October 2017 Events
A selection of events in and around Nagoya
in October and beyond.

The dashi and karakuri of Hachiman Shrine. Photo courtesy of Nakagawa Ward
The dashi and karakuri of Hachiman Shrine.
Photo courtesy of Nakagawa Ward



October 2017 Exhibitions
A selection of current and upcoming exhibitions at galleries
and other venues in and around Nagoya.
Marie LAURENCIN, Three Young Women, c. 1935
Marie LAURENCIN, Three Young Women, c. 1935







Tidak Ada Hari Libur Umum

( No Public Holiday )


Special Commemoration
1928 – 28 October – 2017
[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_Pledge ]



9 Oktober,  Senin
( Getsuyoobi / Monday )

Hari Olahraga untuk Kesehatan
[ Taiiku no Hi / Health Sports Day ]october2017.2




Birthday Persona Profile   
People born specifically on the 5th of October are destined to be rather independent, friendly and charming with the usual Libra agreeable flexibility. The ruling astrological planet for this particular day is Mercury making you usually more decisive yet less diplomatic than most others with this same star sign. If you have this birthday your clever communication and negotiation abilities often guide you to have great leadership skills. Your versatility is matched with an intense curiosity fueling an abundance of ideas and a preference to learn through experience. Highly practical, artistic and funny you are also inclined to possess a very understanding side as well as being a great listener. Despite your articulate fair approach and interest in social issues you are in addition capable of adopting an idealistic uncompromising manner too. Individuals with an October the fifth birthday may be family orientated and constantly crave stability but could suffer from occasional bouts of restlessness.

Work and Finances
Job choice to a person born on the fifth of October is commonly a very important decision as you seem to consider it an opportunity to follow your destiny. Doing something useful and progressive you enjoy is an essential requirement for an ideal and favored career. Your blend of charm and decisiveness along with your ability to negotiate mean you often find the perfect occupation in one of the many fast paced service industries. As you tend to be good at investing financially and likely to favor keeping spending to a minimum it is rare for you to encounter monetary difficulties. Saving is something you place lots of importance on.

Personal Relationships
For a Libra, the person born on the fifth day of October is typically affectionate and full of romantic idealism but with a need to feel in complete control. You seem to strongly seek emotional security and will greatly value the companionship element of a soul mate relationship. Easygoing and a little flirtatious you usually aim to gain the real sense of stable contentment you commonly yearn. An ideal partner will have to share similar tastes and common interests along with the same level of tenderness for a compatible happy love union. Your avoidance of quarreling and tendency to be a bit too compromising can sometimes lead to problems going unresolved so openness in every other area of a committed relationship is essential. Your well balanced energies help you to be attentive when it matters making a loved one feel truly cherished. You are likely to put a partners sexual needs before your own.

Illness related to excess weight gain is rarely experienced by those born on October 5th as a result of your energetic approach to life. In spite of your fondness of activity and keeping in trim you have the inclination to be a tad unconcerned about healthiness when it comes to dietary choices or pacing yourself. Suppression of your personal needs is usually one of your worst habits. Being more choosy concerning food and finding relaxing ways to beat stress should prove highly beneficial to overall health. People born on this day should try and spend lots of time outdoors to avoid the likelihood of developing a sallow complexion.

Strengths and Weaknesses
Your main strengths of character are displayed in your assured sociable deportment and streak of independence. These positive traits help you express yourself with confidence, friendliness and firmness. Your additional fortes of curious charm and adaptability allow you to easily fit in wherever you may be. The personality weaknesses for those born on October 5th are usually activated by events that evoke your negative trait of occasionally becoming restless. This negativity can cause you to become somewhat preoccupied, bothered or anxious and once in a while act totally out of character and be extremely inflexible.

Dreams and Goals
Being born on the 5th of October means that you do not ordinarily require much encouragement or praise towards aspirational aims. You are selective with the setting of goals and like to achieve things that could make a difference or send a message that may lead to reforms. You have the tendency to only attempt something if your chances of success are high. Assistance from others with the achievement of your ambitions is sometimes hard for you to accept. Dreams are often an extended expression of your creative resourcefulness, having the possibility of featuring your wish for harmony with picturesque scenes of tranquility.

Birthday Luck and Significance
As you were born on the fifth day of the month your birth date is specially assigned an equivalent Root number of Five. This numerical reference to your birthday has the keyword ‘Inquiry’ accounting for your inquisitive inventive mind and heightened practicality. In Tarot the 5th mystic card in the Major Arcana illustrating the Hierophant is associated with your birthday. This represents your kind conformity and usual willingness to listen. The lucky gemstone for October the fifth birthdays is imagined to be a sparkly Diamond, to be worn for the probability of calmer sleep and a possible boost to both courage and wealth.

