adventure of my life (Hajime Hirayama:平山新)

2014 1Q

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Mother Farm  2014.3.23

Beautiful flowers and animals entertainment  are seen in the farm. Rape flowers are full-bloomed  during spring. This scenery is like a beautiful yellow carpet. Some of the entertainments done by the animals are Sheep Shows, Sheep Dog and Friends Shows as well as   Duck Parades will surely entertain you. imageimage
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 Tokyo bay aqua-line   

The Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line reduced the drive between Chiba and Kanagawa, two important industrial regions, from 90 to 15 minutes, and also contributed to cutting the travel time to the sea leisure area in the southern part of the Bōsō Peninsula from Tokyo and Kanagawa. Before the tunnel opened, one had to drive around about 100 km along the shores of Tokyo Bay and pass through downtown Tokyo. map-mother farm10128601_T3   pictures of "Tokyo bay aqua-line"

Popular Culture and Mass Media   2014.3.22

Japanese culture is steeped in history, but it’s not that hasn’t slowed Japanese fashion, trends, and popular culture.  Some of the cultures these trends have become popular overseas. Pop-culture, is an abbreviation of popular culture, mainly tend to be embraced by young generations.  Nevertheless, pop-culture reflects Japanese society as a whole and also connects with traditional culture. If we look the early times literature such as  “The Tail of Genji” and exaggerated depictions of the Edo times Ukiyo-e, it’s easy to see that the old cultures have effected influenced on the manga and anime of today. We also see that Japanese society invokes a strong work ethic, which likely to contribute to escape from real world in manga and anime. Furthermore, many people have long train commuting hours in Japanese urban areas. Besides reading, you will see many people on trains killing time on the cell or smart phones. The latest smart phones are increasingly being used to download content, including pop music, games and manga. The most important thing is that some of the pop-cultures have been embraced among overseas. Some Japanese manga have been translated and published overseas. Interestingly, these manga are read from right to left just as Japanese do. Japanese anime have certainly well-known popular overseas. Many middle aged Americans watched Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion as children, both created by famous Japanese artist Tezuka Osamu. In modern times, the anime Pokemon, or Pocket Monsters are exported to over 50 countries. In 2002, Miyazaki Hayao won the Academy Award for the best animated feature with a film titled Spirited Away in English. He has a distinctive style of anime with stunningly beautiful images and social messages, and did so with a plot that can be enjoyed by both children an adults Cospure, abbreviation od costume play and the collection of character goods are two genres of popular culture that grew from manga and anime, and both are widely practiced overseas. The people who embrace the various pop culture are sometimes called otaku, or geeks. The word otaku  once was used as an insult, but increasingly is used to refer to someone who has a passion about something – especially something related to pop culture. A for mass communication, radio, television, film, newspapers, magazines, and of course internet are available in Japan. The news media sometimes are criticized  for sensationalizing the news and invading the privacy. As for internet, many people use more high speed networks and most young teenagers access to the internet by their smart phones.  

haiku and waka : Japanese  poetic style   2014.3.21

haiku: a 5-7-5 Japanese syllable pattern sample 古池や蛙飛び込む水の音 The ancient pond. A frog leaps in. The sound of the water. 夏草や兵どもが夢の跡 Summer grasses, All that remains, Of warriors' dreams tanka : a 5-7-5-7-7 Japanese syllable pattern sample 銀も Shirogane mo                   What are they to me, 金も玉も Kogane mo tama mo         Silver, or gold, or jewels? 何せんに Nanisen ni                        How could they ever まされる宝 Masareru takara             Equal the greater treasure 子にしかめやも Koni shikame yamo   That is a child? They can't. 百人一首

STAP cells: does it  exist or not                       2014.3.18

A groundbreaking method to create stem cells was published one month ago. Riken researcher Ms. obukata found the method. Many Japanese were pleased to hear the news and admired her. The method is to create stem cells from role-decided cells such as skins by just soaking weak acid liquid. Soon after the news, many doubts and problems were pointed out in her reports. For example, the images used in the studies, as well as the use of a passage are from another paper without citation. The person in charge of the Riken research center told the press that the article was considered to be withdrawn. The important point whether the STAP cell  exist or not was not clearly answered. ref. es cell : embryonic stem cell ips cell : induced pluripotent stem cell  found by MR.YAMANAKA stap cell : stimulus triggered acquisition of pluripotency   published by MS.OBOKATA

Malaysia airline still missing    2014.3.16

One week has passed after the plane disappeared. Many nations' planes and vessels are searching for it. These searches have found no clue on the whereabouts the plane. At the beginning of the disappearance, engine trouble, hijack,  pilot’s miss operation or suicide were raised as the cause of the mishap. Until now, no debris of the plane are found. Yesterday , Malaysia President announced that the plain might be in flight at least 6 hours after disappearance. He also added that the plain’s location signal was intentionally switched off. The pilot's house has been searched   and the identification of passengers on board are now under investigation.

