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UK Photography Community322,263The +UK Photography Community cordially invite you to take part in a celebration of images photographed in United Kingdom, shared by professional and nonprofessional photographers - no exclusions                       EVERYONE IS INVITED ~ PUBLIC EVENT              this is a FRIDAY/SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY event↓  WHAT to post..... please scroll down to read the whole postYour image/s MUST have been photographed in the United Kingdom, please make sure you add a comment under the photo about the image's relevance to the UKTHREE PICTURES per person for the duration of the event MAX please.please noteYou do not have to be based in the UK to share an image in this event. please only share your own imagesnaughty people posting more images than mentioned above or anything that is not UK related will be shamed or worse ;)HOW TO JOIN THE COMMUNITYIf you are based in the UK and are not yet a member of the +UK Photography Community   please ensure your profile clearly states where you are in the country add the page to your circles (we cannot share your images unless you do) follow this link http://goo.gl/QaExO to view the Regions available and indicate which region/s you would like to be added to with a comment here in the event stream, you can "+" mention the admin for your area if you wish - you will find out who that is by viewing the tags in the image, hover your mouse over the circles If you are not based in the UK and would like to follow our posts please add us to your circles :O)) if you're stuck please just ask                                                                             More information ...please scroll downOnce you have posted your image, locate the image in the Event stream & add some information about the image and yourself. Please feel free to post a short note and links to you elsewhere on the web if you wish. PLEASE NOTE if you do not add a comment about the image's relevance to the UK the image WILL be removed.                               WHEN .... the Event will start and endwhen the event starts a red button will appear at the top saying something like 'add photo'. You can either select and add a photo from your existing albums or upload a new one directly to the event from your computer. There is no opportunity to add any text though at the time you post so you would add the additional info as a comment under your image which should be right at the top of the stream depending how busy it is. Find out when this Event starts in your time zone here http://gooA CELEBRATION OF IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM2012-10-15 18:00:00216 

midori chan has been shared in 311 public circles

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Timothy Eberly8,242If you like landscape photographers. This is the circle for you! Great bunch of professionals here. Add this circle and enjoy! 2014-12-21 07:30:04500000
Doris Scott66#circleshare #circle #circlesharing #circlesunday   2014-12-14 13:57:06498000
Circles and Photography34,575Builders 10     11.28.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia 2014-11-29 03:30:05421016
Harry Day11,457*If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!! 4. Publicly share this circle...!!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!*#photography  #circlesharingforthepeopleplc #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-11-28 07:07:07488125
Kenneth Nicholson9,952This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle  #circleshare  #circlesharing  #circles  2014-11-26 12:05:55374101219
CAT kitten3,090CATkitten Circles – 3rd day:► Circle 03 - today I publish this circle chosen by random raffle. It’s full of great professional and amateur photographers, artists and many nice people. Enjoy it!► Cercle 03 - aujourd'hui, je publie ce cercle choisi par tirage au sort aléatoire. Il est plein de grands photographes professionnels et amateurs, artistes et beaucoup de gens sympathiques. Profitez-en!► Círculo 03– hoje, publico este círculo escolhido por sorteio aleatório. Ele tem grandes fotógrafos profissionais e amadores, artistas e muitas pessoas legais. Aproveite!====================================☆☆To whom shared me in a circle recently, I thank you all.☆☆ Amazing and friendly people of Google +, I appreciate your attention and the “+1"☆☆ If you like what you find in this circle, please credit me by just plus one or SHARE it. #catkittengdm   #addiction   #addcircle   #addcircles   #addmetoyourcircles   #addpeople   #awesomecircle   #awesomecircles   #awesomepeolpleongplus   #cercle   #circle   #circles   #circleme   #cercles   #circleoftheday   #circlemeup   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #círculo   #circulocompartido   #círculos   #findcircles   #fullcircleshare   #fullcircle   #morefollowers   #mycircles   #mycircle   #publiccircle   #publiccirclesproject   2014-10-22 09:53:39499011
!!..HAC PATЬ..!!0#добавитькруги Обмен Кругами!  5  #CHIBURATOR #KRUGI #RUSSIAN #CIRCLE  #CIrcle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #shared   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharing   #sharingcircles   #sharingiscaring   #sharingmeansthankyou   #add   #addcircle    #ОбменКругами     #ДобавьВкруги   #Добавитькругляшей     #ОбменКругами     #ПоделилсяКругом   #друзья   #ДрузьяВGoogle   #круги #КругиGoogle   #круглим   #кругляши   #обмен     2014-10-17 11:01:00464000
Ralf Beutler4,602**Awesome Photographers Circle V1** hand picked by me.Hello photography enthusiast! This is a hand picked circle of great photographers here in Google+ I collected in the last year. So if you like it, add this circle to your circles and enjoy.If you like to be in this circle or you know someone I don't know, please notify me.And NO, I'm not in this circle~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Liebe Fotoliebhaber. Im laufe des letzen Jahres habe ich einige großartige Fotografen, die ihre Arbeiten hier posten gesammelt. Diesen Kreis möchte ich gern mit euch teilen. Wenn ihr mögt, fügt ihn doch eurem Kreisen hinzu.Und NEIN, ich bin nicht in diesem Kreis enthalten :-) #circleshare   #circlesharing   #photography  2014-09-17 12:11:32108341027
shareing circle9,487Google Friends! - You're in this Circle ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥If You receive this message You are included in circle !!!1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above.+Vladimir Samsonov +Nikica Beograd +Farida L +Teresa Spencer +Peter Marbaise +Carmilita Zotomayor-Riveral +Carmilita Zotomayor-Riveral +Carmilita Zotomayor-Riveral Sharing +Birgitt Krohn +Stig Eriksson +Maria Mp. +Richard Lee +diane plymel +Immanuel Daniel +Sauro F. +ARCHANGELUS LIGHT LEGION +u mg mg aye +2014-08-31 10:47:04174512942
shareing circle9,487Google Friends! - You're in this Circle ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥If You receive this message You are included in circle !!!1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above.2014-08-31 05:25:45103137
shareing circle9,454Google Friends! - You're in this Circle ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above.2014-08-30 04:53:2164147
Doug Hyatt3,412ENHANCE YOUR LIST WITH THESE PHOTOGRAPHERS!HERE IS THE LATEST CIRCLE - 6/30/2014CIRCLE SHARING IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ON GOOGLE+  SIMPLY ADD THE CIRCLE, THEN ADD YOURSELF, THEN RE-SHARE USING THE HASHTAGS PROVIDED HERE.  WATCH HOW FAST YOU GROW! ENJOY  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING #CircleSharing #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #Share #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircles #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #Google #ShareCircle #SocialMedia #AddCircle #ADD #Marketing #Engagers #SocialMediaMarketing #EliteInnerCircle #Friends #PublicCircle #buy_GooglePlus_followers2014-06-30 16:43:40233012
Gailen Mapes65,089Hand Picked Photographers Circles - Nikon Camera  A-C - 14 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to June 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting May 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-06-14 11:12:201974111
Howard Salmon6,380The Quintessential Collection Circle June 10th Edition!    This is a Circle of people who have commented on or shared my photos and been generally supportive of my photography during the past four weeks.  Please add these great engagers to your circles to grow your G+ network. Those who continue to support my work will be added to my next "Quintessential Collection Circle", simple as that.  Thank you for your support.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing     #engager   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagersshowcasecircle     #followers   #photography   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle #photoblog   #photoblogger   #blog  2014-06-10 18:33:21400692066
Graham Hartle10,024OK! I created this circle just for the hell of it. Some will be very familiar to you, others perhaps not. But all of them are good. So take a look and see what you think. They are definitely worth adding to your circles.2014-06-07 15:34:1410111515
Photo Mania Global8,587Here is the +Photo Mania Global  Best of the Best Photographers circle for May 2014.All photographers in this circle had their incredible photographs selected and shared on one of the following theme pages (+Photo Mania Australia , +Photo Mania Canada , +Photo Mania France , +Photo Mania Germany , +Foto Mania Italia , +Photo Mania Japan , +Photo Mania Poland , +Photo Mania Portugal , +Photo Mania South Asia , +Photo Mania Schweiz , +Photo Mania USA  and our new pages +Foto Manie Nederland and +Photo Mania Russia ). Then from those daily streams, one best of the best photos was selected from each country to be shared on the +Photo Mania Global  page.If you want to follow amazing photographers, we highly recommend that you add this circle. Also included in this circle are all of the excellent and hard working Curators of these fine pages and Photo Mania Global.This is our fantastic team of Photo Mania Global:+Nicole Gruber , +2014-06-04 08:48:14294203836
John Nuntiatio37,566#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle  #photography #health2014-06-03 05:52:29478348
Howard Salmon5,848The Quintessential Collection Circle May 23rd Edition!    This is a Circle of people who have commented on or shared my photos and been generally supportive of my photography during the past two weeks.  Please add these great engagers to your circles to grow your G+ network. Those who continue to support my work will be added to my next weekly "Quintessential Collection Circle", simple as that.  Thank you for your support.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing     #engager   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagersshowcasecircle     #followers   #photography   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle #photoblog   #photoblogger   #blog  2014-05-23 14:41:57196601641
Mattias Willis9,068A nice circle of people who inspire me and are generally awesome PhotographersFeel free to share2014-05-21 20:53:06492113
Jasmina Brozović53,644The Best G+ 444 Photographers Enjoy :D#circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #sharedcircle #circleshare   #circle     #motivateme 2014-05-21 08:22:40444861968
Promote Photography14,222TO BE PROMOTED & SHAREDYou have been chosen by +Promote Photography because your work is very good and have to be promoted / shared.If you do not share this circle you will still be in it! But if you do share we will be thankful to you!If you like to be in, tag us with #promotephotography . There is no guaranty but it will help us found your work!We lost some people and we like to add you back. Are you not included in this circle and you was before say it please so we can add you back!Spread it! & Share it!  2014-05-17 07:40:09469176113162
badai circle303please add me my profile in your circle,Reshare if you like! Please plus to tell me you have seen it! *There is no need to thank me, this is me thanking you! *1. Plus The Post2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. share the circle (include yourself)#circlesharing #circleshare #circles #circle #googleplustips #googleplus #indonesia #artists #artist #artistphotographeramateurorprofessional2014-05-15 20:15:26496338
Mahmut Bozkurt3,725#SharedCircles2014-05-15 18:04:13152225
Deal-Dx2,050Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get! #circleshare   #circle   #circles   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharepoint   #deal   #cheap   #products   #freeshipping   #clothes   #electronic   #phones   #headphones   #cables   #pc   #tablets   #computer   #best   #plus  2014-05-15 12:23:34152549
Gailen Mapes64,177Hand Picked Photographers Circles -Nikon Camera  A-C - 14 of 30Note: These circles are sorted by camera type and last name. They are split to not exceed 200 members.           These circles are photographers that I admire. They have "more photos, less spam."  There have been many additions and a few drops (mostly for spam or inactivity).       Be sure to get all of the circles. Share! If you miss any of the circles they can be found at: +Gailen Mapes and scroll back to May 1st for the start of this set.  (Previous complete set was published starting April 1st.)  You can also use the #handpickedcircles hash tag.I am hard up against the 5000 limit. From here on, I am going to have to become rather more strict about the "spam rules." Essentially if I have to go back more than a screen on your profile before I hit original material, there is a good chance that I may drop you from the circles. Of course there will be mitigating factors...Because of the way that Google no longer presents every person who adds me to their circles to me it is quite possible that I have missed some pretty good photographers.  If I am following you, chances are that you are already in one of these circles or in my "check later" circle.  If you think you have been missed, tag a comment on one of these posts and I will check your profile out for inclusion.  Guidelines for inclusion can be found at:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/103752943025677384806/about#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #fullcircleshare #addmetoyourcircles #pixelworld   #pixelworldcircle #circleoftheday #bestsharedcircle   #thebestcirclesongoogle #thebestcircle             #handpickedcircles             Note: the hash tag #handpickedcircles  should only be used to refer to these circles and other circles created by +Gailen Mapes2014-05-14 10:35:13199606
Wedding Dress Central4,853If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-12 14:47:13401002
Howard Salmon5,407The Quintessential Collection Circle May 10th Edition!    This is a Circle of people who have commented on or shared my photos in the past week.  Add these great engagers to your circles to grow your G+ network. Those who continue to support my work will be added to my next weekly "Quintessential Collection Circle".#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing     #engager   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagersshowcasecircle     #followers   #photography   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircle   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle #photoblog   #photoblogger   #blog  2014-05-10 23:40:06348972766
Mark Hanson3,303Visual Creatives CircleThis is my circle of those involved in visual creativity. It includes graphic designers, amateur and professional photographers, and those involved in art and website design.If you need a visual boost in your stream then do consider adding this circle!(Shared especially for my #graphicdesigner friend +Lena Lahab, though I'm sharing publicly as I think many may be interested.) #sharedcircles #photography #graphicdesign #webdesign  2014-05-08 10:41:31340305
Wedding Dress Central4,376If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-08 10:01:57401004
Wedding Dress Central4,086If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you've done the 3 steps above.#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-05 12:29:53401001
DRESS3,901If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share this post3 - Add +1 to the post 4 - Leave a comment if you have done the 3 steps above#circle   #circleshare  #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare #circle #circleshare 2014-05-05 12:21:252425310
Patty Lin537Best Quality Photography Circle II!!⇩⇩High Quality circle.⇩⇩SEE BELOW⇩Here is the second version of this circle (released on 2014 May)!You'll have every day in your stream amazing shots by google+ most skilled photographers. Get in contact with New People from all over the World and enjoy the absolutely original contents!Best Quality Photography Circle Updated!!!I update and create new circles often so, if you are a photographer and you want to be featured in my next new circle, please follow this steps:-Plus one this circle-Add this circle on your profile if you like it-Reshare the circle on your public stream-Leave a message asking for addingI'll check your profile and let you know!This way I'll be able to keep the Quality of this circle at a High Level!Even if you are not a photographer but you love to have Quality Photos in your stream please Add and Reshare pubblicly this circle!Thank You!!Patty ;-) #circle #circles #public #publiccircle #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #googleplus #googlephotos #travel #travelphotography #circleshares #circleadd #bestcircle #bestcircleshare #circlequotes #share #googlephotographers #bestphoto #googlephotography #bestcircleshare #bestcircles2014-05-05 08:51:57456003
Deal-Dx1,546Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the postMore you share more you get! #circle   #circlesharing   #share   #sharecircle   #circleshare   #dx   #deal   #phone   #iphone   #cheap   #deals   #freeshipping  2014-05-04 15:50:49135455
curator Circle0Curator Circle Edition 3After an astonishing success of the 2 previous Editions of my Circle, I decided to promote a new group of friends. These include among others Photographers, and a variety of engaging entrepreneurs that are active on Google+.The wisdom of the circle; only add people you think that add a value to your Google+ experience.I extend my thanks to those that shared my previous circles including: +not-just-web Marketing, +Vale mica, +Matt MacIntyre, +Bhattacharya P. +Mark Young.The circle's rules are pretty simple:1. Plus and share this circle (add me in your circle if you haven't done it yet).2. Comment to ask for inclusion.2014-05-01 15:21:54378271628
andi steven0- This is a game to expand the circle of friends.- If you see this message and you want to participate. Just perform the following actions:+ Plus: Click +1 this post.+ Comment: You note that any comments.+ Share: You share this comment to more people.+ Add: Select to add the button to connect with 500 people following, including me.The way to [Super Circle Part 2]: If you do all the steps above, of course, you have your bot acc add 1, and based on the number of people I will add up round [Super Circle Part 2], in addition to the many shared, and a new positive ..Thank you for reading.#indonesia #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circles2014-04-26 09:26:094786211
John Nuntiatio33,831#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-17 06:46:35484348
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2014-09-14 11:25:58 (117 comments, 34 reshares, 638 +1s)Open 

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
A ray of hope  希望の光
I spent the last few months traveling in US visiting my family and friends. Unfortunately,  I had a little accident, injured my knee and the condition got worst after my return to Japan compounded with some other physical problems. Now I must rest my knee and hope the condition would improve without surgery, perhaps I need to cancel my next photo trip, how sad! But I know amidst all the unfortunate incidents, there is always a ray of hope which never ceases to shine softly upon me and cheer me on, this ray of hope is friendship and love which always accompanies me in my darkest hours.
過去何ヶ月かをアメリカのいる友達や親戚訪れて過ごしました、ちょっとした事故... more »

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2014-04-08 12:38:32 (58 comments, 95 reshares, 385 +1s)Open 

I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.~Mike Tyson
私は夢見る者。私は星々に届くことを夢見なくてはなりません、そしてもし星にとどかなくても一掴みの雲を手にすることでしょう。
マイク・タイソン

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2014-09-14 11:25:58 (117 comments, 34 reshares, 638 +1s)Open 

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
A ray of hope  希望の光
I spent the last few months traveling in US visiting my family and friends. Unfortunately,  I had a little accident, injured my knee and the condition got worst after my return to Japan compounded with some other physical problems. Now I must rest my knee and hope the condition would improve without surgery, perhaps I need to cancel my next photo trip, how sad! But I know amidst all the unfortunate incidents, there is always a ray of hope which never ceases to shine softly upon me and cheer me on, this ray of hope is friendship and love which always accompanies me in my darkest hours.
過去何ヶ月かをアメリカのいる友達や親戚訪れて過ごしました、ちょっとした事故... more »

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2014-12-21 11:58:15 (52 comments, 8 reshares, 278 +1s)Open 

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Thank you so much for all your birthday greetings! I am so happy and appreciative!  I don't know how to thank you for all your support and encouragement in the past years, I could only say, because of your friendship and your appreciation of my art ,I must try harder to be sure I won't let you down! And I will always remember whenever I am down, that I am never alone for the light of your friendship will always accompany me wherever I go.  Thank you!誕生日のお祝いをこんなにも多くの方々からいただき、ありがとうご... more »

