man, who was married to a Japanese woman, was extremely unhappy--married to a woman that GZF about him and after the birth of a baby or two, have never had sex with him again (oddly, a constant complaint I've heard). The guys married to Koreans seemed to be a mixed bag, but their marriages tended to lean that way, too. Also, all their wives were extremely ethnocentric and spent all their time with fellow ethnics (Korean or Japanese), and raised their kids in that manner.

    The men were isolated workerbees who had no connection to their own family. The men were literally just white sperm donors. These guys were not all cucks (many prior or current military, macho in every other respect). Perhaps they were already disassociated from white culture to begin with, fair enough, but I think they all thought it would be some happy interracial marriage. It's extreme. They're only cultural connection was his service overseas or how he respects Asian culture. The women don't care.

    Contrast that to white men married to Hispanic/Latinas. Almost all happy, well fed, beautiful kids, plentiful sex, embracing family, similar (enough) culture etc etc. Not saying white (non-H) women cannot do or be that, but white men definitely will not find happiness with Asian women, from what I have seen and heard for decades.
    , @Chrisnonymous
    Japanese women do not make ideal wives.*


    *My wife is Japanese.
    , @britisharebasque
    1325cc fool he he
    , @Deckin
    You obviously don't know any real Korean women
    , @Anonymous
    If you can find an imported Korean or Japanese woman to marry you’ll have hit the jackpot.
  18. OT:

    The key to understanding intersectional “oppression” movements is how they treat Jews. If they were truly about vulnerable groups they would be focused on Jews. Yet it’s reversed. Why? Because they are largely about forced redistribution of wealth. Making us a target.My cousin. https://t.co/2oLl4zM1fC— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) January 19, 2019

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Imagine thinking Jews are an oppressed, vulnerable group lmaoooooo
  19. A shinto shrine maiden basically sells good luck baubles and does low-level fortune telling out of a kind of bingo machine. It requires even less dedication than being an Altar Boy.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    My impression is that most of them are girls who haven't done well enough in school to see a career in their future. They get part-time jobs in shrines as filler while they're waiting to get their lives sorted out. Again, my impression. I only know one well. I suppose it beats working in soapland.

    Of course, as anon says below, there are superstitious girls and Shinto plays into that.

    It is true that cleaning has a religious aspect in Shinto, but that may have filtered into the culture and so people may respond even if they don't really believe. It's the same with water purification. It's changing now but it used to be that many people thought splashing water on stuff cleaned it. I have been associated with two institutions in which the bathrooms were basically soaked and then left to air dry.

    I do think there is a society-wide internalization of cleanliness that contributes to many characteristics of Japanese life. It's like the broken windows theory of crime prevention on a grand scale. Tidying up your room is the same as keeping your blood pressure under control is the same as arriving at work on time is the same as not losing your temper. You don't want things to spin out of control.
  20. We must stand with our Japanese Brothers.

    NO SURRENDER!

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Ah, "Stray Dogs". That's not your Ghanaean Exoskeleton for sure.

    As I remember, in the end of the movie the rogue ex-cop is killed because, even though he's angry as a pitbull and won't take it anymore, he still has too much Golden Retriever in himself.

    Japan know about genetics and the will to power.
  21. @Colin Wright
    Hey, don't talk shit about Marie. I was wondering how you fold fitted sheets just a couple of weeks ago. Can you do it?

    Hey, don’t talk shit about Marie. I was wondering how you fold fitted sheets just a couple of weeks ago. Can you do it?

    I certainly can’t. I just strip, wash, and replace. It’s much easier that way.

  22. Anon[272] • Disclaimer says:

    I don’t know if Hakan is joking or not, but neither Shinto nor Buddhism is something that Japanese take seriously. Buddhist temples are where you put the ashes of your dead; Shinto shrines are where you traditionally visit on New Year’s. I can’t sense a lot of religious feeling for either. Some Japanese, especially women, are superstitious, but Shinto is kind of there in the mix with fung shui, astrology, palmistry, personality divination from blood type, and that thing where you see a blur in the background of a photo and think it’s the ghost of a murdered child.

    I live in Japan and haven’t seen the Konmari TV show beyond some clips (and props to her for becoming such a star in the U.S. with so little English ability), but from her book, at least, her genius is to help people get over, I dunno, guilt, sunk-cost falacies, environmentalist delusions, or other irrational feelings that prevent them from getting rid of stuff they are not going to use.

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Clothes received as gifts or worn before you got fat (you’re never gonna lose it) are another. Even family photos: You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents’ photos … No? That’s because your parents grabbed a few and trashed the rest, like you should do right now to your photos (digital has changed this a bit, but not the part about you never looking at them).

    A big trend in Japan now is shukatsu, preparing for death. In the U.S. this means a will. In Japan estate law is pretty inflexible and wills tend to be overturned, so most people don’t bother. But they do think about not inconveniencing their survivors with a lot of junk possessions to unload. A big horking U.S. house and garage look to a Japanese like nothing more than loads of crap that the owner will never touch, but the kids will have to spend weeks dealing with after the parent’s death, putting a sour note on the end of the parent-child relationship. That beloved “collection of baseball caps?” In the trash. Maybe a photo will be taken and never looked at again. Better that the owner had trashed them himself.

    Kondo’s little farewell ritual is just a trick to get past these psychological barriers that deceive you into thinking trash is treasure. It’s kind of like a doctor telling a kid that some magic words will cure his wart. You know that you have fully grokked Konmari when you can tidy up without eBay (how much is your time worth, seriously?), the Salavation Army, and enabling your (incipient hoarder) family and friends. You just throw stuff away. You rip the covers off of books heave them into the trash. You take the scissors to clothes before trashing them. You have completely recovered your sanity at this point.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    These are all good rules.

    I admit to having the book problem.

    Sometimes I take a digital photo of them, then drop them off at the book exchange site.

    As for computers, memory is precious but fills up fast and pollutes every subsequent action. What to do?
    , @Clyde
    Informative and thanks. If American women keep sloppier homes and apartments than Japanese women, then Kondo can help them. From what I know this anti-clutter lady is very good at what she preaches.
    , @Clyde
    I would add that without a lot of sentimental junk lying around you are more likely to live in the here and now. That old junk and not so junk keeps you thinking of the past.
    , @Anonymous
    'Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.'

    Im a westerner and I grew up with this.
    , @screwthealtright
    Very informative comment. Guys like you are the reason to read this blog. Certainly not the troll who runs it, or the usual lot of commenters.
    , @Lot
    "You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents’ photos"

    One side of my family was full of shutterbugs, and I am happy to have a few 100-150 year old photos of my distant ancestors, and many more than a few and some video clips from the 50s and 60s. I look at them about once per two years for a couple hours and enjoy it.

    Some of them I have thrown away. A bunch of vacation photos of a lake house, of NYC and DC buildings, etc I chucked out.
    , @Achmed E. Newman
    Everything you wrote sounded fine, #272, until I realized maybe you haven't heard ... EBAY?!

    Over the last 20 years many people wished their parents had held onto a whole lot more of their (both kids' and parent's) "trash". "Mama, if you hadn'ta made me throw out those comic books, KIZZ albums, and made me chop up that pinball machine for firewood, I'd be rich, rich I tell ya! Thanks a lot!"

    If the parents have kept the right kind of stuff in the attic, I would think that their children would be fighing over who GETS the stuff at the time of their passing.

    You are still right that I need to get rid of a lot of stuff, though. It does irk me a lot, but I'm real bad about keeping stuff that I see some use for some unknown day in the future.
  23. @jim jones
    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvMXdGIDt00

    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:

    Hispanics and Asians make ideal workers. They work hard and don’t complain or ask for more.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
    Step away from the T.V. set.
    , @britisharebasque
    he he
  24. @Anonymous
    From what I've seen most of the Marie-posting on 4chan has been pro-Kondo, although she's certainly not without her detractors. The gist of it is that she's cheerful, feminine, skilled in the domestic arts, minimalist/anti-consumerist...in other words, the diametric opposite of the modern American woman whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate.

    whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate.

    Sadly, it is difficult to object.

  25. @Clifford Brown
    We must stand with our Japanese Brothers.

    NO SURRENDER!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22IXG_FbzrM

    Ah, “Stray Dogs”. That’s not your Ghanaean Exoskeleton for sure.

    As I remember, in the end of the movie the rogue ex-cop is killed because, even though he’s angry as a pitbull and won’t take it anymore, he still has too much Golden Retriever in himself.

    Japan know about genetics and the will to power.

  26. @Anon
    I don't know if Hakan is joking or not, but neither Shinto nor Buddhism is something that Japanese take seriously. Buddhist temples are where you put the ashes of your dead; Shinto shrines are where you traditionally visit on New Year's. I can't sense a lot of religious feeling for either. Some Japanese, especially women, are superstitious, but Shinto is kind of there in the mix with fung shui, astrology, palmistry, personality divination from blood type, and that thing where you see a blur in the background of a photo and think it's the ghost of a murdered child.

