2019年4月23日 (火曜日)

How to ask your way in your journey

In this season, it is very good to tour, so many foreginers travel to Japan.  Of cource, we meet them at famous tour spots, we also meet them in the convenience stores, restaurants, or stations.  When we go abroad, we know that we can not communicate with natives using our mother language, but we assume that we can communicate with them using our poor English.  Perhaps, many foreginers who travel to Japan are considering so.  However, most Japanese can not speak English, especially those who work at public space such as restaurants or taxies can not make only 1 English sentence.  So, if you want to ask someone, you need to search someone who can speak English.
Most of Japanese can not speak English, so they use automatic translation application on smart phone and show their will by using it.  It is not a smart way, but this will secure your communication.  Many foreginers who travel to Japan can speak English so they do not make such behavior, as the amount of Japanese who can speak English is small, when you worried, you should try such electrical communication.
I hope you will have a nice time this week.    

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2019年4月16日 (火曜日)

Japanese new era name is "Reiwa"

Japanese emperor retires at the end of this month.  His son will be promoted to new emprror next month.  In Japan, we change era name when emperor changed.  Next era name is "Reiwa" which means we will create happy country keeping beutiful mind and friendship.
We can use both 2019 and Reiwa 1st to call this year.  There is no rule that we should use "Reiwa", you  can use and understand the year by the Chritian EraAnnno Donni.  Japanese people like to use "Wa" which means good friendship or harmony.  "Reiwa" is named after our aim to create beautiful country.  We are now in the "Heisei" era.  "Heisei" means to make our country peaceful.  From now on, we should persue not only peacufull but also happiness filled with sophisticated cultures.
We wish we want to live in a peace society where there is no war, we Japanese further aim to create rich and enjoyable society.  I hope many people will be a fun of Japan.
I hope you will have a nice time this week. 

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2019年4月 9日 (火曜日)

What do you enjoy with cherry blossoms

It is high time of "Ohanami" in Japan.  Many people enjoy watching beautiful cherry blossoms.  However, we may not be satisfied with just watching flowers.  What do we enjoy with flowers? Most parks where there are cherry trees do not allow  BBQ because it will damage the tree.  In this season, it is chilly at night, so we can not enjoy drinking in the consition.
In Japan, there is a proverb "Hana yori Dango".  This means that we prefer eating sweets rather than watching beautiful things.  We should definitely enjoy "Ohanami" with delicious foods.  Although BBQ is prohibited, that is, we can't use fire, we can enjoy sweet cakes without using fire.  I recommend eating delicious sweets while watching beautiful cherry blossoms in the daytime.
Ohanami is very famous event all over Japan, so when you travel to Japan in this season, please enjoy flowers with cakes.
I hope you will have a nice time this week. 

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2019年4月 2日 (火曜日)

Pay for what?

We are preparing new system for consumption tax in Japan.  Tax rate is rased 10 % in this autumn.  However, some commodities such as food and daily papers are not the target of tax boost.
In Europe, there is a relatively long history of consumption tax, so the tax rate is higher than other areas, and there are various rates in every countries.  However, the history of consumption tax is not so long in Japan, so we are confused that there are diffirent tax rates which is applied for our shopping.
We do not have a custom to pay tips to waiters in restaurant.  Japaness have a custom to pay money to a commodity itself.  On the contraly, people in Europe tend to pay money not only for commodities but also services which further includes public services to buy it.
Many Japanese are confused of paying for such services when travel abroad, so some do not pay tips, some ask whether the account is accurate.  But even if consumption tax rate is rased and complicated, foreigners who travels Japan will be easy to accomodate to this new system.
We Japanese have to know world standard of shopping before preparing for new tax syatem.
I hope you will have a noce time this week.

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2019年3月26日 (火曜日)

3 cold days after 4 mild days

In this season, we sometimes feel cold, and sometimes feel mild.  So it is difficult for us to decide whether we should wear a coat in this season.
A Jaapanese proverb says that "3 cold days after 4 mild days".  It means it is cold and mild in turn, and then it is becoming mild.  This is phenomenon is explained scientically.  In this season, it sometimes rains.  When it rains, the temperature will be higher but if it will be fine, nothern wind blow into Japan then it will become cold.
In April, we enjoy watching cherry blossoms, many workers enjoy this "ohanami" at night.  But it is still cold at night, therefore we can not enjoy drinking beer at night "ohanami" party.
I think we can enjoy daytime in this early spring but we should not go out at night.  "3 cold days after 4 mild days" means "half spring ,half winter".  However, I think this half does not mean full 3 or 4days, but daytime and night.
I hope you will have a nice time this week.

