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June 30, 2005

fallen petals

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June 29, 2005

plum juice

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At this time of the year, my famliy preserve plums(梅) in sugar and make juice from it. It's kinda summer feature in my family. Yesterday, I drank a glass of it for the first time this year. Yummy!

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June 28, 2005

new job

The new job starts on July 1, so I still have a couple of days to go. I've got to prepare for that. According to the coordinator, the new office is very strict about its workers' manner. "It's more like a team sports(体育会系), so to speak" she said. I wonder what the office of team sports is like. I heard that the boss had complained about my untidy hair after the interview. I have no idea what is going to happen next. As it happens!

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June 27, 2005

bibou no aozora

bibou
I tend to choose easy song to play on my piano. But it's O.K. since it's not that I play the piano in order to make someone listen to it.


P.S.
Finally, I did change my job to the one related to English. I need to try hard.

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June 26, 2005

to love music

B00In my opinion, there are two kinds of people who love music. First, the group of people who enjoy music as a favorite pastime. For them, music has no profound meaning in their life. It's just an amusement. The people who use music as a fashion they dress up with are also included in this group. Basically, they can live life without music.

For another kind of people, music is indispensable. It is a key to probe the mystery of the universe. That's the model of this world. Only music can display time and space simultaneously. Time is the melody and Space is harmony. so to speak. You might think movie is the same. But, movies are always tied with the actual matters. which narrows the possibility of the abstract speculations.

Once, I wrote here that Chopin's music is not feminine, charming nor sweet. However, I saw a TV commercial, in which a half-naked woman was standing by a new TV-set, and Chopin's nocturn was used as merely a BGM there. Such ways of thinking are totally disgusting.

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June 24, 2005

coolest place in house

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This is the coolest place in my house. She knows it well.

I went out at 6 this morning, leaving her home alone. So she's a little snotty today.

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June 22, 2005

margarine

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Margarine is Noah's (my dog) cup of tea, so I always kept it away from her. But this morning, I thoughtlessly left it on the table and went back to my room. Having returned to the dinning room, I found an empty margarine tub polished off as a mirror and thrown away. Who is resposible for this act?

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June 21, 2005

arctic wolves

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"地球ふしぎ大自然 (The Earth, the wonder of wild nature)" is one of my favorite TV programs. It shows us a variety of wild animals of the earth. It's been more than 20 years since it started, though it changed the title and style once or twice. One thing that I think this program is better than the others is its moderate distance between the camera and the objects both physically and psychologically. In most cases, program creators are apt to exaggerate the severity of survival, which only to make it a sleazy, melodramatic story. This program has been able to avoid making such mistakes. Maybe, that's the secret of such long life.

The show yesterday was about the arctic wolves. Unlike the other wolves, the arctic wolves are not gregarious, they don't make bands. they bring up children only with their own spouses. The reporter said it was the most practical way of surviving in such arctic conditions. He explained their ways of hunting in forthright language with no high-flown rhetoric or BGM. Anyway, their expressions and behaviors are very similar to those of dogs. Cute!

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June 20, 2005

friend

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Out of the blue, I got an e-mail from a friend says " I'm in the airport now. I'm leaving for LA on our honeymoon with my darling. See ya !!" What did he say? "honeymoon"? I've never heard that one before.
As a matter of fact, it was the second time for me to be surprised by him like this. A couple of months ago, I got another e-mail from him. It said "Next month, I'm gonna marry a woman whom you are not familiar with". Although we had always kept in touch with each other, he had not hinted around his girlfriend a bit until that time. It's been 20 years since we got to know each other, but I've never known his such taste. It seems that he likes disguising himself. Oh my....

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June 19, 2005

untittled

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I confined myself in my room almost all day long yesterday, without opening the windows and even curtains. I felt like I was becoming Ritchard in the movie "The Hours". I know it's detrimental to my mental health, but I had no choice but doing so. I had a lot of things to think about. Late in the afternoon, I put on a favorite piece of music on the stereo, and then I took the dog for a walk Finally, I felt at ease. Sometimes, this happens.

