Thanks for all your comments. It feels nice to be back into the rhythm of my regular Japanese life after the summer break! Actually, I have a difficult job to do today. I have to go around the house with the builder and decide the locations of all the wiring.
All my friends who have built houses tell me this is the area in which they made mistakes. They said that either they didn’t have enough electrical sockets, or they were in the wrong place. I think I have a good idea of what I need, but I’m sure I will make some mistakes too. Anyway, the frame of the house is done now, so you can go in and walk around. It’s actually bigger than I thought it would be, and I’m really looking forward to living there.
I think that this week’s topic is a very important one for modern-day society, and I think the commercial did a very good job of highlighting the problem. When you walk into a university classroom these days, the first thing you notice is lots of phones plugged into sockets all around the room. I use my phone quite a lot, but it always lasts through the day, so I wonder what these students are doing that makes them need to recharge them so often.
When I go to restaurants, I often see couples who are using their phones and basically ignoring each other, and I often see mothers walking along with young children totally engrossed in their phone with no idea where the children are or what they are doing. I know that I use my phone too much as well, so one thing I decided is to leave it in the car when I go into a restaurant (unless I am by myself). Do any of you have strategies for reducing your dependence on your phone?
Here is some feedback on this week’s comments.
I think the video image itself is pretty ordinary
“Pretty ordinary” and “nothing special” sound very negative, but then you said “It touches our heartstrings.” Those comments do not really go together.
As I might have told you before, I still have a ガラケー
“As I might have told you before…” is a useful phrase for everyone to learn if you don’t know it.
Their message makes a sense.
Their message makes sense.
I think it’s mundane still tells us the beauty of nature and of interaction between people when we meet them in person.
Again, “mundane” has very negative connotations. I’m not sure it’s the right word here. And “reminds us of” would be more natural then “tells us.”
Those are the downside of mail but the upside is we don’t bother others by stopping them what they are doing at that moment when we telephone them.
That’s a good point.
> It’s not very usual for a mobile phone company asks their users to refrain from using on the phones, isn’t it?
It’s not common for a mobile phone company to ask their users to refrain from using their phones, is it?
I saw video above and I felt it could be me…
My wife doesn’t like this, so she was notifying this to me many times
My wife doesn’t like this, and she has asked me not to do it / she has warned me about it many times.
I found a lot of people were sharing this commercial on Youtube, so it seems that many people have been interested in it.
Yes, I think it has become a bit of an Internet sensation!
One thing for sure is that this ad tells you the importance of being connected with the real world including nature.
If so, I’ve heard of the name several times.
If so, I’ve heard it mentioned several times.
I’m going to have a surgery tomorrow, and the doctor says I can go home on Monday or Tuesday if nothing bad happens.
Hope to read your comments from home next week instead of from the hospital!
It is true that more and more companies in Japan are getting conscious of work-life balance of their employees, but I still think bad customs die hard.
I think Japan still has a long way to go in terms of achieving a work-life balance.
I think it’s a bit exaggerated. If I am with someone (or some people,) I usually focus on that, so I don’t check my phone.
That’s nice, but if you look around you next time you go to a restaurant, I’m sure you will be surprised!
Did you look up the sky last night? If so, were you lucky enough to see the harvest moon?
Yes I did, and yes I was. It was beautiful.
That’s all for today. Have a great weekend, and let me know if you have any questions about my feedback.