Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Millionaire

I made it, at last!!


My savings now are over one million yen after receiving this month salary!!





Hurraaaaaaah!! \(^o^)/

Monday, June 27, 2011

New World Heritage in Japan

The ancient Buddhist temples and landscape of Hiraizumi have won approval as a World Heritage cultural site at the UNESCO meeting in Paris.


It follows the endorsement of the Ogasawara island chain soutth of Tokyo as the country's fourth natural heritage site.





Happy news on the Tohoku area!!


It's expected to boost tourism to the region, which is still reeling from the devastation left by 3.11.


Here is one of the most famous spot in Hiraizumi called "Konjiki-do".




If you're interested in this place, see more information about Chuson-ji Temple and Hiraizumi.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

JIN final

I've just watched the final chapter of Sunday drama "JIN -仁-".


Soooo moved.


I don't watch dramas so much, but I think it was a good one.


Go Gaga Over Japan

"Never give up on the dream of Japan."


That was the message Lady Gaga wants to send to her Japanese fans.


She performed at the MTV Video Music Aid Japan in Makuhari Messe yesterday, that was a charity event to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross.


Have a look at her performance → "The Edge Of Glory" & "Born This Way"





During the press conference on June 23rd, Gaga shared how she's heavily inspired by Japanese culture and felt an honor to appear in Japan.

She also shed tears for the devastated Japan and its people.


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Lady Gaga was chosen as a top of the Time Magazine's list of  Most Influential People In The World.

It was helpful so much that such an influential person appealed to the world "...Come (to Japan) and enjoy the beautiful country."




Thank you for your kindness and love, Gaga!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Edmilson sent off

Urawa Reds have agreed to transfer Brazilian striker Edmilson to Qatari club Al Gharafa.

The 28-year-old forward, who has scored 109 goals in 226 games inn the J-League first division since his 2004 debute, will fly to Qatar tomorrow and is expected to sign a three-year contract after a medical





A lot of media have criticized the loss of a fantastic striker, but if you're a real Urawa Reds fan, there is no doubt about the club executive's decision.


I don't like Edmilson as you know.




He is slow, can't jump high, and is not cool.

What's worse, his salary is much high.




Urawa's number 9 has a special meaning and the player who wear the number is called "Mr. Reds".


Edmilson must be unfit as Mr. Reds.





I admire him only when he scored a hat trick against Jubilo Iwata on November 21st, 2009.

Especially, he snatched a dramatic three points with a fine strike from the edge of the area in 89th minute.

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Yeah, it was spectacle, but that's all for him.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Electric fans

So hot and humid today and yesterday that I strongly rely on electric fans.




Our boss Mr. Ogura bought them last Monday.




Can we endure this hot summer...?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer solstice 2011

June 22nd is the summer solstice in Japan.


The temperature is 30℃ or above here.


I'm simply melting...(´д`;)




To make me refresh under the burning sun, I like to see some natural things such as plants and flowers.


This flower I found on my way to work today made me so cheerful.



Can you guess what?



This is a pomegranate tree.

You certainly know its fruit, but its flower is also wonderful and like a tropical plant.




Look at the flower closer...


A ladybird and an ant were taking a rest in the shade the tree.



Wanna be a bug...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Where's Wally?

The Street Performance World Championships organized the event in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of Wallies in one location.




A total of 3,657 people showed up at Merrion Square in Dublin over the weekend, all wearing the immediately recognizable dark-rimmed glasses and red-and-white striped outfits.


The crowds jumped and cheered as they tried to break the record and they refused to let the bad weather dampen their spirits when it started to rain.


Video News of Irish Independent → There's Wally








That scene was just like "The Land of Wallies"!!









"Where's Wally?" was created by British illustrator Martin Handford and the first book was published in 1987.

The book consists of dozens of people in a certain situation and readers try to find Wally among the crowds.

He is more commonly known as "Where's Waldo?" in America and Canada.

Monday, June 20, 2011

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day falls on June 20th.



Tokyo tower was lit in blue for three hours on this evening.








The color of blue means not only the symbol of UNHCR (= United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees) but also that of peace and hope.

The lightning was at 50% of normal bightness due to the saving electricity effort.






100 days after the biggest earthquake in Japanese history, life is certainly not back to normal.


Looking up at the blue lights, we'll never forget the refugees of tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

In Japan, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June.


...Yes, today is Father's Day!!


What did you do for your father?





I bought some cakes and ate them together.





No special thing I did, but I think to be with my father on that day is more important than any thing else for him.






Anyway, many people do something on Mother's Day, but they tend to miss Father's Day, indeed...


Poor fathers!! (^^;)

Candle Night

A very small candle festival was held at Suzuki Pediatrics, which is located in front of yakitori shop Riki.




A man was playing the ukulele.


So quiet night was there.



No electricity may warm the cockles of our heart.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Desert Island Joke

Imagine a beautiful desert island in the middle of nowhere where the following people are stranded.

・2 Italian men and 1 Italian woman
・2 French men and 1 French woman
・2 German men and 1 German woman
・2 Greek men and 1 Greek woman
・2 English men and 1 English woman
・2 Bulgarian men and 1 Bulgarian woman
・2 American men and 1 American woman
・2 Japanese men and 1 Japanese woman
・2 Irish men and 1 Irish woman




We can expect that the situations one month later will be quite different in each nationality group.


Let me show some examples.


Italian:
One man killed the other man for the woman.

French:
They are all living happily together as a family of three.

German:
The two men have a strict weekly schedule of when they alternate with the woman.





