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Girls Mountain Climbing in Mini-Skirts a New Trend in Japan!

Wow! One thing I really like about Japan is that women still dress like women. I mean, on any given day, just about all the girls riding the trains are wearing dresses and are dressed up to kill.

Now Bloomberg reports that these sexy fashions are now trends for mountain climbing too as Japanese girls are mountain climbing in mini-skirts?

Forget the ice ax and $500 climbing boots. The mode du jour for today’s female mountain hikers in Japan is a miniskirt and leggings.
Not in the winter!
The North Face, a maker of Gore-Tex waterproof jackets, andAlpine Tour Service Co. are targeting “yama girls,” or mountain girls, the nickname for the growing number of women who are taking to the hills of Japan wearing short pants or fleece skirts with leggings and designer trekking boots.“I want to wear something cute like a skirt,” said Machiko Miyauchi, 25, who made her first ascent of Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest peak, earlier this year after buying new equipment and shoes. “Climbing is healing. You ca…

David Bowie, I Love You!

Goodbye, David Bowie....

You were the very first that made me crazy about one rock star and not just one song... 

You were the first one that I took drugs with and got high listening to... 

You were the one that made me hate my dark and wavy hair: I wanted to have straight blonde hair so I could make it orange... 

Because of you, I stayed indoors and never got a suntan in my entire life; that is why at nearly 60 today, I have no wrinkles. 

You were also the one who showed me that it was OK not to be the most popular boy in school and to be different and to be myself. 

David Bowie, I love you. 

You changed my life. 

I will never forget.

........For many years, David Bowie made me laugh and scream and sing and dream... Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, he made me remember how to cry again.


David Bowie - Starman(
David Bowie - Life On Mars(

A Japanese Zen Buddhist New Year's Prayer and a Drink of Sake

In Japan, it is customary for family and friends to get-together on New Year's morning and have sake and a toast along with some words - a sort of prayer - for the New Year.

This year, I sat and had a cup of sake and the words of the speaker - a priest who survived World War II - really shook me in their solemnness, stark realism and simplicity. He said,

"This next year may see the world full of war and no one knows what is going to happen to the economy. We may be seeing the start of the next great war and the next great depression.

No one knows if they will even be alive tomorrow."

He took a breath of exasperation - as if to suggest, "I've seen this all before" - and then he added,

The best one can do is to always try their best and to protect their health and survive it."

We all held our glasses high in the air and said, "Kanpai!" (cheers) and drank our sake.

I knew I was hearing the words of a very wise and experienced man.

Do your best and also …