Why are you still in Japan?
Click here to read individual responses from foreigners
Metropolis Japan magazine)
17, 2022 - Success is built by what you do, not by what limits you.
Did you know that:
— Albert Einstein was 4 years old before he could speak.
— Issac Newton did poorly in grade school.
— Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him, “as a composer he is
— When Thomas Edison was a boy, his teacher told him he was too stupid
to learn anything.
— F.W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21, but his
employer would not let him wait on customers because he “didn’t have
— Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team.
— A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because he had “no good ideas.”
— Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade.
— Steven Spielberg dropped out of high school in his sophomore year. He
was persuaded to come back and placed in a learning disabled class. He
lasted a month and dropped out of school forever.
I don't think we'd consider any of these people a failure. So what
allowed them to be successful even amidst struggles?
The answer to that question may be less in what they did do and more in
what they didn't do.
(courtesy of Dan
Miller, Career Coach & Author of 48 Days to the Work You Love)
Success is built by what you do, not by what limits you.
(photo credit: 48days.com)
2, 2022 - Top Gun: Maverick
Without question one of the best movies I’ve seen in years, especially
since the onset of the covid plandemic began a couple years ago, was
last weekend when I watched Top Gun: Maverick, which opened in Japan
last Friday 5/27.
I don’t know what Tom Cruise's secret is, but he’s obviously found the
Fountain of Youth as he doesn’t seem to have really aged that much
since the original Top Gun movie back in 1986… that’s right… a
remarkable THIRTY-SIX YEARS AGO!!
If you’re a Tom Cruise fan, an airplane fan (especially F-14 fighter
jets), a U.S. Navy fan, or a fan of action/suspense flicks, you will
love this movie. I was on the edge of my seat most of the movie, and I
just can’t stop thinking about it.
If you'd like a real adrenaline rush, you owe it to yourself to go see
Top Gun: Maverick
(If player above is not visible, you can view video
at YouTube here.)
[click on CC button for English subtitles (英語字幕)]
The 30,000 m2 (7.4 acre), award-winning Keisei Rose Garden in Yachiyo,
Chiba, Japan accommodates 10,000 roses of 1,600 varieties. The full
blossom seasons are mid-May through early June and mid-October through
early November. The most magnificent display of roses I've ever seen in
my entire lifetime.
May 9, 2022
- Burger King Japan's new Salsa & Avocado Smoky
On the occasion of the May 5th Children’s Day national holiday, I’d
like to tip my hat to Burger King founders Jim McLamore and Dave
Edgerton, who I feel deserve at least partial credit for the amazing
Salsa & Avocado Smoky Whopper I had for lunch, helping make my
holiday a smashing success! 美味しかったです
(it was delicious)!!
Burger King Japan's new Salsa & Avocado Smoky Whopper
Burger King founders Jim McLamore and Dave Edgerton
2022 - World's oldest person dies at age 119
Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman who was the world’s oldest person, died
on Tues. 4/19 at age 119.
She was born on Jan. 2, 1903, the same year of the Wright Brothers’
first powered flight, and was recognized by Guinness World Records in
2019 as the world's oldest living person.
Tanaka had been living in an elderly care facility in Fukuoka City,
Fukuoka Prefecture in western Japan and died at a local hospital.
Tanaka loved playing the board game Othello and her favorite food items
were chocolate and soda drinks. She had reportedly hoped to stay
healthy until she was 120, but passed away just a few months short of
Japan has a dwindling and rapidly aging population. As of Sept. 2021,
the country had 86,510 centenarians, and 9 out of every 10 were women.
With Tanaka's death, the world’s oldest human is now Lucile Randon, a
French nun known as Sister Andre, aged 118, according to The
Gerontology Research Group.
Kane Tanaka, the world's oldest person, dies at age 119
Jan. 2, 1903 - April 19, 2022
2022 - Spring has sprung!!
The springtime flowers in Japan bring a non-stop exhilarating display
of brilliant colors and sweet fragrances to titillate the senses. The
plum blossoms begin in mid-February, followed by the absolutely
breathtaking cherry blossoms, and then a continuous overlapping of
blooming periods for azaleas, camellias, wisteria, magnolias, peonies,
roses, tulips, pansies, irises, hydrangeas, etc. that last well into
What you see now in the album linked below is just the start, so
I'm planning to add more pics to it in the weeks ahead! Stay tuned and
1, 2022 - Spring 2022 rape blossoms in Tokyo
Of all the beautiful, stunning spring flowers at their peak in
Tokyo right now, the breathtaking cherry blossoms always seem to get
all the attention, and for good reason, but I think the brilliant,
yellow rape blossoms (Nanohana, 菜の花) are just as beautiful. May
the force & uplifting spirit of spring be with you…
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