Sankei-en Garden 2014.12.21
The Sankei-en Garden was opened by rich business tycoon Hara Sankei in 1906. The garden was named after the man. The area is 147,000 square meters . Valuable Japanese traditional houses were collected from Kyoto and Kamakura, and restored (10 assets: Japan's very important cultural assets, 3 assets: the tangible culture asset designated by Yokohama City).
The vast garden is facing Tokyo bay sprawling the east-south part of Yokohama.
The garden construction was started in 1902, and in 1914, the work of the outside area was completed and in 1922, the inside area was completed. It took 20 years for construction in total. While Mr. Sankei was alive, this area was also an education school for Japanese young artists. Japanese famous painters such as Taikan Yokoyama, Shimomura Kannzan studied here and painted the sceneries of the garden. The garden was severely damaged during the World War II. In 1953, this garden was donated to Yokohama City , and the restoration work was done by Yokohama City.
Odaiba District in Tokyo 2014.12.14
Odaiba is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo. This area is in the reclaim island from the sea and has many attractive facilities , such as hotels, shopping malls, a Ferris wheel, game centers, parks and convention centers. This area also has many viewing spots and artificial sea shore. You can see beautiful Tokyo Bay Harbor and skyscraper buildings from Odaiba.
This place was once a fort with several big gun batteries built in the end of Samurai Era (mid 19 th century) in order to protect Japan from foreign occupation. This area has been continuosly reclamed and a lot of facilities have been built, such as hotels, condominium and shopping malls. As the number of residents are increasing, railway and monorail systems, roads, bridges and under sea tunnels have been constructed . This area will be the venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
I often go to this area to see some exhibits of IT related products and to participate in various seminars. These pictures were taken during the break of a seminar which was held in Nov. 7,2014.
Why is there another the Statue of Liberty in Odaiba?
This Statue of Liberty is a replica of the original Statue of Liberty borrowed by Japan form Paris, France in 1998 , in celebration of the Year of France that year. The opening ceremony was attended by the French President Chirac and the Japanese Prime Minister Hasimoto in April 28, 1998. This Statue became very popular and important to the town, so the community requested Paris to install a replica after the Statue of Liberty was returned to Paris. The French Government gladly sent a replica to Odaiba District, Tokyo. The replica was made with the same reproduction image, size of approximately eleven (11) meters height and approximately nine (9) tons weight of bronze manufactured by casting method. The replica was placed in the same place and was unveiled in December 22, 2000.
Christmas in Japan 2014.12.13
Most Japanese are not Christians but celebrate Christmas. Many shops and streets are decorated with Xmas ornaments such as trees, bells, and lighting goods, Xmas music are playing everywhere. In the Xmas eve, many Japanese eat chicken -- Kentucky Fried Chicken is popular, and cake. Many people, especially young couples also exchange presents. Many department stores and shops are bargaining their goods which is called Xmas sale.
Why do Xmas events fit well with Japanese people?
One of the reasons might be that it is a tactic of the Japanese commerce. Another plausible reason is exchanging presents are similar to the traditional Japanese culture such as Chugen
in that gifts are exchanged.
is a summer gift, and Seibo
is a winter gift. They are given to superiors, customers and other people who have provided favors. This custom is a good way to show thanks and maintain good relations.
These Xmas tree pics were taken in the lobby of our office building.
What is Christmas?
Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ. Jesus was born in a stable in Jerusalem as a Son of God. Soon after, three kings visited the place and gave presents to Jesus -- gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This day is the most important day for Christians. Jesus propagated Christianity with his 12 disciples and now Christianity is one of the three major religions in the world.
Three major religions and their differences
||about 500 million
||about 1.7 billion
||about 1 billion
||the Buddhist scriptures
||the old Testament, The new Testament
|| the eight-fold path
|| believe in God,Ten Commandments
|| 5 pillars-Testimony,prayer,Alms-giving,fasting,Pilgrimage
|| Lunbini in India
| main events
| pray style
|| join one's hands
|| cross both hand after making the sign of cross
|| to lie in a prostrate position and stand raising both hands
| the number of god/s
||Buddha and his followers
|| one(The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit)-The Trinity
Hayabusa-2 successfully launched 2014.12.6
On December 3, the H2A rocket carrying the asteroid explorer Haybusa-2 was successfully blasted off from Tanegasima Space Center at 1:22 p.m.
The mission of the Hayabusa-2 is collect and return with the sample of rocks containing water and organic substances from a asteroid named 1999JU3, that has been orbiting between Earth and Mars for six years. The samples are expected to give the clue of the origin of the solar system and life itself.
