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12/27  The Religions 

Today I try to touch TABOO problem.
That’s “Religion”.

It is sometimes said that ‘most of Japanese people doesn’t have their religion, unbeliever.’

In my opinion, It is YES and NO, correct and misunderstanding.
I can say that The ‘Religion’ is not so strong for us in our daily lives.
There are religions in Japan, for example, Shinto/Buddhism/ Ancestor worship and so on.
We are not totally unbeliever. Just ‘not so strong’.
On Jan 1st, many Japanese people go to Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple to pray for health, happiness, luck of their family and friends in new year.
If someone of a family die, we would have funeral by Buddhist style.
Or when we are sick, we pray to ‘god’. In daily lives, we often go to Shrine or temple.
But I never go to Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple everyday or every Sunday.
Seasons, sickness, examination, sport competition, and so on. When we face some important situations of our daily lives, we tend to pray indeed.
There is a Japanese traditional common saying. ’Kurusiitokino kamidanomi.’
There are English translation, ’Man turns to God only in trouble.’ Or ‘Danger past, god forgotten.’ .
As such proverb is born, Japanese is not deeply religious.

On the other side, When I traveled round the world, sometime I was asked about religion of Japanese.
And when I answer like this, some people were surprised. Because they feel we aren’t zealous.
But I cannot say it is wrong, because nowadays I feel there are many serious problems between religions in the world. Especially in major world religions as you know.

I think the most important thing about religious faith is Balance, not how much or how less we believe.
It also doesn’t matter which kind of religion you believe.
From this point of view, I think we Japanese have a good balance.
We respect another religions as equals.
That’s why there is no killing/fighting in Japan, because of religion.



I want to ask the people who are killing,
‘Is there a religion whose God permit to kill another religious people???’
‘Does your god permit you to do it really??? Are you sure???’

If they have no hesitation to say YES, that is a problem.
I can say one thing with conviction.
‘If there is an religion which justify murder, it is never religion.’
It is so easy for even small children to answer.
Why the adults cannot lead correct answer, nevertheless small boy and girl can lead easily?

The problem is an attitude of them which they don’t try to accept another people who believe another religion.

‘We are right, our religion is unique and best all over the world!!’

The results are many acts of retaliation each other. Not only one side, Both.
While ignoring their own faults, criticizing the other one.

I wonder why these problems still remain all over the world, nevertheless We built high advanced civilization.


When I traveled round the world, I met many people from many religions.
They were all friendly, kindly, politely, regardless of religions.
Of course, I was not in belief of their religion, but all of them were kind to me.
I like all of them. Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, whatever…..
Maybe I was just lucky?



Many news reports about conflicts between different religious make me sad and wonder.
I really hope that all of people from all kinds of religions could respect each other someday…..

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10/09  About Japan 

In July, I went to Kansai, Chugoku, Sikoku districts.

First, I give you some geographic informations about Japan.
Japan is called “island country ” and mainly consists of four big islands. They are Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu in order from north.
The total of islands are 6852. Japan is really an “island country”.
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Hokkaido has a beautiful nature and delicious seafood.
(Of course, we have delicious seafood not only in Hokkaido but everywhere around Japan!! )
Many tourists come especially in Winter to enjoy winter sports with plenty of powder snowjumee☆snowman2L.
Here, I give you some English informations about Hokkaido.
Hokkaido Information(click here)

Honshu is a biggest island in Japan and many famous tourist cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima are in Honshu. Mt. Fuji, -our soul, our symbol- is a highest mountain in Japan and it also belongs to Honshu.
Many people climb Mt,Fuji in summer and enjoy watching sunrise and wonderful fine view from the top.
The size of Honshu is about 228000 square kilometers and as big as Great Britain Island.

There are four prefectures in Shikoku.
Shikoku is encircled by Seto Inland Sea and Pacific Ocean. That’s why they also have many kinds of delicious seafood. There are 727 islands in Seto Inland Sea.
Awa Odori-one of most famous Japanese festivals- is held every summer in Tokushima.
Shikoku Information(click here)


Kyushu is famous for hot springs. Yuhuin, Beppu, Ibusuki are traditional spa resorts.
When Japan was a closed country, Dejima in Nagasaki was only a sole trading spot with foreign countries from 17th to the 19th centuries.
Dejima was an artificial island built in the shape of a fun with an area of about only 13000 square meters (not Kilometers!!).
Kyushu Information(click here)


In addition, you should not forget Okinawa.
@Okinawa

There are most beautiful coral reef and beautiful sea in the world.
One famous French diver Jacques Mayol(1927-2001) who traveled all over the world and had a world record of free diving loved Okinawan sea and he came to Okinawa many times.
Okinawa is very popular resort for Japanese.
On the other side, Okinawa has a tragic history in World WarⅡ.
Okinawa was only a place where ground war broke out in Japan and it took a heavy toll in human lives.
We learn “Peace”, “Human Dignity ” from Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki.
These places are very important for every one.
If you have a opportunity to come to Japan, I want you to visit these places.
Okinawa Information(click here)

Ok, I tell you about Japan in this column.
Next is about my short trip.