    I live in Japan and haven't seen the Konmari TV show beyond some clips (and props to her for becoming such a star in the U.S. with so little English ability), but from her book, at least, her genius is to help people get over, I dunno, guilt, sunk-cost falacies, environmentalist delusions, or other irrational feelings that prevent them from getting rid of stuff they are not going to use.

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can't part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Clothes received as gifts or worn before you got fat (you're never gonna lose it) are another. Even family photos: You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents' photos ... No? That's because your parents grabbed a few and trashed the rest, like you should do right now to your photos (digital has changed this a bit, but not the part about you never looking at them).

    A big trend in Japan now is shukatsu, preparing for death. In the U.S. this means a will. In Japan estate law is pretty inflexible and wills tend to be overturned, so most people don't bother. But they do think about not inconveniencing their survivors with a lot of junk possessions to unload. A big horking U.S. house and garage look to a Japanese like nothing more than loads of crap that the owner will never touch, but the kids will have to spend weeks dealing with after the parent's death, putting a sour note on the end of the parent-child relationship. That beloved "collection of baseball caps?" In the trash. Maybe a photo will be taken and never looked at again. Better that the owner had trashed them himself.

    Kondo's little farewell ritual is just a trick to get past these psychological barriers that deceive you into thinking trash is treasure. It's kind of like a doctor telling a kid that some magic words will cure his wart. You know that you have fully grokked Konmari when you can tidy up without eBay (how much is your time worth, seriously?), the Salavation Army, and enabling your (incipient hoarder) family and friends. You just throw stuff away. You rip the covers off of books heave them into the trash. You take the scissors to clothes before trashing them. You have completely recovered your sanity at this point.

    These are all good rules.

    I admit to having the book problem.

    Sometimes I take a digital photo of them, then drop them off at the book exchange site.

    As for computers, memory is precious but fills up fast and pollutes every subsequent action. What to do?

  27. Wonder if she’ related to World War II Admiral Nobutake Kondo; maybe ultranationalism runs in the family? I only recall the name because I’ve been reading about the Guadalcanal campaign recently.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobutake_Kond%C5%8D#World_War_II

  28. @Lot
    This is Steve's first chan repost after 10+ years of coexistence!

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/BpX8E-kavmI/maxresdefault.jpg

    You got some dope memes gramps

  29. @J.Ross
    This broad is all over 4chan, every board, normally accompanied by the observation that nothing makes fat white female slobs angrier. You look at the man's face, as he stands next to his wife who is quivering with impotent rage, and you can actually see the yellow fever like tea entering into the hot water.
    However, while she is a good person doing good work in a market beset by Collyer-calibre clutter, we should remember that Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality. I don't want to live in a Japanese person's idea of clean.

    Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality

    In before Pinsen:

    “When you gonna get some furniture?”

    “When I get around to it.”

    • LOL: Dave Pinsen
  30. @Song For the Deaf
    Gotta hand it to Steve, he successfully got me to take 90 seconds out of my life to watch a cute Japanese chick folding clothes.

    Their domestic bots have nearly overcome the uncanny valley!

  31. Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    I’m more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence. I have little respect for anyone without a some semblance of a private library. I pine for the days when rich industrialists and financiers competed to build great libraries, men like Morgan, Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald, Clements, and many more.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I’ve got the books.

    • Replies: @Trevor H.
    Not to mention, politically"inconvenient" books aren't getting scanned into virtual libraries in cyberspace. I have a collection.
    , @AndrewR
    I don't like getting rid of books, but I haven't bought a book in many years. I read more than almost anyone I know, but virtually all of my reading is digital in nature.
    , @Bleuteaux
    "My library is dukedom enough," - Bill Shakespeare.
    , @simple_pseudonymic_handle
    > I’m more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence.

    Peter J. Carroll wrote that his address book was his most valuable possession.

    Has anybody written their most valuable possessions are the margin notations in their books?
    , @Anonymous

    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.
     
    Books can be bought for next to nothing by the linear foot. GOOD books are scarce and hard to replace.

    By the way, there IS no commercially available archival digital storage medium. No one cares very much.
    , @Pericles

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I’ve got the books.

     

    The first blow in the battle for freedom.
    , @Anon
    I re read books again and again. I don’t watch TV because of the ads. I’ve seen every TCM movie. Only about 10 percent of Netflix Hulu etc are my kind of movie. So I read. Some of my political type books are disappearing from public and university libraries. But I have them in hard copy.

    Kindle and ebooks can disappear any time.
  32. @Rosie

    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:
     
    Hispanics and Asians make ideal workers. They work hard and don't complain or ask for more.

    Step away from the T.V. set.

  33. @Percy Gryce

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.
     
    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    I'm more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence. I have little respect for anyone without a some semblance of a private library. I pine for the days when rich industrialists and financiers competed to build great libraries, men like Morgan, Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald, Clements, and many more.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I've got the books.

    Not to mention, politically”inconvenient” books aren’t getting scanned into virtual libraries in cyberspace. I have a collection.

  34. anon[393] • Disclaimer says:

    Ide race mix with that!
    Japanese might be the only race i feel a bit guilty about pozzing with western colonizing. Like us barbarians they were a warrior people that have high IQ but came to written language very late late.
    saving these videos to train/shitest as the case may be new girlfriends with

  35. @Anon
    I don't know if Hakan is joking or not, but neither Shinto nor Buddhism is something that Japanese take seriously. Buddhist temples are where you put the ashes of your dead; Shinto shrines are where you traditionally visit on New Year's. I can't sense a lot of religious feeling for either. Some Japanese, especially women, are superstitious, but Shinto is kind of there in the mix with fung shui, astrology, palmistry, personality divination from blood type, and that thing where you see a blur in the background of a photo and think it's the ghost of a murdered child.

    I live in Japan and haven't seen the Konmari TV show beyond some clips (and props to her for becoming such a star in the U.S. with so little English ability), but from her book, at least, her genius is to help people get over, I dunno, guilt, sunk-cost falacies, environmentalist delusions, or other irrational feelings that prevent them from getting rid of stuff they are not going to use.

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can't part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Clothes received as gifts or worn before you got fat (you're never gonna lose it) are another. Even family photos: You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents' photos ... No? That's because your parents grabbed a few and trashed the rest, like you should do right now to your photos (digital has changed this a bit, but not the part about you never looking at them).

    A big trend in Japan now is shukatsu, preparing for death. In the U.S. this means a will. In Japan estate law is pretty inflexible and wills tend to be overturned, so most people don't bother. But they do think about not inconveniencing their survivors with a lot of junk possessions to unload. A big horking U.S. house and garage look to a Japanese like nothing more than loads of crap that the owner will never touch, but the kids will have to spend weeks dealing with after the parent's death, putting a sour note on the end of the parent-child relationship. That beloved "collection of baseball caps?" In the trash. Maybe a photo will be taken and never looked at again. Better that the owner had trashed them himself.

    Kondo's little farewell ritual is just a trick to get past these psychological barriers that deceive you into thinking trash is treasure. It's kind of like a doctor telling a kid that some magic words will cure his wart. You know that you have fully grokked Konmari when you can tidy up without eBay (how much is your time worth, seriously?), the Salavation Army, and enabling your (incipient hoarder) family and friends. You just throw stuff away. You rip the covers off of books heave them into the trash. You take the scissors to clothes before trashing them. You have completely recovered your sanity at this point.

    Informative and thanks. If American women keep sloppier homes and apartments than Japanese women, then Kondo can help them. From what I know this anti-clutter lady is very good at what she preaches.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    'Informative and thanks. If American women keep sloppier homes and apartments than Japanese women, then Kondo can help them. From what I know this anti-clutter lady is very good at what she preaches.'

    I dunno. She got to my daughter, and she threw away her dish rack. It's the most idiotic thing I ever saw. Lydia, would you buy a dish rack?
    , @Anonymous

    Informative and thanks. If American women keep sloppier homes and apartments than Japanese women, then Kondo can help them. From what I know this anti-clutter lady is very good at what she preaches.
     
    I’m sure that’s the type of American woman attending translated lectures at the 92nd Street Y.
  36. @Anon
    I don't know if Hakan is joking or not, but neither Shinto nor Buddhism is something that Japanese take seriously. Buddhist temples are where you put the ashes of your dead; Shinto shrines are where you traditionally visit on New Year's. I can't sense a lot of religious feeling for either. Some Japanese, especially women, are superstitious, but Shinto is kind of there in the mix with fung shui, astrology, palmistry, personality divination from blood type, and that thing where you see a blur in the background of a photo and think it's the ghost of a murdered child.

    I live in Japan and haven't seen the Konmari TV show beyond some clips (and props to her for becoming such a star in the U.S. with so little English ability), but from her book, at least, her genius is to help people get over, I dunno, guilt, sunk-cost falacies, environmentalist delusions, or other irrational feelings that prevent them from getting rid of stuff they are not going to use.