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Thank you so much for all your birthday greetings! I am so happy and appreciative!  I don't know how to thank you for all your support and encouragement in the past years, I could only say, because of your friendship and your appreciation of my art ,I must try harder to be sure I won't let you down! And I will always remember whenever I am down, that I am never alone for the light of your friendship will always accompany me wherever I go.  Thank you!
誕生日のお祝いをこんなにも多くの方々からいただき、ありがとうございます。とても嬉しく思っており感謝いたします!今までの年月、ご支援いただいたり、励ましていただいたりしていただいだだけではなく、皆様の友情や私の作品を好んでくださったこともありなんとお礼を言っていいいのかわかりません。私はご期待に沿うように今まで以上に努力して行かねばなりません!そして、落ち込んでいるとき、私はいつも一人ではなく皆様の友情の光りがいつも私の進む先と供にあることを常に覚えておきます。ありがとうございます、これからもよろしくお願い致します。___

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2014-12-11 11:26:55 (48 comments, 8 reshares, 242 +1s)Open 

“Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds.”~Buddha
「何もかも私たちの心が反映しているものだから、全ての事は私たちの心によって変えられる。」−ブッダ
Other photos are available in my page, thank you 他の写真は下記の私のページにアップしていますので、よろしくお願いいたします。https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto
#kyoto  

“Since everything is a reflection of our minds, everything can be changed by our minds.”~Buddha
「何もかも私たちの心が反映しているものだから、全ての事は私たちの心によって変えられる。」−ブッダ
Other photos are available in my page, thank you 他の写真は下記の私のページにアップしていますので、よろしくお願いいたします。https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto
#kyoto  ___

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2014-12-10 12:42:07 (66 comments, 16 reshares, 358 +1s)Open 

日本語版は、英語版の後に続きます
Of all the temples I went to in Kyoto, I like Kiyomizu temple the most. Since I still have problems walking, I went there on a wheelchair. As we approached the ticket gate, a man waved at us and said " come this way." " But we have not bought the ticket yet...." He said, " no need to buy ticket,he opened up the rope, " This is for wheelchair access." we went up the car road and entered the temple from behind, free of charge! This temporary disabled person would like to thank Kiyomizu for its kindness here...
Other photos are available in my page, thank you !!https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto京都で行ったことのある寺の中では、清水寺が最も好きです、ま... more »

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Of all the temples I went to in Kyoto, I like Kiyomizu temple the most. Since I still have problems walking, I went there on a wheelchair. As we approached the ticket gate, a man waved at us and said " come this way." " But we have not bought the ticket yet...." He said, " no need to buy ticket,he opened up the rope, " This is for wheelchair access." we went up the car road and entered the temple from behind, free of charge! This temporary disabled person would like to thank Kiyomizu for its kindness here...
Other photos are available in my page, thank you !!https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto
京都で行ったことのある寺の中では、清水寺が最も好きです、まだ歩くには問題があるので、そこへは車椅子で行きました。切符売り場に行ってみると、男の人が手を振って言いました、「こちらです」「でも私たちはまだ入館券を買っていません・・・・」「入館券を買う必要はございません」と彼は言い、ロープを開けてくれて「こちらが車いすでの入り口です」と指し示してくれました。車道を上がって行って寺の裏手から入りました、無料でした!この一時的な障碍者たる人物は清水寺の優しさにありがたく感じました。へヘッ・・・・・
他の写真は下記の私のページにアップしていますので、よろしくお願いいたします。https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto
#kyoto  ___

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2014-09-30 12:41:48 (70 comments, 26 reshares, 453 +1s)Open 

Monet's water lily pond... モネが「睡蓮」を描いた池です・・

Monet's water lily pond... モネが「睡蓮」を描いた池です・・___

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2014-09-28 13:02:33 (77 comments, 19 reshares, 443 +1s)Open 

日本語版は、英語版の後に続きます
Haven't posted for a while..I still have trouble walking from the knee injury and my hand also have some problems so I have used the computer less..very unfortunately, I had to cancel my trip to Europe,I was very disappointed... To cheer me up, my friend got me a wheelchair and I am getting a " free ride" so I could go out again......no matter how dark it may seems, there is always the sun which shines softly on my heart..
暫く投稿していません・・膝の怪我のせいで未だに歩くのに問題があります、手にも問題があってコンピュターを使うのを控えざるおえません・・とても残念なことにヨーロッパへの撮影旅行をキャンセルせざるおえなくなってしまいとても残念です・・・元気づけてくれるために、私の友達は車いすをくれました、”ただ乗り”にてまた外に出ています・・・・・どんなに暗い所のように見えようとも私の心を優しく照らしてくれる陽光がいつもあるのです・・・... more »

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Haven't posted for a while..I still have trouble walking from the knee injury and my hand also have some problems so I have used the computer less..very unfortunately, I had to cancel my trip to Europe,I was very disappointed... To cheer me up, my friend got me a wheelchair and I am getting a " free ride" so I could go out again......no matter how dark it may seems, there is always the sun which shines softly on my heart..
暫く投稿していません・・膝の怪我のせいで未だに歩くのに問題があります、手にも問題があってコンピュターを使うのを控えざるおえません・・とても残念なことにヨーロッパへの撮影旅行をキャンセルせざるおえなくなってしまいとても残念です・・・
元気づけてくれるために、私の友達は車いすをくれました、”ただ乗り”にてまた外に出ています・・・・・どんなに暗い所のように見えようとも私の心を優しく照らしてくれる陽光がいつもあるのです・・・___

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2014-09-17 12:44:42 (57 comments, 15 reshares, 453 +1s)Open 

ホースシューベンドに来たのは3回目になります。My third visit to Horseshoe bend... —still afraid.....

ホースシューベンドに来たのは3回目になります。My third visit to Horseshoe bend... —still afraid.....___

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2014-09-15 13:20:29 (56 comments, 14 reshares, 404 +1s)Open 

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I have wanted to go to Mono lake since I first saw the photos..the surrealist landscape seems to me a scene from an alien world…Last year when I came to US, I rented a car and booked a hotel and was about to go when it started snowing….My sis insisted that it would not be safe for me to go without snow tires..so regretfully. I canceled my trip..Finally, this year, my friend took me there, even for just one day, I was so happy!!
モノ・レイクの写真を見たときから行ってみたいと思っていました・・超... more »

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I have wanted to go to Mono lake since I first saw the photos..the surrealist landscape seems to me a scene from an alien world…Last year when I came to US, I rented a car and booked a hotel and was about to go when it started snowing….My sis insisted that it would not be safe for me to go without snow tires..so regretfully. I canceled my trip..Finally, this year, my friend took me there, even for just one day, I was so happy!!

モノ・レイクの写真を見たときから行ってみたいと思っていました・・超現実的な地形はまるで異世界にように見えます・・・昨年アメリカに来たときは、車を借りてさあ行こうと思っていたら雪になって行けませんでした・・・姉は私にスノータイヤ無しで行くのは危険だと言っていました・・・とっても残念だったのです。旅程をキャンセルして、とうとう今年は友達が連れて行ってくれました、一日だけでしたが、とっても幸せでした!! — at Mono Lake ___

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2014-09-14 11:25:58 (117 comments, 34 reshares, 638 +1s)Open 

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
A ray of hope  希望の光
I spent the last few months traveling in US visiting my family and friends. Unfortunately,  I had a little accident, injured my knee and the condition got worst after my return to Japan compounded with some other physical problems. Now I must rest my knee and hope the condition would improve without surgery, perhaps I need to cancel my next photo trip, how sad! But I know amidst all the unfortunate incidents, there is always a ray of hope which never ceases to shine softly upon me and cheer me on, this ray of hope is friendship and love which always accompanies me in my darkest hours.
過去何ヶ月かをアメリカのいる友達や親戚訪れて過ごしました、ちょっとした事故... more »

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
A ray of hope  希望の光
I spent the last few months traveling in US visiting my family and friends. Unfortunately,  I had a little accident, injured my knee and the condition got worst after my return to Japan compounded with some other physical problems. Now I must rest my knee and hope the condition would improve without surgery, perhaps I need to cancel my next photo trip, how sad! But I know amidst all the unfortunate incidents, there is always a ray of hope which never ceases to shine softly upon me and cheer me on, this ray of hope is friendship and love which always accompanies me in my darkest hours.

過去何ヶ月かをアメリカのいる友達や親戚訪れて過ごしました、ちょっとした事故で、膝を痛めてしましました、そして日本に戻って来てからいくつかの問題ともに悪化してしまいました。今は膝を休めなくてはならず手術なくして良くなるのを待たねばなりません、とても残念なことに多分次の撮影旅行をキャンセルしなくてならないでしょう。しかし全ての不幸な出来事の向こうにいつも私を優しく照らして元気づけてくれる光りが消えてしまうことが無いことを知っています、この希望の光は私の最も暗い時間を私と一緒に常に過ごしてくれる友情と愛なのです。___

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2014-06-16 12:06:39 (35 comments, 20 reshares, 392 +1s)Open 

Under the Tuscan Sun トスカーナの陽の下で
Spring in Tuscany is so beautiful...wish I were there..it's so midori...(green)
トスカーナの春はとても美しいに違いない・・・そこに行ければと願います・・とってもみどりなのです・・・
Other photos are available in my page, thank you!! 他の写真は下記の私のページにアップしていますので、よろしくお願いいたします。https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto

Under the Tuscan Sun トスカーナの陽の下で
Spring in Tuscany is so beautiful...wish I were there..it's so midori...(green)
トスカーナの春はとても美しいに違いない・・・そこに行ければと願います・・とってもみどりなのです・・・
Other photos are available in my page, thank you!! 他の写真は下記の私のページにアップしていますので、よろしくお願いいたします。https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto___

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2014-06-11 12:39:50 (42 comments, 19 reshares, 355 +1s)Open 

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
何が来ようと受け入れなくてはなりません、そして唯一大事なことは貴方がそれに勇気をもって向かい合い最善をつくすことです。ーエレノア・ルーズベルト

You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
何が来ようと受け入れなくてはなりません、そして唯一大事なことは貴方がそれに勇気をもって向かい合い最善をつくすことです。ーエレノア・ルーズベルト___

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2014-06-10 11:32:27 (52 comments, 20 reshares, 420 +1s)Open 

Monet's water lily pond... モネが「睡蓮」を描いた池です・・

Monet's water lily pond... モネが「睡蓮」を描いた池です・・___

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2014-06-09 12:07:19 (34 comments, 7 reshares, 254 +1s)Open 

No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you'll find the positive side of things. ~ Demi Lovato
どのようなものを貫こうともそのトンネルの終わりには光りがあり到達しにくいが、あなたには可能なことでありそれに向かって努力をしてあなたは物事の明るい面を見つけることでしょう 〜デミ・ロヴァト

No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel and it may seem hard to get to it but you can do it and just keep working towards it and you'll find the positive side of things. ~ Demi Lovato
どのようなものを貫こうともそのトンネルの終わりには光りがあり到達しにくいが、あなたには可能なことでありそれに向かって努力をしてあなたは物事の明るい面を見つけることでしょう 〜デミ・ロヴァト___

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2014-06-06 13:05:10 (54 comments, 21 reshares, 454 +1s)Open 

wishing you a great weekend from one of the most beautiful bridges... もっとも美しい橋の一つより、皆様が良き週末を過ごせますように願っています。

wishing you a great weekend from one of the most beautiful bridges... もっとも美しい橋の一つより、皆様が良き週末を過ごせますように願っています。___

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2014-06-04 11:38:38 (63 comments, 18 reshares, 460 +1s)Open 

私はかつて、孤独ほど仲のよい仲間を見出したことがない。ヘンリー·デイヴィッド·ソロー
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. ~ Henry David Thoreau

私はかつて、孤独ほど仲のよい仲間を見出したことがない。ヘンリー·デイヴィッド·ソロー
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. ~ Henry David Thoreau___

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2014-06-03 12:16:54 (45 comments, 18 reshares, 444 +1s)Open 

For the last few weeks, I have been very busy packing, unpacking, and moving. to my new place...finally today I started editing my photos again...I miss Paris!
過去3週間というもの新居への引っ越しの荷造りと荷解き忙しく・・・ようやく今日になって写真の編集を再開し始めました・・・パリが懐かしいです!

For the last few weeks, I have been very busy packing, unpacking, and moving. to my new place...finally today I started editing my photos again...I miss Paris!
過去3週間というもの新居への引っ越しの荷造りと荷解き忙しく・・・ようやく今日になって写真の編集を再開し始めました・・・パリが懐かしいです!___

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2014-05-15 12:54:57 (40 comments, 18 reshares, 391 +1s)Open 

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
― Anaïs Nin,
私たちのある者は違った世界を探し、違った人生をさがし、違った魂を永遠に探している。ー アナイス・ニン

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
― Anaïs Nin,
私たちのある者は違った世界を探し、違った人生をさがし、違った魂を永遠に探している。ー アナイス・ニン___

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2014-05-14 11:37:14 (39 comments, 32 reshares, 397 +1s)Open 

人は冒険をやめてはならぬ。長い冒険の果てに出発点へ辿り着くのだから。そして―初めて居場所を知るのだ ~T. S.エリオット
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.~T. S. Eliot

人は冒険をやめてはならぬ。長い冒険の果てに出発点へ辿り着くのだから。そして―初めて居場所を知るのだ ~T. S.エリオット
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.~T. S. Eliot___

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2014-05-13 12:14:44 (24 comments, 15 reshares, 274 +1s)Open 

Travel Journal 2014(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます)2014年旅行記
The second day  I woke up to a beautiful day in Marrakech!  After having breakfast with my favorite mint tea on the rooftop garden under a white canvas tent, I hurried to explore the city of the Arabian dreams..I have been to Marrakech once 10 years ago but my memories have faded..perhaps Marrakech lies within me like a maze of my mind…intertwined with sweetness and longings.

The man at the front desk carefully drawn me a map with direction to the main town square, but I am a person who could not follow direction ( is this because of some rebellion spirit within me?) the moment I walked out from the alley, I turned the wrong direction and found myself getting lost in the street market instead. But I did not care,I simply love getting lost for one may never knows what one may find just by making a smalldetour and may discover things one may ot... more »

Travel Journal 2014(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます)2014年旅行記
The second day  I woke up to a beautiful day in Marrakech!  After having breakfast with my favorite mint tea on the rooftop garden under a white canvas tent, I hurried to explore the city of the Arabian dreams..I have been to Marrakech once 10 years ago but my memories have faded..perhaps Marrakech lies within me like a maze of my mind…intertwined with sweetness and longings.

The man at the front desk carefully drawn me a map with direction to the main town square, but I am a person who could not follow direction ( is this because of some rebellion spirit within me?) the moment I walked out from the alley, I turned the wrong direction and found myself getting lost in the street market instead. But I did not care,I simply love getting lost for one may never knows what one may find just by making a small detour and may discover things one may otherwise never come across, perhaps this is why I never read the map carefully, I just love to get lost….The street market is lively full of colors with stands selling fruits and vegetables, bowls of different spices, live chickens, Moroccan pastries, silver pots for mint tea, though they are all common everyday items, I feel like I were in the most exotic place and everything is a treasure waiting to be discovered but I must continue on my exploration ….I walked back to my raid and started again into the maze from there.  This time, I followed the map closely, after a few turns, I was on a main street that looked familiar, I knew I was my way to the square.  I saw a big cafe at the intersection with people in colorful gowns sipping pots of mint tea, I went over and sat down on a table on the side walk, " Mint Tea please !"  I turned on my iPad's Guide to Marrakech and started reading, the warm sun shone softly on my face, a horse carriage went by. For a moment, I thought I was in a movie setting, or are we all just actors in our own stages not knowing we are only playing roles?

The main town square of marrakech was just like how I remember.  10 years ago when I came here, I hurt my leg and could not walk very well.  Kids and adults would come over and ask me, " madam, what happened to your leg? was it like this before or did you hurt yourself in our country?" " After I arrived in Morocco.." I would replied, " Oh, so sorry to hear that!" They would say.  I remember an old man in a yellow gown came over to me and gave me a small sheet of paper with the name of a medicated cream on it. " Try it, it should help you." he spoke to me in French and walked away. And it did, my leg got much better after using this cream! I always remember the kindness of the people in Marrakech, especially this old man who on his own offered help to a stranger. I went to the same cafe as I did 10 years ago and ordered the same mint tea.  I looked at the old waiter, " Do you remember me?" I wanted to ask, of course he did not.  I looked at his wrinkled face and saw time written on it.  10 years have passed since my last visit, but Marrakech for me was still a city of exotic dreams and endless tales. I ordered figs and beef tajine for my first meal at 4 pm, a man in the distant was playing his flute as the snake dances, I know I have ventured into a reality that perhaps are not real….