Chao!!
@Okinawa



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09/01  This Is BUTADOOOOOON!!!!!! 

When you hear “Fast Food”, what do you imagine??
French fries?
Hamburger?
Hot Dog?

I guess most Japanese young men answer ” it is Gyudon or Butadon.”

Gyudon” ,English name is beef bowl, is a bowl of rice topped with cooked slice beef and vegetables.

Beef and vegetables are stewed with Dashi-soup stock-.
Dashi is a mix sauce of soy sauce, ginger, sugar, sweet sake.

I like to eat Gyudon with red pickled ginger and cayenne.
It’s really really fantastic!!!

The reasons of its popularity are ,of course, its taste and price.
You can have, no no no, enjoy it by only less than 3 Euro.

Lastly I show you a pic.

Butadon



If you want to have it, let’s come to Japan!!!




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07/03  The Journey just finished, A New Daily Life just began. 

Dear all of my foreign friends

How are you doing??I hope everything is going well with you.

Now I want to tell you one thing about my trip.
Well …,


I finished my this wonderful journey on May 24th.


When I was in Peru, Influenza(H1N1) outbreak was contagious all over the world rapidly. And at the same moment, I was stolen my money, videocamera, mobile phone in Peru.
My family, friends worried about me, and some of them advised me to come back to Japan. I was just planning to go to Mexico and already bought air ticket to Mexico. So they worried about it.
I thought over the end of this trip again,

“Maybe, It’s time to finish it.”
I realized how much I’m satisfied with this journey.




It was about one year and two month and with 41 countries totally.
I have no words to express my feeling about this journey. Every words are too superficial in the face of my deep impressions, the precious “time” of trip.



It has been about one month since the journey was over.
I already began working little by little and get used to Japanese life and customs quickly.

But there are many differences in me between before and after this journey.
I often remember this wonderful journey unexpected moment, for examples, during driving a car, taking a bath, watching TV program about places where I visited.


A famous Japanese person once said “Journey changes a human life. ”
The more time go by, the more I realize what I did.
I can say that This journey changed my life, brought me many things.


Now I really thank all people for being kind to me and supporting me in this journey.



Next Turn is Yours!!


You are always welcome to my home, and It will be my great pleasure to guide you JAPAN.
Please dont't hesitate to let me know.



This blog about round the world journey finished here, but I will keep updating this blog about Japan.
My English is very poor, but I don’t mind it.
I mind that I cannot tell you about my country and you misunderstand my country.
I hope my blog would help you to understand, feel my country.


Let me add a few words in conclusion.

Thank you so so so much!!
Hope to
Looking forward to seeing you again someday somewhere.
Let’s keep in touch.
Chao!!



“一期一会 Ichigo-Ichie”
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03/11  My South American journey starts!! 

Dear my friends
I update my English blog after a long time. I’m so sorry for it.

As you know, I arrived in South American continent in Feb.
I feel my European time was long time ago.
In Europe, I visited Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, and UK, total 12countries.
I met some friends in Europe and all of them were so kind to me.
I have no words to express my gratitude.
We call a favor which is done for me(us) by someone“On”in Japanese.
On is one of the most important Japanese words.
It is not too much to say that On is one of Japanese soul.
Forgetting On is tabooed and a disgrace in Japan.
I really want to repay your kindness with my kindness someday.
I’m not sure how many friends actually read this one, but if you have a opportunity to come to my country Japan, please certainly let me know it.
I will show you my country and It’s my great pleasure and never troublesome.

Now I’m in Foz do Iguacu Brazil which is famous for waterfalls.
Tomorrow I’m going to enjoy speed boat and get to a basin of the waterfalls by it!!

Before arriving here, I went to Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasilia and Sao Paulo in Brazil.
I enjoyed Carnival in Rio, white sand beech and Afro-Brazilian culture in Salvador, meeting a Brazilian friend in Brasilia, one of two Japanese town in the world in Sao Paulo.
Brazil is very interesting and exciting country!!
People are very cheerful and that’s why they open their mind for everything, everything.
There are much differences between Brazil and Japan.


I’ll stay here for a few nights and then head to Buenos Aires Argentina.




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