Thursday, January 19, 2006

What I've learnt from English Seminar class

In this class, we did lots of things such as presentation, interview, debate, discussion and blogging. And we've mainly focused on "diversities".

To be honest, it was tough to handle all of these. The English classes we had before were all separate, so we were able to concentrate on one thing. But, in this class, we had to do it all of them in very short term. I thought it was better to make it less; presentation, interview, and blogging, something like that.

But, anyway, it was nice opportunity to consider about the "diversities", especially Japan's. I became much conscious to it.

Of course, not only in Japan. There are many types diversities in this globalizing world. If there is a diversity in one place, it would mean that there are people who facing unfortunate situations. And I felt that these situations will lead to world's friction of communication. I think it 's hard to resolve it completely, but we must consider more about this issue. This class is just a beginning.


And also, it was my first time to make my own blog! I've never used blog in other classes, so it was very new and interesting for me.

Finally, thank you very much for teaching us for the second semester! I hope I could put this experience to account from now.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Barrier free

Let’s think about one situation.

You saw one person stand by the cross road waiting for the traffic to change. He, or she, looks blind. What will you do??

Most people might just pass through the person. Those people might think that “It’s not my business.” or “Someone might help him or her.” or “those who are blind is used to that situation.” But, think. Can you walk with your eyes completely shut? Can you imagine the world of darkness? Well, it’s difficult. It’s unnatural for us so we can’t get used to it.

However, that doesn’t mean it is natural for blind people. They have same fear as us. They are always next to fear and danger in darkness world.

Last year, I attended to the seminar which theme was about “How to help blind people when you saw them outside.” In that seminar, the leader of the organization told us that most of blind people are hoping to be helped by other people. Yes, some of them might feel “don’t care of us”. But, they won’t feel that bad at least, the leader said. Basically, they want to have conversation with others.

In this society, we don’t have enough situations for those who have handicaps to live in. Barrier free is kind of like a trend nowadays but those are mainly said for facilities or technologies. We are not doing enough barrier free of “human communication”!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

language 2

I’m doing a part time job at a restaurant. There are several foreigners working. Most of them are Chinese whose ages are 21-23. They came to Japan for studying. I talk to them very often while I’m working to make good communication. In recess time, they tell me several jokes in Japanese. Their Japanese is not that good but I can feel that they are trying to tell what they want to say as much as they can. Sometimes I can’t clearly understand what they said, but that doesn’t make any trouble for me. But one day, one of the Chinese colleagues complained to me,

“It doesn’t matter for daily conversation, but when it comes to working, it’s totally different. There are many times that I cannot understand what they are trying to tell me, also cannot express my feelings specifically. And after those times, sometimes I get so tired. Yes, I should study Japanese more, but sometimes I feel that if Japanese could speak English, it would be much easier to work.”

I think this is one of the specific examples of Japanese social system. When I heard this from him, I had a complicated feeling. We Japanese should become to use English, but on the other hand, it must have been known that JAPAN IS THE COUNTRY WHICH CANNOT USE ENGLISH NATURALLY. It must have been possible to predict that it is going to be tough working in Japan. Working in different countries, especially those where cannot use English, needs hard risk for foreigners.

language 1

Language is one of the most fundamental points when we think about diversity. Especially in Japan, this issue is critical! Mostly, Japanese use Japanese. Compared to America or other foreign countries, there are less chances to use ENGLISH!! Some people might think that it is not always good to persist in the way of thinking which PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SPEAK ENGLISH!! But when we face the reality, English skill is becoming necessary. The social system in Japan is making the circumstance for foreigners to live. Are there any educations in Japan which makes children to use English fluently? Are there any opportunities to use English in there jobs? How many foreigners living near by your neighborhood?
How can we solve this situation?? Aren’t there any solutions??

Monday, October 31, 2005

Answering to the sidewalker's question

Thank you for the comment!!

Well, I think those companies which building their plants overseas are not the point this time, because they are making great efforts to those countries. For example, in Cambodia, almost all of the cars running in the city are Toyota! I went to Cambodia this summer and saw it with my own eyes. Those cars are so famous for the quality. The streets in Cambodia are in bad condition but they have tough engine and body so that there is no problem for it. Also, Phillipine has the same situation.

I think we have to solve this issue fundamentally; the level of living-standard. Each developing country's government should make some kind of provision for making the living-standard higher somehow, and make them more opportunities to work. And also tourists would help for this point. Tourists are rich for most of the countries, and spend lots of money so the ebb and flow of the tourists effects the economy. So at this point, I guess I have the same opnion with you.

I am not sure that I responded to you clearly but so far this is my opinion. I should think about more of this current issue.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

DIVERSITY IN JAPAN: AKIBAKEI

Akibakei is the recent trend in Japan those who gather at Akihabara. They are so addicted to the maniac animations which to most of the others hard to understand. They mostly collect figures, attend to the dubber's events. Maid cafes also became so popular. And also the word was made, called "MOE~". This word is uesd when you found something or someone cute which makes you feel so into it.

Mostly people think that Akibakei is the minority in Japan, but thinking from another point of view, I think we can't look down on them that easily.

To say Akibakei in other words, it is called "Otaku". In Japan, Otaku is thought as something negative, but in the US, it is thought as something positive. One of the main reasons why Japanese animation is high qualified. For example, GIBBLY animation directed by Hayao Miyazaki got a high evaluation and became so popular. GUNDAM, DORAEMON, POKEMON, AKIRA, etc. are so popular to the kids in the US. Also the directors of the movie "MATRIX" refered some ideas from the Japanese animation, called "KOUKAKU KIDOUTAI".

So, for Americans, Otaku, in other words Akibakei, is not something negative. Those who are called Akibakei might be diversed now in Japan, but in the future, they might become the pioneer of making new subcultural communication with outer countries.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

DIVERSITY IN JAPAN: AINU

Ainu is the group which lived in the north part in Japan such as Hokkaido. They were the former inhabitant in that field, and had their own life-style and language. But in history, they weren't treated as native Japanese, but as foreigners instead. That's because they had their own language and culture. The most famous battle in history is "the Battle of Shakushainn", in 1669. Shakushainn was the leader of Ainus, and he head all the Ainus to protect their field from the Matumae Clan. But as a result, Ainus were defeated, and Shakushainn got murdered.

Nowadays, the descendents of Ainus are still living in Hokkaido but the number is very little. I think most of the Japanese don't know specifically where they live, or who's blood is inherited. Once I went to Hokkaido, there was the memorial house of Ainu. It exhibits lots of tools they've used, and also shows the history and the way they've lived. I thought it was so nice to know about it, and thought must not forget they are certainly the same race as us!!

however, to be honest, thinking like I said at the last sentence might mean that I'm already feeling some kind of diversity to them......

Thursday, October 20, 2005

DIVERSITY IN JAPAN: BURAKU

It is getting less but there are people who are still called BURAKU. BURAKU people are discriminated as low status. their ancesters in Edo era were the people who treated as livestocks which were called "Eta" "Hinin". They couldn't get normal jobs as others. And nowadays, those who inherited the blood are still discriminated, especially women. Some old-fashioned people think that BURAKU women are low level so they don't want to let them marry with those women. It is getting less but those discrimination still exists.