a frog and hot water

Metaphor of frog and hot water, brought by my friend made me think about Japanese citizens and the situation of nuclear contamination from Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

When a frog was put in a boiling water, it will jump out because of intolerable heat. But when a frog is put in a cold water which its temperature increases little by little, the frog will not realize the upcoming threat and die.

We cannot visually see the existence of contamination without geiger counter.

When we get so used to live with news of nuke contamination leak and all other related ones, our sense of threat will be numb, the voice of those against the facility may lose the power and even cease.

Both mainstream and alternative media provides their own ‘geiger counter’ to their audience:the news and information of threat and safety with their own discourse.


We cannot perfectly figure out which is true and false. All we can do is to maintain our own index and follow our own belief, no matter what kind of result it may lead to.


The beauty of writing

“No matter what language it is, English or Japanese or Chinese, you need to keep writing to shape the beauty of it. If you have good writing skill and people can sense it, the chance will come toward you.”


Yes, indeed. These words given in the networking event I attended yesterday made me realize that just saying “I want to do this” and having a degree will not let me stand out from the other candidates.


There is no Cinderella story in London.


But luckily, there are chances scattered around. So if you are aware of it and keep your antenna up, you will find places to go and people to meet. Doing some chores (assignments), being in a high class family (having a good college degree) and dreaming of a dance party (networking events or even job interviews) is not enough.


You need to know where the party is, how to find the fairly god mother (go to fairlygodmom.com, just kidding). Make effort to follow her advice because there is no magic makeover. Then, send letters of “Please invite me to your party” to organizers. Once you are at the party, you should make yourself visible to the ‘prince charming.’

Maybe saying some background and what makes you special from others like “I have a skill to do multiple tasks at once,” “I can get along with others well” (by living with step family and doing several chores ordered by step-mom) will be good. In addition, be specific to what you want to do in the future is the must. In the case of Cinderella, she might say something like “I want to be independent and run a business; open a bakery or a cake shop.”

At the end, don’t forget to leave a shoe…nope, the business cards. Hopefully, take prince’s shoe as well…nope, a name card.


I am actually not the one to give advice, but the idea of paralleling the situation with Cinderella story popped out this morning and wanted to share with you.