Kanji learning tool

Ho di recente trovato un programma che sicuramente potrebbe servire a tutte le persone che come me trovano difficile lo studio dei kanji. Il programma, solo disponibile per i possessori Mac, e’ a mio avviso molto valido e puo’ anche essere utilizzato con un iphone quando si e’ fuori casa. Per chi non volesse pagare la la licenza si puo’ usare gratuitamente per 10 minuti alla volta. Provatelo! iKanji.

I recently discovered a study tool that could be very useful to Japanese learners who, like myself, find studying kanji difficult. The tool, only available to Mac users, is in my opinion very well designed and it is also available for the iphone. iKanji is free if only used for 10 minutes at a time or unlimited for few pounds/dollars.

POSTCARDS FROM JAPAN – A Message from Tohoku Artists

12 December 2011 – 31 January 2012
Embassy of Japan, 101/104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

Admission free; Monday to Friday; 09:30 to 17:30
Visitors are requested to present a form of photographic identification when entering the Embassy.

This month, the Embassy of Japan will host a small exhibition with a rather poignant message.

After the major earthquake and subsequent tsunami in the Tohoku region of north-eastern Japan on 11 March 2011, power supplies, telephone land lines and mobile telephone networks were cut and internet access became impossible.

This made it extremely difficult for people to contact family and friends. The Japanese postal service – Japan Post – was, however, quickly up and running again. It was by postcard, in many cases, that people first heard that their loved ones were safe.

Sculptors, Katagiri Hironori and Kate Thomson, share their time between Iwate and Scotland. They were working in their studios in the countryside of Iwate when the immense earthquake of 11 March 2011 struck. Their home and studio inland were not damaged and they were safe, but they were desperately worried about family and friends along the Tohoku coast. In the days after the quake, power and telephone connections slowly returned. Despite the telephone lines’ being restored, however, they could still not get through to anyone.

Inspired by the impact that the receiving of postcards can have, Katagiri and Thomson invited Tohoku-based artists from Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, and Aomori prefectures to make new work for Postcards From Japan – A Message from Tohoku Artists. Even artists who had lost so much in the tsunami were enthusiastic to celebrate life through art with their communication with the world outside. The results are works made especially for this exhibition and which give an insight into the incredible grace and resilience of the people of North East Japan.

The priority in the devastated regions is to rebuild communities and livelihoods and the recovery will take years. Art and culture will play vital roles in this recovery and in celebrating life itself, helping to nurture imagination, energy and the determination to move on. Many people in Japan have realised that family, friends and communities are their most precious treasures and that they require and deserve the most time and investment. Cherishing the relationships they have, people are re-establishing contact with those with whom they had lost touch.

The project continues and in response, artists from around the world are being invited to make ‘Postcards to Japan’ and post them to Tohoku as tangible messages of support to communities affected by the devastation.

Please see www.postcardproject.org for more information.

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

A year ago

Esattamente un anno fa’ ho iniziato questo Blog. Come scritto in questo post ho iniziato principalmente come esperimento, volevo imparare le basi ed ero curioso di capire se tenere un Blog era qualche cosa che potessi fare a lungo termine. Le cose fino a questo momento sono andate abbastanza bene anche se devo ancora imparare molto. Vi lascio con alcune statistiche relative al primo anno.

Exactly a year ago I started this Blog. As mentioned in this post, only written in Italian, I started  this Blog as an experiment, I wanted to learn the basic skills for keeping and writing a blog and I wanted to find out if having a blog was something I really wanted to do on a long term. After the first year I can say: I enjoy writing on this Blog and I’ve learnt few things I didn’t know when I started even if few more are needed. I’m including in this post some statistics for the last year.

At the time of writing:

Views all-time  38,127

Views on busiest day 288

Views on busiest week 1,412

Views on busiest month 5,700


Ieri, dopo il lavoro, sono andato a fare un giro in centro dalle parti di Oxford Street tanto per capirci. Dovunque saldi. 50%, fino a 70%, tutto a meta’ prezzo e cosi’ via. Non ho comprato niente. Prima di tornare a casa sono andato a bere un caffe’ da Starbucks che ho pagato £ 1.75. Prezzo normale, niente sconto. Forse era meglio comprare qualcosa da Gap, Zara o negozi simili.

Yesterday, after work, I went for a walk around Oxford Street. Sales everywhere. 50%, up to 70%, 1/2 price and so on. I didn’t buy a single item. Before going home I went to Starbucks for a double expresso. I paid it  £ 1.75, normal price. No discount. I should have gone to Gap, Zara or similar shops to buy cheap clothing instead of an expensive drink.

A short post

Un breve articolo per commentare come ho passato questi giorni festivi. Beh, non ho fatto assolutamente niente di interessante a parte perdere tempo con il computer e leggere 1q84 di Murakami (quasi finito). Volevo pulire il mio ‘flat’ e sistemare la mia stanza ma non ho deciso di rimandare i due lavori a questo pomeriggio. Da queste 4 righe potete capire che non mi va molto di scrivere su questo Blog quindi mi fermo qui. A presto nuovi articoli. Ora mi preparo per le grandi pulizie. Forse no.

I’ve spent the last few days doing nothing interesting, I wasn’t, and I’m not, in the mood. I had planned to tidy up my room and clean my flat but I could not bother to do something useful and needed. Not very inspired to write for this Blog either, so better to stop here and get mentally ready to clean and tidy up (afternoon tasks). Maybe not.