Diary March 3rd 2021

Sooner or later, a day will come when I need to overcome my acrophobia and agoraphobia on an airplane.


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Diary March 2nd 2021

In order to meet Ruthie, overcoming flight anxiety and fear is " must " and my mission.


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Diary February 27th 2021

I like the introductory part of this " Toxic ".
この " Toxic " の出だしの部分、イイ!


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ブリトニー in 1999

Although this is a footage of Britney in 1999, it is good !!


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Diary February 24th 2021

You don't need excess words if there is a trusting relationship.


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February 23rd 2021

Recently I'm into old hit songs of Britney Spears, and I purchased her best album " My prerogative " a few days ago.


最近、ブリトニー・スピアーズの初期のヒット曲にハマっていて、2000年代前半のヒット曲を収録したCD 「マイ・プリロガティブ」を購入してしまった。

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Diary February 19th 2021

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.   -  Goethe.

Hoping and willing are not enough, you must act and behave.

I'm writing a lot of positive words recently to cheer me up. But honestry speaking, I feel in vein a little bit.

I want to see Ruthie right now and say " I love you "


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Diary February 18th 2021

Reminder to myself

If you hope to get what you want, you need to get out of your comfort zone.
It is not so easy as you might think, but changing one's perspective and expanding your horizen is necessary for me now.



何か得たいものがあるならば、" 自分自身にとって居心地の良い領域 " から少し外に出てみることも大切だと思う。

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Diary February 17th 2021 - ②

Convert your fear and anxiety into excitement and expectation.
Change your perspective, because there would be a new horizen beyond your imagination.


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Diary February 17th 2021 - Futuristic city in Toxic

Recently I'm re-recognizing the beauty and attractiveness of Britney Spears. and I noticed that the futuristic city in the video of " Toxic " was modeled after Tokyo. I like this song and video.


最近、ブリトニー・スピアーズの魅力を再発見していて、Toxic のプロモ・ビデオの舞台となっている近未来風の都市が東京をイメージして創られていることに気づきました。

and this is a reminder to myself.
You need to change skewed perceptions and preconceptions into positive and productive ones.
In other words, you should be optimist in a good sense.
Do your best, and your destiny will lead you to the next step.

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Visualization tool for developing a vision - February 16th 2021

1), Close your eyes, take a deep breath from the lower stomach, and slowly breath out.
2), In your mind, go to a quiet place where you feel comfortable, peaceful, strong, and confident. You feel relaxed. What does your quiet place look like ? How do you feel being there ? Notice what's around you.
3), Picture yourself (one year, five years, etc). from now. What does your health, fitness, or wellness look like ? How do you look physically ? What are you wearing ?  How does your body move ? Notice any other changes in your life. Describe what you are doing, feeling, and thinking regarding your wellness.
4), Imagine that it is five years from now, and you have accomplished your goals. What does it feel like ? What are you doing differently ? What is the same ? What did you do to get there ? Who is around you ? What activities are you doing ? Describe your health now. Who has helped you along the way ?
5), Think of one key word to summarize this experience and /or your commitment to health, fitness, and wellness.

Open your eyes, and let's discuss what you learned from the exercise. Debrief with a measure of confidence and an exploration of the strengths and resources clients can call on to make it so. 

The most important step for me right now is envisioning a future scenery you hope.  
What did you do to get there ? - exercise instruction, related lectures including wellness coaching, language tutoring and translation.
Who is around you ? -  Ruth, our children, my mother and her mother.  exercise class participants, clients of personal training and languge lesson, and our friends.
What activities are you doing ? - fitness and language learning studio, and online faculty.
Who has helped you ? - family and friends.

Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer. 

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Diary February 14th 2021 - Optimism

The coach assumes that no matter how challenging the constraints of the client's situation, there is always a solution, and the client is capable of success. Much like the anticipatory principle of appreciative inquiry, a coach who uses design thinking holds a positive image of the future on behalf of the client.

Retrieved from
Moore, M., Jackson, E., Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer.

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fate と destiny のちがい

What is the difference between " fate " and " destiny " ?

Fate is a circumstance made by factors that are uncontrollable by yourself.

Whereas, there is a room for making efforts, showing compassion and so on in " destiny " 

So to speak, fate and destiny are intertwined in our lives. 

「運命」という意味の英語は fate と destiny がありますが、どう違うのでしょうか?

fate というのは、自分自身ではコントロールしたり逆らうことのできない状況・状態を意味するようです。

一方、destiny は、自分で努力をしたり、状況に関わる人に思いやりを示したりする余地があるようです。つまり、努力や思いやりで変わり得る運命ということでしょうか。


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Diary 12th 2021 - 今更ながらブリトニー

Recently I'm into interview videos and concert videos of Britney Spears.
It is needless to say about the wonder of Britney now, she is cute, sexy, humorous, sharp dance skills, and fit (because she was practicing gymnastic in her childhood days).  
Especially, I like " Toxic "


Toxic が特に気に入ってます。

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天てれ ジャスミン・アレン Jasmine Allen

I was a fan of Jasmine Allen - a child TV talent in Japanese entertainment industry - about 20 years ago from now. I heard a news saying that Jasmine retired from the industry and went back to the US. I hope she is doing well in her home country.


