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Japanese people trying to stay strong

A Japanese collect some stories among Japanese people on twitter. Stories of what they saw or heard here and there since the disaster.

Don’t Give Up, Japan ~Tweet from Japan~

And, one more story….

When the huge earthquake attacked Kobe, my Grandma said, “it will be alright. Today, other part of Japan has no trouble to help Kobe different from when the world war ll ended. At that time, whole county was destroyed and staved, so nobody could come to help us to Hiroshima.”

Yes, now, so many aid teams has been coming to Japan to give Japan their hands to help Japan stand again. Even from NZ.

Their mission must be difficult and dangerous. I appreciate and respect all of them and pray that they will come back home safely and proudly.

Thank you, World.


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Lost a Friend

A friend of mine, my cyber friend, suddenly passed away by a car accident. He fell asleep…..

It is a danger you can’t prevent. You can decide not to drink, but you can’t decide not to fall asleep. Sleeping is one of our natural needs, so it comes to us sometimes unexpectedly. I myself got into this situation so many times. At those times, I stopped the car and had a short break, like to close my eyes for a while, maybe about 30 minutes or so.

Oh, my friend, why didn’t you do so? There is lots of people who needs you…..

In Japan, I have been taught that there is our last and one of most important jobs we have to do before we leave the Earth. Which is that to give the people around you to join together, share the sorrow and memories, and most importantly, to give them a chance to renew the relationships among them and make it stronger and closer.

I have also been taught that I must thank the passing person not only for that they have shared their lives with me, but also because of that they give me a chance to see other people, share my life and theirs, and most importantly, I could have a chance to renew the relationships with them and make it stronger and closer.

It is coming from Buddhism. In Buddhism, we take special ceremonies for each passing person 49 days later, a year later, 2 years later, 6 years later, 13 years later…. Even 50 years later. And, each ceremony has the same meanings. We come to see again, share the memories of passing people again, share our lives in each other again, and make the relationships among us stronger and closer again. It is described like, “to be given an opportunity to build relationships (or, connections?) in each other related to the passing person.”

So, now, it is his turn to do this work. I am sure many people would receive the result of his last work, and their relationships will  be stronger and closer every time they think of him. WE think of him.

He accepted me as his Japanese Little Sister. I never thought that he talked about me with his friends who didn’t communicate with me directly, but one of his friends said that he mentioned about me…..

Oh….. Brother, I miss you……..

Rest in Peace.

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Posted by on August 25, 2009 in life in Japan, My life, relationship


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Kotooshu got Shonichi

Today is the 2nd day of the July Grand Sumo Tournament and Kotooshu got his first winning.

We say “Shonichi ga deta” when a Sumo wrestler got his first winning on a Grand Tournament. “Shonichi” generally means the first day, and “deta” is the past tense of “deru” and it means to appear. Then, we say, “Kotooshu ni Shonichi ga deta” and it might be “The first winning of the tournament appeared on Kotooshu” in English.

He seemed being very nervous even today and it is the biggest problem for him. He must win against his nervousness if he wants to be a Yokozuna because the pressure must become bigger when he become a Yokozuna.

The situation is very hard. I think it will be difficult for him to be a Yokozuna even if he win all the rest of match because he lost yesterday very badly against Aminishiki, the only one wrestler who defeated Kotooshu on the last tournament in May. But it would be very good experience for his mental problem to keep fighting for 15 days under such a big pressure.

I wish he grab his fortune through the tournament.

Do your best, Kotooshu!

I want to see your Dohyo-iri!

Here’s July Grand Sumo Tournament Banzuke


Posted by on July 14, 2008 in life in Japan, sports


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Japanese people are polite and kind?

Some Japanese said “Thank you” or gave a gift for a stimulant seller when they bought the drug from him. And, based on this experience, he strongly recommended that Japanese people are very polite and kind and Japan is very nice country.

Should I be proud?

*He was foreigner.


Posted by on July 2, 2008 in behavior, life in Japan


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Sumo, Banzuke(ranking of the wrestlers) for Nagoya Tournament is announced.

Kotooshu (琴欧洲), my most favorite Sumo wrestler, is the Ozeki of the East!

In Japan, maybe in China and Korea also, there’s a view that the East is more powerful than the West because the Sun is rising from the East. Then, on the Sumo wrestling, the East is the superior group of wrestlers. There’s 4 of Ozeki right now in Makuuchi, and he is the first rank of them, so, he has the biggest possibility of becoming the Yokozuna (the first rank of the Sumo wrestlers).

Kotooshu is the only one Bulgarian Sumo wrestler ( and the tallest one among them).

I don’t know any word in Bulgarian but I can guess that it is far different from Japanese and he had to spend very hard time in Japan and Japanese, especially the first part of his life in Japan. Sumo is our traditional culture and it has lots of different custom even for us, Japanese. So, how surprised he was as a young man from Europe! (He was 19 years old when he came to Japan.)

But he did his best and won the March Grand Tournament. It was the first time for him winning the Tournament.

I hope he will win the next tournament in Nagoya and becoming the Yokozuna.

If you are interested in Sumo, here might be useful information.

大相撲 日本相撲協会 Ozumo Nihon Sumo Kyokai


written on July 14,

The link has been changed!

You can get the imformation about Banzuke and the schedule of Nagoya Basyo (July Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya).

大相撲名古屋場所 番付、星取表 Nagoya Basyo Banzuke & results informations


Posted by on June 30, 2008 in life in Japan, sports


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