The gap between summer and winter in Hokkaido

Says 37.5 degree Celsius
Was about -20 degree Celsius

Now I’m feeling disturbed by a humid hot temperature right now 23:37 on this bed. It’s really difficult to sleep comfortably these days due to the high temperatures. But I know that Hokkaido’s summer will soon leave after a couple of weeks. Only now we feel so disgusting, but maybe next week, we look back today retrospectively, and feel a bit sad. But it’s ok. Hey winter! I really miss you now…

Kendo practice after the end of the state of emergency

Kendo is one of the Japanese traditional martial arts and thought to be today’s best sports which represents bushido tradition. Japanese samurai used to practice their way (Dou) of ken (sword in Japanese), so it is called Kendo(剣道). Recent Japanese smash hit anime “Damon Slayer” characters are featured with such martial arts, so the popularity seems to grow these days.

I don’t know how many state of emergency was proposed in this 15 months though, we needed stopping kendo keiko (practice or lesson in Japanese) from 2 weeks ago. That was really sad though, actually, I hadn’t practiced by myself until yesterday. But today, I could play kendo with relatively good condition. The memory left inside the body was deleted in a good/ bad way, so my form or way of doing kendo was not bad actually, my master said to me.

“All you need is to hit a shot with your heart and body set together in 0.1 second. Don’t hesitate to relax for the fight, but you need to focus the 0.1. In the moment, I can live my life.

A reply to an American friend asking “How did the Japanese people feel about the Olympics?”

I know Japan is still in a state of emergency, right? Why is it taking so long to get everyone vaccinated? I feel really relieved that we have been able to get vaccinated. When will you be able to get vaccinated? How did the Japanese people feel about the Olympics? I know it is coming up soon.

Thank you very much for sending me a lot of beautiful pictures. Although I am in a mid of the emergency declaration, I could remember how great to go on a trip thanks to the pictures. Billy seems doing pretty fine with Pokemon T shirts and many fun activities. I had no idea what Rogue Ale tastes but I really hope that you could enjoy the taste.

Anyway, speaking of delayed vaccination in Japan, ironically, we also have exact the same question. Why does it take so long time to get vaccinated? Of course there seems many Japanese unique difficulties like slow authorization for using of vaccines, lack of medical staffs, or national character that avoid getting vaccinated. But the most people feel it is the result of misgovernment by a ruling party, which has been infamous for its reckless driving these years. Unfortunately, the opposition parties are also lack of foresight or credibility on today’s politics, the most of nation find today’s politics pretty dull, and have got used to this disappointing situation sadly. My grandparent will take a first shot in a week, and I am going to get it around August or something like that.

Every Japanese are wondering when the prime minister declare cancelation of the Olympic, but there seems a huge pressure from somewhere to make Japan have the Olympic game forcefully with 90% of nation’s opposition to hold the game. Actually, due to the emergency declaration, one of the huge victims are the students from elementary to university. Speaking of high school students, they cannot practice for a big competition in their precious school life, but the government will accept Olympic games? Which is more precious? I’m afraid that they cannot answer this question. I am very embarrassed. We are really angry anyway.

Above all, we Japanese have really mixed feeling. We have no idea if the coming Olympic game is really the Olympic. All I can do is just praying that everything would be peacefully settled down someday soon.

Fun should come first

What does it mean for your life? What is the pros and cons of your plan? What is your benefit attending the project? These days, thanks to the spreading of capitalism, we never doubt such behavior or attitude, and take it for granted. Should we think of anything in terms of merit and demerits? Right or wrong? That’s some important criteria. But, why can’t we think of in terms of fun or not fun?

I don’t know from when I started thinking this way though, I now feel I became too boring person as 28. On the other hand, children’s criteria for deciding anything depends on their feeling for fun. If they found funnier thing, that’s the reason they take the option.

I’m so sorry about myself now. I was thinking about trivial benefits or loss all the time for anything. I’ve forgotten something very important. Let’s focus on fun side. Don’t think as capitalism. Try get back my soul for fun-ism.

When I first ate BigMac was 10 years old. It tastes just as it was.

