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Let’s Re-evaluate Useless things

From which era or which time, there seems to be a kind of a stronger trend which evaluate “simpler” way of designs. The trend must be symbolized by iPhone culture, or even Apple product cultures. Simpler is better. Many buttons are excluded from your phone and we are now getting used to this buttonless screen on your smartphone. We could say that we have deleted so many useless things.

However, just making something simpler is that good thing? That’s what I’m thinking about right now. By deleting useless feature, haven’t we deleted or excluded something which must be prioritized or taken cared? A kind of answer was hit upon when I saw a Japanese documentary TV show in this afternoon. The TV show is called “72 hours”, which is not like action drama of “24”. The television crew shoot a documentary in a specific place or location for 72 hours, interviewing with people they met, and we can see many insightful comments or interesting attitudes from such real people in a real world.

I am a fan of this program. Every locations (like a convenience store in a big hospital, a bar in a very country side or air port in the end of March) looks like places where everyone’s life would be accepted. And you can realize every single one has their own deep story in their lives. Therefore, there are many fans of this TV show in Japan.

Anyway, the latest one was set in a wired museum where the owner collects old and wired things from closed museum or facilities. So, visitors can enjoy looking at very strange displays.

https://www.nhk.jp/p/72hours/ts/W3W8WRN8M3/episode/te/GP5YYMZN9X/

A female just staring a strange object and answering the crew’s interview. And the comment was very inspiring to me. She said like this. “Here, you can see many useless thing that once needed or thought to be cool or cute in 30 or 50 years ago, but now it is totally useless and thrown away. Everyone seems to like simple things but I personally don’t. I love such kind of gorgeous useless things.” or like that.

Then I thought about what we have lost with the trend of simple. We are throwing away more meaningless and useless things and we are feeling like we became more sophisticated, but actually, aren’t we also throwing away our creativity or interesting feature of us as a human being? Don’t you get more stressed out due to the meaningless or useless actions or events? I would rather think, we can love such meaninglessness or uselessness more, then, we can live better world where people are less stress out because they know how to deal with meaninglessness of our lives.

Maybe we can do more meaningless and useless things in this world. Everything should not be like apple products, but more chaos.

Visiting Urban Area Makes You A Bit Updated

Living in the northern part of Japan, which is called Hokkaido prefecture, the most frequently asked question for you is “Do you live in Sapporo?”. Holy crap. Hokkaido is the biggest in Japan out of 47 prefectures. Therefore, Hokkaido has the land as large as three ordinary prefectures. Sapporo is recognized as the capital of Hokkaido, but it doesn’t mean everyone from Hokkaido lives near around Hokkaido. Like me, I live in a very country side of Hokkaido and it takes about 5 hours drive to access Sapporo (30 min. flying from the nearest airport).

So, everyone asks me about Sapporo but actually, I don’t know much about Sapporo. I was once very surprised that some of my Tokyoite friends had never been to some very Tokyo symbolic places. I said “Why you don’t go there? So many TV shows featured the spot!” Then he or she just says, “I don’t know but it seems very crowded and am too lazy to go there” or like that. Now I can understand them if I think about Sapporo.

The reason why I’m writing about Sapporo tonight is because I came to Sapporo with my family as a winter holiday trip (and to celebrate my mother’s happy retirement, which should have done in 2021). People are wearing masks as my living place, but there are simply more people, more diverse people there. Every shop staffs seems more polite and kind compared with my neighbor shops, tastes of restaurant or stands are felt sophisticated. So, every time I came to this kind of urban area, I could feel a bit updated. You can see a lot of things different from your ordinary days. Take a look at curry rice for example. Do you see which is urban curry rice?

You see? The latter one is Sapporo’s. Even my way of taking photographs seems so sophisticated. These are the very symbolic photos which shows the difference between urban and country so clearly. You know? The difference is such an apparent.

But I don’t care which you prefer or not. I love both of curry, and I feel we are living in the age of hybrid, meaning you don’t have to choose just one side, but you should enjoy both and respect each other’s good sides. Hybrid is not just about Prius but us.

