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Any day, any time

Somewhere within the last days

“You’ve not been here long time.”
At Cafe Martin, beginning of March, He said to me.
“I’ve been crazy busy these days. I’ll leave NY next Monday.”
“Back to home?”
“Yes, Japan.”
“How do you like NYC?”
“I love it, I really enjoyed. I also like here.”
He never smiles as always, and pass me a cup of latte.

Yes, actually, I had been crazy busy during the last a few weeks of February and March before I went back to Japan. I had already finished my MPH course in December last year, but had stayed for 3 month more in NYC still. Working remotely for a research project on home care in Europe, I dedicated myself for the two events in early March to spread stories of my loving people in Tohoku. The first one was on 1st and 2nd March at J-LABO Brooklyn by J-COLLABO, “Kaleidoscoping Tohoku – 3 years after the disaster in 2011 –”. Second one was a symposium by Consortium for Japan Relief (CJR) “”

Cafe to cafe, meeting friend to friend, filled with love and caffein (and beer and wine at night).

Before opening the CJR symposium. After 3 years since the Tohoku disaster, now I have more and more precious friends working together for Tohoku, across generation, language, nationality, ethnicity, place, and profession. I didn’t expect that when I came to NY in Fall 2012. I was empowered and raised up by NYC and you, friends here.

The last jazz at subway station before my flight.

My friends held a farewell party at my apartment for me. Much of love, food, drink and live painting. Thanks.

At Cafe Martin, on 10th March, in the morning.
“What time is your flight today?”
He asked me, without smile, as always.
“1 pm from JFK”
I answered, though I didn’t expect he remembered the exact day of my flight, and even asked me the time.
“Thank you so much.”
I received a cup of latte and said.
“See you next time.”
He replied.



Welcome to America with a suspended degree

January 13th 2014, Monday

It was first time to come to campus after the year-end. I met a friend and her research colleague and had lunch together. She was in the same cohort during the first semester and also an international student from China. We were struggling with terrible classes and exams every week, but it’s almost one-year before and now we can just laugh on it.

Yes, it’s over. I’ve done all the program last month, and should receive MPH degree soon. But, here’s America, things don’t go smoothly. The reason why I came to campus today was, to talk with Dean of Students on a issue of my registration and tuition status which prevents my degree certificate. Last month on 19th, while I’m working on finals, suddenly the Office of Student Affairs emailed me “You owe school $16,754 in tuition, and cannot get a degree until you pay” “What!? I took all the course necessary to graduate and paid tuition each semester as billed!” After emails and phone calls now I figured out what happened on me. Columbia MPH Health Policy Management Department has choices of 16-month and 2-year programs, but most of us take 16-month one as default. But I was mistakenly registered as 2-year program as default, and neither I and my department faculties knew that, cos the office of Student Affairs never told or warned that. Tuition is based on flat rate, not per credit base for our school, and 2-year and 16-month programs have different rate per semester. So, accumulated difference of tuition per semester is now billed at one time, at the end of the year. OK, now I understand the official correct tuition for my 16-month program was higher than I paid, and agree I need to pay the remaining for graduation. But who expects $16,754 is billed at one time? If I was correctly placed on the 16-month program and told the correct tuition per semester, I could have taken actions to prepare money earlier.

The office closed from the week of Christmas. I checked all the previous document and email related to registration and tuition, and confirmed I had no fault. Then, today I met with the Dean of Students. They admitted their fault and gave me apology, but told they can nothing to do that happened. Because of segmented departments, Office of Student Affairs cannot compensate anything or discount anymore. They confirmed me to write any documentation to prove my academic qualification if necessary anytime, but an “official” MPH degree will be never issued unless I pay extra. I gave up cos it’s waste of time and needs further stress and energy if I sue them. Hopefully I can prepare money within a year by working hard.