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can't part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Clothes received as gifts or worn before you got fat (you're never gonna lose it) are another. Even family photos: You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents' photos ... No? That's because your parents grabbed a few and trashed the rest, like you should do right now to your photos (digital has changed this a bit, but not the part about you never looking at them).

    A big trend in Japan now is shukatsu, preparing for death. In the U.S. this means a will. In Japan estate law is pretty inflexible and wills tend to be overturned, so most people don't bother. But they do think about not inconveniencing their survivors with a lot of junk possessions to unload. A big horking U.S. house and garage look to a Japanese like nothing more than loads of crap that the owner will never touch, but the kids will have to spend weeks dealing with after the parent's death, putting a sour note on the end of the parent-child relationship. That beloved "collection of baseball caps?" In the trash. Maybe a photo will be taken and never looked at again. Better that the owner had trashed them himself.

    Kondo's little farewell ritual is just a trick to get past these psychological barriers that deceive you into thinking trash is treasure. It's kind of like a doctor telling a kid that some magic words will cure his wart. You know that you have fully grokked Konmari when you can tidy up without eBay (how much is your time worth, seriously?), the Salavation Army, and enabling your (incipient hoarder) family and friends. You just throw stuff away. You rip the covers off of books heave them into the trash. You take the scissors to clothes before trashing them. You have completely recovered your sanity at this point.

    I would add that without a lot of sentimental junk lying around you are more likely to live in the here and now. That old junk and not so junk keeps you thinking of the past.

  37. @jim jones
    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvMXdGIDt00

    In my life and career I have known dozens of white men married to Asian women (typically Korean or Japanese). I’ve known hundreds, probably, married to Latinas (like myself, a white hispanic). Almost every single guy, to a man, who was married to a Japanese woman, was extremely unhappy–married to a woman that GZF about him and after the birth of a baby or two, have never had sex with him again (oddly, a constant complaint I’ve heard). The guys married to Koreans seemed to be a mixed bag, but their marriages tended to lean that way, too. Also, all their wives were extremely ethnocentric and spent all their time with fellow ethnics (Korean or Japanese), and raised their kids in that manner.

    The men were isolated workerbees who had no connection to their own family. The men were literally just white sperm donors. These guys were not all cucks (many prior or current military, macho in every other respect). Perhaps they were already disassociated from white culture to begin with, fair enough, but I think they all thought it would be some happy interracial marriage. It’s extreme. They’re only cultural connection was his service overseas or how he respects Asian culture. The women don’t care.

    Contrast that to white men married to Hispanic/Latinas. Almost all happy, well fed, beautiful kids, plentiful sex, embracing family, similar (enough) culture etc etc. Not saying white (non-H) women cannot do or be that, but white men definitely will not find happiness with Asian women, from what I have seen and heard for decades.

    • Replies: @SOL
    AF, BB -- though most likely these women don't cross paths with alphas often.
    , @Nymus
    Your description of life with a Japanese wife is spot on. I know, from experience and observation.

    Be warned.
  38. Much cuter than Jordan Peterson.

  39. I feel that Western women would benefit from having a traditional costume like the Korean hanbok:

  40. Another Shinto Shrine:

    Kanamara Matsuri
    The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri “Festival of the Steel Phallus” is held each spring at the Kanayama in Kawasaki, Japan.

    a jealous sharp-toothed demon hid inside the vagina of a young woman … and bit off penises of two young men on their wedding nights. … the woman sought help from a blacksmith, who fashioned an iron phallus to break the demon’s teeth, which led to the enshrinement of the item.

    The Kanayama Shrine was popular among prostitutes who wished to pray for protection from sexually transmitted infections.

    Japan’s Annual Penis Festival

  41. @jim jones
    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvMXdGIDt00

    Japanese women do not make ideal wives.*

    *My wife is Japanese.

    • Replies: @Anonymous


    Japanese women do not make ideal wives.*
     
    *My wife is Japanese.
     
    How would you rate her? How would you rate the relationship you have with her vs. white women you’ve dated (if you have)?
  42. @J.Ross
    This broad is all over 4chan, every board, normally accompanied by the observation that nothing makes fat white female slobs angrier. You look at the man's face, as he stands next to his wife who is quivering with impotent rage, and you can actually see the yellow fever like tea entering into the hot water.
    However, while she is a good person doing good work in a market beset by Collyer-calibre clutter, we should remember that Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality. I don't want to live in a Japanese person's idea of clean.

    I don’t want to live in a Japanese person’s idea of clean.

    Japanese people don’t really want to either. Most Japanese apartments are cluttered messes. That’s part of the reason your Japanese friends will entertain you in restaurants instead of in their homes. Kondo got famous in Japan because Japanese people don’t have enough space for all their stuff, not because Japan is full of empty space.

    Akso, the problem with Japanese aesthetics is fluorescent lighting, not space.

    • Replies: @E e
    I've noticed a lot of non-western countries seem to use fluorescent lighting way more than we do. Places like India or Egypt I'd just chalk it up to not having the money for better, but they've had more than enough money for extras like nice lighting in Japan for quite some time...
  43. Anonymous[748] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon
    I don't know if Hakan is joking or not, but neither Shinto nor Buddhism is something that Japanese take seriously. Buddhist temples are where you put the ashes of your dead; Shinto shrines are where you traditionally visit on New Year's. I can't sense a lot of religious feeling for either. Some Japanese, especially women, are superstitious, but Shinto is kind of there in the mix with fung shui, astrology, palmistry, personality divination from blood type, and that thing where you see a blur in the background of a photo and think it's the ghost of a murdered child.

    I live in Japan and haven't seen the Konmari TV show beyond some clips (and props to her for becoming such a star in the U.S. with so little English ability), but from her book, at least, her genius is to help people get over, I dunno, guilt, sunk-cost falacies, environmentalist delusions, or other irrational feelings that prevent them from getting rid of stuff they are not going to use.

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can't part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Clothes received as gifts or worn before you got fat (you're never gonna lose it) are another. Even family photos: You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents' photos ... No? That's because your parents grabbed a few and trashed the rest, like you should do right now to your photos (digital has changed this a bit, but not the part about you never looking at them).

    A big trend in Japan now is shukatsu, preparing for death. In the U.S. this means a will. In Japan estate law is pretty inflexible and wills tend to be overturned, so most people don't bother. But they do think about not inconveniencing their survivors with a lot of junk possessions to unload. A big horking U.S. house and garage look to a Japanese like nothing more than loads of crap that the owner will never touch, but the kids will have to spend weeks dealing with after the parent's death, putting a sour note on the end of the parent-child relationship. That beloved "collection of baseball caps?" In the trash. Maybe a photo will be taken and never looked at again. Better that the owner had trashed them himself.

    Kondo's little farewell ritual is just a trick to get past these psychological barriers that deceive you into thinking trash is treasure. It's kind of like a doctor telling a kid that some magic words will cure his wart. You know that you have fully grokked Konmari when you can tidy up without eBay (how much is your time worth, seriously?), the Salavation Army, and enabling your (incipient hoarder) family and friends. You just throw stuff away. You rip the covers off of books heave them into the trash. You take the scissors to clothes before trashing them. You have completely recovered your sanity at this point.

    ‘Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.’

    Im a westerner and I grew up with this.

  44. This just blows me away – I just finished watching Showtime’s American Gods. Its a typical example of Hollywood ultra PC/SJW infotainment, but the source novel is a compelling work of fantasy, and I really like Ian McShane. So it’s not bad.

    But the concept of the show is this – that the old pagan gods – Thor, Odin, Isis, Ananzi, whatever – still exist to some extent in America, because their believers brought them here as immigrants, including like the Vikings who first came to greenland or whatever.

    As science has advanced, it has created new gods – Media, Celebrity – that have displaced the old. So the old gods trick humans into worshipping them.

    So Vulcan has started an arms factory, and gains power from all the killings in America from guns (of course). Eostre or Easter gains power from the annual celebration of eggs, baked ham, floral dresses, while also hanging out with various incarnations of Jesus (SJW Jesus, Mexican Jesus, I assume Christmas Baby Jesus, whatever). And I guess the pagan gods are jockeying for a coming war with the new gods.

    The shows not that great, but if you like the novel you probably will enjoy. It’s modest budget shows. There are some really good performances.

    My point is, it’s bizarre to see that show, and then read this post, and realize my wife has been duped into engaging in Shinto religious practices by Netflix of all things. I refuse to watch the show, but I assume a subtext of it is that female clutter is ok, a necessary burden given all they do for society, while male clutter – golf clubs, silly books about history, old war games like Axis and Allies – are in fact evil patriarchal clutter, especially worthy of being thanked and bid farewell to.

    Very, very weird.

