I want

What do you want? Is it a new bag, big house or your own car? Is it too materialistic? Then, how about knowledge, skill or love? Anyway, We have many desires. But, there are few things that you can get. We are not always fulfilled. Is it our fate? Maybe, that’s right. However, we have …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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. …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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? …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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