Jan 29, 2012

My favorite china

About three weeks ago, I bought this yellow-colored china. I use it mainly to eat rice so it is a
 "Tyawan"(茶碗). Its price was a little expensive but I decided to buy it because I want to enjoy everyday meal with good china..

We have already had several same printed china. All of them are products of the "Fukagawa Seiji"(深川製磁) company.

Jan 28, 2012

VOA Special English News 87

The European Union has banned new purchases of oil from Iran after July first. EU foreign ministers also voted Monday to block Iran's central bank from money and property it holds in foreign banks. The EU wants to pressure Iran to suspend parts of its nuclear program.The July first limit will permit major buyers of Iranian oil to find new sources. Such buyers include Greece, Spain and Italy. The EU also voted to stop all trade in gold and other valuable metals with Iranian government agencies. Iran's government immediately denounced the decision. Lawmakers there repeated threats to close the strait of Hormuz, an important path for shipping oil.

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Jan 25, 2012

VOA Special English News 86

President Obama has promised to improve the country's tourism industry. He made the announcement at Disney World in southern state of Florida. Disney World is one of the most visited places in the United States. Mr. Obama announced a new program to make getting visitor visas faster, especially for visitors from China and Brazil. Increasing wealth in both countries is quickly increasing the number of Chinese and Brazilians who are traveling to the United States. The President also promised to increase the number of countries whose citizens will not need tourism visas to enter the United States.

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My thought/opinion on this issue
Tourism industry can easily bring money to a country from foreign countries. Depending on it shows that  economic in US has been weakened, I think.

Jan 22, 2012


Yesterday, I climbed a mountain named "Misokobushi-yama"(みそこぶしやま) in the Kujyu(久住) mountain area with my friends. The main purpose of the climbing was to cheer up one of friends who had been shocked by some reason.

After short rest at a log cabin of the member, we started climbing. Unfortunately it was cloudy, but we could enjoy the great view of the area with good conversation.

Jan 19, 2012

new computer

Last Sunday, I replaced a computer because the old one did not work well and sometime suddenly stopped working. It was about 10 year old.

The old one was a product of Sony and this time I bought Sony's computer.

I would like to learn good feature of the computer as early as possible.

Jan 14, 2012

VOA Special English News 85

The United States has urged Iran to free an American man sentenced to death on charges of spying for the Central Intelligence Agency. The Obama administration and State Department said the charges against Amir Mirzaei Hekmati are false. Iran's Fars news agency says a court found him guilty of cooperating with a hostile country. In December, the Iranian state television broadcasted a video of Amir Mirzaei Hekmati reportedly admitting guilty to charges. He said he worked at American bases in Iraq and Afghanistan and was given orders to join the Iranian Intelligence Ministry.

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Jan 10, 2012

VOA Special English News 84

A top Iranian official says Iran will launch a second uranium enrichment center later this month. The new center was built below ground and is well protected from possible air attacks by countries opposed to Iran's nuclear program. The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said late Saturday that uranium gas will be injected into centrifuges at the Fordo Enrichment Center before February 1st. Iran reported the existence of the center to the United Nations Nuclear Agency in 2009. It is under a mountain near the Shi'ite holy city of Qom. The American Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says Iran does not now have the ability to build a nuclear bomb. But, he said if it does, the United States will intervene.

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My thought/opinion on this issue
Relationship between two countries has become worse day by day. I wonder if ordinary people in both countries hope the worst situation.

Jan 8, 2012

Pray for success in examinations

Today, I went to the "Miyajidake Shrine" to pray for my children's success in examinations with my wife and daughter. It was a fine day although cold days had continued. So I saw a lot of people there. I found "Kitty's O-mamori" at the shrine.

VOA Special English News 83

Britain's government says women who have breast implants made by a company that has been closed do not need to have them removed. The French company Poly Implant Prothese used industrial rather than medical silicone in the implants it made. France, Belgium, the Czech Republic and other nations have told their citizens to have the implants removed or closely watch them. They say implants made with industrial silicone are more likely to break apart. But, Friday, the British Health Secretary said that there is not enough evidence of danger to recommend their removal. An estimated 40,000 British women have the implants. 

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Jan 3, 2012

VOA Special English News 82

In China, the brother of the lawyer, Gao Zhisheng says the famous dissident is being held in the Shaya County Prison in the far western province of Xinjiang. Gao Zhiyl said that he had received official notice of a Beijing court decision on Sunday. Gao Zhisheng had been missing for more than 18 month until state media reported last month that he had been sent back to prison for three years. The activist lawyer had earlier reported that he had been kidnapped and tortured by Chinese officials. He was sentenced to three years in prison 2006 for inciting subversion. The court did not make him serve sentence but he has been detained without charges almost continually since 2009.

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My thought/opinion on this issue
"China's spring" has not yet come, I think.


Happy New Year, I hope that you, visitors on my blog, have a good year.

Now, I am in the year's end and start holiday(年末年始休暇), so I have spent time with my family members.

By the way, I found an interesting comment by a well-known philosopher in Asahi newspaper on January 1st. This time, I show it and try to translate it into English.

Takeshi Umehara (梅原猛) is one of Japanese representative thinkers. He says following in the interview.


"A word called "Bunmei-sai", civilization-related disaster appears in my mind soon after I saw the accident. Earth quake and tsunami are natural disasters (天災) The government and Tokyo Electric Company failed to have good preparation to the risk, it is a disaster caused by human's failure(人災). But, it is not good enough to explain this disaster by these words. Most of developed countries around the world have depended on nuclear power station for their energy. The accident is also disaster of civilization."