01/20/2023

First female full-time athletic coach for Green Bay Packers

Today, an encouraging news from my gruduate school made me happy and positive - A woman from my university has become the first female full-time athletic coach for NFL team Green Bay Packers.  It's very inspiring that one of alums in my school made a history.

僕の母校出身で専攻も同じエクササイズ・サイエンス コースの女性が、米国NFL(アメリカンフットボール プロリーグ)グリーンベイ・パッカーズでアスレティック・コーチとして採用されたそうです。
女性のトレーナーがフルタイム(常勤)で勤務するのはパッカーズでは初めてとのこと。同窓生の活躍は良い励みになります。

https://www.pennwest.edu/news/alumni-named-packers-assistant-athletic-trainer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki6ziQL5T4c

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01/02/2023

First workout in 2023 and my current English skills

Happy New Year 2023 !
My new year started with leg workout (the link below)
I filmed my speaking English after a few years interval, ans what I noticed about my English skills is ... my English accent and rhythm is probably not so bad as a whole, however, when it comes to pronunciation of some consonants such as the sound of t, p, th, f, le ... etc. my pronunciation is still " Japanese accent English " I guess. (because these consonants don't exist in Japanese language).

For example, at 1 minite 40 second of this video, I said " I hope better lives of people ". and my pronunciation of " people " is typical pronunciation of Japanese accent English ...   

I would like to improve my English skills higher and higher.

According to an ancient calendar in the east, 2023 is the year of rabbits, I hope big leaps of you all, like rabbits do !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_rGHrc9oqI

新年あけましておめでとうございます。
今年もどうぞよろしくお願い申し上げます。
新年最初のトレーニングの一部をビデオに撮ってみました。
自分が英語を話しているところをビデオに撮影したのは2~3年ぶりですが
ビデオを見て感じたことは、僕の英語は、アクセントやリズムは全体としては、そんなにひどくないと思います。ただし、日本語に存在しない子音の発音(例えば、t, p, th, f, le など)がいまだに、日本人的な英語の発音のままです。

上記のビデオの1分40秒あたりで僕は「I hope better lives of people」と言っていますが、people の発音がいかにも日本人の発音です(笑)。あえてカタカナで書くと「ピーポー」と発音すべきですが、僕は「ピープル」と発音してしまっている。英語の勉強を始めて20年位になります。ほとんど毎日オンライン英会話などで海外の講師達と英語を話していますが、それでも、無意識に日本人っぽい英語の発音がところどころに残ってしまっている。

英語の学習を始めて間もない方々が僕の英語を聞いたら、ネイティブっぽい発音に聞こえるかもしれません。でも、英語が母国語の人達が僕の英語を聞いたら、いくつかの子音の発音が微妙に不自然なので「こいつは英語が母国語の人間ではないな」と一発でわかると思います。

もっともっと練習して改善していきたいと思います。
今後とも御親交・御指導お願い致します。

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12/31/2022

Final day of 2022 - Thank you

It is the final day of 2022, I would like to say " thank you very much " to all those who helped and supported me and my mother this year. and I hope all of you have safe and relaxed new year's eve.

2022年も本日が大晦日です。今年、僕と母を支えて下さったすべての方々に「ありがとうございます」と申し上げたいです。皆さま、平和で安全な年末年始をお過ごし下さいね。2023年もよろしくお願い致します。

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_q8_Kcjl3s

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12/30/2022

ACSM Fitness Trend for 2023

A trend forecast for health & fitness industry in 2023 has been announced by the American College of Sports Medicine. As this survey indicates, safe and effective exercise programs for the elderly population will increasingly become important in the future.

https://journals.lww.com/acsm-healthfitness/Fulltext/2023/01000/Worldwide_Survey_of_Fitness_Trends_for_2023.6.aspx?context=FeaturedArticles&collectionId=1

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12/26/2022

High school basketball WINTER CUP 2022

My friend in Tokyo visited Tokyo Gymnasium for swimming, and a national championship of high school basketball was held there (photos). The clear blue sky in the photos are fantastic !