" Everything you do " is one of my favorite songs

Original version of the song by M2M (オリジナル版) 

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Diary February 9th 2021 - ②  

I practiced English online with a tutor in Bosnia whose pronunciation was fairly close to native speakers. and I asked the following question to the tutor.

" If you don't know my nationality, do you notice that this guy is Japanese from my English pronunciation ? "
Her answer was "  Most of my English students in Japan speak in typical Japanese-English accent and pronunciation. But your pronunciation is quite different from them. I've never met a Japanese whose pronunciation is like yours. Your pronunciation is " neutral ".

Probably, what can be infereed from her answer is ... my English pronunciation is a little bit better than many English learners in Japan, but there is still much room for improvement for getting closer to native-ish pronunciation.



「現在、私が担当している日本人の生徒の多くは、いわゆる日本人英語のアクセントと発音で英語をしゃべるけど、あなたの発音は明らかに彼らとは違っているわ。あなたのような発音で英語を話す日本人を今までに担当したことがないからわからないけど、あなたの英語の発音は " ニュートラル " だね。」



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Diary February 9th 2021

What is the true value of a man ?
Finanial stability and socioeconomic status are important, good look might also be important to some women, but what is more important would be that he is reassuring shoulders to lean on when necessary.
Am I a reliable and dependable presence to Ruthie ?
Hopefully, I'd like to be so to her.


今の僕は大した収入もないし、社会的地位もない、大切な人からは遠く離れて住んでいる。僕は必要な時に頼れる存在なのだろうか? そうありたいと願うが、もっと自分が成長しなければと思う。



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Diary February 8th 2021

I'm in a kind of empasse now.
What I can do is to accept the situation as it is.
Expansion and Contraction, exploring possibilities, and waiting patiently would be necessary in life.   

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February 7tgh 2021

What other choices do I have ?
What you need to do in the next step is obvious. 

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Diary February 6th 2021 - examples of open-ended questions.

Some examples of open-ended questions that evoke change talk are :

What is the best experience you have had with your desired future behavior ?
What concerns do you have about your current behavior ?
What values do you seek to live by in your life ?
How might your desired future behavior lead to problems in the future ?
What changes would you like to make in your routine ?

As clients tell their stories and give expression to their full experience, the discrepancies that become self-evident may seem overwhelming. If this happenes, the coach can best help a client by expressing empathy and appreciation for the good reasons leading to ambivalence.

Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer.

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Diary February 5th 2021

Ruthie is flying back from Doha Qatar to Philadelphia now.
Hoping a safe return trip for her.

To be a gamechanger for one's life

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Diary February 3rd 2021 - Journey

The design phase of the AI process gives the dream legs by working to align the client's infrastructure with the dream. Clients are asked to make proposals ansd set goals as to how the dream would msnifest itself in terms of habits, procedures, systems, technology, roles, resources, relationships, finances, structures, and stakeholders. What would shift if a client's infrastructure were alighned with his or her dream ? Describing those shifts in detail is the fundamental work of the design phase.

Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.



今年2021年の正月にルーシーにHappy New Year のメッセージを送ったところ、予想していなかった返事が来ました。その前日に彼女のお父様が脳梗塞で病院に運ばれたとのこと。意識はありなんとか会話はできるが集中治療室。ルーシーはアメリカ在住ですが、御両親は南半球の国に住んでいます。遠く離れて暮らすお父様が大変なことになり、さぞかし心配だったと思います。南半球にいるお母さまからルーシーのところにお父様の状況について連絡が来る都度、僕にも状況を教えてくれました。

精密検査の結果、脳梗塞の原因はガンの進行によるものだったことが判明し、状況はますます厳しいものになってしまいました。1月の4週目になり「お父様の状況がかなり厳しいので親族は病院に来てください」という指示があったとのことで、COVID で渡航制限がある状況下、ルーシーはアメリカから南半球までお父様に会いに行く決心をします。学校で教員をしている彼女は、それから5日間、月曜から金曜までは通常通り仕事をして、1月29日 金曜日の仕事が終わった後、荷物を持って空港へ行き、日付が1月30日を過ぎて夜更け、ニューヨークから南半球に向けて飛び立ちました。「パパにGood bye を言いに行くんだ」と彼女は言っていました。

飛行機の中では携帯電話も圏外ですし、インターネットも利用できる場合とできない場合があると思います。1月31日 早朝、乗り換え地点のカタールに着いた彼女からメールが来ました。
「パパは今、安らかに逝去しました、間に合わなかったわ ...」

お父様の最後の瞬間にGood byeを言うことの出来なかった彼女の無念さを考えると残念ですが、困難な状況の中、教員としての仕事を立派に務め上げたプロ魂は尊敬に値します。


2月1日に告別式があり、彼女は明日 2月4日、帰途につきます。

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Diary February 3rd 2021

Do what you can do and should do now.


