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from Episode 8

—visit Monument Valley on the Route 66 trip—

When Yamapi just came to Arizona, said
“actually, I have a place I wanna go”
turning pages of the guidebook.
That was Monument Valley, the holy ground of American Indian
Navaho , and also famous for a shooting place of the western films.
He saw some sites of great Monument Valley being guided by a
scion of Nabaho.

Over the travel, what has made me curious is that Yamapi looked
more relaxed and frankly when he talked with Americans in
English than when he talked in Japanese in Japan. By now He has
been reserved about everything, so cheerful Yamapi looked very
new to me:D.
After all, language is not only a communication tool but also
culture itself that includes it’s traditional manners and such.

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sitting around a fire. from right, the guide here, Yamapi, the guide’s
father. They are descendants of Navaho Indian. Yamapi was
listening avidly to Nabaho‘s teachings..
Later, He stayed the night at an old Nabaho‘s dwelling.
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the guide  “Let’s go another point, John Ford‘s Point ”
yamapi  “John Ford’s point… ?”
the guide ”yes, named after the movie director”
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I do feel I’m in the primitive wilderness.
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yelled  out at soundless  world

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I am really glad to have been born on the earth
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the majestic view of the rising sun from Monument Valley
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He left Monument Vally and resumed his journey to L.A
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from Episode 3

Yamapi encountered Veterans day Parade in St. Louis Missouri.
Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring armed service veterans.
There are many cars and hundreds of motorbikes from Missouri or Illinois, waiting for the parade. Yamapi was amused to see some cars and bikes which were refurbished by veterans as they like.
He enjoyed watching the parade and talking with veterans who show off their car of their own making merrily.

https://dearastro16531.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/400262.jpg

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Yamapi “Excuse me, What’s going on here?”
the American “Veterans day parade,you see flags everywhere?
you gotta be here for Veterans Day ”
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the American ” So, what are you filming for?”
Yamapi “I’m going to go to L.A by Route66…. ”
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yamapi “how fast is it?”
man in the car “it’s pretty good, 48 mile by an hour, it’ll fly 😉 ”
yamapi “so cool!”

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the man said “I got a website. check it out” giving his name cards to Yamapi

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with a veteran on his tricked-out car (great!)
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“call me later!”
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Yamapi seems to be really moved by Vast land, wide skies and
openhearted people in America.
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Yamapi‘s new TV show has started on Nihon TV in
January 3,2012.
the Program title is
YAMASHITA TOMOHISA ROUTE 66, all alone in America
He travels on Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles by car,
alone, a cameraman and a few staffs aside.

First of all he went to a used car dealership in Chicago
to find his partner of the trip. and met an old red truck
there.

Yamapi “How old is this car?”
shopman “It’s 1985 ”
Yamapi “Oh, same age as me…”
shopman  ”Realy? this will work perfectly.”


Yamapi test-drived the car


shopman  ”Do you like it?”
Yamapi   ”Yes,I like it…I’ll take it!”

after this kind of talk Yamapi bought this rickety vehicle.
I guess the reason why he picked out the car is
“the same age” maybe 😀
Yamapi gave a name to his new car as “Akkun
He looks kind of happy, feeling relaxed than usual in a
strange place where nobody knows him.
By the way, it is also in 1985(the year of Yamapi’s birth)that
Route 66 was decommissioned, something mysterious connection ♪
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at a used car dealership in Chicago

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finally he got this car of the same age as him

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buying a sleeping bag, foods and magazines for travelling,
talking friendly with the store staff

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going to restaurant for breakfast

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He ordered an omelette as the old kindly waitress recommended it

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the restaurant is famous because most of the route 66
travelers are first to visit
He was saying “I was looking forward to coming to this restaurant”

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”delicious!” with a pleased look

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drinking beer in the bar, his beautiful profile like an actress!

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These songs became a big hit in Japan in the 1970s. Every song has harmonious melody, touched all of our hearts. I think they are so beautiful , but it sounds a little sad. Although the tempo of  the songs  seems a lot slower by todays sense,  I  feel comforted. So I like them very much.

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”The white coral reef” by Machida Yoshito

(the lyrics in Japanese)

”白い珊瑚礁” shiro sangosho

青い海原 むれとぶかもめ 心ひかれた 白いサンゴ礁

いつか 愛する人ができたら きっと二人でおとずれるだろう

南のはての 海のかなたに ひそかにねむる 白いサンゴ礁

まことの愛を見つけたときに きっと二人でおとずれるだろう…

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”White color is lover’s ” by Betsy &Chris

Betsy and Chris is a girl duo singer who came from Hawaii to Japan in the 1970s. They sang  really good Japanese. Soon their beautiful voice  fascinated the Japanese audiendes. The songs are well-worth listenning  even now.

” Betsy and Chris” produced their first golden hit “Shiroi Iro Wa Koi Bito No Iro (White color is lover’s)”, written by Kazuhiko Kato, in 1970, and they spent the next five years recording, touring, and promoting in Japan as major recording stars. During that time they appeared and performed on TV, radio and stage.

