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Is it hotter than old days?

It's really hot! I felt very hot in Osaka. I had been to Osaka. I felt as if Osaka were a part of subtropical zone. It was far different from the climate of the Tokyo metropolitan area. It is not that hot in The tokyo metropolitan area.

On Monday of the July 8th, there was a heavy rain and thunder in the east part of Tokyo in the late afternoon. The rainy season ended, since when we have been experiencing an extremely hot season. The end of the rainy season eas officially declared to have ended.

"If you don't care, you don't feel hot." This is not true. The heat rushes on my chest prove it.
I can clean the room; do the washing and cooking though I keep complaining when doing so" I feel hot! Hot!" I move around, get sweaty, and then take a shower and wash the sweat away. It's all right. On the other hand I can't do the desk work without air-conditioning. I can't concentrate in a hot and humid room.

Do we suffer heat stroke long ago? Even if we did suffer heat stroke, wasn't the news reported? Or the Japanese have got intorlerable for heat recently?

I noticed that the number of heat stroke patients has increased since 1995, as I visited the website of National Institute for Enviromenta Studies. However, when I read more closely, I found that the number of fatalities has increased since 1994, and one one of the reasons for increase of the fatality number in 1995 is said to be the reveasion of the law for making death certificate accompanied with the change of international sorting of disease in 1995. It also says that the primary cause for increasing the death toll is the ageing populations.

When I was a child, we didn't have the word "heat stroke". We only had "sun stroke". It was also hot in summer. I remember that the melted asphalt stuck the sole of sneakers. I occasionally felt dizzy in the heat. This sense of mine that it was also hot in those days is almost right becasue we can make sure of it by consulting the past weather of major cities throughout Japan. In midsummer and midwinter more old people and sick persons died today although I couln't find sipporting statistics. We have the phrases; "somebody couldn't survive the summer"; "somebody couldn't survive the winter". We had poor nutrition and hygiene, it was emphasized that we must show guts without a right reason in those days. I speculate that the death toll of the middle aged from heat stroke was larger than today.

It is certain that the average yearly temperature in Japan has riseb over the last 100years. The statics issued by the meteological agency proves it, and some old people say that they realize the same. I guess that it is not hotter in summer, but that the winter has become milder. My conclusion is that it was and is hot in summer, and some of us suffered and suffer from the summer heat.
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# by mamineko110 | 2013-07-11 23:16

TUBES A Journey to the Center of the Internet

Our hometown library mailed me that they were ready with the book I had been waiting for. The totle is "TUBES A Journey to the Center of the Internet". Did I ask them to get such a book?...... I don't remember at all. A few days later I went to the library and opened the book. This book is printed in small letters. I don't have the energy to read the book now. I read through a few pages and then I gave up.

I have been using iPhone for four years. The iCloud has become available since the introduction of iPhone 4. I wondered "What's this ?!" when I saw the icon for the first time. It is said that our data would be saved instead of being saved in the PC by ourselves.Since then I haven't saved my back-up in the PC.I'm afraid that the naming is misleading; I mean we may misunderstand hat iCloud is something like one of the clouds in the sky; our data is stored in such a cloud. Even if we don7t think that it is a real cloud, we may misunderstand it for some kind of a breakthrough.

I have been thinking what the internet is. We should need some hardware other than a PC or a smartphone. What is going on about them? When we installed an optical cable system for the internet connection, the provider worked on the power pole outside for some days, then they drew the cable into the house. Such work and installation are necessary for the internet all over the place. I think that an enormous amoount of such connections enables the communication with the opposite side of the earth. this book may say such and such: how the Internet works physically. I am truly curious about a lot of thing. It's my troublesome habit to get curious sbout something in details. I want to know the content; however I don't have energy to read it through. I wish if I could find an easy capsule review which summarizes the contnt.

i found a book review on the net finally. The review says as below: this book is a reportage on the physical infrastructure of internet and a rare book which invites readers to the entity of the Internet. we often use words like "cloud" or "wireless",then gradually come to think as if the internet was an intangible virtual space. After reading through this book you throughly understand that it is an aggregate of cables. Your Email to your friend in the US is not sent directly by wireless, but goes through the underwater cable kaid under the Pacific Ocean. The Internet is a tangible entity of substances.
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# by mamineko110 | 2013-05-17 23:49 | うだうだ