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June 18, 2005

shower head

showerThe shower head of my bathroom was broken. The joint part between the head and the hose has died. So yesterday, I went out to purchase the new one. I was surprised to see that the joint part differs by its makers and I couldn't find which one can be replaced. As a matter of fact, I made the same mistake years ago, and picked a wrong one at that time. I've completely forgotten about that. I had no alternative but to buy the cheapest one with some attachments. After getting home, I tried to attach the head to the hose, Fortunately, one of the attachment was fit and I was relieved. The problem is the attachment can also be attached to the wrong head I bought years ago. That means I needed only the attachment. I didn't need the whole head unit.

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June 16, 2005

inside darling's mind

darlingI read a book tittled "ダーリンの頭ン中 (Inside Darling's Mind) ". It is an essay about the differences in culture and language between Japan and the US, written by a Japanese woman who has an American husband. One thing that makes this book more interesting is that this husband has lived in Japan for more than 20 years and can speak Japanese fluently. Moreover, he is a language maniac and familiar with various languages in the world. So he can clearly explain the differences. Reading this book, you would understand how largely our behavior is dominated by our own languages, which is normally thought to be dominated by history, culture or religion. Saying like this only to please structuralists in the world. But things are not so simple. I'll write about that next.

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June 14, 2005

東京物語

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It seems that this Cocolog(weblog ) system had had a regular maintenance almost all day long, so I couldn't post this diary on it. I wasted time for nothing, even though I had a lot of work to clear off. What a shame!

I tried a new tune on my piano. This lovely piece for piano was called "Tokyo Story", which was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto and dedicated to the world-famous, Japanese movie director, Yasujiro Ozu. Its playing time is very short and easy to play. Although it's been 6 years since I started practicing piano, it was the first time for me to be able to play the whole tune at sight. Maybe, I became skilled a little.

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June 12, 2005

to start a day with a cup of coffee

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Every day, I have a cup of coffee before starting work, but usually I do so without thinking. It is a custom, you know, I started that to make my everyday life rich but I'm apt to forget about it. I thought it was a shame. To be aware of the meaning of a cup of coffee. It might be a secret of good life.

Meantime, I watched a TV program about Le Corbusier, the architect, yesterday. Needless to say, he is a heavyweight in the field of modern architecture. Starting with buildings, houses, skyscrapers, urban programs, modern furniture, it's not too much to say that they are all based on his theory. Having watched the program, I was surprised to know that He had never had the professional education and learned architecture by himself. I was under the impression that he had been an elite. It's pretty remarkable.

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June 11, 2005

nothing special

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I've modified this weblog a bit. I added some my favorite websites to the bookmarks in the lower right. "I.C.C" is a museum of modern art in Hatsudai, Shinjuku. There are always some interesting exhibitions held in it. "MoMA onlinestore Japan" is the branch of the famous museum in NY. You can purchase various, unique goods of high quality. Pls, visit there.

I also added the list of books and DVDs which I recommend. They are my best choices.

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June 10, 2005

anti-spam

I succeeded in reducing a great amount of spam, by introducing an anti-spam program. This program is provided by the internet provider for free and the only thing you have to do is to use the designated mailer. Before useing that, I always received a hundred of such spams a day. But now, they are very few. I thought I should have introduced this program much earlier.

I added the website of "カメラ日和 (camera biyori)" to my personal bookmarks below. カメラ日和 is one of my most favorite magazines, on which various ways of good living with camera are shown. Although there are few film cameras remaining in stores, there still be a lot of ways to enjoy them. BTW, I like the camera strap of dark brown that the woman in the cover photo dangles a camera around her neck with. It's so cool! I found the similar one in here. It costs about a half as my camera, though.

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June 09, 2005

ghost in the shell

Yesterday, I watched the English edition of the Japanimation, "Ghost in the Shell" on DVD. Years ago, I watched its original, Japanese edition in the theater, but it was only once and I don't remember the story in detail. This Japanimation is very famous and its video recorded the top sales in the US, so there might be no need to tell about the story and I won't.

Let me talk about its casting of the voice-over actors in English. I wasn't satisfied with it. What I didn't like is their vocal tone. It was unbearably light and didn't match the story. Their performance was also poor. Maybe the actors didn't try hard to understand the story. It caused that the impression of the English edition was totally different from the original. That's a ahame.

But the translation was good, so it would be a good material for learning English.

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June 08, 2005

she loves bread

bread
I found something. What is it?

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Oh! What a smell!

bread3
Looks so delicious!

bread4
Can I have one?


