Diary March 26th 2019

I caught a bad cold from this Saturday night and developed a fever of 38 degree C after several years of interval. However, luckily, the symptoms are getting better from today. If tomorrow's my health condition is good, I would like to resume very light workout.

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Sagara Beach in the morning March 19th 2019

Dscf3137I dropped by Sagara Bech on my way to Japanese language totoring yesterday. Although it was a bit cloudy, the beach in early morning was beautiful (at around 8:30 AM), my mind was envigorated.

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ダイアナ・クラール on Sesame Street

About 20 yeas ago from now, watching Sesame Street was a part of my English training. Understanding all of lines in Sesame Street was a bit hard and difficult to my language level in those days. And this is one of my favorite scenes in Sesame Street.
The jazz singer Diana Krall is cool and beautiful !


このシーンはカナダの美人シンガー、ダイアナ・クラールさんがゲストで「みんなのうた」(Everybody's song)を歌った時の映像。良い歌だし、ダイアナさんはクールでキレイだし、パペットの動物達とのコンビネーションも可愛らしくて、今でも好きなシーンです。

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Diary March 14th 2019 - Into the Night

Today's my mood is reminiscent of hit songs in the mid 1980's to early 90's. Among them one of my favorite is this song. In Japan, these kinds of songs were called Euro Beat.
Have a nice day everyone !


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8 year anniversary - World Order at WPC 2011

March 11 is an important day for Japan, because, the 8.0 massive earthquake and tsunami in the north eastern part in this country happened on this day 8 years ago. Speaking of March 11, the musical performance of World Order at WPC 2011 is very impressive to me. Working together, learning together, and helping each other, these are the message of this dance act, I guess.

2011年3月11日から8年が経過した。World Orderが2011年のマイクロソフト・ワールド・カンファレンスのオープニングで披露したパフォーマンスが思い起こされる。助け合う、学び合う、そんなメッセージを感じる。須藤さんがワールド・オーダーの表舞台から身を引いてしまったのが、ちょっと残念ですが、World Worderの更なる活躍に期待。

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Both sides of a coin

When you teach/instruct something to others, coach approach (empathetic and supportive teaching method) and expert approach(technical and informative approach), these two methods should be the both sides of a coin, like the concept of Yin & Yung.
This is an ideal of my fitness and language learning and instruction.

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Diary March 8th 2019 Never stop learning !

After completing my graduate school programs, my access to online databases of my school's university became invalid. However, luckily it found out today that online access to some of journals in science fields are valid, which I subscribed in my graduate school days. It doesn't mean all of access are free of charge, but, open access or free full text articles are available in many scientific journals. Coincidentally, today is my father's fifth year passing anniversary, I would like to translate today's lucky discovery as a message from my father in heaven saying that Keep on learning Yoshi !



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Diary March 3rd 2019


As I wrote before, my English training online in the past four months was mainly focused on role playing style practice of CNN talk show transcripts, however, I've got a bit tired of that kind of lesson recently, so I changed my focus on reading textbooks on strength & conditioning. What is required in reading these books is knowledge in physiology, anatomy, and so on. Plus, knowledge in physics is also preferable when reading about principles of lever system ... etc. It would be wonderful if I can find an online language instructor who is conversant with physics or mathematics. That kind of person are not so many in language instructors, it is like searching for a diamond in a desert, maybe.

ここ4カ月程、CNNトークショーのトランスクリプトを使用した英語練習をやってきたが、4ヶ月も続けると、少々飽きてきて、最近は、またフィットネス関連の本などを教材に使いたくなってきた。というわけで、数日前から、NSCAやACSMのテキストを読むのを講師につきあわせてます。英語が母国語でなく、フィットネス関連が専門でもないヨーロッパ人やフィリピン人の先生達に、自分の専門分野の教科書を読ませるのは、無理な要求だとはわかっていますが ...



今日は馴染みの美人先生に一緒にテキスト読んでもらいました。ヨーロッパ人は、ラテン語から派生した科学関連の専門用語を読むのは日本人よりは、はるかに上手で、本日のレッスンで、酵素の一種、クレアチンキナーゼ Creatine kinase の正しい読み方はクリアティン・カイネーゼだということが判明。


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Diary March 2nd 2019

This is an update after one week interval. And it is already March, hay fever symptoms are annoying this year, however, I'm happy that climates are getting warmer day by day. Have a nice weekend everyone !