After liftoff, the rocket accelerated and entered a single orbit of earth and detached Hayabusa-2 . Then the probe Hayabusa-2 stared to travel on its own by its own solar panels. The probe journey is scheduled to land on the target asteroid about 3.5 years from now, and return to Earth at the end of 2020. The journey would be 5.2 billion km.
According to Mitubish Heavy Industries Ltd. which is in charge of the launch, the window for liftoff is decided on a specific time scale since Earth and the asteroid revolve around the sun on different orbits. When a rocket heads for a celestial object at a distance ,small deviations in a angle and positioning can result in significant mistake, so there's only one narrow launch window a day.
Many Japanese saw the rocket off, hoping to see the probe again at the end of the year when the Tokyo Olympic games would be over.
These 3 images are from the internet.
Traveling in Kyoto -- Part2 2014.11.27
Nov.24 -The first day
: bright and clear ,partly cloudy
My wife and I joined a tour trip which was organized by Japan Railway Co. We left home at 5:30 a.m and arrived Kyoto at 8:00 a.m. During the first day, we traveled using a chartered bus. The number of participants of the tour is 40 and most of them are older or almost same my age. The scheduled itinerary took time allowance, so we could visit two additional sightseeing spots.
The following is the actual itinerary .
Nov. 25 -The second day
- 西本願寺 Nishi-hongan-ji (world culture heritage) additional visit
- 源光寺 Gennkouinn temple
- 光悦寺 Enkou-ji temple
- しょうざん庭園 Shozan-garden
- 今宮神社 Imamiya Shrine additional visit
- 詩仙堂 shisen-dou temple
- 圓光寺 ennkouji temple
- 醍醐寺 daigo-ji temple
:rainy in the morning/ cloudy in the afternoon
It was free day all day until 18:04 when the train for Yokohama left. I already planned the visiting places but changed the order to visit due to the morning rain. My plan was to walk and see many sightseeing spots. In order to escape the rain, we sometimes used trains and and taxis . So we could visit more places than my schedule.
The following is the actual itinerary.
- 二条城 Nijo Castle
- 錦市場、先斗町 Nishiki-market and Pont-cho town: Entertainment district
- 八坂神社、祇園閣 Yasaka-shrine and Gion-tour
- 高台寺 Koudai-ji temple
- 清水寺 Kiyomizu temple
- 平安神宮 Heian shrine
- 南禅寺 Nanzen-ji temple
- 伏見稲荷 Fushimi-inari shrine
About my job - Data Manager 2014.11.13
I work for a IT company. I'm in charge of data management as well as related technology including modeling. Data management is a key element in making business application such as accounting, personnel information system. Before making applications, we have to make documents and data models as blueprints. But these blueprints are usually insufficient to express user requirement and not easy to understand by other people because IT engineers draw on their own practice and methods.
In addition, many IT engineers tend to think of the blueprints lightly and pour their strength to programming such as using Java language. So after finishing it, there are many flows coming up and become busy fixing the programs. After all, those program sources become tangled(intertwined) and difficult to maintain.
So I always teach them the importance of blueprints while following the company's rules and methodology, especially data design. I also give some practiced examples as well as consultation. Additionally, I play a role of quality assurance for the company.
Internet camera came to be usable at last from outside 2014.11.2
I bought an internet camera named Tenvis 3815w 2013 version which was manufactured by Tenvis co. in China. The price is only 4,480 yen - surprise price, which include wifi, infrared night-vision scope and remote manipulation. It was on Aug. 29th.
But the setting manual is only English and this English explanation made a lot of mistakes such as a password name. The camera in itself also have defects which was published on the internet by the user's critics. On the other hand, some people in the internet said that the camera is appropriate for the price if the user have enough knowledge of internet and router.
In my case, I have little knowledge about those, so I frequently asked about the problems to the customer center in Beijing by e-mail . The number of my inquiries reached 5 times and I managed to use the camera in the private network, but not used in the outside global network . The obstacle was router setting and it took long time to solve it. This problem was finally solved by bringing it to my company and asking a younger coworker who know the router in detail. He demonstrated me connecting the camera and the company's test router.
I thought that the setting of the internet camera could be realized completely. But another problem occurred. The router type was different between my house and the company's one that I've learned. So I had another hardship. While setting the router by trial and error, my house's router was disrupted and I could not access the internet completely. I got panic. I managed to get out of the trouble by resetting the router. The setting related to the port opening and fixed IP address for the camera, were done after having repeated failure . Today, November 1, I finally could use the camera from public network- not in my house's private network.
