I Started “Pinterest”

I opened my account at “Pinterest”  Photo sharing service.

http://pinterest.com/

Pinterest began in the United States, so I suppose many Americans have already known it.   But it’s not popular in Japan yet.   It seems that users are mainly women.  It’s very easy to use the sites.   It doesn’t need English skill much.  (good to me^^)   It’s very nice to be able to share Pinterest’s photos with Facebook friends.  Maybe with Twitter too.   I’m not belong to Twitter yet…  In the beginning I thought what was interesting???   But I found it interesting  in browsing through.   I search for nice photos for my collection every day.  What a waste of time!   I also want to upload my photo works some day.  I heard that Japanese on-line shopping company “Rakuten” invested in Pinterest.  Good decision!

http://global.rakuten.com/en/

Social networking services are now very popular throughout the world.  Recently, there seems to be voice posting service too.  But it’s not easy to monetize those services.   Pinterest for free,  this blog for free  internet for free.  What a good age we live in.   According to the newspaper,  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “we don’t provide the service to make money.  we want the social bond of people to  strengthen”   Investors may feel at a loss.  Stock became half price of the first listing.

http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/fb/stock-chart

I think people in this modern era seek for spiritual relationship rather than material wealth.  After people are filled with a certain amount of material thing, do they desire for spiritual relationship with people having similar taste on the net?   Not only family and community but friends on the net …   By the way, how do American make so many Facebook friends?  hundreds, thousands friends…

I spend time for  SNS,  even not bringing money.  Especially it takes time to write this blog, translating with a dictionary(This blog is English version of my original one. Look at the personal link)  Why am I doing  these?   I feel the unique world on the internet.  I feel the warmth of people I meet there.    It’s very interesting and it’s fun.   Thank you for reading my blog(*^.^*)   An accounting teacher said only what is written down means existence.   No record means non-existence.   I ‘d like to leave something by writing this blog while I’m alive.

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I Unexpectedly Met Kumamon!

When I went downtown, I unexpectedly met Kumamon.  He was performing in an event.   I saw real Kumamon for the first time.  Kumamon is a publicity character created to aim at vitalizing and boosting this area economy.   He is very popular here.

at bakery

at cake shop

at department store

crane game

at luggage store       what a big kumamon backpack!

at  clothing shop

at candy shop                                              bus pass

A Documentary Film

I rented a documentary film “Inside Job” which I mentioned in the previous article  https://happyuan.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/   This film won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.  It is described by Charles Ferguson how the late-2000s financial crisis happened .  Many big names were interviewed.  But Robert Rubin(the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury),Larry summers(the 71st United States Secretary of the Treasury )Henry Paulson(the 74th United States of the Treasury)Alan Greenspan(Chairman of the FRB1987-2007)Ben Bernanke(Chairman of the FRB),  they declined to be interviewed.    There exists systemic corruption among the bureaucrats, politicians, businesses and scholars.  It’s common to all nations .  I think that Japan has the same kind of problem relating to construction of nuclear power plants.  This happens in other countries as well.  But America has a significant impact on world.  Martin Wolf of the Finantical Times said that it was global ponzi scheme. Ragharam Rajarn of IMF2003-2007 pointed out irrationality that trader got huge cash bonuses based on short-term profit, but was imposed no penalties for later losses. I so agree with him.

What can  ordinary people do to change?  I think that it was very hard to make this film.  I’d like to pay my respect to Charles Ferguson.

Japanese Culture Emoticon and Gyaru

Reading blogs written in English, I noticed the difference of emoticon between Japan and other countries.

When I first saw smiley : )  I didn’t understand the meaning. Now I understand I should look it sideways.  It is fun that smiley turns pictogram on WORD. I tried another : (   also changed.  How cute! Is there any other convertible emoticon?

There are  many emoticons  in Japan. Japanese popular emoticons are the followings.

(^^) smiling, (T_T)crying, m(_)m bowing, (@@)surprised, dizzy, (>_<)pain, failure, (- -;) embarrassed.  Can you understand?  My favorite emoticon is (≧∀≦)  I use this in various cases as joy, shy,  embarrassed, but I wonder if this is garbled here….  Various people creat their original emoticon from simple one to complicated one. For example, ” I Love (*v_v)σ ★―You―★”.

The other day I found some blogger who is a British girl uses the same type of emoticon.

http://cupcakesakura.wordpress.com/

She is very cute.  She looks like Japanese gyaru. Gyaru have dyed hair, from dark brown to blonde(she doesn’t need to), decorated nails, and dramatic makeup. There seems to be several kinds of Gyaru.

Hime(princess) Gyaru

Gothloli (gothic & lolita) Gyaru

These gyaru fashion is  popular in young people.

Then I introduced “Tokyo kawaii TV” to her. This TV show focuses on gyaru fashion, a lot of cute goods,etc.

http://www.nhk.or.jp/kawaii/english/index.html

But this TV station seems not to allow it on YouTube.  I couldn’t find it. So I link the different one instead. They are university students.

I think Japanese girls tend to be cute and childish rather than being grown-up or sexy.  That is opposite to the girls in western culture. Am I right?

I’ll introduce not only personal matters but Japanese culture in this blog (^^)/

Do You Know The Company Engaged In Pokemon Business?

My son loves Pokemon.   He has loved Pokemon from the time he was in kindergarten.  He hasn’t been interested in something like Power Rangers or vehicles at all.  Even now he who is 12 years old loves Pokemon.

Every summer he buys an advance ticket for a movie Pokemon.  It is attached free Pokemon goods such as a file or a bag,  and a Pokemon gift coupon.  At toy shop, he gets a Pokemon into DS via infrared communication with the coupon.  Come summer vacation, he goes to see the movie with his father.  His father seems to look forward to it too.

By the way, do you know the company engaged in Pokemon business?

It is The Pokemon Company!  Wow “・・・・・・”<-I can’t express my feeling well in English.  Pokemaniac must be happy if he can get a job with that company.  Pokemon company engages in global business.  Since my son was in elementary school, he has shared information with his friends and connect his DS and internet by WiFi, then played  Pokemon battle and traded Pokemon with kids worldwide.

The other day he was watching YouTube and laughing.  It seems that pokemon-crazy kids can understand Pokemon story even in foreign languages.