現在のシェイプ My current shape - Feb 21st 2018


This is my current shape as of Feb 21st 2018.
and I filmed my self-introductory greeting video to those who visit my websites. Link to the video is below my profile photo on this blog.



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Yoshi videolog Feb 14th 2018 - Valentine special version

Today's daytime temperatures were relatively mild and I had some free time, so, I filmed my first video in 2018.  Have a nice day today as well everyone !

本日は日中の気温が比較的穏やかで、時間も少しあったので、2ヶ月ぶりにビデオを撮ってみました。2月なのにこんな衣装で ... (本人は至って楽しんでやっております 笑)

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Diary Feb 9th 2018 - wonder of the nature and the creature

This is a plum tree my father was taking care of. As you can see, the plum flowers got blossom beautifully, which makes me feel the arrival of the early spring.


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ダイエットや英語学習などのお悩みの聞き役 - I will be a listener of your stories in weight loss, English language practice, etc

One of my fitness related certifications is "Certified Health & Wellness Coach ", however, because the wellness coaching is a fledgling field in health & fitness, many people don't know yet what exactly the wellness coaching is ?  for example What is the difference from personal training and so on ?  Wellness coaching is a kind of psychological support for various hurdles, difficulties, stress, and goal setting in the process of health related goals such as weight loss, improvement of diet.  Basically, the job of personal trainers is to provide technical instruction and advice such as how to lift weight, how to stretch, nutritional tips ... etc.  Whereas the primary job of wellness coaches is to support and guide you to a better direction mainly from motivational and psychological aspect, for example, when you feel a dilemma/discrepancy between where you are now and your ideal goal, or when you got emotionally exhausted.

However, you don't need to think of my wellness coaching service so seriously from the beginning, basically I would like to be a good listener of your stories, recent experiences, a cause of stress or concern, and I'm glad if we can explore a good direction or some solution for it together.
My fitness consultation/wellness coaching service is available both in English and Japanese. Although I'm living in Shizuoka-city, Japan, you can access me from anywhere on the globe through the e-mail, skype and so on.  for details, click the link to my wellness coaching profile page below my profile photo on the blog.
当方、静岡市在住ですが、メールやスカイプ等を利用した御相談も可能です、日本語・英語どちらでも対応いたします。 このブログの僕のプロフィール写真の下のリンクよりメール送信できます。(料金その他応談) お気軽にどうぞ。         

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Diary Feb 4th 2018 - harmony of the sea and the sky, and one's existence


This is my favorite photo, which one of my best friends shot me at a seaside in my city on two days before the new years eve of 2017 (13 months ago from now).

He said " the harmony of the ocean and the sky is magnificent ! ", and I quite agree with him. Although I'm a small and trivial presence in the whole universe, I would like to find a meaning of my existence on the globe.

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Diary Jan 31st - HWC review part 6

the following is a review/reminder to myself

preparation prior to the first session
Prior to a coaching session, the coach reviews materials, eliminates distractions, and takes time to become mindful and present. The coach's state helps the client become calm and receptive, which fosters self-awareness and self-discovery.
the first session
The coach's aims for the initial session, or intake session, are to describe the coaching process, review information and assessments provided by the client, and determine if the client is an appropriate candidate for coaching. the coach clarifies roles and expectations, e.g., the coach will not diagnose or prescribe, nor give unsolicited advice, the client will self-determine his/her vision, goals, and action steps, and the client will be actively engaged in trying new behaviors as planned with the coach. logistics and responsibilities (client vs coach) are confirmed in a written coaching agreement.
early sessions
in the initial stages of coaching, time is spent mainly exploring the client's vision, purpose, and priorities. the coach refers to these in subsequent sessions to elicit motivation. during early sessions, the coach also spends adequate time exploring the client's understanding of his/her health and wellness, so goals are not set prematurely. note that when choosing a focus, the coach is not the expert deciding what is most appropriate, instead, the client is empowered to select an area that feels important, motivating, or timely.
routine fellow up sessions
a coaching program starts with an initial phase, followed by routine follow up coaching sessions for a pre-determined period of weeks or months. at the opening of each session, the coach asks about the client's current state (e.g., energy, mood), throughout the session, the coach refers to shifts in the client's state. the coach facilitates review of previous action steps, uses other processes as appropriate, and supports the client in defining new action steps. the coach reflects the client's understanding, perspectives, and learning. at the end of each session, the client articulates new personal discoveries.
the graduation phase
in the final coaching session, the coach's focus is on recognition of progress, learning, and closure. the client articulates successes and looks back at what he/she learned. the coach helps the client to establish a plan for how he/she will maintain or continue progressing toward goals, with an emphasis on support and resources.


