August 2009 Archives

CHANGE

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A Lower House general election was held yesterday and The Democratic Party of Japan won an overwhelming victory in the election. As a result of that, the DICTATOR's regime by Liberal Democratic Party for more than half a century was over.

This election has historic new wave and opens the door to true DEMOCRACY. Unfortunately, we have had the absence of democracy.

I hope that the new government will respect minority opinions and reflect the voice of the people. Also, we always have to be watch dogs that check government policy and what direction the government are heading in. What matters most is that we are responsible for participating actively in politics.

 

Our country still has much work to do ...employment, economy, education, welfare, environment ... above all, it seems that 'Right to life' have been disregarded.

 

Article 25 of the Constitution says

  1. All people shall have the right to maintain the minimum standards of  
         wholesome and cultured living.

     2. In all spheres of life, the nation shall use its endeavors for the promotion and 
         extension of social welfare and security, and of public health.

 

In the election, there are still something that are never changed ... second or third-generation politicians who have territorial connections and blood relations & low voter turnout of young people ... I am disappointed. 

 

 

Now, a typhoon is on its way to Tokyo and I got soaking wet from head to toe.

By the way, today is my birthday ...wet & lonely birthday ... actually I am catching a cold. I wish somebody could take care of me. 

 

RENT

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Today, I went to Akasaka ACT Theater to see rock musical RENT.

RENT is one of the longest running shows on Broadway (From April 1996 to September 2008) and RENT was the winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

 

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Akasaka ACT Theater is right next toTBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) , Minato-ku, Tokyo.

 

 

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In Japan, the film RENT began showing in theaters in 2006.

 

 

Poverty, drug, AIDS, death, loneliness, desperation, love, friendship, dream ... life of young people in New York is described with beautiful songs, amazing voices and passionate performances.

 

 

There is no future
There is no past
I live this moment as my last
There's only us
There's only this
Forget regret
Or life is yours to miss
No other road
No other way
No day but today

 

The lyrics have touched my heartstrings since I saw the movie RENT ... I almost cried by the live performance today.

 

RENT calls up memories of my school days in America ... I wish I had a time-machine and could go back to the good old days when I had wonderful friends and passions, and dreams even though I faced a lot of difficulties and made many mistakes. Friends were always there for me. 

 

 

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Autograph session by Adam Pascal as Roger ... I got an autograph on the official book.

ATOM

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'Sora wo koete  ra ra ra hoshi no kanata  yukuzo atomu ......'

I got off at the JR Takadanobaba station and then I heard the melody of the theme song of 'Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atomu)' from the next platform.

 

IMG_0396.JPGTakadanobaba is Atom's home! In the original story of Astro Boy, Atom was born in 'Ministry of Science' at Takadanobaba on April 7, 2003 and also 'the father of manga'  Osamu Tezuka used to have the office at Takadanobaba , and then people from local shopping areas requested the melody instead of the normal departure bell and design for wall painting under the railway bridge.

 

 

 

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IMG_0538.JPGOn the night, on my way home, I happened to find fliers of ATOM exhibition at Tokyu Fudo-mae station ticket gates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day, I went to Yokohama to see the exhibition.

 

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'ATOM 'exhibition is being held at Broadcast Library in Yokohama Media and Communications Center, Yokohama-city from August 1 to October 4.

 

The exhibition is held to mark the 80th anniversary of the birth of Osamu Tezuka and it is also a part of the special event in the Yokohama Port Opening 150th Anniversary.

 

This exhibition features the history of Astro Boy that became first animated TV series in 1963 and also Tezuka's signed manuscripts and celluloid pictures are on display.

 

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The Hollywood's CG film 'ATOM' is scheduled for release on October 10.

To be honest, I like 'original' Japanese 'Tetsuwan Atomu' much better because it seems to me that Tetsuwan Atomu looks more winsome and innocent than 'handsome' ATOM.

 

I saw Tezuka's message and philosophy in the exhibition ... I found the issues of War and Peace and the warning bell for the science in his manga world.

A Midsummer Night's Dream?

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Sakura Hotels (Jimbocho, Ikebukuro and Hatagaya) and Sakura Hostel (@Asakusa) welcomed so many guests from France last month.

 

The number of our French guests in July is 3,111 (one in five).

 

Bienvune!!

 

France tops a list ranking the number of guest in

 

Sakura Hotel Jimbocho (http://www.sakura-hotel.co.jp/index.html),

 

Sakura Hostel (http://www.sakura-hostel.co.jp/)  and

 

Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro (http://www.sakura-hotel-ikebukuro.com/index.php).

 

 

As for Hatagaya,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan tops the list.

 

 

I know it's easy for Japanese to come to our hotel.

 

They don't have to go through immigration and customs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I (We?) have a modest dream.

 

One day, the number of our guests from some country exceeds that from Japan.

 

 

Who am I kidding?

 

 

 

However, we welcomed more than twice as many Spanish guests (35 guests) as Japanese guests (17 guests) yesterday.

