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.

Eat well, Live well

I’m 28 years old and becoming 29 in the coming December. My birthday is December 23rd anyway. 27 years old still felt me as kind of a young man with the heart which seems pretty much the same to my high schooler’s mind. However, the situation suddenly seems to be changed from the age of 29. That sounds more like a nearly 30-year-old man, which defines me of “adult” age.

Somebody once said like this. In the 20s, men whom girls think as hot are males who look risky or unsafe. In the 30s, males who are interesting. In the 40s, who have fortune. That somehow made sense looking back to my 28 years of life. From now, I’m stepping into the next phase of my life, the 30s. I’m not sure what would be changed dramatically, or unchanged weirdly. Anyhow, I want to be a person who is at their best all the time.

To live a peaceful and healthy lifestyle, I’m taking care of my health condition no less than ever before. Try to eat healthier food (not bento which is sold at a convenience store containing a lot of chemical stuff), take supplements, and sleep well by turning off my smartphone after 8 or 9 o’clock pm. Personally, the most behavioral change that made me a great positive change was turning off the smartphone. Disconnecting from such addictive devices makes my mind clearer than before, and I think I can be a very decent man now. Eat well and live well, and hoping anything will be well.

All you need is best friend

Had a tough kendo Keiko (kind of practice in traditional Japanese) tonight, and came back to home around 9 o’clock and then, suddenly I got a call from one of my precious best friend living in Tokyo. He was in trouble. He will take a internal test to become a train conductor. His trouble was how to deal with an interview test. They would ask why do you want to be a train conductor, but he can’t hit upon a good answer, then he called me to counsel with it.

Actually, I couldn’t hit upon any good idea, so all I could do was just have a good time talking with him. I started to drink sake, and he did So too. I confessed my personal love issue to him, and since he has been married for 3years and has already a kid, his advice was really useful and worth hearing. Then I advised him to have such kind of attitude with confidence like the moment. Then he somehow understood how to deal with the test.

Above all, sometimes I really think all I need is best friend to share problems, happiness and something else. Sharing and talking together about our unexpected future is such a fun thing. Maybe, it would be one of our reasons why we live. Unless this COVID situation, We can still share many things with our best friends. I really appreciate it in this era. But hopefully, I want to meet them directly again someday very soon.

You don’t know when you die

Sorry for this shocking title, but nobody would understand this meaning more than today’s us. The most important lesson leant from this pandemic was there were literally no proof that we can live tomorrow like yesterday. In short, we finally realize that we have no idea of when we will be dead or the world ends. I’m not supposed to make you scary but rather I want to see the bright side of this lesson today.

People often say and be told that you should do what you want to do. But, how many people can live like this? For instance, you want to have a piano in your tiny room, but you can’t buy it right now because you have not enough money to buy, and there is not enough room to put the piano. However, the COVID19 told us that even there are such a hard situation, you should buy and put it in your tiny room because you can be dead tomorrow. It sounds a bit extreme argument though, I recently really think like this way. Let’s do things that you’ve wanted to do right now! Then, you can lose your “perfect timing” forever. So, why don’t you start writing your fiction, or tell somebody love you, and somehow buy a cheap piano? There is always a way after all.

Personally, I think I need to work harder, and want to write a great novel, and practice the piano, and want to read tons of interesting books, and want to hang out with my precious friends, and want to say I love you from the bottom of my heart. Now I finally found that I have so so many thing to do in my life, in this short moments. I don’t want to spoil my precious time but actually if I try to tackle with all these things at once, I could easily get down. Therefore, the wisest way which seemed to me so now, is just keep trying everyday. It’s like accumulating a sheet of paper one by one everyday. But hopefully, someday I can see a beautiful scene standing on the papers.

5 Things to Overcome Your Depressed Feeling (during Stay-Home)

Hi there. What’s up? I’m spending pretty boring staying-home days “as usual” now. In my early days of my quarantine, I had high hopes to try to read super difficult philosophical books, working out hard to be like Under Armor mannequins, and more and more. However, you know, the only one check in my to do list was practicing the guitar everyday. By staring the list, I realize how stupid person I am, and gradually I start to lose my confidence and hate myself (Ta-da! Happy depression!). But, thanks to my life experience of 27 years, I have plenty of tips to overcome such feelings and came back to normal decent one. Now is the time to share my routine, please try some if you think will work!

Running

One of my favorite books for running.

“When you are in trouble or feel depressed, all you have to do immediately is run”. There was a great instructor in the gym I used to go, and he says to me anytime when I looked like down. Actually, it really works. But like other such things, it seems really hard and tiresome before actually doing, but after that, you found yourself in no regret after all. Sometimes just do it really matters.

Do something you like or something new

For me, reading books, watching movies, listening to my favorite radio programs, playing the guitar, writing a letter to my friends, reading my favorite magazines, writing this blog is kind of fun things. And especially in this time, maybe we should try something completely new. This blog was never created without this pandemic. There must be trillions things you have avoided to do unconsciously, so now, why not to try something new? Buy magazines you have never bought, make a phone call to your old friend, download some new apps, etc. What new do you want to try today?

Cooking

Matty matters.

Actually, I have underestimated how great thing cooking is. When you stand in the kitchen and cut some vegetables in line with the cutting board, you realize your stress has relieved in a different way. Yes. Cooking actually helps to relieve your stress. Try to cook some gourmet dish tonight.

Cleaning your room

In short, if your brain is overheating or in trouble, maybe that is because you think too much because of so much boring time. Then, just make you a bit busy. If you move your body, that’s more effective. Yes, cleaning the floor or bathroom can be a great exercise and you can feel so accomplished. By the way, it is really weird that we never mentally break down by too much exercise but too much thinking. It’s not fair, isn’t it?

Zoom with Beer

However you tried to these things, sometimes you find yourself don’t want to do anything at all. Then, the most important thing at that time is to totally admit your situation and the way of your thinking. As long as you live, I think that we are the winner of our life. So, just have a cup of coffee or a glass of beer and have a zoom cafe or bar. “Friends in need is friends indeed”. This is one of my favorite old saying. It is the best timing to rely on each other. By the interaction, our relationship can grow stronger.

I have never visited South Africa, Malaysia, Russia and France but India. I love overseas travel.

Thank you very much for reading. Let’s survive together. And I’m actually getting energy by readers from around the worlds. Although I have just started writing on this blog, I have readers from all over the world. Maybe I can’t travel and make friends in every single country though, my article can be read from readers in every single country. And I think that is my ultimate goal and a kind of miracle. I’d like to take it easy to keep journaling. See you again and have a good day/night.