話しているうちに、その方は西海岸の州立大学の出身だとわかり、初対面なのに、陽気なアメリカ人の人懐っこい良い面が全開(笑) 「アイソダイン(イソジン)は水虫の手当てにも使えるよ。日本のキッチンハイターもね」とか「君のハンドバッグはかっこいいな」とか、たわいない世間話をノリの良いメチャクチャ速いテンポでまくしたてる(僕がいつもビデオで話している英語を2倍~2.5倍位の早口にしたような印象)。短い時間でしたが楽しい時間を過ごせました。不思議な出会いに感謝します。

英語が母国語の人達から見て僕は「アジア育ちの人間にしては妙に英語がうまい変な小男」という印象が多いだろうというのは、これまでお世話になった方々の反応から推測できる。一生、英語を訓練しても完全なネイティブレベルになることはあり得ないかもしれないが、やる以上は「外国人としての最上レベル」に近づきたい。例えるなら、デイブ・スペクター氏やパトリック・ハーラン氏の日本語のように。 そのレベルに到達するにはまだまだ改善の余地が多いこともわかっている。

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Diary Jan 30th 2018 - HWC review part 5

This is a reminder/review to myself

Trust & rapport
The coach establishes a positive and safe learning environment where the client feels accepted. The client is better able to clarify values and access motivation when he/she feels safe to be honest and vulnerable. Importantly, the coach's confidence in the client's ability to learn grow, and change supports the client's self efficacy " my certainty is greater than your doubt ! " The coach builds trust by attending to the client's emotions as well as words and behaviors, for example, when the coach senses conflict, discomfort, or confusion, the coach acknowledges what is happening with curious interest.
demonstrate benevolence, honesty, sincerity, and authenticity.
convey unconditional positive regard.
follow through on commitments made to the client.
openly name and address discord/conflict between coach & client as it occurs and resolve in a timely manner.
retrieved from ICHWC

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Diary Jan 28th 2018 - HWC review part 4

A reminder/review to myself

An importance of experimentation
The coach establishes a trusting environment where the client feels safe to experiment with new ideas and new behaviors. The coach helps the client develop a growth mindset, the belief that the client's abilities are not fixed and can be improved continuously through experimentation and persistent efforts. The coach may help the client gain confidence by rehearsing with the client how the client will behave in a situation.
growth mindset
practice techniques in session
decisional balance
retrieved from ICHWC

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Diary Jan 28th 2018 - HWC review part 3

A reminder/review to myself about health & wellness coaching

later stages of coaching - for further learning and self-discovery.
In the final coaching session, the coach's focus is on recognition of progress, learning, and closure. The client articulates successes and looks back at what he/she has learned. The coach helps the client to establish a plan for how he/she will maintain or continue progressing toward goals, with an emphasis on support and resources.
invite the client to reflect on, assess, and to articulate progress made, challenges experienced, lessons learned, and growth attained.
Assist in developing sustainable pathway forward and/or maintenance/relapse prevention plan including available support and resources.
retrieved from ICHWC

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Diary Jan 28th 2018 - HWC review part 2

reminder/review to myself regarding wellness coaching

Important points in early stages in coaching
In the initial stages of coaching, time is spent exploring the client's values, vision, purpose, and priorities. The coach refers to these in subsequent sessions to elicit motivation. During early sessions, the coach also spends adequate time exploring the client's understanding of his/her health and wellness, therefore goals are not set prematurely. Keep in mind that when choosing a focus, the coach is not the expert deciding what is most appropriate, instead, the client is empowered to select an area that feels important, motivating, or timely.
have client assess current state of his/her health and/or well-being.
explore the client's vision of his/her optimal health and/or well-being.
identify gaps between current state and client's desired lifestyle/outcomes.
Explore client preference for priority areas of focus.
establish or refine client's specific long-term goals that lead toward desired outcomes.
establish or refine client's short-term SMART goals or action steps for what will be accomplished between sessions.
support the client in achieving the SMART goals or action steps including back-up plans.
establish client's preferences for maintaining accountability.
retrieved from ICHWC

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Diary Jan 28th 2018 - HWC review

The following is a reminder/review to myself concerning recommended steps for health & wellness coaching.

client -centered relationship
A coach facilitates behavior change by empowering the client to self-discover values, resources, and strategies that are individualized and meaningful. The client is the expert in navigating his/her own life, based upon personal preferences and past experiences. the coach provides the structure of the session and serves as a facilitative partner. The coaches primary role is not that of a content expert or educator who diagnoses, advises, or instructs the client on what to do.
client's agenda, needs, interests, and preferences (vs. coaches's) drives the coaching relationship.
share coach's personal information/experience only when appropriate.
share information or recommendations only when specifically asked or given permission to do so or otherwise required within scope of practice.
observe, name, and refer to client's beliefs and values.
convey the belief that client is resourceful, expert in own experience.
adjust approach according to client's health literacy.
retrieved from ICHWC      

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Diary Jan 26th 2018

It seems that the entire Japan is covered by a very cold air mass currently. It was snowing a bit even in flat land areas of shizuoka as well the day before yesterday. Hopefully the climate gets warmer soon. Take care everyone !


