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In the Car.

I got up at 8am morning, successfully, I went to bet at 2:30am, though. We met in front of Ondine, one of the on-campus dorm, to go to the Verboort Sausage Festival. Fortunately, Dr. Wollner and Dr. Kominz, teaching at PSU, drove us to there as well as Glen. 12 of us joined it.

Only surprised me is Glend’s kid, Liam, who sits on the child seat on backward. When we met him for the firs time, he was very ashamed and didn’t wanna say anything by himself. Sounds cute, hun? Actually, looks pretty cute. Fortunately, I sat next to him in a Glen’s car. We are playing with toy, like so-called Lego, making us much closer while driving.

Liam, 5, wanted to play w/ me even after getting off. He would never feel shame to us. We ate lots of sausages indoor, where was the most comfortable place for the cold and heavy rain outside. I ate five, while Liam did 3 even thinking of his age. Keita, one of the TNP students, broke the record of 14 last year by eating 16 sausages.

I got on the same car as I did. I kept playing w/ him. He really loves Star Wars, I think, more than me. I sang a theme song of Darthvader w/ swinging some pieces of Lego. Finally, he remembers it and tries to remember my name, I said once while eating sausages though. I wanna see him again before my departure. Thank you, Liam.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-05 22:40 | @Portland

Life is Flexible.

I talked about my strategy of the job hunting during the presentation about keeping track. To be honest, I didn’t prepare for it so much, making it more difficult for audience to understand what I wanna say. Only I wanted to tell them was to shift what is the most significant every time.

First of all, specifically speaking, right before the career forum in Boston, I focused on thinking about myself, like 80 percent of my brain. Now researching companies occupies mainly it. That’s the big shift, but it’s normal for people. For instance, some students think the time w/ friends is the most important, others think that w/ their family, especially here, is so.

What I wanna say thru this presentation, in general, is that an individual idea is very flexible. It is normal and general that you change your mind whenever you need. As a result, you will change spending more or less time in your dairy life. However, you should think about what to do next every time everywhere.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-04 05:37 | @Portland

Life is Flexible.

I did present about my dairy life, especially how my focus is shifting. As you guys know, I’m seriously doing the job hunting. Only I have the biggest difference from Japanese guys is to have much time: time to think about myself, research companies and discuss with friends. However, which sector is the most significant is shifting, depending on your idea.

In fact, my mind was shifting to researching as many companies as possible, from thinking about myself, right after the career forum in Boston. I figured out that it is possible to find what I wanna do in the future by researching them. To be honest, I’m not sure what I wanna do and be, so far.

My elder sister told me that if you can’t find it, you’d better research what companies are exactly doing thru theirs open seminars and websites. What I wanna say in this presentation is that your idea can change whenever you need. In other words, your brain is very flexible. You’d better shift your idea in order to be honest.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-04 05:37 | @Portland

Learning Something New.

The rain doesn’t wanna stop running for at least 30 days. In the reality, I have just one day w/out shower. For all of students from Japan it should be the first time to experience such a terrible day, making everybody sad, as well as native Oregonians. Talking about the temperature, it’s too cold to get up early, a little bit. In fact, that in Tokyo is up to 20 centigrade, meanwhile that in Portland is around 10℃.

I felt too cold as soon as I arrived at the airport this March. But the 7-month-stay made me got used to such a temperature. It is scary, isn’t it? For instance, the Iraq War has occurred for a few years. Though even all Americans strongly disagree on it, we have fewer opportunities to watch it on TV right now. This situation could be normal for us over the world. Hence, I don’t wanna get used to anything.

I try to look for and feel anything new everyday. New I found today is the marketing price on the Internet auction. According to my instructor of Econ 410, who bought the lap top of Dell on its net auction, the bet price you made will reach at the marketing price even if it is much more expensive than that you made a bet. He felt that the economics worked well for the first time since he has studied it.

Unfortunately, his lap top was broken five weeks later, which are longer by one week than the return guaranteed weeks, four weeks long. After that he’s never made a bet. What I felt is that it’s the first time and the last time for him that economics works well.

It is fun to live with thinking about anything new or you don’t know.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-03 18:28 | @Portland

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

Phil Jackson came back to Los Angels Lakers, which did get the successful opener of 05-06 season by Kobe’s jumper in 0.6 seconds left of an over time. He has a long history as HC of not only Lakers but Chicago Bulls, where Michael Jordan got 6 champion rings under Jackson. Also, He led LAL to get the three-straight rings from 00 to 02.