What will happen if you stop watching YouTube this year? #1

A lot of children these days actually start to feel that they want to throw their smartphone away. There was an article like this, and I could suddenly agree with the issue behind the topic. Who wants to hold this device like a whole day as if your smartphone is fixed on your hand with a duct tape or something. In fact, nobody wants, but everybody does. Why this paradoxical phenomenon happen? Simply, because smartphone is becoming everything today.

Imagine an empty room, and you sitting alone in the room. It’s like a super minimalist house. However, if you have a smartphone with your right hand. What does it mean to you? It means you have dictionary, clock, music player, computer, sketch book, comic books, TV, radio, supermarket, department store, mailman, telephone, etc. You know? Who is the minimalist in the room actually? You are filled with a tons of things if you should have it in your pocket.

However, like Industrial revolution happened, we seem not to be able to reverse or stop this huge movement with Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon or such tech giants. This is the era when students use their tablet as their pencil or notebook. But, I feel something wrong with my using smartphone. I feel so controlled by this device. So, I want to have a better relationship with this device like decreasing times of smoking. Therefore, I’d like to introduce my challenge for it. Quitting watching YouTube.

I loved YouTube. If there was a time, I immediately watched so many recommended videos around the world. However, I’m totally fed up with it now. I quit watching TV when I was 19 and throw away my TV and now, about ten years later, I’m trying to throw YouTube away now. I don’t have any idea what kind of change will come by doing this, but hope that my condition or way of thinking become clearer than before, and keep a good relationship with my iPhone.

So many exaggeration in the YouTube that so many truth seems to be buried

Happy New Year and My 3 Simple New Year’s Resolutions in 2022

Happy New Year Everyone! I’ve written about 80 posts last year, and this year, I’m excited about how many articles I can write. As every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, hoping something to change for the better, and I’m also trying to make it like every year.

A colleagues’ daily calendar found in my office. “To grow something you really think is important is the quintessence of life to me”

1. Exercise more
A sound mind is found in a sound body. Familiar quote, eh? But, exercise sounds a pretty boring and not-funny thing. However, Kendo saves me. Kendo, a Japanese best-known traditional martial art, makes my life healthier both mentally and physically and releases my stressed-out feelings, and improves my posture in real life. And absolutely, you can dehydrate your stress through your sweat. Running, swimming, training, or even walking works. I’d like to work out in some ways at least 30 min. for a day. By the way, I’m doing SUBURI (practice swinging of bamboo stick of Kendo) 400 times a day thanks to Uga-Tencho’s SUBURI LIVE channel. I would highly recommend this kind of everyday practice, it really can improve your self-confidence.

2. Eat More Vegetables
It’s that simple. All you need is to eat more vegetables. I became 29 and began to feel like I should take care more of my body. Of course, there are great choices of the cuisine of meats here. However, eating more meat and less working out seems to create only problems. Eating vegetables and working out can lead me to my ideal body and life.

3. Don’t Think Too Much with Comparing to somebody
Maybe I should not blame my mother for this personal character at such a late time though, I have been comparing so much with somebody or people around me. Thus, I could try hard to overcome certain criteria or goals, but sometimes I feel so stressed out by comparing myself to others so many times like endless. That could kill. Therefore, I will try not to compare myself with somebody and try to take care of what I believe or think is important and grow them up.

Wow. These are so simple and ordinal things. But, it seems very difficult at my age. I’d like to take many risks as much as I can and try to direct a super interesting movie of my life! Hope yours would be the great one. Let’s do what we really enjoy and think is important!

School Excursion in Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara Prefecture

December is still a good season to see the leaves

Usually, November is a typical season for students to have their school trip in Japanese school systems, but due to Covid things, our school re-scheduled the plan and moved it to the middle of December. My only thoughts before I go was this. “Are we really able to go on the trip with the students?”. But, with my great pleasure, we did it. We safely went on the trip and came back here. During the time, I couldn’t keep journaling (actually around the trip time), but from now on, I’d like to keep writing again.