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2019年3月19日 (火曜日)

The importance of using time

When we work with collegues, we should not consider which we can not understand, we should ask someone how to do it without using time.  When we use time to cnsider it our collegue may think that we can not communicate with collegues, then we may lose the position. In such team work, we should ask someone how to do it before think it deeply.
However, this does not contribute to our growth.  When we want to grow, we should consider a problem deeply, and learn a lot from it.  Therefore, contrary to team work, we should think how to do it deeply using enough time when we face personal work.
Time is limited so we should use it efficiently.  But the efficiency of using time depends on situation.  When we play a role in a team, we should not use time for myself, however, when we are alone, we should spend enough time to our growth and success.  In conclusion, we should take care the position where we are now, and we should use time efficiently depending on the situation.
I hope you will have a noce time this week.

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2019年3月12日 (火曜日)

We have time in the morning

In this season, we have more time than winter because it becomes bright in early morning so we can get up early.  I usually get up by sunlight from window, so I get up around 7 o'clock in the morning in winter but I can get up earlier as spring comes.
If we could get up early, we can read papers, we can study, or we can train our body.  These activity made us grow up. A Japanese proverb says that "early bird catnches worm". As this proverb says, we will be happy if we could get up early.
However, there is another Japanese proverb which is contraly to it.  "In spring one sleeps like a log".  We can not get up early in this season because sleeping in the bed is very confortable.
Therefore, there are two types of people, those who sleep long and those who get up early.  I get up early and train myself in the morning. I do not deny a person who wants to sleep long, but I feel happy when I can get up early.
I hope you will have a nice time this week.

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2019年3月 5日 (火曜日)

Is it a cold or hay fever

We tend to cough in this season but it is not a easy question which is the cause of cough.  We normally consider that we may catch a cold but we later notice that we do not catch a cold because our temperature is not so high.  In such case, the most dubious cause will be hay fever.
It is known that hay spreads in spring but it is not widely known that hay spreads in the beggining of spring when it is still cold.  So we sometimes misunderstand that we caught a cold.
Although the cause is diffirent, the counter measure is same using mask when we go outside. We feel glad in this season because it is getting warmer, so we go outiside frequently, but we never forget to protect our nose and throat from hay because it is a very troublesome opponent in this season.
I hope you will have a nice time this week.

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2019年2月26日 (火曜日)

We can not get more without pain

When I try new work, I do it in a careful manner using enough time. Sometimes my collegue say to me to do it quickly by asking someone. However, I do it myself thinking carefully if time allows.
It is easy to do some work by asking someone how to do it, but we may not be able to do it later without asking someone.  This is because we did not feel pain if we asked someone how to do it.  Our memory keeps long when we tried hard and felt pain, so if we need long-keeping memory we should try hard by myself and feel pain.
This is not only the case of memory, but also appropriate for every necessary experience.  When we want to be good at some works, we need various experiences.  In such cases, we should not ask someone how to do it and try hard feeling pain.  By doing so, we can get more experiences and then we will be good at work.  This is my way to do my work.
I hope you will have a nice time this week.

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2019年2月19日 (火曜日)

How to bolster team power

In order to achieve great success, the most important elements are leadership and  team management.  Anyway, how we should improve team management.
First element of team management is time management.  Leaders have to manage times of all members so as not to waste it.  Therefore, leader should estimate how long does it take for members to complete the task, and give appropriate tasks for their ability and given time.
Second element is skill management.  Leader should allot tasks to those who have skill to complete it.  However, this is a little boring and members can not have chance to progress.  So leaders sometimes allot unknown task to members.  Then members can feel worthwhile for the task and do their best.  It is necessary to teach them when leader allot unknown task, because we can not complete unknown task.  It is unefficient for team, so leaders should be careful not to be too unefficient.
Third element is motivation management.  Leaders should have enough communication with their members and raise their motivation.
These are very difficult but many company or organization are seeking for good leader.  It is important for our indivisual success to be such a leader and then achieve great success by our team.

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