All Libran personalities are thought to be astrologically predicted by the powerful influence of the planet Venus. The actual day you were born on, the fifth of October, is governed by Mercury’s dominant presence. So these 2 planets are the main influences on your presumable uniqueness. Your pleasant inquisitive temperament’s mix of decisiveness and idealism gives you a capable, interesting spirited niceness. Your sense of humor and instinctive optimism help you cope productively with life’s challenges. A summarizing cautionary thought for people born on October the 5th is to beware of stumbling over the stone at your feet while dreaming of distant desires. Alertness is usually the key to your successfulness.


Source: GoTo Horoscope, Birthday Horoscope October 5







“All things on earth point home in old October: 
sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, 
hunters to field and hollow
and the long voice of the hounds, 

the lover to the love he has forsaken.”

( Thomas Wolfe, American Novelist )




8 Things You’ll Absolutely Miss
After Leaving Japan

And Sushi Is Just One Of Them

By Anisa Kazemi September 7, 2017 Lifestyle

It’s so easy to get used to some parts of Japan life that foreigners often find themselves with a Japan-sized hole in their hearts after leaving.

Maybe you spent a month in Japan, maybe you’ve spent a year or more, or maybe you were here for a decade. But the one thing you’ll likely all have in common is missing those unique parts of Japanese culture. From friends and food to Japan’s funny obsession with putting animals in strollers, here are some of the top aspects of Japan you’ll miss after leaving Japan.

1. Life-long friends

No. 1: friendships made. When I am asked what I miss most about Japan, I instantly think of my dear Japanese friends, and I feel sadness and nostalgia for no longer being able to enjoy their presence. I will never forget my 92-year-old neighbor who, two summers in a row, saved me the best watermelon from his vegetable patch. Nor will I forget Yuka’s parents who bought me two sets of fancy chopsticks, “One for you and one for your future husband.” (I wasn’t dating anyone then). Of course, I still keep in contact with Yasu, my upstairs neighbor who took an entire year to work up the courage to introduce herself, and who ironically ended up being my closest friend ever (the adventures of Yasu and Anisa are unnumbered)! I could go on and on, but of the infinite things I miss most about Japan after leaving, my memorable relationships are unmatched.

2. Food — Oh, the food!

Of course, you knew this one was coming. The sushi. The perfect yet convenient bento boxes. The nabe in winter! The list goes on… Food is such a big and important part of Japan that I’m going to have to split my yearning for it into two different sections. First, the food itself. You know this; I know this; Japan does food best.

3. Fantastic food culture

In addition to the food itself, in my very Western existence, I constantly crave the Japanese food culture. In particular, I miss the great respect for both farmers and the general agricultural process. In the same way, I miss the enormous admiration for chefs and hospitality staff – this has a lot to do with Japan’s overall work ethic, seeing any work done in high spirits as esteemed and important (not always the case for hospitality personnel in the West). Further, I feel nostalgic for Japanese food presentation (kawaii children’s bento’s for instance), the strong culture of eating together, and the respectful idea of uttering “itadakimasu” (a sort of Japanese grace) before commencing consumption.

4. Shop ’til you drop

Is there a better place to shop in this world than Tokyo or Osaka?! Shops in Japan make me the definition of Madonna’s “Material Girl.” Apart from out-of-this-world outfits, beautiful stationery, and gorgeous home decor, where else can you find kawaii boiled egg-holders?! Come on, you just can’t get that sort of random necessity (yes, it is vital my boiled egg be held in its own specific container) outside of Japan.

5. Wanderlust

What is it about living the life of an expat which fills us with this strong, seemingly innate impulse to travel? In hindsight, this sounds ridiculous, but I think I have seen more of Japan than I have of my home country of New Zealand. When I used to live in Japan, every weekend and every public holiday were an excuse for me and my expat friends to explore and discover some new place. In comparison, today, holidays come and go and I often stay in my comfort zone, cozied up inside instead.

6. Relaxing at the onsen

© Photo by ©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTOOf course, I too was initially hesitant at stripping down to my birthday suit to soak in a pool with half a dozen strangers, but over time I came to love Japanese onsen (hot springs) and their prevalence. Is there a better way of washing away the day’s stresses?

