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*大晦日イヴ

大阪にいる。しかも家族揃ってここにいるのは何年ぶりだろう。以前にも書いたかもしれないが、6歳のころ、東京に引越し、人生の3分の2を過ごしている。当初いじめられた大阪弁も今では、ほらネ。

何が困るかって?それは、何処で何が手に入るのか、そこが何処なのか、ってこと。留学を始めた当時の不安や楽しみに似ているところかもしれない。結論としては、「自分で歩く」しかない。自分で発見、体感したものは意外と覚えているものだから。

今日、社会人1年目の姉と一緒に、梅田へ行った。目的は、ラーメンとセールの下見。
まず、ラーメンに関しては、美味しかったよ。ただ自分の歴代1位の「唐そば(渋谷)」を超えることは出来なかったが、良い線はいっていた。唐そばのPolicyが最大にして唯一の理由かもしれない。
「メニューがひとつ」
その店に来て食べるものは、ラーメンしかない。実際はそれに添えるおにぎり、ゆで卵はあるが、今回は無視。一つのもので勝負する商売人魂。好きだね。

話を戻そう。セールの下見と云っても、どんなショップがどの辺にあるのかという把握。東京でもお馴染みのUnited Arrows、SHIPS、ラグシー、ジャーナルなどはすぐに発見。その辺は、それほど希少価値を感じなかった。「イーマ」ってBldgでそれらは見つけた。
正直新宿の地下街以上に入り組んでいた印象。
ホント厄介だね、慣れてないと。。。。。
そんなこんなで、5日までの帰省期間、何処へ行こうか何の活路を見出せないまま今に至る。

ただ、上京して最初の買い物は、2つ目の【 スーツ 】であることは、決めている。
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-30 19:08 | @Japan

*星

人には見えるものと見えないものが在る。と云っても、そこにものがないから見えないだとか、目を閉じるから見えないだとか、ではない。

在るのに見えないのだ。それはまるで、青空に輝いているはずの星たちのように。確実にそこには存在しているのに、愚かな人の眼では確認することが出来ない。

人にも、同じことが云える。離れて見るその人の容姿、外見が解っても、性格や声、夢、希望などは、声をかけてみないと解らない。そこに確かに存在している「らしさ」は、待っていては感じることが出来ない。だから人は、その星を見ようと、その人を知ろうと努力する。

何時でも星が見られる人でありたい。
望遠鏡なんて使わずにさっ。
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-22 13:23 | @Japan

*競争という個性

僕は、人と比べることを使命だと思っている。物心つく前から、日本特有の競争社会の中でもがいていた。

小学校4年生の夏から塾に通いだした。目的は、当然、中学受験。クラスは、毎週末に行われる4科のテストに成績で決められる。1番上のクラスは、ホントに頭が良かった。筑駒、開成、麻布、武蔵、海城、駒東、早稲田、慶応などを目指す。僕はというと、その1つ下のクラス。やや競争力、実力は劣る。それでも若干10歳の少年は、夏休みを削ってまで頑張っていた。この生活が6年生まで続いたが、神様は僕を見放した。

中学受験に失敗した僕は、公立の中学校へ進学した。2年生の夏からまたあの生活リズム、独特の重い緊張感の走った授業、が僕の身を一気に削っていった。一番怖かった塾での授業は、3年生の時の「国語」。授業の構成は2つ。(1)現代文学の知識、慣用句、ことわざ、文法などの制覇。(2)文章題。(1)に関しては、一度ミスしたら次は二度と間違うことが出来ない。(2)に関しては、抜き出し、選択肢の分析の徹底なまでの理由付けをする。決められたルールが守られない、もしくは宿題を忘れると、親父以上に怒られる。今思えば、これが日本の典型的教育方法だったように思える。

