This is a New Globalized Era or/and American People are so Fair


As I said time and time again (or once?), I like professional wrestling. In a sense, it can’t be helped because about 45 years ago, when I was a young kid, professional wrestling was one of the most popular entertainments of the time. We didn’t have the Internet nor video games so we played with real games like board games. We didn’t have wide variety of sports and we were too young to enjoy sports that require perseverance to enjoy them like Sumo wrestling. Baseball and professional wrestling were two major sports mainstreams of the time.

At that time, Japanese people enjoyed Japanese wrestlers beat the heck out of the American (or there were Middle Eastern villains for that matter) wrestlers. I heard that American people enjoyed American wrestlers beat the heck out of Japanese wrestlers.

Now I watched NTX Takeover. NXT is a minor league of WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment. I once stopped watching professional wrestling but when I went to the U.S. as a chaperone to my students and stayed in Kentucky, I happened to watch the Undertaker, the rookie at the time, in one of the WWE matches  (WWF at that time) and I loved their story telling skills. I kind of watched WWE ate the corner of my eyes. Anyway, in this NXT show, both men’s and women’s champions were Japanese. A female champion was Asuka, who has two-colored hair that reminds me of some characters from modern manga. A male champion is Shinsuke Nakamura, a tall lanky fellow who is even taller than the opponent Canadian wrestler (Japanese people are considered small and agile but it is not so, either). But above all, what blew my mind was actually the fact that the fans in the arena were rooting for those two Japanese wrestlers than they rooted for their opponents. One is from Canada and the other from Texas. Asuka is a grey character but as for Nakamura, actually he is a good guy, not a bad guy, which was different from a score of years ago, when the Japanese wrestlers cannot be nothing but villains. He represents fans and the champion, Bobby Roode, plays a character built on Donald Trump. Roode in his interview declared, “NTX is about Bobby Roode, the glorious,” whereas Nakamura challenged and claimed, “NTX is not about Bobby Roode but it is about the fans.” Well, Asuka won and Nakamura lost, which might mean that he will be heading for the even larger stage, WWE after Tomorrow’s Wrestlemania because there is an equation that wrestlers who have succeeded in NXT are defeated when there is a WWE call-up,  The rumor has it that legends like Goldberg and the Undertaker may retire after this year’s Wrestlemania. Wether be it true or false, WWE definitely needs a little pick-me-up).

Either way, as I watched young fans shouting the names of two Japanese “hero and heroine,” I thought to myself, “This is a new age. There are still many people who cannot help judging other people by the traditional criteria like their nationalities, their age, their sexual orientations, or all the other backgrounds but there are people who judge other people by who they are.”

I want all the borders gone. As a result of unexpected events, I am kind of stuck in a local city in Japan but I want to live with using English (I try to spend less time using Japanese and spend as much time using American English as humanly possible.

That’s the bottom line because S…. says so. (Do you know whose favorite line this is?)


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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