Grown Ups Suffering

Grown Ups Suffering

“Grown ups love numbers.” I came across this phrase in ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I think the number means grown ups represent utilitarianism. Grown ups always strive for more and more money and profit. The process of growing up is filled with suffering. During this time we lose our purity. Because our lives are never innocent. Thus, human life is suffering. Buddha said the same thing. I grew up. I am an adult now. Hence, I love numbers. Grown ups love numbers. What a sad word this is. Related posts: Eternal Life Doubt Human’s Life We are…

Japanese are masochists

Japanese are masochists

I am a Japanese and to me it seems that foreigners are free. As you know, Japanese have a strict discipline. I think that invisible binds are unwritten rules. However, are foreigners also bound? Yes, they are. They are also bound just like us. But, they are not using it for themselves. I think their binds are a rope. This rope means physical rope. it’s just a useful tool. Have you ever bound yourself with ropes? Of course not, except if you are a masochist. So, ropes are supposed to be used in a good way. Though, Japanese are using…

Due to language or values

Due to language or values

I often request a small portion of food at restaurants in Singapore. However, they ignore my request most of the time. As a result, I often receive and opposite food which is a big portion. I am wondering what the reason is, is it because of my language skills or their values? Recently, I found the answer. It is definitely becase of their values. If you visit Japan and request a big portion of food, most of the time, you will get a small portion. So, we have to give up requesting from one another. It is the same with…

Eternal Life

Eternal Life

It is said in Christianity that, “if you have faith, you will acquire eternal life. ” I don’t know if it’s true or not. However, are you sane for wanting eternal life? I think that every human has to die, and it is better for them. I am already bored, tired and I am hating my life and this world as well. A man who wants to live eternally is too greedy. Is it common to think this way? As you know, greed itself is one of the seven deadly sins. After all, the will of God is pretty complicated….

What’s Rich?

What’s Rich?

In Singapore, there are many skyscrapers because this country is very small. So, they have to stack rooms like they are Lego Blocks. This way, they are able to make the number of people living in a certain place bigger. Can it be considered as dilution of land? By the way, Skyscrapers are usually costly but many people want to live there. However, the situation is a dilution of land, further more it is also a dilution of rooms. Come to think of it the most luxurious house is equal to a tent. This is according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau ‘back…

Gods Fight

Gods Fight

I was asked by a foreign friend: “Japan has many Gods, why don’t you fight them?” I agreed with his question. One thing I can say for sure is they were not friendly. On the contrary, they were indifferent from each other. You know, Muslim’s God is extremely severe. They have strict rules. For example, don’t eat pork, you have to do starvation and so on. If an another God said to Muslim’s God “eat pork, eat it everyday”. I’m sure that they would get into a fight. Overall, Japan’s Gods have no power. If there are million powerless babies…

Strict or Loose

Strict or Loose

Have you ever heard of ‘certificate of delay’? I thought this was global standard before I have moved abroad. No way, it is pretty strange, Japan’s culture. You know, Japanese is strict about time. Therefore, if you go to work by train which is delayed, you should take a ‘certificate of delay’ from train company. Then you have to submit it to your office even though you were only 5 minutes! Do you think it too strict? Meanwhile, as you know, Japan’s company often make employees work overtime. However, something that is like a ‘certificate of overtime’ is not provided…

Hidden Value

Hidden Value

In most countries, people have to pay money for water at restaurants. Those who live in such countries know the value of water. Nevertheless, Japanese people don’t realize this value because water is absolutely free in Japan. I would like to introduce similar situation. Typically in Japan husband don’t say sweet words or express his love and affection to his wife. Why not? They think that having a wife is completely free. Let’s say they would have to pay for it. They would realise the value of wife. Imagine we had to pay money for the air, we would realise…

The that

The that

“Can you get that for me?”. “That is interesting, isn’t it?” These are an example of a typical conversation in Japan. It is hard to understand the expression ‘that’? But I will try to explain. Most Japanese have a skill of mind reading. It is called ‘Sontaku’ in Japanese. ‘Sontaku’ is very important in Japan. If a person is not good when it comes to ‘Sontaku’, he/she is said to be incompetent. Let’s check in a Japanese meeting. There are some things that might confuse you. Their expressions are vague, further more 99% of the expressions that they use starts…

Open lid

Open lid

In Japan, toilet lid opening is automatic. Most foreigners who see it say ‘Wow, this is great!’ Are you serious? Is it necessary to make it automatic? When I was a child, my house’s toilet was a pit latrine. However, it was enough for us. Well, sometimes while using the toilet, my slipper would fall into the pit. Anyway, I feel somewhat empty thinking about the automated system. Do you think so too? Because, I believe that we have many other things to do. I’m sure, they have developed too much, there is already nothing to do and they have…

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