Monday, January 21, 2013

My childhood hero is gone


My childhood great hero is gone.
The former sumo grand champion Taiho passed away at the age of 72.
  While Japanese enjoy its longevity, I am afraid that his death has come a bit earlier.

It is no doubt that he is one of the greatest grand champions in the sumo history.
He  won the trophy 32 times in his career from 1956 to 1971.
This record has not yet been broken by now.

When I was a kid,  he was already on the top as a grand sumo champion.
He was strong, quiet, reserved and what's more handsome.
Oh I really liked him. He was strong and always had a good fight with his opponent.

Every match I watched on TV, it was too thrilling for a kid.
I recall I often watched him grappling with his opponent wrestler 
while I was hiding at the back of my father's shoulder 
or  covering my eyes halfway with my hands. 

I just couldn't keep an eye on an exciting match
while people roared loudly at two wrestlers' every move.
When I heard the TV announcer shout 
that Taiho threw his opponent down to the ground,
I felt released and happy.

People said he was a genius but he claimed that he was not.
He spoke that he always kept making a tremendous effort. 
"It was not easy." he said.   His favorite word was "patience." 
He also made a great contribution for the social welfare 
especially after overcoming a stroke.
He is a real Hero.  We will miss him.

(image is from web news)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review 2012

I hardly had time to look back at my previous year before this.

All of my family were back home in time for the New Year's holidays.  
We visited the shrine on the first day of the year 
to make a wish for our healthy and happy life. 
We didn't do anything special beside it.  
We just enjoyed a slow pace of the holidays at home.
Shortly they went back to each routine.

It's time for me to sit back and recall what I did last year.

I started guiding visitors from abroad in English.
I made some trips and journeys
where there were nice people and amazing culture.
I had a happy reunion with a friend from abroad 
for the first time in  30 years.
I always enjoyed interacting with people.  

I am thankful to each and every one of my family and my friends
who made my year so special and inspiring. 
I've got to move on to make this year very rewarding as well.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

What a nice way to celebrate the Coming of Age Day

Today we celebrated the national holiday, Coming-of-Age Day, on the second Monday of January. 
It seemed that the whole country was freezing today due to the powerful low pressure, which brought a huge snowfall throughout the country. Cars and trains in Tokyo were crippled, too.

1.22 millions of young adults of 20 years old were all blessed with this freezing weather. Many headed for each public celebration venue such as a city hall and a school gym. Girls were so excited because they wore a traditional kimono with long sleeves, an outstanding symbol of a unmarried young woman. Boys were happy with a traditional outfit or a brand new business suit. 
From today they have a right to vote, to drink  and to smoke not to mention they are required to follow the law to be a good citizen.

Well what are these young generation dreaming their future?

One research stated that 97% of them answered that they have an anticipation for the future. The present society is suffering from the poor economy. They know it's not a world of a life long employment anymore as like their parents were guaranteed. They are conscious about in which way the society is heading for.  Especially all after the mega disaster of 3.11.  

So they are not keen to success or ambition.  According to the research, 56 % of them are interested in getting a job which others show gratitude to them: a service industry for nursing elderly, a care taker for elderly and an environmental conservation business.

No matter what the reality is,  the young generation is trying to make their future, too.  On their own ways.

(all the images are from the web news)

Wednesday, January 02, 2013


How have you been, my friends? 
I am doing busy as usual but trying to keep up with blogging.  
May 2013 will be filled with peace, love and happiness!