Unplugged

I forgot making an April-fool lie as every year. I or We Japanese seems to be bad at making April-fool lies. Maybe, the most of the Japanese are afraid of being accused after telling somebody a joke. In Japanese society, telling a lie is sometimes thought to be a serious crime. I wonder if you tell a lie and correct it as an April-fool joke in America or some other countries, people can be laughing at each other about the joke, but Japanese… Why Japanese people are so serious and shy and don’t try to understand the funny side of things? Anyway, I wish I would be told a funny lie by my colleagues and laugh at together someday soon (like The Office? I finished watching it recently though, you can not make such a humorous office in Japan).

Anyway, what I wanted to write about today was about being “unplugged”. Are you unplugged these days? Yesterday, I went to drive with my friend and went to a cozy, chilling out cafe. And there was a magazine “Kurashi No Techo (A notebook for Living)” on the bookshelf. This magazine is a legendary magazine in Japan. There are so many things I should mention on this magazine though (like, this magazine doesn’t have a single ad page), I will tell you about it next time.

The magazine was born just after the WWII in hope of never making next word war. And support every women in families in Japan. From the fist issue to the lates one, it simply suggest a better, quality daily life (Kurashi). You can learn tips for cooking or living well, and you can read very serious essays with famous authors or celebrities.

The first Issue in 1946
The lates issue of 2021

During supping a Brazil coffee, I felt really fulfilled with reading warm articles about how to make your life better with simple action. And one thing I’d like to introduce today is about “Unplugged”. According to a tip of this magazine. Someday you should spend a day without watching Internet, TV, listening to Music. Just enjoy talking with people or reading books. Then, you can really hear your inner voices. Hmm. Would you like to try it? I don’t think you really need to unplug from anything though, it can absolutely refresh your mind.

Happy Examination Week (…just for teachers)

Today was really windy day. Windy day creates many noises. It shakes the windows. Since I live in the country side of country prefecture, there is almost no barriers that can break strong winds. Since it is the examination week, all I have to do is supervise classes and read books in the free time. I don’t need to prepare for the next class but I just need to supervise the classroom. Seems easy, right? Actually, it IS easy. Watching students doing self study, I sometimes feels like falling asleep. It is a really peaceful moment of my teacher life. You feel as if you can do anything in this time.

But, of course there is an end of the happiness (maybe Snoopy never agrees though). After the happiness, there comes the exam paper marking work. It is a bit bothering. Seeing very low score, I also feel really down, oh my teaching was such bad even I thought I made an easy one. And calculate average score at the same time. The most of Japanese test (maybe) is made to have around 60% of its total score. And if you have less then 30%, sometimes it is called “AKA-TEN” (Red Score), which often means testing again or need to take supplementary lessons.

During this time, I always remember my old high school days about 10 years ago. I was really bad at studying. I mean the way I study was really awful. I seriously thought the cause of my low score is the brand of the pen I use. So I bought nearly 50 pens during students. Crazy? I know. And the reason is because I couldn’t think as deep as I am now. I didn’t read books at that time. I totally didn’t understand the importance or value of reading at all. All I knew was that every smart students say “My pastime is reading” or like that. My pastime was watching TV laying on the sofa, and I thought I was so smart. Somebody should’ve punched me with a book.

Heavy Snowfall

My car looked like Kagamimochi

I live in a country part of Hokkaido, and from yesternight we are getting heavy snowfall for now. There were less snow compared to these years but the time of balance out anyway comes at some point. The point was simply yesterday and today. Such day, I suddenly woke up with a sound of snow plow truck. Hearing it in the borderland of dream and real, I feel like there comes certain amount of snow finally.

The merit of a heavy snowfall is that you can enjoy ski at a ski resort that was in trouble due to the lack of snow. And if you have too much snow and cause a traffic trouble, maybe the school would be canceled (I felt so happy about it when I was a student). The de-merit of it is just you need to clear the snow away with your spade. It is some work.

Have you noticed that the picture above of my car seems a bit strange? There is an orange on the car. It’s a joke for a Japanese traditional culture. In Japan, almost everyone put “kagamimochi” in your house or office (not these days?). It is cute.

