Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mammogram


I'm back! I have posted any blog for a long time. Actually, I have several blogs, not only this one, but for my work, my diary etc., and I haven't update any of them. I knew that creating a blog that will satisfy everyone is impossible, but I had a kind of trouble in some other blogs. I didn't feel like blogging any more. After a few month, I came back on a whim and probably, I'll be updating as frequently as possible!



Mammogram Recommendations?

Compared to other developed nations, fewer women take mammogram routinely in Japan, which is why breast cancer has a high mortality rate here. When the tumor is detected in the early stage, this disease is curable but as few people take a checkup, it is usually too late when they find a cancer. I recently had a chance to talk with an obstetrician and gynecologist and learned about the need to take medical checkup. We're still encouraging people to take mammogram here, so I was surprised when I heard about the guideline in the US. I assume this is due to the economic crunch, however, prevention is more important than curing cancer patients.

As for me, I took a checkup 2 years ago and I guess I have to take one this year.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Demise of the King

They said that it will be always remembered what you were doing when you heard the news about the death of Micheal Jackson. I was just sleeping and I got an email from a friend that informed me of the news. I was half asleep and I didn't get surprised or shocked at all. When I got out of the bed and turned on TV, I got shocked. Even though I haven't been listening to his music recently, I've always loved it. It never gets out of date.

Michal Jackson is literally the king who mesmerized people on the whole planet. I'd say he might have had as much power as Pope has in Christian world. He has been the only king and we will never have another Micheal Jackson in the future. We have such diverse music styles and everyone's preference differs from others.

I felt empathy for him when somebody, I forgot who he was, said that Michael was the loneliest man he had ever met. Even the King, who was admired by billions of people, could not fill in his loneliness. The more powerful you become, the less people you can trust, which is really a sad thing.

Michael is is not only the King. But to me, he looks like someone that lives in another world, which could be a virtual world, or in our illusion. I never see him as a ordinary human being just like us. He is the superpower, whom we can never get in touch. I really felt so when I heard the story one of the commentators told us about. He said he was asked by a Japanese girl if he has touched Michael. She shook hands with the commentator and she fainted. He is such a special figure.

Anyway, his demise in this time is not a bad thing. They say Michael looked so frail and he wouldn't have another chance for come back. If we saw Micheal in a terrible conditions, a lot of people would feel discouraged. Michael shouldn't be old. He must be the King, and an innocent boy who forever loves singing and dancing.

His sudden death slip back all the images of his glorious moments into a fantasy world.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

twitter

I'm having a hard time updating this place, but so far I never think about quitting updating.

I recently started using twitter. I still haven't figured out how well it work for me but seeing Anderson tweet is really fun for me!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Medical Marijuana

There have been a lot of problems related to marijuana in Japan these days. Quite a few celebrities were arrested, and students in prestigious universities were accused of drug traffiking. So legalizing this plant, even as medical use, is unthinkable here. I also cannot believe they are sold casually in some shops and people can get some marijuana easily.

Even so, it is OK to sell its seeds, which are usually processed so as not to let it burgion. We use the seeds for bird feed or spices. However, there's a catch. It's also OK to sell unprocessed seeds. But if you grow them, you get arrested.


I can understand how marijuana helped the musician relieve her pain and how much it changed her life. But I still don't think it's a good idea to see it as one of medical herbs. She said something like, "If it helps people feel good at the end of the day, government cannot judge his or her decision (to use the drug)." But in my opinion, something that could lead the society in the bad direction shoulg not be legalized.

Last week, Anderson was in LA and I love to see Anderson broadcast from the roof top of the building.


Monday, June 08, 2009

North Korea

I know it is a kind of absurd to talk about a news show broadcasted a week ago. I was planning on updating this place and took some pictures. Better late than never.


North Korea is a cause of headache for our country, what with abduction issue, nuclear programs, ballistic missiles. Among that, abduction issue is the major concern for the Japanese. Other countries give nuclear issue the first priority, which I personally believe is the right thing to do. And so, sometimes the Japanese government is frustrated when they don't take abduction issues as seriously as we expect.

