Monday, January 30, 2006

Diversity in China

Last sunday my aunt came over to our house. Recently she has been to China. She went there for her job. She said that she hired a Chinese guy for a translator. This guy was supposed to be a well English speaker. But when she spoke to him in English he hardly understood her. She was a little disapointed but it didn't bother her so much. But when she told her to translate what she was saying to other Chinese people, she noticed that he wasn't understanding what the Chinese were saying too. In China, there are many dialect so it is hard to communicate even they are same Chinese. She said that China will be a difficult country for a foreign company to come in.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Train delayed

Friday, we were on our way to Shibuya. But the train stopped due to fire at Shibuya station. So we went from a different way. On our way to Shibuya my friend and I were discussing about train accidents. One of my friend told me about the Chuo-line. Many people commit suicide in Chuo-line. The reason why so many people choose to die in Chuo-line is because when people commit suicide their family have to pay the trian company a lot of money. But most of those money come back to them as "mimaikin". This fact was very interesting. She also said about the music. In JR, a melody is played when the train departures. In some of the station of JR they have changed this music recently. They changed it to a bird singig melody or some other soft melody. They changed because the old melody has irritated people and some time made them commit suicide due to stress from the melody.
It was very interestig to know these facts. I ride the train and use the JR every day but I didn't bother to listen to the melody. Even if I had noticed that the music has changed I wouldn't imagine of this reason. I also thought that there are still many things that I don't know from my daily life.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Saturday

Last saturday, I went to a forum which was about war. This forum's purpose was to take over the memories of war (mainly of World War Ⅱ) to the next generation. I heard that this forum was held because our university used an inapporopriate sentence in the entrance exam. People from Okinawa got mad and this forum was held.
The forum was very interesting. it made me think about why we have to take over these memories and how we should do this. I think that it is important for us to know these fact. But at the same time I think it is very difficult to really understand. People often say you need to experience it in order to understand. So I think it is difficult. But this doesn't mean that we don't have to know. We can't truely understand or have the same feeling that the people who experienced war has. But we can understand it in our own way. What's important for us to do is to listen to these people and to keep on thinking about it. I aslo thought abotu the Japanese education system. Why do they hide the history?? I think if they change the education system, it will be easier to take over the memories of war to the next generation.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Starting

This is my first time to make a blog! I think I would never ever make a blog if I hadn't had a chance in class to really make one! So Scott, thank you. I'll try my best to write in as often as possible and get along with the computer!
The purpose of this blog is to talk about "social and cultural diversity". This is our main topic of English Seminar at Aoymagakuinn SIPEB. It's a very difficult issue and on our first class of English Seminar, we've talked about the positive and the negative things of diversity. Well, I thought it's difficult to tell whether something has or is positive or negative. Diversity could make the world more colorful and intresting. But at the same time if people couldn't accept the differences among others, discrimination and prejudice could occur. So I thought you can't simply say it's positive or negative. It depends on the situation, people and what side you are looking from. I think I've wrote way too long... By the way, Keiko, I hope you found your way out!

Hi, Keiko(o^▽^o)

Silly Keiko!