Peace One Day

This is the most incredible story.

It is the story of how one man has achieved something absolutely remarkable. It is a story that proves that if you have a good idea, believe in it strongly enough, refuse to listen to the sceptics, and put in massive effort, you can change the world.

Meet documentary filmaker Jeremy Gilley, and the movement that he began, Peace One Day

The short version

I recommend you watch the full version

This makes me look at what I’m doing. And think again. Hmm. It’s a question that won’t go away.

Jiyugaoka

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To describe this photo, here’s the text from my post for Dannychoo.com uploaded earlier today:

*Twinkle* and I are having a lazy day today, the fourth day of the Silver Week holiday.

We’ve come out to Jiyugaoka, just a couple of stops down the line from our station, and 10 mins from Shibuya on the Tokyu Toyoko line.

Jiyugaoka (自由が丘, meaning ‘free hill’) is a pretty posh shopping area: with a lot of international brands and high-class cafes it’s popular with celebrities – a friend of mine regularly hangs out in the road outside the station (Marie Claire St.), celebrity spotting!

We’re in La Maison, one of the cafes that makes the town famous for cakes and sweets. Whilst I’d originally chosen the Special Autumn Set, and my wife the Mont Blanc, it seems that the tiramisu and caramel ice cream was too much for her to resist, so she’s swapped our plates, as you can see in the photo!

We’re just promising each other that we’ll start our diets tomorrow!

Here’s some more photos from our evening exploring Jiyugaoka

Dog's bum tea towel holder

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The lowest bridge in Tokyo?

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A red-carpeted street

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The Grand Sumo Tournament

Today, myself and a couple of friends from Sheffield Uni +1, headed on down to the Grand Sumo Hall in Ryougoku, on the JR Sobu line just east of Akihabara.It’s day 9 of one of the six annual Grand Sumo Tournaments held throughout Japan.

It’s the first time I’ve been to see a sumo tournament. Despite having the cheapest seats in the house, we had a perfect view of the ring.

I don’t know much about sumo, and as there’s plenty of information out there I don’t think I’ll try and explain either. Instead, here’s a few shots of the action – a video will follow.

Flying Rikishi

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Rolling huggles are a prominent feature of bouts.

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Biting is prohibited but sometimes unavoidable.

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Advertising Sumo style – these moving commercials parade around the ring between bouts.

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Go for the throat!

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Here, the famous non-Japanese wrestler whose name I forget picks up his opponent by his pony tail and throws him out of the ring.

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On losing, it is common for wrestlers to crawl around and cry

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These chaps get together to make decisions following bouts where it is not clear who has won

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There’s a lot of posing. The higher ranking the wrestler, the longer they spend stomping and slapping.

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Now there’s a sign of affection if ever I saw one.

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The chap who declares the winner

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When the wrestling is over, a wrestler performs a closing ceremony with a spinning baton.

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Check out Mike’s blog entry here

Ye ancienty house



Ye ancienty house, originally uploaded by Joseph Tame.

This is a test post – we’re seeing if Flickr can publish straight to
my blog, The Daily Mumble.

[Edit] And the result? It can. I just email my photo and description to Flickr (from my iPhone when out and about), which then in turn posts it to this blog automatically. This is good news.

I think I’ll start cross-posting a few of the articles I write for www.dannychoo.com, a little while after they’ve gone live over there, by means of keeping a copy of all my work in one place. This means we should see daily posts around here.

They’ll be Japan-themed. Let’s see how it goes.

Hope you like today’s picture, shot in a local park of an ancient Japanese house. It comes complete with plastic inhabitants and electric fire.