Archive | September, 2010

A day trip to Nagoya

29 Sep

I went to Nagoya in Japan with my high school friends last Saturday.
It took about two hours by train from Osaka.
It was my first time going to Nagoya.
We ate Hitsumabushi and Misokatsu which are famous foods in Nagoya.
Histumabushi is a kind of eel rice bowl(Una-Don).
There are differences between Hitsumabushi and Una-Don, but I can’t explain them.
Histumabushi
Misokatsu is pork cutlet(Tonkatsu) eaten with a miso-based sauce.
Misokatsu is usually served with shredded cabbage.
You can see Misokatsu on cabbage in the picture.
Misokatsu

Both of them were very delicious!
There are a lot of delicious food in Nagoya.
I’d like to go there again.

We also went to Nagoya castle.
Nagoya castle

We took a rest in a fancy cafe.
They served caffelattes with latte art.
It was amazing!!
Latte art

We had a really good time!

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Had dinner with my high-school friends

18 Sep

I had dinner with my high-school friends the day before yesterday.

We’re the same age and were members of the badminton club in our high school.
There were 6 members including me in the same age group in the badminton club.
Yesterday, two of them couldn’t come together.

We sometimes meet and get in touch with each other, but it’s difficult to gather everyone together after graduation from high school.
Even though we met almost everyday in high school because we practiced badminton and had only a few day-offs.

We enjoyed talking a lot!

This is a photo of a very delicious dessert, a strawberry ice-cream with some berries.
dessert

Keep your goals to yourself or not?

17 Sep

I watched this video by Derek Sivers on TED.

TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences. You can watch the videos on this site. There are many great speeches. These videos also help me learn English.
Derek Sivers says it’s important to keep goals secret because telling someone our goals makes us feel one step closer to achieving them. He also shows some prooves.

I agree with him and I also disagree with him.
If you have big goals, it’s better to keep your goals to yourself.
I agree to his opinion that telling someone your goals makes you feel one step closer or that they are already becoming part of your identity.
Please imagine that you have a dream of going on a trip around world. When you tell your friends the dream and its details(for example, where you will go, what you will watch and what you will eat and so on), you will feel like you’re already going on a journey.
Therefore I think we should keep goals secret.

On the other hand, I think we should tell goals someone if the goals are not so big.
If you tell goals someone, they’ll watch you.
I think telling goals to someone becomes a kind of stimuli and encourages you.
If you tell your friends that you study everyday, you always think that you should study because you have said so.
It is sort of a promise.

In conclusion, it’s better to keep goals secret if they are big goals.
It’s dififcult to decide which goals are big or not. It’s depend on you.
What do you think?

Hello world!

15 Sep

You’ve heard this words – “Hello World” many times if you have some experiences with programming.

Hi, there, I’m a university student in Japan and my major is Information Engineering.
I’ve learned English and Chinese by myself. I’d like to get a job and live abroad : )

I launched this blog to help me learn English and I like writing.
Thank you very much!