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Diary February 1st 2021 - Prayer

February 1st has become one of important days to me.
My loved one's father's farewell ceremony in his life is being held in a distant place from Japan.
Although I can not attend that ceremony now, my prayer is with him and her family.


この Like a prayer という曲は好きな歌で、久しぶりに聴きたくなりました。

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ACSM's statment about COVID vaccine

the American College of Sports Medicine issued a position statement concerning COVID vaccine for health & fitness professionals.

コロナのワクチンの効果や安全性についてはまだ不明な部分もあるようですが、米国スポーツ医学会 (ACSM) は「健康&フィットネス関連の仕事に従事する者は、ワクチンが利用可能になったらできるだけ接種することを勧める」という内容の声明を発表しました。


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Diary January 28th 2021

Positive questions and reflections stem from positive anticipation of the future. The anticipatory principle asserts that when there is a positive anticipation toward the future, everything tilts in that direction. Positive anticipation of the future is a proleptic force that energizes the present. The word " prolepsis " literally means " a foward look ".

The anticipatory principle asserts that it takes a specific, positive image of the future in order to impact the dynamics of the present. The more concrete and real the image, the more yearning and movement it creates (Moore, Jackson, & Tschannen-Moran, 2016)

Retrieved from
Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer.

One of my favorite NCS songs

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Diary January 27th 2021

Positive conversations and interactions stem from positive questions and reflections. The simultaneity principle makes the following claim: Conversations and interactions become positive the instant we ask a positive question, tell a positive story, or share a positive reflection. Positive questions and reflections are themselves the change we seek. They are not just a prelude to change; they are the change. They don't just begin a process that leads to a positive future; rather, positive questions and reflections simultaneously create a positive present. By shifting conversations and interactions in a positive direction, one can create a positive present. Positive conversations with a coach can create a positive world for the client (Moore, Jackson & Tschannen-Moran, 2016).

Retrieved from
Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B.(2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer.

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Diary January 26th 2021

Positive energy and emotion stem from positive conversations and interactions. The constructionist principle asserts that positive energy and emotion are generated through positive conversations and interactions, leading to positive actions and outcomes. Through our conversations and interactions with other people, we create the realities in which we live. " Words create worlds " is the motto of Appreciative Inquiry in general and the constructionist principle in particular (Moore, Jackson, & Tschenn-Moran, 2016).

Retrieved from

Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschennen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer.


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January 25th 2021 - Positive energy and emotion

Positive actions and outcomes stem from positive energy and emotion. The positive principle asserts that positive energy and emotion disrupt downward spirals, building the aspirations of people into a dynamic force for transformational change. Positive energy and emotions broaden thinking, expand awareness, increase abilities, build resiliency, offset negatives, generate new possibilities, and create an upward spirals of learning and growth. By identifying, appreciating, and amplifying strengths, people go beyond problem solving to make bold shifts forward. Demonstrating " why it's so good to feel good, " their actions become positively charged and positive outcomes are evoked (Moore, Jackson, & Tschnnen-Moran, 2016).

Retrieved from

Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschnnen-Moran, 2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer.

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Diary January 24th 2021 - Finding out a small celebrating and positive thing.

It is human nature to selectively notice and focus on problems. We have a negativity bias; we scan the envoronment for negative information, even if the negative event only happens once.

The coach begins irh empathy, appreciating the power that fear and anxiety have over a client. Coaches create a safe coaching environment where client can relax rather than being distracted by scanning the environment for danger and other negativity. Fear also presents an opportunity to educate clients about brain science so they understand that the brain is wired to be instinctively afraid, even if the nagative emotions are out of proportion with the real threat.

The 5-D cycle of AI shifts the spotlight away from train wrecks and onto the positive aspects of the past, present, and future. When clients drift into an analysis of past or present failures, it is important to gently but firmly bring them back to an appreciative frame. Acknowledge the problem, and then invite them to look at it from a different perspective. Two possible questions to ask to make the shit from a traditional problem-solving approach are " How did this make a positive contribution to your development ? " and " How else would you describe this situation ? "

When the coach adopts a positive frame, a client will eventually follow. By using the generic appreciative inquiry interview protocol, it is possible to quicken the interest of clients in the life-affirming and life-giving dimensions of their own experience.

Appreciatice inquiry does not focus on weaknesses and problems to fix; instead, clients are encouraged to acknowledge strengths and imagine possibilities in order to rise above and outgrow their problems. Given the value of building positive emotions, Appreciative inquiry is a valuable coaching tool for uncovering and celebrating the best of what is and what could be (Moore, Jackson, & Tschnnen-Moran, 2016).

Retrieved from
Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschennen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer.

A take home message I learned today.
In order to attract and draw people to youself, your need to be positive, proactive, and forward looking.
Even in a hopeless situation, some kind of humor, brightness, and positivity are necessary.
Also, you need to be a humble cheerleader.

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