3 simple tips for disconnecting with Smartphone

A smartphone is becoming anything in this era. Every desire is somehow connected with your smartphone or Wi-Fi, and you release almost your desire with it or before the blight screen of your smartphone. More and more people are now declaring how dangerous it is for us to live with the device, but more and more people seem that they’ve accepted to live with the device. Do you wear an Apple watch? If so, I would never criticize you because it’s very cool to me. But, I’m a person who has a big question about today’s living with smartphones. In short, I’m wondering I’m spending too much time with it. It’s like a feeling of having too many snacks but decent cuisine.

Today, I’d like to list up and share my tips for not being controlled by your smartphone and having a good relationship with smartphones. I actually think it’s far from the ideal though, if you could be inspired a bit and could have a great life with your smartphone, that would be great. Well, we can’t get rid of the device, but we can somehow get along with them more freely. There was a famous quote from a Japanese famous poet. And the book is now mean smartphone apparently in this time.

Throw Away Your Book, Rally in the Streets.

Shuji Terayama

1. Use an Alarm Clock
Many functions, devices are now replaced with smartphones. You don’t have to buy, calendar, clock, camera, voice recorder, DVDs, recorders, maps, diary, video camera, mail tools…etc. All you need is to buy your smartphone. It really seems that you need just food and a smartphone to survive in this era. The ultimate minimalist lifestyle is like that? I don’t know. Anyway, you need to re-set the role of them, and put them out from the smartphone. In short, you should use a physical alarm instead of iPhone. Then, you would realize the iPhone or smartphone was just a phone!

2. Throw Away Your Smartphone, Rally in the Streets
Is it the law that states us to own our smartphone or cell phone? Who said that anyway. We have never been persuaded or forced to bring cell phones, but somehow the world takes them for granted. We do have the right not to own or carry a cellphone. But, I know, it’s so convenient a device that we cannot imagine the world without it. Actually, once I tried to throw it away, but I couldn’t live without it, for the life without it was such a boring and stressful life. Then, I admit the role of it. It’s ok to have it. But, maybe you too, we sometimes use it so so much time, spending watching videos, irritating comments, but “no actions”. Then I feel like we are controlled by the smartphone. There are so many clever algorithms that never let us away from the device or the site. We shouldn’t overlook the fact.

Watching YouTube is such a wonderful way of relaxing. You can spend your whole Sunday watching YouTube videos recommended one after another. But, wait a sec. Can you say that you lived the day? If you can watch the whole video in heaven, would you watch it? To watch YouTube, all you need is just watch. you don’t even have to move. It’s the least tiring way of doing something next to breathing. But, is it the right thing? Let’s go out without your phones. See the world, and walk the actual world. Meet the real people, not via Zoom or Skype, but your neighborhood, dogs, supermarket staff. Then, you can finally feel, you lived the day.

3. Buy a classy iPhone case
If your iPhone is really easy to access, that’s great. Then that would mean somehow the smartphone is the dirtiest stuff you have because you touch it anytime. Moreover, you can carry it all the time. So, how about putting your smartphone into a gorgeous smartphone case or cover. You would change your attitude toward the smartphone because it became a kind of ROLEX. You want to take care of it, and you could use less time with it because you don’t want to hurt the case. In my opinion, the wallet case is better because the screen is closed when you don’t use it. Only one simple action to open the cover can be the obstacle to overuse.

I felt like I could see and know the whole world with the phone, but actually, it isn’t. Without traveling, you would never see the truth. We deserve to see this beautiful world. We have way better cameras than any up-to-date iPhone camera. We can see the world instead of using an iPhone camera. That’s the first device we should bring back from it.

p.s. But Smartphone is good anyway if we could use it correctly!

This Is How You Lose Your Day

There is a day you feel you win the day, and there is another day you feel down and are completely lost. Life is difficult to live with complete happiness as you know. You cannot live a life always filled with a smile but filled with desires, jealousy, tiresome, and such negative feelings. You want to conquer such negativity, but actually, you should embrace such feelings to admit yourself. I know that. But, life is not that easy. You don’t have to be depressed, but you can feel down.

