• 16 May
    • 英語でダイエット宣言

      最近、英語の話題から遠のいていたので^^;ダイエット宣言を英語で書きます。I'm going to go on a diet starting from tomorrow!!I'm serious this time.I must stop this weight gain immediately! It's an emergency! Well, I was on a low carb diet four years ago and I succeeded in losing eight kilos within three months and reduced 10% of body fats too.After I stopped go on a diet, I was able to keep my weight around nomal weight for two years and I thought I wouldn't gain weight again.Obviously I was wrong!I like carbs very much and I like drink alcohol every night.As my stress grow, especially stress from child rearing pushed me to have more drinks.About an year ago I rearized my lower waist had gotten bigger, but I thought I could get rid of them easily if I really want to.I have been half ignoring the reality, and I have kept eating lots of carbs and have drunk alcohol seven days a week. No wonder I regain weight and now I have to lose more than ten kilos. I'm heavier than when I was pregnant! Well, actually my gestation periods were shorter than usual so I wasn't that heavy.;-p My older son was born in 28weeks and second son was in 30weeks of gestation periods. If they were born in full length of pregnancy which usually are 37 to 41 weeks, I must have been much heavier!Sorry for the aberration (digression?)^^;Anyway, I made a plan for a diet.I set a goal to lose 3 kilos within two weeks. I need an intence dieting plan to lose weight otherwise I'm not going to lose any weight!Once I lose weight, I think I can continue go on a diet and hopfuly I lose 10 kilos in about half a year so that I can lose weight healthily.I also do some exercises besides low carb diet. You'll see.I'll do my best!Wish me luck!

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  • 14 May
    • ダメ親

      It's raining in Tokyo, but the weather isn't the reason why I feel gloomy.I've been thinking about what I am going to do about my older son. Well, tell you the truth, I've been concerned about this since he entered kindergarten; it seems like it's becoming my life work. No, I hope not!!He does things at his own pace under any circumstances. He seemed never felt being rushed or left out when he was kindergarten student. He had no competitive spirit and sill the same now.At the time he entered elementary school, most of his peers could already write hiragana and write even short sentences, while my son could barely write his name. I thought that was fine then because all students start learning hiragana at school. But I was wrong. My son is a slow learner so he needed more time than his peers. He was already a little behind from the beginning. I've bought many books written by eminent Japanese educaters, hoping to lead my son in the right direction. I also borrowed as many books about parenting as possible from a locol library in hopes of making a breakthrough. I don't want to keep after him to do his homework everyday, but I have no choice. He doesn't do anything except reading a comic books or playing with his toys or whatching anime.All of my new attempts seemed to go well at first, but they didn't last long.Every now and then my older son and I have a long conversation about the importance of studying and how studying can be a fun thing. "It mostly depends on you." I said to him. "You are the one who can control your life, not me."As the adage goes, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." Every time I think about my older son, that saying come to my mind.He has gotten very stubborn as he gets older and he does not to listen my advice and that's made me furious, which in turn makes him more stubborn. It's a vicious circle.I may be being too harsh on him. He sometimes shows an infantile posture and it surprises me very much. Does he need more love? Should I treat him like a baby? One day I deliberately spoke to him as if he were a three-year-old child. I thought he would refuse to be treated like a baby, but on the contrary, he seemed to enjoy that.Is this some kind of sign?I must think more seriously about his future.I'm going to have a chat with him once he gets home. I must do something about it. **********corrected virsion

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  • 22 Jan
    • short essay (another version)

      (添削済み)No More Coming-Of-Age Day Ceremonies!In my opinion, every local government should abolish its Coming-of-Age Day ceremony. There are several reasons why I have come to such a conclusion.First, some young people’s poor manners at the ceremony and after the ceremony have become too much to tolerate lately. Chattering and talking on their cell-phones during the ceremony are a common sight at every ceremony. I watched a TV news program on which in Naha, Okinawa, some participants banded together after the ceremony and made a racket in the middle of the main street and these kinds of disturbances have become frequent occurrences all over Japan.Second, disrespectful behavior among the participants has become intolerable. In Morioka, Iwate, there was an incident in which one of the participants popped a party cracker towards the mayor as he was giving a speech. In Kochi, some years ago, a group of young people jeered at the governor when he was giving a speech to the ceremony participants. Since the ceremony organizers are having problems every year, the number of local governments that have to hire security guards to prevent the rampage is increasing.Third, spending a large amount of money on those kind of wild party-like ceremonies is nothing but a waste of taxpayers’ money since the costs of the ceremonies are covered by local taxes. As fewer and fewer people are attending the ceremonies these days, all the local governments are now trying to seize young people’s attention with the result that the ceremonies have become rather like parties than rites.In conclusion, we no more need Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies organized by local governments. Those young people’s ill-mannered behavior as well as their disrespectful attitude at the ceremonies is indeed disgusting. In addition to that, some of the tax we have to pay by the sweat of our brow on the party-like youth-placating ceremonies is nonsense. Therefore, every local government should repeal its Coming-of-Age Day ceremony.

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  • 20 Jan
    • short essay

      前回のエッセイをTimさんのアドバイスを元に書き直してみました。実はもう一つ同じトピックのエッセイを書いたのですが、趣旨は少し違っています。そのエッセイも後でアップします。Time To Think About Ceremonies for Coming-Of-Age Day  The second Monday in January is Coming-of-Age Day in Japan. On this day, ceremonies are held by local governments to welcome the young men and women who have turned or will turn 20 during the current year, as new members of society. The purpose of this is to celebrate and encourage young adults who enter adulthood and raise their awareness as adults. Witnessing the current situation, it is hard to say that the purpose is fulfilled.It seems that these once solemnly held ceremonies have turned into casual parties nowadays. It has been said that a fundamental review of the ceremonies should be made. We no more need the ceremonies in the present circumstances for the following reasons.Some young people’s poor manners at the ceremony and after the ceremony are too much to tolerate lately. Chattering and talking on their cell-phones during the ceremony are a common sight at every ceremony. According to press reports, in Naha, Okinawa, some participants banded together after the ceremony and made a racket in the middle of the main street and this racket has almost become an annual event. Farther more, these kinds of disturbances have become frequent occurrences all over Japan.In addition to that disrespectful behavior among the participants has become intolerable. In Morioka, Iwate, there was an incident in which one of the participants popped a party cracker towards the mayor as he was giving a speech. In Kochi, some years ago, a group of young people jeered at the governor when the governor was giving a speech to the ceremony participants. Since the ceremony organizers are having problems every year, the numbers of local governments that have to hire security guards to prevent the rampage are increasing. Moreover, spending a large amount of money on those kinds of party-like ceremonies is nothing but waste of a taxpayers’ money since the costs of the ceremonies are covered by local taxes. As fewer and fewer people are attending the ceremonies these days, all the local governments are now trying to seize young people’s attention with the result the ceremonies have become rather like parties than rite.Though those young people’s infantile behavior and rudeness are unbearable, we cannot single out them for such behavior. Basically, “young people” are all the same in any era. It has been said by elders that youngsters of today do not know manners in every age over and over again. The time itself has been changing and therefore, we must respond accordingly to changes in society. In general, traditionally the ceremony consists of speeches by political officials and a guest speaker and such an out-of-date style ceremonies can be seen to be nothing but boring although party-like ceremonies are pointless as they lose focus of the original purpose of the ceremonies.In conclusion, we no more need “traditional” or “government-driven” Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies. Instead, there should be more suitable way of welcoming 20-year-olds. This could be achieved by encouraging not only young people but also elder people to revamp the current ceremony-style and create more original manageable ceremonies.

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