Memorial service on the 49th day after death  2014.3.15

I attended the ceremony of 49th day after my uncle’s death today. The day is said that the dead person arrives at heaven 49 days after stating travel  from the day of one’s dead. The ceremony was held at the temple in Yanaka town  located 6km north of the Imperial Palace. At first, Buddhist monks chanted sutra and the relatives including me burned incense to pray for the repose of the departed soul. After that .we have a party to reminisce  his life. We toasted by  beverages ( not sake) to pray for him to be a Buddha in peace. In Buddhism, it is believed all people would be a god after the death . PS Christianity also has same memorial service after the 40 days of one’s death. I feel that religions are influenced by each other.

Shed in Izu villa     2014.3.1

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I built  a shed in the backyard of the  Izu villa. The place was  a slope, so the place needed to be raised  the ground level by timbering. The level of the shed is a same level of the  lawn garden. so it's easy to move the lownmower. 
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  Nordic skiing From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Nordic skiing is a combination of winter sports that encompasses all types of skiing where the heel of the boot cannot be fixed to the ski, as opposed to Alpine skiing. Nordic skiing Olympic events are cross-country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined, and biathlon. A further Nordic discipline is Telemark skiing. The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships is a major event of these sports and happens in winter of odd-number years between Winter Olympics.

igo   2014.2.21

The two players alternately place black and white playing pieces, called "stones", on the vacant intersections (called "points") of a grid of 19×19 lines The object of the game is to use one's stones to surround a larger total area of the board than the opponent. Once placed on the board, stones may not be moved, but stones are removed from the board if captured; this is done by surrounding an opposing stone or group of stones by occupying all orthogonally-adjacent points. Players continue in this fashion until neither player wishes to make another move; the game has no set ending conditions. When a game concludes, the controlled points (territory) are counted along with captured stones to determine who has more points. Games may also be won by resignation. Go originated in ancient China. Archaeological evidence shows that the early game was played on a board with a 17×17 grid, but by the time the game had spread to Korea and Japan, in about the 5th and 7th centuries AD respectively, boards with a 19×19 grid had become standard. As of mid-2008 there were well over 40 million Go players worldwide, the overwhelming majority living in East Asia. As of May 2012, the International Go Federation has a total of 74 member countries and four Association Members covering multiple countries.   Go is an adversarial game with the objective of surrounding more territory than one's opponent. As the game progresses, the board gets divided up into areas of territory, as outlined by groups of stones. These areas are then contested in local battles, which are often complicated, and may result in the expansion, reduction, or wholesale capture and loss of the contested area. It is often the case that a certain kind of "trade" goes on, where a player's loss in one part of the board can be compensated for or mitigated by a gain in another part of the board.

snowboard cross     2014.2.19

Boardercross (also Boarder X or BX) is a snowboard competition in which a group of snowboarders (typically four or six) start simultaneously atop a winding, inclined course and race to reach the finish line first. Following the initial timed seeding runs, races are run as untimed elimination heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals - where the fastest half of the field progress to the next round - until placings are decided in the final. The name of the sport is derived from motocross, as the course designs are similar in features to motocross courses. Boardercross courses are typically quite narrow and include cambered turns, various types of jumps, berms, rollers, drops, steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders' ability to stay in control while maintaining maximum speed. Due to the tightness of some boardercross courses, it is not uncommon for racers to collide with each other mid-race. The first ever Boardercross event was held in the spring of 1991 at Blackcomb Mt. in the Whistler-Blackcomb resort of British Columbia. Steve Rechtschaffner and Greg Stump staged the event, to film as the final episode of their "Greg Stump's World of Extremes" TV show they were producing for FOX TV. The idea, format and rules for the event came from Rechtschaffner, along with the designing and building of the course. Stump's business manager John Graham coined the term "Boardercross", which everyone adopted. Rechtschaffner then went on to help build courses for people across North America for the next few years, helping to spread the reach and popularity of the event. Later, Erik Kalacis staged the first professional Boardercross series, called The Kokanee Cross, in Canada. Some years after, Rechtschaffner took inspiration from Boardercross to create the multi-million selling hit series of SSX video games for Electronic Arts. Boardercross was part of the Winter X Games from 1997-2012. At the X Games, the sport was originally referred to as Boarder X. Following negative public reaction to the event's cancellation for 2013, it returned in 2014.