Halloween is an autumnal festival held on Oct. 31st. Originally, this festival was to celebrate the harvest of Agricultural products such as pumpkin, corn, rice etc. It was also believed that this is a religious event to expel the evil spirits. We have seen many pumpkin display everywhere called Jack-o'-lantern. This custom came from the USA. The pumpkin is maybe a symbol of autumnal harvest and is carved as an evil face. During daytime , children and their mothers join parties to socialize. In the evening, many young adults mostly female, dress up as princess , dwarf, vampire, geisha(Japanese traditional female entertainer), celebrities and so on. Japanese Halloween festival is a kind of cosplay show and getting popular every year. I saw many young people wearing such costume on trains and streets on 30th and 31st. This gives us festive mood and fun.
Sibuya station square in Tokyo 2014 Oct 31st:image from the internet
Ebora Disease 2014.10.17
The Ebola Riv. approximately 250 km located in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo is the head-stream of the Mongala River, a tributary of the Congo River. In 1976, Ebola virus (EBOV) was probably named after it was first identified near the Ebola Riv.
In 1976, the first Ebola case was discovered in Congo with periodic outbreaks in other Central African Countries. The worst Ebola cases were detected recently in Western Africa early this year. So far, more than 8,900 people have been infected and more than 4,400 have died, mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Officials say the epidemic is not even close to being brought under control.
Health experts think the initial cases in each outbreak got it from eating or handling Ebola-infected animals, then spread it person-to-person. The exact source in nature has not been proved but the leading suspect is a certain type of fruit bat.
Other animals can be infected and may spread the disease. The WHO says chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines might play a role. Even pig farms may amplify infection because of fruit bats on farms.
For the new study, researchers analyzed viruses from the current Congo outbreak and found them extremely similar to a Zaire Ebola strain that caused previous outbreaks in the Congo region. The virus is different from the Zaire strain causing the larger epidemic in West Africa, suggesting that a separate source in nature seeded each outbreak.
3.R&D of the medicine
The R&D is proceeding , but actually medical companies aren't aggressive for the R&D because it doesn't pay. The number of patients are small and the region of the disease is a part of Africa. In the case of AIDS, many company have competed the R&D because there are a lot of patients in developed countries and it is easy to gain profit by R&D. Now, Ebola patients appear in Europe and USA and it is said it will spread rapidly all over the world.
Canada, USA and even Japan have a possible medicine but these are the phase of animal experience and it will take over a period of years to use it for men. However it's the emergency, so we need to use these medicine for men soon after confirmation by animal experiments.
History of Karuizawa 2014.10.12
Karuizawa is one of the most popular resort town in Japan. it's located 150km north of Tokyo . I sometimes go there for walking in the woods and shopping . This year , my wife and I went there from Sep. 22nd to 24th.
In 1895, Alexander Craft Shaw built a church and villa in this place. He came to Japan as a missionary of the Anglican church. He mainly lived in Tokyo where he performed missionary work. But it was difficult to go back and forth between Japan and his native Canada only one month of summer holiday. So he found Karuizawa as his summer resort place because of its cool and forestry location. During his summer holiday, he propagated Christianity to the villagers. At that time, Karuizawa was a desolated village because it was difficult grow crops due to harsh weather. Main income of the village was lodging fee as post station village, but gradually dried up because new bypass road was completed which is not through this town.
Based on Shaw's introduction , many foreigners build their own villas . Japanese business leaders ,nobles and even the emperor and his families have been visiting there in summer. As many people gather, hotels and villas are setting up as well as shops, restaurants and even leisure facilities such as golf courses are also making. Karuizawa has become the most famous resort place in Japan now.
Results of intensive English practice 2014.10.5
During recent three months, I had intensive English lesson every Wednesday night.
This English lesson was a repetition of the following learning-style.
1.Before the lesson, I had to do preparation for three reading topics .
2. On school day, the interpretation and structure of the sentences were illustrated . Then a review test including reading and listening was held. After that, the answer was shown.This routine practice is repeated 13 times.
I increased the knowledge of vocabulary , idiom , and structure, but unfortunately my listening ability is not enough.
-My impression of the school
1.The lesson speed was fast and difficult to follow it.
2.I realized that to increase the knowledge of words and sentences may be one of the the solution to better the listening and reading ability.
-from now on
I'd like to review the lesson using received documents and CDs until I can understand it.