マラケシュで起きた2日目は素晴らしいお天気でした。私の好きなミント・ティーで朝食を屋上の白いキャンバスのテントのある庭で食べた後、急いでアラビアの夢の街の探索に出かけました・・・マラケシュには10年以上前に来たことがあります、しかし私の記憶は薄れてきていました・・・多分マラケシュは、私の内なる心の迷路のようなものでした・・・甘さと、憧れがまざりあったような。

フロントの男性は注意深く街の広場へ行く道順を地図に書き込んでくれました、しかし私は道順を辿ることの出来る人間ではありません(これは私の中の反骨魂がそうおさせるのでしょうか?)裏道から出て来るやいなや間違った方向に曲がってしまい、代わりに市場の通りで迷ってしまいました。しかし、私は気にしません迷ってしまっても誰が私が何を見つけだすか分るでしょうか、少しぐらい寄り道をしてこそ絶対に出会うこの無かったようなものを発見できるのです、多分恐らくこれが私が地図を注意深く読まない理由です、迷うのは大好きです・・・露店は行き来としていて果物や、野菜や、様々なスパイスでいっぱいの器、生きている鶏、モロッコ菓子、ミント・ティーの銀のポットそれらの色彩でいっぱいです、とても平凡な日々あるものですが、私にはここがもっともエグソチックな場所で全ては発見されるのを待っている財宝のように感じられましたが、私は探索を続けなくてはなりません・・・・結局リアドまで戻って最初から迷路のやり直しでした。今回は地図通り進みました、何度か曲がって、見覚えの有るところに出て来て広場へ進んでいました。角の所に大きなカフェが見えて、ミント・ティーのポットに人々の色が映えていました、歩道の上のテーブルに座って、「ミント・ティーをお願いします。」と言いました。iPadのマラケシュのガイドを見てみると暖かな日が私の顔を柔らかく照らしました、馬車が側を通り、しばらく考えていると、そこは映画のセットのようだと思いました、もしくは私たちは皆ステージ上の役者でなんの役をしているのか分からないだけなのかもしれません?

マラケシュの街の広場は覚えていた通りでした。10年前にここに来た時には、私は足を怪我していてうまく歩けませんでした。子供や大人がやってきて私に尋ねました、「マダム、足をどうしたのかね?ここに来る前からそんなだったのかね、それともこの国に来て痛めたのかね?」「モロッコに来てからです。」と答えると、「おお、気の毒なことだ!」と彼らは言いました。黄色いガウンを着た老人がやって来て、薬の名前が書いてある小さ紙をくれたのを覚えています、「試してみられよ、効き目はあるぞ」と彼はフランス語で言ってどこかに行ってしまいました。その薬の効果はあって、そのクリームを着けた後足はだいぶ良くなりました。私はいつもマラケシュの人たちに親切にしてもらったことはいつも覚えていました、特にこの見知らぬ人に親切にしてくれた老人のことは良く覚えています。この同じカフェに10年前にやってきて同じミント・ティーを注文しました。私は年老いたウエイターを見て、「私のことを覚えていますか?」と訊いてみたかったのでですが、もちろん彼は覚えていないでしょう。彼の皺よった顔を見て時が時間を刻み込んでいたのを見ました。前回ここに来てから10年が過ぎました、しかし私にとってマラケシュはいまだおなじエキゾチックな街で終わりの無い物語がありました。午後4時にその日食べる最初の料理としてイチジクと肉のタジン鍋を注文しました、遠くで男が笛で蛇を踊らせていました、私は恐らくは現実ではない現実にのめり込んでいくのが分りました・・・___

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2014-05-12 12:29:45 (52 comments, 16 reshares, 404 +1s)Open 

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.~Samuel Taylor Coleridge  愛とは花のようなもの、友情とは木陰に避難するようなもの 〜サムエル・テイラー

Love is flower like; Friendship is like a sheltering tree.~Samuel Taylor Coleridge  愛とは花のようなもの、友情とは木陰に避難するようなもの 〜サムエル・テイラー___

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2014-05-11 12:34:02 (61 comments, 16 reshares, 451 +1s)Open 

Thank you!! … Mummy! For all your care and love...
お母さん、いつも私のことを気にかけてくれて、本当にありがとう。

Thank you!! … Mummy! For all your care and love...
お母さん、いつも私のことを気にかけてくれて、本当にありがとう。___

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2014-05-09 12:13:10 (76 comments, 17 reshares, 511 +1s)Open 

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
The flame of purple fire
Ignited my heart with gentleness
Thought of you from afar
echo in the silence of the night
memories washed ashore
in a distant land.
紫の炎の火炎が
私の心をやさしく燃え上がらせる
彼方からあなたを想い
夜の静けさに木霊する
遠くの地にて
記憶が岸に打ち上げられる
れは日本で5月に咲く藤の紫の花の木の夜の写真です。

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
The flame of purple fire
Ignited my heart with gentleness
Thought of you from afar
echo in the silence of the night
memories washed ashore
in a distant land.
紫の炎の火炎が
私の心をやさしく燃え上がらせる
彼方からあなたを想い
夜の静けさに木霊する
遠くの地にて
記憶が岸に打ち上げられる
れは日本で5月に咲く藤の紫の花の木の夜の写真です。___

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2014-04-30 11:30:24 (77 comments, 87 reshares, 423 +1s)Open 

Dreams of France(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます)
People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.  ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
How truth this quotation is!  I have always loved the pyramid of the Louvre but I think it is much prettier at night when darkness set in and the whole pyramid is lightened up from within...it is in times of darkness that we could see so many diamonds.
Other photos are available in my page, thank you!!  https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto
人間とはステンドグラスの窓のようなものである。彼らは太陽が出ていると... more »

Dreams of France(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます)
People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.  ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
How truth this quotation is!  I have always loved the pyramid of the Louvre but I think it is much prettier at night when darkness set in and the whole pyramid is lightened up from within...it is in times of darkness that we could see so many diamonds.
Other photos are available in my page, thank you!!  https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto

人間とはステンドグラスの窓のようなものである。彼らは太陽が出ているとき輝き光ってみせるが、闇が覆った時に、もし彼らの内からの光があるのなら、彼らの真実の美しさを見せてくれることでしょう。
 〜エリザベス·キューブラー·ロス
この引用は真実を表しているのではないでしょうか。ルーブル美術館のピラミッドはいつも大好きですが、暗くなって内からライトアップされたピラミッドは夜の方がもっと美しく感じられます。
私が撮った他の写真はFacebookにてアップしています, 「いいね!」をフェイスブックで押していただければ幸いです。
https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto___

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2014-04-22 12:13:44 (38 comments, 14 reshares, 392 +1s)Open 

The Four seasons of Japan (日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) 日本の四季
Every time when I look at sakura. I want to ask " Do you know the speed at which the sakura's petals fall? " I am sure many of you must know the answer to this,  "5 cm per second "...which is also the title of my favorite anime. A movie about the distance between people. Sometimes we feel that there are distance in reality or just in our imagination that we could not cross no matter how hard we try, words we could not communicate, feelings we could not express, dreams that could not be realized...so we try to forget what was once precious. But there are memories buried deep within our hearts and  could not be forgotten.  Distance and space are mere symbols, what is most important is the impression left in our mind, something need not be expressed but should be felt deeply within.  Notime and distance could ever erased what is r... more »

The Four seasons of Japan (日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) 日本の四季
Every time when I look at sakura. I want to ask " Do you know the speed at which the sakura's petals fall? " I am sure many of you must know the answer to this,  "5 cm per second "...which is also the title of my favorite anime. A movie about the distance between people. Sometimes we feel that there are distance in reality or just in our imagination that we could not cross no matter how hard we try, words we could not communicate, feelings we could not express, dreams that could not be realized...so we try to forget what was once precious. But there are memories buried deep within our hearts and  could not be forgotten.  Distance and space are mere symbols, what is most important is the impression left in our mind, something need not be expressed but should be felt deeply within.  No time and distance could ever erased what is real and beautiful...

5 cm per second - The film won the Lancia Platinum Grand Prize at the Future Film Festival for best movie in animation or special effects. It won the Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2007 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The limited edition DVD of the film was ranked 3rd on the Tohan charts between 18–24 July 2007, while the regular edition of the film was ranked 7th. The film was Japan's fourth most popular Blu-ray film in 2008.
Other photos are available in my page, thank you !!https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto

桜を見るたびに、「あなたは桜の花びらの落ちる速度を知っていますか?」と訊きたくなります。あなた方の多くがその答えを知っていると思います、秒速5センチメートルです・・・これは私の好きなアニメの題名で、人と人の間の距離についての映画です。時たま、私たちは、実際もしくは空想で私たちがいかに努力しようと超えられない距離があることを感じ、表現できない感情を伝える言葉が無いことや成就することのない夢を感じることがあります・・・よってに、私たちは、一度は貴重であったものを忘れようとします。しかし、私たちの心の奥底に埋もれた記憶があり、そしてそれを忘れ去ることはできません。距離と空間は単なる象徴であり、最も重要なのは私たちの心に残った印象で、それは表現する必要はありませんが、心に内に深く感じられるものです。時間と距離は真実と美しいものを消し去ることはありません・・・

(毎秒5センチメートル 、映画はフューチャー・フィルム・フェスティバルでアニメーションと特殊効果で最優秀映画としてランチア·プラチナグランプリを受賞、2007年のアジアパシフィック映画賞において最優秀長編アニメ映画賞を受賞しました。
限定版DVDが、2007年7月18日から24日の間トーハンチャートで第三位にランクされました、通常版は7位でした。映画は2008年に日本で4番目に人気のあるBlu-ray版の映画でした。)

他の写真は下記の私のページにアップしていますので、よろしくお願いいたします。https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto___

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2014-04-21 12:21:35 (65 comments, 20 reshares, 509 +1s)Open 

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
If  flowers have a language, what do they speak to you of? of sweetness and romance?
Flowers speak to me in a simple language, their lives are fleeting yet they bloom beautifully and spread their charms like magic,
They ask not for eternity but live the moment to the fullest...providing joy to all those who they cross paths with..
They understand that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is but today's dream
It is only today, this moment they could hold on to  in this transient world
but their fragrance will linger in the hearts of all those they encountered.

もし花々が言葉を持っているのなら、彼らはあなたになんと語りかけるでしょうか?楽しい事やロマンスについてでしょうか?花々は私に単純な言葉で語ってくれます、彼らの命は儚いものですが、にも拘らず彼らは美しく咲き誇り彼らの魅力を魔法のように放っています。彼らは永遠を求めません、しかし一時の充実した満足を生きるのです・・・それらは彼らと道を交わる者全てに喜びを与えています・・・
彼らは、昨日とは、... more »

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
If  flowers have a language, what do they speak to you of? of sweetness and romance?
Flowers speak to me in a simple language, their lives are fleeting yet they bloom beautifully and spread their charms like magic,
They ask not for eternity but live the moment to the fullest...providing joy to all those who they cross paths with..
They understand that yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is but today's dream
It is only today, this moment they could hold on to  in this transient world
but their fragrance will linger in the hearts of all those they encountered.

もし花々が言葉を持っているのなら、彼らはあなたになんと語りかけるでしょうか?楽しい事やロマンスについてでしょうか?
花々は私に単純な言葉で語ってくれます、彼らの命は儚いものですが、にも拘らず彼らは美しく咲き誇り彼らの魅力を魔法のように放っています。彼らは永遠を求めません、しかし一時の充実した満足を生きるのです・・・それらは彼らと道を交わる者全てに喜びを与えています・・・
彼らは、昨日とは、今日の記憶であり、明日は今日の夢であることを理解しています。今日のこの瞬間だけがこの移り行く世界で唯一把握できるものですが、彼らの芳香は彼らが遭遇したもの全ての心に残りことでしょう。___

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2014-04-09 13:46:32 (42 comments, 22 reshares, 354 +1s)Open 

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.  ~Anne Bradstreet
冬が無くては春はそれほど喜ばしいものではなく、もし私たちが時に困難に遭わなければ、繁栄は歓迎されないでしょう。
ー アン・ブラッドストリート

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.  ~Anne Bradstreet
冬が無くては春はそれほど喜ばしいものではなく、もし私たちが時に困難に遭わなければ、繁栄は歓迎されないでしょう。
ー アン・ブラッドストリート___

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2014-04-08 12:38:32 (58 comments, 95 reshares, 385 +1s)Open 

I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.~Mike Tyson
私は夢見る者。私は星々に届くことを夢見なくてはなりません、そしてもし星にとどかなくても一掴みの雲を手にすることでしょう。
マイク・タイソン

I'm a dreamer. I have to dream and reach for the stars, and if I miss a star then I grab a handful of clouds.~Mike Tyson
私は夢見る者。私は星々に届くことを夢見なくてはなりません、そしてもし星にとどかなくても一掴みの雲を手にすることでしょう。
マイク・タイソン___

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2014-04-07 12:09:51 (74 comments, 33 reshares, 518 +1s)Open 

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” ― Henry van Dyke
時は待つ者には遅すぎる、恐れる者には早すぎる、悲しむ者には長過ぎる、楽しむ者には短すぎる、しかし愛する者には時は永遠です。
ヘンリー・ヴァン・ダイク

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” ― Henry van Dyke
時は待つ者には遅すぎる、恐れる者には早すぎる、悲しむ者には長過ぎる、楽しむ者には短すぎる、しかし愛する者には時は永遠です。
ヘンリー・ヴァン・ダイク___

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2014-04-06 14:17:02 (58 comments, 24 reshares, 449 +1s)Open 

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I want to give you
on a cold rainy sunday
a sky filled with flowers
weaved in a carpet of dreams
May each dream bring you hope of a new day
where sadness melts like snow 
upon first ray of sunlight
and happiness is
not an illusion 
but a strength you feel
as you face life's challenge
with an unyielding faith 

May each flower from the sky
shines upon you
like little stars from a distant galaxy 
whispers to you
night is but the beginning of a new dawn

雨の冷たい土曜日に
空一杯の花々を
夢のカーペットで織り込んで
あなたにあげたい
それぞれの夢があなたに新しい一日の希望をもたらしますように悲しみが最初の日の光りに当たった雪のように溶けますように
そして幸せが幻想ではなく
あなたの感じる力強さでありますように
挫けることの無い信念を持って
あなたが人生の挑戦に立ち向かっているように

空からそれぞれの花が
あなたの上に輝きますように
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I want to give you
on a cold rainy sunday
a sky filled with flowers
weaved in a carpet of dreams
May each dream bring you hope of a new day
where sadness melts like snow 
upon first ray of sunlight
and happiness is
not an illusion 
but a strength you feel
as you face life's challenge
with an unyielding faith 

May each flower from the sky
shines upon you
like little stars from a distant galaxy 
whispers to you
night is but the beginning of a new dawn

雨の冷たい土曜日に
空一杯の花々を
夢のカーペットで織り込んで
あなたにあげたい
それぞれの夢があなたに新しい一日の希望をもたらしますように
悲しみが最初の日の光りに当たった雪のように溶けますように
そして幸せが幻想ではなく
あなたの感じる力強さでありますように
挫けることの無い信念を持って
あなたが人生の挑戦に立ち向かっているように

空からそれぞれの花が
あなたの上に輝きますように
まるで遠くの銀河からの小さな星々のように
あなたに囁きかけますように
今は夜でもそれは新しい夜明けの始まりです___

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2014-04-03 13:01:12 (31 comments, 11 reshares, 306 +1s)Open 

Travel Journal 2014(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます)2014年旅行記
12, Feb 2014 from Tokyo to Marrakech 2月12日、東京からマラケシュへ

On Feb 12, I traveled from Tokyo via Paris to Marrakech, Morocco.  Since my flight arrived around 6 am in Paris and the flight to Morocco would not take off till  3 in the afternoon, I could spend a whole morning in Paris.  The first thing I did was to store my luggage at the airport and then took a city bus into Paris. The bus stopped at Opera, what a beautiful morning! Bonjour, my beloved city, Paris!  I have missed you for half a year! I jumped off the bus and happily started exploring Paris in a few hours.  To begin my morning, I stopped by a sidewalk cafe to have my morning cappucino and watched the beautiful Parisian walked by, Paris is for sure the best place for people watching, I simply love to watch all the menand women in their beautiful color coordinated cloths! After my morning co... more »

Travel Journal 2014(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます)2014年旅行記
12, Feb 2014 from Tokyo to Marrakech 2月12日、東京からマラケシュへ

On Feb 12, I traveled from Tokyo via Paris to Marrakech, Morocco.  Since my flight arrived around 6 am in Paris and the flight to Morocco would not take off till  3 in the afternoon, I could spend a whole morning in Paris.  The first thing I did was to store my luggage at the airport and then took a city bus into Paris. The bus stopped at Opera, what a beautiful morning! Bonjour, my beloved city, Paris!  I have missed you for half a year! I jumped off the bus and happily started exploring Paris in a few hours.  To begin my morning, I stopped by a sidewalk cafe to have my morning cappucino and watched the beautiful Parisian walked by, Paris is for sure the best place for people watching, I simply love to watch all the men and women in their beautiful color coordinated cloths! After my morning coffee, I strolled down to Place de la Concorde and quickly took a few photos there.  Paris in the morning is just as beautiful as Paris at night, like a charming lady in her cotton and lace day dress and her sequin evening dress, one could not tell which outfit is prettier on her.  Before I return to the airport, I knew I must stop by my favorite cafe, Fuachon to have a piece of cake, though it cost 8.95 euro (12XX yen) a piece, the cake is so delicious with so many different things in it I actually had no idea what i was eating! haha, but I think well wroth the money.

I arrived at Marrakech around 6.30 in the evening and was picked up by car service to the Riad.  The Raid looks simple from the outside but once opened the door there is another world, a world of shadows and lights.  I was greeted by a man who offered me Moroccan pastries and mint tea by a fountain with floating rose petals , and sat among soft colorful cushions and detailedly crafted walls with Moroccan lanterns hanging, above me little stars are shining, I know this is the beginning of my journey into the world of 1001 nights…a fairly tale in the making.