Point cards and face-recognition vending machine

I found the difference between point cards and loyalty stamps the other day. When we make a point card, we write our name, telephine number and address in the application form. I didn't think of writing a false name and address at that time. I guessed most people write their real names and addresses.
We hand the point cadrs every time we pay at the register. The shop gets the information about -where the customer lives, how old he or she is, and when, what and how many he or she bought previously. The information is valuable unless giving false information for application becomes common.
On the contrary, loyalty stamps don't demand any information about the customer until he or she accumulate a certain number of them and get a voucher. Customers have to write their names, addresses and telephone numbers when they exchange the stamps into vouchers.
I haven't heard that some mischief was commited by using the personal data in the application form of the point card.
An old woman says that her next door Lawson comes up with a line up of goods she wants as if the store reads her mind. It is possible because Lawson knows when what kind of customer buys what from the record of the point cards and it can estimate what kind of goods are in good demands. the shop obtain valuable information. This can't be applied to loyalty stamps. Customers are required to give their addresses, names and telephone numbers only when they get a certain number of stamps and want to exchange them into some monetary vouchers.

I heard of face recognition vending machines in the station yard of Yamanote Line. A camera on the machine shoots a photo of a customer and automatically estimate how old and which sex the customer is. I have never come across such machines yet; anyway red lamps blink on and off above recommended five drinks out of 30drinkas by judging from the photo.
There are also face recognition electronic signs. They shows advertisements most recommnedable the sex and age judging from the photo shot by the camera on the upper part of the sign.
Gmail is free mailer. It displays advertisements based on the contents of our mails we wrote.
As for the point cards this kind of utilization of the information is OK because we give our personal information on our free will and we can give false information if we don't want it to be utilized.
In the case of face recognition vending machines there may be no problem unless they don't use our photos as they are although i feel it a little too accomodating to show recommnedable drinks. And the electronic signs are also kind of pushy because it sounds like saying that " This is good for your age." As for Gmail, because this is free we can't complain anything about it; however, I don't feel comfortable.
I speculate that somebody will put a blinder seal on the camera lens on the vending machine if he or she finds where it is.
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# by mamineko110 | 2013-04-15 11:16 | うだうだ

Shy and Extroverted

I got an interesting indication from the article of TIME. I feel happy now that what I had vaguely had in my mind has been logically clarified.

The article differentiates the concept of being shy, introverted and extroverted as follows:
Being introverted doesn’t have to mean shy, though there is overlap.
Shyness is a form of anxiety characterized by inhibited behavior. It also implies a fear of social judgment that can be crippling.
Shy people actively seek to avoid social situations, even ones they might want to take part in, because they may be inhibited by fear.
Introverts shun social situations because; they simply want to be alone.
Introverted people aren’t bothered by social situations. They prefer not to engage, and find social interactions taxing.
Extroverts draw energy from mingling with large groups of people.

My mother often had told me that women shouldn’t be extrovert; women’s intrusive behavior would be criticized in the world. She is lively-natured but obedient to her parents and the social norm of Syowa Days over 60 years. I guess that she is neither an extrovert nor an introvert, but an ambivert. Even when she wants to go out with a group of her friends, she never wants to be the one who calls it up.
I was shy; I was shy for a long time and so am I still now, partly.
I think that I am mostly extrovert because I prefer going out to staying at home. But I feel much drained after being out and mingling with people even if I have enjoyed myself. After I did something I get worried about how the people felt about it. But the older I get, the thicker my skin is (the more impervious I become). So my shyness slowly as I get older.
Japan was occupied by the United States after World WarⅡand so much Americanized as time went. The Japanese social norm has changed gradually during the Syowa Period. I don’t believe that young girls don’t find it bad to be an extrovert.
If I had not developed a sense of guilt about being an extrovert, I might be good at getting along with people. I am sorry about that.
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# by mamineko110 | 2012-03-18 23:04 | うだうだ

