Maybe dyslexic people succeed because of their difficulty

Through Hard Talk on BBC featuring Henry Winkler talking about dyslexia, I ended up watching Hard Talk with Brian May, which was so, very super inspiring!!! At 6:40 "No, I don't go for money. No, you wouldn't. Why would you? If you don't do it because you love it, it would have died quickly, because… Continue reading Maybe dyslexic people succeed because of their difficulty


在日アイルランド人のピーター・マクミラン先生は、百人一首を翻訳し、One Hundred Poets, One Poem Eachという本として出版している。この本のカスタマーレビューには、オリジナルの日本語があること、翻訳と説明が美しいことなどが書かれている。 先日マクミラン先生の講演を効き、確かにそうだと思う。でも私は、講演で今まで知りえなかった、感動の百人一首に出会えた。それは、「歌」だ。 マクミラン先生は味のあるテノールの声で、いくつかの伊勢物語のうたを読み上げてくださった。最初の音ではっとした。心が揺さぶられ、涙がこみ上げてきた。百人一首はとてつもなく美しい歌なのだ!今までかるた大会で、百人一首が読み上げられるのを何度も聞いて来た。今まで何も特別に思わなかった。それはそのはずだ。例えば流行りの歌でも、声が美しくない人、音痴の人、心を込めて歌詞を歌わない人の歌を聴いて感動するだろうか?オペラのアリアは、一流の歌手が歌うと言葉の意味が分からなくても感動する。百人一首は、短歌は、外国の詩と比べるのではなく、オペラに比べられるものなのではと思うようになった。 気に入った曲を探すように、ユーチューブで百人一首を検索してみた。かるた大会。声の美しくない人。音楽的な感覚の無い人。本当にがっかりした。 マクミラン先生、今度はオーディションを行い、えりすぐりの歌い手が読む、日本クラシック歌集を作ってくださらないでしょうか?  

Effective Japanese – English Interpreting

People I know label me as a researcher with great language skills.But my unique and best skill that stands out above others is simultaneous interpreting, going from Japanese into English.Recently I had the opportunity to interpret for an event to learn about Japanese culture, with about 55 Japanese and 25 foreign guests.I was responsible for… Continue reading Effective Japanese – English Interpreting

Social Psychological View on Increasing Trend of Lifestyle Disease in Japan

I tried to pinpoint the prediction number in ratio of population that will have lifestyle disease (listed in previous entry) by 2020, but I could not find the exact prediction for Japan. I did find on Japan Ministry of Health and Labor that there are over 10 million people have diabetes and nearly 20 million… Continue reading Social Psychological View on Increasing Trend of Lifestyle Disease in Japan

Causes of Lifestyle Disease in Japan

I've been given the opportunity to interpret for two different clients in their research for lifestyle disease in Japan.It was like being paid well for attending an intense one month crash course.The topic was on lifestyle disease (called seikatsu shukan byo, life habit disease, in Japan), but it made me think of why Japanese people… Continue reading Causes of Lifestyle Disease in Japan

Choosing Science

As I studied for the Spring Semester that will begin on January 13th, 2014, I read Ivana Nikolic's "House for the Homeless: A place to Hang Your Hat" on the textbook, Field Working: Reading and Writing Research. I was fascinated with Ivana's story seen from insiders and outsider's perspectives. I related to her attitude that… Continue reading Choosing Science

Yossea Ikuta on Seafood Sustainability

Ikuta-san was on NHK (Japan equivalent of BBC in U.K.)  "Point of View, Point of Debate" program again for the 3rd time!He reminds me of Ronald Raegan. Just In 10 minutes, he perfectly describes the current seafood resource situation in Japan.Ikuta-san begins by sharing his experience of the discoveries he made of seafood sustainability activities… Continue reading Yossea Ikuta on Seafood Sustainability

What will happen if more of us work at jobs we are good at?

One of my project allowed me to recently visit Iki Island fishermen. I was interested in what they were saying and doing, but they struck me as someone very similar to my youngest son. Sturdy physical build, good at work that requires intense focus both mentally and physically. I kept on thinking, my son would… Continue reading What will happen if more of us work at jobs we are good at?

Happiness of Being a Part of Whole

I realize I have been writing philosophical things a lot.I will resist my inner voice that says "Don't embarrass yourself by writing self righteous stuff," and continue writing. Reality will visibly appear the same to the every human eyes.If I am looking at a cat from exact same angle, our eyes will perceive it in… Continue reading Happiness of Being a Part of Whole

“The opposite of sadness is not happiness”

The lesson 2 of Positive Psychology class at the Penn State University World Campus started with these words: Did you know that the opposite of sadness is not happiness? The opposite of sadness is actually...the absence of sadness.What this means is that if you could get rid of everything that is making you sad, you… Continue reading “The opposite of sadness is not happiness”

Willful Blindness As I listened to Margaret Heffernan's talk, I realized (1) it's easier for me to be serious than light, (2) I often choose to be willfully blind, (3) seafood sustainability issue that I am working on as a member of Packard Foundation project team is exactly this.  The team members are ordinary people.We just… Continue reading Willful Blindness