  45. @a boy and his dog
    A shinto shrine maiden basically sells good luck baubles and does low-level fortune telling out of a kind of bingo machine. It requires even less dedication than being an Altar Boy.

    My impression is that most of them are girls who haven’t done well enough in school to see a career in their future. They get part-time jobs in shrines as filler while they’re waiting to get their lives sorted out. Again, my impression. I only know one well. I suppose it beats working in soapland.

    Of course, as anon says below, there are superstitious girls and Shinto plays into that.

    It is true that cleaning has a religious aspect in Shinto, but that may have filtered into the culture and so people may respond even if they don’t really believe. It’s the same with water purification. It’s changing now but it used to be that many people thought splashing water on stuff cleaned it. I have been associated with two institutions in which the bathrooms were basically soaked and then left to air dry.

    I do think there is a society-wide internalization of cleanliness that contributes to many characteristics of Japanese life. It’s like the broken windows theory of crime prevention on a grand scale. Tidying up your room is the same as keeping your blood pressure under control is the same as arriving at work on time is the same as not losing your temper. You don’t want things to spin out of control.

  46. @J.Ross
    Incels? Why are you carrying water for the disciples of Bernays? A virgin is not an incel, a person having sex regularly is not an incel, a voluntarily celibate person is not an incel. It's literally high school level namecalling from paid shills.

    Is there a clear boundary between volcel and incel? I sowed many oats as a younger man but, while I do still have some desire for female companionship, at this stage in my life I simply lack the desire to do what’s necessary to date and mate. I am handsome, fit and can be as charming as I want to be, so I know I wouldn’t have a huge problem adding to my n count, but frankly I don’t care enough to bother.

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    is there a boundary?
    Yeah, they're opposites.
  47. @Anonymous
    From what I've seen most of the Marie-posting on 4chan has been pro-Kondo, although she's certainly not without her detractors. The gist of it is that she's cheerful, feminine, skilled in the domestic arts, minimalist/anti-consumerist...in other words, the diametric opposite of the modern American woman whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate.

    ” The gist of it is that she’s cheerful, feminine, skilled in the domestic arts, minimalist/anti-consumerist…in other words, the diametric opposite of the modern American woman whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate.”

    Actually, there’s a great deal of Japanese women who carry the water of their American counterparts. You are really out of the loop.

    Both men and women express strong intentions to marry. In Japan, like in the United States, marriage is a marker of adulthood (Kawamura, 2011).

    Married women in Japan increasingly hold part-time and full-time jobs, as they are becoming increasingly educated (North, 2009; Japan Times, 2012).

    Dual income households report less stress on the husband compared to traditional households (Bae, 2010).

    Both men and women feel more satisfied in dual income households that share family roles (Bae, 2010). The sharing of family roles is slowly increasing.

    Japan faces a shortage of children because of the shifting roles of women, economic realities, and the reluctance of many men to share what was once considered female tasks (Kawamura, 2011).

    Japanese women also are heavily influenced by American culture when it comes to fashion and relationships.

  48. @Mr McKenna
    There's no such thing as a real man who can fold fitted sheets. It's a sex-linked characteristic. [I believe it was Darwin who first identified it as such.] In my own life, I've seen exactly one male perform the task adequately, and he was gay--and not one of those masculine gays, either. Women, otoh, can do it with one hand tied behind their backs and they really should step up and claim this zone of clear sexual superiority. Where's Hollywood now?

    1. Japanese woman does housework
    2. White people look for esoteric meaning hidden behind her actions
    3. *face palm*
     
    The best take on Kondo I saw at the link.

    “There’s no such thing as a real man who can fold fitted sheets. It’s a sex-linked characteristic.”

    Perhaps you are right for once.

  49. @jim jones
    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvMXdGIDt00

    1325cc fool he he

  50. @Percy Gryce

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.
     
    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    I'm more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence. I have little respect for anyone without a some semblance of a private library. I pine for the days when rich industrialists and financiers competed to build great libraries, men like Morgan, Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald, Clements, and many more.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I've got the books.

    I don’t like getting rid of books, but I haven’t bought a book in many years. I read more than almost anyone I know, but virtually all of my reading is digital in nature.

  51. @Rosie

    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:
     
    Hispanics and Asians make ideal workers. They work hard and don't complain or ask for more.

    he he

  52. @Charizard
    OT:

    The key to understanding intersectional “oppression” movements is how they treat Jews. If they were truly about vulnerable groups they would be focused on Jews. Yet it’s reversed. Why? Because they are largely about forced redistribution of wealth. Making us a target.My cousin. https://t.co/2oLl4zM1fC— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) January 19, 2019
     

    Imagine thinking Jews are an oppressed, vulnerable group lmaoooooo

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    C'mon now. If they lose their victim status, what have they left to fall back upon? Besides wealth, power, control of commerce, government, media and educational institutions I mean.
  53. OT there is quite a funny thread on twitter, where some Chinese FOB neocon accuses Weihan Zhang and his followers of being bots, and proof of the low quality of Chinese AI:

    • Replies: @RobRich
    That is the funniest twitter I've seen in years.
  54. @jim jones
    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvMXdGIDt00

    You obviously don’t know any real Korean women

  55. @Percy Gryce

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.
     
    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    I'm more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence. I have little respect for anyone without a some semblance of a private library. I pine for the days when rich industrialists and financiers competed to build great libraries, men like Morgan, Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald, Clements, and many more.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I've got the books.

    “My library is dukedom enough,” – Bill Shakespeare.

  56. @Percy Gryce

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.
     
    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    I'm more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence. I have little respect for anyone without a some semblance of a private library. I pine for the days when rich industrialists and financiers competed to build great libraries, men like Morgan, Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald, Clements, and many more.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I've got the books.

    > I’m more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence.

    Peter J. Carroll wrote that his address book was his most valuable possession.

    Has anybody written their most valuable possessions are the margin notations in their books?

  57. @Colin Wright
    Hey, don't talk shit about Marie. I was wondering how you fold fitted sheets just a couple of weeks ago. Can you do it?

    Colin, years ago I lived in an apartment in the shadow of Buffalo’s city hall. I was one of a handful of single guys in the complex. I lived on the third floor and our unit had a free laundromat on the first floor. Once I ran a load of clothes, waited for them to spin and then tossed them in a dryer. Bored, I headed back up to my apartment, turned on the TV and fell asleep. I woke, remembered my laundry and returned to the laundromat to find my wash, including fitted sheets, neatly folded on the folding table. That happened twice more but the third time I returned to find all of my laundry missing.

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    That's a long lost game in the same vein as duck, duck, goose, but instead was known as Jap, Jap, Negro.
  58. I tried to watch Kondo tidying up people’s lives (The woman who refused to do her own laundry??) but her accent is extremely grating to my ears. I enjoyed her book, though.

  59. It’s unfortunate the japanese didn’t get in on the scramble for africa as that would have made the anti-white narrative a lot harder to sell. I’m not super educated on japanese history. Any idea why that didn’t occur? Technology not good enough at the time? Just not enough japanese people?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    '...Any idea why that didn’t occur? Technology not good enough at the time? Just not enough japanese people?'

    They were more interested in Korea and China.
  60. @jim jones
    Korean women and Japanese women make ideal wives and produce polite, intelligent children:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvMXdGIDt00

    If you can find an imported Korean or Japanese woman to marry you’ll have hit the jackpot.

  61. “Get rid your books, round-eye, and buy mine instead! Only book in house should be Bible!”

    Seriously she’s just another con-artist spoiled rich girl influencer. I guess her target audience is millennials who never learned to fold their clothes?

    Bitch is also selling branded overpriced boxes and caddies, which will also just end up in a landfill, along with the 10 million copies of her book on how to fold fucking socks.

    That said I agree with the theory that all of the common old crap should be culled. Your large book of collected Edgar Allen Poe tales, your Herb Alpert and Classical Gas records, your Mariah Carey cds. Again, the target audience aren’t readers, nor are they people with discriminating musical tastes. I still have 100s of cds, and ~ 90% of them are out of print and/or unavailable in digital form(rare opera recordings for the most part). I also have some rare old techno records – some are over $100 on ebay now, but I would hate myself for selling them. Yes, I could probably rip a shitty copy from someones shitty youtube upload…. or you know, just put the actual record on the record player and enjoy its full sound. Most of my books, same. I rarely buy a book now, if I do it is something I will use/enjoy for years, something that I can’t just “read online”.

    What does Marie do, for her own “life of mind”? Well, she folds her socks until her fingers bleed. No thanks, ma’am.

    It all reeks of idiocracy though, and that’s why I feel there has been some palpable pushback against this little nazi woman. The lady is insane. She wipes her shampoo bottle off and stores it away in a cabinet after every use. Only a princess has time for this shit. People smell the elitism. Only a princess can live in a pristine palace. The rest of us need our old glassware and sewing supplies and “vintage” tools that outperform anything available today. Only a princess doesn’t need to worry about mending things, cooking things, fixing things.