And now, two American journalists were sentenced 12 years in prison, serving compulsive labor in mine lands. I have often seen on Japanese TV how inhumane they treat the inmates there. I feel sick in stomach just to recall what was reported. I think more and more people will be concerned about what's happening in NK, and I hope the country will be a better one.

As for the journalists, I think I saw a report by one of them, maybe Laura Ling(?). She appeared on 360 a few years ago, didn't she?? I was amazed by how she liked the country. She seemed so happy to be in "such a beautiful country." Japanese people tend to see NK as just an odd country and we never expect it to be beautiful. Since I saw her report, I've thought how biased our media might be. Basically, the Japanese have a hostile feeling toward NK, and so our media might like to promote prejudice.

Even so, I don't feel like showing respect to that regime.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ku Klux Klan

This is my first time to hear about KKK, which might sound like that I am so retarded when American people hear this. But I was surprised that this kind of discrimination was still going in this civilized nation.
It was a nice moment to see young Anderson. Although it was just 4 years ago, he seems a lot younger. I thought he looked so handsome in the old interview, but I found him much more attractive in the present.

Anyway, it is interesting to hear that it was like a "fairy tale" for a black man to be elected as a mayor of a small city in the country of which President is a black man. This mayor being elected is just as significant as the Presidential Election.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Talk with Bibi

Generally speaking, many Japanese people are ignorant of what's happening in Israel. To us, what's happening there is world away and we are so indifferent. I remember my Canadian coworker say,"Israeli issues are often taught in Western countries and many people are concerned about it but here in Japan, not so many people know about it." (... oh well
I'm just making excuse for my ignorance.)

Anyway, I don't have a positive feelings toward Israel as far as I learned from the talk between David and Anderson. Making the Middle East nuclear-free is so important for the entire world. And in order to realize it, Iran is the key. I can understand that. However, Israel cannot make it as long as the country itself is unstable. I think Obama is right. Dealing with Israel/Palestine issues is the most important in that region.

-------------------------------------------
I captured some cute pictures! I hope you enjoy them :)








Sunday, May 17, 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi


Not only people in "this" country, but I think many people in Japan do not know about the situation in Burma, either. And I'm afraid I am one of them. So it was a good opportunity for me to learn about what's happening to Suu Kyi and in Burma.
It was interesting when the musician, too bad I don't remember name, compared Aung San Suu Kyi with Nelson Mandela. Both of them fought for democracy, which was the very reason they were imprisoned. But they don't hate the people who had done that to them. They hate their surroundings where they are/were obliged to suppress democracy.
Is that really possible for a foreigner to sneak in the country and swim all the way to her? This is such a mystery. Somebody asked him to do so that they can arrest her?
Anderson must be so keen on this issue, he is always just as enthusiastic at any issues though, as Burma is his starting point of his extraordinary career. I also loved it when he played the music of the singer at the end to show his respect.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

It's been a long time since I blogged last time

Are there still visitors to this place?? Anyway, I came back to my own place for the first time n a very very long time.

I have been extremely busy with my work recently. I do enjoy watching the show but cannot spare enough time to keep up blogging. However, writing about the show is one of the best way to enhance my English and the lack of it made me realize how my English ability has been deteriorating these days. I think it's high time I started again.


Even so ...

Maybe I'll write about Pakistan, Burma or kayaking tomorrow.

I at least posted the commercial for CNN Heroes. Anderson sounds so soft and pays respect to all the possible CNN heroes.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Smile, please!

