SATC is back!!!!

Hey everyone! Are you enjoying your own vacation?
Lately, I watched SATC on WOWOW. It was rebroadcast but really exciting and fun as expected!
Oh, by the way, do you know SATC? SATC is abbreviated of Sex and The City, and is American TV program that is broadcasted from 1998 to 2004, for a total of six seasons, and it got many awards, Emmy awards, Golden globe awards, etc…

This program set in New York City and the show focuses on four women in their mid-thirties. These women discuss their sexual desires and fantasies, and their pains in life and love. The show often depicts frank discussions about romance and sexuality, particularly in the context of being a single woman in her mid-thirties.
This show has four heroines who have attractive personality and way of live.

Carrie Bradshaw is the main character of heroines and she is the narrator of each episode. She works on her PowerBook in her apartment and writes her weekly column “Sex and the City” for the fictitious newspaper The New York Star. These articles are focusing on the different aspects of a relationship. She is known for unique fashion sense (particularly footwear. “Manoro Brahnik” foot wear.) by New York citizens. She is house-proud and heavy smoker.

Samantha Jones is the oldest and most sexually confident of heroines. She is an independent business woman, and made a go of the business. Now, she is an executive of own company. She is confident, strong, outspoken, calls herself a “try-sexual”, and has a number of relationships in the show. But one of her best qualities is her loyalty to her friends.

Charlotte York works in art gallery and has had a conventional upbringing. She has traditional attitude about relationships and is the most conservative and positive of the group. She is the one who places the most emphasis on emotional love, and a true romantic. She is always searching for her “knight in shining armor”. She likes elegant fashion, and her fashion and way of thinking is placed opposite position of Samantha.

Miranda Hobbes is a career-minded lawyer and has extremely cynical views on relationships and men. She graduated Harvard Law school and Carrie’s best friend, confidante, and voice of reason.

These four heroines are living in NEW YORK, and growing up through pain in love, business, and their life. Their attitude and friendships in these situation have strike a chord with numerous women in twenties and thirties all over the world. The last parts of each episode always give us purposeful thinking.

And, this program has one more remarkable point. It is each heroine’s fashion! Their individual fashion sense expresses their lifestyle and colors the story more gorgeously. And surprisingly, their fashion set a trend in real world at that time! The fiction TV program has changed the fashion of real world. That’s interesting!

Young woman who is wondering in love or interesting the trend probably will like this program. And, in this year after 4 years of end of this TV program, SATC will be a movie! Carrie and other attractive characters will be back! Wow, that sounds wonderful! The movie version has been already released in U.S, and it will be released in August 23, 2008.

Ahhhhh! I am aching with watch it! (548 words)

Apologize One Republic ft Timbaland

Now, I am listening to this music.

One Republic is an American Rock band formed in Colorado. After a few years of moderate success, they have since drawn mainstream attention with the release of their single "Apologize," which has sold in excess of 7 million singles worldwide. The song, according to Sound Scan Data, is one of only two songs that have reached 3 million legal downloads in history.

A remix of "Apologize" was featured on Timbaland
The band was formed by songwriter and Grammy-nominated record producer, Ryan Tedder and his high school friend, Zach Filkins, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Since the summer of 2006, One Republic has consistently been ranked as one of the top musical acts on MySpace due to heavy promotion within the online community. The band was beginning to get exposure on MySpace, becoming the number one unsigned act on the site. The band caught the attention of a number of labels, including Timbaland. The band signed to the Mosley Music group, becoming the first rock band signed to the label.

On tour, the band has been noted to cover popular songs
"Umbrella" by Rihanna- Like a number of acts in 2007, One Republic covered Rihanna's hit single, "Umbrella." (203 words)


Book review 2-2 Seasons and Celebrations

There are many celebrations in Japan. For instead, new year, coming of age day, constitution day, and children’s day.
Of course, U.S, and Canada also has many celebrations. Some of these are well known for Japanese. For instead, there are St. Valentine’s Day, Hallowe’en, and Christmas. And, there are also very important events for western country although it is unfamiliar to Japanese. These are Easter, the forth of July, and Thanks giving day and so on.

Easter is a Christian holiday on a Sunday in March or April to celebrate Jesus Christ’s return to life after his death. There is a legend in Christians that Jesus was executed by Romans in Jerusalem on Friday, and two days later he resurrected. Eggs are an important part of Easter because it means spring and new life. One Easter tradition is “egg-rolling”. People decorate eggs with different colors.
On Easter Sunday, people give chocolate Easter eggs as presents. These eggs have bees started in Europe in the 19th century and came to Britain in the 1870s. Many people go to church on Easter day. There are lots of flowers in the churches and people sing special Easter songs.

And next, do you know the Independence Day? It is not a movie! This is very very important day for American.
U.S was once a colony of England and people in the colonies had to pay taxes to England. So, they gradually became to think that American colonies want to be free from England and want their government to be in America.
And on 4 July 1776, Thomas Jefferson and his friends wrote the Declaration of independence in Philadelphia. The British and Americans fought each other until 1781 in the American war of Independence. Americans fought for independence, equality, and freedom.
In 1783, both sides agreed with the independence of America, and so the United States of America was born.
On Independence Day, there are special church events at this time, but most of the celebrations are out side because it is summer! Many families barbecue, eat, and play games in their gardens or in a park. In many towns, there are grand parades through the streets with loud music and bright colors.
Independence Day usually ends with lots of fireworks. It is like one big party.

And finally, it is thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday in the U.S. and Canada when families have a large meal together to celebrate and be thankful for food, health, families etc… It is celebrated in November in U.S. and in October in Canada. This event has been started hundreds of years ago.
In September 1620, English group called the Pilgrim Fathers has arrived in North America. They went away from England because of religion, and they wanted land for their families.
First, they thought that they are first person who got to America, but it was not. The first people were Indian. Sometimes the Pilgrims fought with the Indians but they also learned many things from them. The Indians showed them how to live in new land, and haw to grow and cook new kinds of fruit and vegetables.
The first winter was difficult for Pilgrims to get over. Many of them died because it was very cold and they had few foods. In the spring they started to grow food, helped by some friendly Indians, and the autumn, they celebrated for their first harvest.
The Pilgrims wanted to give thanks, not only for the harvest, but also for their new home, new life, and new friends. So, they invited Indians for party to say thanks for teaching and helping to grow some foods.
Most American and Canadian families still have a Thanksgiving Day dinner with their family. They have turkey and autumn vegetables, and pumpkin pie.

And, about St. Valentine’s Day, this event is very popular in Japan, too. However, in western country, man and woman send a gift or greeting card each other. It is not a chocolate. And also, man presents a red rose bouquet for woman.
In Japan, we, especially woman send a chocolate to man. It is not a tradition. One chocolate company used this event to boost their company sales.

This book was very interesting because some western popular event that is unfamiliar to Japanese was written in simple words. And it has many good pictures. I think that to know about the culture of foreign country is to know their history.

Good book! ( 745 words )