今の自分の基礎を築いた高校時代。なしでは、今の自分はなかっただけに、本当にみんなに感謝している。高校では、中学以上に競争が激しかった。高校に通う生徒の出身は、東京だけではなく、千葉、埼玉、神奈川と範囲が一気に広がった。それだけではない。生徒の数が、倍以上!人学年600人の中で、自分の元だけにスポットライトが点されることだけを目指していた。他の誰よりも良い点数を、ということを念頭に置いた3年間のお陰で、政経に入れた。

競争好きなのは、裏を返せば、自分の弱さを見せたくない、認めたくないだけなのかもしれない。人よりも少しでも優位な立場にある自分に誇りを持っているし、これからもそうあり続けたい。今日友人に、こんなことを云った。「下を見たらキリがない」。上を見て、常に刺激を受ける日々を目指して、明日も駆け足で進んでいく。

そしてまたその次の日も。
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-19 01:19 | @Japan

Dramatically Upset Win!

I went to the Rose Garden of course for NBA at 7 to 10pm, when Wolves defeated Blazers, 84 -74. Since I arrived there early as usual, I got the autograph of Marko Jaric (#55), an international player from Serbia & Montenegro, who plays at Minnesota. He had played at Los Angels Clippers for 3 years right before coming to the northern city.

His two straight three-pointers killed Portland, which is the 6th place, bottom, in the northwest division. He netted totally 19 points, leading Wolves to remain the top of this division. According to most media, it is said that Wolves would be weaker than last season w/out two veteran guards: Sam Cassell (now LAC) and Latrel Sprewell (now no team).

I was there w/ Pannaful, whose visit tonight is the first in a couple of months. Between me and her, it’s both the first and last time to spend time together. The reason why I thought that is because of only me. You know what!? As I said, I have only 48 hours left.

I’m looking forward to going to Rose Garden the day after tomorrow.
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-07 04:03 | @Portland

Six at Kinba.

Six out of eight who will leave here in a few weeks were gathered by one invitation. This dinner party was held right outside downtown and beyond Burnside St. We call this Chinese restaurant Kinba. Was that good? I think it’s better than its economical price. I had one of the best times I’ve ever had in Portland.

What I did in both morning and afternoon were to lift my packages, which will shipped to Tokyo in nearly 7 days, and to exchange my tops I bought last week at 23rd. First, all of three I packed have gone by Yamato’s staffs, successfully. Also focusing on the shipping cost, it’s not too expensive. Second, the left pocket was worn, unfortunately. Thus I asked the staff at Urban Outfitters. In addition to the exchange, I got another 10 dollars cased by the more discounted than last week. On the way to home, I bought two tops at Abercrombie & Fitch.

After the dinner, we helped Moeko, who is the first student to go back home, to finish packing. She will leave at 9am of tomorrow. I’m gonna show up to just say “good-bye and see you around in Japan.” In fact, she will re-start working at the bar in front of Waseda campus. Whenever I go there to do smth, I’ll see here again. It’s pretty easy, I think.

All I have to say at last is anyhow;
Thank you, Yusuke.
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-06 20:32 | @Portland

In his room.

What time did I go to bed this morning? Morning? Exactly, it was at 8 am that I came back home from Broadway, where I finished my paper up. Its length was seven that I thought an easy number. What about the reality? It was so tough. One of the most difficult to write such a long paper is to keep concentrating on it not to lose the way. It is no meaning that nobody understands my paper cuz of the disorganization.

I have the huge final left after handing in that econ paper. It was the first time to visit the department of economics. Although I walked around and found it before, I’ve never submitted a paper nor ask professor. Despite the rule that it is due to 5pm, I saw most papers. It was at 4pm. What that meant is that nobody followed me.

Some of the students taking the same Econ class did presentations with good preparations, which might help seriously their paper. u know what!? Since I did not, my stock was completely zero (I might say negative cuz the others started already).

What a fxxking crazy guys doing! It was so funny to see what drunk people r gonna do next. In the reality, Keita threw away a shoe and a jacket of Yusuke, which went immediately down from 14th floor.
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-05 21:21 | @Portland

Economic is fun?? or not.