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Diary Jan 20th 2018 - memory of globe

One of my English teachers in the Philippines whom I practiced with until the spring of 2017 was a fan of globe (a music group in Japan which gained an explosive popularity in 1990's, and its leader announced a retirement from the music industry a few days ago). so, this video makes me a bit reminiscent and sentimental mood. globe's momentum in the mid 90's was great because their songs and popularity reached as far as the Philippines as well. As the group name implies, they were a global music band !


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cross over of fitness and international friendship - 健康と観光の接点

One of my ideal future vision is ... I want to work/contribute at a crossover point of " health & fitness, and international/intercultural communication " as a certified fitness professional and a certified translator.  However, what it will be ? is still a bleak picture in my vision. For example, guiding a tourist group from outside Japan and having a Yoga session or something like that at some beautiful sight seeing spot in Japan ?   This is one of typical images I envision concerning the above point, however, the problem is ... these activities would be limited to only in temperate season and sunny days, therefore from a business perspective, that kind of activity will not be viable all throughout the year ... What do you think would be possible and attractive as a part of my future business model, considering available resources in Japan or Shizuoka ? Your idea and suggestions are appreciated.


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フィットネスと英語のパーソナルトレーナー in 静岡 Bilingual personal trainer in Shizuoka


I got a special recognition of Recognized Certified Personal Trainer with Distinction from National Strength & Conditioning Association, which is a new recognition program that is conferred to NSCA certified fitness/strength professionals who meet certain criteria such as a duration of service in the industry, academic degree in related fields ... etc. and it is my honor that I'm the first and currently the only person in Japan who got this recognition (as of Jan 2018).

I'm living in 10km northeast of Shizuoka Station in Japan, if you live nearby, I'm available for your personal training.  and one of my certifications is certified Health & Wellness Coach, which is a credential in the USA for providing motivational & psychological support for health & fitness behavior change, such as long term adherence to weight loss programs, healthy diet and so on.  Therefore, I'm available through the internet consultation as well (such as skype) no matter where you live.  Also, I'm a certified translator & tour guide (English -Japanese). If you are looking for a bilingual fitness professional or a translator in the health & fitness fields, please feel free to contact me. You can send me e-mails from the link below my profile photo.

the photos are facility and equipment in my house, as you can see, if you are expecting a fancy workout facility, this is not a place for you. What I can provide you are my experience, knowledge, skills I learned through my 20 years in the fitness industry and English language learning, plus my zest and curiousity to work/learn with you. Nice to meet you !
Yoshi Endo(遠藤吉彦) EP-C, CSCS, certified Wellcoach.

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Diary Jan 11th 2018

Recently, the popularity of youtube bloggers are starting to replace the position of conventional TV programs among heavy internet users. and one of the biggest problems would be ... the current situation is close to " almost no regulation or code " concerning ethics, privacy, human rights and so on.  another problem would be that many of commercial youtubers talk about any topics even if the topic is beyond their specialty, profession, credential, academic degree and so on.
What is necessary and expected will be ... an establishment of " institutional review board " that overseas ethical code on the web.

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Diary Jan 10th 2017

Today's topic is about the latest change in the governmental system of Licensed Translator & Tour Guide, so to speak, it's kind of domestic issue, so I will write it in Japanese language.

つまり、これまでは、「通訳案内士の試験に受からないと、その仕事はできない」という免許だったものが、今後は、資格がなくても仕事はできるけど、資格があれば、レベルの証明にはなる、という「検定資格」みたいなものになってしまいました ...
外国人観光客に通訳や案内をするには、日本の文化や歴史、他の国との価値観や考え方の違いなどをある程度学んだ人間でないと、日本のことが正しく伝わりません。もちろん僕ももっと学ばねばなりません。 英語や中国語、韓国語など外国語が、まあまあ、なんとかできるという人は最近、沢山います。でも、それだけで通訳案内の仕事を許可してしまったら、日本はますます海外から誤解されてしまう可能性もあります。(もちろん、外国語好きな人がボランティアの有志活動として行うのは、また別の話です)

