The god of ordinary

The god of ordinary

Japanese think that ‘futsū’ is important. ‘futsū’ means normal, ordinary and average in Japanese. Also, ‘futsū’ has a great power in Japan. I will provide an example; women often say “I can not wear a mini skirt.” Please pay attention, this issue is not ‘a choice’, this issue is ‘a qualification’. Why not? She thinks that plump ladies must not wear it. If the woman who wears a mini skirt is chubby, it is not thought to be ‘futsū’. In short, it is not her own choice. It is like a compelling, or rather it is a silent pressure. ‘futsū’…

Law is mirror

Law is mirror

In Singapore, the following is prohibited by law; Throwing away garbage, spitting on the road and selling chewing gums. Hence, it is said that Singapore is ‘a clean country.’ I used to think so, too. However, I found out it is not quite true because I started living here. I would often see garbage, people spitting on the streets and many other dirty things. Come to think of it, this law would be similar to for example law about murder. Even though murder is a crime in every country in the world, it still happens. In short, there is no…

Rule is rule

Rule is rule

In Japan, talking on the phone is prohibited in the train. Actually, it does not have a definite reason. But you know, talking with someone else in person is ok. So, I have to say “It is just a rule.” Come to think of it, that is so strange. Why is there such a rule? Since when has this rule been decided? All Japanese are not able to provide a reliable answer. They say “The rule has been there for ages.” This is similar with ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ This may be the reason why Japanese…

Each time, each place

Each time, each place

I have lived in Singapore. This country does not have four seasons. On the contrary, it has just one season. Here is always summer. I will compare Japan and Singapore. As well all know, Japan has four seasons. I think that Japan is a circle, Singapore is a line. Circle means it is dynamic and circulative while line means static and straight. Therefore, I often forget which month and day it is now. So, I feel that these days are like eternal. So I’m not getting any older and I will never die. I know that it is of course…

English no need for Japanese

English no need for Japanese

‘Why do so many Japanese learn English?’ I was questioned by my English teacher. Surely, she is a foreigner because if she were Japanese, she would not ask such a question. Come to think of it, I have to agree with her question. Most Japanese do not have opportunity to speak English. Although, they learn English eagerly, they can’t speak English fluently, they are not even able to participate in daily conversation. No wonder, in Japan, they can live without English, they are not troubled. In short, they don’t need English. You know, ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’. If…

Shape of faith

Shape of faith

I participate in catholic activities. Lately, I feel that they are sharp. What does sharp mean? Wait, I will explain it. Most Japanese people don’t have a specific religion. They accept diverse gods. I feel that they are not sharp. They are the opposite, rather round. It is similar, between the parents who are having one child and parents who are having many children. Parents who are having one child can concentrate attention, money, education and more to the child. But parents who are having many children have to divide it. You know, Christian God is the only one. Christian…

The secret of success in Japan

The secret of success in Japan

I wear glasses because I have bad eyesight. In Japan, to a person who wears glasses many say: ‘you studied hard’ or ‘you read many books’. It is kind of a symbol of intelligence. Isn’t that funny? Japanese think that looks important. The example of similar symbols is given below. Ladies who wear mini skirts are considered sluts. A person who dyes his/her hair blonde is also considered brainless. Therefore, if you hope to succeed in Japan, you have to follow these symbol images before learning Japanese language. You have to dye your hair black, cut it to a suitable…

Language barrier

Language barrier

I have been living in Singapore for 8 months. It is my first time to move abroad. Recently, I’ve been thinking about language barrier. I felt it stronger here than in Japan. It is called “Kotoba no Kabe” in Japanese. It means “Language Wall”. In general, wall has a negative image and it is a destroying matter. For example, ‘Berlin Wall’. It was destroyed by hammers, mattocks and heavy machines. Then, what can destroy Lunguage Wall? I’m sure, it will not be destroyed by any nuclear weapon. However, do we need to break it? Think it over, have you ever…

Waste Phobia

Waste Phobia

Waste has been hated among people. For example, during commute time, talk to stupid guy and merely long meeting etc. What is ultimate non waste life? I think that the answer is ‘Sloth’. You know, basically he has nothing to do all day and every day. So, it is called ‘lazy animal’ in Japanese. Though, thinking it through, what is the most important thing of life for a creature? Absolutely, it is just to live. Imagine, If you are lost in the mountains, what should you do? The best way is not to move, keep your energy. Actually, Sloth has…

Between Sleep and Death

Between Sleep and Death

Our life is simple. Even a toddler can explain it. In short, our life is eating, shitting and sleeping. That’s all. Speaking of sleep, our sleep is very similar to death. Further more it is almost equal. However, no one fears of sleeping. We actually feel happy about sleeping. Especially, you mood brilliant when you are able to sleep as much as you want. So, you should be looking forward to death because that is just pretty long sleep. This day my bread This is SABA, another name for the blue fish served at Korean restaurants. Related posts: Love Alone…

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