Friday, March 11, 2011


Our country is at stake.  I am pretty far away from the epicenter, and completely safe.  But still, people are cautious about possible tsunami.

I have not updated this place for a long time.  Many of you might think it would be better to shut down, but I still have an intention to update again.  I still check out AC360 daily and when I don't update this blog, I feel a bit guilty about it.  Simply, I have too many things to do right now.

As for the main topic, Anderson is coming to Japan.  I wish I could go to the epicenter, doing some volunteer activities and also searching him!  This is not the right to thing to say, but I'm pretty excited about seeing Anderson reporting live from Japan.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Interview with Yoko Ono

I am not particularly a big fan of Yoko Ono, but I found the interview interesting.  Anderson fully knows what it is like to lose somebody special and compares his hardship with that of Yoko.  She sometimes sounds like she was assuaging him, which makes her look incredibly strong.

I know she is a remarkably influential person, but to me, she looks pretty weird.  I sometimes want to say to her, "You are not JOHN." Of course she is doing what John would be doing but she is not a musician but an artist.  She should have some other way to spread her message.  Now she's built "Imagine Peace Tower."  This is exactly what I, or people in the world, have expected her to do.

Interview 1
Imagine Peace Tower
It was such a nice idea to build that tower in Iceland.  The wisdom of power is spreading from the North to the world.  How wonderful!

How They Met
A superstar falling in love with somebody who doesn't know him/her is a nice story to hear.  Instead of Yoko being strongly loved by John, she suffered from being heaped too much blame on for the disband of the Beatles.  Being a Japanese woman must have excruciate her in those days.   I guess such an experience has made her even stronger.

Why Celebrate John's Birthday
To many young people, including me, John is an icon.  I even wonder if such a man ever truly existed.  He is just too influential to be an ordinary person.  (He IS an extraordinary man, of course.)  He sometimes looks like somebody created to promote world peace.  Yoko wants to focus that he existed on this planet.

Anderson, on the other hand, focuses on the day his father passed away, which he says is not a good thing.  That sounds a harrowing remark to me. To a ten-year-old boy, having such an experience is so tough that it is natural he can never efface that memory.  That day must be much more overwhelming that the days he celebrate Dad's birthday.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Haiti -Day 2

I'm glad Anderson is back in Haiti. It's a shame people's lives have not improved as we'd expected. Just after the earthquake hit, so many countries and organizations promised to give what help we can to the country. What is happening there and how they are rebuilding the city must be reported so each one of us who've helped can tell how their money is being used. However, those help haven't reached needy people, which I found really disappointing. (As for me, I donated some money to Medicine Sans Frontier, which has successfully giving them a helping hand.)

I am kind of relieved to see Bea, that little girl who was rescued on the very day Anderson visited the city just after the earthquake. It's not just seeing people's lives in general but keeping track of how certain specific persons have been doing that I am interested in. Seeing Bea, I could tell how strong we can be under such an extreme circumstance. Her smile is strong, adorable and beautiful.

I'm also impressed with Sanjay's work. He found children in an orphanage suffering from food shortage and took quick action.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Oil Spill

I haven't been keeping up with the detail of this incident but when I saw gallons of oil gushing out of the pipe into the sea, I was totally shocked. I even feel guilty when I use too much water, such as keeping water running while I do the dishes or brush my teeth. It's no wonder they should keep the public from exposing to the horrifying image. But we need to be informed of how much impact it has.
And Anderson looked really committed to making things clear, which is one of the reason I like Anderson a lot.

I found the research on races really interesting. We're seeing the research from another aspect tomorrow and I'll update again later.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Withdrawal Agony?

I often write here that I haven't stopped blogging. I've been up to the eyeballs in overload. Seeing Anderson is really a breath of fresh air recently. At one time, I missed the program and my students said to me, "It looks like you're suffering from a withdrawal agony." They know me really well.