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Diary Jan 8th 2018

A reminder to myself

You (the instructor) don't need to answer and explain to all the questions from class participants/clients perfectly. Rather, an important point is how well the instructor expand the conversation by eliciting their further intellectual curiosity. If the instructor give them a firm conclusion, the conversation (their intellectual inquiry) stops there.  In other words,  how well the instructor/coach should stimulate/facilitate class participants' self-learning oriented mindset.  That would be a point I need to brush up more, I think.   
最近、感じることですが、インストラクターは参加者の皆さんからの質問に完璧に答えたり、過剰に詳細に説明する必要はないなあ、とも思います(相手が何を求めているか?によりますが)。エクササイズや栄養などに関して質問を下さる方々は、知的好奇心の旺盛な方が多いです。インストラクターが「あ、それはですねえ、最近の文献や研究によりますと、このような傾向が出ていますので、答えはこうです、以上」という感じで回答すると、せっかくの会話がそれ以上ふくらみませんし、彼らの好奇心の探訪もそこでストップしてしまいます。なので、インストラクターやコーチは、参加者の皆さんの自発的探究につながるような答えやきっかけを提供すべきなのかな、と感じます。中々難しいことですが ...

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Diary Jan 7th 2018 - new vision statement

I revised my self introductory and greeting comment under the blog title a bit today, and this is my current honest mind and what I'm envisioning for the future. of course, I'm available from outside Japan as well through online consultation/coaching. Thank you.

My mission statement (Jan 2018)

I " Yoshi Endo " would like to serve and work as a booster/facilitator/translator/instructor/and your learning partner for you to generate a positive change, difference, and progression in health & fitness, language learning for those who are practicing English as a foreign language.
And I'm glad if I can be of some small help for better understanding of people globally through these activities. Of course I'm also still learning every day. Let's begin and continue the journey.


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Diary Jan 5th 2018

I've been writing a lot of English for consecutive 5 days from the very first day of the 2018. And it makes me feel like my thought process returned to " English mode " again like my study days in a few years ago. Some of my regular talking partners are still taking the new year vacation, therefore, my current frequency of online speaking practice is less than usual, what can be inferred from this would be ... probably, writing a lot of English would be an important and essential foundation of the language practice.      

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Diary Jan 3rd 2018


A big tree is in the premise of the local shrine I visited on this new year's day. I think this tree has been witnessing and withstanding a countless number of events for probably a few hundred years both good things and bad things such as heavy rain, thunder storm, sunshine in the intense summer, cherry blossoms, festivals, fireworks and so on. I feel a heaviness of the history.


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Diary Jan 2nd 2018

Two days in the 2018 have already passed ... time flies running fast.
What I was doing today is ... enjoying videos of fitness youtubers.  As you know, many of fitness youtubers are affiliated/tied up with fitness apparel companies, supplement companies and so on, in other words, many of their videos have an aspect of sales promotion of commercial products in addition to their pure energy and passion for fitness.  Of course I know that continuing an ideal lifestyle of fitness competitors requires sponsorship. The main reason why I watch videos of fitness youtubers is 1) as a listening practice of English,  2) get a power and energy from their motivation in a good sense.

Especially, in terms of listening practice purpose, I like videos of Arevalo sisters. Way of speaking of the elder sister and the little sister resemble so much or almost exactly the same. What I thought was way of speaking of siblings who grew up under a roof can get surprisingly similar, such as accent, pronunciation, expression and so on. They are a good example of it, I guess.

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Diary Jan 1st 2018 Happy New Year 2018 !

My 2018 started with a courtesy visit to a nearby shrine and a 20 minute of walking to and from there. Hoping health, wellness, and fortune in the new year for all of you !

additional script
As I'm writing on this blog, I'm taking online English conversation service recently almost everyday, however, all of my familiar talking partners are taking new year's holiday today. Although I was born and grew up in Japan, I'm not a " hundred-proof made in Japan ", as many of you know, I'm from a graduate program in the USA, therefore I definitely don't want to say things like " oh I'm not good at English ", so I don't want to skip English practice even during the new year vacation. It is often said that " if you are off of ballet lesson even one day, it requires two to three days to get back in your previous condition "  and I feel the similar way in foreign language practice as well based on my own experience. Instead of speaking with my learning partners, I'm writing this additional post as a writing practice. If you want to excel in something, as a matter of fact, devotion and consistency would be necessary. Nobody said it would be easy. I would like to walk the talk on that way. Thank you for your understanding and support always.   