The food with memories

The most popular topics in our alumni mailing list are food and health problems. Everybody gets old and eats something. We can enjoy conversation about affordable food. Our latest topic was leaf burdock. We can see bunches of leaf burdock at groceries in Kansai area in early spring. I haven’t seen them in Kantou area. Even if I see a young burdock, it doesn’t have leaves. When it was taken as a topic, even one who have not eaten such a vegetable in childhood because the parents came from a different part of Japan get inclined to buy one. We are not so young now, so we come to love slightly bitter vegetables such as seri and leaf burdock. People sometimes want to eat food as a reminder of old days.
When I was in New York the easiest way to fix dinner was to order a Chinese or pizza delivery. The Chinese was delivered in small paper bucket. There was some amount of oil in the bottom of the bucket. The amount of oil is pretty excessive. I felt so anyway. When I learned Chinese stir fry, the Taiwanese friend used so much oil. She had 5-gallon square canned oil.
I had a rule to order a Orange Flavored Chicken and Shrimp Romen because I was told that those two were rather easy for Japanese to eat by the former Japanese resident. It is not that we loved them but that we didn’t have alternatives.
After coming back to Japan I sometimes feel like eating them. It is easy to cook Orange Flavored Chicken. But I can’t reproduce the Shrimp Romen. It has become a food of nostalgy.

I saw zucchini for the first time those days. I found it strange. It looked like a Japanese cucumber but the taste was so different, something like premature pumpkin. I looked for a cucumber to my senses because cucumbers were very big in the US. I didn’t like zucchinis when I was in NY; however, every time I saw one, I bought it after coming back to Japan.

I sometimes have chances to talk to Mormon missionaries.
I saw two boys who loved ramen very much last year. Even they had their favorite ramen shop. They have to be transferred from one place to another in a short cycle during their 2-year term. I imagine they had large number of their favorite shops all over the Japan.
I ate tendon with girl missionary in Asakusa over 20years ago. I wonder if she sometimes recalls the Tendon.
Their terms are 2years for boys and 1.5years for girls and they are 19 years old and 21yearas old respectively. They have to live on a limited amount of money while they were in Japan, I heard. So I am sure they remember the taste of food very well.
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# by mamineko110 | 2012-02-18 17:52 | 食べ物

One day in Osaka

I visited Osaka last weekend. Incidentally there held a symposium about the Great East Japan earthquake at Kanasai University. The university is located conveniently. So I and my friend managed to go there although both of us were busy on that day.
In that symposium a presenter told that Science Council of Japan proposed to make "Basic Geography" and "Basic History" compulsory at high schools. I understood the presenter meant to say that students need to take them for living. In short studying geography and history prevents or decrease possible tragic results in natural disasters. for example, of one knows the history and condition of where one lives, the knowledge may save one's life.
I know a person who teaches domestic science at a high school and a junior high school. She often says that the domestic science is disregard at school. She and her company believe that the domestic science should be given more time to prepare their students for life.
I agree with them. But the class hours are limited. to increase the class hours for one subject we have to reduce the class hours for other subjects. It is difficult to deduce which class to reduce or increase. When one subject is not chosen for the entrance examinations for university, the allotted hours for that subject could be given to the ones for the entrance examinations, which is often the case although it is illegal. When something fatal happens, we have to survive with all our ability, knowledge, experience,intelligence, and physical power. So the members in charge of the entrance examinations have great responsibility.
Another speaker mumbled at the end of his sentences. it is hard to listen to such a person. He is a professor of a university and not young. Has he ever trained himself to speak clearly? I think it is a part of his job duty to speak in listener-friendly voice. Anyway we were exhausted by him. We didn't appreciate his speech itself either. We recalled a young associate professor who we met in our alumni reunion in September. She told that she sometimes went to a Rakugo theater to learn how to attract students. We complained about such and such on the way back home in the train.
Among the speakers Mr. Kawada was very good. Another friend of mine told that she listened to his lecture at the meeting for the teachers in Mishima Osaka. She said,"Mr. Kawada said that when East South Sea Earthquake comes, a tidal wave will reach as far as Takatuki. Although it is not easy to believe (Takatuki is 30km away from the sea as the crow flies.), it is true because Mr. Kawada said so." I understood why he was so popular soon. So did my friend who attended the symposium. He didn't say anything about tidal waves. He told the possibility of reservoir break (There are 210thousand ponds all over the Japan.), skyscrapers on the man-made islands, liquefaction and intelligent trouble when a great earthquake occurs.
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# by mamineko110 | 2011-10-15 07:05 | うだうだ

DrinvingIn the U.S.

I drove a car in the U.S. after an interval of six years. It was a round trip from Las Vegas to Monument Volley via Grand Canyon. I got a lot of information about the trip from blogs, so I think I should write something on the net to give some information to other people.

