rebuild on April 21, 2002
I guess you already know
do. I'm a math teacher and my hobbies are:
- Free climbing -I've done this excellent and a little
bit dangerous sport for more than 10 years.
I'm not bored with rockclimbing itself, but
I'm losing interests in rockclimbing in Japan,
because I have been to almost all the rockclimbing
areas near Tokyo. Thus I usually go to indoor rock climbing gyms in Tokyo now. However, when I go abroad
I can feel excited with rockclimbing again.
Actually, I went to Yosemite this summer
and it impressed me so much that I'm going
- swimming- I started swimming finally after 30 years
of shame. Yes, it's a shame not to be able
to swim in Japan. And I felt like swimming
when I went to Pucket in Thailand. It's pity
that you can just look a beautiful beach.
Swimming is totally different from climbing.
It has no thrill but it is difficult to breath.
Both are kind of torture in a way, though.
- computer - I bought a computer around 5 years
ago, at the same time when I started TeX. For the first 10 months, I was really crazy
about TeX (esp. TeX's macro) and Internet,
but I rarely touched the computer recently.
However, at the same time when I started
writing my homepage I feel my passion for
computer coming back, although I don't
know how long it'll last this time. Of course,I
also use my computer to make handouts for
- traveling - usually
twice every year, about for one month in total.
My favorite destinaions so far
Patagonia, Mt.Kilimanjaro, India,
Yosemite. However, the most impressive
and exciting things are having a chat with
local peoples and visiting friends living
abroad. I can feel young when I stay abroad,
because everything is new and challenge even sendind a
snail mail. Honestly, I was required to show ID when
I ordered a beer at a pizza restaurant in Minneapolis
- Books - I have been interested in psycology, since
I was a college student. As for psycology,
there is not a theory which can apply to
everyone in the whole world. Rather, it differs
from person to person,society to society,
I guess. I think the most important thing
for psycology is to provide the explanation
for "me" which can explain this
reality. Of course I read other books too.
My favorite writers are "Haruki Murakami","
Yuji Shimokawa", "Nitta Jiro",
and " "Masahiko Fujiwara".I
prefer essays to novels.
- Music - I mostly listen to Baroque music, esp Bach
and Handal. I have all the CDs of Glenn
Bach and Carl Richter's Kantatas. Sometimes
I listen to Palestrina or Gregorian chants,
which make me feel really relaxed.I like
music too, such as Nakajima Miyuki (Japanese
Enya and ABBA. ( A-teens is also cool.
last summer" is my most recent favorite.)
- English - I think it sounds strange to native English
speakers, but for Japanese it's definitely
very demanding to learn English because of
the huge differences between Japanese and
English. I started learning English when
I was 12 years old , but it was not until
when I first went to Patagonia by myself
, that I started learning English seriously. That
was my first self organized tour and the
third trip abroad. I noticed that I could
feel very free when I thought in English
then. You might think it shows how free English
is, in other words English speakers think
and live more freely than Japanese do. It may
true to some extent, however, I think it
is mostly because when you learn a
foreign language , you can be free from the
culture which has been binding you from
childhood. A sense of values and language
are ingrained in you at the same time, so
it is difficult to separate them. One of
the effective ways of building a new sense
of values is to learn a foreign language.
In that way, non-native Enlish speakers are
lucky to be forced to learn English.
- Chinese- I started learning Chinese from this April
through radio program. I also have a private
teacher for the pronounciation, cause Chinese
pronouciation is really tough. Probably one
of the toughests in the world. It has four
tones and if you make a mistake in the tone
, you want to be understood. The reason I
started this is that I want to correct
my bias. I mean Japanese kept learning western
cultures since Meiji era for the last 150
years. So our way of thinking is very much
influenced by the West. This is what i call
bias. Thus I want to learn or respect Asian
cultures again. For that purpose, i thought
it would be best to learn Chinese culture.
Anyway China has 4000 year old history which
rivals the western civilazation. And it had
lots of effects on Japan before. We imported
chinese letters, architectures, buddism and
so on. And we modified them to fit them in
to our own way of thinking. So I hope I can
have more neutral and non biased mind in
the near future ..
I finally got a degital camera(Canon IXY
200) and a scanner (canon D646U). So if you
want to see my photo, click here. And to see more, please visit "traveler's
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; Ogose Shigeki