I had a fxxking busy time cuz of three things I had to do; NBA, b-ball, and paper. First of all, I arrived earlier at the Rose Garden than ordinary people. The main reason is cuz of signature of player. Fortunately, I got one of the starting members of Utah, who came from Croatia. He did better than I expected. Giricek was awesome. I realized again how better European players do than American NBA players do.

Second, I had to be in the gym to play b-ball. I knew it was the last play to do there before my departure. Moreover, Dan was there. Although I couldn’t play the 5-on-5 game, I did practice in shooting in 60mminutes. I talked to him at the end. He came from Chicago and expected to graduate in the following three terms. Anyhow, I’ll never forget him saying; “Have a safe flight.”

Finally, it was definitely required to get credits here: finish the econ paper. I was focusing on the topic: Japan’s challenge to be a leader in the Asian Crisis. I borrowed seven books from the library for that. You know what!? Nobody has used all of them for finishing paper up. I closed immediately three of them.
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-04 21:36 | @Portland

Reminder what team is strong.

Although we ate Okonomiyaki last night, it was at 4 am that I went to bed. I don’t know why. Only one thing I can say is that my life style is completely shifting to Japan’s from Portland’s in a week. I might tend to be in Japan w/ no doubt, I’ll be back to my country next week though.

It was at 2pm that I got up. Just I thought is that this time shows how lazy college students are. They have less early classes than elementary to high school students do. They don’t have to get up early so much. Whether to get up early is up to you. It is pretty funny, isn’t it? Do you know why college students become lazy?

Certainly, there are some students who are not lazy, especially Vikings. Men’s basketball team showed us its aggressiveness, it lost the game though. “Middle Tennessee Beats Viks in the late-going, 65-62” (goviks.com). What I felt thru this game was how much Viks is disorganized, particularly comparing w/ Duke or North Carolina. Waseda will defeat Viks only if taking a look at that point.

It was both the first time and last time, anyhow.
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-03 17:45 | @Portland

Enjoy cooking Japan’s stuff.

Before talking about today’s incident, I gotta back to the last night. We had the biggest home-party of TNP since we came here. I had a wonderful time, it was located at Kina’s room though. Certainly, the closing ceremony was awesome. All students and staffs were there, where Naoko and Moto had great speeches to thank all of them for 9 months.

It was at 2 pm that I got up cuz I stayed up late night by 4am. All I had to do at night was whether to join the group to cook Okonomiyaki, Japanese traditional food, or go to the Rose Garden, which would invite Indiana Pacers. As you noticed later, I was much stuffed w/ scores of Osaka-fu ones.

How joyful cooking is! The preparation is important for me, taking us to Uwajimaya, one Japanese grocery store. We bought lots of stuffs to cook it for nearly 10 people, we were 5 people together at that time though. Finally, we shared Okonomiyaki with 8 people. The amount we bought was enough.
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-02 21:04 | @Portland

Harder class gave more satisfaction.

Of course, I got up this morning too, even at 7:00am. The most favorite class is likely to end up. Am I sad? Yes, I am. Despite the last lecture, it was very exciting as usual. The most exciting part we had is the immigration for business. We discuss from Visa to Green card, whose color is actually pink (I didn’t know that. I just thought it was of course green).

After the last class, I was in Seattle’s Best in order to do the job hunting. I’ve just written on the specialized notebook, which I made after Boston Career Forum on October. What I’ve done is the reason why I want to apply the company. I have to (can?) use the 1000 characters in Japanese. It’s much longer than ordinary companies give us as a task.

The last elective class at PSU was Econ 410: East Asian Economy Development. We talked briefly about what we have studied this quarter. How much is the education significant? What is the graduation which means the success to be a member of the developed countries? How about the language issue? Are you wealth? You wanna be? Regardless of Japanese instructor I did enjoy this class.

I’ll finish all of classes tomorrow, except for the final.
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  by tkpsu | 2005-12-01 11:27 | @Portland

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