To be honest, I haven't been able to even watch 360 these days. I am kind of stressed out. But seeing my favorite anchor really helps me feel relaxed. Seeing his smile makes me smile:)


As I said, I haven't checked out the show for the past few days, I want to ask you this. Japanese "Prime Minister," which I never want to call him this way, visited White House and had a talk with President Obama. He is the first leader to visit White House. But how many of you know this? In my opinion, I didn't like his visit. There are several reasons.
1) The U.S. invited him just before State of the Union. It looks like that America showed respect to Japan, and actually, we thought that we are highly welcomed. However, media wouldn't focus on it as much as Obama's speech. In the end, his visit didn't make a big news.
2) I don't like current happened-to-be PM. I never think he is fit for the job and he is a national embarrassment. According to one survey, his supporting rate is less than 10%. The Washington should know that he wouldn't last long. (Actually, when Hillary came, she even had a talk with the leader of the opposition party.) While our leader just enjoyed being there, the U.S. succeeded in asking a helping hand when needed.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Commcercial

I successfully recorded the whole commercial of AC360! Is this the one you all see all around the world?

Randi Day!



Somehow, we didn't see the annoying captions on Anderson's face for the last half hour, which allowed me to take a lot of nice pictures! To me, Anderson looks even more handsome without any captions.



Can you imagine watching the show like this for the entire hour? I really hate this.








Pinching penny is the best thing for non-superwealthy people could do during this recession. However, everybody wants to find another nicer way to make a little more out of their daily lives. Situation seem to be the same everywhere on earth. That's why people want to ask professionals and hear their opinions. I know some friends suffering from this recession. What's bothers us is that we cannot see any prospect.

Octuplet mother looking like Angelina Jolie
I stupidly visited the website of the mother. All I found was "leave comment," however we cannot see any comment left. And the donation form. It's no wonder she should ask some donation but who would do at a time when everybody is tightening our belts?



She does look like Angelina Jolie and I guess she is just as old as her.







First Lady

I always thought electing the president in the U.S. means not only choosing the leader but also choosing the king. His family is the symbol of the country. In our country, we have some princesses and they are expected to act like our role models. They wear elegant but modest clothes and engage themselves in volunteer activities all year round. In order to be one, they are educated for a long time before they get married and be a member of the royal family.

And I think the First Lady is doing the same thing. However, they are not educated by any specialist right? They decide what to wear, what to say and how to act. They are talking about her fashion, and I liked the phrase, "Clothes don't wear her, she wears the clothes." She seems to know how to make her look gorgeous, powerful, and warmhearted.

When Michelle Obama's story started and Randi Kaye started the story, I thought about the same thing. "She's doing most of the show today!"

Not only three cover stories but cross talk during Beat 360, the Shot and also 360 bulletin.







See you soon!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Blunders

I basically liked Monday show a lot. It covered a wide range of topics, not only American politics and economics but octuplets, Michael Phelps, Michel Obama and so on.

BLUNDER 1


I agree that Phelps did such a blunder. But I don't blame him at all. Everybody in the world expects to see him as a perfect man. But he is just a young boy, too crazy and too strict about training himself. He sometimes needs a break. He was talked into smoking a pipe and he did it just out of his curiosity, right? This is minor mistake compared to his extraordinary achievement as a swimmer. I understand some companies are angry about him but to me, it seems they are seeing him as brand image. He is a swimmer that everybody in the world should admire.

BLUNDER 2

I'm about to make a complaint about "THE SHOT" on that day, but the picture above looks sooo cooooool:)
Anyway, I liked to see Anderson and Erica giggling about the porn in the midst of the football game. But I don't think it is a right thing for CNN to do. Some crazy guy might have done it intentionally or somebody inside the cable TV network might have made a silly mistake. But in any way, it is something the cable network are greatly regretful about. Talking the issue is either giving pleasures to the nut or insulting the TV company. Other companies should just ignore such a blunder although it is crucial for the cable company to take it serious and apologize.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Octuplet

I've always wanted to have triplets. I cannot think of any particular reasons but I once had a dream of having twins and I got really disappointed because I needed one more. This might have reflected my desire hidden deep in my mind. I often heard how difficult it is to raise twins. It's easy to assume it would be even harder to raise triplets. However, I cannot imagine what it is like to bring up octuplet along with 6 other children without a husband.