2月12日に東京からからモロッコのマラケシュへパリを経由して行きました。私の飛行機は朝の6時にパリに着いてモロッコへの飛行機は午後の3時まで出ないので、その日の朝はパリで過ごしました。最初にしたことは、荷物を空港の預かり所に持って行ってパリまでバスで行きました。バスはオペラに止まりました、何と言う美しい朝でしょうか!ボンジュール、我が愛するパリよ!半年間来れなくて恋しかったのです!バスから飛び降りてそして数時間パリを探求しに行きました。最初に路上のカフェで朝のカプチーノを飲み美しいパリジャンヌが側を歩くのを見ました、パリは人を見るのには絶好の場所です。ただただ全ての男女が美しくカラーコーディネートされた服を着ているのに見とれていました。朝のコーヒーの後、コンコルド広場に大急ぎで行って手早く何枚かの写真を撮りました。パリの朝は夜と同じぐらいの美しさです、それはまるで彼女の連続するイブニングドレスと昼間の綿とレースにチャーミングな彼女が包まれているようです、誰もどちらの服装が似合うのか言えません。空港に戻る前に、私の大好きなカフェであるFuachonでケーキを食べました、一つ8.95ユーロ(約1200円ぐらい)でした、そのケーキはとても美味しくて色々なものが入っていて私には何を食べているのかさっぱり判りませんでした!ハハッ、しかし私には値打ちがあると思いました。
マラケシュに着いたのは、夕方の6時半を廻っていて、リアドからの迎えの車が来ていました。リアドは外からはつまらない外見でしたが、扉を開けるとそこにはもう一つの光りと影の世界がありました。バラの花びらが浮かぶ噴水の側でモロッコのお菓子とミント・ティーを出してくれた男が出迎えてくれました。そして、柔らかい色鮮やかなクッションの間に座って、モロッコ・ランタンが掛かっている精妙なる細工がなされた壁、私の上には小さな星々が輝いていました。これは千夜一夜物語の世界への旅の始まりであることが解っていました・・・お伽噺が書かれつつありました。___

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2014-04-02 11:39:06 (78 comments, 23 reshares, 446 +1s)Open 

Travel Journal 2014(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます)2014年旅行記
Finally, I completed my 50 days journey to Europe and Morocco.  I have not written much of my diary 2014 on this trip, mainly because I was so busy with travel plus work at the beginning and later I got sick…unfortunately…but it was at least good that I got sick in France, I was again exposed to the wonderful medical system of France, imaging walking into an ER room and  no one asks if you have insurance or to pay at all…( they bill you later). Must be the French humanitarian idea, help those sick and in need first….
Normally when I get sick while traveling, it was just some light food poisoning, cold, or flu, but this time a bit more complicated, seems to be some allergic reaction causing some sort of asthma, and some stomach virus that made me lose all appetite and kept throwing up, and at the end, maybebecause of my body got weaker, my tonsil in inf... more »

Travel Journal 2014(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます)2014年旅行記
Finally, I completed my 50 days journey to Europe and Morocco.  I have not written much of my diary 2014 on this trip, mainly because I was so busy with travel plus work at the beginning and later I got sick…unfortunately…but it was at least good that I got sick in France, I was again exposed to the wonderful medical system of France, imaging walking into an ER room and  no one asks if you have insurance or to pay at all…( they bill you later). Must be the French humanitarian idea, help those sick and in need first….
Normally when I get sick while traveling, it was just some light food poisoning, cold, or flu, but this time a bit more complicated, seems to be some allergic reaction causing some sort of asthma, and some stomach virus that made me lose all appetite and kept throwing up, and at the end, maybe because of my body got weaker, my tonsil in infected but better now after a few days of antibiotics.  
On the way home, I was lucky to have milage upgrade to business class, though the seat is very comfortable and the food is very good on JAL, I could not enjoy at all…by the time I got back home, all I wanted to do is lie in bed.  it is sad for I know the sakura is blooming beautifully outside…
I know if I miss this chance of taking sakura pics I have to wait for another year, but I also know if I don't rest my conditional might get worst..well, sometimes life is like a balancing game, you may have to give up something you want at the moment for something better to come…just maybe tomorrow I will feel better and have the strength to go out to take photos, and I know sakura will bloom for me again in the years to come…

ようやくヨーロッパとモロッコの50日間の旅を終えました。この旅で2014年の日記に多くは書けていません、主にそれは最初は旅と仕事で忙しく後には体調を崩してしまったためです・・・不幸にして・・・しかし少なくともフランスで病気になって良かったです、私はまたもフランスの素晴らしい医療体制に救われました、緊急治療室に行っても誰も健康保険を持っているかとか全額を自己負担で払ってくださいとか言われることがないことを想像してみてください・・・(後日請求書が届きますが)・・・恐らくはフランスの人道的な考え方で、病気の者を第一に助けるのは必要なことです・・・
通常旅の間に病気になると、それは食あたりか、風邪か流感ですが、今回のはもっと複雑でした、アレルギー反応が喘息を引き起こしたようで、ウイルス性の胃炎もあったようで食欲が全く無くなり吐いてばかりいました、そして最後には私の身体が弱いせいか扁桃腺が化膿してしまいました、でも今は2、3日抗生剤を飲んでいるので良くなってきています。
帰国する途中、私はビジネスクラスにアップグレードされて幸運でした、座席はとても心地がよくて日本航空の食事はとても良かったです、ただそれを楽しむことは全くできませんでした・・・自宅に帰り着く頃にはベッドで横になりたかったのです。外では桜が綺麗に満開になっているのにどうにもならないのが残念です、桜の写真を撮る機会を失って来年まで待たねばならないようです。
しかしもし静養しなければ、状態が悪くなるのは解っています・・・まあ、時には人生はバランスのゲームのようなもので、先のことを考えると当面のものは諦めなくてはなりません・・・ちょうど明日には気分が良くなって写真を撮りに出る体力が出るかもしれません、そして桜は来年も咲くことでしょう・・・___

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2014-03-06 13:15:17 (40 comments, 42 reshares, 457 +1s)Open 

another photo from my beloved sahara….これは我が愛するサハラ砂漠からのもう一つの写真です・・・

another photo from my beloved sahara….これは我が愛するサハラ砂漠からのもう一つの写真です・・・___

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2014-03-03 12:31:02 (32 comments, 23 reshares, 428 +1s)Open 

ヴェネツィアよりおはようございます。Good morning from Venice!

ヴェネツィアよりおはようございます。Good morning from Venice!___

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2014-02-28 13:49:39 (70 comments, 60 reshares, 498 +1s)Open 

Sahara stories サハラ砂漠の物語
sorry for not updating…I have been traveling, just to share with you a photo from the sahara..
更新できておらず、申し訳ありません・・・旅をしてきて、サハラ砂漠からの写真をシェアさせていただくだけにします。

Sahara stories サハラ砂漠の物語
sorry for not updating…I have been traveling, just to share with you a photo from the sahara..
更新できておらず、申し訳ありません・・・旅をしてきて、サハラ砂漠からの写真をシェアさせていただくだけにします。___

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2014-02-10 12:43:57 (41 comments, 46 reshares, 388 +1s)Open 

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People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.  ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
How truth this quotation is!  I have always loved the pyramid of the Louvre but I think it is much prettier at night when darkness set in and the whole pyramid is lightened up from within...it is in times of darkness that we could see so many diamonds.
Other photos are available in my page, thank you!!  https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto

人間とはステンドグラスの窓のようなものである。彼らは太陽が出ているとき輝き光ってみせるが、闇が覆った時に、もし彼らの内からの光があるのなら、彼らの真実の美しさを見せてくれることでしょう。 〜エリザベス·キューブラー·ロス
この引用は真実を表しているのではないでしょうか。ルーブル美術館のピラミッドはいつも大好きですが、暗くなって内からライトアップされたピラミッドは夜の方がもっと美しく感じられます。
私が撮った他の写真はFacebookにてアップしています, 「いいね!」をフェイスブックで押していただければ幸いです。
https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto... more »

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.  ~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
How truth this quotation is!  I have always loved the pyramid of the Louvre but I think it is much prettier at night when darkness set in and the whole pyramid is lightened up from within...it is in times of darkness that we could see so many diamonds.
Other photos are available in my page, thank you!!  https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto

人間とはステンドグラスの窓のようなものである。彼らは太陽が出ているとき輝き光ってみせるが、闇が覆った時に、もし彼らの内からの光があるのなら、彼らの真実の美しさを見せてくれることでしょう。
 〜エリザベス·キューブラー·ロス
この引用は真実を表しているのではないでしょうか。ルーブル美術館のピラミッドはいつも大好きですが、暗くなって内からライトアップされたピラミッドは夜の方がもっと美しく感じられます。
私が撮った他の写真はFacebookにてアップしています, 「いいね!」をフェイスブックで押していただければ幸いです。
https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto___

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2014-02-09 12:06:44 (54 comments, 39 reshares, 431 +1s)Open 

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“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” 
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“いつも砂漠が大好きです。砂漠の砂丘の上に座ると、何も見ず、何も聞えない。しかし、その静けさを通して、何かが躍動しほのかに光っている・・・”
ーアントワーヌ·ド·サンテグジュペリ、星の王子様 - サハラ砂漠、モロッコで。

日本語版は英語版の後に続きます
“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams...” 
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“いつも砂漠が大好きです。砂漠の砂丘の上に座ると、何も見ず、何も聞えない。しかし、その静けさを通して、何かが躍動しほのかに光っている・・・”
ーアントワーヌ·ド·サンテグジュペリ、星の王子様 - サハラ砂漠、モロッコで。___

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2014-02-08 12:36:24 (46 comments, 28 reshares, 382 +1s)Open 

Winter is a season of forbidden colors
where my soul shall find
unspoken joy in its solitude
冬は禁じられた色の季節
その静寂の内に表す事の出来ない喜びを
私の魂は見つけるでしょう

Winter is a season of forbidden colors
where my soul shall find
unspoken joy in its solitude
冬は禁じられた色の季節
その静寂の内に表す事の出来ない喜びを
私の魂は見つけるでしょう___

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2014-02-07 12:36:43 (58 comments, 27 reshares, 427 +1s)Open 

  Missing Monet's London...モネのロンドンの絵が懐かしいです。

  Missing Monet's London...モネのロンドンの絵が懐かしいです。___

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2014-02-06 12:24:18 (40 comments, 17 reshares, 329 +1s)Open 

ヴェネティア 夢の風景 (日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) Venice, Dreamscape
Often, I dream of walking with you
Down the narrow streets of Venice
Lost in the mazes of canals
Watch the gondolas pass by
And vanish into the mist of early morning
Listen to the sharp sounds of wing beats
As the flight of birds fly away
Forgetting our sadness or even our joy
Living for a moment
With purity of hearts
Losing ourselves in the Serenity of Venice. 

I wrote this 10 years ago for my very first website, a website that changed my life.

よく私はあなたと歩いている夢を見る
ヴェネツィアの細い通りを
運河の迷路に迷ってしまい
ゴンドラが側行くのを眺めている
そして早朝の霧のなかに消えまるで鳥たちが飛び去ろうとするような
羽が打ち鳴らす鋭い音に聴きいいって
私たちの悲しみも喜びも忘れている
心を純粋にする
その瞬間に生きて
私たち自身をヴェネツィアの静寂に失ってしまう

10年ほど前に私の最初のウェブサイトに書いたものです、そのウェブサイトは私の人生を変えました。... more »

ヴェネティア 夢の風景 (日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) Venice, Dreamscape
Often, I dream of walking with you
Down the narrow streets of Venice
Lost in the mazes of canals
Watch the gondolas pass by
And vanish into the mist of early morning
Listen to the sharp sounds of wing beats
As the flight of birds fly away
Forgetting our sadness or even our joy
Living for a moment
With purity of hearts
Losing ourselves in the Serenity of Venice. 

I wrote this 10 years ago for my very first website, a website that changed my life.

よく私はあなたと歩いている夢を見る
ヴェネツィアの細い通りを
運河の迷路に迷ってしまい
ゴンドラが側行くのを眺めている
そして早朝の霧のなかに消え
まるで鳥たちが飛び去ろうとするような
羽が打ち鳴らす鋭い音に聴きいいって
私たちの悲しみも喜びも忘れている
心を純粋にする
その瞬間に生きて
私たち自身をヴェネツィアの静寂に失ってしまう

10年ほど前に私の最初のウェブサイトに書いたものです、そのウェブサイトは私の人生を変えました。___

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2014-02-05 12:07:04 (59 comments, 21 reshares, 438 +1s)Open 

若さの泉 (日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) The Fountain of Youth
"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." ~ Sophia Loren

I like this quote very much so I share with you tonight, how true it is, I think. Never believe that you are too old to learn new thing, try new experiences, and  go to  new places. For it is when we stop learning and give up trying, it is then that we really aged.  Sometimes we may think it is difficult to adjust to something new, as they said, " you cannot teach an old dog new trick."  But I think we can, with patience and perseverance..anything is possible. And sometimes, we might feel discouraged and want to give up for  no matter how hard we try, we could notachieve what we wanted...but I would tell y... more »

若さの泉 (日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) The Fountain of Youth
"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age." ~ Sophia Loren

I like this quote very much so I share with you tonight, how true it is, I think. Never believe that you are too old to learn new thing, try new experiences, and  go to  new places. For it is when we stop learning and give up trying, it is then that we really aged.  Sometimes we may think it is difficult to adjust to something new, as they said, " you cannot teach an old dog new trick."  But I think we can, with patience and perseverance..anything is possible. And sometimes, we might feel discouraged and want to give up for  no matter how hard we try, we could not achieve what we wanted...but I would tell you, if you stop trying, you could be sure you will never get what you wish for but if you could be persistent and not lose hope, you would at least have some chances to be successful, even a small possibility is much better than zero chance.

So when you think you cannot make it, ask yourself " have you given it your best?" if the answer is no, then go and fight your war with all the strength in you.  Always remember, having the ability to face all difficulties and accept all challenges is what a great man/woman is made of. Never for one second give up your dreams for it is when we stop dreaming and believing in magic, it is the time we give up our fountain of youth and our key to the lost kingdom of happiness.
Dedicate this post to my friends who may feel discouraged at times...
Other photos are available in my page, thank you!!  
https://www.facebook.com/midoriphoto

若さの泉があり:それはあなたの心、あなたの才能、あなたの人生とあなたが愛する人々の生活にもたらす創造性です。あなたはこの源泉に栓することを学ぶとき、あなたは本当に時代を負かしたことになります。
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私はこの引用がとても好きで、真実を得ていると思いますので、今夜あなた方と共有いたします。あなたが歳がいきすぎていて新たなことを学べないとか、新しいことを試行錯誤したり、新しい場所に引っ越したりできなとは、私はまったく信じていません。学ぶのを止めた時、試すことを諦めた時、私たちは本当の意味で歳をとっていくのです。時には、私たちは新しい物に対応するのは難しいと考えます、たとえば彼らは、「歳のいった犬の新しい芸は教えられない」などと言います。しかし、根気よさと粘り強さがあれば、出来ると思います・・・なんだって可能なのです。そして時にはいかにがんばってみても、欲する事を達成できず、挫折を感じて止めてしまいたいと思うこともあるでしょう・・・しかしあえて言いましょう、もしあなたが試してみることを止めた時、あなたはあなたが望んだものに手が届くことはありませんが、しかしあなたが頑張り屋で希望を失うこが無ければ、あなたには少なくともあなたが欲ったものを得る可能性があります、それが成功するのは小さな可能性で、ゼロよりも大きな成功です。

したがって、あなたがそれが出来ないと思う時、自問してみてください、「最善をつくしましたか?」もし答えが否あるならば、あなたの戦争に全力で戦いに行くべきです。どちらにしろ覚えていてください、全ての困難に立ち向かう能力を持ち、全ての挑戦を受け入れることは偉大な男・女を構成するものです。一秒たりともあなたの夢を諦めると、それは、私たちが夢を見たり魔法を信じることを止めた時、それは私たちが若さの泉と私たちの失われた幸せの王国の鍵が失われた時になります。

この記事をやる気をなくした私の友人に捧げます・・・
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2014-02-04 12:29:22 (54 comments, 20 reshares, 494 +1s)Open 

私の愛するパリ(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) Paris, mon amour
How do you fall in love with a city? just like how you fall in love with a person?  Sometimes it is difficult to tell why and how....My love affair with Paris has started long ago..perhaps during my first visit to Epcot Center in Disney World's Showcase of Nations, when I saw the 180 degree movie of France and instantly I thought it was the most beautiful and romantics place in the world.  But why is Paris romantic, how do you define romantic? The dictionary defines romantic as :Affectedly or extravagantly emotional; Not compatible with reality...so do I think of Paris as some place imaginary? a place very different from the prosaic world I live in? 

Sometimes it is difficult to say why we are particularly attracted to one place and not to others? Just like why do we fall in love with oneparticular person..." Why do you love me?&q... more »

私の愛するパリ(日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) Paris, mon amour
How do you fall in love with a city? just like how you fall in love with a person?  Sometimes it is difficult to tell why and how....My love affair with Paris has started long ago..perhaps during my first visit to Epcot Center in Disney World's Showcase of Nations, when I saw the 180 degree movie of France and instantly I thought it was the most beautiful and romantics place in the world.  But why is Paris romantic, how do you define romantic? The dictionary defines romantic as :Affectedly or extravagantly emotional; Not compatible with reality...so do I think of Paris as some place imaginary? a place very different from the prosaic world I live in? 