Anyway, yesterday was a day like that. I went to bed without achieving some of my daily routines. Watching YouTube videos that seem at least fun to me at the time but actually not that worthy to watch, and gradually sink into the deep ocean of sleeping, realizing I lost the day, the feeling of regret that I couldn’t do something I should have done. Believing to keep doing something almost every day makes you somebody, I would think like that.

But anyway, that is life. The point is that you should not feel down that much and pretend you feel really down. As long as we are fine enough to smile at anyone, it’s totally OK. Then, I remember the line of a very famous Japanese pop music “Donna Tokimo (At any time)” by Makihara Hiroyuki. This song is full of great quotes.

Original Version

“消えたいくらい辛い気持ち 抱えていても 鏡の前 笑ってみる まだ平気みたいだよ”
Even though you have a painful feeling of wanting to disappear
Smiling at a mirror, I think you are still okay. (Translated by myself)

Searching the song, I found that there are some other language versions. I hope you would check out and feel positive again soon. Thank you for reading!

English Version
Spanish Version

What Beer and Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) means to Japanese/ One of the best combinations Ever

Beer and Yakiniku make your day just perfect

Living and growing up in Japanese society for 28 years, my favorite food gradually has changed due to the changing of my life stages (french toast is a stable favorite food for me throughout life though). I don’t boost or want to be biased though, Japan is also famous for its unique diverse food culture. Japan is often criticized as a nation of peer pressure or lack of diversity. However, in terms of food or culture of cuisine, Japan is a nation of the great diversity of food culture, I think. Of course, you cannot have the real rural traditional Italian pasta in Tokyo, but it may have great quality for it, and it is really easy for the nation to access such high-quality cuisines at a cheaper price.

Every nation has a great food combination in its unique culture. At this time, I’d like to introduce you to one of the greatest food combinations (actually food and drink) in Japan. It’s sometimes described as a metaphor for a great combination. It is, Beer and Yakiniku. Beer is beer (My favorite, and the most well-known beer brand in Japan is Asahi’s SUPER DRY ). Yakiniku is a Japanese for BBQ, but Yakiniku can be enjoyed at a Yakiniku Restaurant with a small table and a kind of portable cooking stove.

Please imagine a day. It’s a very rough day. The work you dealt with the day was very heavy and your boss is just an asshole. You somehow struggle to survive and try to finish the day, and you did it. Then, looking at the clock, it shows 7 o’clock pm. You are very hungry. Your best colleagues suddenly hit upon a magical idea and tell the other ones “It was a rough day. Why don’t we go and celebrate our great work with beer and yakiniku, eh?” Then, the word can be imagined with a clear picture and the hint of the smell, and you wish to drink the cold beer with it as much as you can. Yakiniku and beer are very addictive. Meanwhile, you suddenly found that every familiar colleagues are surrounding at a table, and waiting for the coming of beer and yakiniku. Then, you do cheers and the happiest moment in your day would arrive.

This is what we Japanese reminds when we heard the word yakiniku and beer. Most of us cannot stop drooling a lot with these words. I had never thought that there would be a great combination more than BigMac and Coke when I was a teenager. Being an adult sometimes works.

Thank you very much for reading, and have a great day.

My Ideal Daily Routine that Makes My Condition Really Good

My birthday is getting closer day by day. December 23rd is my birthday and I’ll be 29 years old this year. Facing the huge wall of the 30s, I’ve been feeling something a bit of matureness or sophistication about my life. My mentor once told me when I asked him “When will I finally be able to find my calling?”, he (a university professor) told me like “looking my students graduated from my university, they seem to have found such things by 30 years old”. Then, “the 30 years old” became a kind of “curse word” to me. Anyway, that’s another story.

Today, I’d like to list up my ideal daily routine which I have invented and revised and I think it’s the latest and updated routine, which makes my day almost perfect if I achieve those. I somehow end-up with this routine to make myself healthy, I would keep brushing up my lists.