年末急に降ってきたトラブル。プログラムの登録ミスで、僕に請求されていた学費の額が間違えており、正しく登録されていれば支払うべき学費に$16,000ほど足りない、支払うまで学位は出せないという通知が突然学生課の方から来た。僕は入学を一年延期したのだけど、その合格・延期・入学の間に学部のプログラムが変わり、そのとばっちりで登録ミスがあったのだけど、見落とされていたようだ。こちらにミスはなく、請求された額を遅滞なく払っており、過去のメールからもその違いを認識する余地はなかった。正規の額を払う分には文句ないが、いくらなんでも突然年末に言い渡され(謝罪もなく)、あと2ヶ月で用意しろと言われても無理がある。そりゃおかしいでしょ、なんでそんなことが起こったんですかと、学部・学生課の担当者に聞いてもお互い「分からない、あっちに聞け」となすりつけ合うばかり。結局今日、Dean of Studentsと話すことになった。結論から言うと、誤ってはくれたけど、支払いと学位の件は、担当部署が違うからどうにもならないと。ちゃんと学業を収めてMPHに値する能力がある旨を説明する書類は、必要となったらいつでも発行してくれるとのことだが、正式なMPH学位は支払いが終わるまでペンディング。Late feeは取られないし、まぁ4月からの勤め先も理解あるところなので、学位なんぞの紙切れがなくても人生に支障ないのだけど、それにしても納得がいかない。お金はまぁ、1年働けば用意できる、と思う。しかし今回被った迷惑に対する慰謝料とか、減免措置とかは無し。日本でお金を稼ぐから、支払う際もアメリカの口座への振替手数料かかるのだけど、そういうのも負担してくれるわけでもなし。訴訟とか面倒だから、これで我慢するしかないけど。なんだかなぁ。NY暮らしが長い友人には、Welcome to Americaって言われた(笑)

First snow in NYC, one year after / 海をまたいだいくつかのこと、一年前の雪のことなど

12th November, Tuesday 2013

When I woke up and saw outside, it’s snowing! Though tiny particles, and soon ended, it was the first snow this year I see in NYC. And, I realize, winter is really coming. Since I was in Europe last two weeks and these days were so busy (but exciting!), I didn’t enjoy enough autumn mood this year. And I realize, next month I will graduate Mailman. Almost one year ago, when I also saw the first snow in NYC in 2012, it was so hard time for me. Because of tough and intensive study in the first semester, and some other private issues, I was pretty depressed in that time. I could never imagine that I’m now enjoying the winter arrival in a rather moderate mind. Last year, I was overwhelmed with lots of new medical/clinical/biological terms and statistics. Also my English was not so good. Now, I see the points where my experience in field or issues in Japan can contribute to class discussion and give another perspective than other classmates have. Also, since each of us has shared foundation of public health theory and perspective, and experienced summer practicum in various place, I really enjoy learning from my classmates. Outside campus, gradually networks of those who are interested in northern east of Japan post-disaster activities are expanding, and I’m feeling seeds of further actions are growing. …School ends in December, and my time in NYC ends in March. I know the time and my capacity is limited, but I do strongly want, to do anything I can do for my friends, and my town NYC.

At late night I visited Dambo, before coming back to home in Park Slope, in Brooklyn, and met with Jake Price. We enjoyed one glass of beer and two plates of pizza at a nice bar, and then went back to his studio, and talked about his next trip plan to Fukushima, and his documentary project. Jake cannot speak Japanese well, but every time I met with him and saw how he communicate with local persons in Fukushima and Miyagi, I’m impressed with his passion, dedication, and sincerity to local persons and community. That’s why I feel like doing anything I can do to support him. Compassion connects people across countries over the sea, certainly.



