Family History / ファミリーヒストリー


My grandfather was a Noh mask carver.


He had been looking forward to Introducing the appeals of Japanese culture to people all over the world. He conceived to express Cristian spirit in Japanese traditional art,therefore a new Noh program named “Resurrection of Jesus”was created. It was performed by Kuro Housho at Suidoubashi Noh Theater (Currently known as Housho Style)in 1954. I discovered the photo book of it in my parents house.


He was planning to present this event in Europe, however, he could not make it due to an illness.


I feel the blood relatives made me move to Europe for working. It is interesting if really so.

TOKYO CULTURE STORY / 東京カルチャーストーリー


There is a famous “Serecto-shop” called “BEAMS” in Japan. They presented a music movie regarding Tokyo culture including fashion and music in 2016 which was their 40 years anniversary. You can see how fashion and music in Tokyo had changed with the times in the last 40 years. It was uploaded four years ago, however it still looks cool and never gets old!

※セレクトショップ (Serecto shoppu ) : 和製英語(わせいえいご)です。色々なメーカーやブランドの商品を売っている店。
The origin of this word is “Select shop” and this is a Japanese-English word. “Serecto shop” is a boutique and a store with a wide selection of brands and clothes selected by buyers and managers.


1. 「小沢健二 featuring スチャダラパー / 今夜はブギーバック(nice vocal)」
2. 「スチャダラパー featuring 小沢健二 / 今夜はブギーバック(smooth rap)」

A tittle of song in this movie is ” Konya wa Boogie Back”, which a Japanese musician “Kenji Ozawa” and Rap group “Scha Dara Parr” were collaborating. This song was released in 1994 and was a massive hit, however still loved now.
There are two versions.

1. “Konya wa Boogie Back (nice vocal) by Kenji Ozawa feat. Scha Dara Parr” and
2. “Konya wa Boogie Back (smooth rap) by Scha Dara Parr feat. Kenji Ozawa ”

You can be a star if you sing this song at Karaoke! Please try!

Handmade bentos (Lunch box) of Sumo Wrestlers / 力士が作るお弁当


Today is the day of Senshuuraku for “Spring basho” of Sumo match. It has been held without any audience due to the coronavirus.

※大相撲(おおずもう/ Oozumou):相撲の試合。The sumo match 

※ 春場所(はるばしょ/ Haru-basho):相撲(すもう)は年に6回、奇数月(きすうづき)に開催されます。3月に行われる試合は「春場所」と呼ばれます。
Sumo match is held six times, in every an odd-numbered month, a year. The match in March is called “Spring basho”

※ 千秋楽(せんしゅうらく/ Senshuuraku):相撲の試合は2週間続きます。2週間の最後(さいご)の日を「千秋楽」と呼びます。
Sumo match is continuing for two weeks. The last day of it is called “Senshuuraku” .


In this match season, Sumo wrestlers must not go out after coming inside of the venue once. Therefore, many of them bring their handmade bentos. Those bentos has been a hot topic on twitter and Instagram currently since all of them look very delicious and also you can see many “Kyara-ben ( Character lunch box )”. Can you imagine the scene that the big and strong sumo wrestlers are making a cute “Kyara-ben”? It makes you smile when you see the other side of big men.

I repost some photos of official Instagram for Japan Sumo Association.

Referenced from Japan Sumo Association official Instagram / 引用:日本相撲協会 公式インスタグラム
Referenced from Japan Sumo Association official Instagram / 引用:日本相撲協会 公式インスタグラム
Referenced from Japan Sumo Association official Instagram / 引用:日本相撲協会 公式インスタグラム

Referenced from Japan Sumo Association official Instagram / 引用:日本相撲協会 公式インスタグラム


All looks delicious, isn’t it?
You can peep more on the official Twitter and Instagram of the Japan Sumo Association!
Today is the last day and I definitely will miss it.

Twitter @sumokyokai
Instagram @sumokyokai i

Abbreviations which Japanese high school girls create. / 女子高校生が作り出す略語


I think Japanese people like to make an abbreviation and use it.  For example, “Sumaho” is a short form of “smartphone”, “apo” is “appointment”, “entame” is abbreviation for “entertainment” and etc. There are many many more words like these.


Especially, high school girls are genius to create new vocabularies and make them shorter. On the other day, some TV show introduced abbreviations which high school girls used on social media these days. Actually I did not know most of them! How about you?

  1. あざます(Azamasu)
  2. セブイレ(Sebu-ire)
  3. パリピ(Paripi)
  4. あたおか(あたおか)
  5. り(Ri)
  6. とりま(Torima)
  7. あね(Ane)

Now how many did you know? The answers are below.

1 あざます:ありがとうございます
Azamasu : Arigato-u-gozaimasu  / Thank you

2 セブイレ:セブンイレブン
Sebu-ire : Sebun-irebun / Seven Eleven

3 パリピ:パーティーピープル
Paripi : Party people

4 あたおか:あたまおかしい
Ataoka : Atama okashii / Crazy 
*Atama : head, brain 
*okashii : strange

5 り:了解(りょうかい)
Ri: Ryoukai / Got it.

6 とりま:とりあえず、まぁ、
Torima : Toria-e-zu, maa,  / First of all, Anyway

7 あね:あー、なるほどね。
Ane : Ah, naruhodone, / Oh I see.


It is interesting, is it? I think that high school girls often create new words, therefore these abbreviations should be disappearing soon even though we learn them now. However, I wonder what new words are coming up next.