Diary Sep 21st 2018

Although I wrote this topic on this blog several times in the past, I would like to write it again as a reminder to myself,  that is ... if you want to switch one's dominant language and thought process from one's mother tongue to a foreign language you are practicing, writing something in that language as much as possible is critically important. Even some trivial matter is OK, so to speak, writing is an essential step in acquiring a new language.

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Diary Sep 12th 2018

Hey ya'll,  the climate is getting autumn-ish day by day recently, and I took out a little bit thicker autumn blanket from the closet today for the first time in this season. It makes me feel the arrival of the early fall season. I have to be careful not to catch a cold especially at the seasonal divide.  


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Culmination and end of Japanese summer   高円寺・阿波踊り = 夏の終わりの象徴


I got this photo from my friend in Tokyo this morning, which is a scenery of traditional local dancing festival in Tokyo, and in Japan it signifies the culmination and end of the summer.

Speaking of dancing, I found the footage below on youtube today, although it is a bit different from the traditional summer dancing in Japan, I like the choreography and the fashion in this video, and beautiful and sexy abs of Nicole Sherzinger can become a good motivator for your exercise adherence, I guess.



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どうしてネズミが科学実験に使用されるのか? Why mice are used for academic study and experiment ?

I got an interesting question from one of my language learning partners yesterday, that is ... " Why rats and mice are used for scientific experiments ? ".   Actually I have never thought of answer to this question so far, therefore, this question is very intriguing to me too.

As a result of searching related information on the web, I hit the following article, which can be an answer to the above question.
Why do researchers use mice for scientific experiments ?



研究者がマウスやラットを実験に使用する主な理由は ...
1) 身体が他の動物に比べて小さいので、広い飼育スペースを要さないので便利、また環境に順応しやすい。
2) 繁殖が速く、寿命がおおよそ2~3年なので、比較的短期間に数世代のマウスやラットを観察することが可能なため、実験に都合が良い
3) 実験に使用されるマウスやラットの多くは同種交配なので、性別以外の点では遺伝子が似ているので、実験結果にバラつきを生ずる可能性が少ない
4) 価格が他の動物に比べて安価なため、大量購入が可能で、予算的にも都合が良い


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Diary July 27th 2018 - related laws for personal trainers

the following is a given topic for this week's ACSM exercise physiologist study group.  " Should a breach of contract be treated by tort low or by contract law ? "

sample answer
A contract is simply a promise or performance bargained for and given in exchange for another promise or performance, all of which is supported by adequate consideration. In examining exercise testing and prescription activities, the law of contracts affects the relationship between exercise professionals and clients. The client may receive physical fitness information and recommendations on exercise training. Likewise, the professional may perform exercise testing in exchange for payment, or some other consideration to value. This contract relationship also encompasses any related activities that occur before and after exercise testing, such as health screening prior to testing, exercise prescription, and first aid and basic emergency care that arises from exercises temporally associated with on-site provider services. If expectations during this relationship are not fulfilled, lawsuit for breach of contract may be instituted. Such potential suits allege non fulfillment of certain promises or a breach of alleged warranties that the law sometimes imposes on many contractual relationships, contract law also has implications for inter-professional relations, such as those with equipment companies, independent service contractors, and employees (ACSM, 2005).
ACSM's resources for the personal trainer, first edition (2005).
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

ACSMエクササイズ・フィジオロジスト自主学習グループのサイトで出題された今週のテーマは「パーソナルトレーニング契約等における契約不履行は不法行為法で対処されるべきか? あるいは、契約法で対処されるべきか?」


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Diary April 10th 2018 - effort and fate

Make your best effort, and be optimistic after that.
That said, pour the best energy and enthusiasm as you can into something that is important and priceless to you, and commit the judgement to your destiny and environment.

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Diary April 5th 2018 長所は短所でもあり得る

It is often said that one's strengths and weaknesses are both sides of a coin, and if you look at your strength from the other side, they can be a weakness as well.  What I feel recently is ... if you have some outstanding advantage/strength over other people, in that case, probably 8 or 9 out of 10, you will have some extreme inferiority to others. Because it is not difficult to imagine that the person poured as much energy and time as possible for achieving the feats, and as a result, he/she sacrificed a lot of things in the process of pursuit. examples are the top level athletes, artists, scholars, business people ... etc. I feel that kind of dilemma recently.

インターネットで僕のブログやプロフィールを見た方の多くは、こんな印象を持つことが多いようです。「この人、英語ができて、資格も色々持っていて、ボディビルの大会にも出てたらしいね ...  色々なことやっている人だなあ」

フィットネスと英語に力を入れているのは事実ですが(それが仕事なので)、実際のところは、僕からその二つを取ったら何の取り柄もない不器用な人間なんです。所持している資格のいくつかは、僕が日本で唯一の取得者だったりしますが、アメリカの資格なので、日本では、ほとんど認識されておらず、また、もともと自分の趣味だったフィットネスを職業として選んだので、どこまでが趣味で、どこからがビジネスかという認識が甘くて、自分の専門分野や資格などを、それに見合う金銭的対価に昇華できていない現実があります。生活力の欠如した中年男と、現実的な生活設計を考える運命の女神は、そうそういないようで、いい歳をして、まだ独身です (2018年4月現在)。 


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Diary March 21st 2018 A sensitive topic - difference in currency value

I will write today's diary in Japanese only, because I don't have much opportunity to write Japanese language recently. Keeping a diary in one's mother tongue is a way to maintain one's mother language skills currently for me. it's a kind of funny irony, you know.


先生 「フィットネスクラブに入会しようか検討しているんだけど、月会費がちょっと高くてどうしようかな?と思ってるの。月に20ドル相当なのよ、高いよね?」

僕 「うーーん、こんな話題に触れていいのかどうかわからないけど、国によって貨幣価値というのは大きく異なるからなあ、何とコメントすべきかわからないよ。例えばね、東京のフィットネスクラブだと月会費は1万円前後(およそ100ドル相当)のところが多いから、日本でジムの月会費が2000円前後(約20ドル相当)なら、すごくお得なんだけど、僕は先生の国の物価のことはわからないからなあ。 高いと感じるかお得と感じるかは、結局、自分の生活の中で何に優先順位を置いて考えるか?だと思うよ」

先生「えーーっ、月に100ドル? 日本のジムの会費はそんなに高いの?」
先程まで何だか嬉しそうだった先生の顔が、深刻になってしまい、この日の会話はなんか重々しい雰囲気になってしまった ....


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Diary March 18th 2018 Everyone has its own uniqueness

If the 7 billion people on the planet were exactly the same in terms of personality, way of thinking, outlook, values, and so on, that will make the world a very tiring place. Each individual is different, that is why human relations can be sometimes complicated, and sometimes thrilling and exciting.  Have a nice Sunday everyone !

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Diary March 11th 2018

Although there is nothing much to write, my dominant language is changing day by day between English and Japanese. that is my current state of mind.

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