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!