Top 10 New Year's Questions for 2022

 Top 10 New Year's Questions for 2022

I haven’t been motivated to study English. I was laughed at by many English teachers. Thus, l decided not to write summaries of TED talks until I can speak English well. I use my time to practice pronunciation. 

 1. What did you learn about yourself from this year 2021?

What l learned this year in 2021 was that there was a huge difference between writing and reading English and speaking it. I wrote a lot, though, l couldn’t speak English at this rate. 

 2. Which relationship meant the most to you this year and why?

I don’t want to meet anyone, anymore. I couldn’t have the courage to do anything. 

 3. What was one of the biggest challenges you faced this year and how did you handle it?

The biggest challenge is that I continue to take lessons and practice pronunciation. 

 4. What was one of your proudest moments from this year and why?

This year, I thought that l filmed a video that I tried to speak English, though, the video completed was that I was dancing!!

 5. What was one of the most meaningful compliments you received this year?  Why was it so meaningful to you?

 I thought that l successfully lost weight! However, I was warned by my trainer, I was too thin. He also told me that I had to eat a lot. OMG😂

 6. What did you do for fun this year? What was one of your favorite memories?

This is our little secret, I started learning how to dance for fun this year. Because of COVID-19, l could make time to practice dancing. It makes me forget my sadness. 

 7. If you could change one thing from this year, what would you change and why?

Last year, I swore "Digital Dansyri", though, l always saw and watched SNS for a long time and without sleep this year...

I want to stop it and get up early like last year. 

 8. What was the most meaningful thing someone did for you this year?

English teachers, dance teachers, and trainers taught me a lot of things! Thank you so much!!

 9. If you were to brag about one of your accomplishments from this year, which one would it be and why?

In Japan, the number of people who are infected with COVID-19 is now decreasing rapidly. 

brag / big talk, tall tale

 10. Given all your experiences, insights, and lessons learned from 2020, what's the best advice you could give yourself for 2022?

Just, l dread getting older.  I won't get ready to welcome the new year.


Roland Kelts : The Core of Cool Japan: Sustainability vs. Stagnation

The Core of Cool Japan: Sustainability vs. Stagnation | Roland Kelts | TEDxHaneda

Just, I unexpectedly found the TED talk. I thought that the story was the best to show about Japanese people who have spent by "Jisyuku" during COVID-19, however, it seemed to be told in 2015. I was really surprised about it. You can enjoy knowing about  "Ganbaru", "Gaman" and "Jisyuku".



I'm going to depart a bit from my usual subject and talk a little bit about a very precious subject to me which is myself. My mom is Japanese and my dad is American and  I was raised just north of Boston in a region called New England. And it was very white at that time, not just in the winter, it was a very white community. I didn't know anyone Japanese besides my mother and her family and certainly didn't know anyone who is half-Japanese which is my situation, "ha-fu".


So one time when I was actually playing hockey, I played hockey as a kid. I was sitting on a bench and my mother who never came to my athletic events came in with my father.  And a guy down the bench looked down at me and said, "Wow, man, I didn't know your mom was Chinese!" I didn't correct him, I didn't see the point. Later, someone who knew slightly more about Asia said, "So that, you're Japanese that means you eat fish raw". And the picture in my heat was you know like holding a salmon, or bass or something from head to tail and trying somehow to know on the scales when it was fresh out of water. 


I didn't think I could do it, but I did eat sushi when I visited Japan with my mother and I found at that time, even as a child that I thought Japanese culture was very strong that it had these fundamentals characteristics that made it a very strong and bonded culture. Later, when I moved to Japan, of course, it was many years after the Bubble had burst and so everybody was talking about Japan's stagnating economy. The amazing thing to me, however, having lived here now a number of years is that Japan's economy, seems to me to be quite sustainable, quite strong culture.  


And so I've put up here the title "Coping with stasis" How a supposed sick man of Asia might be a model for us all. That's what a lot of economists would call Japan, the sick man of Asia as if the country was doddering along.  And what I've decided to do was look at some. What I really think are very fundamental strengths of Japanese culture is the separate stasis from sustainability or stagnation from sustainability. So I've just isolated a few here, to think about what makes Japanese culture strong, and maybe for other cultures, especially in the developed world which is facing a similar situation declining populations increasing poverty, and so on. What makes Japan strong in the face of these circumstances. 


The first one many of you would be familiar with if you live here is "Ganbaru". You hear it all the time, right? It kind of means like "Fight hard" "Do you best in any circumstance", "Try your hardest to do well". And you can see here is a photo of volunteers in Tohoku after the disasters, the quake, and the tsunami, "Ganbaru" was like a call to action, a call to get together, and do their best in the face of adversity. But it can also be applied to a sort of lowly salary man who has to run off to work every day. You can see here his family, his neighbors, they're all cheering him on, "Ganbaru, Ganbaru". And if you've ever spent time with the salary man and tried to keep up with his schedule you really do have to "Ganbaru", it's hard work, it's a lot of late nights. 


Another concept here is "Gaman". Basically to endure, to withstand, to persevere in the face of adversity. A very similar concept but as you can see it's the idea that you can withstand anything, you can take anything, and you can do so with whining or complaining. IT can be applied to be daily life especially to a city like Tokyo where you're stuffed into a train car and it's amazing how Japanese people are able to maneuver their bodies and shift their ”Keitai” (Mobile phone) and turn their rucksacks and put them on the floor and managed to get everyone in the train. In the States, in New York, or in San Francisco, if a really packed train car comes by people just don't get on. They just go "Ugh" they go up and get a taxi, they just give up. In Japan, people " Gaman" no matter how crowded the train is.  