 

It seems to me that my (our?) dream comes true in the near future.

 

Do I get carried away?

ELECTION - Lower House

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When I was on my way to Yodobashi Camera at Shinjuku this morning ... 

 

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Huge crowd of spectators came into my sight. Kazuo Shii, chairman of the Japanese Communist Party, spoke for election kickoff at the west exit of the Shinjuku station quarter past 10am. Around that time, Yukio Hatoyama, the leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, was in Osaka and Taro Aso, President of the Liberal Democratic Party, was in Hachioji, Tokyo.

 

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Today, it officially announced the campaign for the 45th House of Representatives election (the Lower House election). Election day is August 30th.

 

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According to a female police officer at the gate of the National Diet Building,

the National Diet Building is in the middle of washing exterior wall.   

I hope that Japanese politics will be completely cleaned up as well.

 

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I want to say that politics is not for the politicians but for the people.

As the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln said,

'Government of the people, by the people, for the people'

August 15th

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August 15th is the anniversary of the end of World War II (Defeat in the War Memorial Day).  

 

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August is the month that makes me get in a sad mood, but smiles and tears of 'Kyuji' high school players in the midsummer heat give me courage and energy.

 

No more war ... Article nine of Japanese Constitution states "the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes."

I am proud of the Article 9 of the Constitution of Japan.

Firefighting Training

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In case of fire...

What are you going to do???

We conduct an emergency drill for customers!

 

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This is "THE JAPANESE SUMMER"

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Japanese Summer starts with swmming in the sea, and ends with fireworks. By Mitsuko

 

Japanese Summer starts with wearing sunscreen, and ends with mosquitoe bites. By Keiko

 

Me? Japanese summer starts with this ↓

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And ends with this ↓

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Keiko and I went to Jingu-fireworks festa.

We had been there since 4pm to keep a watching space and drinking beers.

It seemed quite long first, but after we started drinking, not at all.

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If you want to experience real my style Japanese Summer, you are always welcome.

 

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Cheers!  Enjoy your summer!

Happy Birthday, Ai !!

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This month, we have 3 birthday boy/girls.

Our first Birthday Girl, Ai turns to 2★ years on August 3rd.

We love you no matther how old you are.  

The birth Flower of August 3rd: Tree Peony            Meaning: Charming, Innocence

I guess it is right, don't you think so?

keiko bought a birthday cake!

 

Looks so good...... Can't wait....

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even though Ai said "NO", i couldn't wait to take a one bite......

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She gave me 5 slaps later....... she did her revenge.

Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ai!   Wish you will enjoy your time of life :-)

Loves from all of us

 

NAGASAKI

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The city of Nagasaki marked the 64th anniversary of its atomic bombing today.

 

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Peace Statue at Nagasaki Peace Park

 

I was born and grew up in Tokyo, but I have another home. It is Nagasaki.

I heard that my ancestors were originally fleeing Heike warriors and reached Goto Islands in Nagasaki. Soft kyo-kotoba (Kyoto dialect) and a little bit strong Nagasaki dialect are still used among the families in Nagasaki.

 

 

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Meganebashi 

 

If atomic bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki City a couple weeks earlier, my grandfather could not have survived (my grandfather just moved from the central part of Nagasaki City to the suburbs by military order) ... I would not have been here now. I am scared and also I am profoundly grateful for that I have been born into this world.

 

Nobody has the right to deprive people of their lives, dreams and happiness.

HIROSHIMA - Imagine

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The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony took place in the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima today and Hiroshima commemorated the 64th anniversary of its atomic bombing.

 

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Participants offered a one-minute silent prayer for the victims with the sound of the bell at 8:15 a.m.

 

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The Mayor of Hiroshima Tadatoshi Akiba said :

"We have the power. We have the responsibility. And we are the Obamajority. Together, we can abolish nuclear weapons. Yes, we can."

 

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Right after the Iraqi War broke out on March 20th, 2003, a major antiwar demonstration was staged in Toronto, Canada and everybody joined hands in a circle and sang 'imagine.' I remember the moment as if it were yesterday.

 

Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No Hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

 

Human beings are still fighting and kill each other. When could we have John Lennon's ideal peaceful world? 

 

The city of Nagasaki will mark its anniversary of the atomic bombing on August 9th.

Fukagawa ???

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 Have you ever heard of Fukagwa?

 

 If you are interested in downtown and/or the road less traveled, I strongly recommend you to go there.

 

 They hold Fukagawa fair three times a month (1st, 15th and 28th of each month).

 

 

 On 1st June and on 28th June, we went there with our guests.

 

 On 1st June, 3 guests joined our tour.

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And, on 28th June, 13 guests joined our tour.

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 We browsed around in street stalls that come up only on fair days,

 

 

 

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 visited Tomioka Hachiman Shrine and Fukagawa Fudo Temple.

 

 

If you are a big fan of sumo, you might enjoy Tomioka Hachiman.

