Happy new year!!! This year, I’m going to stay in Australia from next month. I’m really excited about that. I want to make many friends from other countries and I want to experience something new. Australia is another homeland for me so I need to learn about Australia and I want to spend time with my family in Australia. Of course I will study hard many thing by English and I hope my English will improve. Then I want to get high score in TOEIC or TOEFL. But these things that I wrote down are things that almost everyone may do when they study abroad. So I want to do something different with others, such as do a part time job, join the club or volunteer activity. I need to find something as soon as I arrive Australia. Also, I need to think about my future dreams and prepare for the job haunting. Like this, there are many things that I have to do in Australia. I can’t waist the time there. I will work hard!!
The biggest thing that I enjoyed during winter vacation was “playlounge 2013″. It was a fashion show but not professional one. It was kind of event by students from many school and different age. I joined this event as a model. There were about 80 models in this event and at first there were no person who I know, but we had a walking lessons ones a week for about two months, so I could make many new friends. Of corse there were many difficult things, but when I walk on the runway and many my friend came to the event and watch me, I felt very happy and I really enjoy it. It was really nice experience.
From the end of the 2013, I went to my grand parents’ house with my mother. Every year I spend with my family on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I could rest, sleep a lot and eat a lot at my grand parent’s house. Last year, my family past away so we couldn’t celebrate the New Year’s Day, but still it was nice time to spend with my family.
On January 3rd, I went to ” isejingu” with my mother. When I was a child, we use to go there every year, but recently we had no time to go because it is little bit far from here I live. According to my mother, “isejingu” is very spiritual place and this year, the god in “isejingu” moved to new place. This god moving is held once every 20years. I had a nice time and it was grate place to visit in New Years.
We can see the difference of the way to show the patriotic feeling between each country. When I went to America, I saw many American frag in front of many houses. I was surprised because it’s hard to see the Japanese frag in Japan. However, can we say Japanese are less patriotism that other countries? I read the article that Chinese woman wrote. She was saying that Chinese should follow Japanese the way of showing their patriotic feeling. According to her article, Japanese show their patriotism very quietly. They don’t shout or show their feeling emotionaly like Chinese. She said this is due to Japanese shyness character. I think this article is very “Uchi, Soto” thinking and we can’t say every people are this of corse, but I think we are tend to be like this. Then why are we like this? I think one of the reason is religion. About ten years ago, there was a big terrorism “9.11”. One of the reason why this happened was religion problem. People who did this terrorism were Islam, and they were angry because American military were try to go inside the Mecca which is sacred place of Islam. In Japan, there are few people who seriously believe in religion. That’s why may be there are not much extreme motion in Japan. Piety might be related to patriotism.
I was born as half Japanese and half Australian. I spend a hard childhood thinking that “Am I Japanese?”.
At school, sometimes teacher categorize us as Japanese, and each time I ask myself “Am I Japanese too?”. Some children said to me “You are not Japanese. Your hair is not black. Your eyes are not black. You are different from us”. Since then, I wished to be “Japanese”. I wanted to be same as others.
I think Japanese hate the differences. They try to find the difference and point out. I learned many thing from this class like what is Japaneseness and what is not. I realized that my way of thinking was very stereotyped. Now, I can say I’m “Japanese”. There are many way to be “Japanese”.
Honestly, it’s still difficult for me to find the collect answer for this topic, but I think I’m getting close to it.
There are many transcultural space in Japan now. For example, Tokyo Disney land is one of them. In America, there is a Disney world and that is the model of Tokyo Disney land. We can see many foreigner in there who are enjoying TDL. Also there are many foreigner who work at TDL. (People who act like a prince or princes, or character which appears in Disney movies…etc) Disney is loved by many people in all over the world.
Another place which came up in my mind is Starbucks. Starbucks’s origin is not Japan, but it is very famous in Japan now. We can see Starbucks in many place in Japan and it is very hard to find a person who don’t know about the Starbucks. Also, we can see many foreigner in Starbucks as a customer.
These are only an example. I think there are many many transcultural place in Japan.
You had a bad day
Just sleep tight with sweet dreams
You have a new day
I wrote this Haiku because I love to sleep and if I had a bad day, I often try to forget it by sleeping. When I wake up, a new day is starting.
Things that I learned from this class are very difficult but very important. Nat and my class mate always show me the different way of thinking. For example, thinking about the “Japanese food” was very new idea for me. We could think about it deeply and it was more than thinking about “food”. I learned that each person has a different idea of each country’s culture or image. But most people (including me) still have a stereotype. However, we have to put in our mind that people are all different and diversity in many ways. We can’t put them into one group. We need to make space so that we can think differences.
Honestly, this class is very difficult for me because I have to think about many difficult things very deeply. I haven’t think such a thing in my daily life. However, this class give me the opportunity to think about these kind of difficult issus and I think it’s very good for me.
What is Japan? Taro Aso saied that Japan is one nation, one civilisation, one language, one culture and one race. Is it true? My opinion is no. What kind of food do we often eat? Carry, pasta, hamburger… Are these food Japanese? It could be. However, these food are originally from other countries. Then, are we liveing with one culture? I think the answer is no. Like looking the food what we often eat, culture is mixed. How about the language and race? Of course, Japan’s language is Japanese. However, there are many people who speaks other languages. We are the one of the example of this. We can speak both Japanese and English. Also, there are meny people who are from other countries and now living in Japan. Their national language is not Japanese. I’m half Japanese and half Australian. My national language is Japanese and English. How about my race? My race is also mixed. My language and race are not “one”. Then, aren’t I Japanese? I think I’m absolutely Japanese. Since the Japan started to contact and have a relationship with other countries, Japanese culture, language, race… are not “one”. Many other countries’ thing are mixed.
What is “Japanese” food? What is “western” food? These days, many culture are mixed even in the food or drink. Those are transcultural food.
One of my favorite transcultural food is “tofu hamburg”. This is very popular in Japan, especially among women. The reason why this is popular in Japan is because it is very healthy. They use “tofu” instead of meat. It taste like hamburg but actually it’s not. The image of hamburg is western. But “tofu” is Japanese. “Tofu hamburg” is the food that people changed hamburg to japanese taste and healthier. This change was successful and many Japanese loves “tofu hamburg”.
like this, there are many transcultural food in all over the world. I think “tofu hamburg” is one of the grate examples of transcultural food.
The word that was spoken by Christel Takigawa in the presentation for the Olympic became very famous. The word is “Omotenashi”. This is one of the important Japanese spirit and I would like to consider it as a Japanese culture.
First of all, what is “Omotenashi”? “Omotenashi” is similer to hospitality. This is the spirit which we welcome and take care guests without expect anything in return. This spirit is very important for Japanese. There are many places that we can experience “Omotenashi”. For example, if you go to restaurant, clerk will give you a wet towel called “Oshiboli”. Usually, if the weather is hot, cold “Oshiboli” is given, and if the weather is cold, hot “Oshiboli” is given. Giving this “Oshiboli” to each customer is one of the “Omotenashi” spirit, and it is also one of the Japanese cuture. Another example is, you can experience the hightest “Omotenashi” supirit in Japanese hotel, “ryokan”. It is kind of symbol of “Omotenashi” and I think you can’t experience such a high level “Omotenashi” in other places or countries. Now, Japan is trying to show the Japanese “Omotenashi” culture to the world and Olympic wich will held in Tokyo in 2020 will be the biggest opportunity for that.
Like this, Japanese culture is not just a “thing” that we can see. The “spirit” that we can not see is also very important Japanese culture. I hope we can show this Japanese wonderful “Omotenashi” spirit to all over the world.