Friday, April 6, 2012

Newt Wednesday

I have a problem with English in a lot of situations.
It is the real story that I misunderstood in Business situation.

I have heard following sentence on Monday.

"We will have a meeting next Wednesday"

OK, I got it.  I have to attend the meeting on next Wednesday.
However, my understanding was wrong.
I thought I have the meeting on THIS Wednesday.

"Next" and "This"
I couldn't figure it out quickly, so I showed up on this Wednesday.
Of course, nobody was there.

I have to be familiar with these words such as "Next Monday", "This Monday" and "Coming Monday".

Mmmmnnnnn.  It is very long long process to learn English....
Cheer me up!!!!!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Traffic Lights

There are a lot of difference to drive a car between Japan and north America.

The biggest differences are driving sheet and driving lane.
Our driving sheet is in right side and we have to drive a car in left lane, so when I started driving in California, I felt really uncomfortable.

However, once I get used to drive a car in US, it is much easier and more convenient than Japan.
I use high way every time even if the distance is less than 5 mils (8 km), and the gasoline is much cheaper than Japan.

The most comfortable thing is traffic lights.
What the amazing thing for traffic light is that when I reach to a traffic light, it turns to be green in a second.  Because, it has a sensor!!!
So, I don't need to wait and waste my time.
Very comfortable:)

In Japan, we have to wait for a long time if you had bad luck even though there is no car near an intersection...
I mean, we have few traffic light that have sensor, but not a lot.

I wish most Japanese traffic lights have sensor.

Anyway, I like driving a car in US in terms of a lot of factors!!!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sense of Humor

One of my American friends asked me, “Japanese sense of humor is very different from here, right?”
I just said, “Not really, because I’m roughing at watching a lot of American TV shows and movies such as “The Office”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Tosh.O”. 
However, come to think of it, we have some different types of comedy in Japan.  For example “Manzai(漫才)”.

Manzai (漫才?) is a traditional style of stand-up comedy in Japanese culture, which usually involves two performers (manzaishi) —a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags.
By Wikipedia 

I can’t find any professional Manzai with English subtitle.
But, I found a YouTube video which Japanese guys are doing Manzai in English.

Is it Funny?  It was pretty funny for me.

Have a good night!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quit After Three Days (三日坊主)

I haven’t updated my blog for a while.
In Japan, we have an expression for a person who quit something soon after starting it.

“Three Days Buddhist Priest”

This expression comes from the story that the training of Buddhist priest is too tough to continue, so a lot of potential priests quit the training in three days.

I am the one now.
I will keep updating from now on.

By the way, if anybody knows the similar expression in English, please let me know.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Do you know your blood type?

Welcome to Japanese culture.

If you are asked “Do you know your blood type?” what would you say?

You might say A positive.

At this point, I have one more question.

How much % of people know own blood type in your country?

I would say 99% of adults know own blood type in Japan.

You might say, “So what?”.

Actually, you can know your personality with your blood type.

But it is not really serious thing (Some people are crazy about blood type fortune telling especially girls).

Anyway, please check out following.

Blood Type A

 Positive Personality
  Peaceful (Don’t want to fight)

 Negative Personality
  They don’t like fighting, thus they have complaints and stress.
  They tend to complain to close people (Example: Husband or Wife)
  It takes time to get back when they mess up

Blood Type B

 Positive Personality
  Going own way
  Flexible thinking

 Negative Personality
  Easy to be cheated

Blood Type AB

 Positive Personality

 Negative Personality
  Cannot be patient

Blood Type O

 Positive Personality
  Open Mind

 Negative Personality
  Conservative & Stubborn
  Tend to Look down on other people
  Cannot be patient

What do you think?

Do you agree with it?
Even if you want to complain, please do not say to me. 

Hope you enjoyed reading it!


Peter: Hey Mike(仮), what is your blood type?

Mike(仮): I think I am O - (英語ではOネガティブと発音する).

Peter: Wow, I have never seen O- person.  I am B -. It is rare(レア) in Japan.

Mike(仮): Oh yeah? ……………………….


Peter: Hey what about you, Bob(仮)?  Do you know your blood type?

Bob(仮): I don’t know.

Bob: ………………………………….







確かに面白い発想であるし、実際に血液の化学的な構造が、いくつかのパターンに分けられているということを考えてみると、とても面白い。実際は4パターンとRh+ -の他にも、さらにもう少し細かく別れているようだが、それでもパターンというものは存在する。




Peter Teppei

Monday, January 30, 2012

Safety country Japan

When I am having a conversation with foreigners, sometime I am surprised about negative parts of their country, public order for instance.

We know our country is very safe, but a lot of people do not really know how other countries are dangerous.

This is about what I have heard about South America.  I couldn’t believe my ears.

The first story that I have heard is that my Brazilian friend has been kidnapped in Brazil.  The friend told me kidnapping is not really rare in Brazil.

In addition, one of my friends from Venezuela got kidnapped, and then her husband gave kidnappers a lot of money.  Eventually, she could be free.

Secondly, this is about how to treat your electronic equipment in Colombia.
We Japanese can’t believe it, but it is dangerous to use expensive electronic equipment (IPhone, Computers) in public such as in a bus or on a street.
If somebody knows you have one, you are in danger.  He probably has a gun.

Third of all, this is the story that my Ecuadorian friend told me.
When she tried to get into her car after work, a young guy suddenly talked to her.
Young Guy: Hey Honey.  How are you doing?  I miss you so much.

He had a gun and he pretended to be her boyfriend, and then, he took her computer and other expensive staff.

We who have stayed in Japan for a long time hardly see a gun and most Japanese finish their life without having this kind of crazy experience.
It’s like a movie theater.

I went to Mexico last week, and I saw a police who was wearing a facemask and had a sub machinegun on a street.  Moreover, I saw other unbelievable situations…

Japan is really safety country.







Young Man: Hey, honey.  How are you doing?  I miss you so much.





Peter Teppei

Friday, January 27, 2012

Yutori Education (More Relaxed Education) was failed?

Yutori Education is the education system that made by government to have more spare time instead of studying in school for kids in Japan.
They became adults, and they started working after graduating from college in these days.

A lot of people disagree with the education system, because new employees tend to drop out easily or give up when they face to a challenging.
In addition, if they do something different from “Typical Common Sense”, some people say, “They are Yutori generation”.
First Yutori generation people were born in 1987.
I think Yutori educated people are still “childish” (Of course, not everybody).

However, I think it could be positive.
If adults still can think with childish mind, some people could come up with interesting idea, like this amazing child.




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