  62. … Marie Kondo is a racial ultranationalist …

    Username available!

  63. I think we’ve gone from the stage where all politics is personal to one where everything personal is politics.

  64. @Anon
    I don't know if Hakan is joking or not, but neither Shinto nor Buddhism is something that Japanese take seriously. Buddhist temples are where you put the ashes of your dead; Shinto shrines are where you traditionally visit on New Year's. I can't sense a lot of religious feeling for either. Some Japanese, especially women, are superstitious, but Shinto is kind of there in the mix with fung shui, astrology, palmistry, personality divination from blood type, and that thing where you see a blur in the background of a photo and think it's the ghost of a murdered child.

    I live in Japan and haven't seen the Konmari TV show beyond some clips (and props to her for becoming such a star in the U.S. with so little English ability), but from her book, at least, her genius is to help people get over, I dunno, guilt, sunk-cost falacies, environmentalist delusions, or other irrational feelings that prevent them from getting rid of stuff they are not going to use.

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can't part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Clothes received as gifts or worn before you got fat (you're never gonna lose it) are another. Even family photos: You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents' photos ... No? That's because your parents grabbed a few and trashed the rest, like you should do right now to your photos (digital has changed this a bit, but not the part about you never looking at them).

    A big trend in Japan now is shukatsu, preparing for death. In the U.S. this means a will. In Japan estate law is pretty inflexible and wills tend to be overturned, so most people don't bother. But they do think about not inconveniencing their survivors with a lot of junk possessions to unload. A big horking U.S. house and garage look to a Japanese like nothing more than loads of crap that the owner will never touch, but the kids will have to spend weeks dealing with after the parent's death, putting a sour note on the end of the parent-child relationship. That beloved "collection of baseball caps?" In the trash. Maybe a photo will be taken and never looked at again. Better that the owner had trashed them himself.

    Kondo's little farewell ritual is just a trick to get past these psychological barriers that deceive you into thinking trash is treasure. It's kind of like a doctor telling a kid that some magic words will cure his wart. You know that you have fully grokked Konmari when you can tidy up without eBay (how much is your time worth, seriously?), the Salavation Army, and enabling your (incipient hoarder) family and friends. You just throw stuff away. You rip the covers off of books heave them into the trash. You take the scissors to clothes before trashing them. You have completely recovered your sanity at this point.

    Very informative comment. Guys like you are the reason to read this blog. Certainly not the troll who runs it, or the usual lot of commenters.

  65. For Every immigrant we let jump the border or let it on a take your pick visa, we should ask, do they bring us joy?

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
  66. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no way the white “race” can ever win. The board was already set too long ago for any sudden realization à la Steve and Darb to make any difference. Trump is very obviously under pharisaic control, and the last gasps of racial realization are happening here under the auspices of Unz himself, who however virtuous is never going to be one of you. The situation is laughably obvious to anyone who is willing to look at it from above. The world will become one, and there is nothing we can do about it.

  67. @J.Ross
    And they're right to be. Technology doesn't go in a straight line, it peaks, plateaus, and gets bought out by Cerberus. Japanese and original hipsters identify and collect peak items that most reject as outdated. The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy book notes that the infamously expensive subtype of Lee jeans are actually totally worth it -- they're objectively better made and may last forever. Those ones were made on the original Lee machinery, long since replaced by cheaper and weaker machines. The original Lee machinery was of course bought by rich Japanese visiting in the 80s.

    “Those ones…”? Maybe we should find a cute, conscientious Japanese woman who can help you with your English.

  68. @Anon
    I don't know if Hakan is joking or not, but neither Shinto nor Buddhism is something that Japanese take seriously. Buddhist temples are where you put the ashes of your dead; Shinto shrines are where you traditionally visit on New Year's. I can't sense a lot of religious feeling for either. Some Japanese, especially women, are superstitious, but Shinto is kind of there in the mix with fung shui, astrology, palmistry, personality divination from blood type, and that thing where you see a blur in the background of a photo and think it's the ghost of a murdered child.

    I live in Japan and haven't seen the Konmari TV show beyond some clips (and props to her for becoming such a star in the U.S. with so little English ability), but from her book, at least, her genius is to help people get over, I dunno, guilt, sunk-cost falacies, environmentalist delusions, or other irrational feelings that prevent them from getting rid of stuff they are not going to use.

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can't part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Clothes received as gifts or worn before you got fat (you're never gonna lose it) are another. Even family photos: You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents' photos ... No? That's because your parents grabbed a few and trashed the rest, like you should do right now to your photos (digital has changed this a bit, but not the part about you never looking at them).

    A big trend in Japan now is shukatsu, preparing for death. In the U.S. this means a will. In Japan estate law is pretty inflexible and wills tend to be overturned, so most people don't bother. But they do think about not inconveniencing their survivors with a lot of junk possessions to unload. A big horking U.S. house and garage look to a Japanese like nothing more than loads of crap that the owner will never touch, but the kids will have to spend weeks dealing with after the parent's death, putting a sour note on the end of the parent-child relationship. That beloved "collection of baseball caps?" In the trash. Maybe a photo will be taken and never looked at again. Better that the owner had trashed them himself.

    Kondo's little farewell ritual is just a trick to get past these psychological barriers that deceive you into thinking trash is treasure. It's kind of like a doctor telling a kid that some magic words will cure his wart. You know that you have fully grokked Konmari when you can tidy up without eBay (how much is your time worth, seriously?), the Salavation Army, and enabling your (incipient hoarder) family and friends. You just throw stuff away. You rip the covers off of books heave them into the trash. You take the scissors to clothes before trashing them. You have completely recovered your sanity at this point.

    “You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents’ photos”

    One side of my family was full of shutterbugs, and I am happy to have a few 100-150 year old photos of my distant ancestors, and many more than a few and some video clips from the 50s and 60s. I look at them about once per two years for a couple hours and enjoy it.

    Some of them I have thrown away. A bunch of vacation photos of a lake house, of NYC and DC buildings, etc I chucked out.

  69. @J.Ross
    This broad is all over 4chan, every board, normally accompanied by the observation that nothing makes fat white female slobs angrier. You look at the man's face, as he stands next to his wife who is quivering with impotent rage, and you can actually see the yellow fever like tea entering into the hot water.
    However, while she is a good person doing good work in a market beset by Collyer-calibre clutter, we should remember that Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality. I don't want to live in a Japanese person's idea of clean.

    Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality. I don’t want to live in a Japanese person’s idea of clean.

    As usual, there’s an aphorism that puts the boot into this Kondo nonsense: also as usual, it probably wasn’t actually uttered by the person to whom it’s attributed (in this case, Albert Einstein).

    If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

    At least Kondo is less fucktarded than the ‘minimalist’ types – who make it absolutely clear that every single one of the ‘few’ items they own, is a 400% markup, niche-branded version of a normal product… right up to the ubiquitous MacBook Air.

    • Replies: @Escher

    right up to the ubiquitous MacBook Air.
     
    Hey!! MacBooks are superior products. How long does your average windows laptop last before keys stop working and it takes 10 minutes to boot up...
  70. @Buffalo Joe
    Colin, years ago I lived in an apartment in the shadow of Buffalo's city hall. I was one of a handful of single guys in the complex. I lived on the third floor and our unit had a free laundromat on the first floor. Once I ran a load of clothes, waited for them to spin and then tossed them in a dryer. Bored, I headed back up to my apartment, turned on the TV and fell asleep. I woke, remembered my laundry and returned to the laundromat to find my wash, including fitted sheets, neatly folded on the folding table. That happened twice more but the third time I returned to find all of my laundry missing.

    That’s a long lost game in the same vein as duck, duck, goose, but instead was known as Jap, Jap, Negro.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    LOL....
  71. Jews don’t care for the Japanese all that much. During World War Two, Jewish Americans were cheering on the defeat of the Japanese Empire just as strongly if not more so than the defeat of Germany and Italy. Phillip Roth has written about this in a couple of his novels.

    The Japanese serve as a good example of a people with its own homogeneous nation-state who simply don’t care for globalism all that much. They prove that it’s not just a unique inherent character flaw of right-leaning deplorable white men that causes them to believe that Globo-Homo is culturally malicious.

    The Japanese are certainly aware of the outside world and have assimilated aspects of it to their own culture since Admiral Perry’s visit, but strictly on their own terms.

    Many white guys I know LOOVE chasing after Japanese women and for good reason. Jews in North America, on the other hand, tend to go after Chinese girls à la Mark Zuckerberg. Jews also think that Chairman Mao was a pretty cool guy.

    Jews and gentile white guys will both go after Korean women if they are attractive.

    More and more, Jungle Asians are starting to become the province of black guys.

    • Replies: @Kaganovitch
    Jews don’t care for the Japanese all that much. During World War Two, Jewish Americans were cheering on the defeat of the Japanese Empire just as strongly if not more so than the defeat of Germany and Italy. Phillip Roth has written about this in a couple of his novels.

