Saturday, May 07, 2005

Paddy fields

paddy field, originally uploaded by Gong Di.

Paddy fields that are covered with water for rice-planting are a familiar landscape to Japanese people. It tells us the beginning of early summer. We have seen this rural landscape since we know not when. It is deep-rooted in our minds as one of the primal scenes.

Interesting statistics

I found an interesting statistics in a weekly magazine. A man who runs his private training school in Furano, Hokkaido, asked his students what is the most necessary thing in everyday life for them. Their answers are as follows:

1. water
2. fire
3. knife
4. food
5. clothes

A TV producer found this result interesting and asked young people living in Tokyo the same question. He got the following result:

1. money
2. keitai (cellular phone)
3. TV
4. car
5. house

Big difference!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

A Headless Saint

A Headless Saint, originally uploaded by Gong Di.

This is a test blog sent directly from -- therefore linked automatically with -- the picture uploaded to I have wanted to put pictures in my blog. After trials and errors, with our instructor's help, at last I succeeded in it.

Our instructor told me that the headless saint in the photo must be John the Baptist. Thank you.