Birthday Meat and Youth is…

My colleagues planed birthday lunch and took me to Brazilian BBQ restaurant because they know I love eating meats. I turned 40, but still eat like 20 years old man. 🙂

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One of my favorite poem is Samuel Ullman’s “YOUTH”. It is perfect day to read it again today:

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a body of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

Amusement park is not the place you enjoy only roller coaster, but illumination

I’m not so crazy about romantic things such as beautiful illumination, but this was pretty good even to me. There were many illumination area which are designed by a famous light designer and this is one of them. French flag themed design by blue, white and red lights. There was even the Arc de Triomphe over there. I just traveled in France last August, so remembered the beautiful scenery of Paris. You can see this at Yomiuri Land. It is not convenient access if you stay in the center of Tokyo, but might be worth visiting. I visited in December, but this will continue by February if I remember correctly.

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40

I’m turning 40 in a few days.

20 is the adult age here in Japan. So, I’m becoming “double adult”! I still feel like 20, though.

And I wondered if I have anything to do in my thirties within the rest of the days, but did not come up anything.

I will enjoy turning 40 with thanking my health both in physical and mental. Hope to spend next two decades with good fit.

End of New Year break

It is the last day of 9 days new year’s vacation today. Thanks to the calendar, most of companies in Japan except for consumer services take a long year-end and new-year break which started on Saturday two weeks ago to this Sunday.

You will meet your colleagues tomorrow morning and share what you did in the break. It may take whole morning tomorrow. If you don’t have so much things to talk, you may want to ask your friends if they watched Kohaku Utagassen (traditional music fun competition on new year’s eve) or Hakone ekiden (marathon relay among a few dozens of University). If your friends like to watch comedy, you could ask how they enjoyed Down Town’s comedy show Waratteha Ikenai (Sorry, I found only Japanese link).

I need to come back to work tomorrow morning, so should go to bed. Talk to you later.

Traditional shrine visit in new year

Japanese people visit to a shrine on new year’s day or within a couple of the following days. This is called “Hatsumoude 初詣”, which means to visit a shrine for the first time in new year.

I went to Meiji Jingu Shrine which is one of the most popular ones in Tokyo. It was on January 3rd today and supposed to be less busy than a new year’s day, but still quite busy there. I was in a queue for one and a half hour from the entrance gate to the main building.

It was worth waiting for such long time. At the main building, we through some coins and can pray something. Very traditional and interesting activity.

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