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 It never gets out of date.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.