Sometimes it is difficult to say why we are particularly attracted to one place and not to others? Just like why do we fall in love with one particular person..." Why do you love me?" This is a question I could never answer easily.  If Paris were a person, he would ask me the same thing and I could offer no answer.   If love is a deep, tender ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person or an object, then I am definitely in love with Paris. But why? Maybe because I love a city of art and culture, of old architecture.  Then why do I not love New York as much? After all, I spent my growing years in New York.  I used to walk from East side to the West side carrying my art supplies, stopped by the Deli to get a Bagel with lox for lunch.  Spent many hours admiring the great works of art in MOMA and Metropolitan Museum, and Museum of Natural History because that's the museum my father, being a scientist,  loved. I could still remember all those Mostly Mozart concerts in the summer and how much fun it was to go skating in Central Park in the winter. And of course I love Soho and the Village.  Yet for some unknown reasons, I never considered myself as a New Yorker.  There is always a sense of alienation, I could not feel I belonged there.  But Paris is different, even though my French is poor, I feel right at home, there is an easy familiarity, a feeling of comfort, I could walk down the narrow streets of St Germain like a place I've known so well, stroll along the Seine and watch the reflection of the multi-colored lights on the water like an Impressionist painting.  I know I am in love,  there is no particular reasons why, it is just a feeling, perhaps it is love.
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私の愛するパリ
いかにして人は街と恋に落ちるのでしょうか?あなたが人と恋に落ちるのと似たようなものでしょうか?時にはそれがなぜ、どのようにと言い表すのは難しいものです・・・・私のパリへの恋愛感情はずっと前か始まりました・・・ディズニーワールドのエプコットセンターの世界ショーケースで、フランスの180度映画を見てすぐに、それは世界で最も美しくロマンチックな場所だと思いました。しかしどうしてパリはロマンチックなのでしょうか、ロマンチックの定義とはなんでしょうか?辞書にはロマンチックとは、現実を離れ、情緒的で甘美なさま。また、そのような事柄を好むさま。空想的。とあります、私はパリとは何か空想的な場所だと思っているのでしょうか?または、
私の住んでいる平凡な世界とは非常に異なる場所?平凡な世界とは違う場所なのでしょうか?

時にはどうして私たちがある場所に特に魅かれ、また他の場所ではそうではないのを説明することは困難です。どうして特定の人と恋に落ちるのかと訊いているようなものです・・・「どうしてあなたは私を愛するのでしょうか?」これは私が簡単に答える事が出来ない質問の一つです。もし愛が、ある人またはある者に対するより深くて、より優しい思いと心遣いであるならば、それは私が確実にパリを愛しているということになります。でも、どうしてでしょうか?恐らくは、私が古い建築様式の芸術と文化の街を愛しているからでしょう。それでは、どうして私はニューヨークを同じ様に愛さないのでしょうか?結局、私は、成長期をニューヨークで過ごしました。画材を持ってイーストサイドからウェストサイドへ歩いたものです、とちゅうのデリで鮭の薫製のベーグルをお昼ご飯に食べたものです。近代美術館やメトロポリタン美術館に偉大な作品を何時間も鑑賞しました、そして自然博物館にもずいぶん行ったものです、なぜなら科学者だった父が愛していた博物館だったからです。セントラルパークの夏のモーストリーモーツァルトのコンサートそして冬にはスケートに行くのが楽しみでした。そしてもちろんSHOHOやヴィレッジは大好きです。しかしなんらかの判らない理由によって、私は自分がニューヨーカーと思ったことはありません。そこにはいつも疎外感がつきまとい、私がそこに属するとは感じられませんでした。しかし、パリは違います、私のフランス語は貧しいのにも拘らず、そこが住むべき場所と感じられ、親しみやすく、快適に思われます、サンジェルマンの細い道を良く知っているように歩くことができ、セーヌ川添いを散歩して印象派の絵画のように水面に多彩な色が反射しているのを見るのです。私は恋に堕ちていると解っています、特にどうしてという理由はありません、それはただの感じなのです、多分それが愛なのです。
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2014-02-03 12:19:37 (78 comments, 28 reshares, 605 +1s)Open 

夢の香港 (日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) Dreamscapes, Hong Kong
何かのはずみで .By chance
During my 3 years stay in Hong Kong, I used to go to take fire work every opportunity I had. I like to go to the Ave of the Stars in TST East so I would have Hong Kong Island at the background. But to be able to get in the front, I had to be there 6-7 hours in advance. The firework usually starts at 8.00 pm, so I need to be there around 1-2 pm in order to have a spot in the front, and the police would close off the area 2 hours in advance meaning you cannot get in after 6 pm. I did not want to go alone to take firework photos because I need to wait so many hours and in case I need to get something or go to bathroom, I need someone to hold the spot for me. Unfortunately, most of my photo friends did not want to go because they hate to wait for so long and it was difficult to getsomeone to go with me. One year, I asked one of my fr... more »

夢の香港 (日本語版は英語版の後に続きます) Dreamscapes, Hong Kong
何かのはずみで .By chance
During my 3 years stay in Hong Kong, I used to go to take fire work every opportunity I had. I like to go to the Ave of the Stars in TST East so I would have Hong Kong Island at the background. But to be able to get in the front, I had to be there 6-7 hours in advance. The firework usually starts at 8.00 pm, so I need to be there around 1-2 pm in order to have a spot in the front, and the police would close off the area 2 hours in advance meaning you cannot get in after 6 pm. I did not want to go alone to take firework photos because I need to wait so many hours and in case I need to get something or go to bathroom, I need someone to hold the spot for me. Unfortunately, most of my photo friends did not want to go because they hate to wait for so long and it was difficult to get someone to go with me. One year, I asked one of my friends who is a reporter for a major news paper. He was off that day and we agreed to meet at 1 pm, but on that day, he did not call me, and when I attempted to call him, his phone was off...I waited till almost 2 pm and was rather upset, what should I do? I could not find him anywhere...should I give up? or should I bag someone to go with me? At the end, I decided I would go by myself since it was not far from where I lived. I walked over to the waterfront. Luckily I could still found a spot, I set up my tripod and sat down on the floor playing with my mobile. I realized next to me there was another guy who was there alone. I thought to myself good opportunity to befriend someone incase I need help in holding my spot. I looked at him and smile, he then asked me," you came alone? " I said "yes", he then told me he comes every year to take firework and usually he would come early to hold the spots for his friends....hehe...I realized I must become his firework photo friend...we started talking, 6 hours went by very quickly, and those days, I did not know how to take firework pictures at all, he was kind enough to show me his old photos and taught me a lot. Since that time, I never have to worry about going to take firework pics alone for someone would always be there in advance and hold the spot for me !! haha..sometimes, when you feel so disappointed that things did not work out as planned, you would never know, something better might be waiting for you...And as for my reporter friend, he later called and told me all of a sudden he was sent to China for work, he was surprised that I did not get mad at him...and of course, why would I? hehe
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香港にいた3年間、機会があるごとに花火の写真を撮っていました。香港の尖沙咀の東にある星光大道(アベニュー・オブ・スターズ)から香港島を背景に撮るのが好きでした。しかし、そこで最前列の場所を確保するには6,7時間も前から待たなければなりませんでした。花火は通常午後8時から始まるので、午後1時か2時にはそこに行っていれば最前列の場所を獲得でき、警察は開始2時間前には通りを封鎖するので午後6時以後は入れません。私は一人で花火の写真を撮りにいくことは避けています、なぜなら長時間待たなければならないので何かを買わなければならなかったり手洗いに行かなければならなかったりしなかればならず、誰かに場所を保守してもらう必要があります。不幸にして私の写真友達のほとんどは行きたがりません、なぜなら彼らは長い時間を待つのを嫌うため、誰か私と行く人を探すのは困難でした。ある年、私は友達の一人で大きな新聞社でレポーターをしている人を誘いました。彼はその日非番だったので、午後1時に落ち合うことにしました、しかしその日、彼は私に電話して来ませんでした、それで彼の携帯にかけたところ、彼の携帯は切られていました・・・午後2時ごろまで待っていたのですが、どうするべきか、私は困りました。彼をどこにも見つけることができないので、諦めて他の誰かにきてもらうように頼むべきか?迷いました。最後にはあまり自宅から遠くではなかったので自分一人で行くことにしました。水辺の方へ歩いていくと、幸運にもまだ、いくつかの場所を見つけることができたので、三脚を設置して路面に座り込んで携帯電話をいじり始めました。私の隣にはやはり一人で来ている男がいるのに気が付きました。誰かの友達なって私の場所を保守するのを助けてもらうのにいい機会だと思いました。私は彼を見て、微笑むと、彼は私に一人で来ているのか尋ねました。私は「そうです」と答え、彼は毎年花火の写真を撮りに来ており、いつもは早めにきて彼の友達のために場所を捕るのだということを話しました・・・私は彼の花火の写真友達になるべきだと思いました。私たちは話を始め、6時間が早く過ぎて行きました、その頃の私は、どのようにして花火のを撮るべきなのかまったく理解していませんでした、彼は私に彼の古い写真を見せてくれて、多くのことを教えてくれました。その時から一人で花火の写真を撮りに行く心配をしなくてもよくなりました、誰かがいつも前もって場所を押さえてくれました!・・・(笑い)・・時にはとてもうまくいかなくて失望した時、なにが起こるのか、何かいいことがあなたを待っているかもしれません・・・私のレポーターの友達ですが、彼は後から電話して来て、急に中国に出張させられたそうです、彼は私が怒っていないことに吃驚していました・・・そして、もちろん、どうして私が怒るでしょうか?(笑い)
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2014-02-02 11:29:13 (101 comments, 50 reshares, 557 +1s)Open 

10 years Final Episode. 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 最終章
Since I fired my solicitor ( based on his advise), I had no legal representative, I would find out the decision of the court through the newspaper. By that time I was already back in Tokyo, my friend called me the moment he saw the news and read out the article to me over the phone. Based on the interview with the lawyer from the company, nothing was clear. They implied the court decision was to their favor but the court did not grant them the 1 million USD they sued me for. I then went to look up the court decision myself through the government's website. The judgement of the court was: 1, In order for them to sue me for causing 1 million USD loss to their USA market, they would need to present further evidences in court to prove their claim, ( meaning another trial? ) 2, I must hand over all the work I didfor them - Which I have done already es... more »

10 years Final Episode. 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 最終章
Since I fired my solicitor ( based on his advise), I had no legal representative, I would find out the decision of the court through the newspaper. By that time I was already back in Tokyo, my friend called me the moment he saw the news and read out the article to me over the phone. Based on the interview with the lawyer from the company, nothing was clear. They implied the court decision was to their favor but the court did not grant them the 1 million USD they sued me for. I then went to look up the court decision myself through the government's website. The judgement of the court was: 1, In order for them to sue me for causing 1 million USD loss to their USA market, they would need to present further evidences in court to prove their claim, ( meaning another trial? ) 2, I must hand over all the work I did for them - Which I have done already especially since we won in District court and received full payment. 

My solicitor, though no longer working for me, continued to advised me. He told me he likes me very much because of my principles. I never received the final bills from him for the last consultations and for filing the papers for me at court. Throughout the three years when I was struggling with the law suit, I could clearly see who cares about me and who is truly my friend. Though there are some people who disappeared at times,( maybe afraid I may borrow from them? ), I am so lucky that I have so many real friends who stood by me through thicks and thins ! And this is something no money could buy! I imagine a scene like in the movie, that I am standing alone with nothing to my name, " Honey, I have lost everything, do you still want me? " I believe those who truly love me will...

Perhaps I did not lose the case, but still I have lost a lot in the three years; a lot of hard earned money for legal fees, a lot of time struggling with documents for court, many nights crying. My business was doing well in Hong Kong, I landed some big projects and was given the chance to work with some world class people, my photos were being sold by a company in the Peak and Central, I was actively involved in some community volunteer works, I have made many friends, but I had to give all up and returned to Japan. I smiled and told myself, " big deal, I can always start from the beginning...!nothing can stop me...tomorrow is always a new day!

It has been 10 years since I went to work in Hong Kong, I have learned a lot and I have lost a lot. I have been on a high mountain and in the deepest valley, but I know through all the difficulties I encountered, I am a better and stronger person, if I were then the person I am today, perhaps I would have done things differently, perhaps I would not have cried. I remember the times when I was a little girl, sitting by my window alone at night, looking into the night sky hoping that somewhere, there is a prince who will makes everything right for me and protect me against all evils. I now know there is no such prince, and I alone must fight my battles and face the abyss, but as long as I have faith, the light will always shine through ... I know now that no matter what difficulties I may face in the future, I will have the strength to pull through, just like I did before, for in the past 10 years, I have learned through all trails and tribulations, that I have wings, I can always fly...The sky is not the limit, there is no limitation !
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私の弁護士を解雇したので(彼のアドバイスによるものです)、私にはもはや法的代行者はいなくなりました、私は裁判所の判決を新聞で見てみました。その頃には、私は東京に戻って来ていました、私の友達は彼がそのニュースをみるやいなや私に電話を掛けて来ました、そして記事を読んでくれました。その会社の弁護士のインタビューによると、何一つ明確ではありませんでした、彼らは裁判所の判決は彼らに有利なように言っていましたが、裁判所は彼らが私を訴えていた100万USドルの支払いを私に命じたとはありませんでした。それで私は政府のウェブサイトで裁判所の判決を自分で検索してみました。裁判所の判決は:1、彼らが私を100万USドルの損害を起こしたとして訴えるには100万USドルの損害があったことを証明しなくてはならない、彼らは裁判所に彼らの請求する内容を証明しなくてはなりません。(と言う事はもう一度裁判をするのでしょうか?)2、私は彼らのために作ったものを全て彼らに譲与しなくてはなりません。これはすでになされています、地方裁判所で私たちが勝っており全額が支払われたのでそうなります。

私の弁護士はすでに私のために働いていませんでしたが、私にアドバイスをしてくれることを続けました。彼は私の信念ゆえに私のことが大好きだと言っていました。最後の顧問料と裁判所に私の代わりに作成提出してくれた分の彼からの最後の請求書は、受け取っていません。3年間を通して私が裁判で奮闘していた間、私は誰が本当に私の事を気にかけてくれていて誰が本当の友達なのか明確に知る事ができました。その時には音信不通になってしまった人たちもいたのです、(恐らく、私がお金を借りたいと言って来るかもしなかったので?)、とても多くの本当の友達が楽しい時も苦しい時も一緒にいてくれた私はとても幸運です!そしてこれはお金が買う事ができないものです!映画の中のようなシーンを空想しました、私は一人で立っていて一文無しなのです、「親愛なる者よ、私は全てを失いました、あなたはそれでも私といたいのですか?」私は私を真実愛してくれているならば彼らはそうするであろうと信じています・・・

どうやら私は裁判で負けてはいなかったらしいのです、しかしその3年間で失ったものは大きかったのです;一生懸命働いて得たお金が法的費用になってしまいました、裁判所の書類のために多くの時間を割かねばなりませんでした、多くの夜、泣いていました。私の事業は香港でうまくいっていました、私はいくつかの大きなプロジェクトの契約をとることができワールドクラスの人たちと働く機会を与えられました、私の写真はピークとセントラルのある会社によって販売されていました、私はコミュニティーのボランティア活動にも積極的に参加していました、多くの友達を作っていました、しかしそれら全てを諦めて日本に戻ってきました。私は微笑んで私自身に言いました、「大したことではありません、私はいつでも最初から始められます・・・!何も私を止められません・・・明日はいつも新しい一日です!」

香港で働きに行ってから10年になります、私は多くを学び多くを失いました。私は高い山の頂上と深い谷の底に行きました、しかし、私が遭遇した全てのことから知っていました、私はより良くより強くなりました、もし私が今日の私であったなら、多分私は違った対応をして、私は泣く事は無かったでしょう。私が小さな女の子だった頃を覚えています、夜窓の側に座って、夜空を眺めてどこかに私のために全てを正してくれて全ての悪から私を守ってくれる王子様がいないものかと願ったものでした。今はこんな王子様がいないことを知っています、そして私は一人で私の戦い戦って深淵と向き合い、信念のある限り、いかに暗くあろうとも光りはいつも輝くことでしょう・・・私は今やどんなに困難であろうとも未来と向き合えることを知っています、私には貫き通す力があるでしょう、ちょうど以前にやってように、この過去10年間で、私は全ての道のりと苦難を通して、私に翼があり、いつでも飛べる事を学びました・・・空は、限界ではなく、そこには限界なんでありません!
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2014-02-01 12:19:51 (73 comments, 15 reshares, 545 +1s)Open 

10 years Part 8 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 8
August 2007 was one of the most difficult times of my life, since my attempt at settlement outside of court failed, I would have to decide if I should try to borrow/raise money to continue the trial or if I should give up my defense. I am normally a very outgoing person with many friends, but during this period I stayed alone most of the time for I know I must make a decision I would not regret for the rest of my life. I often prize myself as a person with principles, but at what price I would be willing to pay for such principles? It was the hardest decision I have to make. I am not a person who cries easily, not even when I broke up with my boy friend....but during this period I cried so much though knowing very well all the tears in the world would not change a thing. I have played a very dangerous game withoutknowing what sort of people I was deali... more »

10 years Part 8 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 8
August 2007 was one of the most difficult times of my life, since my attempt at settlement outside of court failed, I would have to decide if I should try to borrow/raise money to continue the trial or if I should give up my defense. I am normally a very outgoing person with many friends, but during this period I stayed alone most of the time for I know I must make a decision I would not regret for the rest of my life. I often prize myself as a person with principles, but at what price I would be willing to pay for such principles? It was the hardest decision I have to make. I am not a person who cries easily, not even when I broke up with my boy friend....but during this period I cried so much though knowing very well all the tears in the world would not change a thing. I have played a very dangerous game without knowing what sort of people I was dealing with. When we won in district court, based on the judgement of the court, this company had to pay me back the money they owned plus my solicitor's fee, but they refused to pay my solicitor. Without telling me, my solicitor took out a court order to freeze their bank account. Thus, they had no choice but to pay him. "Now is my turn to be sued in high court, the legal fee is one I could not afford. What if I borrow from my family or friends, I would have to work very hard to pay them back but what if something happen to me? it would not be fair to them. "I asked myself over and over again and realized at the time I did not want anyone to share in my troubles, all the bad things I should and would leave for myself alone. I don't want to "give" it to anyone. The decision was made, I would be the one who takes full responsibility. 

