2011年03月20日

It is not easy to live in Japan.

As many people are aware by now that Japan is not a good place to live.
We have earthquake, tsunami, typhoon, volcano, flood, so many disasters.
These are part of our lives.

Many people complained such as "Japan is closed" or "Japan doesn't accept immigrant" .
Yes we can't! because we know only Japanese can survive in Japan.

If any foreigner wants to live in Japan, it better for them to make up their mind to adjust to Japanese culture.

1. you are a part of your community, so care about other people first.
2. Don't complain
3. Look for something you can do, and do your best.
4. Be positive

Japanese technology and culture may attract other countries people, but Japan is such a tough country to live and that's why Japanese are so tough.

I know it may sound very discriminative, but we will accept only people who act like Japanese.


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2011年02月24日

Bombing of Darwin Commemoration Ceremony

On 19th February 1942, Japan attacked Darwin and 242 people died here.
To commemorate the souls of the victims, Darwin holds the Commemoration ceremony every year.

I am going to attend the ceremony this year.

I would like to put a wreath for Australian people who were killed, and I also want to offer flowers for the Japanese soldiers who died here.



Japan lost the war, so we don’t celebrate the war, but also we don’t commemorate soldiers, only civilians who died in the war.

We have a shrine in Tokyo, called ‘Yasukuni Shrine’ for the souls of dead soldiers who fought and died for Japan.

However people don’t visit it because if we do so, people might think you are a militarist who wants to celebrate the war and worship dead soldiers.

When our prime minister visited Yasukuni Shrine, we were accused by China and Korea. They insist the Shrine commemorate souls of war criminals, and that visiting shrine hurts their feeling. They think remembering dead soldiers is an indication that Japan is willing to start a war.

So nobody remembers soldiers in Japan.
They are forgotten.

I believe it is natural for any people and any nationality to want to visit a memorial site and wish for the fallen to rest in peace. We just want to acknowledge them.

But we can’t argue with those countries, because Japanese believe that Japan is a bad country, and that all other countries are still angry with us. In the minds of Japanese, everyone hates us because we are a bad country.

That’s what we are taught, and what we believe.


I wish I could tell all Japanese the reaction of the contact person from Darwin City Council. All of them would be so surprised and relieved.

I asked for the permission to attend the ceremony, and she said no problem.
I told her that I am Japanese, and she said no problem.
I asked if I can put wreath for Japanese soldiers, and she said no problem.

I believe this is good for Australia as well, because they can show how they are open and compassionate.

I know Australian people do not forget everything, but I believe they think past is past, learn from experience, and let’s get over it.

I expect Australian’s positive attitude will have a good influence on Japan.

So I believe that attending the ceremony is good for both counries.




I feel sorry for the soldiers especially who are still in the ocean around Darwin.

I talked with a retired Australian soldier and he told me soldiers might have more compassion to other countries soldiers even though they fought each other.


I hope this year, the souls of Australian soldiers and Japanese soldiers have a conversation up in the sky,
‘Hey mate, you got a visitor this year, good on you!’
‘Thank you mate!’


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2011年02月12日

建国記念日

楽しそうな写真が取れたので、UPします。
ちゃんと建国記念日を祝ったのは子供のとき以来です。

日本の寿司レストランで写真を取らせてもらうようお願いしたら、みんな建国記念日を忘れていたらしくきょとんとしていました。
でも、日の丸を渡したら、嬉しそうに振ってくれました。
国の誕生した日ですから、おめでたいことですよね。
来年はもっとたくさんの人とお祝いしたいと思います。



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2011年02月03日

Bombing of Darwin Commemoration Ceremony

On 19th February 1942, Japan attacked Darwin and 242 people died here.
To commemorate the souls of the victims, Darwin holds the Commemoration ceremony every year.

I am going to attend the ceremony this year.

I would like to put a wreath for Australian people who were killed, and I also want to offer flowers for the Japanese soldiers who died here.



Japan lost the war, so we don’t celebrate the war, but also we don’t commemorate soldiers, only civilians who died in the war.

We have a shrine in Tokyo, called ‘Yasukuni Shrine’ for the souls of dead soldiers who fought and died for Japan.

However people don’t visit it because if we do so, people might think you are a militarist who wants to celebrate the war and worship dead soldiers.

When our prime minister visited Yasukuni Shrine, we were accused by China and Korea. They insist the Shrine commemorate souls of war criminals, and that visiting shrine hurts their feeling. They think remembering dead soldiers is an indication that Japan is willing to start a war.

So nobody remembers soldiers in Japan.
They are forgotten.

I believe it is natural for any people and any nationality to want to visit a memorial site and wish for the fallen to rest in peace. We just want to acknowledge them.

But we can’t argue with those countries, because Japanese believe that Japan is a bad country, and that all other countries are still angry with us. In the minds of Japanese, everyone hates us because we are a bad country.

That’s what we are taught, and what we believe.


I wish I could tell all Japanese the reaction of the contact person from Darwin City Council. All of them would be so surprised and relieved.