海を越えての嬉しいことと言えば。他にも色々。夏に福島いわきでお世話になったおふたりが石巻・牡鹿旅行に行くということで、張り切ってオススメスポットを伝えたり、向こうの仲間を紹介したりして、無事会えて盛り上がったみたいで、それは本当に嬉しい。他方、学部の頃からずっとずっとお世話になっている人が、今の東北の諸々で協働している人と偶然会ったみたいで、首に下げているOCICAネックレスからmutual friendだということが分かって僕の話をしたようで、その旨双方からメールをくださって、これまたとにかく嬉しい。それから英語の方にも書いたけど、Jakeとブルックリンで久しぶりに会ってビールを飲み、彼の月末の福島の浪江訪問について相談に乗った。その時僕が身につけていたIIEの会津木綿ストールと、その物語をいたく気に入ってくれたらしく、是非会津にも行ってみたいと。会津の作りてさんが、世界に発信していきたいなんて言っていたけど、それは意外と早く本当のことになりそうだよ。



ちょうど一年前、同じように初雪をニューヨークで見たとき、僕はso depressedで。今こんな状態であることを当時の僕は想像もできないだろう。留学直後はやはり非常に大変であり、また個人的なことでも辛いことがあったので、雪を見ては涙を流してオロオロ生きていた。その時のことをどう整理して位置づけるか、というのは今はあまり意味がないことのように思う。ただとにかく、当時そんな状態の僕に対しても働きかけてくれた人々、向き合い言葉を交わしてくれた人々にはただただ頭が垂れ下がるような胸がぎゅっと締まるようなとにかく色んな思ひだ。

Happy Hour with Ethics class, 3-semester is too short / 駅のおじいさんを抱きしめたい

October 19th, 2013, Saturday

Today was the last day of Healthcare Ethics class by Professor Heather Butts. She’s a wonderful teacher and the class was the best for me this semester. Last week and today each of us did presentation on case each of us chose by ourselves, related to ethics. Each of classmate’s presentation was interesting. Those who had clinical background presented about some cutting edge surgical technology to deal with difficult condition with ethical dilemma caused by uncertainty on possibility to save or prolong life, difficulty in trials to evaluate, and ethical debate to justify it or not. Other one presented about HIV, introducing a video narratives by HIV patients on the advocacy website SERO.

Since I don’t have any clinical or medical background as specialist, all of their presentation was impressive for me. So, I, as a writer or community activist, thought how to contribute to this class, then chose one favorite movie “Never Let Me Go.” It is a story of three young persons, grown up in a isolated house “Hailsham.” In a fictional world where medical breakthrough achieved beyond 100 years human lifespan, they are told to keep them healthy, being told that “you are special,” but they exist only as organ donors for transplants and will die in their early adulthood. They are human clones, and have ‘originals.’ I touched those points (but didn’t go into details of the movie cos I really wanted them to watch it by themselves. Professor Butts also loved this movie, or original novel), and mentioned to three ethical perspective to judge social justice, utilitarianism, liberalism and communitarianism. I was happy to hear that they and professor enjoyed my presentation and some of them said “I will watch the movie.” Professor Butts told me she will put the novel as a reading material for the next year class.

As I liked this class so much, I suggested to the professor to have a happy hour after the last class, today. We went down Broadway, and entered one pub near the campus, and had beers and cocktails.

There was another guy in class who made presentation also focusing on philosophical theories or philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, or Spinoza. He is a film writer. I talked to him at the pub, and said we or our interests are not on the mainstream. Academic or scientific debate needs to cut each components as small as possible, with internally validate definition, but process of writing is opposite. We learn from and pick up lots of stuffs, and harmonize them into whole one context or story. But it’s still good for us to be in MPH program, cos we can learn from real-world, field practices, as I mentioned above. I think philosophy or ethics is a centerpiece of public health field, where theories and practice intersect, and that’s why at this ethics class, both of us physicians and writers can make good discussion.

I will graduate in this december (but may stay until March), and will be back to Japan for my new job from April. So they said “let’s have dinner before you go!” I felt so happy about that. At the same time, I felt 3-semester was too short. Especially for international student like me, the first semester was a terrible time. I was overwhelmed with courseworks (readings and exams), and didn’t have time to talk with classmates so much. Also, it took time to enable me to actively participate in class discussion and be accustomed with presentation, being relaxed. But from the second semester, I was gradually fit into the campus life or NY life, and rapidly made friends with them. But, oh my god, it’s already the final semester for me. If I had time more, I could know about my friends more… But anyway, time is irreversible, what I just can do is do my best in the limited time, and enjoy the time with friends.