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Diary Dec 31st 2017

I'm going to spend this year's new year's eve as usual as possible except for enjoying the MMA show on TV, and taking a little bit of rest (a kind of recuperation) in preparation for the coming year 2018.
I appreciate your friendship and support for me in the 2017. Have a nice year ending everyone !

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Diary Dec 30th 2017

What I talked online at two days before the end of 2017 was ... anti-inflammatory effects of ginger and things like that.

大晦日の前日にオンラインで話したネタ、「ショウガの抗炎症作用」とか ... そんな話題(笑)
P.S.  大晦日の格闘技、ミルコ vs 高坂 ちょっと気になる 

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Diary Dec 29th 2017

All of my work in 2017 finished today. I would like to thank for your support, understanding, and friendship to me in this year. I will pursue the way of fitness including wellness coaching in the next year and thereafter as well. I hope you all have a nice holiday season.


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Diary Dec 28th 2017

I got an interesting question from one of my friends in the US,   that is ...   " Why do Japanese people bow many times ? "
How do you explain to this cultural curiosity ?

アメリカの友人の一人から興味深い質問 ...
状況としては、アメリカの日本食レストラン(鉄板焼き)に入ったら、そこの店員さんが「いらっしゃいませー! ありがとうございましたー!」とやたらと愛想良く、丁寧に何度もおじぎしてくれるので、アメリカ人の目には新鮮というか不思議に思えるらしい

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Diary Dec 27th 2017

An English word that I didn't come out of my mouth when I want to was ... osmolarity (osmotic pressure, osmotic concentration), which means this word hasn't settled in my English vocabulary solidly yet.
As a matter of fact,  " I know this word " and " that word comes out of the mouth on the spot when necessary " are different.  More practice would be necessary   

本日、必要な時に口から出なかった言葉  「オズモラリティ(浸透圧)」

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Diary Dec 25th 2017

What I learned from yesterday's online language tutorial is ...  Christmas celebrations are delayed two weeks than the usual celebration (Dec 24 & 25) in orthodox churches.
This was a new discovery for me.   Have a nice holiday season everyone ! 

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Diary Dec 23rd 2017

When I was talking on an online English conversation service, the learning partner (instructor) asked me about an importance of rest in fitness workout. It is an weekend of December, so I was going to choose some casual topic such as showbiz, however I ended up with answering the question from a view point of  "super compensation theory", eventually ...  That instructor's major is ecology I heard, therefore I'm not sure whether that instructor grasped the fundamental notion of of my point.  Like this, what I'm doing on this Christmas holiday is ... some of my friends can imagine though ... lecturing the concept of super compensation on the internet ...  lol

年の瀬の週末なので、オンラインの話題はお堅い話題だと講師の先生にも申し訳ないので、何か気楽な話題を話そうと思っていたら、なぜか今日はトレーニングの話になり、講師から「フィットネスのトレーニングでは、どうして休養が大切なの?」という質問を受けた。というわけで職業柄、僕の口から反射的に出た答えは「超回復の原理」だった。この先生の専攻分野はエコロジー(環境学)とのことなので、僕の説明がピンと来たかどうかは「?」ですが、クリスマスの週末に、ヨーロッパの英語講師を相手に「超回復の原理」を講義している僕  ... 何やってんだろうな?と自分でも思います(笑)

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Diary Dec 20th 2017

The rest of this year 2017 is only 11 days, how do you spend the final 1 days of the year ?
I'm going to and hopefully spend the rest of this year as usual as possible, work, exercise, language practice and so on. Have a good day today too !   

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Diary Dec 19th 2017 - My pronunciation of " oxygen " is a bit weird

English words I need to improve its pronunciation

About the pronunciation of oxygen, my incorrect pronunciation was indicated by a language instructor in the Philippines as well before.

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Diary Dec 17th 2017 - differentiate the sound of flow and flaw

reminder to myself concerning confusing English pronunciation

1. Go with the flow
2. Go with the flaw
3. Go with the fraud ... (joke)

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Diary Dec 13th 2017

I compared my latest video which I uploaded on this blog one week ago with one of my videos I filmed in 2013. The following is my impression about the comparison.