Last season LAL without Phil, whose winning average of playoff is the highest, over 70%, was the 2nd non-playoff team in its history, 29 seasons. Kobe, a lonely ace, could be very frustrated. The new Lakers was born by Phil’s hand, of course. Most media said before opening the season that although LAL would pass forward the playoff, it wouldn’t be the champion because of age.

Comparing with the 2-year-ago starting members, all of them were changed, except for a lonely shooter. According to some articles, it’ll be difficult that the new and young team can’t understand Phil’s special offence strategy, so-called triangle offence, which was very useful for MJ, former Kobe and Shaq.

I’m looking forward to Lakers’ back. I couldn’t believe my eyes, having a dramatic game tonight. Nobody knows who a new champion will be.


  by tkpsu | 2005-11-02 17:00 | @Portland












  by tkpsu | 2005-11-01 16:11 | @Portland


ECN 410のFinalがなくなりましたw

やったね。これでFinal WeekはMKTGに集中できます。




  by tkpsu | 2005-11-01 12:00 | @Portland

Worldwide Strategy.

Be different.

Here is the main slogan of The New Group, whose resident of the International Center came to our MKTG class this morning. Its business style is very interesting, and completely different from American large grocery shopper like Wal-Mart, which has spent money to succeed in Japan w/ Seiyu in a few years. It doesn’t try to change its business concept, or American style.

On the other hand, The New Group is flexible enough to do business overseas, such as Japan and China. Steven Marshall, who has a big interest in Japan and has studied abroad there during school, presented how to hire employees, firstly. He said that it tried to find the nation, Japanese, especially as designer when the company starts doing business in Japan. He added that their policy is “be local, be relevant and be bold.”

Only nation knows what the news is there, meanwhile no foreign designer knows that. For instance, the company promotes how to sell DVDs of mainly American movies. Most Japanese prefer quantity to quality. Whenever I bought DVDs, they were attached with some extra goods, such as a guide book, a pamphlet, another DVD, and whatever. This traditional information was told by, of course, Japanese designers.

His presentation was so interesting that finally, I asked him at the end of class why he chose Keiko University to study abroad. I was just curious about that as those who are going to its competitive university (you know).


  by tkpsu | 2005-11-01 08:49 | @Portland

Originally Trick or Treat.

Week 6 begun. I read the handout about Halloween that the tradition of dressing in costume has both English and Celtic roots. First of all, the citizens were afraid of the darkness. Thus, they hate winter, when the daytime is getting shorter, or the time of dark night longer. They thought that ghosts came back to the earth during festivals, too. Two things you have to do are to dress in costume like ghost and put bowls in front of houses. Whenever you go outside house, you must look like ghost, who attacks human.

When dressing in costume, what do you have to say? (that’s for only kids? I’m not sure.) “Trick or treat.” If you says that, you can get candy or cookie from each house, typically. This festival is very common, especially in Maryland. Moreover, it’s the second largest festival spending money, $6.9 B last year.

Finally, is it fitted for Japanese tradition? Actually, the largest parade was held at Kawasaki this weekend in Japan. 3,000 people dressed in costume. However, I’ve never seen dressed kids walking around town, and I’ve never done, even. It’s true that it’s the best date for grocery shoppers to sell goods and foods.

  by tkpsu | 2005-10-31 17:52 | @Portland

Discovered What I Missed.

It was at 8pm that I got into da gym. I saw 8 students on the far court. I felt that we needed another. Whenz the last time? I don’t remember that, but around the end of July. It is the first time for me to take such a long break. To be honest, I can’t bear that any more. I gotta face the fact that there are few days to stay here in this quarter.

Riku, who stayed at Broadway together, came here. We got ten. Now is the time for hoops. I really really wanna play b-ball. Actually, although we were playing on the smaller court than an official, I got pretty exhausted as well as Riku. I thought I needed to rebuild up my ability/stamina rite before next play.

As I mentioned, this term is the beginning of the year, thus the schedule of any sports is completely full. Yet, I think I can play next Sunday like tonite. I have only 5 more Sunday left before going home. I’d like to play w/ American as many times as possible before doing w/ Whynot members.


  by tkpsu | 2005-10-30 16:54 | @Portland