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June 07, 2005

manipulation

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A Japanese television finally reported the news that the international community is heading towards the solvation of the genocide in Sudan. It was almost the first time for a media in Japan to cover the genocide, although a couple of years have passed since the first report of a massacre was brought to the world. It is said that approximately a million of people have been killed in Sudan. And the news has been reported all over the world except Japan.

Suddenly, Japanese media started reporting the anti-Japan sentiment in China or Korea, although such sentiment was nothing new at all.

Almost all the media in Japan reported the suspicious news about surviving Japanese soldiers of former world war of sixty years ago in Philippine, though nobody was believing it.

They all are the examples of information manipulation.

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June 06, 2005

countryside?

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I managed to finish the translation I mentioned yesterday. But it is merely a draft. I still have to do the elaboration. I had to translate various kind of technical treatises in various fields and was embarrassed by tons of jargons. But I thought it was not impossible. I'll go anyway!

My house is in a newly developed housing project near a mountain. When my family moved here, there was only a dozen of houses in the housing project and it was very dark around with few lights at night. After ten years since we moved here, the number of the houses in this district has become approximately a thousand. I was surprised to see its bright street last night. At the same time, I heard flogs croaking near here, though.

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June 05, 2005

treatise

I was asked to translate a medical treatise written in English into Japanese by accident. This treatise is about the interventional surgeries that use the micro catheter. Of course, it's out of my line. What's gonna do? Vascurized organism? Substantially perpendicular? What's that? I've never come across such technical jargons before.

The dead line is approaching. For now, I'll start with taking refuge in my dog.

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June 04, 2005

depth

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This afternoon, I went out with the camera in my hand, and snapped pictures as usual. In that time, I was faced with a problem. The sun light was so bright that I couldn't help but narrow down the aperture. As you know well, if we narrow the aperture the depth of the field changes, which means we cannot get the picture we want. It was the first time for me to confront that issue, because all the cameras that I owned before have the high-speed shutter. There was no need to be worried about the overexposure.

To expose films as much as possible. That's what I learned in my school days as a secret of good picture. So I always loaded the camera with comparablly high-speed film. I didn't think about that option. It's hard to take good pictures.

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June 03, 2005

SIGH & HIGH

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Recently, I sometimes find myself visiting this website and listening to its BGM. This site is merely an ad for a MP3 player. Although I was not concerned about the player itself, that BGM sound attracted me much. It's a very simple music featuring few instruments, a guitar, a zither and a set of percussions. That's all. The melody is also simple, the same phrase repeats endlessly. The continuation of the passing chord. It'll never go to the other key. But once you do something on the web, it starts improvisations, adding other instruments. According to the site, this music was made by a male duo named "SIGH & HIGH" and they seem to be up-and-coming stars in the field of House.

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June 02, 2005

I know it's ridiculous

mv1The more you get, the more you want. It's a true saying. Human's desire for possession knows no bounds. I bought two cameras in the past few weeks. And moreover, both of the two were definitely the same model. I know it's ridiculous. As I wrote here before, the one I bought first has some disfunctions. I found another one in good condition at the Internet Auction. According to the exhibitor, this camera had been hoarded all the time at the back of a drawer since just after he got it. So it's almost flawless he said. And what he said was true. You are falling into traps in this way.

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June 01, 2005

sabia

sabia
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I'll go back, I know now that I'll go back, that my place is there, and there it will always be, there where I can hear the Song of the Sabia.
I'll go back, I know now that I'll go back, I will lie in the shadow of a palm that's no longer there, and pick a flower that doesn't grow.
And maybe someone's love will speak the night.
The lonely unwanted light that may bring me through the new day.

(Sabia - Lyrics by A.C.Jobim)

Antonio Carlos Jobim's standard song "Sabia" is something magical for me. Although it's seemingly humble, somehow I'm attracted to that song. It doesn't mean Sabia is famous nor popular, compared with the other songs composed by Jobim like "A girl from Ipanema". There is no dramatic key change in it. But, it cheats us, so to speak. Do you understand what I mean? A music cheats us. In most cases, if we hear dissonance in musics, it's the sign of a key change coming after that. But In the case of this song, it doesn't modulate to other keys, but returns to the original. This harmonic progression makes us feel somehow cheated. Although it can modulate, it doesn't. This harmonics brings us a strange but deep, sublime feeling.

I recommend you listening to this "Sabia" played by Ryuichi Sakamoto. You can try the sample in here.

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