Naturalness ... a little bit improved compared to 3-4 years ago
Pronunciation ... same as the above
vocabulary & fluency ... no so changed, or the before might be better when it comes to technical terms in anatomy or subjects like that  (mainly because I was pressed for reading a lot of textbooks and journal articles, and writing reports and papers in those days)
conclusion ...  there is a lot of room for improvement in my language skills.
先日このブログにアップした自分自身のビデオと2013年後半頃に撮影したビデオを見比べてみました(英語の変化のチェック)。 以下は自分なりの感想
全体の自然さ   ...   多少は改善しただろうか?
発音  ...   多少改善したものの、いまだに日本人っぽい英語の発音が少し残り、日本人特有の文法ミスもある (主語が複数形なのに、それに続く動詞に三人称単数のSをつけちゃったり)
流暢さとボキャブラリー  ...   4年前のビデオで、「このエクササイズは上半身と下半身の接合部を鍛えるもので ... 」といった内容の事を喋っているが、「接合部」という表現を junction なんて単語で話していて、過去の自分に苦笑。 「何?こいつのワードチョイスは? トレーニング関連の話をする時にジャンクションなんて言葉使う奴いないよ、高速道路じゃないんだから」 と思うもん(笑)
とりあえずの結論   ...  改善の余地は沢山ある

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Yoshi video log December 6th 2017

My exercise class named as " slimming down pelvis exercise " which started in 2008 successfully completed its predetermined contract term this week. Because of an agreement between an operating company of this exercise class and a sponsoring local governmental body, contract term for this course was predetermined as 10 years at the time of inception of this initiative. With the help and support of many people such as class participants, operating staff members, somehow I was able to complete the contract term of 10 years. So, I'm a bit relieved and thankful right now. Thank you very much everyone !


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Diary Dec 1st 2017

It is December 1st today, it means the rest of 2017 is only 30 days.
In order to cheer you guys up in the rest of the year,  I will send this tune.
The theme of PRIDE fighting championship  (retrieved from youtube)


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Diary Nov 29th 2017 Co-existence of sport, entertainment, and serious fighting art

This is an entrance scene of MMA style match Kiyoshi Tamura vs Renzo Gracy which was taken place on the RINGS fighting network nearly 20 years ago from now. Tamura was a fighter in Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF), which debunked for financial reasons a little bit before this bout. The theme of UWF was " sporty shoot wrestling " and Tamura loved and. In other words, UWF was a belief and reason to live for Tamura. The opponent Renzo Gracy was representing the Gracy family of Brazilian jyujitsu. The audience was expecting Tamura would embody the pride and legacy of UWF against one of representative fighters of Gracy family through this bout.  Usually Tamura was using another theme music for his entrance in those days. However, Tamura chose the theme music of UWF intentionally for this bout specifically.  The big surprise of fans right after the intro of this music tells everything such as determination of Tamura and expectation of fans. So to speak, what on Tamura's shoulders were beyond our imagination, I think. That is why I get a power and courage from this video every time I watch it.

もう20年近く前の映像ですが、リングスでの田村潔司vsヘンゾ・グレーシーの入場シーン。田村が所属していたUWFプロレスは経営上の理由で、この試合の少し前に解散してしまいました。しかし、田村はUWFの理念である「ルールに基づいたスポーティな総合格闘技」を信条としていました(おそらく、今でも)。 当時、田村選手は試合での入場テーマ曲には別の音楽を使用していましたが、グレーシー柔術を代表するヘンゾ選手とのこの試合では、自分の愛するUWFのテーマ曲に乗って入場してきました。

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Diary Nov 27th 2017

Start sailing little by little

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Diary Nov 25th 2017

How you turn a negative view into a positive view. In other words, how you convert some uncomfortable events such as a trivial misunderstanding with your coworkers into an opportunity to get to know their ways of thinking better, and a chance for one's growth.  That kind of change of perspective would be necessary for me.

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Diary Nov 21st 2017 Gary V

I'm not sure this singer Gary Valenciano is known in the USA and Europe, however his song " I will be here " is one of my recent favorites. His song and lyrics are very heart touching. I knew about him through one of my learning partners in the Philippines.  I hope you enjoy the video

フィリピンの人気歌手 ゲリー・ヴァレンシアーノのヒット曲 I will be here です。だいぶ前に、フィリピンの先生から教えてもらったのですが、よい曲で気に入っています。ニックネームが「ミスター・ピュアエナジー」のゲリー・ヴィーさんにも暖かい人柄を感じます

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Diary Nov 19th 2017 - achievement rate of 60 - 70 %