"Jishuku". some of you obviously know what it means the concept roughly of restraint or being able to restrain yourself and restrain desires. I think it's really quite remarkable. Now, there are massive exceptions in Japan, obviously, but that notion that you can, for example, turn off the lights and just use your computer screen for lighting in order to save electricity and that you can restrain desires for the betterment of everyone. You know, very different concept again, in the United States. you know, where they have "Go for it" "Live for the moment" this idea "Get what you want" "Take what you can". "Jishuku" is a very different concept I think. (Laughter) 


I think these concepts are together and what I admire so much about Japan is that they are there to sustain stability and harmony in society. And I think it's quite effective if you look now despite Japan being stagnant unemployment is at a historic low. I think 3.4%, crime is declining. Again, Tokyo was named the safest city in the world, just a few months ago. 


These kinds of things could, I believe, improve other cultures abroad facing the challenges of the future. I actually authored a book on the popular culture in Japan and its popularity overseas. And I still write about popular cultures such as anime, manga, and Cosplay, and so on and as you know, probably, the government has a Cool Japan campaign underway where they're trying to promote the coolness of Japanese culture through pop culture, images, and graphics. What I would call upon the government to do and those of you who live in Japan to do is to promote these characteristics to push the real deeper strengths of Japan and let people know how sustainable culture can be when harmony and stability are prized. 


Thank you very much. 


Yoko Ishikura : Fly away with me

Fly away with me: Yoko Ishikura at TEDxTokyo 2014

Today, I found a great talk held in 2014. 

Finally, all people thought that it's too late though, the Japanese government decided to establish a NEW department that was dealing with digital matters on September 1,  2021: Digital Agency, and the speaker was elected its Chief Digital Officer. Japan is told that for women it's difficult to be in a managerial position but she is a woman who is now 72 years old!!!  

In the talk, she was telling about her story like predicting that event. She told that her life was as a kite that can fly freely. I think that it's really her. When a string of the kite was cut, the tough situation came to her, though, by changing the kite, she has continued to fly. Now, she must use the kite with the motor because she is the first Chief Digital Officer. 

Ayame Mochizuki : English and Intercultural Communication

English and Intercultural Communication | Ayame Mochizuki | TEDxGKA

Intercultural Communication is to communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds or social groups as ours.

The speaker tells us the keys that we have to keep in mind when we think about English and  Intercultural Communication. 

Japan's English level is low and mainly due to our cultural backgrounds lack of opportunities. This situation can be proved by emerging ourselves in English. 1)

English is important for various reasons such as commonness and advancement in globalization and its importance will keep increasing as globalization advances. 2)

Intercultural communication is a crucial skill because it allows us to reach out across different cultures and acknowledge their value. 3)

The speaker summarized her speech. Having a second language has helped me greatly not as Japanese, not as an English speaker but as a person. Some people may be unwilling towards this change. Undoubtedly, having a second language should not change us it's a completely different person, however, that doesn't mean it won't make a difference in us. Having a second language should improve us and by preparing us for a globalizing world widening our view of the world along with deepening our understanding of the unique and different identities of others and ourselves by interacting with many different people from the various cultural background.  We can combine all the good aspects of these cultures and build up our own one-of-a-kind unique identity that will make us a person free from the narrow views of a single nationality and make us global individuals.


Adam Grant·TEDMonterey How to stop languishing and start finding flow

Adam Grant·TEDMonterey
How to stop languishing and start finding flow

Languishing means to deteriorate, waste away, and suffer. It’s a sense of emptiness, stagnation, and ennui. 

Still, a lot of limitations continue in the world because of COVID. We want to return to normal lives, and do something more productively. It must lead to forgiving our grief. 

However, the speaker realized that the antidote to languishing does not have to be something productive, it can be something joyful. 

Playing games with not only children but also adults, sleeping until the afternoon, and not being able to do your lists will be better now. Having fun must bring flow soon! Flow means to result, proceed, and arise. 

When you’re ready, you can start finding the flow that lights a path out of the void.


Terri Trespicio : Stop searching for your passion

Stop searching for your passion | Terri Trespicio | TEDxKC


The title must have surprised many people. Somehow, l understood what the speaker wanted to us, l knew that passion was not a job, l was often asked why l’ve worked passionately always, and it's  because when I work hard, when I do what l have to do hard, my passion follows me. 

Just start doing because to live a life full of meaning and value.  You don’t follow your passion.


Wael Ghonim : Let's design social media that drives real change

Let's design social media that drives real change
Wael Ghonim • TEDGlobal>Geneva • December 2015

The story was told about six years ago. The speaker has already said that the Arab Spring revealed social media’s greatest potential, but it also exposed its greatest shortcomings. 

A polarization is primarily driven by our human behavior, however, social media shapes this behavior and magnifies its impact. 

Rumor is spreading among more people quickly, people can easily stop to mute and block a lot, they must forget that people behind the screen. 

It becomes really hard to change our opinions even if new evidence arises. In our social media, could people truly discuss and talk with each other? Does it lead to solving something? 

The speaker, in fact, stood on the TED stage in 2011, and said, “if you want to liberate society, all you need is the Internet.”

In 2016, the speaker in this TED told us if we want to liberate society, we first need to liberate the Internet. 

In 2021, we now must use the Internet liberally too much without having civility and believe that the polarization in the world must be solved by using the Internet. 

The speaker's TED stage in 2011