Kagami mochi (鏡餅, “mirror rice cake”), is a traditional Japanese New Year decoration. It usually consists of two round mochi (rice cakes), the smaller placed atop the larger, and a daidai (a Japanese bitter orange) with an attached leaf on top.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagami_mochi

What is Really Cool to You?

Absolutely when you try to open your laptop and start to wonder about what you should write about and nothing came up, you sometimes try to think really strange thing. However, the article on such seeming meaningless topic can be a very useful article to someone I’ll never know. Like people in Kenya. I was simply appreciated when I watch the stats of my blog and Kenyan people visited my blog and read some stuff. Maybe I can’t visit the whole countries and make precious friends, people all over the world can access to this blog and we can even communicate through this internet media. What a beautiful world we are living in now.

Well, so today’s article is about what I’m thinking of Cool so far in my life and now. This article seems really meaningless though, I would be really happy if some researcher or people were inspired by this entry.

These are the thing I think as really cool…

POPEYE MAGAZINE
https://magazineworld.jp/popeye/popeye-english/what-is-popeye-magazine/

It is printed on every issues that it is a magazine for city boys. Of course many Japanese are also confused about this statement though, I love the idea of the “City Boy”. It would mean forever boy heart with gentleman’s appearance, live like really cool modern but traditional way of life? I don’t know the essence of City Boy, but that is exactly what I want to get and be, so I’m subscribing every issues. Next month’s issue will be a “Girlfriend”. Every issue in December is so.

Hillsong Young and Free

Maybe 99.9% of Japanese are not familiar with this music group since the most of Japanese are not that familiar with Christian music, especially contemporary music with Christian music. I personally am not a Christian though, I think this kind of music or attitudes of youth can hardly be seen in Japan. I am somehow a fan of them. My favorite one is “wake”.

RIMOWA
https://www.rimowa.com/us/en/home

You have definitely seen this suit case at least once in your lifetime at airport. I love people with RIMOWA suits case. I have an experience that I saved money and fly to Tokyo to go and buy one of their suits case in Ginza. Wanna go travel with RIMOWA soon again.

SMOKE (MOVIE)

This movie’s plot was written by American famous contemporary writer; Paul Auster. I am a fan of his book, but especially, this movie seems a pure masterpiece and seriously cool to me. If I could live in New York with many troubles but many interesting people and stories, I would think it’s Ok anyway. I also live Woody Allen movies though, this is a bit special. Setting (New York), and the profession of the main character is a writer. These are also the points.

OK. Maybe more cool things or people are there, but today’s are just over now. Thank you very much for reading and please tell me what’s your cool thing to me in the comment section ; )

What I thought when I saw”Demon Slayer” movie *I had no idea of the anime before

This is an official poster of the movie

Hello everyone. Actually, I watched the film which was far beyond the talk of the town and almost talk of the nation from October. The Damon Slayer movie, I’m talking about. Every media took it as a main culture topic those days (maybe still now?), and actually I hated it. Why Japanese TV media is always like this? Aren’t you feeling boring? Every time, every channels pick up the same scandal or slightly hit music topic and they introduce those as a miracle hit or totally bullshit or something like that. Since I don’t own TV, so I am in peace though, please don’t make anything wrong and on air.

Anyway, I’m not writing for Japanese corrupted TV media, but the beauty of the movie. First of all, I was totally not a fan of this animation series, but since the movie made a huge hit in Japan, and that made me to see the movie in a theatre (After all, I’m a huge fan of movies). Before going to the theater, I asked one of my Damon Slayer fan friends, “Hey, can I really understand the movie even if I didn’t have any knowledge at all?” and he says “I think you can enjoy it. At least 70%, or more?”. Then, I actually checked a short clips on YouTube which explain the world of Demon Slayer briefly.

And, actually I went to see it just after the opening date. Since I went to the theatre on Tuesday 3 pm, accidentally the day was my paid holiday, the audiences were almost adults or college students. And I watched the movie. The movie seemed very intense from the beginning to the end, but there are some scenes you gonna be crying. In those kind of scenes, I could hear the sounds of many lazy adults’ crying and sniffing. Then I thought how miserable they are with crying and sniffing too.