I called my solicitor and have him file papers in the court to stop representing me. I then called up the woman from the company and told her, " I have no money, I just fried my lawyer, you can go ahead and sue me for bankruptcy." I hang up knowing that they must first win this case in high court, then file another case to sue me for bankruptcy. I then called my secretary service and instructed them not to receive any document and register mail for me. With the help of my friend, I packed up everything in my apartment in a few days and left Hong Kong, I have no legal representative, I would not appear in court.

The people I was dealing with are very famous people world wide, my case was already in the papers. Since I fired my lawyer, chose not to appear in court, and instructed my secretary not to receive any legal documents/letters that requires signature, I would find out the decision of the court through newspaper. Whatever the court decision maybe, I would not regret because I know I have done the right thing by taking full responsibility for my own action. ~to be continued~

2007年の8月は私の人生でもっとも困難な時期でした、示談の試みは失敗に終わったので、私はお金を借りるか集めるかして裁判を続けるべきなのか、それとも弁護を諦めてしまうべきなのかを決めなくてはなりませんでした。私は通常とても社交性に富んだ人間で多くの友達がいますが、この時期はほとんどの時間一人でいました、私は残りの人生で後悔の無い選択をしなくてはならない事を知っていたのです。私はよく自分を信念のある人間だと誇っていますが、しかし何と言う対価をこんな信念ために払わねばならないのでしょうか?それは私にとってもっとも困難は決断でした。私は簡単に泣く様な人間ではなく、ボーイフレンドと別れたときですら泣きませんでした・・・しかしこの時期は、世界が涙で変わる事がないと解っていてもいっぱい泣いたものです。私はとても危険なゲームを相手のことを良く知らずにやってしまったのです。地方裁判所のケースで勝った時、裁判所の判定によって彼らは私への不払いの分と私の弁護士の費用を払わなくてはなりませんでした、しかし彼らは私の弁護士の費用払うことを拒みました。私に報告する事無しに、私の弁護士は裁判所の命令によって彼らの銀行口座を凍結しました。したがって、彼らは彼に支払うしか選択肢はありませんでした。「次は私の方が、高等裁判所で訴えられる番で、法的費用は私が払えるものではありません。わたしの家族や友達からお金を借りるとして、私は一生懸命働いてお金を返すとしましょう、でももし私に何か起こったらどうなるのでしょうか?それは、彼らにとってフェアではありせん。」私は私自身に何度も何度も繰り返しこの質問をして、誰にもこの問題を私と共有してほしくないと気づきました、私に起こる全ての悪い事は私一人で背負うべきなのです。私は誰にもその問題を”与えたく”はありませんでした。決断はくだされて、私が全ての責任を負う事にしました。

私は弁護士に連絡して、彼に裁判所に彼が私の弁護士であることを辞める文書を提出するように言いました。それから、その会社の女性に電話をして、「私はお金がありません、私は私の弁護士を解雇しました、あなたは私を破産宣告させる告訴をしてください。」電話と切って、私は彼らが高等裁判所で勝利するに違いないと思いました、そして彼らは破産宣告のために私に対してもう一つの告訴をするだろうと思いました。それから、私の秘書サービスに電話をして私に対するいかなる書留や書類を受け取らないように伝えました。友達の助けを得て、3日の内にアパートの全てを片付けましたそして香港を去りました。私には誰も法的に委任されたものはおらず、私は裁判所にも出向きません。

私の相手をしていたのは世界でも有名な人物で、私のケースはすでに新聞に載っていました。私の弁護士を解雇して、裁判所に出廷しないことを選んだので、私は裁判所の判決を新聞から見つけ出しました。裁判所の判断がどのようなものであったとしても、私は後悔することはありませんなぜなら私は私の行動に対して全ての責任を取ったのは正しいことだと知っているからです。
~つづく~___

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10 years Part 7 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 7
I had thought of all kind of alternatives. Since they basically forced me to sign a document that is not true, could I file charges with the police based on grounds of harassment? The police after listening to my story said, " Miss, you are very smart, you did not sign the paper. If you have signed the paper, then you may have a case against them, but since you did not sign the paper, no crime has been committed, there is no case." My friend said to me at the time, " Oh, perhaps you should have signed the paper and hand everything over to the police!" But it was too late....

My relationship with my solicitor had been very good. At one point , he even suggested going into business with me. " If they want your stuff so much you must be very good. We can start a company and I will foundinvestors for our venture. You could be... more »

10 years Part 7 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 7
I had thought of all kind of alternatives. Since they basically forced me to sign a document that is not true, could I file charges with the police based on grounds of harassment? The police after listening to my story said, " Miss, you are very smart, you did not sign the paper. If you have signed the paper, then you may have a case against them, but since you did not sign the paper, no crime has been committed, there is no case." My friend said to me at the time, " Oh, perhaps you should have signed the paper and hand everything over to the police!" But it was too late....

My relationship with my solicitor had been very good. At one point , he even suggested going into business with me. " If they want your stuff so much you must be very good. We can start a company and I will found investors for our venture. You could be the boss and we would sit on the broad of directors and look for clients. You could have all the decision rights, we only want to share in the profits." My friend, however advised me against it as long as my case is ongoing in the court. He also pointed out the pros and cons to me. " You may make much more money if you join with them but you must understand the price tag that comes with it. Right now you are your own boss, you are free to do as you wish, but once you become partners with them, you are responsible for making money for them, you have the broad to report to, you will loose your freedom." And I chose freedom over money...

During the period I was in Hong Kong, there were also other people who approached me to start a venture, I turned them all down, the sweeter they talk, the more I could not believe them. I started thinking if I could use any of my connections to raise money and at what price I was willing to pay? What other alternatives did I have?

The first thing I knew I must do before making my final decision was to call the woman up from the company to see if we could agree on some settlement outside of court, she was also the counsel for the company. I told her that I have been ill and have not worked for half a year, it would not be possible for me to come up with one million USD plus lawyer's fee to pay them even if they were to win the case. I would only go bankrupt. She said she would get back to me. The next day she called and told me their terms of settlement: 1, I must take out an ad in all English and Chinese Newspapers to apologize to their boss openly. 2, All the money I have, I must turn over to them, before even paying my own lawyers. 3, They have full rights to all my works. After listening and without hesitation, I hang up on her. " What!!" My solicitor screamed, "you have done nothing wrong, why do you own them a public apology!! If you do so, you would never be able to face anyone in the world.! Good that you hang up on her!" The decision was easy then, there was nothing to settle! Though two of my friends said, " maybe you can agree, just an ad in the papers, maybe no one will see?" No, I know there could not be any compromise, I know very well, I could loose everything I work for, I could loose all my money, but there is one thing I could not loose, my dignity! ~to be continued~

全ての代わりの選択肢を考えてみました。彼らは私に真実では無い書類にサインすることを強制したので、脅迫罪ということで警察に訴えることはできるのでしょうか?私の話を聞いた後、警察は、「お嬢さん、あなたはとっても賢くて、書類にサインをしなかった。もしあなたが書類にサインをしていたら、あなたは彼らを告訴できたでしょう、でもあなたは書類にサインをしなかった、ということは犯罪にはなっていません、よってに告訴はできません。」と言いました。その時わたしの友達は言ったものでした、「おお、たぶん君は書類にサインして全てを警察の手に委ねればよかったんだ・・・・」

私の弁護士との関係は、とてもいいものでした。一時は、彼は私と一緒に事業することを提案しました。「もし彼らが君のものがそんなに欲しいなら、君はとても素晴らしいに違いない。私たちは会社を始めて、私は私たちのベンチャー会社のための投資者を見つけてこよう。君はボスとなり、私たちは取締役会に席を持ち、顧客を探しましょう。君が全ての決定権を持って、私たちは利益のみを共有しよう。」私の友達は、しかしながら、裁判所でこのケースが続いている限りは問題があり、彼は私にその利点と問題点を指摘してもくれました。「君はもっと多くの収入を得る事ができるでしょうもし君が彼らと一緒になるのなら、しかし君はそれがそれなりの値札といっしょに来る事を理解しなくてはなりません。今は君は君自身のボスです、君は君がしたいことは自由にできます、しかしもし君が彼らとパートナーになると、君は彼らのために利益を上げることに責任ができ、君は取締役会に従わねばならず、君は君の自由を失うことになるでしょう。」そして私はお金よりも自由を選びました・・・

私が香港にいたこの時期の間、他に私に起業を持ちかけてきた人たちがいました、私は彼らを全て断りました、彼らが甘い話をすればするほど、私は彼らを信用できませんでした。もし私が私のコネクションを使えばお金を集められるのか、そしてそれには私はどんな対価を払わなくてはならないのか?どのような他の選択しが私にあるのでしょうか?

最終決定を下す前に私がしなくてはならない第一にすることは何なのか解っていました、それはその会社のその女性に電話をして裁判所を介せずになんらかの妥協に同意できるかどうかで、彼女はその会社の弁護士でした。私は彼女に病気でここ半年間働いていないと言いました、もし彼らがこのケースで買っても私には100万USドルとそれに加えて弁護士料を払うことは可能ではないことも伝えました。私は破産するだけですと。彼女は私に返事をすると言いました。次の日彼女は私に電話を掛けてきて彼らの妥協案を私に伝えました:1、全ての英語と中国語の新聞に彼らのボスに対する謝罪文を載せること。2、私の弁護士に支払うよりも先に私のもっている全てのお金を彼らに渡す事。3、彼らは私の作品の全ての権利を有すること。全部聞いた後、なんの躊躇いもなく私は電話を切りました。「何だって!」と私の弁護士は叫びました、「君は何も悪い事はしていない、何故君が彼らの公の場で謝らねばならんのだ!!もし君がそうすなら、君は世界の誰にも面と接することが出来なくなるぞ!彼女の電話を切って良かったぞ!」決断は今や簡単でした、妥協はありえません!もっとも私の友達の内の二人は言いましたが、「たぶん同意できるのでは?誰もそんな文章には気づかないかもしれないし?」いいえ、私にはどれも妥協できる事ではなく、私は全てを失うかもしれないことは良く理解できていました、全てのお金を失うことも、しかし一つだけ失わないものもあることも判っていました、それは、わたしの尊厳です!
~つづく~ ___

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10 years Part 6 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 6
In 2005, by chance I was contacted by a sound studio for possible work. I realized that they also have done some work for the company I was involved in the law suit with. During our conversation, the woman told me, " oh, they gave us such a hard time, but another company we know had even more troubles with them..." Later I found out from my friend in the same industry in Japan that their reputation among vendor's companies in Japan was also not good. Another friend found from the news that this same company was also involved in a business contract law suit in China! So at least I was not the only one...I was just so naive and stupid..I did not know what sort of people I was dealing with. Perhaps. this is a hard lesson for me to learn.

In Christmas 2006, I came to Japan to visit my relatives andfriends, after going to take some photo... more »

10 years Part 6 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 6
In 2005, by chance I was contacted by a sound studio for possible work. I realized that they also have done some work for the company I was involved in the law suit with. During our conversation, the woman told me, " oh, they gave us such a hard time, but another company we know had even more troubles with them..." Later I found out from my friend in the same industry in Japan that their reputation among vendor's companies in Japan was also not good. Another friend found from the news that this same company was also involved in a business contract law suit in China! So at least I was not the only one...I was just so naive and stupid..I did not know what sort of people I was dealing with. Perhaps. this is a hard lesson for me to learn.

In Christmas 2006, I came to Japan to visit my relatives and friends, after going to take some photos in Zao, I got very sick with an infection in my jaw that could not be healed by antibiotics. Every other day, I had to go to the hospital to have the infected area cleaned and sent out the pus, the infection later spread to my ears and eventually needed to be operated on. I could not return to Hong Kong for half a year, by June, I received a letter from my solicitor in Hong Kong that the case would be going to trial in August and I should return to Hong Kong to meet with him.

I went back to Hong Kong to meet with my solicitor. My solicitor was a very busy man, he came out from his client's meeting to see me in the hotel lobby. " since we won in the district court, there is a good chance that we could win in high court, but you must hire the counsel ( Barrister) I recommended. I have worked with him in many cases and our record of winning is 99%. He is one of the top in Hong kong and is expansive, I can ask him to give you a discount but will cost you still 7000 HKD/hour (123 yen/USD in 2007, 903.22USD, 111,096yen/hr ) and for him to take the case, you must first pay him a deposit of 480,000 HKD ( 61,935 USD 7,618,005 yen ), this is to exclude the time for preparation for the trial and the trial.. so you can estimate the final cost would be a few times more than what I told you at least. And you have to also estimate my service at 5000HKD/hour, I would be willing to give you a discount. " I calculated in my head, if 4X 61, 935=247,740USD, 30,483,250yen , plus my solicitor, maybe another 180,000USD, 22140,000 yen, at least so we are talking about easily close to half a million USD or more, 61,500,000yen I thought for a minute and decided that I should be honest with him. " I certainly don't have that much money in cash, unless I borrow..." He looked into my eyes and told me, " Listen, I like you very much, I think of you as my friend, I don't want to make money out from you, so I will tell you, if you have to borrow, don't do it. Because in high court, even if we win, you can only get back 60% of the lawyer's fee, so you can calculate, you will be losing 40%.." Meaning even if I win, I would still lose 200,000USD , 24,600,000 yen ! " You can also call them and see if we could come to some kind of settlement outside of court, but knowing them, I doubt they would agree on good terms." My solicitor said to me. " Thank you very much for all your help and advise, I will think about it and get back to you." As I walked away, I knew this would be the most difficult decision in my life. To borrow the money that I don't have and spend years to pay back, to go bankrupt, or to beg...I have never in my life felt so alone, I only wish someone would hug me and say, " it's only a nightmare, you will wake up and all will be ok...." but it is a nightmare I cannot wake up from easily....I sat in front of my computer and cried knowing very well I must make the decision I would not regret for
the rest of my life. ~to be continued~

2005年に偶然にサウンド・スタジオに仕事の打診を受けました。彼らもまた私が裁判沙汰に巻き込まれたその会社と仕事をしたことに気がつきました。その女性と話していると彼女は私に、「おお、彼らは私たちにとってもやっかいな目に遭わせてくれたのよ、でももう一つの私たちの知っている会社は、彼らのせいでさらに大きなトラブルに見舞われたのよ・・・」と言いました。後日私は日本にいる同じ産業の友達から下請け業者における彼らの評判も良くないものだと聞きました。もう一人の友達はこの同じ会社が中国で契約違反に関する訴訟に巻きこまれているというニュースを見つけました!これで私はたった一人だけではないことを知りました・・・私はとても騙されやすくて馬鹿だっただけなのです・・私はどのような人たちの相手をしていたのかしりませんでした。多分これはわたしにとって厳しい教訓でした。

2006ねんのクリスマスに、蔵王で写真を撮った後、私は日本の親戚や友達を訪れにやってきました。私の顎が酷く化膿して抗生剤でも簡単には治りませんでした。毎日病院に通って化膿した部分を消毒して膿みを出さねばなりませんでした、化膿は耳にまで広がってやがて手術をすることになりました。香港には半年間戻ることができませんでした。6月には香港の弁護士から手紙が来てケースの裁判は8月になるとありましたそして、私は香港に戻って彼と会うべきであると。

私は香港に戻ってこの弁護士に会いました。私の弁護士はとても忙しい男で、彼は彼の顧客のミーティングを抜け出してホテルのロビーに私に会いにやってきました。「地方裁判所のケースが勝てたので高等裁判所で勝つことのできるチャンスがあるが、しかし君は私の推薦するこの法廷弁護士を雇わねばならないよ。私はかれと良く仕事を一緒にしていて、勝率は99%だ。彼は香港ではトップクラスだが、高価でもある、私は君のために割引てくれるよう頼むが、それでも時給で7000香港ドル(US$903で2007年は1ドル123円でしたので、時給11万1000円)そして彼がケースを受けるのにはまず最初に480,000 香港ドル ( US$61,935 7,618,005円)を最初に払い込まねばないません。これは裁判の準備と裁判に出席する費用は別だ・・これで君は最終的なコストが私が言っている3、4倍なると推定できる。そして君は私の仕事を時給5000香港ドルだと見積もってくれ。私は君に割引価格を出そう。私の頭の中で計算してみると、もしif 4X 61, 935USD=US$247,740,= 30,483,250円、それにわたしの弁護士代が、さらにUS$180,000、=2,2140,000円, ということは500万USドルか61,500,000円ぐらいの話をしているということです。ほんの一瞬考えて私は彼に正直になろうと思いました。「私はそんな高額のお金を現金で持ってはいません、借りるのでなければ・・・」彼は私のめをみて言いました、「聞いてほしい、私は君が大好きだ、君を私の友達だと思っている、私は君からお金を儲けようとは思っていない、だから君に言うよ、借りなければならないのなら、よしなさい。高等裁判所でたとえ勝っても君は60%しか弁護士費用を返してもらえない、だから君は40%のお金を失うと計算できるはずだ。”つまり例え私が勝っても、US$200,000, 24,600.000円を失ってしまうということです!「君は彼らに電話をして示談にできるかどうかやってみてもいい、でも彼らの古都を知る限り、彼らが裁判以外でなんだかのいい条件で同意に達するとは思えない。」と私の弁護士は言いました。「あなたの全ての援助とアドバイスをありがとうございます。私は考えてあなたに連絡します。」歩き去るにつれて、私はこれが人生において最も難しい決断だと解っていました。私が持っていないそのお金を稼いで返すには何年かかるでしょうか、破産しましょうか。もしくは許しを請う・・・私は人生においてこれほど独ぼっちになったことはありませんでした。私はただ誰かが抱きしめてくれてこう言ってくれることを願いました、「それはただの悪夢で、起きると全ては大丈夫だよ・・・」しかしそれは簡単には起き上がることのできない悪夢でした・・・・コンピュータの前に座って泣きました、残りの人生において後悔しない決断をしなくてはならないことを知りながら。~つづく~___

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10 years Part 5 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 5
But crying could not solve any problem, could it? I knew I had no other choice but to face whatever given to me and make the best of it. The road ahead was difficult and I alone must walk it.
Of course I am always grateful that I have many friends who helped me through this difficult period with their support and encouragement. Some helped me by looking up past cases, gathered information, offered to lend me money; I remember one friend saying," I don't have much, but whatever I have, you can have....". Another friend proofread ever single legal document I wrote spending hours to make sure all my points are valid. I honestly think he did more than the counsel I hired. It is in times of difficulties that we can really tell who our true friends are.