I asked for the permission to attend the ceremony, and she said no problem.
I told her that I am Japanese, and she said no problem.
I asked if I can put wreath for Japanese soldiers, and she said no problem.

I believe this is good for Australia as well, because they can show how they are open and compassionate.

I know Australian people do not forget everything, but I believe they think past is past, learn from experience, and let’s get over it.

I expect Australian’s positive attitude will have a good influence on Japan.

So I believe that attending the ceremony is good for both counries.




I feel sorry for the soldiers especially who are still in the ocean around Darwin.

I talked with a retired Australian soldier and he told me soldiers might have more compassion to other countries soldiers even though they fought each other.


I hope this year, the souls of Australian soldiers and Japanese soldiers have a conversation up in the sky,
‘Hey mate, you got a visitor this year, good on you!’
‘Thank you mate!’

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2011年01月15日

Japanese value




In Japan, the most important rule that we have to follow is "not to cause problem to others"

Therefore we always think about other people first.

Quite recently I realized that in other country people think about themselves first, and then care about others.

I was quite shocked when I find out.


As a nation we think in a same way, Japan consider other countries first.


I sometimes join the on line community in which many Japanese talk about the future of Japan and the world.

At this moment, we have some dispute with China and Korea.

Many Japanese don't understand why those countries are so selfish and don't consider other countries situation or world peace.


So I made a comment 'Not only China or Korea, all countries only think about their countries benefit'

Some replied to me 'I'm quite surprised by your comment, but it could be true judging by the behavior of other countries.'

Yes, it is true! Only Japanese care about other people first, and only Japan consider other countries more than itself.



I don't think we need to change, because it is a good value we have.

However when we meet other countries people, many Japanese get into trouble, because we are not aware of the fundamental difference.


I just want to let Japanese know that other countries people care about themselves first.

To understand each other, we have to know the difference of values.

However I don't know how I can tell them, and I'm not sure if they believe.

It won't be easy, but I will find a way.





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2011年01月10日

Cyclone!

Many typhoons come to Japan.
In average, 30 typhoons in a year, and about 3 to 5 hit my hometown.

In Australia, it is called Cyclone.

When cyclone comes to Darwin, everybody is busy preparing.
People buy foods, drinks, withdraw cash, check the batteries of radio and torch light.
All shelves in supermarket was almost empty!

So I thought I have to prepare as well.
The first thing I do is
"cook rice!"

I think I can survive if there are some rice balls.
People laugh at me, but I'm sure I can survive if I have rice :)

Oh I'm too Japanese...


;)
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2011年01月07日

Japan and Germany

Japan and Germany, both countries have similar problems.

Japanese believe that everyone hates us, and Japan is a bad country.
Same as Germans.
One of my German friends said 'we can't proud of our country'

However there is a good sign in Germany.
Since Germany hold a world cup, there are some change in German people's thinking.
Many people visited their country and realized not everyone hates Germans.

I hope something like that happens in Japan as well, to let all Japanese realize that Japan is a good country.

What can we do? we already co-hosted World cup with Korea, and also summer and winter Olympic Games....

Anyway, German and Japan are different countries and we have to find our own way to gain self-respect.

The world would be better off if everyone can love their own countries, and have healthy patriotism.







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2010年11月25日

Yasukuni Shrine

この記事は時間があるときに訳します。
もし、気になる人はgoogle translation を使ってみてください。
最近の翻訳ソフトは機能が上がっていて、大意はつかめるんですね。すごい!

Unlike America, we didn't have custom to bring back the body who died during the war.
All Japanese soldiers who fought in other countries, they had to leave the dead fellow soldiers, even though they wanted to take them home.
So they just pick up a remembarance and keep with them wishing they can go back to Japan and give it to them to the family of their fellow soldiers.
That's all they could do.


Kamikaze pilots, they know they die, and their body cannot go back to Japan, so they promised with their fellow soldiers 'Let's meet at Yasukuni Shrine'
Yasukuni is the Shinto shrine which is dedicated for the souls of dead people who fought for Emperor.

Nowadays, Yasukuni Shrine is forgotten.
Nobody goes there except right-wing people.
If I say, I would like to go to Yasukuni, people assume I am a militarist.

When Prime minister visited Yasukuni Shrine, he was accused by China, Korea even by Japanese mass media.
Japanese court ruled that former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni Shrine are unconstitutional.

Those countries insist that the war criminals are enshrined, so that Japanese politician shouldn't visit Yasukuni.
The court says that visiting Yasukuni shrine is a religious act, because Yasukuni is a shrine, so visiting Shrine is illegal.

It is natural to show respect someone who died for your own country.
But in Japan, all soldiers are not respected, they are forgotten.

We have to remember them.
They sacrificed their lives for the country.

I want to find the way to make Japan a free country where people can pray for the souls of those who died in the war.
If you have any suggestion, let me know. I appreciate any idea!
thank you for reading my blog ;)

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