1. Toilet Cleaning
After getting ready to go out, I’m cleaning the toilet. Those who are really rich often tells advice like this, but you have no idea why you should do this for getting rich. However, your feeling must be refreshed and cleaned like your toilet. So, I have no reason, but I would really recommend you this habit.

2. Updating blog
Keep doing every day makes you grow. Practice makes perfect. As an English teacher, I’d like to use English as a tool to express my feeling, and when I look back at how many articles have I posted, I can get confident.

3. Study English
If I were a professional baseball player, I need to practice every day. If I were a craftsman, I would research everything about my job. So, what about me? What is the duty of being an English teacher? You need to prepare really seriously about your classes, and brush up on your English ability. But, it is also true that most teachers in Japan are very busy unfairly. It’s so easy that you blame the system or government, and I also think it’s important. However, that would never be an excuse not to study or prepare for classes with this negative feeling. Therefore, I’d like to do my best for brushing up on myself in my career.

4. Cooking
Cooking can be a therapy for your soul. There is a famous book called “Chicken soup for the soul”, but to me, cooking or eating well directly means good for your soul and body. In Japan, the verb Eat is described as 食べる, and this Chinese character 食 consists of 人(human), 良(good). In short, Eating makes you good. What a wonderful word. If you eat well, your life must be well.

5. Swing Practice of Kendo
My hobby is Kendo (Japanese traditional martial arts), and I want to be stronger. The beginning of my training was slightly late (from 26 years old) though, I will never excuse this. I should just keep practicing using YouTube live channel or some motivation arousal tips.

6. Eat a lot of vegetables
People my age tend to eat too much meat, intake oil, and drink too much. All I need is to eat more vegetables and work out more frequently.

7. Taking Online English Lesson
I’m taking an online English lesson on Rare Job. This is just fun for me. You don’t use English that much (hardly ever for the most Japanese, ironically), so this online service provides me a lot of chances to speak English. Moreover, you can sometimes talk about your private issues with tutors, so it’s also a kind of counseling too.

Hope you have a great routine and my list can inspire your daily habits.
Thank you so much for reading this article.

YouTube Channels which I usually watch these days

Gradually becoming around 30s, which I’m very afraid of, the taste of my channels which I usually watch on YouTube finally got stabled, or rather I should say, matured. The clips I had been watching until 28 were comedic, motivation arousal, black humor, meaningless, cheap content. However, facing the age of 30, my taste finally getting stable these days. Here is what I’ve been watching these days, and mostly are Japanese channels. If you have some recommendation (not AI but human) and share it in the comment section below, I would really appreciate it.

1. Uga-Tencho’s Suburi Channel (Kendo Practice Swing Channel by Uga- Tencho)

My day begins with watching this channel. The channel is just for kendo players who want to keep their everyday practice swing habit. Uga-Tencho holds a LIVE practice swing every morning from 6:30 am, and we can keep practicing with his guide. Keeping practicing swing every day is such a hard job especially by yourself. But you can do it with him, who is a representative of a shop of Kendo martial arts.

2. TV-Asahi Satsueibu (TV-Asahi Filming Department)

Since I’m a coach of a broadcasting club in my high school (although I’m totally lacking experience in broadcasting everything), I need to focus on how to teach and what to teach for my club students, and this channel really helps me out. TV-Asahi is one of the major Japanese broadcasting networks like CNN. The professional cameramen kindly show and tell us how to shoot a beautiful scene or the way of taking care of gadgets.

3. Chef Ropia Ryouri No Sekai (Cooking World of Chef Ropia)

In this channel, a professional Japanese chef of Italian cuisine kindly tells us how to cook professionally in an easy way. In this video, he tells how to cook delicious carbonara to his younger sister, who represents an average housewife. A little bit of technique or knack changes your daily cooking dramatically, this is what the clips tell me. His coaching is very easy to understand, so I can put the techniques into daily cooking very easily.

Above all, my life seems to have been getting healthier year by year. I’d like to take this habit as a positive change. Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful YouTube life.