I had my current English skills evaluated on an online English conversation service yesterday. I booked a new instructor to me, and introduced myself briefly at the beginning of the 25 minute session. After that I conveyed my scores in TOEFL and TOEIC test to the instructor. And, the instructor sent me the following link on the chat board, so I answered the first 12 questions or so in the remaining 15 minute. After the discussion, I asked the instructor my current English skills on a scale of 10. The instructor's answer was " from 6 to 7 out of 10,   the reason for the 3-4 point reduction is your weaknesses in listening comprehension ".  I don't know the validity of this instructor's evaluation, because the discussion was based on the written topics on the webpage, I mean listening skills evaluation was not included that discussion.  The instructor was only listening my speech. So, I think this instructor's evaluation was biased with my scores in TOEFL and TOEIC,  because my scores in listening scores were lower than the other sections. In other words, this instructor was having a preconception saying that this guy would be not good at listening. (I told her my test scores before the discussion). besides, this instructor is not a native English speaker, a person in a European country, who majored in English literature at a college).  However, I'm willing to accept the evaluation saying that 6-7 out of 10,  because it means if I improve my English by 30-40 %, it would become a satisfactory level.  I'm not sure the meaning of the score 10, whether it is a level equivalent to native speakers,  or a satisfactory level among people who are learning English as a second language ...  Anyway, if I was given 8-9 score, I would be satisfied with the status quo, and my progression would stop there. In that sense, I appreciate that instructor's evaluation saying that " your current achievement rate is from around 60 - 70 % ".   There is still a room for improvement !
question topics used for the evaluation https://esldiscussions.com/e/entertainment.html

昨日は、いつもお世話になっているオンライン英会話の先生がフィリピンの先生もヨーロッパの先生も皆、休みだったので、初めての先生を予約してみた(セルビア出身の30代の女性で、大学で英文科だったとのこと)。初回なので、現在の僕の英語力を評価してもらった。簡単な自己紹介をして(住んでいるところや職業など)、おおよそのレベルを伝えるために過去に受験したTOEFL ibt とTOEICの点数を伝えた。
その後、ディスカッション用のお題がチャットボードで送られてきた(上記リンク)。15分位の間に、最初の10問程度のお題に自分なりの考えを述べた。 つまり、トーフルのスピーキングセクションのインディペンデントタスクを10問程度やったような形式。その後、先生の判定は「そうねー、今のあなたの英語力は、10段階でいうと6から7の間位かな、3~4減点した理由は、あなたはリスニングが得意ではないから」とのこと。

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Diary Nov 16th 2017 - ビール瓶=ハリセン理論

Today's topic is my thought about the recent scandal of Japanese Sumo wrestling world, and this topic is closely associated with traditional and indigenous japanese culture and values, therefore this topic is not suitable for writing it in English, so, I will write today's post in Japanese language only (僕は、最近の相撲には全く興味がありませんが、本日、エクササイズクラスの休憩中に例の相撲の話題が出ましたので、僕の意見を書きたいと思います。この話題は日本固有の価値観に根付いたことだと思うので、今日は日本語だけで書きます)

格闘技も同様に肉体を通じて会話する人達だということ。酔った席で、無礼な後輩へ説教するのに、ビール瓶で小突くくらい、そんなに大騒ぎするような問題ではないように思うのですが ...(もちろん、格闘家が一般人相手に同様のことをしたら大問題ですが)

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Nov 15th 2017 - pure and passionate kung-fu guys

On youtube, I found a bunch of passionate and enthusiastic kung-fu movie aficionado guys whose team name is " martial club ".  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2yvzrfrRsQ  this link is one of their videos.
the situation in this footage is ... they are great fan of Donny Yen, and when Mr.Yen came to a move theater for premier ceremony of his new film, the Martial Club guys asked Mr. Yen's permission to demonstrate their action stunt performance in front of the eyes of their idol Donny, and Mr.Yen kindly accepted their offer. What is impressive to me is these guys' pure and intense passion for martial arts, especially preparation and hard training for this moment.  And also I was impressed with Mr.Yen's kind and gentle attitude to accept their sudden offer.
Donny was also a kung fu kid (even now), so he can understand the pure heart and passion of Martial Club guys, I guess.
check this video out especially from around 2 minute 50 second.

ビデオの状況は、彼らが尊敬するカンフー映画スター ドニー・イェン氏が新作映画の舞台挨拶に来た時に会場に行き、質問コーナーで手を挙げ、ドニー氏の武術哲学などに関して質問した後、「実は俺たち、貴方(ドニーさん)の映画にも大きく影響されて武術の練習してるんです。もしできれば、この場で型の演武を少しだけ披露させていただいてよろしいでしょうか?」と尋ねてみる。 ドニー・イェンさんは「もちろんOKだよ」と快諾。

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Diary Nov 12th 2017

Some people find their values in being conformed with people around themselves, whereas, some people find their values in being outstanding from others (being different from others in a good sense = you are special). In Japan as a whole, being conformed with others is regarded as a harmonious relationship. However, I grew up with a lot of influence of " fitness " . for example, in the world of bodybuilding or dancing or martial arts, superb technique and physique are important factor, in other words, my value in life is " being proficient " in one's specialty field.  However, the more you pursue your own way, the larger the difference in perspectives and way of thinking between yourself and people around you becomes. This is an ironical result of pursuing something to some extent. Of course, I'm still on the way to pursuit of fitness and language learning, however, recently I feel that kind of tendency sometimes.  Being proficient and outstanding and good relations with people around you.  It is easy to say but not so easy to do for me.

