Friday, March 28, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
As I wrote before, I'll travel to NY again next week. But the fact is... I haven't prepared anything about the trip. I at least booked plane ticket and a room. My suitcase is completely empty and so is my schedule. Is there any good suggestion? If you know some good restaurants, shops, museums, musicals and others, please let me know!
I've been waiting to see Anderson's interview with David Beckham. Not having an access to CBS, I've been checking out 60 minutes website daily as well as I visit CNN/360. Finally I could see those two guys play soccer together. It's going to be a really nice interview.
I like watching soccer game and I admire his dexterity in his leg. His leg (left leg?) is sometimes compared to a golf club. I once heard that he can pass the ball so perfectly, that is, if the receiver is good at shooting with his right leg, Beckham passes the ball to the perfect position for his right leg. Of course, he does the same things to the player with good left leg.
However, I was wondering why Anderson took an interest in him. I am starting to find the answer to see the preview. Beckham wants to play a role of an ambassador and to make soccer, not "football," more popular in America. I believe this is a perfect mission for him. It sure does have a potential
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Did I really listen to the interview? Well, I don't think I understood everything although I watched the show twice. The first time, I went so crazy. The second time, I was trying to listen to them while captureing some pictures. But again, I didn't listen to them caredully enough. I was just looking at Anderson! He looked brilliant today, even with stitches!
I felt exhausted after extremely busy days. I should have hit the sack as soon as I came home, but instead, I turned on my PC, with which I see CNN every day, and checked out Tuesday 360. As I wrote, I kept on shouting and almost fainted several times, which made me even exhausted. But the show really soothed my fatigue. I need to watch podcast again so that I might listen to them more carefully.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
They finally covered the story of Michelle Obama. After winning the primary, I was afraid this would fuel momentum. However, they are showing the story of Clinton's side on the next day's show and they showed a little bit of preview. They are really trying to be neutral. On the blog, it seems there are some viewer who are complaining that they are toward one side, but they are not considering the characteristics of open conversation. There may be by far more people who support one side. In that case, even though moderators are checking, more positive comments will appear for one side.
We, regular 360 viewer, know that he'd come back from Hawaii but Anderson explained why he gave him macadamia nuts to us,which I found really cute!
I was wondering what he was going to do with the souvenir. He might munch some while blogging during commercial. He might share it with other crews after the show. He might bring it home.
I have been pretty busy with my work as I often write. Now I am even busier because I decided to join another English class, I already have one at my own school though, to improve my English skill! I have a lot of assignments. I feel as if I became a college student again!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Speaking of Japanese schedule, we don't have summer time. I turned on TV 20 minutes before 360 was supposed to start. But it had started! Then I realized that summer time has started there. I really believe we should have summer time in Japan in order to save energy. ...saving energy? Hmm, with or without it, I might comsume a lot of energy because I am such a night owl and I usually go to bed after 3:00am.
Anyway, even though I didn't miss the lame SHOT, my DVD recorder started recording when the second hour started.
and only a minute later,
Thursday, March 06, 2008
We need streakers on the program (!?)
I wish I would be able to post the next blog earlier.
On another note, I wrote about Obama city in Japan and stupid citizes there. You can see the video here!
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Posted: 10:30 AM ET
OBAMA, Japan (CNN) — At a small bakery in a fishing village in western Japan, the ovens are on overdrive Tuesday.
"Tomorrow's the big event," said Koichi Inoue, steam rising from his freshly baked sweet "manju" treats. "We want Obama to win."
Inoue holds up a manju, his prized treat this year. Emblazoned on the front is a caricature of presidential candidate Barack Obama, with the phrase: "I (heart) Obama."
The fanatical support of this isolated town of 32,000 residents seems most unlikely until you learn its name: Obama, Japan. And this town is supporting its namesake with the sort of gusto you'd expect only from a proud town cheering on its favorite son, even though the candidate has never been here and the residents have only seen him on television.
As the U.S. primary vote returns come in Wednesday in Japan, the self-proclaimed "Unofficial Supporters of Obama" are planning a party with all the Obama fixings it can muster.
The club says up to 100 of its members are gathering in their celebration kimonos to watch American news coverage. For entertainment, members who are also local hula girls have created a dance in honor of the man who might be the next U.S. president.
Special sushi, hamburgers, and pork fillets, all made in honor of Barack Obama, are on the menu. And while their opinions won't matter when it comes to votes, they remain determined to send well wishes half-way around the world.
"I love Obama!" said Tatsyuyki Funai, the president of Funai Works Co, a lacquer chopsticks maker. He showed us his special "Obama" chopsticks he'd love to send to Barack Obama.
A pair of the city's chopsticks did go to the senator. Mayor Toshio Murakami sent a set of Obama's signature lacquer chopsticks a year ago, in honor of Barack Obama's birthday, which falls on "Chopstick Day."
He didn't hear from the senator until a week ago, but says he doesn't really mind the delay because the accompanying letter, he says, was so kind.
"Here," said Murakami, pointing to Barack Obama's signature on the letter, now an official city 'treasure.' Above it were the words, "Your friend," in Japanese. "It's very elegant and I'm honored to get this during abusy political season."
In the letter, the senator wrote to the mayor, "As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is exciting to hear that you are engaged in debates that reach beyond your shores. We share more than a common name."
Alcillena Wilson, an American teaching English in Obama, Japan, was surprised to learn how engaged her neighbors were in U.S. politics, thanks to the simple accident of sharing a name with a candidate.
"Many Americans have never heard of Obama the city, Japan. I'm sure we've all heard of Tokyo and Osaka and Kyoto. So it's a way to open up the means of communication and learn about each other. And I think it's great."
For Koichi Inoue, the bakery owner prepping those special manju treats for the Obama party, the connection means more than just a quirky coincidence.
"Obama is an old town and needs a second wind. Maybe this is exactly the newspirit our town needs."
–CNN Correspondent Kyung Lah
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
That's what I said the moment I saw the picture. But Erica's "WOW" was even more hearty and I loved that!
I didn't mean to scare you off...
As Anderson was telling a story about knut, his voice started to become softer and softer and sounded like a three-year-old boy. I can see and listen to this segment again and again on podcast!