During this period I made one major mistakehiring the wrong counsels who was only ... more »

10 years Part 5 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 5
But crying could not solve any problem, could it? I knew I had no other choice but to face whatever given to me and make the best of it. The road ahead was difficult and I alone must walk it.
Of course I am always grateful that I have many friends who helped me through this difficult period with their support and encouragement. Some helped me by looking up past cases, gathered information, offered to lend me money; I remember one friend saying," I don't have much, but whatever I have, you can have....". Another friend proofread ever single legal document I wrote spending hours to make sure all my points are valid. I honestly think he did more than the counsel I hired. It is in times of difficulties that we can really tell who our true friends are.

During this period I made one major mistake hiring the wrong counsels who was only after my money. But my solicitor was good and won the case for me in district court. Together we read many books on IP law thus we realized that I as the creator holds the copyright of the material the moment I created it and it was no way for them to sue me for copyright infringement to claim their rights unless they literally hold my hand to work on my computer. At this point, the opponent side changed the law suit to damage lawsuit saying because I did not cooperate with them, it costed them 1 million USD loss. It must be a joke, how can my work be worth 1 million? And if it were so valuable to them, why can't they just pay me the small sum instead of forcing me to sign a paper that is not true?

The year 2005 and 2006 were the best time and the worst time of my life. I was happy with my work, met many new friends who are very good to me, learned a lot about photography, had new opportunities..and it was worst because the pressure of the lawsuit was mounting, I have never cried so much in my life. I understand very well that I have only 2 choices, one is to feel sorry for myself and to comply with their demands or the second is to fight back for my dignity and my principles. I chose the later knowing very well I could lose everything I own. It was a risk I was willing to take. I must prepare for the worst, I went to talk to my CPA friend about possible bankruptcy, he told me, "It is not so bad, you would be given enough money to live on, same as your current level, you only need to pay them the extra money you earn. You can take a break, no need to work hard, just make enough to sustain your current living." I sometimes wished it were a nightmare that I could wake up from, but unfortunately, it was reality! Perhaps it is how one learn to be strong, when one is pushed against all odds and the only way to survive is to fight! I did not tell my mother, there was no point to worry her, the only person who can really help me is me, it is my own life I must be responsible for. Even if I were to loose, I would loose with dignity. ~to be continued~
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しかし泣く事は何の解決にもなりません?そうでしょうか?私は他の選択しがあることを知っていました、しかし私に与えられたなんでも向き合って最善を尽くすことにしました。向かっている道のりは困難で、私は一人で歩かねばならないのです。もちろん、多くの友達がこの困難な時期を通して彼らが支援して励ましてくれたことには常に感謝しています。過去のケースを見てくた人、情報を集めてくれた人、お金を貸してくれることを申し出てくれた人、ある友達がこう言っていたのを思い出します、「私には多くはない、でも持っているものなら、なんでも使っていい・・・・」。もう一人の友達は私が何時間もかけて書いた抗弁書の論点が正しいか全てを校正してくれました。正直なところ、彼は私が雇った法律顧問よりもよく働いたと思います。本当の友達が誰なのか良く判る困難な時期でした。

この時期の間、私は私のお金だけが欲しかった法律顧問を雇ってしまうという一つの大きな間違いを犯しました。しかし私の弁護士は良かったので、地方裁判所のケースは勝ちました。私たちは一緒に著作権法の本を読みました、よってに私たちはクリエイターとしての私は私が作るやいなやその物の著作権を有すのです、そして彼らが彼らの権利を主張して私を著作権侵害で告訴するのは無理があることが判りました、もっとも彼らが私の手を持って私のコンピュータで仕事すれば別ですが。この時点で、相手方は、告訴の理由を変えました、私が彼らと協力しないので損害が出たと言う損害賠償の告訴に変わりました損害金額は100万ドルとありました。冗談に違いありません、どうして私の仕事が100万ドルの価値があるのでしょうか?そしてそれがそんなに彼らにとって価値があるなら、どうして彼らは私に本当でない書類にサインすることを強制するより僅かなお金を払ってくれないのでしょうか?

2005年と2006年は、私の人生において最良と最悪の年でした。私は自分の仕事で幸せで私に良くしてくれる多くの友達に出会いました、写真について多くを学び、新しい機会を持ちました・・そしてそれは最悪で何故なら裁判の圧力が山の様だったのです、私は人生あんなに泣いたことはありません。私には2つしか選択肢がないことが解っていました、一つは自分を哀れに思って彼らの要求通りにすることです、二つ目は、私の尊厳と主義のために抗戦することです。私が持っている物を全て失うかもしれないと知りながら私は後者を選びました。それは私が覚悟の上での賭けでした。最悪じ事態に備えて、公認会計士をしている友達に破産の可能性について相談にいきました、彼は私に言いました、「そんなに悪くはないよ、あなたは生活するには充分なお金を与えられるよ、今と同じ水準でね、あなたが稼いだ余分なお金の分を彼らに払わなくてはならないだけだよ、ゆっくりして一生懸命働く必要が無くなって一休みできますよ、今の生活をするのに充分なだけ稼げばいいのです。」私は時にこれが悪夢で起きれば消えてしまうことを願いました、しかし不幸にして、それは現実なのです!多分それがいかに人が強くなるのか学ぶ方法ではないでしょうか、ある物がすべての障害に面した時、唯一の方法は生存のために戦うしかありません!私はこれを母には言いませんでした、彼女を心配させる理由はありませんでした、本当に私を助けてくれるのは、自分自身だけで、それは私が私自身の人生に責任を取らなくてはならないということでした。例え私が負けても、私は尊厳を持って負けましょう。
~つづく~
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2014-01-27 11:54:15 (85 comments, 11 reshares, 458 +1s)Open 

10 years Part 4 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 4
In the next few months when I was working on this project, my financial condition did not improved since my resident statue was still pending.  I had done some brand identity work for a fashion company in China for three of their fashion chains but I could not get pay since I had no company's bank account, my client, later became my friend, the creative director of the fashion company, was very kind and helpful, he paid me in cash out of his own pocket and later deduct the money from the check I could not cash. With this money I lived on, but it was not enough to pay my colleagues so I could only asked them to be patience with me.

During this period, we worked on the graphics, built an interactive experience, and edited videos. My client was happy with the result of our work but it was very difficult toget pay. Eventually, this company sent m... more »

10 years Part 4 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 4
In the next few months when I was working on this project, my financial condition did not improved since my resident statue was still pending.  I had done some brand identity work for a fashion company in China for three of their fashion chains but I could not get pay since I had no company's bank account, my client, later became my friend, the creative director of the fashion company, was very kind and helpful, he paid me in cash out of his own pocket and later deduct the money from the check I could not cash. With this money I lived on, but it was not enough to pay my colleagues so I could only asked them to be patience with me.

During this period, we worked on the graphics, built an interactive experience, and edited videos. My client was happy with the result of our work but it was very difficult to get pay. Eventually, this company sent me a document entitled " Certificate of Employment" stating that all works we did belonged to them, no payment was mentioned in this paper, and if I do not sign this document within 24 hours they would take me to court for copyright infringement. My relationship with them was never employer/employees, I was their vendor who was never on their payroll. My friend asked his company's lawyer to review the document for me, the lawyer told me I could not sign such paper because it would not be legal since such relationship never existed.  Instead , my friend advised me to look for a lawyer to represent me, with his help, I found a very good lawyer and started my three years of nightmare.

By this time I have received my resident ID and could legally work in Hong Kong. I rented a  small apartment and moved in, registered my business and luckily landed a very big project so I could finance my legal cost. Copyright infringement must go to high court in Hong Kong, meaning I need to hire a solicitor and a counsel. The cost of my solicitor was 5000 HKD/hour (645USD/hr, in yen with 118yen/dollar exchange rate (back in 2005)  76110 yen/hr) and counsel could cost up to 7000 HKD/hr  ( 903USD 106,554 yen/hr ) Of course there were no copyright infringement, I kept all my work confidential, I never release to anyone, upload to anywhere, share with anyone, or sell for profit. But to prove I am innocent, I must go to court, justice is NOT free!

My next project was very demanding.  It gave me the opportunity to work together with world class architecture firms and production company. Part of my work was to build 2 interactive screens for an exhibition that incorporated hundreds of architecture plans and renderings.  As we were working on the project, more and more work was given to us based on the government requirement.
To meet the deadline, we were having meetings at all hours and for two weeks, I slept only for 1-2 hours each night.  While I could force myself to stay up to work, I have to give my colleagues reasonable amount of time to rest ( at least few hours), whatever they could not finish, I took it upon myself to do all. Even now, I am amazed how little sleep I could get away with. Thus, I could proudly say every single cent I earned, I earned with my hard work. And what did I use this money for? mostly to defend my innocent, to "purchase" justice…how many nights I sat in front of my computer and cried alone. ~to be continued~
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次の3、4ヶ月間、私は、このプロジェクトの仕事をしていました、私の住民票は未だに確定していなかったので経済状況は改善されませんでした。中国のファッション会社の3つのファッション・チェーン店のためのブランド・アイデンティティの仕事もやりましたが、会社の銀行口座が無いために支払ってもらうことはできませんでした、私の顧客のファッション会社のクリエイティブ・ディレクターは後に友達となり、とっても親切で助けてくれました、彼は自分のお金から現金で払ってくれて、後で小切手からその分を差し引いてくれました。このお金で私は生活しました、しかしそれは私の同僚に支払いをするには充分ではなかったので彼らに辛抱強く待ってくれるように頼むしかありませんでした。
その後このプロジェクトのために、私たちはグラフィック関係の仕事をしたり、インターアクティブパネルを作ったり、ビデオを編集したりしていました。私の顧客は私たちの仕事の結果に満足していましたが、支払ってもらうのはとても難しかったのです。とうとう私に”就労証明書”という書類が顧客から送られてきました、それには全ての作品は彼らのものとなるとありましたが、その書類には支払い金額についての記載はまったくありませんでした、そして私がこの書類に24時間以内にサインしなければ、私を著作権侵害で告訴するとありました。私と顧客の会社との関係は被雇用者・雇用者の関係であったことはありません、私は彼らの下請け業者で、職員として給与は受け取ったことはありませんでした。私の友達は彼の会社の弁護士に私のためにその書類を見てくれるように頼んでくれました。弁護士は、私にそのような関係は存在しなかったので、非合法となるため、その書類にサインすることは出来ないと言いました。代わりに、私の友達は私に弁護士を雇うように勧めてくれました、彼の助けを得て、私はとてもいい弁護士に巡り会えそして3年間の悪夢が始まったのです。
この頃には、私の香港市民IDを受け取っており香港で合法的に働く事ができるようになっていました、私は小さなアパートを借りて引越しました、会社を登録して、幸運にもとても大きなプロジェクトの契約を取る事が出来ました、従って法的なコストをカバーすることができたのです。著作権侵害は、香港では高等裁判所で告訴されたます、と言う事は、私は弁護士(solicitor)と法律顧問(counsel)を雇わねばなりません。私の弁護士の費用は時給5000HKドル(US$645,当時の1ドル118円のレートで76,110円の時給です)そして法務顧問の費用は時給7000HKドル(US$903,1ドル118円のレートで106,554円の時給です)ぐらいまでかかります。もちろん、著作権侵害なんてありえません、私は私の全ての仕事を機密にしています、誰にも見せず、どこにもアップロードしていません、他とは共有することもなく、もちろん売ったりなんかしていません。しかし、私自身が潔白であることを証明するためには裁判所に行かなくてはなりません、正義とは無料ではないのです!
私の次のプロジェクトはとっても多くを要求するものでした。それは私にワールドクラスの建築家や制作会社と一緒に仕事をする機会を与えてくれました。私の受け持ちは展示会で2つのインターアクティブ・スクリーンを制作することでした。このインターアクティブ・スクリーンは、何百という建造物のプランや図面を含んでいます。このプロジェクの仕事をしていると、政府の条件によってどんどん仕事が追加されていきました。締め切りに間に合わせるため、私たちは2週間の間、昼間も夜中もミーティングをしました、私は毎晩1時間か2時間しか眠れませんでした。私が私自身をむりやり起きて仕事をさせている間、同僚にはリーズナブルな休養時間(少なくとも3、4時間)は与えなくてなりません、彼らが終わらない部分は、私自身で終わらせました。今であっても、いかに少ない睡眠でなんとかなっていたのが驚きです。従って、私は全ての1セントを自分の努力で稼いだことを誇りを持って言えるのです。そして、そのお金を私は何に使ったのでしょうか?ほとんどは、私の潔白を守るため、正義を”買う”ために使いました・・・何日私はコンピュターの前に座って夜泣いていたことでしょか。
~つづく~
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2014-01-26 12:26:42 (85 comments, 19 reshares, 525 +1s)Open 

10 years Part 3 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 3
“God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”― Karen Blixen
In 2004 when I first landed this project after months of hard work and making numerous demos, I was overjoyed. This would be the first time for me to work with world class people and to produce something that would be seen by millions. I was very determine to do my best no matter what it may takes. I am a very different person from my colleague who quit due to temporary illness, I remember saying to him at the time, " You' re going to quit right about the time we are going to do the final demo? If it were me, even if I were in the hospital, I would crawl out from my bed and finish the work, I would never give up after so much hard work.!" Of course he is not me, he would think I am a heartless personwho cares only about work.

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10 years Part 3 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 3
“God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.”― Karen Blixen
In 2004 when I first landed this project after months of hard work and making numerous demos, I was overjoyed. This would be the first time for me to work with world class people and to produce something that would be seen by millions. I was very determine to do my best no matter what it may takes. I am a very different person from my colleague who quit due to temporary illness, I remember saying to him at the time, " You' re going to quit right about the time we are going to do the final demo? If it were me, even if I were in the hospital, I would crawl out from my bed and finish the work, I would never give up after so much hard work.!" Of course he is not me, he would think I am a heartless person who cares only about work.

In 2004 when I first went to Hong Kong, I was on a tourist visa, meaning I could stay 3 months for touring purpose, that I could not rent an apt, have internet connection ( those were the days before wifi was widely use), have my own mobile account, register a business ( Hong Kong, unlike Japan, requires all service provider to register as a business.) thus cannot have a bank account or receive any payment…

At the time, many friends offered me help, opened a mobile account for me, let me use their broad band, lend me their notebook when my notebook broke down, one friend even agree to open a company for me but I turned him down the last moment because I did not want to get him into any troubles should there be any complication with my business, and it was good that he was not involved because I did had a lot of problems with my business later on.

In retrospective, I now realized I was very ignorant and even stupid in regard to business law. I simply need an agent to be my representative, and I can register a company, have a bank account and do business in Hong Kong legally while I apply for my resident card. If I were then the person I am today, I simply would research all infos from the internet, call up the government office and ask them for advise on what I could do under such circumstances, and, perhaps, all would have been all right then. But I was behaving like a shy frightened child, I was afraid to deal with any legal problems, just waiting passively for my resident card to be approved. 