    That wasn't a Jewish thing, that was an American thing! It was Japan who attacked America, thus Japan was the primary enemy. Jewish Americans were not thinking "Jewishly", I.e. the Nazis are the primary enemy , they were thinking like "Americans", I.e. the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor are the primary enemy. It seems for some people the Jews are not ethnocentric enough.
    , @Lot
    "Many white guys I know LOOVE chasing after Japanese women and for good reason. Jews in North America, on the other hand, tend to go after Chinese girls à la Mark Zuckerberg. "

    Young chinese women outnumber Japanese women in America by like 20-1, maybe more.
    , @Mr McKenna
    Philip Roth novels being the source of your 'historical knowledge'.
    , @Fred Boynton
    Jews (and their "Allies") went to war against Japan to protect the Soviet Union's flank and, to a lesser extent, Mao's nascent Chinese communists and other Asian communist groups.
  72. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Mr McKenna

    Where do the little nippers get the cash to pay these prices if they are so badly off from stagnation and no innigration and an aging population?? I thought they were bad off.
     
    Such is the Mind on MSM. (Yes I know you were kidding.) Japan is orderly, clean, prosperous, respectful, and above all peaceful.

    As such, a stinging rebuke to everything our 'cultural leaders' hold dear.

    But yeah, vintage Western Electric stuff is revered. They've lately opened up a new plant to build retro tube amps, in Rossville, Georgia near Chattnooga.

    http://www.westernelectric.com/products/images/97a/97a.jpg

    This is a bogus deal that bears less relationship to the historical Western Electric than Martin Luther King did to Martin Luther.

    The original WE ERPI units, and to the units WE kept making aftr ERPI was spun off (i.e., the 124, which was used by the thousands in large retail stores and in emergency PA systems in large buildings where the local Bell was the contractor, and test equipment like the 19C heterodyne oscillator) were very solidly constructed out of telco grade parts in a point to point manner enabling easy repair. They lasted forever. They would turn up at hamfests and no one particularly wanted them though because they were not high fidelity. They didn’t meet even the basic federal consumer product/IHF standard of 20 to 20,000 cycles per second +/- 3db at less than 1% thd at any level or frequency. The output transformers were undersized and no negative feedback was used across them (though often they had NFB from the output tubes to the screens of a previous stage, the twiode twats somehow never see that).

    Any tech will instantly recognize that here we have a service nightmare. Replacing throughhole components on a PCB that is connected by soldered flying leads to things on both sides?

    An actual WE unit:

    Simple to troubleshoot and replace any necessary component.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Fascinating testimony, thanks. Twiode Twats is a new one on me.
  73. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @Percy Gryce

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.
     
    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    I'm more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence. I have little respect for anyone without a some semblance of a private library. I pine for the days when rich industrialists and financiers competed to build great libraries, men like Morgan, Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald, Clements, and many more.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I've got the books.

    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    Books can be bought for next to nothing by the linear foot. GOOD books are scarce and hard to replace.

    By the way, there IS no commercially available archival digital storage medium. No one cares very much.

  74. A bunch of vacation photos of […] NYC and DC buildings

    I think you could’ve actually sold those, especially if they are from 100+ years ago.

  75. I’m totally lost. What’s the significance of this broad folding clothes? This is how a real woman saves closet space.
    https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7Ieh/space-bag-storage-packs-not-enough-space
    Ultimately western culture is superior. And oriental women are weird looking.

  76. Man, as soon as she started speaking I wanted to ___ her. There’s something about the Japanese language as spoken by the young ladies that’s very sexy. Even when she stopped talking, she was nice to watch. Do this clothes-folding in a bikini, Miss Kondo, and you’ll get a 100 million hits on youtube! Does that fall within the Shinto guidelines? It’s minimalist and all, right?

  77. @Anon
    I don't know if Hakan is joking or not, but neither Shinto nor Buddhism is something that Japanese take seriously. Buddhist temples are where you put the ashes of your dead; Shinto shrines are where you traditionally visit on New Year's. I can't sense a lot of religious feeling for either. Some Japanese, especially women, are superstitious, but Shinto is kind of there in the mix with fung shui, astrology, palmistry, personality divination from blood type, and that thing where you see a blur in the background of a photo and think it's the ghost of a murdered child.

    I live in Japan and haven't seen the Konmari TV show beyond some clips (and props to her for becoming such a star in the U.S. with so little English ability), but from her book, at least, her genius is to help people get over, I dunno, guilt, sunk-cost falacies, environmentalist delusions, or other irrational feelings that prevent them from getting rid of stuff they are not going to use.

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can't part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.

    Clothes received as gifts or worn before you got fat (you're never gonna lose it) are another. Even family photos: You never look at them, and by the way, remember that huge box of your grandparents' photos ... No? That's because your parents grabbed a few and trashed the rest, like you should do right now to your photos (digital has changed this a bit, but not the part about you never looking at them).

    A big trend in Japan now is shukatsu, preparing for death. In the U.S. this means a will. In Japan estate law is pretty inflexible and wills tend to be overturned, so most people don't bother. But they do think about not inconveniencing their survivors with a lot of junk possessions to unload. A big horking U.S. house and garage look to a Japanese like nothing more than loads of crap that the owner will never touch, but the kids will have to spend weeks dealing with after the parent's death, putting a sour note on the end of the parent-child relationship. That beloved "collection of baseball caps?" In the trash. Maybe a photo will be taken and never looked at again. Better that the owner had trashed them himself.

    Kondo's little farewell ritual is just a trick to get past these psychological barriers that deceive you into thinking trash is treasure. It's kind of like a doctor telling a kid that some magic words will cure his wart. You know that you have fully grokked Konmari when you can tidy up without eBay (how much is your time worth, seriously?), the Salavation Army, and enabling your (incipient hoarder) family and friends. You just throw stuff away. You rip the covers off of books heave them into the trash. You take the scissors to clothes before trashing them. You have completely recovered your sanity at this point.

    Everything you wrote sounded fine, #272, until I realized maybe you haven’t heard … EBAY?!

    Over the last 20 years many people wished their parents had held onto a whole lot more of their (both kids’ and parent’s) “trash”. “Mama, if you hadn’ta made me throw out those comic books, KIZZ albums, and made me chop up that pinball machine for firewood, I’d be rich, rich I tell ya! Thanks a lot!”

    If the parents have kept the right kind of stuff in the attic, I would think that their children would be fighing over who GETS the stuff at the time of their passing.

    You are still right that I need to get rid of a lot of stuff, though. It does irk me a lot, but I’m real bad about keeping stuff that I see some use for some unknown day in the future.

  78. @Canadian Observer
    Jews don’t care for the Japanese all that much. During World War Two, Jewish Americans were cheering on the defeat of the Japanese Empire just as strongly if not more so than the defeat of Germany and Italy. Phillip Roth has written about this in a couple of his novels.

    The Japanese serve as a good example of a people with its own homogeneous nation-state who simply don’t care for globalism all that much. They prove that it’s not just a unique inherent character flaw of right-leaning deplorable white men that causes them to believe that Globo-Homo is culturally malicious.

    The Japanese are certainly aware of the outside world and have assimilated aspects of it to their own culture since Admiral Perry’s visit, but strictly on their own terms.

    Many white guys I know LOOVE chasing after Japanese women and for good reason. Jews in North America, on the other hand, tend to go after Chinese girls à la Mark Zuckerberg. Jews also think that Chairman Mao was a pretty cool guy.

    Jews and gentile white guys will both go after Korean women if they are attractive.

    More and more, Jungle Asians are starting to become the province of black guys.

    Jews don’t care for the Japanese all that much. During World War Two, Jewish Americans were cheering on the defeat of the Japanese Empire just as strongly if not more so than the defeat of Germany and Italy. Phillip Roth has written about this in a couple of his novels.

    That wasn’t a Jewish thing, that was an American thing! It was Japan who attacked America, thus Japan was the primary enemy. Jewish Americans were not thinking “Jewishly”, I.e. the Nazis are the primary enemy , they were thinking like “Americans”, I.e. the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor are the primary enemy. It seems for some people the Jews are not ethnocentric enough.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Tell that to the thousands of young American boys slaughtered in places like Tarawa and Corregidor because FDR was preferentially supplying the fight against dem Evil Nazis. Your (racist, anti-American) fantasies never seem to end, pal.
  79. @Anonymous
    She's right though, no matter how racialist incels on /pol/ want to spin it.
    Hoarding and consumerism are perverse manifestations of the deeper truth of animism. There way be reasonable differences between Western and Eastern ways of approaching this, but it is what it is. If someone dislikes the "Shinto shrine maiden" way, give us a "Rhine maiden way" or STFU.

    Living in your head rent free.

