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  • This site has been infected with malware – please don’t use it for the time being!

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  • Science proves it! Profit isn’t everything! Human beings perform best when their work has PURPOSE and when they feel that they are making a contribution. We are in fact HUMAN BEINGS! Watch this animation to learn more!

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  • All fixed here now. Fresh posts soon.

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    Michael

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  • It’s a wonderful thing to know that there are people in this world prepared put so much love and effort into creating 5 and half minutes of perfection – and then offer it up online for free! Watch this! Just watch it!

    Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

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  • This month’s word or 今月の言葉 went up in the classrooms this week.

    失敗は終わりではない
    その失敗を反省し
    成功に結びつければよい。

    失敗 shippai – failure, defeat
    終わり owari – the end
    反省する hansei suru – reflect, consider
    成功 seikou – success
    結びつく musubi tsuku – conclude, reach, result in

    Failure is not the end
    It is better to reflect on that failure
    And finally reach success

    And here’s a timely case in point! A couple of years ago, the school I used to work at, Lado International College Japan, went bottom up, largely due to mismanagament it seems. My old workmate Malcolm, obviously upset but undeterred by the sad demise of the school he loved, kept his pecker up, worked hard and now he has his own school! Good for you Malcolm!  You can check out the school’s website here: www.malcolm.jp

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  • This month’s message at my school:

    他人にやさしく
    自分にきびしく

    hito ni yasashiku
    onore ni kibishiku

    他人 - Normally this would be read “ta nin” but in this case “hito” (normally written as 人). “Hito” means people but these kanji mean “other people”
    やさしく – “yasashiku” = “gently”
    自分 – Normally this would be read “jibun” but in this case “onore” (normally written as 己). Both these kanji mean “self” or “yourself”.
    きびしく – “kibishiku” = “strictly”

    What’s curious about this message is the difference between the kanji 他人 & 自分 and the furigana readings ひと &  おのれ. It’s a bit of a puizzle. I’m guessing it’s done in order to emphasise – not just “people” but “other people”. Not just “self” but “yourself”. The use of two kanji instead of one in both cases, also gives the message a nice balance. A simple translation:

    Be kind to others
    Be strict with yourself

    It’s a very simple message. But if I think about it honestly, I’m far too inclined to follow my natural instincts and do exactly the opposite…

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  • This documentary looks awesome.

    Winner of audience awards across the world, including Sundance, SilverDocs and Hot Docs, The Cove follows a team of activists and filmmakers as they infiltrate a heavily-guarded cove in Taiji, Japan. In this remote village they witness and document activities deliberately being hidden from the public: More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year and their meat, containing toxic levels of mercury, is being sold as food in Japan, often times labeled as whale meat.
    The majority of the world is not aware this is happening. The Taiji cove is blocked off from the public. Cameras are not allowed inside and the media does not cover the story. It’s critical that we get the word out in Japan. It’s critical that we get the word out—everywhere. We believe that once the Japanese people know, they will demand change.
    Link to Take Part.

    I very much doubt they’ll be screening this at a cinema near me though…
    Link to the official website: The Cove.
    Found at PureLandMountain.

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  • Featuring some views from the big wheel that tops Takashimaya in Matsuyama, and some lovely trams.

    Not much more to say about Ehime except to say I bumped into Tadg Mc Loughlin there, which was odd. And I brought back a few bottles of the local microbrew Dogo, one of which I gave to Ted and the other two which I enjoyed myself. It turns out to be a nice sipping beer, the flavor seeming to improve the longer it’s exposed to the air, you can really take your time over it. Back in Kyoto, Ted invited me out for a very pleasant stroll around Fushimi Momoyama on Friday, finishing up at the Kizakura beer hall (or “beer heaven” as they so accurately label it).  I was really impressed by the flavor of the kizakura beers. It’s a pity they aren’t more generally available. Ted has a short whisper about our walk up here. As he says the beers were enjoyed professionally as part of a series of mutual interviews we’ve been doing. Which reminds me I now have four interviews to write up. I think I shall avoid doing that by going to a spa today. Tomorrow David Ewen and I shall be embarking on a Deep Kyoto Kiyamachi bar crawl and on Friday I’ll be sweating out the booze at the dojo I (finally) joined yesterday.

    One last thing, as I mentioned before, bubbleshare is soon to pop (stifled by recession & drowned by dread hand of Mickey Mouse) and I’ve been trying to find a replacement. I was hoping to avoid using a third party site to host my photos in future because – well the same thing could happen again couldn’t it? However, all the wordpress plugins I tried were… well shite basically. At this point dear old pal Rik Abel sent me the following:

    I just bought you a 1-year Flickr Pro account! So stop
    whingeing you twat! :)
    You can embed slideshows and stuff, and have images in your
    sidebar via flickrRSS etc… ask me if you need help innit.

    Which was very nice of him. Thanks Rik!

    (ya bastard ;) )

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    Wow!

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