At first, I was amazed and happy to hear about the news. But there seem a lot of problems concerning this medical treatment. (1) Screening failure; she isn't fit to bear octuplet for psychological, financial reasons etc. (2) Malpractice; too risky and babies may have had a good chance of some kind of disability. (3) Cost; raising kids cost huge amount of money. (4) No regulation for fertility treatment. Anderson pointed out how media report on this news, which I thought is a really important issue.


This is what I used to like doing for this blog. Taking pictures of cute, smiling Anderson! Now I can seldom do this due to that open caption CNNj offers. Anyway, He showed this beautiful smile before they added caption and I succcessfuly get this one.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Some pictures

I saw the new AC360 commercial for the first time today. I've always disliked the previous one and this one is far better!



Just one picture from Wednesday's show.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I've been doing this!

When was the last time I blogged about 360? Has everyone left this blog?

Anyway, I have been devoted to practicing the piano for the past one month. I am going to join YouTube Symphony project! They distribute a music score for various musical instruments and collect music videos performed by musician all around the world. They will put them together and make one piece of music. Sounds really exciting to me!


Usually, I spend non-working time on 360 related things. Instead, I spent most of my time practicing the piano, or listening to the music so I could memorize. Of course, I have been pretty busy with my real work, too. I didn't think I had enough time for the piano practice and I am not 100% satisfied with my performance, but still this was the best I could do.



Tan Dun: You Tube Symphony "Eroica"



Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 "Waldstein"

Why played the piano in kimono? I read that "they need international videos," and thought I should wear traditional clothes. I hope it will cath their eyes. I know my performance is not as good as other pianists, but if they like it, I might be invited to Carnegie Hall!

It was really fortunate that I have a kimono. Japanese girls usually make our own kimono when we reach the age 20. But kimono costs a lot and these days it is getting popular to rent one and just take a picture of ourselves in it. I am really thankful that my parents buy one for me.

I'll show you some photos of me wearing my kimono.


Now that I am almost finished with this project, I hope I'll be back on blogging next week!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration Eve

It is really nice to see people getting more and more excited awaiting the most exciting moment in American history.

I'll write more about the event later. Just enjoy gorgeous-looking Anderson's pictures;) As for me, I got so crazy to see Anderson in Washington. I was so excited that somehow, I meaninglessly walked round and round my room. He looked excited and proud of being that place as well as all the people there.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Adorable Puppidential Candidate

I couldn't believe this but I haven't checked out my favorite program for a few days. Our school had a special seminar and had to work from 7:30 to 19:00 every day. By the time I got home, I didn't have enough energy left to even watch an one-hour show. So when I saw today's show, Anderson looked even more beautiful than I last saw him.

Too bad I couldn't have any pictures of Andergiggles. Everytime he showed adorable smiles, caption blocked some part of his beautiful face....

Scintology

I agree some part of their belief. Drugs subscribed by doctors are not always good. Personally, I don't like relying on medicines. Especially, drugs doctors gives us are stronger than those sold at drug stores. But sometimes we do need ones. Why can't they be flexible? When you believe something blindlly, you might miss something important.

Pupidential Debate

How funny! Anderson tries to look as serious as the real presidential debate!


Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!


I'm sure you all enjoy Anderson's New Year's Eve special tonight. Just before it turned 2009, they played Imagine, and I really love that. (As far as I remember, they played it last year, too. Maybe every year they play it?) Terrorism is associated with poverty and as more and more people are losing jobs and getting hungry and we are seeing terrorism even in developed countries too. I cannot help hoping for a better year.

In Japan, we send New Year's card to many friends, coworkers, or just to anyone they know. We post them around December 25 and post office keep them until January 1st. Then we get all the New Year's card on the morning of the 1st. Here's one of the card that I made for New Year's card.

Again, I wish all of you a very happy new year!