curling  2014.2.19

Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric rings. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each of four players, take turns  sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends. The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork go into choosing the ideal path and placement of a stone for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve. This gives curling its nickname of "chess on ice".

The twelve signs of the zodiac      2014.2.13

The twelve signs of the zodiac seemed to be used to count a month in China in old times. Domestic animals kept well in china and animal  used well in life is used for the name in a month.Now  this is used as the name in a year.  About  1600bc  , China found that Jupiter around  Earth in 12 years, and  the each year of 12 years was named zodiac name. ダウンロード Each year has a symbolic animal. The order is : rat, bull, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse,sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, boar. This is the year of the horse (in Chinese astorology) .My Chinese zodiac sign is the rabbit.  

Yurukyara or cartoon characters

Yurucyara is generally a character , which acts as a mascot for a city or prefecture, and takes on a form of a famous produce or feature for that region. Almost every prefecture in japan has its own unique character. Those characters also have been created for companies, stores and even schools. If you visit japan ,you would be surprised at how many cartoon characters you see everywhere. 29774135_99x132 this picture is from internet

I passed the licensed Interpreter guide  2014.2.9

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how to use the tire chain 2014.2.2 ①put a cable through the backside of the tire. ②raise the both ends of the cable just before a tire and wear a hook. ③lock on the hook of the side chain and drop a cable in the backside of the tire. ④tighten a stopper and wear a rubber hook and completed!

Every trail( my record)

Every Trail(iphone application) 2014.1.12

I used this application while I was walking  near my neighborhood. This soft can trace my walking root and also plot photos that I took along the way directly on  the map . 2014-01-12 18.57.23
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YAMATE walking course 2014.1.4
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    YASUKUNI-SIBUYA walking course 2014.1.5
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2014.1.1 NEW YEAR'S DAY

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Entrance ways are decorated with pine branches called Kadomatsu. A pair of branches  are set up on the entrance.Click  the picture(to enlarge ).You can also see a pine brabches on the other side of entrance. Decorated also are festive ornaments hanging on the door.
NEW YEAR'S CARD  called Nengajo Nengajo are new year's greeting postcards. People usually prepare the cards at the end of the year so that they can be delivered on new year's day. In addition  to a New Year's message, the card usually has a photograph or graphic image. The postcards designed exclusively  for this purpose have a lottery number, which adds to the enjoyment of exchanging these cards. 2014-01-06 19.22.09 ↑ In the bottom of front, there is a lottery number. typical writing message: a Happy New Year.Thank you very much for your kindness last year.  I  ask for your continued good will in the new year. Hatsumode Hatsumode  is a one's first visit of the year to a shrine or temple. A large shrine like Meiji Jingu in Tokyo will have over 3 million visitors in the first few days of the year. Tenmangu  shrine  near my house 2014.1.2 2014-01-02 12.53.43 2014-01-02 12.54.12 Kouzennji temple near my house 2014.1.2 2014-01-02 12.55.25 2014-01-02 12.39.31 2014-01-02 12.57.39 2014-01-02 12.56.32   Osechi & Zouni Osechi is a Japanese traditional new year’s dishes to be eaten during the first three days of January. There are various dishes prepared in layered, lacquered, colored boxes. Each of the dishes has auspicious meaning. Some of  the dishes are kazunoko or roe herring, which means fertility, kuromame or black beans, which means health, lobster which means longevity, and kamaboko or steamed fish cake which is colored  red and white - celebration color.  Zouni is a Japanese traditional new year’s soup.  there are various  type of soup depend on  the region. this is a Kanto type soup seasoned with kelp stock and soy sauce. The ingredients are Brasica compestris (komatuna) , carrot, chicken meat,  steamed fish cake(naruto) , and rice cake. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of my family's dishes. These pictures are from the internet. 10010004901561910400_1 zouni  


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