We reserved Alamo rental-car online because it had an office in Japan so that we can ask them in Japanese when something goes wrong.

When we rent a car equipped with a car navigation system in Japan, it is pre-installed in the car; even if it is the cheapest one. We received a car navigation system in the box over the counter of the rent-a -ca office. We had trouble in finding a cigarette socket which supply electricity for the navigation, the lever to move the seat back and forth, the one to operate the winker and so on. I twice asked the girl in charge of delivering cars where the lever was. The customers came one after another, she seemed to be busy. But she came to us without making face. We were able to set it in Japanese for the guiding language. It spoke standard language, and moreover, the distance was given not in miles but in kilos.

When we got the car, we were told "You can choose larger cars without additional cost. Here they are." There were shiny big cars. My husband said " Compact cars are better because they're easy to drive." then the worker said " There are compact cars over there." When he reserved the car, he considered the cost and the travel distance, and then decided the size of the car. So we were puzzled to hear that we were able to select any car at the same charge. Anyway he chose a full-size car as he had reserved. Our car was a shiny elegant light brown one like a new vehicle. It was easy to drive but exhausted much gasoline as I had expected. It may be understandable because its displacement was over 3000cc although it appeared to had an ordinary standard size. I once saw a Vitz and a Fit on the highway. they looked so cute.

Grand Canyon is 446.24kilos away from Las Vegas. We felt extremely sleepy while driving. When the navigation said " Drive along the road for 188kilos.", I got annoyed. A slow ascending monotonous slope seemed to last forever.
I often found pieces of tires on the highway. They looked like the pieces from bursting. Imaging if a tire of the car in front of us would burst into pieces, I couldn't afford to feel sleepy. Fortunately such an accident didn't happen. So we felt sleepy all the way along. It seemed that center lines and the side lines were painted rough on the surface. When the car crossed the lines, it made noise. Then I came to myself.

Like the Japanese navigation system the navigation also stopped guidance when the car came near the destination. It said "You are near the destination." When we didn't have a detailed map, it was troublesome. In Las Vegas, because it was in an urban area, we had a lot of trouble in reaching the hotel.
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# by mamineko110 | 2011-09-23 00:11 | 旅行

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I have my composition corrected by my English teacher once a month. She seems to be thinking my composition should be an essay according to the way of paragraph writing; however, I thought it too hard. So I write an essay in a Japanese way, a group of sentences-written as one’s mind flows.
At least I want to write not an English translation of someone else’s writing but also an original one although it is a hard work for me.

I usually read and listen to other people’s stories. I have not casted my ideas into shape for a long time. Writing should have been easy and enjoyable- ,but...
One of my friends writes a blog and notes of a journey, which are popular among us. I have been reading his stories for years; however, I don’t know anything about his daily life, such as his favorite food and what he does in spare time, because he only writes about his hobbies and political views, that is to say, something in his mind.
I enjoy the blogs’ talks about the world and the blogger’s daily life. But I’m dreaming of writing something with no smell of a daily life like his.
When I write about current social situations, I can write only one or two phrases. And I do not enjoy writing it. To tell the truth, thinking about such issues makes me got worried about the Japanese future.
Not only when I write an essay but also when I have to do something, I start to think about from long before. I would even say I always think about it. Although sometimes I hit upon a good idea, I can’t recall it later. I cannot make out of the suitable passages either.
When I was an elementary school kid, we had to write an essay once a week and circulate our essays. I was looking forward to writing. I enjoyed my turn. Now I love to read others’ works rather than write myself. It is perfectly reverse compared with myself those days. (My teacher put students into some groups which had 6 members. Our essays bound up together and circulated among the members.)
The less I write, the worse my ability may become. (Any ability falls in decay when it is rarely used.) I had better start to write anything. Even twitter might do.
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# by mamineko110 | 2011-02-25 00:09

New year's visit to shrines

Which shrine shall we visit this new year?
Our sun was away from home this year, so we didn’t have the energetic driver who took us as far as we wanted last year and two years ago.
We didn’t want to wait in a long queue, either, as we did at the Meiji Shrine last year.
We decided to visit the Tokyo Daijinngu which is a Tokyo branch of the Grand Shrine of Ise because we thought it was not so crowded there.

