iPhone 5 has come on HIGAN (彼岸)

So about 12 hours ago, I have obtained iPhone 5. I set it up and used it for a while.

The first thing I noticed was its “look”. When you put iPhone 4S and 5 side by side on the table, they look like “Blues Brothers.” New iPhone5 is tall and looks slim. When I saw this two-toned iPhone5 for the first time on a web somewhere, I thought it did not look so cool but when you see a real one, it looks really and truly cool.

There is a saying, Don’t judge the book by its cover but, this iPhone5, its content is as good as it looks. First of all, the new larger (longer) screen gives some extra length to a keyboard, and accordingly which gives me an advantage. I am one of the clumsiest people on earth with my big thumbs but I can use its keyboard much easier now. A Larger screen also means I can have one more line for applications. It is very good because I was having a hard time managing the growing number of applications especially because I categorized apps and managed them by using each screen as kind of folders.

And finally it IS fast!! After I had used “5” for a while and used 4S to set it up for my wife, I FELT the difference. Right now I don’t have LTE available around my house so I have been using 3G (basically at home WIFI but I tried 3G buy cutting WIFI off) only but I am sure that LTE will add some more speed to it.

Ride? Well today I have to do many “family business.” it is O-HIGAN or お彼岸 in Japan today. Japanese religions believe in life after death. And the path to the world after death is something similar to Greek one. There is a big river which devides two worlds. In August, there is OBON (or お盆)when dead ancestors are coming home for reunion and staying home for a while. That takes place only once in a year. Then we have this OHIGAN twice a year.and this is the day dead ancestors come to the other side of the river. HIGAN’S Hi or 彼 means the other side, and Gan or 岸 means bank. And we go to our cemetery and greet our ancestors with placing incense sticks. Then we get together and eat. So today I will go to my wife’s house to attend a little feast and go to my parents’ to attend another one. Food day!

There is another story to it. We have a saying, 暑さATUSA(heat) 寒さSAMUSA(coldness) もMO(also) 彼岸HIGAN (you know now) までMADE (till) or “Hot days and Cold days last just until Higan. I guess I don’t have to explain meaning of this because it pretty much speaks for itself. So after today, it is officially autumn. And after I don’t know how many years have passed since people set this day up but I really feel this is true. So now I better take out my clothes for fall.


About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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