After finishing the movie, I realized the movie was really excited and touching. I totally understood why the movie got the super hit even under this COVID term. The down below is my personal analysis of this movie.

Reasons of Hit (Netflix, Matsuri (Japanese word of Festival) and Story)

Actually, in my opinion, the movie was totally unlike to Japanese huge hit animation film family tree like Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki or Your Name by Makoto Shinkai. It is just because the Damon Slayer movie is basically made for the anime series audiences. And in my opinion, the movie was kind of an animation program which can be aired on TV. Of course the movie was well made and must be a masterpiece though, it seems just like the TV animation in the theater.

Then why this huge Japanese people went to see it? Many people assume that is thanks to the Netflix or Amazon Prime Videos which allow people to watch every animation episodes anytime anywhere. If somebody recommended you to watch an anime series, you couldn’t watch without going rental shop. But today, the speed to catch up is dramatically increased. But anyway, I didn’t watch any series (simply because I’m afraid of being into the original series).

However, the biggest reason for the big hit I think is because we all Japanese lost every MATSURI (meaning basically festivals. But it can be used for competition, or some big events in Japanese) in this 2020. We lost Olympic and almost any big events. We had prepared for celebrating or getting high for such festivities, but we lost everything. Japanese really loves Matsuri because it’s a day for the most shy Japanese people to be shameless super Japanese. Then, Japanese almost every main media try to pick this movie as a national festival. And people are dying from quarantine, but try to feel together by watching the movie.

Overall, I made a stupid hypothesis though, the world of this Demon Slayer was really simple, strong and well made. I personally felt encouragement from this movie. The characters are in very scary and terrible world, but there they never forget the truly important spirits or lessons and they try with their all hearts and souls. Then, we watch the beauty of never giving up, and maybe sometimes cried.

I wrote too much though, lastly I’d like to introduce one of my favorite lines from the movie (translated by me). This is the word of RENGOKU san (the person who is trying to kill a demon in that picture up above, known as Hashira; a kind of captain or leader).

However you feel you were defeated by your weakness or incompetence, keep burning your soul, grit your teeth and don’t look down. Even if you stop walking and crouching, time never stop flows. It will never stand with you.

Rengoku Kyojyurou

What a strict but really strong phrases. Please check the movie out, and stay safe!

Lazy Saturday

Good morning everyone. It’s Saturday. You don’t have to go to workplace, and you don’t have to wake up early rubbing your eyes. It’s a beautiful Saturday. I personally like Saturday the best out of every day. The beauty of Saturday is you can enjoy completely free and peace mind on Saturday. There will be no work tomorrow, you can keep watching 12 episodes on Netflix. You don’t have to even wake up on Saturday. Does that mean a philosophical death, by the way?

Anyway, my favorite part of my Saturday routine is reading a newspaper really slowly in peaceful mind. It is said that a typical Japanese newspaper has words are equivalent to an average Japanese paperback. So, it is almost impossible to read the whole articles every day, but Saturday. If you read the paper really close, you realize how world is filled with weird problems and colorful solutions. Since I’m into getting rid of the clutter in my possessions and living with the bare minimum of things, I these days am also into not reading online news articles. It’s because we don’t pay for them. If you throw many things away, you can notice how the money should be more carefully used. Then I realized why haven’t I read the paid paper more carefully and rather read free bullshit online speedy but chaotic news. It is an investment for our democracy to subscribe the newspaper.

Anyway, I prefer reading physical paper. The Saturday edition of my paper has a lot of book feature articles, and I love to read the impressions or critical essay on books introduced on the paper. And when I really want to read the book, I can go to book store and can buy it. What a wonderful Sarturday.

And you can even go to onsen (a hot spring) near your place. The typical Japanese tend to think you want to take a bath in Onsen at least once a month. It’s simply because the there is a huge hot-tub and you can kind of “reset” your life there. And the more typical Japanese drink a bottled milk just after taking a bath in onsen. I have no idea who invented this strange custom though, it is a tiny ceremony in your uneventful life.

So, why don’t you start your lazy and dreamlike Saturday. May you have a great Saturday.