My budget was very limited, some of my saving were tied up with a fund that had gone below the value I purchased. I did some other work but I could not receive money because there were no business bank account for me to receive money..Hotels in Hong Kong are very expansive ( more so than Japan), since I could not rent an apt, I rented a small room in a guest house that I could barely open my suitcase. In this small room, I worked almost 18 hours everyday, eating only fast food or frozen food from 7-11. Once a week I would go to meet with a person who was in the senior management of this company to discuss the progress of my work. She was always very kind to me, treated me like a good friend. She often praised me highly and liked my work a great deal. But often during our meetings, I could see how she dealt with other vendors whom she treated very rude with no respect. This would eventually be a good lesson to me, the people who talk sweetest to you and praise you most would be the first to betray you, and NEVER, never think you are so special that they are nice only to you while they are nasty to others. The world is never like that, I should judge a person by how they treat others, not by how they treat me, because sooner or later, they would treat me just like how they treat others…I am nothing special. ~to be continued~

”遠くまで道が見えすぎないようにするために神は世界を丸くした。” ー カレン・ブリィクセン

2004年、何ヶ月もの努力と多くのデモをした後、私はこのプロジェクトを始めることができて、私はとっても喜んでいました。これは私にとってワールド・クラスの人たちと一緒に仕事をして何百万人の人々に見てもらうものを制作する初めてのことでした。私は何が何でも最高の仕事をしようと決心していました。私は一時の病で辞めてしまった同僚とは全く違った人間でした、私は彼にその時こう言ったのを覚えています、「あなたは、私たちが最後のデモをしようと言う時に辞めてしまうの?もし私だったら、例え入院していても、病院のベッドから這い出して仕事を終わらせるよ、これほど努力した後に、諦めてしまうなんて私にはできないよ!」もちろん彼は私の言う事など聞いていませんでした、彼は私が仕事のことだけを考えている害のない人間だと思っていたことでしょう。


2004年に香港へ行った時、観光ビザしか持っていませんでした。つまり私は3ヶ月間観光のためにとどまることができただけなのです。ということは、アパートも借りることはできませんし、インターネットも接続できません(まだWiFiが広く使われている前だったのです)、私自身の携帯電話も持てませんし、企業登録(香港は日本と違って、サービス提供するものは全て登録しなくてはなりません)もできません、よってに銀行口座も持てませんしお金の支払いも受け取れません・・・

その時は、多くの友達が援助を申し出てくれました、携帯電話のアカウントを私のために開けてくれたり、彼らのブロードバンドを使わせてくれたり、私のノートパソコンが壊れると新しいノートパソコンを借りさせてくれたり、ある友達は私のために会社を開設することを同意してくれました、でも私は最後に彼の申し出を断りました何故なら私は彼に私の事業の面倒ごとに引き入れたくなかったからです、そして彼が関係しなくて良かったのです何故なら私の事業で後に多くの問題を抱えるからです。


回顧してみると、商法に関して言えば私はとても無知で馬鹿ですらあったのだと思います。私は単に私の代理としてのエージェントが必要だったのです、そして私は会社を登録できて、銀行口座も作れて、香港で法的に業務ができたのです、同時に私の住民票を申し込めたのです。もしそれが、今の私であれば、全ての情報をインターネットから探し出して、役所に電話をして、このような状況下でどのようにすればいいのかアドバイスを得ようとしたでしょう、そしてそれで全てはうまくいったことでしょう。しかし私は内気な怖がっている子供ように対応していました、私は法的な問題が起こる事を恐れていました、私の住民票が承認されるのを消極的に待っているだけでした。

私の予算は非常に限られたもので、私の貯金のいくらかは私が買ったときとよりも下がってしまっているファンドになっていました。いくらかの仕事をしましたが、商用の銀行口座が無いためお金を受け取ることはできませんでした・・香港のホテルはとても高価で(日本よりも高くつきます)、アパートを借りることが出来なかったので、スーツケースをようやく開けることのできるぐらいのスペースしか無い様なゲストハウスの小さな部屋を借りました。その小さな部屋で、毎日ほとんど18時間働きました、ファーストフードとセブンイレブンから買った冷凍食品を食べながら。週に一度、私はこの会社の上級管理職の人と仕事の進行具合についてのミーティングをしていました。彼女はいつも私にとても親切でした、私を良き友のように相手をしてくれました。彼女はよく私の仕事を賞賛してくれて私の作品をとても気に入ってくれました。しかし私たちのミーティングの間、彼女が他の業者に対応しているのか見る事がありました、彼女は彼らを酷くあしらってまったく尊重なんかはしていませんでした。これはその内にわたしにとってとてもいい経験になるのです、甘い言葉を欠けてくれたり賞賛してくれる人間は、最初にあなたを裏切る者であり、決して、決してあなたが特別だとは思ってはいけなっくて、彼らが他に対して酷い対応をしているのにあなたにだけ親切だとは思ってならないということです。この世はそのようなものではありません、私はその人が私にどのように対応するより他の人にどのように対応しているかによって判断するべきだったのです、何故なら遅かれ早かれ、彼らは私を他の人たちと同じ様に対応するのですから・・・私は何も特別な存在ではありません。~つづく~___

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2014-01-24 12:06:40 (67 comments, 43 reshares, 466 +1s)Open 

10 years Part 2 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 2
"Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."  Richard M. Nixon

Though I have never been on the highest mountain, I have, in the past 10 years, been in the deepest valley.  This was something I've never talked about in public before because every time when I mentioned it to a good friend, I could feel my whole body trembles… Maybe now, after many years, I could finally find some peace within myself and accepted what happened as a hard lesson learned.  Life is not fair, and justice has to be purchased with money, it is a cold hard fact of life.

My story started 3 years before I went to Hong Kong to work.  Back in 2001, I wanted to make a website to showcase the photos I took from my backpack trip around theworld. My photos at that time were very ordin... more »

10 years Part 2 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間 パート 2
"Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."  Richard M. Nixon

Though I have never been on the highest mountain, I have, in the past 10 years, been in the deepest valley.  This was something I've never talked about in public before because every time when I mentioned it to a good friend, I could feel my whole body trembles… Maybe now, after many years, I could finally find some peace within myself and accepted what happened as a hard lesson learned.  Life is not fair, and justice has to be purchased with money, it is a cold hard fact of life.

My story started 3 years before I went to Hong Kong to work.  Back in 2001, I wanted to make a website to showcase the photos I took from my backpack trip around the world. My photos at that time were very ordinary, nothing more than snapshots…but I was ambitious, I wanted to show off to the world my travels.  For three months, I almost locked myself in my room and learned Flash and photoshop.  Spending almost 18 hours a day and after many redo..I finally finished a site that I was kind of satisfied with.  2001 was a period before Google initial public offering, Yahoo was the main search engine, all I wanted was to have my site listed in Yahoo directory.  To maximize my chances, I submitted my site to different Yahoo world wide.  I received a reply from Yahoo Singapore telling me that I have no address in my site and Yahoo would publish sites with address only. I knew no one in Singapore then, the closest was Hong Kong, I then asked a friend to open a PB Box for me in Hong Kong hoping that Yahoo Singapore would accept it and place me in their directory.  To my surprise, I got an email from them telling me that they have selected my site as their editor's Daily Pick, and would feature it in Yahoo Sg, Yahoo Hong Kong and Yahoo Asia.  I couldn't believe it, this was more than I ever dreamed of, I started crying…I was worried I was dreaming and everything would end when I wake up.  This was the first time in my life I cried because of happiness…and perhaps fear…after my site was published in Yahoo, it was also featured in many different search engines and multimedia/design websites/publications. I was contacted by a graphic design magazine and featured my work together with posters like Lord of the Ring, Pearl Harbor…This was way more than I ever expected. I cried and cried and continued to build more sites using my photos.  In the next three years, my sites were featured in Yahoo USA and won awards as Best Web Design..etc. and at the same time, I was contacted by companies asking me to design for them, it was how I started my career in the design field. 

Again back to 2001, I saw a site of a company while I was in Paris with my friend, I said to my friend then, this site is not good, my friend joked and said, " why don't you build one for them?"  I said, " yes, I will."  Finally in 2004, armed with my three years experiences,  I went to work in Hong Kong and approached this company as a vendor for interactive and design work. I have never been a gentle sweet girl since my childhood, any traditional feminine life style or line of work does not appeal to me.  I though of myself as a little bull pushing forward against all odds. I am a designer with some knowledge of Flash, I of course could not do all work, thus I had some colleagues I worked with.  Right before the final presentation, one of my colleagues quit due to illness and personal reasons. It was a big problem because he was responsible for video and aftereffect which I knew very little of. I told myself, when there is a will, there is a way, after all these hard works to secure the project, I would let nothing ruins it.  I bought some books and studied day and night, I told myself I am a fast leaner, I must learn and I did,  we got the project!  But I did not know overcoming one obstacle could only leads to more obstacles…. I was very ignorant and inexperienced in the business world,  too naive…and trusting the wrong people which eventually led to the biggest nightmare of my life. ~to be continued~

“谷の最も深いところへ行った事がある者だけが、山の頂上がどれほど崇高なのか知る事ができる。” リチャード・ニクソン

私は最も高い山に登ってみたことはないけれど、過去10年間で最も深い谷に入りました。これは今まで公の場で私が話した事の無い事柄です、なぜならこの事を仲のいい友達に話す時、私の身体が震えるのを感じたからです・・・多分今なら、何年も後であるなら、私自身の内に平安があり厳しい教訓を得た事を受け入れられると思うからです。人生は公平なものではなく、正義をお金で買わなくてはなりません、それは人生においての冷たい事実なのです。

私の物語は香港で働き始める3年前に始まります。2001年に戻って、バックパッカーをして世界を廻った時に自分で撮った写真のショーケースとなるウェブサイトを作りたかったのです。その頃の写真は平凡なものでスナップ写真以上のものではありませんでした・・・私は世界に私の旅を見せびらかしたかったのです。3ヶ月ほど部屋に閉じこもってFlashとPhotoshopの使い方を学びました。毎日ほとんど18時間かけて、そして恐ろしい回数のやり直しをして・・なんとか満足のできるサイトがようやく出来上がりました。2001年はグーグルが、上場する前でした。ヤフーは主な検索エンジンで、ヤフーのディレクトリにサイトを登録をしたかったのです。私のチャンスを最大限にするには、世界中のヤフーに登録することです。シンガポールのヤフーから返事が来て、私の登録先の住所が無くて、ヤフーは公開するのに住所の表記が必要で、ヤフーはサイトを住所なくしては後悔してくれません。その頃シンガポールには知り合いはいませんでした、最も近いのは香港で、私は香港の友達に私書箱を開設してもらうように頼みました、ヤフーシンガポールがそれを私の住所と認めてくれてディレクトリに登録してくれることを願っていました。驚いたことにメールが来て、私のサイトが彼らの編集者のDaily Pickのサイトに選ばれてヤフーシンガポール、ヤフー香港、そしてヤフーアジアで特集してくれるというものでした。信じられなくて、これは夢にも見た以上で、私は泣き出しました・・・私は起きると全て夢で消えてしまうのではないかと心配になりました。これは人生は喜びから泣き出した初めての出来事でした・・・そして恐らくは怖くなって・・・サイトがヤフーに掲載された後、それは多くの様々な検索エンジンやマルチメディア・デザインのサイトや雑誌にも掲載されました。グラフィック・デザインの出版社から連絡があって掲載してくれるとのことでした、その雑誌はロード・オブ・ザ・リングやパールハーバーのポスターなどを掲載していました・・・これは私が期待していた以上の状況でした。私は泣いて泣いて私の写真を使ってもっとサイトを構築しました。次の3年間の内に私のサイトはヤフーUSAに特集され、ベストウェブデザインなどの賞を取り、同時にウェブサイトをデザインして欲しいという申し込みがいくつかの会社からありました。

2001年に戻りますが、友達と一緒にパリにいた頃、会社のサイトを見て友達にこのサイトは良くないと言うと、友達は冗談で、「彼らのためにサイトを作って上げたら?」と言っていました。私は、「そうですね、やってみましょう。」と言いました。ようやく2004年に、3年間の経験を持って、香港に働きに行きこの会社にデザインの仕事の下請け業者としての交渉を行いました。私は、子供の頃からの優しい親切な女の子ではありませんでした、伝統的な女性的なライフスタイルや好ましい仕事の種類もありませんでした。私は、全ての障害を押している小さな雄牛だと思いました。デザイナーでいくらかFlashの知識がありましたが、全ての仕事ができるわけではないので、一緒に仕事をしてくれる同僚が必要でした。最後のプレゼンテーションをする直前に、同僚の一人が病気と個人的な理由で辞めました、それはとっても大きな問題でした、彼はビデオとAftereffectを担当しており、私はそれらについて僅かしか知りませんでした。私は自身に言い聞かせました、意志があるなら方法はあると、結局大いに頑張って、何も欠けることなくプロジェクトを受けることができました。本を買って昼も夜も勉強しました、私は早く学べるのだと言い聞かせました学ばざるおえなくて、私は達成してプロジェクトを我がものとしたのです!しかし、私は、障害を乗り越えることはさらなる障害に向かっていくことだと知りませんでした・・・・私はとてっもビジネス世界について無知で経験が足らず、未熟で・・・そして私の人生の最大の悪夢に繋がる間違った人々を信じました。
~つづく~___

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10 years 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間
Finally I am home after 10 days abroad finishing some business in China. I was hoping I could spend more free time in Hong Kong but instead, most of my time were spent in working and cleaning up things.

Perhaps, this should be my resolution in 2014, make myself work hard and take care of things I don't want to do. I never like the business side of my work, maybe because I am an artist, I only like to create but unfortunately, I have presentations to make, meetings to attend, clients to please, contracts to sign, legal matters to deal with…all these sometimes make me feel very stressful.

It was exactly 10 years ago I left US and went to work in Hong Kong, a place where I knew no one, had no family or friends, except those people I met in a photo sharing site online who later became my good friends. 10 yearsperhaps is not a long time in a per... more »

10 years 日本語版は英語版の後に続きます 10年間
Finally I am home after 10 days abroad finishing some business in China. I was hoping I could spend more free time in Hong Kong but instead, most of my time were spent in working and cleaning up things.

Perhaps, this should be my resolution in 2014, make myself work hard and take care of things I don't want to do. I never like the business side of my work, maybe because I am an artist, I only like to create but unfortunately, I have presentations to make, meetings to attend, clients to please, contracts to sign, legal matters to deal with…all these sometimes make me feel very stressful.

It was exactly 10 years ago I left US and went to work in Hong Kong, a place where I knew no one, had no family or friends, except those people I met in a photo sharing site online who later became my good friends. 10 years perhaps is not a long time in a person's life, but the past 10 years have been the most significant years in my life where I learned so many new things and accomplished things I never dreamed of doing. There were moments of laughters and satisfaction seeing my own projects came to a successful completion and there were moments of sadness and tears when dealing with the unethical people of the business world. What I have learned is that the people who talk the nicest to you, praise you most are the first to betray you and hurt you, but I know at the same time, because of the difficulties I encountered, I become stronger and more independent.

It was hard even for me to believe, this once shy little girl could finally grown up to be a woman who never takes no for an answer. I still remember the first presentation I made I was so scared my hands were trembling. I felt it was not me giving a speech, I was just playing a role pretending to be a knowledgable person while in reality I was just a frightened little girl. And perhaps, I really am…coated within this woman was just a shy little girl longing for approval and affection.

One of the things I learned in the past 10 years is I must be myself and speak my own mind, those who like me would respect me for who I am and those who do not like me would not accept me anyway. The most challenging questions I faced in the past 10 years was when trying to secure a project with a movie company, I was given an abstract title of a movie and asked what I think the scenario of the story should be. I of course had absolutely no idea since this is a producer who keeps all his works a top secret, I used only my imagination, thinking if they do not like what I have to say, it is really too bad…so I said, " It is a story about a mood, a feeling, an emotion suspended in time and space where the past is but a dream and the future an illusion. it is about love, for love ought to looks beyond what the eyes could see, beyond the years, beyond the pain and suffering, love looks at the soul, knows only the soul, believes in the soul and knows no limitation. Love is not spoken with words but in an unyielding faith of strength and light. It is a story about ordinary people living an ordinary life, for only through persistence and pertinacity in ordinary common things could we find the fortitude and courage to keep on going, to try again when we fail. it is a love story, for to really live, is to love no matter how painful it maybe…." ~to be continued~

中国での仕事を片付け終わってようやく戻って来ました。香港でもう少し自由な時間を過ごす事ができれば良かったのですが、ほとんどの時間は仕事だったり、整理などに費やしていました。これが多分私の2014年になすべき目標だと思うのです、一生懸命頑張ってやりたくないことを進めてみょうと思います。私の仕事のビジネス面は全く好きではありません、それは私が芸術家だからかもしれません、創造することだlけが大好きですが、不幸にしてプレゼンテーションをしたり、会議で出たり、顧客を接待したり、契約書にサインしたり、法的な面でも対応しなくてはなりません・・・
アメリカを去って香港に働きに行ったのはきっちり10年前になります、誰も知っている人はいなくて、家族も、友達もいなくて、オンラインの写真共有サイトで知り合った人たちぐらいでした、後にこの人たちとはとてもいいお友達になるのですが。10年間というのは人の一生で長い時間ではないかもしれません、でもこの10年間は、私の人生においてもっとも重要な10年間だったと言えると思います、とても多くの事を学び夢にも見た事の無い事を達成できました。私のプロジェクトが成功を収めて笑いと満足のある瞬間があり、ビジネス界で不道徳な人間と取引があって悲しみと涙した瞬間もあります。私が学んだ事は、とても優しくしてくれて誉め称えてくれる人は最初に裏切り傷つける者なのであり、しかし同時に解った事は、私が遭遇した困難の御陰で、私はより強くなり、より自立できました。
私にとってすらも内気な小さな女の子が、とうとうノーと言う答えを受け入れない女性に成長できたことはほとんど信じられないことです。最初の行ったプレゼンテーションを今でも覚えています、怖くて私の手は震えていました。私が喋っているのではなくて、本当は小さな女の子が震えているだけなのに知的な人間のまねをしているだけのように感じたものでした。そして恐らくは私はほんとうは・・・この女性の内なるものは認めてもらったり愛情を求めている内気な小さな女の子でできているのだと思うのです。
過去10年間で学んだことの一つは、私は私自身ではならず、私自身の心から話さねばいけないということです、私のことが好きな人は、私が私であることを尊重し、私が嫌いな人はどちらにせよ私が嫌いなのです。過去10年間で直面したもっとも難しい問題は、ある映画会社とのプロジェクトを締結しようとしたときに、私は抽象的な映画の題名を与えられ、どのような内容であるべきものなのか述べよというものがありました。私はもちろん全く解りませんでした、このプロデューサーは全ての彼の仕事を最高機密にしているので、私は私の想像力を使うしかありませんでした、彼らが私の言わなくてはならないことを気に入らないかもしれないと思ったものでした、もしそうなら、どうしようもありません・・・そこで私は言いました、「それはあるムード、ある感覚、ある感情が時と空間に止まってしまっており過去は夢でしかなく未来は虚像しかない。それは愛についてで、愛にとっては目で見るもっと向こうを見るべき者で、時を越えて、痛みや苦しみを越えて愛は魂を見て、魂のみが、魂の中に限界が無い事を知ります。愛は言葉で語られるものではなく、屈することのない信念の力と光によるものです。それは平凡な生活をしている平凡な人たちのお話で、平凡な一般的な不屈と粘り強さを通して、私たちは他おえれても進んでいくための不屈の精神と勇気を見つけます。それはラブ・ストーリーで、生きるとはどんなに痛くても愛することかもしれなと・・・・」~つづく~___

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