  80. Adorable! I may need to watch this show.

  81. How much of this woman’s popularity is based on her looks?

  82. @Canadian Observer
    Jews don’t care for the Japanese all that much. During World War Two, Jewish Americans were cheering on the defeat of the Japanese Empire just as strongly if not more so than the defeat of Germany and Italy. Phillip Roth has written about this in a couple of his novels.

    The Japanese serve as a good example of a people with its own homogeneous nation-state who simply don’t care for globalism all that much. They prove that it’s not just a unique inherent character flaw of right-leaning deplorable white men that causes them to believe that Globo-Homo is culturally malicious.

    The Japanese are certainly aware of the outside world and have assimilated aspects of it to their own culture since Admiral Perry’s visit, but strictly on their own terms.

    Many white guys I know LOOVE chasing after Japanese women and for good reason. Jews in North America, on the other hand, tend to go after Chinese girls à la Mark Zuckerberg. Jews also think that Chairman Mao was a pretty cool guy.

    Jews and gentile white guys will both go after Korean women if they are attractive.

    More and more, Jungle Asians are starting to become the province of black guys.

    “Many white guys I know LOOVE chasing after Japanese women and for good reason. Jews in North America, on the other hand, tend to go after Chinese girls à la Mark Zuckerberg. ”

    Young chinese women outnumber Japanese women in America by like 20-1, maybe more.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Young chinese women outnumber Japanese women in America by like 20-1, maybe more.
     
    If you’re ever in the Boston area check out the Brandeis University campus. The official stats say 13% Asian but a cursory walk across the campus and you’ll swear it’s closer to 30-35%. And almost all of them FOB Chinese.
  83. @BigDickNick
    It's unfortunate the japanese didn't get in on the scramble for africa as that would have made the anti-white narrative a lot harder to sell. I'm not super educated on japanese history. Any idea why that didn't occur? Technology not good enough at the time? Just not enough japanese people?

    ‘…Any idea why that didn’t occur? Technology not good enough at the time? Just not enough japanese people?’

    They were more interested in Korea and China.

  84. @Clyde
    Informative and thanks. If American women keep sloppier homes and apartments than Japanese women, then Kondo can help them. From what I know this anti-clutter lady is very good at what she preaches.

    ‘Informative and thanks. If American women keep sloppier homes and apartments than Japanese women, then Kondo can help them. From what I know this anti-clutter lady is very good at what she preaches.’

    I dunno. She got to my daughter, and she threw away her dish rack. It’s the most idiotic thing I ever saw. Lydia, would you buy a dish rack?

  85. @Chrisnonymous
    Japanese women do not make ideal wives.*


    *My wife is Japanese.

    Japanese women do not make ideal wives.*

    *My wife is Japanese.

    How would you rate her? How would you rate the relationship you have with her vs. white women you’ve dated (if you have)?

  86. Anonymous[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @Clyde
    Informative and thanks. If American women keep sloppier homes and apartments than Japanese women, then Kondo can help them. From what I know this anti-clutter lady is very good at what she preaches.

    Informative and thanks. If American women keep sloppier homes and apartments than Japanese women, then Kondo can help them. From what I know this anti-clutter lady is very good at what she preaches.

    I’m sure that’s the type of American woman attending translated lectures at the 92nd Street Y.

  87. Anonymous[210] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot
    "Many white guys I know LOOVE chasing after Japanese women and for good reason. Jews in North America, on the other hand, tend to go after Chinese girls à la Mark Zuckerberg. "

    Young chinese women outnumber Japanese women in America by like 20-1, maybe more.

    Young chinese women outnumber Japanese women in America by like 20-1, maybe more.

    If you’re ever in the Boston area check out the Brandeis University campus. The official stats say 13% Asian but a cursory walk across the campus and you’ll swear it’s closer to 30-35%. And almost all of them FOB Chinese.

  88. @Iberiano
    In my life and career I have known dozens of white men married to Asian women (typically Korean or Japanese). I've known hundreds, probably, married to Latinas (like myself, a white hispanic). Almost every single guy, to a man, who was married to a Japanese woman, was extremely unhappy--married to a woman that GZF about him and after the birth of a baby or two, have never had sex with him again (oddly, a constant complaint I've heard). The guys married to Koreans seemed to be a mixed bag, but their marriages tended to lean that way, too. Also, all their wives were extremely ethnocentric and spent all their time with fellow ethnics (Korean or Japanese), and raised their kids in that manner.

    The men were isolated workerbees who had no connection to their own family. The men were literally just white sperm donors. These guys were not all cucks (many prior or current military, macho in every other respect). Perhaps they were already disassociated from white culture to begin with, fair enough, but I think they all thought it would be some happy interracial marriage. It's extreme. They're only cultural connection was his service overseas or how he respects Asian culture. The women don't care.

    Contrast that to white men married to Hispanic/Latinas. Almost all happy, well fed, beautiful kids, plentiful sex, embracing family, similar (enough) culture etc etc. Not saying white (non-H) women cannot do or be that, but white men definitely will not find happiness with Asian women, from what I have seen and heard for decades.

    AF, BB — though most likely these women don’t cross paths with alphas often.

  89. @Kratoklastes

    Japanese aesthetics tends towards extremes, especially of emptiness and functionality. I don’t want to live in a Japanese person’s idea of clean.
     
    As usual, there's an aphorism that puts the boot into this Kondo nonsense: also as usual, it probably wasn't actually uttered by the person to whom it's attributed (in this case, Albert Einstein).

    "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
     
    At least Kondo is less fucktarded than the 'minimalist' types - who make it absolutely clear that every single one of the 'few' items they own, is a 400% markup, niche-branded version of a normal product... right up to the ubiquitous MacBook Air.

    right up to the ubiquitous MacBook Air.

    Hey!! MacBooks are superior products. How long does your average windows laptop last before keys stop working and it takes 10 minutes to boot up…

    • Replies: @Autochthon
    Honestly? Usually not as long as one of Apple, Inc.'s glued-together machines with soldered-in memory. The difference, of course, is it is feasible to actually repair and upgrade those other machines – with Crapple's, it's a shitshow when possible at all.

    I'd rather have a tool – any tool – employing robust and modular technology based upon interoperable standards, that can be maintained and repaired indefinitely, than a disposable piece of shit assembled as a black-box, no matter how slick the latter may be until it is worthless and obsolescent in a few years....
  90. @Kaganovitch
    Jews don’t care for the Japanese all that much. During World War Two, Jewish Americans were cheering on the defeat of the Japanese Empire just as strongly if not more so than the defeat of Germany and Italy. Phillip Roth has written about this in a couple of his novels.

    That wasn't a Jewish thing, that was an American thing! It was Japan who attacked America, thus Japan was the primary enemy. Jewish Americans were not thinking "Jewishly", I.e. the Nazis are the primary enemy , they were thinking like "Americans", I.e. the Japanese who attacked Pearl Harbor are the primary enemy. It seems for some people the Jews are not ethnocentric enough.

    Tell that to the thousands of young American boys slaughtered in places like Tarawa and Corregidor because FDR was preferentially supplying the fight against dem Evil Nazis. Your (racist, anti-American) fantasies never seem to end, pal.

  91. @Canadian Observer
    Jews don’t care for the Japanese all that much. During World War Two, Jewish Americans were cheering on the defeat of the Japanese Empire just as strongly if not more so than the defeat of Germany and Italy. Phillip Roth has written about this in a couple of his novels.

    The Japanese serve as a good example of a people with its own homogeneous nation-state who simply don’t care for globalism all that much. They prove that it’s not just a unique inherent character flaw of right-leaning deplorable white men that causes them to believe that Globo-Homo is culturally malicious.

    The Japanese are certainly aware of the outside world and have assimilated aspects of it to their own culture since Admiral Perry’s visit, but strictly on their own terms.

    Many white guys I know LOOVE chasing after Japanese women and for good reason. Jews in North America, on the other hand, tend to go after Chinese girls à la Mark Zuckerberg. Jews also think that Chairman Mao was a pretty cool guy.

    Jews and gentile white guys will both go after Korean women if they are attractive.

    More and more, Jungle Asians are starting to become the province of black guys.

    Philip Roth novels being the source of your ‘historical knowledge’.

  92. @Anonymous
    This is a bogus deal that bears less relationship to the historical Western Electric than Martin Luther King did to Martin Luther.

    The original WE ERPI units, and to the units WE kept making aftr ERPI was spun off (i.e., the 124, which was used by the thousands in large retail stores and in emergency PA systems in large buildings where the local Bell was the contractor, and test equipment like the 19C heterodyne oscillator) were very solidly constructed out of telco grade parts in a point to point manner enabling easy repair. They lasted forever. They would turn up at hamfests and no one particularly wanted them though because they were not high fidelity. They didn't meet even the basic federal consumer product/IHF standard of 20 to 20,000 cycles per second +/- 3db at less than 1% thd at any level or frequency. The output transformers were undersized and no negative feedback was used across them (though often they had NFB from the output tubes to the screens of a previous stage, the twiode twats somehow never see that).

    http://westernelectric.com/products/images/97a/97a-interior.jpg

    Any tech will instantly recognize that here we have a service nightmare. Replacing throughhole components on a PCB that is connected by soldered flying leads to things on both sides?

