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Saturday, January 14, 2006

SUMO

Long time no see! Anyways, it's a bit late but ... HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!Wish everyone to have a nice year.


O.K. let's get to my subject. The season of sumo has come again! A new "oozeki" was born last year. His name is Koto-ousyuu. He is known as "Sumo world's Beckham". His charming face is very popular.
This years interest of sumo is again Asa-syouryu, who has being champion 7 times in a row. And this Koto-ousyuu . But I have noticed one thing. No Japansese sumo wrestlers to recommend!?
Well frankly speaking, it is a happy thing that sumo; the sport of Japan, is being international. But it is sad that the consciousness of the Japanese against sumo is decreasing. We don't see small kids playing sumo at parks and schools. I actually don't play sumo with my friends recently, but I do have the memory playing it when I was small. I think that sumo is a traditional sport of Japan. We might have to start thinking about how to make the sumo more interesting.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Foreign murderer

A tragic affair occured few weeks ago. A man from Peru murdered a girl in Japan. The girl was a 1st grader in elementry school.... I don't know why, but Japanese killing Japanese is of course a shocking thing, although foreigners killing a Japanese is much more shocking. We know that not all foreginers are bad people, but thsese crimes does give us bad impressions against foreigners. We have to keep in mind that, other foreigners has nothing to do with it. I wonder if this has something to do with the employments against foreginers in Japan. What I thought is that, because crimes made by foreigners in Japan occurs, the employers get cautios, the employment agianst foreigners decreases, foreigners gets driven in the corner, as a result they make a mistake... Well, this is just my thought so I don't have anything to prove that I'm saying something right. Anyway, I don't want to hear any more trajedy made by foreigners in Japan.....I'm I saying something selfish?

Monday, November 21, 2005

Australia

In the English class today, my group was talking about Aborigine in Australia. While we were making a research about it, I found out that Australia has a big problem inside the country.

In the Sydney Olympics, Cathy Freeman; an aborigine, won the gold medal. At first she wanted to run the victory run with the flags of the aborigines. Although, the Australia government didn't permit her at first. As a result, she ran the victory run with the flag of both Australia and of the aborigine. She had the identity as an aborigine, but she was an Australian. And for her, the flag of Australia was the symbol of invasion.

Having two nationalities...She must have a difficult feeling. I think that this is a bad result of the melting pot. Forcing to make one race from many races left a negative inheritance.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Refuge from North Korea

A lady from North Korea took refuge in Japan. The interesting point is that she was born in Japan... She first took refuge in North Korea and than came back to Japan. The reason why she took a refuge again to come to Japan was because, she was yearned for Japan. Isn't this a little bit selfish? I don't know why she wanted to take refuge in North Korea throwing away Japanese nationality, but the truth is that she changed her nationality 2 times. There are opinions that say, she was used for tools of politics. Although, I think that I will never understand her feelings.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Japanese samurai

Today, I've seen a shocking article. A famous baseball player, Kenji Joujima used the "Free agent" system; if you played for 10 years in one team, you can go to any team you want. He is willing to go to M.L.B. It's not that I'm a big fan of him, but I do think that he is a great player, and I think that he is one of the best player in Japan. So it will be sad if he contracts with a team in M.L.B.

Well, what I thought was that, as long as one player is a member of a team in Japan, I only think that he is just a great player of that team. For example, Hideki Matsui of New York Yankees. When he was in Japan, I really hated him because he always hitted a homerun from the picther of the team I like. When he was in Japan, he was "Hideki Matsui of Yomiuri Giants" to me. Although, Hideki Matsui nowadays is "Hideki Matsui of Japan" to me. I really hope for his success as a "Japanese". Like this, I thought that one person's identity can change easily. Interesting isn't it?

Monday, October 31, 2005

Days in U.S.A (2)

O.K. so, I talked about my school life last time, and I said that it was like a melting pot. But this time, I'd like to talk about my life out side school. Well basically, we didn't have problems with our neighbors, but we tended to stick with Japanese families (I don't know why but). Generally, my American friends did come to my house and I did go to thier house to play with each other, but it seemed that we didn't try to get so close positively by family unit. This might be a good example of a mosaic. It's not that we hate each other, but since the background of our culture and the native language is different, we might have been avoiding not to interfere too much against each others life. Although, thanks to that, we were able to keep a good distance; good enough to know each other.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Days in U.S.A

Sorry for not writing recently. I was a bit busy this week. Well anyways, for a while, I'd like to talk about my memories in the states, and compare the differnence between U.S.A and Japan. On my first year, I couldn't speak English at all, but many people there helped me. They kept talking to me; although I couldn't speak at all. I should say that, it is for them for my improvement in English. What I thought is that, in the states, most people doesn't care about the nationalities. I think this is because, it is natural that many types of people are living in the same country. Although in Japan, it is very rare for a Japanese to see a foreigner.

From my experience above, I think that the school I went to, was a small society of a melting pot. They don't refuse to accept new comers, and try to make the new comers a member of their society (Even though, I should say I was able to become a member of them because I improved my English). It was a very comfortable place to live as long as you can speak English. I think that it was a successful example of a melting pot.