そんなわけで、土曜日のHealthcare Ethicsの授業は今学期一番楽しい授業だったので、今日も良い日だったのだけど、昨日から開いた吉本ばななが尾を引いてか、内面は並行してstill messed upであった。そんな時に限ってやっぱり泣きたくなるような出来事は起こるわけで。それは42nd Street, Aトレインに乗り換えるPort Authorityのホームでのことでした。

階段からホームに降り立つと、背の低くて丸い身体のおじいさんが取り乱し気味に、”How can I get to Queens!? Tell me what to do!!”と言っている。聞くまでもなくここはQueens方面Uptownの電車が来るホームであり、それは看板にも書いてあるのだけど、そのおじいさんの様子を見るに、それはたぶん、彼がなんらかの精神疾患か障害かを抱えているゆえの不安と取り乱しであるようだった。


それで泣きそうになっていたら電車がやってきて、やっぱりおじいさんは”Is this train to Queens!? Tell me!”と不安がっていて、ドアの前でオロオロしている。僕は駆け寄って一緒に電車に乗り込み、肩を抱き支えながら、「大丈夫、大丈夫、きっとQueensへ行きます、信じましょう」と一緒にオロオロしたかったのだけど、あぁなんということだ、その電車はEトレイン!僕はこれからAトレインに乗って大学に行かなきゃならないのだ!



Fallen leaves, Stressless paperworks, Party@Brooklyn / 落ち葉拾い・この街の人たちはオトナだ

October 18th, 2013, Friday

In the morning I cleaned up a street in front of my apartment building, gathering fallen leaves by bloom. Realizing, more and more autumn is deepening, I felt this kind of time, cleaning, is good for my mind. Living in NY, with much works and studies, tends to make my breath and thought shallow. Sometimes I need to stop by, breath deeply, and enjoy tiny but important daily houseworks.

Before going to campus, I stopped by 108th street Absolute Bagels, and bought and ate one bagel with salmon and cream cheese. I had heard about this store as one of the best bagel store in NY, but never had time to visit. As it was lunch time, a long line continued to out of the entrance. I waited for about 10 or 15 minutes to buy, but it was worth for that, tasty!

At Morningside campus, I visited ISSO to get signature to enable us to travel abroad during the semester, and also I asked about OPT, which enables us who graduating soon, to stay longer for job hunting. Then I visited the Language Resource Center to finish my paperwork to work as a language tutor. Though I was confused and sometimes stressed with such paperworks when I first came to NY last year, now I already have an idea to save time and finish as quick as possible them. Most of the time we are required to show same documents, such as I-20, I-9, Passport, SSN card, etc. If you forget to bring any of them, you need to visit there again and again. This time I brought all of them and the officer said ‘perfect!’

At night, we held a reception party at a building where I live now, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Now I’m working as a staff at J-COLLABO, a New York-based NPO which facilitate collaboration between artists in Japan and NY, by inviting Japanese artists to NY or sending NY artists to Japan, and holding lots of cultural or educational events and performance. This year we moved our office to Brooklyn, and are opening a residential space and event space for artists’ use. Fundraising, cleaning, constructing the space, event staff etc. are my jobs. Our event space will open in December but tonight was a pre-opening party for announcement. Lots of artists (not only Japanese), and local people came and had good time with sake and food. Living in NY, not just studying at Columbia, give me such wonderful opportunity and meetings.


