Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The latest underdog readings

By the way, since the outbreak of the best-selling "underdog howls" focusing over 30 years old urban single women in Japan by Noriko Sakai,(sure this must be the word of the year" of this year), it probed that this topic has high affinity for media attention and has high tolerance to keep theme from mocking of media bastard.

Lately I picked up a couple of books at bookshop for browse. One is "大独身” "Great singles". 130 single women in 30's and 40's categorized by age confess what they think about their single lives...Surely this book of real women's voice is an irony of "Underdog Howls" which futures SATC type rich urban singletons. Apart from a question who wants to buy such book, I must be pleased the publication of this book that "Underdog Howl" gave existence of unmarried women out of some being treated not be there except cold laugh. Also this book encourages unmarried women to discuss about their love and life views more openly. This book reports half of single women in 30's and 40's is a virgin. Not surprising to me as even in my childhood, mam used to advice her girl that good girl should remain a virgin until wedding night. ( I was not good girl though..)

The other book is called "35歳は結婚適齢期“ “35 years old is the best age to get marred” by Ritsuko Shimada. She is once an international air flight attendance turned a TV talent who recently got married at the age of 35 with a younger guy. She's also been writing positive essays about single men and women in 30's so the book is her happy way-to-marriage report following her essay..

Interesting is that what the author of this book saying has common with the author of "Underdog howls". Common that people who experienced the same place and days and culture would share. Ritsuko-san is writing her single woman story;
when she's got an international air flight attendance, women's top dream at 20 it was days still in bubble period, her life was just of celebrity, getting offer of party after party with men with Don Perignon, Porsche a piles of presents..... Then a middle of 20's, the bubble period was already over and became less and less gorgeous occasion compared with before. But she and friends are still young and found way maintains good life by hard working. Over 30's they works well and maintains good life and beauty but getting realized something is missing in life and the fact that there are not many (rich and nice) men left to match their life style.
From all my memory of those days, sounds convincing more than Bridget Jones saying we are children of cosmopolitan. Sakai-san, the author of "Underdog howls" is few years older and was a writer and working PR agency (the most trendy work place), it is easy to guess they experienced the same air as her of these days. Both of them are those who once attracted rich guys as winner of babble period celebrity society's hierarchy. it is understandable that they had stronger "WHY I've not yet married with right man?" and positioned it as "Underdog" ...

Characteristic common in their views is their views to single men over 35. Both of them stereotypes single men over 35 are those having serious problem for marriage. The problem they say....sometimes just means baldness, short like hobbit or such. Both of them analyze single men over 35 who like young women under 25 and stereotype them and criticize them......And say because no right men over 35 left, least chance to find man to get marriage could be from either younger boys or foreigner men. Doesn’t this view sound inhuman?

Mmmm... Anyway what my feeling is strong epoch like bubble period has such powerful influence to the value of people for long years. Although I am not really in of bubble period, I incidentally found that reading them could help me to measure how much influence of bubble period is left in me.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004


Nataria of for ALL (also of WomenCanIT I helped her to start) came down to Tokyo from Hokkaido to place on shop at the Natural food fair (Tokyo BigEgg) for promoting her recently started honey shop. Popped in there to see Nataria!

Honey she's selling was called MANUKA HONEY ...I did not know Manuka honey until I met at her booth, no idea if people usually know it or not, but very fair comment, Manuka Honey was v. good. It's from New Zealand and it has lots like and unlike ordinary selling honey (it is said that cheep honey on supermarket shell is not real honey though). Tasting some, the difference was I cannot eat ordinary honey because it's too strong but can eat Manuka honey and my stomach feels good with it. It says Manuka honey has bactericidal effect, good for throat and stomach...sounds convincing. Anyone who has trouble with throat or stomach MUST try this honey.
Plus it is jarred not in a glass bin but in a light plastic bin, which looks more ecological friendly. Her company's color is united in bright orange, which attract eyes of people, and shows positive image as she shows always. Indeed her booth was so crowded by people and people are pleased to listen her sincere talk. Indeed woman stood next to me was surprising how cheep was her Manuka honey! All sounds promising!

She's got one more step to make it. OK! Wake me up! I too cannot be sleeping!

It's still as hot as middle of summer. Took boat on my return way from TokyoBigEgg.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Exposing personal info on internet

My underdog friend was furious in her mail that she was asked to introduce her work life with her name and photos on company's web page for recruitment purpose. Sounds excellent opportunity to show how well she's working. But seems not to her. What's wrong is as she says, that at these days, it is out of common sense to expose her name and face on the web page to the public where net stalkers, freaks or whoever are awaiting to misuse her private information. How nervous she is! I know lots blogs showing personal photos on there. She's been long time active Internet user since nifty net age and still afraid of internet? Ah, but I realized that it is very recent that I am able to show photos of myself on my blog (still small though). Thinking back one year ago at the time I started writing my blog, it was the last idea to put any photos which would identify me and I was afraid of being referred my blog by some blogs. One reason I was not sure what's gonna to write on my blog. But the main reason I think was I was believing it was a kind of self-responsibility to guard my privacy from outside stranger world. Yha, I was really believing in self-responsibility there. Mmmmm self-responsibility? this is quite a kind of what mother says to her daughter, such as don't tell your name to stranger, don't follow stranger, etc.... keeping mom's word and keeping safety, yes, but where is "self" in the responsibility?? It is the problem.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004


Knowing well it's time to get more concentrated! ah, but invited from a madam acquaintance for a secret make-up lesson event at hiroo (popular place for rich and fashionable people) last Saturday, how can I miss it!
She was the one I met at International Woman Conference last July, looked "I am rich, succeed in running some fashionable business" woman in her 50's, which means many women such as my mom would say in disgust "What a flashy woman, isn't she" with jealousy, but had something made me convince her warm and nice personality. Talking with her lots later (we live close area) and listening her life was just confirmation of my conviction.
This Saturday event, it may be nothing special but local friend gathering in a way that
one invited top make-up artist acquaintance, one offered room in her gorgeous house for place and so on. At a large party room on top floor of well-designed house of a famous classical music promoter overlooking Roppongi-Hills, about 10-15 women dressed simple yet showing their wealth life from every details are chatting and chatting in very relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere with eating nice sweets someone brought. Of course main event is to have personal make-up advice from the professional make-up artist in turn. So my turn.... this make-up artist tells "you've got a cheek brush" "no" "you've got an eyelash curler, haven’t you" "no" ..." Come on,,,make-up is showing what professional role you want to take, if you want to carrier up, you've got ware business make-up and if you want boyfriend, you've got show your desire on your face." "......"
look better?

Thursday, September 09, 2004

At Dawn

Next to moon is Dawn.

By the way background color of this blog is bad......need to change!

I've been devoting study of civil law lately for my certificate exam next year. Law and financial strategy studies are something I know their very importance for life but just avoided confrontation. Millions of people have read book like Rich Dad Poor Dad but don't hear they all get out of rat race and become rich. Neither do I. I have only unredeemable poor financial mind. Anyway civil Law, the first time I heard lecture at beginning of this summer, it sounded as if totally foreign language. I mean I am not telling I could not understand law term spoken there. I understood all words spoken there. What I could not understand was what and why I could not understand. It took over this summer to get a grasp of idea of contention! in law discussion. But once got the idea,,, why can't it find interesting to read the discussion about the cases of other people's trouble? : )

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Blue Moon

It was. It's September from Today. Having had hot summer in Tokyo this year I am conscious of finding any tiny sign of autumn.