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We don’t need Vending Machines for Condomes at Valentine!

I just got the news that in a land far away in Asia, that it was decided that schools should not have vending machines for condoms make available during Valentine. As the result, some or all schools removed those eye soreing machines, at least for a day. Deep inside it seems they were never really wanted by schools.

I think the reasoning was that having them on their place, would only animate the teens to do what is very natural but perhaps not yet at their age and at this particular day.

I do think differently. If I’m too shy to buy those condoms at other places, I might just go without them. After all, the “Natural Feeling” with that rubber around is never the same as without. And if I can’t have access to those baby-protecting-devices I just do whatever I had in my mind anyway but without any protection.

A dangerous game. But we do need babies, do we?

There might be for me yet unknown reasons to remove those condoms vending machines the only day they are really needed, but for me, that has increased further the risk of an unwanted pregnancy on that particular loving day, not decreased.

Anyway, societies and selected authorities always do know what is better and schools in Asia have often an old fashion thinking or better said, they are the keeper of traditional values. Whatever that means in our time.

Well, have fun anyway. Now and in about a year.

A nice Valentine day for all!

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How to make a Samurai Sword (Nihonto)!

“Samurai swords (nihonto) are beautiful, yet deadly swordsmanship. They are the traditional bladed weapons of Japan and only a few sensei (Masters) do know how to make them correctly: Sharp, pretty and virtually unbreakable.”

Perhaps the best of those katana swords are made in Japan. I would like to give every top sword a distinct name but I think in Japan the honor goes to the master or school who made them. Perhaps rightly so.

Katana swords are made since the 15th century until today. I believe that a katana sword has a soul and is treated almost as one who has: To protect the bearer of the sword at all costs. They say only when the color of the blade turns to the red of the rising sun, then the katana is ready to receive its soul. Maybe so.

Nowadays you seldom see a samurai sword in the public. A gun is so much easier to carry and much more effective. But it is no honor included to use a gun to fight against an opponent with a samurai sword. If both have a sword: Who has the better one and the better skills wins, the other one dies.


Video: The traditional Making of a Samurai Sword (Katana)

Swords are obsolete in a fight against each other nowadays, yet it is an art to make them and a privilege to own one.

Authentic swords are made by only a few hundred swordsmiths and each blade has an distinctive unique profile. Making a sword is a spiritual way of life.

There are five schools (Gokaden) who made them in their respectively provinces and traditions…and that number is steady since hundreds of years!

A genuine hand made sword of any kind is an art object (and not classified as an weapon) but the owner must have a certification for it. A traditional hand-made katana sword costs between US$50,000-US$100,000 – if you can get one! As better the sword is, as more expensive it will be. But actually, katana swords are not allowed to be sold outside of Japan.

There are several kind of Japanese swords and to produce genuine katana ones may take weeks, if not months. A katana sword weights about 3-4 pounds,

For sure, to produce a Samurai sword, a lot of knowledge and hard work is involved. I like the large style katana sword as used in the cult movie “Kill Bill”.

To show how the Japanese swordmaking process is done, there exists a detailed article with images:

http://www.samuraisword.com/REFERENCE/making/japanse_swordmaking_process.htm and are based on

Miyairi Akihira (1913-1977) excellent and awarded swordsmanship work. About Metallurgy, you might read an interesting article at the swordforum .

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Thailand – The Land of Ghosts

Land of Ghosts does not mean an empty country but is rather meant literal: In the Thai culture there is no place where ghosts are not discussed. Be it at home, in soap operas, in newspapers or in casual talks – or together with politics. Thailand does not has more ghosts than any other country in the world, but they are much more present.

You can almost feel it by yourself, as they are daily well discussed if not shown in television, billboards, books and talks. There you can learn about them hands-on, how they look alike and where you can find them.

I never knew before that there are so many kind of different ghost. Good ones, bad ones and in nearly every shape but still mostly human while eventually not complete.

Particular I like the small cartoon paperbacks, they have virtually one joke about them on every page. Good resources…if you can read Thai.

Most Thais I know do know least one person who ever saw a Ghost if not had their own encounters; and there are even real ghost hunters following them in life TV. Weekly.


Video: Funny Thai Ghost Advert

I must admit that I ever saw a ghost too, but not here. In one of European most civilized countries: In Germany. I saw them in a TV report where ghost hunters were after them and brought them to the mass. Many ghosts seems also to exist in the UK and some in the United States, not to mention all the other countries.

But most ghosts are shy. I was once walking in a full moon night in a forest. Eery…you could not see anything. I did knew my direction, but that was all. But no ghost appeared, no vampire or werewolf. I guess it was the wrong time and place. But I was happy when I found the black street I was looking for. I had no time to think about ghosts since I had to watch my own steps in the dark.

Ghost have existed as long as mankind can think about them. Or as soon as they have invented them. Because ghosts are supposed be souls who does not made it to the other side, perhaps we should try to understand them. And help, if that is ever possible.

I admit, I want to meet a ghost once in a while. But only the good ones, of course. Who want to get nightmares every day or worse, to get killed by on?

There was a time I dreamed about ghost several nights in a row. Invisible hands tried to catch me, like the one waiting and hunting under the bed. It was really an eye opening experience.

So real!

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