モーニングサイドキャンパスでこまごました事務仕事を終えてから、今年SIPAに来た日本人の友達と会ってほんの15分話をした。お互い次の用事があったのだけど、ちょうど同じdisaster management/preparednessの分野に関心があって、彼女からFBチャットが来て、ちょっとだけでも会おうかとなって、いそいそと。防災や災害対応はほんとに分野横断的で横串を刺す視点が必要なのだけど、コースワークでなかなかその要望が満たせるかというと難しく、自分らで色々機会を探したり作ったりしながら動かなきゃなんない。はぁ、もうすぐ卒業か。面白くなってきたんだけど、短い、短いよ。


NYで過ごしているとキャンパスの内外で、ほんとに色んな民族、職業、社会経済階層の人びとと交わっては別れを繰り返すのだけど、とりわけ好きだなと思うのが、「ニューヨークの日本人アーティスト」と一緒に時間を過ごすとき。このカッコに囲まれた3つの要素が相まって形作られる、彼らのなんとも言えないバランス感、人としての魅力。表現者としての自身の内的世界を追求しながらも、産業としてのアートの世界で経済的にも自立して稼いでいる人たちだから、independentという言葉がほんとうによく似合うし、ニューヨークの開放的な空気の中で生きている人に共通した絶妙なオトナの距離感とkindnessを兼ね備えていて. そこに同じ日本人としての共感?連帯意識?が少し注ぎ込まれて、僕との関係ができる。彼らは他人によっかからない。自分の力で生きていく、そういう前提を共有していて、だから他人の実力もフェアに評価する。だから僕に対しても自立した「大人」としての付き合いをしてくれて、そこでは年齢は関係なく、お互いにできることを持ち寄って仕事をするのだけど、なおかつそこにドライでもウェットでもない絶妙なレベルで「日本から来た元気な青年」に対するかわいがりを混ぜ込み、(期待してくれてるかどうかはわからないけど)色々なチャンスをくれるものだから、嬉しさとやる気で背筋が伸びる。僕も同様に、自立した大人としての気概・振る舞いと下っ端・弟分気質を混ぜ合わせて仕事に取り組む。




そう、現実はすごいのであって、現実の慌ただしさのおかげで生きていられるのだけど、ふと我に返ると不安と混乱と昔の色んなトラウマでmessed upである。なんてこった!

Practicum Day / 舞台ではみな平等

October 11th, 2013, Friday

It was a Practicum Day, when every MPH student gather for each department and make presentation about each of their own experience and learning during the summer internship (called as ‘practicum’). We met up at a large lecture room, and broke out into a small group of 7-8 students and 2-3 faculties. It was a whole day long event. Each student spend 15 minutes for presentation and another 15 for Q&A. In my group, most of classmates worked in US hospitals, consulting firms, and community services, one went to Uganda and conducted Qualitative research analysis, and I worked at an unique venture think tank focusing on social marketing of health promotion in Japan.

A common challenge those worked in US large organizations was a fragmentation of US medical system, and bureaucratic decision making process that blurred who’s in charge of what. It happens also in Japan.

I talked about my research project of international comparative study on home nursing service in Europe. For comparative study, merely collecting data on interested service (home nursing in this case) is not enough, because historical and cultural background and health systems behind the service are hugely diverse. To find lessons that are actually applicable to my own country, I need to develop common standard for comparison based on understanding of whole systems in each country. My presentation was the last one, and they looked enjoying it, with comments of ‘terrific presentation’ from professor.

今日はあれだ、Practicum Dayっつって、MPH生は夏休みにどこかしらへインターンするのが修了要件なのだけど(それをPracticumと呼ぶ)、その報告会的なやつ。小グループに分かれてひとりずつプレゼンして、夏の経験をシェア。まぁ、fun eventだよね。

HPM(Health Policy and Management)の学部単位でみんな同じ日時に開催。朝早くに集まって、朝食を食べてから担当教授のイントロトークを大教室で。その後7,8人の小グループ10,11組ぐらいに分かれて小教室へ。夕方までひとりずつプレゼン&質疑応答30分ずつでどんどん回していく。僕らのグループは、そのPracticumの担当教授が当たった。恰幅の良いアメリカのおじちゃんって感じなんだけど、けっこうバシバシ鋭い質問を浴びせていて、みんな割りとタジタジになってた。