And the case of Japanese is so interesting.

The two Japanese men have faxed Tokyo and are waiting for instructions.
The Japanese woman is recording everything on her camcorder.





Of course they are all jokes besed on our common stereotype.


But it's so pity to be regarded us as incompetent Japanese.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Farmer's suicide in Fukushima

A cattle farmer in Fukushima killed himself.

The man, in his 50s, reportedly hanged himself in a cattle house.




The daily farmer's suicide message was left on the wall of one of the man's barns.

"原発さえなければ (Wish there were no nuclear power plant)"





Japan's government banned milk shipments from the region in the wake of the nuclear meltdown at the plant.

The man was also forced to kill some of his cows and close his daily business.




I'm sure his endurance had come to an end...





I don't like the phrase "if only there were no something" because it's so nagative.


Things have already happened.

And we should manage to deal with that situation at first.





I believe that successful reconstruction will be led by not something negative but love and hope with much gratitude.

Top 10 plays of the 2011 NBA Finals

In addition to my former article, have a look at the top 10 plays of the 2011 NBA Finals.


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If you want to see more super plays, go to http://www.nba.com/video/.

Mavs win 2011 NBA Finals

The Dallas Mavericks won their first championship in history Sunday by running to a 105-95 victory over the Miami Heat in game 6 and winning the NBA Finals 4-2.



Here is the highlights of game 6.

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Especially, Mavs have to say "Congratulations" to a lot of rainbow shots by German star Dirk Nowitski.

He was chosen the NBA Finals MVP.




Here is the highlights of his play in game 5.


video


Amazing he is!! (≧▽≦)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Delivery?

The shop next to Eigonoie is FRESHNESS BURGER.

I usually take out some products and eat at Eigonoie.



My lunch today was also its Teriyaki Chicken Burger and chips.



But the staff gave me a different product at that time.

I didn't notice that and took out to Eigonoie.



After a while, someone knocked the Eigonoie door.

That woman was a staff of FRESHNESS BURGER.

She delivered the product I had ordered!!




Well, you know, my face has been remembered by all the FRESHNESS BURGER staffs...(^o^;)

Friday, June 10, 2011

2011 Winner of AKB Election

AKB48 3rd Annual General Election has ended and the results have been freshly announced.



This year Atsuko Maeda regained the throne with 139,892 votes from last year's top Yuko Oshima.




I think she must be a center of AKB.





All 152 candidates were contesting for the coveted 21 top spots which will be featured in AKB48 22nd single.


Top 40 members are like this.




I'm not so interested in AKB, but I was so surprised at the huge amount of votes.


Japanese government should learn how to enhance its attractiveness from AKB.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Miffy & Cathy

The Japanese character Hello Kitty is to lose her friend Cathy after a legal battle between Hello Kitty owners Sanrio and Dutch firm Mercis BV, which manages the copyright for Dick Bruna, creator of Miffy.



Mercis sued Sanrio in November 2010 because Cathy looked too much like Miffy.






But the two companies have now reached an out-of-court settlement.

After the March 11th earthquake in Japan, Mercis proposed that the costs of the litigation be donated to post-quake relief efforts.

They agreed to contribute jointly about ¥17.5 million to the victims or for restoration.






I like this solution because I can feel love and dream from both firms.


Any disputes such as Japanese government should follow this idea.



Fraud? or Farce?

"I want to make a decision based on common sence," embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at an informal Cabinet meeting yesterday morning.



Just one year have passed since he was chosen as a top leader of our nation.

But his face is quite different from the one at that time.





Who do you think will be the best as a new leader if Naoto Kan steps down?


Some people have criticized him "fraud".




Stop this farce, politicians!!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Hair we go!

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has had a hair transplant.


Rooney confirmed the news via twitter like this.




His football performance is absolutely great, but it's also important for the star player to make his look better.


Hair we go!! lol

Friday, June 03, 2011

Low Intelligence

My brother got a series of Chuo Univ. brochures to decide his future faculty.




Glancing over them, I found unbelievable mistakes.



This is the brochure of Fuculty-Linkage Program, but it says "Fuculty-Linkage Progam".





The most famous and popular faculty in Chuo Univ. is Law, but even its brochure calls itself  "Faculty of Low".




Those are fatal mistakes!!

13-year-old boy died under torture

The battered face of 13-year-old boy Hamza al-Khateeb depressed me terribly.




He went missing after a protest in the southern Syrian village of Jiza on April 29th, and until his body was returned to his family, his whereabouts were unknown.

Activists said he was tortured and killed by Syria's Security Services during a month in costody.




Since a video portraying the torture inflicted upon him was broadcast on the al-Jazeera TV network, he has rapidly emerged as the new symbol of the protest movement in Syria.

And a video posted on YouTube showing his beaten corpse has sparked international condemnation.




I can't see the video, and can't think about what he endured, either.


The boy's head was swollen, purple and disfigured.

His body was a mess of welts, cigarette burns wounds from bullets fired to injure, not kill.

His kneecaps had been smashed, his neck broken, his jaw shattered and his penis cut off.





Only devil could do such a horrible atrocity...

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Eigonoie Shinbun June edition

Eigonoie Shinbun June edition has been printed.





Especially this time, I wrote an article for the first time.

The title is "Student Three Year Free", which is well-known for Softbank's unique CM.





I know we need to make more and more amendments to the editing.

Maybe most of our students won't read it because they get sick and tired of reading the full-lettered paper...





My article is not so important, but the other teachers' ones are helpful for your studying.


Try to read all!!