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About Japanese Money, Yen.

One thing I don't get clearly about foreigner's custome in Japan is that they pronunce the Japanese maney like ien. Of course, it's not wrong maybe, as the Japanese currency is written as YEN, then it's natural they call it like IEN in pronunciation.

But what we Japanese say exactly is " EN" in Japan, not IEN. So I or maybe many of the Japanese often wonder why it's said IEN by foreigners even after they stay long in Japan.

Also I don't know when and who started the currency of YEN, not EN, in the history, for expressing in English. In Japanese it's written as 円, and it's EN. Nobody reads it as IEN or YEN in pronunciation.

This is a very strange thing for me, maybe not for many people though.



THEME:国内旅行 | GENRE:旅行

Oysters are back in Miyagi, Japan after the earthquake and tsunami


Miyagi prefecture is famous for its oyster in the winter. The closest large city from the oyster ports, Sendai city, started oyster disha again after the tsunami disaster in the Tohoku area of Japan. The oyeter season is already over because it's beginning of Summer time in Japan, but we could enjoy the beautiful taste of oyeters there this year.

It's not yet recovered as the normal time, but actually they started the oyster farming in the bay area of Sendai city.

I think you can more enjoy it next year as it recovers gradually.


THEME:B級グルメ | GENRE:グルメ

I used to love the Beatles

My biggest change of life in the last 10 years is that I lost my interest in the Beatles. Actually I was heavily influenced by them, and I could not even imagine that I would live my life separately from their music.

I still love their music. I know my biggest motive to live my life was them. Without them, my life would have been totally different from what I am now.

Apart from that fact of mine, now theri music is not as important as it used to be for me. How can I explain this ??

Maybe like this... while I was growing in my mind, I always needed them. I needed my hero in my mind to grow up, in that sense the Beatles were like my visible sample of fantastically succefull life. Now my life is not on the stage of growth, it's now on a kind of settlement in both heart and phisical.

Now I don't need a kind of stimulation to my life. Beatles were my necessary stimulative power for a long time,

It means, probably, my life is now close to the ending compared to the time of my growth with the Beatles. I know it.

However, if I would be asked " what kind of music dd you want to be played at my funeral ?", I would soon answer, "Beatles numbers please". It's because their music has been always with my mind.

When I always loved listening to their music, Beatles were like my parents in the same house. After the separation from them, they still have been like my parents who live separately and sometimes contact over phone or letters. In any case, their existance was the great part of my life.

John and George are no more with us, but that is not so important for me. They are all my 'virtual' heros ( or parents) all the time.

CATEGORY:My Favorite Music

THEME:洋楽ロック | GENRE:音楽

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