MPHって、実務と学問の重なりあったような大学院だから、ビジネススクールと違って、バリバリ実務って人ばかりでなく、アカデミアよりの人もけっこういる。プレゼンもアメリカ人だからってみんな上手ってわけでなく、字数多すぎの詰め詰めスライドに、抑揚なく速いテンポでひたすら喋るだけって感じの人もいた。あんまりオーディエンスを意識してないんだなぁという感じ。研究発表とかならそれぐら情報量詰めても良いんだろうけど。質疑応答の時に教官に「Executiveに報告するつもりで3つの要点だけ言え」って言われて、まぁあんまりスラスラ答えられなかった人が、”You are not a student now, here you are a professional”って言われてひえーってなってた。


終わったあとはまた大教室に集まってwrap up. 各グループの担当教官がグループごとの全体講評をしていった。なんつーか、こっちの先生、みんなキャラ立ってて魅力的だって思うよね。日本の予備校講師ほど濃くはないけど。最後のグループの教授が、”Now I’m standing between you and matini”とか言ってて、気の利いたジョークだなと思った。


Fall deepens

October 9th 2013, Wednesday
It’s a clod day. Fall deepens. 朝晩冷え込んできた。

On Wednesday, I have a Strategic Communication class, by senior lecturer Alan P. Levenstein, who has a brilliant career as a business person and knows much about marketing (and also, every time humorous and wearing dandy suit). This semester we took a case of gun control and developed a communication strategies for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and at last made a presentation to a officer from the organization.

Whenever I study about U.S. social issues, gun control, Obamacare, soda ban, tobacco etc., I see huge difference of between US and Japanese system and culture. Whenever political debate come to regulation on anything, US public debate (esp. from repub.-oriented persons) shows concern on, or allergy to, governmental regulation on individual freedom. It appears less time in Japan. Also there are huge varieties and autonomies between states under the federalism system. That makes them so difficult to realize nation-wide gun control or national health insurance. Japan tends to prefer equalized standard for everyone. It’s not a good or bad question, just a characteristics of each country, and it’s almost impossible to radically change the culture because of deep-rooted history (e.g. Independent War from Britan, defeat on WW2 and rule by US after), but at least give me interesting lessons.


ET Luv.Lab., 「横浜の創造力の舳先に」茂木 隆宏 – ノガン株式会社 コンサルタント












Dental clinic at school / 親知らずを抜いたこととか、気になったニュースあれこれ

October 8th 2013, Tuesday

At last I enrolled a student dental plan and went to a dental clinic at Columbia Dental School. Even after taking an antibiotics, swelling of my gum didn’t get better. I knew the cause, wisdom tooth left long time. The lower right wisdom tooth had grown in a bad angle. Early in the morning, I submitted an registration form, made a payment for the insurance, and told a staff my pain is urgent. They treated me as emergency, so soon I was directed to be diagnosed by doctor. Though I had to pass a class in the morning, I could successfully let the tooth pulled out. So now, my under right cheek is a little large. Nothing I could eat today…

By the way, I rarely go to hospital, because I’m generally in a good health. But whenever I go there, I feel a little tragic, or nervous, by seeing someone suffering. While I was waiting on a seat, an old lady groaned frequently. I didn’t what’s wrong with her teeth, but could guess her mental wasn’t in good state. Another lady kept putting her hand on her cheek. It must be painful. Every people coming to hospital have any kind of pain, anxiety, or fear. I know that is a hospital, but I’ve never accustomed with such mood.

In the evening, I attended an meeting of CJR, Consortium for Japan Relief (though friends told me “Why you come today!? Keep in bed!” by seeing my cheek), and discussed our activities this fall. We’re planning to hold some documentary film screening and panel discussion event this and next month. Now we think it is a time to further collaborate with other organizations, not exclusively related to Japanese 3.11 disaster, but more generally, persons and organizations that dedicate themselves with a field of disaster relief or management. Lessons from 3.11 disaster in Japan must be utilized to other countries’ cases, and on the other hand, we can learn something from others.

