Big Mac calls me

“Big Mac Set” in Japan

Never forget the time when I knew the word “Big Mac” for the first time in my life. I was 9 or 10 years old at that time. The city where I lived was the whole world, and everyday was full of new things and findings. My grandparents were so fine that they even hang me out together. My grandma often scolded me with tiny things (wearing T shirts in a cold day made her mad), but the sizes she cooked was my favorite forever.

The day when I know Big Mac was the day when I went to see a movie with my friend. The name of the movie is gone, but exact that time, he introduced me a story about NBA players. He was so fond of Disney, NBA or such American cultures. So, he said to me, “Have you eaten Big Mac already? NBA players often goes to McDonald’s after their games and try to eat Big Mac with team members. Since I knew it, I’m a huge fan of Big Mac. So, have you tried already?” He asked. I was so naïve then, I had eaten just plain hamburger or double cheeseburger. Then I though, alright, let me try it.

From that day, my life has changed. Big Mac was so delicious that perhaps I have been eating about 400 Big Macs before. I even eat it in the US, UK, South Korea, and Singapore. The truth is that you can enjoy the same taste wherever you are. That is Big Mac aka global Big Mac. I’m still falling love with Big Mac. No matter how you experience stressed out feeling, just take a bite at it, and you can only concentrate on Big Mac. Then, problem solved. Just drink a coke and all you can think of is when you would eat French fries next.

A Perfect Timing for Reading Books in My Busy Daily Life

There are so many books to read in my house

Reading books. When you hear this phrase, what would be your reaction? Actually, my reaction was differ from when I was a teenager. I thought reading books or new paper and watching NHK (Japanese kind of BBC) are worst boring thing in my life at that time, and I simply couldn’t believe why adults are enough to be bare with such super boring look things. For instance, each letters in both books and newspapers are shockingly small for me at that time, and any TV program of NHK looked so serious that I unconsciously thought the personalities were AI robots (AI could do better, actually. Then I thought).

Time passes, and people can really change. One of the great meaning of education is sometimes described as this “changing”. Now I really owe my professors who have taught me because thanks to them, I changed so much, and now I can’t imagine the life without reading books (but watching NHK still…) . In my opinion, the first ten books you try to read will the hardest experience in your book life. The way to finish your book seems climbing Mt. Fuji or Everest. But somehow, you bare with reading, reading and reading. At last, when you finish reading 10th or 9th books, you would realize, “I had totally misunderstood about what reading books is!”.

A philosopher once said, “Ultimately, reading books means reading yourself”. And I totally agree with it. By improving your reading skill, your skill to live with clear thoughts or meaning would improve too. You can get words that can describe or explain your confused imagery of your mind. Everyone must be translator in terms of translating your own heart into your mother language. So, yeah, reading books is great. And this is thought to be one of the best my life changing event so far.

Since I was a university student (my major was English Literature), I read a lot from the time (actually not that much though…). However, after becoming a high school teacher, I couldn’t easily find the time to read, and had been frustrated about that. But now I became 29 and I could get the pace of work, the frequency of rearranging my room has much decreased for now. And I could finally find the best timing for reading books in my daily life.

First is after a supper. You feel full stomach and feel dull to wash the dishes, than I put them in the kitchen sink, and put some water in the dish. Then, you can start reading books with satisfaction. Sometimes it lasts for 30 minutes to read, or 2 hours to read.

Second is while talking bath. Soaking half of the body in warm water, and reading with drowsy feelings. My ideal time is for 20 to 30 minutes because you would feel really dizzy at that time.

Third is just before sleeping. With a warm light of your bedside lamp, you can read any books and that would definitely makes you fall asleep within 15 min.

However, sometimes you find yourself so tired in a weekdays and maybe you would have many schedules to do for weekdays. So, for such people like me, the true best timing for reading is Saturday and Sunday. Cancel any schedules and let’s read for all day. You could read 3 books if you really love to read in a day. For somebody, only Saturday and Sunday seems a bit sad and not enough. But, man, the desire for reading would rather decreased if you are free everyday, I think for myself.

Anyway, thank you for reading as usual, and have a great reading life.

Greatest News in 3 years! “POPEYE Web” is born!

Reading a paper in the 7 pm eating boring supper, the column of daily fortune telling says for the Capricornus that you would find great news on web or VR world. Slightly I laughed in my heart because that would be a little bit meaningless advice since it’s almost the end of the day. There would be no such opportunity, then I put my chopstick on a table. Then I started reading one of my favorite magazine: POPEYE. The motto of this magazine is “Magazine for City Boys”. I’ve ben reading this magazine for almost 10 years. Only one thing that I’m somehow collecting is maybe this magazine. I have almost all issues for several years. The atmosphere is the best. No other magazines can make this unique but gentle, funny but serious atmosphere. Starting reading the latest issue that I bought yesternight at a connivence store, then my eyes caught a strange article in the last page. It says “1 month has passed since POPEYE web was born!”. POPEYE Web? I immediately accessed the site and then I realized the fortune telling was right! The site makes my life three times more exciting one!

https://popeyemagazine.jp/

The landing page of POPEYE web. I swear I open this page every day! And my life would be more city boy look!