Just posting some pictures is all I can do now. Hope to write more about the show in a few weeks.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Back to Haiti

Before I saw Anderson back in Haiti, I had been thinking about what he said. Media spend only little time on Haiti these days. Not about CNN, but I am talking about situation in Japan. I always keep Anderson's belief in my heart. We should not forget about tragedies even though they are not paid attention to by majority of people.

I felt all the happier because I hope he will be the last reporter to stay there to tell us lives in Haiti.

On a brighter note, Anderson looks extremely sexy in such a devastated area. Actually, I was so happy that I showed some of his reports to my high-school students. They are now big Anderson Cooper fans! I am not only teaching English, but telling them how wonderful AC is!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Human Nature

Forgive me for my stupid fan's point of view, but the longer Anderson stays in Port-au-Prince, the more attractive he becomes. Maybe from sadness, anger, frustration... All these experience is making him emotionally stronger, more responsible for his job, and he's become stunningly handsome.

That's what I thought at the beginning of the show. Later on, as I see more report from there, I could tell what makes him look like that.

I am an English teacher in Japan, and a few years ago, I told my students how poor Haiti is, and there were food riots there. People fought for foods, and plunder what others had. At that time, I remember seeing only a short report on a riot.

From Anderson's report on looting, I thought I saw human nature. His camera was nearly robbed People need to fight in order to survive. This is really sad, but generations later, survivors might become heroes. They might be seen as stronger ones. We all know we should help each other, but those ethics won't work when it comes to the matter of life and death.

It was a breath of fresh air to see Anderson rescue a young boy. The boy seemed severely injured but he had no time to cry. He needs to survive.

And we should not forget about Sanjay's amazing work. He works as a doctor as well as a journalist. He tells us firsthand what's going on in health center there. As time goes by, they desperately need to avoid infection. People there do not have anything and they do need food and drugs to survive. All they need is donation, even though we can not tell if all the donation reaches needy people or not, this is the only thing we can do. I personally donated via Medecins sans Frontieres. Have you given them a helping hand?

Life and Death

In the aftermath of gigantic earthquake, first, I saw heroes, helping each other survive. Five days later, there are far more dead bodies than those surviving under rubbles. Of course all the lives are equally precious, but at this moment, they don't expect someone to be alive. This is what makes one life even more precious, giving hope to everyone.

It was heartwarming seeing a baby rescued after more than 60 hours. She may not have understood the situation, where her family members were dying around her, but her smile seemed genuinely happy. She gave us a big hope.

While there are some hope for those who are rescued, there are numerous dead bodies neglected and buried inhumanely. I remember seeing as many birds buried after the case of avian flu was detected. I felt sad seeing birds stacked and buried in one place. That was birds. This time, what I see in the site was countless numbers of human bodies. That was shocking. So shocking to me that I got frozen for a while. I did assume that they would not be identified. But under good government and organization, it is normal that who are buried there. I didn't know that in Sumatra, each of the dead bodies was pictured so that the loved ones would know how they end up their lives.

The smell must have been overwhelming and I could tell how eerie it was. I really appreciate his decision to let us see the mass grave. Really shocking but we must see. Who that see this devastation could turn a blind eye to Haiti? We are all responsible for helping them.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I don't know much about Haiti. All I know is that the country is extremely poor, so poor that people even ate cookies made of mud, and that the government is not working very well. But that's enough for me to imagine what a chaotic situation this earthquake would create. Of course we see many bad things on the aftermath of the earthquake, but through this report, we did see many nice moments. People are helping each other. International aids had not reached them. They have to do what little things they can to help others.

I always support Anderson's commitment to let the world know what is happening in the devastated area. I like him all the more for his kind remark on Haitian people. They deserve to have their stories told.

I'll write more about Haiti later, just posting some other photos.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Impact Your Word Commercial

It's nice to hear Anderson's voice during a commercial break unexpectedly. The strong light makes him look even more photogenic.