We left home after lunch in a relaxed mood.
When we went out of the nearest subway station Iidabashi for the shrine, we didn’t see any line ahead.“Ha-ha! Just as we expected.”
We started to go to the shrine.
When we came closer to the shrine, we saw a queue. It seemed that the end of the queue is in the direction different from where we came from .
I thought that the main route for the shrine was from JR Iidabashi station. Any way we shouldn’t jump the queue.

If we waited in the line, we couldn’t make it in time when we had promised to pick up. We decided to give up this shrine and turn to the Yasukuni Shrine which was not far from there because we hadn’t seen a line at there.
But when we passed the divine gate, there was a line. A guard there said that around three was the busiest time. We also gave up to pray in front of the worship altar and went home after buying charms for traffic safety.

I noticed that there were a lot of young people in the queue to the Tokyo Daijinngu.

When we couldn’t visit the shrine, we often felt a greater urge to do. We tried to visit there again the next day.
There were a lot of young people in the line. We deduced that the youth are late risers, so the earlier we went, the shorter the line must be. So we left home in the morning.
As we expected, the line was shorter than that of the previous day. After one hour’s waiting, we were able to enter the ground of the shrine.

First of all we were led to wash hands quite naturally. After washing hands, a female attendant handed us a piece of paper, something like large kaishi. What a nice treat!
After that while we were in the line, a young priest performed a ritual for a group of five or six.
When we approached the front of the hall of worship, we found a sign which showed how to worship. It said two bows, two claps and then one bow. And everybody did so.
We bought a charm too in this shrine. This shrine sold pretty designed charms, marriage tie charms and the price range was lower than that at other prestigious shrines.

At the end of the route worshippers were treated to Akafuku, hot tea, sacred sake and zennzai(sweet red bean soup). There was a lot of money offering on the big sannpou(white wooden tray) although there were no sign to ask for donation. It seemed that nobody took treats and went back without offering. I went under the big parasol-like stove and enjoyed the treats. I felt satisfied with the treats of this shrine. How susceptible to food I am!
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# by mamineko110 | 2011-01-23 23:17

The Thunderbolt 3

When I searched for the thunder damage, I learned that damage caused by thunder was also covered by fire insurances. When we built this house, we got the loan from Government Housing Loan Cooperation which required us to take out the predetermined fire insurances.
I took out the document out the Documents out of the Documents File given by Sekisuihouse and called the insurance company the following morning. The insurance company told that there were so many houses damaged by the thunderbolt that it would take several days to send us the documents required for claiming payment; however, they could send them around Monday which was 6days after that day. I was also told that it was alright that we repaired the damaged parts before we sent the quotations to the insurance company although basically it should be the other way around.

The repairman for shutters knew that fire insurances covered the damages from thunderbolts and how to claim the payment. He sent us the quotation immediately after his visit. We got it just the next day. Shortly after we got his quotation, the insurance company sent us the form the required documents.
Although I had thought that we did not have to hurry, it was OK after the repair of the intercom; when other two documents had been ready, I called the Panasonic service station to send us the quotation.

Three weeks after the thunderbolt the process for the insurance claim was finished although the repairs had not been completed.
Ten days after the claim we got the insurance coverage. I was surprised to know that the company paid the full amount and more. They paid about ¥130000 and plus a little less than ¥40000in the name of expense insurance money. The person in charge called me to inform that I would receive a notice of payment in which the amount to be transferred and specifications are stated. I understood it as a reward for being busy for arranging the repair and so on.

the repair of the intercom was finished two days before the payment from the insurance company. It was just one month after the thunderbolt.
Although we couldn't have got our intercom repaired by that day because the Panasonic service didn't have appropriate parts, while the kitty-cornered house was repaired sooner because they had a suitable component. In the case of thunderbolts, so many houses are damaged all at once that the date of repair may be considerably different depending on how soon someone call service station.

A little before the repair of intercom YKKAP called us. I thought they had got the parts and would come to our house in a few days. It was far from my expectation. The man on the opposite side of line said "the metal mold for the parts was dropped and broken accidentally. So they have to make the mold first, and then they can start to make the parts. We calculate it takes about three months."
Even if three months is a rather longer estimate, we might not get it repaired before the end of the year. What a tough luck!
Well it's OK. I am going to go on a trip at the end of this month and before the trip I have to go to Osaka. I have a lot of thing to do. That would serve as a convenient distraction.
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# by mamineko110 | 2011-01-03 23:51