The page was really well made. I was almost crying. You never knew how much I appreciate this news. Please imagine that you are a huge fan of somebody who never appeared on internet. You love his/her saying or attitude on TV or books, so you try to pretend to get close to the person. And a month ago, but she or he suddenly started daily blog post and tell us about everything with their view. OMG… I’ve been never a fan of anybody but this magazine. This huge news means that everyday I can start my life with POPEYE’s morning call and finish with Good night by POPEYE.

Now I’m a bit exaggerated though, POPEYE magazine is one of the best Japanese magazine for me, and the magazine that influences me a lot. Then there was “about POPEY Web” page. I’m so thrilled to explain about this page for you guys that I’d like to make translation of the page.

“About” page. This writing style IS the POPEYE magazine…(TT)

POPEYE Webは世界でここだけにしかない架空の街です。

POPEYE Web is an imaginary downtown that exists only in here.

スポーツマンも学者も、ルーキーもベテランも、社交家も孤高の人も、海好きも山好きも、年齢、国籍、性別、趣味嗜好を問わず、どんな人が遊びに来ても楽しめる街です。キャラクターのポパイのように強くてやさしい街を目指しています。

Any athletes, scholars, rookies, veterans, the sociable or the isolated, people who love sea or mountain, any ages, nationalities, genders, any favorites can come and enjoy in this downtown. We are aiming to build a strong but kind town like the character of Popeye.

ところで、45年前に誕生したPOPEYE創刊号にはこんな言葉がありました。
「もはや、雑誌を編集者だけでつくる時代は終わりました」
その宣言通り、創刊から今までそれぞれの時代のユニークな能力を持った人がどこからともなく編集部に集まって、ワイワイと雑誌をつくってきました。
そんなPOPEYEが始めるウェブなので、もちろん編集者だけではつくりません。

By the way, there was a line on the very first issue of POPEYE magazine which was born 45 years ago.
“The era in which only editors make magazines just ended”.
As the declaration goes, from the beginning of the magazine to now, people with unique talents somehow gathered in editorial department and making magazine with a lot of laughs and good funs.
So, that POPEYE starts this web, of course we don’t make this with only editors.

現実の世界で出会ってビビッときた人たちをどんどん誘ってこの街の住人になってもらおうと思っています。文章が得意な人には記事を書いてもらい、ミュージシャンにはライブをしてもらい、話がうまい人にはラジオで喋ってもらい、格闘家にはカメラの前で瓦を割ってもらったりしようと思っています。雑誌とは違った手段で、よりフレッシュに現場の熱を伝えられそうでワクワクしています。

We’d like to invite people who we met in real world and fell in love to this town and want them to be a residence. The people who are good at writing, let them write, and people who are musicians, let them gigs, people who are good at talking, let them talk on the radio, fighters, we want them to break Japanese tiles in front of a camera. We are thrilled to be able to deliver the heat of the site.

このウェブサイトの拠点は今のところ東京です。そして、スタッフはすごく少ないです。おもしろいメンバーが集まり始めていますが、地方の街、世界の都市で起きていることには関知できていません。だから、世界中の都市に住む同じ波長を持った皆さんの情報をお待ちしています。ウェブサイトを見て少しでもいいなと思ったら、きっと僕らと気が合うはずです。身のまわりに起きていることを教えてください。

The foothold of this site is Tokyo for now. And there are a few staffs. Only funny interesting members are gathering here, we cannot sense events happening in country side of Japan, or cities in the world. So, we are waiting for your information who has a sympathy with us in the wold. If you look at the website and find it good, you must be our good friend. Please let us know what is happening around you.

POPEYE Webはみんなで創るウェブサイトです。

POPEYE Web is a website made with everyone.

Come join us!
popeyeweb@magazine.co.jp

I’d like to send the mail as soon as I can! LIFE IS SO EXCITING!!!
Thank you very much for reading this article! Let’s send email together and make the world better place ; )

Is that Really Your Favorite Thing?

Hello everyone. “What is your favorite thing?” is a typical Japanese English textbook question. What is your favorite sports, movies, novels… you can create many series of this type of this questions. Anyway, we often talk about our favorite things or things we love. Some people can talk about their favorite things with enthusiasm. They really talk a lot even though I don’t have any interests on the topic. However, their faces when they are talking about their favorite things are really looked fulfilled and cool. During such time, I often think of myself who doesn’t have any specific favorite thing. If I were asked “What do you like?”, I would say “I like fresh clean air in countryside, and rice”. I cannot tell somebody why I love those things or how much money I have been investing to get such things.

Somebody loves collecting things. But I don’t. When I finish reading manga of “Damon Slayer”, I was so touched, but that doesn’t make me to keep owing volumes. I just keep the memories in my mind, and I sold them on Internet flea market site. It got really high price though, some of my friends who love the series said to me “You are so disgraceful”. I want to live simple life. I would rather collect precious memories in my heart instead of keeping stuffs. Things in your heart never be robbed or rusted.

Holi festival in India (throwing color powder each other to celebrate)

So, I have never belonged to some artist’s fan sites, or bought fan goods on anybody. I have never collected complete edition of something. I know how I’m spending boring daily life. Maybe that’s why I got depressed easily somehow. But, I think it is ok. I want to love such abstract things. I love travel especially for foreign countries. I love reading books. I love listening good music. I love writing stupid stuff. I love to meet new people. I love talking with my friends over the phone. I love to know new things or new world. Now I realize, I have many favorite things. Now I am so happy that I can live with my favorite things.