Sunday, March 28, 2010

A strange animal

In China, a weird creature was captured on March 24th. A Chinese citizen heard the noise that chickens were crying. Then he thought it must have been a rubber and got out of his house to find a rubber.But the rubber was a gray animal which is similar to dog. With neighbor's help, the Chinese guy successfully captured that animal.

No one has seen this animal as it has a weird appearance. Length of its body is about 60cm. Its head is smaller, and its tail is larger as this picture is showing. This animal has almost no hair. Its head is similar to dog, and its nose is similar to cow. And its legs are similar to carnivorous animal.

Simultaneously, in same city in China, another Chinese citizen found and caught a similar animal. As a result of research, the animal in this picture is considred as "Beech Marten" or also called "Stone Marten."
As you can see, A Beech Marten in the second picture is different from one in the first picture because of hair.
According to Wikipedia, basic characteristics or information of Beech Marten can apply to "a weird creature", but some doubts from its appearance are remaining. That's why scientists are still researching this animal found in China.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Potential cosplayer

When I was choosing pictures for my senior's page of yearbook, I found a great picture. This old man on this picture is a WOC guide. Most of students in my grade have seen him when they joined WOC. When I saw him, I thought I have seen him before. He really looks like "someone." Do you know this another old guy on the secnd picture? He is called "Master Roshi" from a famous comic book named "Dragon Ball." He is an important person in the story because he taught Goku (who is a main character in Dragon Ball) the "Kamehameha", which is the way of attack and used in many battles later. The old man on first picture reminds me this character.

Of course, two old guys have are obviously still different. But if the guy on first picture had longer beard, he would be able to naturally become one of cosplayers in the world. Like this case, more "potential" cosplayers probably exist in our life.

*This is the "Kamehameha!"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Aynu people

Hokkaido, the north of Japan, had natives called "Aynu." Aynu means "human being", "friend", "partner", etc. This word "Aynu" was used only for good person. Bad people are called "wenpe." Today, almost no one speaks this language. A long time ago, since immigrants came from other parts of Japan, Aynu people began to be discriminated. So they tried to marry non-Aynu or "Japanese" people to try to decrease their Aynu blood. Therefore, their culture is almost lost even though some people in Hokkaido probably have ancestor from Aynu people.
Instead of Aynu people, today I'll show some Aynu vocaburary as one of Aynu culture.

OK... I will talk about the word "Kamuy" today.
Kamuy basically means "God". This word can be used with many other words, and meaning becomes different. For example, "kamuy kaka" means a bear, "kamuy cep" means a salmon, "kanna kamuy" means lightning, "tokap cup kamuy" means the sun. As you can notice, the word "kamuy" involves everything from nature including weather, animals, and phenomenon. It can be assumed that Aynu people might always keep respect to the nature in Hokkaido.

I can talk more about the Aynu language, but I stop here because it is specific enough.
By the way, my father and grandfather are from Hokkaido. So... there is a possibility that my family has ancestor from Aynu. Or I'm just a general Japanese.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


I think most of you have seen this kind of hair style in some history textbooks. This is a Japanese traditional hair style for men, called "Chonmage." This hair style was common 400 years ago as many Japanese soldiers called samurai had it.

Recently, this hair style can be seen only from sumo wrestlers because this hair style was prohibited by Japanese government when a foreign country (the United States) forced Japan to open and have trade with other countries. Then Japan began to become more westernized and this traditional hair style disappeared in our society nowadays. (However, now hair style is not limited by the government, so you can try Chonmage if you want)