東京の友人が東京体育館を訪れた際に、全国高校バスケットボールの大会が開催されていたそうで写真を送っていただきました。青く澄んだ空が見事ですね!
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12/20/2022

Challenging spirit - December 20th 2022

Remainder to myself

Never forget a mindset as a challenger, which leads to your further growth and career longevity in one's field.

自分自身への教訓
良い意味で挑戦者であるという心構えを常に忘れないこと。

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12/19/2022

Don't pronounce a vowel sound in single consonant.

This is a reminder to myself

It is not acceptable if a sound of vowel is heared from some single consonant.
This is a typical tendency of English learners in Japan including me, because a consonant accompanies a vowel in many cases in Japanese language.

自分自身の英語学習への課題のひとつ

子音から母音の音が出てはいけない
(日本語は子音に母音が組み合わさっていることが非常に多いので
   英語をしゃべるときも無意識にそうなりがち)

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12/12/2022

overreaching/supercompensation

An important premise for a overreaching/supercompensation to happen, a certain period of intensive and high volume training/practice would be necessary. I'm talking about this mainly for strength training and foreign language practice. Qualty of practice is important, and quantity is also important at some points in the process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io0fBr1XBUA

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11/26/2022

Stronger/Prismo - November 26th 2022

This is a reminder to myself

Never skip writting English, even only one sentence
For learners who practice English as a foreign language, writing is enormously/ginormously important.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIwiM777OzQ

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11/18/2022

To make your loved one rest assured - Nov 18th 2022

To make one's loved ones rest assured, that is one of important duties of men. 

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11/15/2022

Got me - November 15th 2022

The link is a song Kelsey Douglas (a fitness bikini competitor) used in one of her Youtube videos. Kelsey dedicates herself to bodybuilding, also she is attractive and beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnvqUTLuHyM 

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11/08/2022

Let it be - Diary November 8th 2022

Further train and practice English language, fitness workout, exercise science knowledge, and empathy to be outstanding from others, and have a harmony with people around you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgpJD5KzR0k  

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11/03/2022

What really matters - November 3rd 2022

What really matters most to me now.

My mother's health and happiness.
My favorite friends : Ruth, Jelka, and I still think of Miki (Mihaela).
Exercise science related jobs.
Fitness workout.
English practice.
Positive psychology.

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10/28/2022

Diary - October 28th 2022

In multicultural/multiracial society, many people tend to hang around with those who have something common with oneselves.
To the contrary, in monocultural/monoracial society, some people look for those who are different from oneselves.

This is what I noticed in my experience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELig8aricF4

 

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10/20/2022

Diary - October 20th 2022

Intercultural friendship/relationship is not easy. There are a lot of things you need to overcome.
But to me, same cultural relations are boring. So, all I can do is to get up again even if you are faced with unexpected situations. Plus, not to become too pessimistic would also be necessary. 

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10/11/2022

Diary - October 11th 2022

Today's post is for vocabulary building in my English practice.

hypothetical question, hypotheses, fingers crossed, verification, activate, evolve, variance, coefficient, inverse relation.

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10/04/2022

Diary - October 4th 2022

Recently unexpected and uncontrollable things happened, and I've got a bit tired of " intercultural relations ".  However, " same cultural relation " is much more tiring to me.
Only my hope is ... the situation goes for a better direction.

最近、海外の友人との間にちょっとした誤解が生じて、気分的に、" 国際交流 " にちょっと疲れつつありますが、同国人だけと交流するのは、僕にとっては、もっと退屈なことなので、気を取り直して、英語力を更に高め、人間としての器も大きくするように努めたいと思います。

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09/30/2022

Diary - September 30th 2022

To me, heart-to-heart connection/communication is more important than geography.

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09/26/2022

Sunrise in Hawaii - photo from a friend

Through a study group regarding health & wellness coaching, I got to know a member in Hawaii. And I got this magnificent scenery from the new friend.