”白い色は恋人の色” shiroi iro ha koibito no iro

花びらの白い色は 初恋の色   なつかしい白ゆりは 恋人の色

ふるさとのあの人の あの人の足もとに咲く 白ゆりの

花びらの白い色は 恋人の色

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”A white swing” by  Billy Ban Ban

Billy Ban Ban is a Japanese brother duo singer. They were very popular  among young people for  their charming voice and harmony.

“白いブランコ” shiroi buranko

君はおぼえているかしら あの白いブランコ

風にふかれて ふたりでゆれた あの白いブランコ

日ぐれはいつも さびしいと ちいさな肩を ふるわせた

きみに口づけしたときに やさしくゆれた 白い白い ブランコ…

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”For saying  goodbye to sadness” by  Billy Ban Ban

This  was the theme song for a popular TV drama at that time.

“さよならをするために” sayonara wo surutameni

すぎた日のほほえみを みんな君にあげる 夕べ枯れてた花が いまは咲いているよ

すぎた日の悲しみも みんな君にあげる あの日知らない人が いまはそばに眠る

あたたかな昼さがり とおりすぎる雨に ぬれることを 夢にみるよ 風にふかれて

胸にのこる思い出と さよならをするために…

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”while he was  gone…” by   Simons

Hmm.. I cna’t express the  title in English well. This is a song of unrequited love. A gilr who has just fallen out of love goes to somewhere with a bunch of flowers in her hands rather cheerfully! Then where will she go? She goes to the sea that hold memories for their relationship and throws the flowers to the sea to shut the door on the past.

Simons also a girl duo singer with beautiful high notes.

”恋人もいないのに…” koibito mo inainoni

恋人もいないのに バラの花たば抱いて いそいそ出かけて いきました

空はいつになく 青く澄んで 思わず泣きたくなるのです

恋人もいないのに バラの花たば抱いて これからいったい どこへいくの

風はいつになく いじわるそうに つらい質問するのです

バラの花たば 胸にいっぱい いそいそ出かける 思い出の海…


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The movie “Ashita no Joe” will be released in Japan next February

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“a fateful encounter” ” a fatal showndown”
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from the sport paper above

【あしたのジョー】
梶原一騎氏が原作、ちばてつや氏が作画した漫画。
1967年12月から1973年5月まで「週刊少年マガジン」に連載された。70年、80年には
テレビでアニメ化。80,81年にはアニメ映画にもなった。
ボクシングに打ち込む青年・矢吹丈力石徹らライバルとの対決を経て世界的なボクサー
になるまでを描く。今でも人気は高い。
”Ashita no Joe”
It’s original writer is Kajiwara Ikki, the picture painter is ChibaTetsuya.
This manga was serialized in ”Shonen Magazine” from 1967.12 to 1973.5,
and made into an anime in 1970 and 1980, into a movie in 1980 and 1981.
It is a success story describing a young future boxer Yabuki Joe who is getting to become a worldwide boxer through many battles against such strong rival as Rikiishi Toru. Even now, the tale is very popular among Japanese.

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Shiraki Yoko is a daughter of a wealthy family Shiraki Zaibatsu, and philanthropist. Her father is the owner of boxing gym which Rikiishi Toru belongs to. She takes over her father’s work later on. The role is played by Karina, a Japanese popular actress.

Rikiishi Toru is Yabuki Joe‘s biggest rival. He and Joe meet in a reform school. Iseya Yusuke plays the role, he is a model-turned actor.


Tange Danpei is the owner of Tange boxing gym, with atypical appearance. He recognises Joe‘s outstanding talent for boxing and trains him. Kagawa Teruyuki plays the part. He was born of a famous actress and a Kabuki actor parents. He is so smart that he gradated the Univercity of Tokyo.

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the most popular scene in Ashita no Joe.

I’m burned…
completely blank…
burned out…
like white ash…
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sorry I can’t make a good version of them^^

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From the late July to September the summer festival is held all around Japan.
Each shrine has its own festival once a year, attended by the people in the area and served by numerous stalls selling a variety of things.
People also enjoy Obon dancing, or Bon odori there.

Thus the people have a deep relationship with shrines, but the majority of Japanese have no interest in the tenets of Shinto, and the influence of the religion on the thought of the Japanese of today is small
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at a hachiman shrine in Mitaka city in the suburbs of Tokyo.

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Every shrine has a gateway called “torii” which consist of two upright pillars connected on top by two beams.
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the precincts of the shrine. many stalls along the sides of approach to main hall.

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a stall selling photos of Arashi

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see the main hall of the shrine at the back of the square

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teenage girls from abroad enjoy this event

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a girl who stares intently at the big drum for the festival.
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this is “Mikoshi”, the star of the festival , in which the spirit of a Shinto shrine god is believed to be in. During the festivals, the people wind through the town carrying the mikoshi on their shoulders.

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the people ,dressed in maching clothes called happi coat, are carrying the mikoshi ,with calling out “seiya!”or “wasshoi!”
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