I came back home at late night. I like the mood of night Brooklyn, with trees along the street dimly illuminated by light.

先週抗生物質を処方してもらったものの、1週間たっても全然腫れがひかない。夏に同じ状況になった時は数日飲んだらおさまったのだけど、これはいよいよ限界か、と、朝イチで大学のDental Schoolに駆け込む。アメリカでは医療保険と歯科保険は別々。入学した時に学生向けの医療保険には入らされたのだけど、ここでStudent Dental Planというものに改めて申し込むことに。Emergencyだと言って、その日の午前中に抜歯手術をしてもらうことができた。保険加入で$180(年間プランのみだけど、12月卒業3月帰国だからちょっともったいない…)、今日の手術はディスカウントされて$108。安いんだか高いんだか。まぁ良心的な値段にはなっているのだろう。



先日、東京でNoh×Contemporary Artのワークショップ&コンサートを主催した青木涼子さんが、今日からスペインのマドリッドでオペラに出る。テアトロ・レアル王立劇場の「メキシコの征服」という演目だそうだ。青木さんの役はマリンチェという女性。演目はメキシコの最後の王モンテズマとスペインの将軍のコルテスとの出会いが描かれたもので、マリンチェは、実際に存在していた、二人の通訳を務めていたメキシコ人女性で、コルテスの愛人であったとのこと。青木さんからのご案内のメールでは、”オペラでのマリンチェの役割は、movement(動き)とsilence(沈黙)で、二人の間を行ったり来たりします。モンテズマとコルテスが西洋人のキャストなので、それと全く違う次元からの素材がマリンチェには必要である、またアントナン・アルトーが能に影響を受けていたこともあり、日本の能の役者、そして女性であることから、今回のキャスティングが決まりました。”とのことだった。先日観に行った東京でのコンサートは、まさmovementとsilenceの芸術で、とても感動した。

アピタル 内部被爆通信 《83》 診察に来たあるお母さん 坪倉正治 (つぼくら・まさはる)





毎日新聞 生きる物語:「弱さ」の向こう側/6 研修医の大きな壁 2013年10月08日




The Diplomat, “In Japan, Will Hafu Ever Be Considered Whole?” J.T. Quigley
記事でも紹介されている映画監督(彼女自身もハーフ)が、『ハーフ』 というドキュメンタリーを撮った。10/9-10/18に渋谷UPLINKにて上映。くそー行きたいなこれ。

Back to Big Apple

2013.09.07 Sat.

I’m back to NY and fall has come! It is a time of “Hello!” to new comers, and “Welcome back!” or “Good bye” to friends (of course I know it happens every time, every season under the Big Apple, but…).

Immediately after being back to NY, I started the Fall semester with jet lag, finding that some of friends of our class are still working abroad (for global internship), some had already graduated in May and no longer there. On Friday, I met a friend from Burma (he graduated another school in May), spent just an hour with a cup of coffee before he’ll go back to his country. He got a job in his home country, with great passion for the future of Burma where a lot of changes are happening towards development and democratization and market is opening to foreign capitals. It won’t be an easy task to handle power games between and within countries and seek for decent society, there must be light and shadow. But anyway, I send my best cheer to him and other Burmese friends, hoping they’ll be fine and seek for their dreams.In turns, new students have come to campus, including my friends from Japan. I was surprised that already one year had passed since I came to NY. It is now a funny memory, but during the first semester I felt pretty nervous and depressed. Now I know rainy days never stay. On Saturday, I met one of my friends from Japan and had lunch. We studied at the same undergraduate college but it may be already about 2 years since we last met, though we had Skype talks. Given her interests and personality, the mood in this city may fit her.

Artists, designers, businessmen, students with ambition and dream come from everywhere and leave here anytime. Hard competition and huge disparity, but still this chaotic, crazy but lovely city welcomes everyone. Nothing normal, nothing special. We are allowed to do anything, and with any luck, can enjoy 15 minutes of fame.