ウェルネスコーチングのスタディグループを通じて、ハワイ在住のメンバーと知り合いになりました。ハワイの日の出の写真を下さいました。

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09/18/2022

Amazing power of Musubi - September 18th 2022

It is fascinating that seemingly unrelated things are interrelated each other in science, studying, and in human relations.

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09/10/2022

Diary - September 10th 2022

In order to take some new information into your thought and mind as it is, am important premise would be to discard any preconception.

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09/05/2022

Dairy - September 5th 2022

In order to further improve one's English skills, you need to practice in a premise that you live, work, and study in an English environment.

vocabulary building : illustrate, easy breezy, resonate with, cold water immersion, contrast water therapy, foam roller, myofascia, controlled trial.  

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09/03/2022

Diary - September 3rd 2022

One of important keys for brushing up my English would be to practice the sound/pronunciation of R and consonants that don't exist in Japanese language. 

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08/30/2022

JALと稲盛さん

When I traveled by an airplane, the airline company was Japan Airlines (JAL).

When Japan Airlnes went bankrupt in 2010, president of Kyoto Ceramics Comapany Mr. Kazuo Inamori was appointed as the leader in the management reconstruction project.

and Japan Airlines revived in a surprising speed and its stock was re-listed in Tokyo Stock Exchange a few years. That day was my birthday.

Mr. Kazuo Inamori finished his 90 years of life on August 24th 2022.

I would like to respect that Mr. Inamori lived his life to the fullest with full-energy and honesty.

初めて乗った飛行機が日本航空(JAL)でした。
あの赤い鶴のマークを見ると、心がなごみます。
日本航空の経営が傾いた時、経営再建の舵取りを任されたのが京都セラミックスの会長・稲盛和夫さんでした。
わずか3年程でJALは驚異的に再生し、東京証券取引所にJALの株が再上場されたのは、僕の誕生日。

そんなこともあり、JALと稲盛さんには親近感のようなものを感じるのですが、稲盛和夫さんの90年の人生が完結したとのニュースを聞いて、ちょっと寂しく思います。フルエナジーで誠実に生きられた90年だったと思います。日本の翼を救ってくれた稲盛さんに感謝。

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08/17/2022

Fried shrimp bowl - summer 2022

Hello, how was your Obon summer holiday ?
The photo is a fried shrimp bowl my friend in Tokyo enjoyed in his summer holiday. The intense summer heat tends to decrease your appetite, but this seafood bowl will make you energetic.     
I'm glad that he had a relaxed holiday.

I hope all of you have a good start of the work week.

お盆休みが明けて、本日から仕事の方も多いと思いますが
皆さん、いかがお過ごしでしょうか?
写真は東京の友人がお盆休みに食べた海老フライ丼です。暑くて食欲も減退しがちですが、これを見ると元気が出ますね。
夏の後半が良いものでありますように。
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08/12/2022

Diary - August 12th 2022

I will absolutely improve my English skills more and more to a level that is closer to native speakers.
I will practice harder and harder, and new doors to the next stage will open.

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08/06/2022

Diary - August 6th 2022

In order to take my current English level to one stage higher, improvement of listening comprehension would be necessary. If my listening skill improves, I will be able to mimick expressions of native speakers. Also, for showing empathy and compassion as well, good listening skill is very important.

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07/25/2022

Diary July 25th 2022

Pay attention to sounds of English consonants that don't exist in sound system of Japanese language. That would be a way which takes your English one step higher level.

日本語には存在しない英語の子音の音に注意を払うこと。
それが、英語っぽい英語にするための前提条件のひとつ。

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07/24/2022

Diary July 24th 2022

In order to improve my English pronunciation and listening comprehension, I'll need to pay more attention to the sound of R. What I mean by that is I want to highten my English one step closer to American accent.

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07/05/2022

vocabulary building - July 5th 2022

Words sometimes used in research papers.

in situ = あるがままの状態で
in vitro = 体外の、試験管内の
quasi (クエイザイ)= 類似の、準ずる
pseudo = ごまかしの、偽の、もどき

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