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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Baseball park changed into soccer stadium

International soccer match SWEDEN vs MEXICO @ PETCO park


Wow!! This place also changed into Mexican place today.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Inauguration

OK. "the expansion of freedom in all the world" might be good thing.
All we, the foreigners and allies, want to know is "How to ?"
We don't want to let the U.S. use the forces easily to overthrow "the adversary" like Iraq war.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Chinese Letter Tattoo

Hey, It is Christmas Eve-Eve. It is still warm in San Diego. Many people still enjoy jogging, biking, or beach volleyball in beach.
Last weekend I saw the man who has a unique tattoo in Pacific Beach. It was a Chinese letter tattoo. He might think it was cool. But I felt strange when I saw that tattoo.
As you know, Chinese people use Chinese letters. Japanese people also use both Chinese letters and Japanese letters for writing. Although the pronunciation for each Chinese letter is different between Chinese language and Japanese language, the meaning of each Chinese letter is almost same in many cases. (sometimes Japanese people and Chinese people can communicate by letter-writing, even both people don't know each other languages.)
But once the letters are combined as a word, the meanings of those words are sometimes slightly different between Chinese language and Japanese language.
The tattoo I saw is written as below word.

The first letter suggests "mixed", second letter is like "sloppy" or "disorder", and third & fourth letters show the mean of "condition". Then, what is the meaning of those letters?
I asked one of my Chinese friends the meaning of this word in Chinese. He said this meant "chaos". um... kind-a cool. But most of Japanese are inspired from this word as a "crowded place" like a traffic jam, a crowded store in holiday season, or a crowded train. This image is not cool at all!
If the man who has this tattoo wanted to put the letters meaning "chaos", he should put this word which means "chaos" in both Chinese and Japanese and maybe cool.

So, if you want to put on Chinese letter tattoo, I strongly recommend to ask both Chinese and Japanese people the meaning of the word before you do that.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Why did you vote for President Bush?

President Bush won his second term.
From many previous pools, I knew about half of Americans support Bush. But I feel I did not realize and did not understand about half of Americans wanted to vote for Bush before Nov. 2nd.
I am living in California, I am a Japanese, and I work in academic field. As you know, in this situation, most of my friends and colleagues supported Kerry. (To tell the honest, most of them cannot support Bush.)
After Nov. 2nd, I am a bit surprised and cannot understand why a half of voters casted for Bush. I don't believe all voters for Bush are just like consevertive Christians or uneducated people. I don't believe left voters and right voters never understand each others.

So, if you voted for Bush, please tell me why you support for Bush. Please let me understand the reason American support for Bush. As you know, most of people outside America don't like Bush, because during last four years he killed bunch of Iraq citizens. The US has extreme strong power. People fear the President of the USA uses such huge power without justice. All we need is to understand what American people think as the leader of this world.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

My Favorite Music Station

Wow. I keep left this blog for almost 2 months.
During these months, sometimes I had some idea to write here. But once I tried to make the article sophisticated or make it better, it became hard to write in a short time.
So, I will try to post some my feeling simply and shortly from now.

Recently I am absorbed in the good music station powered by LAUNCH Yahoo. This internet radio station can be customized as I like to select the rank of songs, artists and genres. The algorism to choose the playing lists is very good. Now, this internet radio station plays not only my favorite songs but some good songs which I don't know!

I attach the link to my music station in right side bar of this blog. You may understand my music interest by listening to this station within an hour.
(To listen to the LAUNCHcast RADIO station, Yahoo ID is required (FREE registration) and IE6 or NS7 is need as a browser.)

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Portable Video Player

'Video iPods' Bring Seinfeld on the Subway

This is interesting.
But I think this player will not became popular in the US as some reviewers said.
Every American people except New Yorkers always use cars. They don't have enough time to watch videos outside.
This player should be released in Japan or some Asian and European nations. Especially in Japan, people spend about two hours for the train transportation everyday. The portable video player is good item in the train.

Friday, August 06, 2004

What do you feel about the WAR?

Some of you may know yesterday (correctly, 6th of August in Japan Standard Time) is the day when the US dropped first atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

Now the USA is familiar for many Japanese people. But you should know most Japanese people never forgive this old tragedy. (We just think most of current American people and society is different from the US army at that time just like we are not same as old Japanese army in World War II.)

Watching recent government policy and society reaction in the USA, many foreign people feel that American people have different (and seriously dangerous) impression about war. I think one of the reason is the land of the USA has never become the battlefields since 19th century. Every war is not sacred. War is not only for soldiers. There is no justice in the war. Many citizens became sacrifice and died in the battlefield. This is far from "GI Joe" or "Combat" in TV. This is even far from the movie, "Platoon" or "Private Ryan".

Actually and fortunately, I have no experience about real war. But all of Japanese children learn the tragic history of World War II (off course, including the reflection about inappropriate action of Japanese government and military at that time). Moreover, I read the good comic described about the life of a child who lived in Hiroshima at World War II. The name of this comic is "Barefoot Gen".

"Barefoot Gen" is not only the story of tragedy of Hiroshima and atomic bomb. It is also written about the atmosphere under the war. People could not talk as they like. Many life styles were restricted under the name of "War". Many people died without reasons and justice.

Some of you may know now some of Japanese people think they should change the current constitution and provide stronger army system (though I cannot agree that). But I still don’t know anybody can criticize and deny this comic whichever the person is liberal or conservative.

Recently I heard the news that whole story of "Barefoot Gen" has been translated for English language completely. (Part of them (from volume 1 to 4 in ten volumes) had been already published in the USA.) I hope all children whose age is about ten years old of all over the world read this comic. Then, in the near future nobody would want to start the war. Someone might say that is a kind of brainwashing. But this is much better than that some children study such tragedy in the real war.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Chord for change

I like Bruce Springsteen's music for long years.
So I was surprised at the news about he join the concerts of "Vote for Change" and he sent the opinion for New York Times today. (to read this link, FREE registration is required.)

Off course I support his opinion. But I am also afraid such kinds of his activities were ill-used for some political reasons like a famous misunderstanding about the song "Born in the USA." I feel he is too faithful and too honest to do such political action directly.

Anyway, the good thing is he and E Street Band will play the concerts this year though the places are only in "swing states." (There are too far from California) I wanna go to his concert!

Friday, June 11, 2004

Ray Charles Dies

Music Icon Ray Charles Dies in California at Age 73

I miss him...

I have seen his concert in Japan.
He has recorded Japanese popular hit ballade once.
I love his music.
I love "What'd I say."

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Dear Steve Jobs and Apple Computer, Inc.

Dear Steve Jobs and Apple Computer, Inc.,

I really enjoy iPod and iTunes Music Store now.
Thanks for good service. I appreciate iTunes Music Store is always trying to collect many music database which includes with rare live sources and old good songs to hardly find in ordinary CD stores.

I am living in the US and I am Japanese. Here is a problem about which I want to write this letter. Many Japanese friends of mine complain about that they cannot use iTunes music store service in Japan.

I guess you are trying to stock many foreign popular songs in iTunes Music Store database before you start iTunes Music Store service in those foreign countries.
But you might be ready to make good profits from many foreign countries even now. You have already started to sell many iPods in those foreign countries. And for example, in Japan, there are many American popular music fans and 130,000,000 CDs of American and European songs are sold per year.

If iTunes Music Store just accept international credit cards, you will get such amount of international music fans without collecting many foreign popular songs. This is very simple way and everybody will be happy.
So, please consider my proposal. I convince your service could become international big business and many people in the world would thank for your services.

Sincerely,