I Changed My Blog Theme

I may get bored easily.   I felt like changing something.     The themes WordPress has are not enough.     There might be more if I were able to customize.   I finally found this lovebirds.   How do you like it?   As a profile photo, I decided to use Japanese face mark.   Previous photo,  Kumamon is enough famous already.   He doesn’t need my help to enhance his visibility.  lol  I’d like to spread Japanese face mark from now.   Color is yellow.  Japanese is belong to the yellow race.  However our skin is not yellow like this!

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.

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 (^^)/