Looking back on what I experienced in the year 2019, the words of this year are: Hokkaido, Mercari, and Grand Cherokee.
I’ve traveled to Hokkaido three times this year alone
for both business and private. In February, I visited Sapporo to conduct a
system test, and I went to Hakodate one week later to see a friend of mine. In
September, I was in Sapporo again for the system test. I’m revisiting Sapporo next
month, too (It won’t be “this year,” though!). In spring and summer, NHK broadcast
a morning TV drama set in Tokachi area, which became very popular. I had more
opportunities to get in touch with Hokkaido.
I started e-commerce this year through the Mercari
marketplace app. It allows users to buy and sell items quickly and easily from
their smartphones. I sold a briefcase I wouldn’t use any longer, one of the bottles
of hand sanitizer I bought too much to use up all, and even a socket of an
iPhone charger. I purchased an antique bookshelf, English soaps, and a sixpence
coin for comparatively lower prices with several taps on the screen.
I sold my 2013 Jeep Compass Sport and bought a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo in April. The new Jeep’s odometer reading was about 21,000 miles when I found it at the Jeep car dealer, and I have driven more than 6,000 miles for about eight months since I bought it. It is a big, comfortable, good-conditioned, and powerful SUV, excellent for both short-howl and long-howl drive.
The words of the year 2001 were getting a flat within
the Tokyo metropolitan area, a position change at the office,
and Soarer. The word of the year 2002 was America. The
words of the year 2003 were the airplane and the
musical. The words of the year 2004 were the blog, Asian
countries (Singapore and Hong Kong), and the GSM mobile phone.
The words of the year 2005 were darts, the GSM and WCDMA
mobile phone, and visiting Hong Kong again. The words of the
year 2006 were the US stock and the mutual fund.
The words of the year 2007 were changing my car and visiting
Hawaii. The words of the year 2008 were England and Fukagawa.
The words of the year 2009 were office position change, MacBook
Pro and JR Seishun 18 Ticket. The words of the year 2010
were Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia, iPhone and the
credit card. The words of the year 2011 were the car, the
British culture and China. The words of the year 2012
were Oji, the mahjong, the flight
attendant and Facebook. The words of the year 2013
were Ayurveda, Korea, high school alumni and Tsuyoshi
Takashiro. The words of the year 2014 were England and Android.
The words of the year 2015 were Maine, United States; Estonia and transfer
of workplace. The words of the year 2016 were traveling to places
in Japan, mapping and Jeep. The words of the
year 2017 were Yurie Omi, NHK, shingles,
and English exams. The words of the year 2018 were cashless, Japanese
language and comeback.
It is becoming more and more difficult to bump into new
things over time, because the older one becomes, the more satisfied with what
he is and the more reluctant to change. That being said, changing with the
changing times is absolutely essential to keep pace with the future, and it
would be fun.