 

 It has

 

 handprint of sumo wrestlers (much bigger than mine),

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 stone monument all the names of Yokozuna (the title given to the strongest sumo wrestlers) on it,

 

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huge portable shrines (the below is heavier one),

 

 

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 and a shrine (of course).

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As for Fukagawa Fudo Temple,

 

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 There are a lot of statues in the temple.

 

 Unfortunately, taking photo is prohibited inside the temple, so we cannot show you how the inside of it is.

 

 It means that you need to go there if you are attracted.

 

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 The picture below is Kiyosumi Garden (the Japanese garden located near from Fukagawa).

 

 

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We haven't been there in these tours, but if you feel tired owing to much sightseeing, why don't you go there and take a rest.

 

 It is the very place to make you relax and take a nap or siesta.

 

 

↓me

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Sorry, just kidding.

 

 

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RUGBY

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A great news for rugby fans!

On July 28th, it was announced that Japan will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

 

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The National Stadium

 

I have gone to watch rugby games since I was a small child, actually it was the first time when my father took me to the game at the National Stadium to cheer for the University where my father graduated from. Horizontal stripes with dark red and black color were vivid. Every time I see the games, I still get hot all over.

 

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Chichibunomiya Rugby Field

 

A long time ago, 'rugby fever' was amazing and it was hard to get tickets even for regular season ticket for university games and my father and I used to wait in lines in front of the ticket shops from very early in the morning.

 

Now, baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming and judo are popular sports in Japan, but on the other hand, popularity of rugby has declined ... that's ok ... we do not need non-fan spectators. When we had 'rugby boom,' a lot of couples or groups came to the rugby field as a part of fashion. The real fans are who have passion (not fashion) and love the rugby ... I have seen many many old men who watch the game alone. They are real fans.

 

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I respect 2 philosophies of rugby.

 

'ONE FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE'

'NO SIDE'

 

When game is over, players respect each other and become friends.

Rugby is a gentleman's sport.

Waching Firefly Tour in Summer!!

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On July 11, 2009, Sakura Hotel Hatagaya did a tour to watch FIREFLY in the night.

 

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They are guests who joined our tour! (10 people joined. They are from Spain, USA, Germany, Thayland, and Sweden!)

Most of the guests haven't ever seen frying and lighting FIREFLY.

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Around 5 PM, we depertured of our hotel.

So, we could watch nice Japanese garden and livers in this area,on day-time(can watch clearly, and on night time(light up garden!).

 

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This is cascade.It's dinamic.

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This is Japanese liver (carp was swimming peacefully).

But, I heard that several countries eat them at chrismas day!

It's amazing!

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One of the guest, from Sweden, had a very good video camera, so he could take good shot of firefly.

It's too bad that our camera couldn't take a good shot of firefly in the night...

(The light is too small to take a good picture...)

If you go there, and watch them, that would be much better than pictures.

 

 

YOKOHAMA - HANABI

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Kanagawa Shinbun Fireworks Show was held in the Yokohama Minato

Mirai 21 area last night.

 

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I avoided crowded stations, such as Minatomirai LineMinatomirai Station and  JR Negishi line Sakuragicho station ...

I got off at Minatomirai Line Nihon-odori station and walked to

Osambashi Pier.

 

 

 

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A large cruise ship was 'standing' and occupied VIP seats.

 

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About 8000 fireworks were displayed in the night sky.

 

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Even after the fireworks, a lot of people stayed there ...

some are fascinated with the beautiful night view of Yokohama and

others enjoyed talking with friends.

 

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Yukata and Hanabi ... what a beautiful combination!

How to wear a "YUKATA"

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I found a good article "how to wear A YUKATA"

in Japan's No1 English Magazine "METROPOLIS"!!


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You know A "YUKATA"?

 

A "YUKATA" is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton.

 People wearing yukata are a common sight in Japan at fireworks displays,

bon-odori festivals, and other summer events.

 

Off course, we can wear it!!


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Would you like to enjoy Tokyo's summer festivals with your "YUKATA"?

 

BLOWIN' IN THE WIND

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I don't mind the heat, but I am sick and tired of the humidity.

In summer, it is very humid here in Japan.

We do need refreshing coolness.

There is one thing that could give the coolness to us.

That is FUURIN (wind-bells).

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In the grounds of Ikegami Honmonji Temple, there were 500 FUURIN (wind-bells).

It was like a 'sound garden.' When wind blows, the fuurin makes a cool sound.

When the wind force and the wind direction change ... sometime it makes a joyful sound and at another time makes a plaintive sound.

 

 

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Ikegami Honmonji Temple in Ota-ku, Tokyo  

Slow Music Slow LIVE '09 will be held on August 28th, 29th and 30th. http://lultimo.jp/

 

 

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It looked like husband and wife cuddled up looking at the

Tokyo's sky at twilight.

 

 

One the way home I unconsciously sang to myself,

Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind"

............The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
   The answer is blowin' in the wind .............

 

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A lot of hairpieces were sold beside Tokyu Ikegami Station ......