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Diary Feb 23rd 2019 Good relations

The pic is an ad for ACSM regional conference in greater NY area, and as you can see NSCA is partnered in this conference. I'm happy that two of my certifying bodies are in a good relation like this. Have a good weekend everyone !



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ハラスメント防止研修を通訳 Feb 20th 2019

I had an opportunity to translate an in-house seminar about workplace harassment prevention at a web design company in my city for which I work as an occasional translator. In Japanese corporate settings, the most common harassment are what is called Power Harassment (abuse of power that accompanies with an advantaged position in one's workplace) and Maternity Harassment (harassment or bullying for women who take a long term maternity leave) in addition to sexual harassment.

What is the most important in this topic would be its prevention and raising awareness about this matter, I guess. This job opportunity was very meaningful to me too.



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Diary Feb 17th 2019 - Every breath you take

Although the climate is still cold, what I felt today was that the color of the sky is getting brighter day by day. Hopefully the arrival of the early spring is soon !

I found this nice chorus footage on youtube.
このEvery breath you take のコーラス、なかなか良いと思います

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Diary Feb 12th 2019

Because today's daytime weather was mild and my recurred lower back pain due to long driving commute was getting better, I resumed my leg workout today. Although it was a very light training, my quads and inner legs got pumped as well as my mood.

本日は気候が穏やかで、腰の具合もかなり良くなったので、2週間ぶりに脚のトレーニングを再開。スクワットは60kg, 70kgで実施し、その後、デッドリフトは50kgで腰の様子を見てみましたが、幸い痛みも違和感もなく行えましたので、また来週から少しづつ負荷と量を増やしていこうと思います。こんな軽いトレーニングでも、四頭筋と内転筋が心地よくパンプしています。

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Diary Feb 10th 2019

In my view, body parts that have a huge difference between Asian athletes and Western athletes would be muscles in the backside of the body, such as muscles around shoulder blades, erector spinae, glutes, and hamstrings. And I'm also not an exception, I mean I need to improve the backside of my physique more. The video is my today's feeling.



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Diary Feb 6th 2019

Nearly three years have passed since I earned a certification of health & wellness coaching (psychological support for health related behavior change). Time flies so fast !

Like most fitness certifications, this cert also needs to be renewed in every three years. So, I completed the renewal procedure for it yesterday, and I got a new certificate for the next three year cycle. Continuing education for this cert is also an important part of my learning. especially, practicum knowledge in behavior modification support is still lacking in me.


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Diary Feb 5th 2019

Fortunately my low back pain caused by long drive a few days ago is getting better gradually. Hopefully I can resume my leg workout tomorrow or so.
Have a good day tomorrow too guys !


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Diary Feb 3rd 2019

Because I'm driving my car for a long distance recently (between Shizuoka and Kakegawa area), my low back pain started to recur from yesterday. So, how to deal with the long commute is my current concern. I took a brief rest at Sagara beach the day before yesterday and the sea was so beautiful. And more frequent rest would be necessary from the next time.


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Diary Jan 31st 2019

The last day of January, time flies so fast !
Although cold days are continuing, keep warm and take care guys !

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Diary Jan 29th 2019 Interjection

What I learned through my English practice using CNN talk show transcripts is an importance and variation of interjection in conversations/interviews. My English training in the past was mainly focused on reading newspaper articles and books concerning fitness, that is why I didn't notice the importance of interjections, probably.

Interjections I learned today are ... yikes, alas, lo and behold.

たとえば、ah とohはどう違うのか?など

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Diary Jan 27th 2019 Linguistic distance

When you practice some foreign language, linguistic distance between the language and your mother tongue is a serious issue, especially the origin of English England and Japan are situated at the other side of the globe each other, thus, the linguistic distance between the two languages are very distant, which is mainly derived from the geographical location, I guess.

However, with a strong will, determination, and consistent commitment, you will be able to overcome that distance as well, I believe.

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Diary Jan 26th 2019 i-adjectives

As I am tutoring Japanese language to foreign residents in my region from this month, what I learned recently is ... many of Japanese adjectives end the letter of i,  such as kawaii (adorable), samui (cold), atsui (hot), and atatakai (warm).