一方で、「いかに人と違っているか? 個性的か? 特殊技能があるか?」ということに価値観を見出す考え方もある。



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Diary Nov 9th 2017 Trinity and Three Musketeers

I talked about the concept of trinity in Christianity with one of of my language learning partners the day before yesterday. For non-Christian people like me, the notion saying that " the god is the son, the god is the father, and the god is holly spirit, and the son is not the god, the father is not the god, the holly spirit is not the god "is a bit confusing.  The learning partner explained that notion to me as he trinity concept is a three different manifestations of the god.

What I thought about the trinity concept is ... the story of three musketeers might have derived from the trinity concept, I mean the power of the each warrior is relatively limited, however if three warriors converge its power and strengths, it will generate a synergy. And each person (musketeer) has its own unique characteristics.
I'm not sure my understanding is correct, the above is only my interpretation.

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Japanese girls band Gacharic Spin

I'm ignorant of recent showbiz topics, and one of my friends showed me the presence of a girls-rock band in Japan, their name is Gacharic Spin. When I saw their videos on youtube, my first impression was its taste is a bit like women's pro-wresting, because of the mixture of their bling bling costume, rock'en roll, dancing, seriousness and comedy tasting. It seems that they have a hardcore fan base here in Japan.


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Diary Nov 7th 2017 - sins and earthly desires

I had a bit meaningful talk with one of my language learning partners (online language service) yesterday. Our conversation went to a direction of similarity between the original sin in Christianity and the early desires in Buddism. That said basically the human being has desires for possessing a lot of materials, eating gorgeous meals, dominating and controlling something ... and so on.  And probably various religious practices would be a method for controlling or getting along with that kind of human instinct or innate desires.

And the topic of sin reminded me of this song (で、この曲を思い出しました)

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Diary 6th 2016 - vocabulary building

I'm writing today's post for simply increasing my English vocabulary.
The following are new words I came across with through a book I'm reading now

squander = waste
premade,    e.g., premade lunch
a cornerstone  = a very important thing/point
drag down = hinder, obstruct, disturb 
underpin = support
be cognizant of = be aware of,  know 

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Diary Nov 5th 2017 - border free & diversity

When I introduce myself in my youtube videos, my self-introduction in basically like this " Hi, this is Yoshi, it's been a while ! "or " Hello I'm Yoshi Endo, fitness instructor in Japan ". The reason why I refer to Japan is of course, many of my intended video viewers are people and my friends outside Japan except for a small handful of my intimate friends in Japan. However, what I feel these days is ... if you emphasize one's country or home town too often or too much in your talk, that kind of attitude or behavior may look a bit nationalism-ish or racist-ish to eyes of some people. Even if viewers of my videos don't know me at all, probably many of them will be able to surmise that this guy is from Asia, especially somewhere in the far east (from my outlook and English accent). Of course, cultural uniqueness and diversity would be important in this era of globalization, and at the same time, the world is becoming culturally crossover little by little nowadays.  For these reasons, recently I'm thinking whether it is appropriate often refers to personal information concerning one's country or hometown. I mean, maybe I'm in a stage to graduate from " I'm Yoshi in Japan "type self-introduction (in a good sense).

僕のビデオを初めて見る方でも、僕の顔や肌の色、英語の発音などから、「ああ、こいつは東洋人だな、おそらく日本とか韓国とか極東地区の」くらいは簡単に想像がつくと思います。「日本の」と言わなくても、おおよそのことは察しがつくと思いますし、ネットの普及などにより国や人種の違い等への認識が少しずつ小さくなっていっている時代に、自己紹介のたびに「日本の...」と出身地やホームタウンの話題に触れるのは良いことなのだろうか?と思ったりするわけです。 「日本の」といつも言っているのは、ある意味、悪い意味で、国家主義者や人種主義者っぽいかなあ?なんて思ったりするわけです(大袈裟に言うと、コンプレックスと裏返しのエジアン・サプレマシーみたいな)

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Diary Nov 3rd 2017 - Not to become an answering machine

What I felt in yesterday's senior fitness class
You don't need to answer all the questions from the class participants perfectly.
Rather give them opportunities to think about the question on their own way (curiosity and self-learning) and expand the conversation meaningfully for them.
I have a tendency to be like an answering machine when getting a question
Talking too much aren't necessarily welcomed by people.

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