Economy as an weapon

Recently I read "武器としの経済学" by kenichi ohmae and some articles are intersting.

1. About japanese national pension status
(1) 60 % of japanese people pay national pension, that means 40% people didn't pay. He said that this pension plan has already been over.(yukio noguchi also say same thing)
Ratio of age over 65 year was 23% at year 2010, 26.6% at year 2015, and will be 38.4% at year 2065, that means 2 of 5 people are over 65 years old at year 2065 so 1.3 people support one person over 65 years old.Current pension plan was made when population was growing year by year and now this premise is broken so this pension plan is over.
(2) He propose 2 plan.
One is to promote accepting emigration. for example, about 30% of population of California are emigration. On the other hand, ratio of foreiner in japan is only 2%. But this plan might be difficult to introduce in current japan.Second plan is to change the national pension plan. He pointed out reaganomics. President Reagan did tw…

Kyoto walking -maru-take-ebisu

Our son learns "song of kyoto street name", so we planed to go to Kyoto and walked along this street.(The song is like this)
This song is included in "Kyo-en sodefure" which our son danced with at his junior school's athletic meet, so we learn this song.

First place is "maru" which is maruta-machi, so we got off at jingu-marutamachi station at keihan.
At first, we bought lunchbox at supermarket and ate them alongside of kamo-river.

Then started walking to west.

When we met shirakawa street, then we changed direction to south to walk along shinmachi street.
(below is shinmachi street)

This song songs street names which are running east-west direction and shinmachi street go north-south direction, so there are small intersection and we took photo at each intersection.
First is "maru" which means marutamachi street and second is "take" which indicates takeyamachi street. Below is takeyamachi-shinmachi intersection.

And we took foto a…

Simpleness and mindfulness

Mindfullness is popular word recently, but for me, living with simplicity might be same as mindfullness.

There are so many things around us and these are physical ones and non-physical ones (information). There are so many information using internet, SNS, so on. There are many worrying things happening at work which are mixture of not so important but in a hurry things and important things, and our brain are always under stress circumstance. And mindfullness is of course usefull method to maintain our state of mind.

But for me, having little things, clearing up my surroundings, clearing up our garden with broom, listening NHK radio(very simple one), opening windows and feeling cold air, hearing birds whistling through the windows. It's enough for me.
It's like old japanese style rooted of buddism and very close to my childfood life style.Recently I notice a goodness of such things.

And throughout these things, my mind and brain suddenly clears up. It's true for me. I had d…

Camp at makino

Last week, we went to makino camping site.
At first, we planed to go makino sunny beach camping site the day before a week but typhoon had come and we couldn't go, so this time, we chose this site.
This is our first time to do camping at there where we did skiing many times.

We planned to arrive there around lunch time but wife's father got injured and she had to take him to a hospital so we left our home about 4:30 p.m. and arrived there about 7:30 p.m.
At first, I prepared for barbecue then pitch a tent.

Next day, I waked up at 4:30 a.m. and weather was fine !

At this camping site, there are some area and most popular area is kougen free site where we stayed.
We can stay there anyplace inside this area and there were many camper.
It costs 4500yen ($40) per a tento and enjoy there until 12:00 a.m.
There are hot-spring and we took bath after closing our tento (we couldn't take a bath last night due to be late)

After taking bath, we walked around there.
It is very beautiful…

less information are important to boost our concentration

As I read today's nikkei evening newspaper, it featured mindfullness.(We recently see this topics in many media)
And this article said that one method to boost one's concentration is to shut down various informations from our eyes and ears. That's is what I often thought.

There are so many informations around us and we can touch many informations from ubiquitas it mobile. Especially SNS are such media. These are designed to stimulate one's curiosity. And recently I strongly think that these things consume our time so getting away of these things is very important skill for us, I think.

Computer drawing school for children

Today, we went to computer drawing school for kids by hirakata-city. Such kid's course are hold by hirakata-city and we can find them at city's public paper so my wife ordered to joint the class.
This day, 9 jinior school children attended this class.

In this class, we used drawing software(cube kids) for kids and we made schene of urashima-taro, famous japanese old-story. It can handle animation so we can move some character. Our son loved this software very much.
(But it is is not free software. It costs about 20,000 yen!)

kakigori at hirakata

Last week, we went to hirakata-ice to eat kakigori by bicycle. This shop is famous for hirakata's people so it is always crowded. This day was same as usual.
We arrived there about 4 PM.

We can select several color sherbet and we selected green-tee's one. Price is 300yen for each one. And we extra-ordered milk for 100 yen.
This shop's ice tastes crispy and big-volumn so we recomended it very much !