It seems that these adjectives are called i-adjective among professionals in Japanese language education. I'm learning that kind of thing from scratch.
例えば、暑い、寒い、かわいい、きれい、など。日本語教育の専門家の間では、このように「い」で終わる形容詞を i-adjective (い形容詞)と呼んでいるらしい。現在は、このような基礎的な事を、自分自身がその都度、学んでいる段階です。

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Diary Jan 23rd 2019

I didn't have an opportunity to speak English today, therefore I'm wiring this post instead of speaking practice.  I think there are two aspects in a saying that if you have skipped your practice even one day, it will take three days to get back your previous condition.  One is ... in terms of recovery from accumulated muscle fatigue, a proper rest would be necessary and beneficial, the other is ... a standpoint from coordination/adaptation of neuronal functions and structures that required for your practice, a long term hiatus would be detrimental, rather, immersion and frequent practice would be necessary for further growth and development.  I'm currently obsessed with the latter notion, probably.

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Jan 22nd 2019 Instructor/Learning Partner/and Booster

What I feel recently in my English and Japanese language tutoring is ... I've been a leading actor in my life so far, in other words, I've been always under a spot light, for example, striking a pose on the stage of bodybuilding competition, getting a new cert in the fitness industry for the first time in my country ... etc.  However, it's time for me to shift my role from a leading actor to a supporting role, because the most important mission of language instructor would be how well you have your clients experience a sense of achievement and small success in every session. And the same thing should be applied to fitness instruction as well. Pursuit of one's interest and goals are also important, but what is necessary for me now would be how to convert one's experience in fitness and language learning for helping your clients' success.

I would like to be a good instructor/learning partner/and booster.

僕はこれまで、いわゆる「スポットライトのあたるところ」にいることが多かった。TOEICや英検などのテストで好成績を得たり、ボディビルのコンテストに出たり、アメリカで実施されているフィットネス指導者向けの資格を日本で一人だけ取得してみたり ...



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Diary Jan 20th 2019 日本語学習 レッスンプラン

As I write previously, I started to tutoring my mother tongue Japanese to a few German people living in my area from this month. I'm still thinking/contemplating about an ideal structure of each lesson. Below is my current idea for it.

1. practice of Japanese writing system such as Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanjis. ひらがな、カタカナ、漢字の読み方&書き取り練習
2. increasing words you know/vocabulary building.
3. try to use those words using sample grammatical formulas.


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Diary Jan 16th 2019

As cold days are continuing in these several days, the first priority in today's workout was not to waste unnecessary energy in order to ride out this cold climate. So, today's my leg workout was only three sets of deadlift. Have a nice day tomorrow as well !


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Diary Jan 13th 2019 Safe sport training course


This is the certificate of a continuing education program I completed today, which is about raising awareness and prevention of harassment, bullying, and abuse in athletic environment.


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Diary Jan 12th 2019

Because it is very cold in these several days, today's my workout is only 4 sets of rowing, 2 sets of curls and dumbbell pullover respectively in order to avoid unnecessary injury due to the cold weather. Have a nice weekend guys !

ローイング 4セット、カール 2セット、プルオーバー 2セットのみ実施。

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New challenge in language training

Fortunately I got an opportunity to teach Japanese language to foreign residents in my region. And this new challenge started today. Teaching my mother tongue to someone else is my new endeavor, however, my experience in English language practice would be applicable in some way hopefully. I'm very excited with this new challenge. Of course I'll pour as much energy into fitness instruction as possible as ever !

日本在住のドイツ人の方に日本語をお教えする機会をいただき、今日からレッスンがスタートしました。自分の母国語を人に教えるのは初めてですが、自分自身が英語を勉強してきた経験が何らかの形で役に立てばいいなと思っています。 もちろん、フィットネスの仕事も従来通り頑張ります!


I'm glad to be a member of Techworld Global Language Instructors team.

この任務は、米国 Techworld ランゲージ チームの一員として活動します。

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Diary Jan 4th 2019

I had my first strength workout in 2019. It was a very light workout though, just four sets of squats and three sets of deadlift, and my body and mind were invigorated.


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A way for increasing self-confidence

Accumulation of small success can lead to increase in self-confidence.

Assuming that you set up a goal to increase your current performance level by 25 %, and if you have achieved it, your confidence level increase by 1 point.

If you set up a goal to improve your current performance level 5 %, and achieved it, your confidence level will increase by 5 points.

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