Saturday, January 26, 2008

Too Beautiful Politician

Yuri Fujikawa (藤川ゆり) is getting into the news as a young and beautiful member of *Hachinohe city assembly. She looks pretty attractive and has idol-look face. *Hachinohe is the city in Aomori prefecture in Tohoku area.

Yuri who has father formally member of Hachinohe city assembly ran for nationwide local elections in April, 2007, and she won the election top. She was born in 1980, and just 27 years old now.

After graduation from Teikyo University, she started to work in an institution of caring old people for a few years. When she turned to be 27, her father tried to win at the election to be a member of the prefectural assembly but he failed. Then, she announced to stand as a candidate for member of city assembly after her father’s fail.

Since people are attracted by Yuri’s youth and beauty, she got really popular and that even made her website down because of too much access.

You will see how she is cute and beautiful visiting her official website. Yuri says she wants to work hard on welfare, but I think she is more likely to bring big economic effect for Hachinohe city. People will visit Hachinohe to see her, or even city may produce some souvenirs or novelty about her. Then, I think her beauty will save the town!

Movie from Youtube, Yuri Fijikawa.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

7 Days and Planets

Some of the readers here may already know how to say the day of the week, but I want to introduce them and how to remember them.

Here is the list of the day of the week.

日曜日 (にちようび / Nichiyoubi)…Sunday

月曜日 (げつようび / Getsuyoubi)…Monday

火曜日 (かようび / Kayoubi)…Tuesday

水曜日 (すいようび / Suiyoubi) …Wednesday

木曜日 (もくようび / Mokuyoubi)…Thursday

金曜日 (きんようび / Kinyoubi)…Friday

土曜日 (どようび / Doyoubi)…Saturday

In Japan, the week usually starts with Sunday. You can see most calendar has Sunday first.

The only you need to remember is the word before “曜日/ Youbi”; 日、月、火、水、木、金、土. Those words are called “七曜 / Shichiyou” and stands for 7 planets you can see with the naked eye.

日 = Sun
月 = Moon
火 = Mars
水 = Mercury
木 = Jupiter
金 = Venus
土 = Saturn

People say just like日(Nichi)、月(Getsu)、火(Ka)、水(Sui)、木(Moku)、金(Kin)、土(Do) when they count the day of the week. For instance, you can say “土、日は休みです。(どにちはやすみです / Do Nichi wa Yasumidesu” means “I’m off on Saturday and Sunday.”

I know Chinese call the day with numbers, 1, 2, 3 …How do you call the day of the week in your language? Does it also have planets name?

Here is the link about planets on my blog "8 Planets on the Solar System"

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Matsushita, National, Panasonic → “Panasonic”

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. has announced to change its company name to “Panasonic” to strengthen the world brand name on 10th January. (The company productions; Lumix for digital camera, Diga for blue-ray disk recorder, Viera for plasma TV etc…)

Matsushita has distinguished the brand name for products; digital electrical appliances for abroad such as plasma TV are called “Panasonic” and white goods for domestic is called “National”.

The company is aiming to appeal the name in foreign markets to compete with other brand by uniting “Matsushita”, “Panasonic”, and “National”.

The origin of “Panasonic” is the created word, “Pan” and “Sonic”. Pan means known throughout the country, and Sonic means sound. Therefore, it totally means/wishes to let the sound of company be known throughout the country.

I think this is a good idea to unit all brand name in one, I somehow feel a bit sad to loose Matsushita and National name at the same time though. Anyway, it is likable to compete and appeal electronic brand in the world, them it will bring costumers good effects.

Do you have any Panasonic product?

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy New Year

Hi there, this is late but let me say Happy New Year! I hope you will have great year.

Here is a tip, how to say Happy New Year in Japanese.

あけましておめでとう in Hiragana

in Kanji
(Both are pronunced like "Akemashite Omedeto")

So あけましておめでとう everyone! I will start to write article again soon :)