    An actual WE unit:

    https://d3h6k4kfl8m9p0.cloudfront.net/stories/6ltLV0esFJkmhL.pP0LRug.jpg


    Simple to troubleshoot and replace any necessary component.

    Fascinating testimony, thanks. Twiode Twats is a new one on me.

  93. @Iberiano
    In my life and career I have known dozens of white men married to Asian women (typically Korean or Japanese). I've known hundreds, probably, married to Latinas (like myself, a white hispanic). Almost every single guy, to a man, who was married to a Japanese woman, was extremely unhappy--married to a woman that GZF about him and after the birth of a baby or two, have never had sex with him again (oddly, a constant complaint I've heard). The guys married to Koreans seemed to be a mixed bag, but their marriages tended to lean that way, too. Also, all their wives were extremely ethnocentric and spent all their time with fellow ethnics (Korean or Japanese), and raised their kids in that manner.

    The men were isolated workerbees who had no connection to their own family. The men were literally just white sperm donors. These guys were not all cucks (many prior or current military, macho in every other respect). Perhaps they were already disassociated from white culture to begin with, fair enough, but I think they all thought it would be some happy interracial marriage. It's extreme. They're only cultural connection was his service overseas or how he respects Asian culture. The women don't care.

    Contrast that to white men married to Hispanic/Latinas. Almost all happy, well fed, beautiful kids, plentiful sex, embracing family, similar (enough) culture etc etc. Not saying white (non-H) women cannot do or be that, but white men definitely will not find happiness with Asian women, from what I have seen and heard for decades.

    Your description of life with a Japanese wife is spot on. I know, from experience and observation.

    Be warned.

  94. @J.Ross
    And they're right to be. Technology doesn't go in a straight line, it peaks, plateaus, and gets bought out by Cerberus. Japanese and original hipsters identify and collect peak items that most reject as outdated. The Queer Eye for the Straight Guy book notes that the infamously expensive subtype of Lee jeans are actually totally worth it -- they're objectively better made and may last forever. Those ones were made on the original Lee machinery, long since replaced by cheaper and weaker machines. The original Lee machinery was of course bought by rich Japanese visiting in the 80s.

    “Those ones” is a perfectly legitimate regionalism going back centuries.

  95. @jimmyriddle
    OT there is quite a funny thread on twitter, where some Chinese FOB neocon accuses Weihan Zhang and his followers of being bots, and proof of the low quality of Chinese AI:

    https://twitter.com/waisingrin/status/1086326334207344640

    That is the funniest twitter I’ve seen in years.

    • Replies: @Clyde

    That is the funniest twitter I’ve seen in years.
     
    Funny as heck with that parody weihan being low quality Chinese AI.
  96. @Canadian Observer
    Jews don’t care for the Japanese all that much. During World War Two, Jewish Americans were cheering on the defeat of the Japanese Empire just as strongly if not more so than the defeat of Germany and Italy. Phillip Roth has written about this in a couple of his novels.

    The Japanese serve as a good example of a people with its own homogeneous nation-state who simply don’t care for globalism all that much. They prove that it’s not just a unique inherent character flaw of right-leaning deplorable white men that causes them to believe that Globo-Homo is culturally malicious.

    The Japanese are certainly aware of the outside world and have assimilated aspects of it to their own culture since Admiral Perry’s visit, but strictly on their own terms.

    Many white guys I know LOOVE chasing after Japanese women and for good reason. Jews in North America, on the other hand, tend to go after Chinese girls à la Mark Zuckerberg. Jews also think that Chairman Mao was a pretty cool guy.

    Jews and gentile white guys will both go after Korean women if they are attractive.

    More and more, Jungle Asians are starting to become the province of black guys.

    Jews (and their “Allies”) went to war against Japan to protect the Soviet Union’s flank and, to a lesser extent, Mao’s nascent Chinese communists and other Asian communist groups.

  97. @Percy Gryce

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.
     
    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    I'm more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence. I have little respect for anyone without a some semblance of a private library. I pine for the days when rich industrialists and financiers competed to build great libraries, men like Morgan, Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald, Clements, and many more.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I've got the books.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I’ve got the books.

    The first blow in the battle for freedom.

  98. @Anonymous
    She's right though, no matter how racialist incels on /pol/ want to spin it.
    Hoarding and consumerism are perverse manifestations of the deeper truth of animism. There way be reasonable differences between Western and Eastern ways of approaching this, but it is what it is. If someone dislikes the "Shinto shrine maiden" way, give us a "Rhine maiden way" or STFU.

    ” If someone dislikes the “Shinto shrine maiden” way, give us a “Rhine maiden way” or STFU.”

    Does “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” count for the latter?

  99. @Chrisnonymous

    I don’t want to live in a Japanese person’s idea of clean.
     
    Japanese people don't really want to either. Most Japanese apartments are cluttered messes. That's part of the reason your Japanese friends will entertain you in restaurants instead of in their homes. Kondo got famous in Japan because Japanese people don't have enough space for all their stuff, not because Japan is full of empty space.

    Akso, the problem with Japanese aesthetics is fluorescent lighting, not space.

    I’ve noticed a lot of non-western countries seem to use fluorescent lighting way more than we do. Places like India or Egypt I’d just chalk it up to not having the money for better, but they’ve had more than enough money for extras like nice lighting in Japan for quite some time…

  100. @AndrewR
    Is there a clear boundary between volcel and incel? I sowed many oats as a younger man but, while I do still have some desire for female companionship, at this stage in my life I simply lack the desire to do what's necessary to date and mate. I am handsome, fit and can be as charming as I want to be, so I know I wouldn't have a huge problem adding to my n count, but frankly I don't care enough to bother.

    is there a boundary?
    Yeah, they’re opposites.

  101. @RobRich
    That is the funniest twitter I've seen in years.

    That is the funniest twitter I’ve seen in years.

    Funny as heck with that parody weihan being low quality Chinese AI.

  102. @Escher

    right up to the ubiquitous MacBook Air.
     
    Hey!! MacBooks are superior products. How long does your average windows laptop last before keys stop working and it takes 10 minutes to boot up...

    Honestly? Usually not as long as one of Apple, Inc.’s glued-together machines with soldered-in memory. The difference, of course, is it is feasible to actually repair and upgrade those other machines – with Crapple’s, it’s a shitshow when possible at all.

    I’d rather have a tool – any tool – employing robust and modular technology based upon interoperable standards, that can be maintained and repaired indefinitely, than a disposable piece of shit assembled as a black-box, no matter how slick the latter may be until it is worthless and obsolescent in a few years….

  103. @Anonymous
    From what I've seen most of the Marie-posting on 4chan has been pro-Kondo, although she's certainly not without her detractors. The gist of it is that she's cheerful, feminine, skilled in the domestic arts, minimalist/anti-consumerist...in other words, the diametric opposite of the modern American woman whom they regard as degeneracy incarnate.

    Moreover, she is putting her actual intellect to work in the domestic arts. And it shows.
    Honestly, I’d take a white girl like her over her.
    But I’d take her over the VAST majority of white girls.
    That’s “realism” for yah…

  104. @AndrewR
    Imagine thinking Jews are an oppressed, vulnerable group lmaoooooo

    C’mon now. If they lose their victim status, what have they left to fall back upon? Besides wealth, power, control of commerce, government, media and educational institutions I mean.

  105. @MikeatMikedotMike
    That's a long lost game in the same vein as duck, duck, goose, but instead was known as Jap, Jap, Negro.

    LOL….

  106. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @Percy Gryce

    Books are a big one: Some people just have a mental block about getting rid of books. They are somehow sacred. Even though books are cheap and you and anyone else can buy replacements (and help out writers, who are not rich) if they ever want to read a book again, people just can’t part with them. Yet if you can get them over that block, they never miss them.
     
    Serious books are generally not cheap or easy to replace, although the Internet, both ebooks and pennysellers, can help.

    I'm more interested in books as totems and tools of literacy and intelligence. I have little respect for anyone without a some semblance of a private library. I pine for the days when rich industrialists and financiers competed to build great libraries, men like Morgan, Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Rosenwald, Clements, and many more.

    We were recently reading about how 75% of internet traffic flows past our house in northern Virginia and what a tempting terrorist target that would be. Ah, then the world will have to come to me because I've got the books.

    I re read books again and again. I don’t watch TV because of the ads. I’ve seen every TCM movie. Only about 10 percent of Netflix Hulu etc are my kind of movie. So I read. Some of my political type books are disappearing from public and university libraries. But I have them in hard copy.

    Kindle and ebooks can disappear any time.

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