Friday, January 20, 2006

camera manufacturers

This is maybe the last time to post a comment for this blog.
I knew that KONICA MINOLTA decided to stop camera business yesterday. I was a little sad because my digital camera had been made by MINOLTA a little before it had consolidated with KONICA. Also, camera manufacturers will be only Nikon and Canon when KONICA MINOLTA stops the business…. I think that choices in everything decrease recently. I do not want many choices because I cannot decide, but fewer ones are boring. If I buy a new camera, I have to choose one from only Nikon, Canon, Sony, Panasonic and Olympus. (Olympus already decreased camera business greatly.) They except Nikon and Canon do much business, so they are different from camera manufacturers. However, the manufacturers gradually seem to be nudged aside by the other companies gathering momentum. I hope that they will play catch-up.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Coming of Age day

In Japan, people of 20 and over are regarded as adults. When people become adults, they are celebrated and municipalities hold the ceremonies for them around the second Monday January, Coming of Age Day. I am 19 years old, but I am in the same grade in schools as 20-year-old people because Japanese law of schooling says that people who are born on 2 April to 1 April of next year are in the same grade. The year when people go to Coming of Age ceremonies depends on the grade, so the ceremony came to me as well as 20-year-olds on 9 this month. Women usually wear long-sleeved kimonos and men are suits or hakamas for the ceremonies. I also wore my mother’s kimono and went to the ceremony on that day. My mother said that a kimono made me feel uneasy and I was not able to eat anything. Therefore, I was ready for them, but they were actually not problems for me. There were only two small others. One was that I was not able to walk at the same speed as usual. The other was that I had stomachaches when I laughed. I felt comfortable in the kimono, so I did not take off it after I came home. However, my family asked me why I did not do that so many times. It was a little annoying…. I thought that I had liked kimonos and I want to wear them for my daily life in the future. I would go to school in the kimono next day of Coming of Age ceremony if I could. Now, I wonder whether I will wear it or a hakama for my graduation ceremony.