7. The cult of self-care

I miss the seriously approached notion of self-care amongst Japanese women. Do not get me wrong, I am not talking about vanity or narcissism but instead, the prevalent use of sunscreen, beauty products, and Japanese superfood such as konjac, okara, and amazake in order to stay beautiful and radiant on the inside and out. True, people in my country also care about their appearance but never in the prioritizing manner of Japanese women.

8. Obsession with animals

Last but not least, I miss Japanese’ obsession with animals. Where is the cat cafe/dog cafe/owl cafe/rabbit island/monkey island/cat island in my home country?! I will never forget my colleague with the handsome husband and the four gorgeous children who still chooses to have her cat as her iPhone background and as her Facebook profile picture.

So, there you have it. The top 8 things I am (sadly) living without. What are some of the things you miss (or expect that you will miss) about Japan?

[ Source: SAVVY, Tokyo / Japan Today ]




September 2017 Events
A selection of events in and around Nagoya
in September and beyond.

Photo courtesy of Owari Yokosuka Festival Preservation Society
Photo courtesy of Owari Yokosuka Festival Preservation Society



September 2017 Exhibitions
A selection of current and upcoming exhibitions at galleries
and other venues in and around Nagoya.

Ushio Shinohara, Oiran, 1968 Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Photo courtesy of Kariya City Art Museum
Ushio Shinohara, Oiran, 1968
Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Photo courtesy of Kariya City Art Museum




NIC Global Youth Award 2017


Please be aware that all aforementioned event times, locations,
and prices are subject to change without notice.


The NIC Mail Magazine
September 2017 Edition







1 September, Jumat
( Kinyoobi / Friday )
Hari Raya Idul Adha 1438H
Muslim Day of Sacrifice ]

22 September, Jumat
( Kinyoobi / Friday )
Hari Tahun Baru Hijriyah, 1 Muharram 1439H
New Year of the Islamic Calendar ]




18 September, Senin
( Getsuyoobi / Monday )
Hari Lansia (Penghormatan bagi Orang Lanjut Usia
 [ Keiro no Hi / Respect-for-the-Aged Day ]


23 September, Sabtu
( Doyoobi / Saturday )
Hari Awal Musim Gugur
[ Shuubun no Hi / Fall / Autumnal Equinox ]








Selamat Bulan Baru, Bulan Sembilan,
Penuh Berkat dan Karunia Kebaikan.

I wish you a very Happy New Month,
Hope you have a great time ahead …





by Michael Hoffman
Special To The Japan Times
August 26, 2017

Try defining “happiness.” “A state of well-being and contentment,” says Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, unhelpfully. It’s like saying happiness is happiness.

Indefinable it may be, but we all know it when we feel it. Whatever it is, there’s nothing better, and everything we do we do for its sake, in its name. We pursue it, work for it, sacrifice for it, do almost everything except enjoy it.

The truth is, writes novelist Akira Tachibana in the summer supplement of Bungei Shunju magazine, humanity is not well suited to happiness. Four hundred million years of evolution have conditioned us more for apprehensive anxiety than for happiness. This is as it should be and as it must be. Relaxed and happy, our primitive forest and savanna forebears would have fared badly against predators stronger, swifter, hungrier and more numerous than they.

Some people are happier than others. Some ethnic groups are happier than others. Partly, says Tachibana, it’s a question of genetics. To the extent that happiness can be reduced to physiology, the substance in question, neuroscientists hypothesize, is the neurotransmitter serotonin. Those whose bodies secrete it in abundance tend to be happier, broadly speaking, than less well-endowed individuals and ethnicities.

The Japanese, and East Asians in general, are at a disadvantage. Their serotonin levels are low. Happiness to them is elusive and fleeting. The United Nations 2017 World Happiness Report offers supporting evidence. It ranks Japan 51st, South Korea 56th and China 79th.

Human beings may be easier to define than the happiness they seek: They are beings who can transcend their body chemistry. Serotonin therefore is not the whole story. Other factors suggest themselves, among them, the ability to know ourselves — which, ironically, in Tachibana’s view, amounts to an ability to know that we cannot know ourselves. It’s knowledge worth having — for its own sake, and as a clue to a more rational approach to happiness. Pursuing happiness is futile if we know not what we pursue. The key is “manipulating the unconscious.” The meaning seems to be: You’re as happy as you can make yourself think you are.

The unconscious has dominated psychology for more than a century, which raises doubts about Tachibana’s claim to be describing a psychological “Copernican revolution.” The nub of it is a new theoretical expansion of the unconscious realm to include not just repressed wishes and lost childhood memories, but almost everything we’re going through at present, at this very moment. “Consciousness is a hallucination,” he goes so far as to say. “The real ‘I’ is the unconscious.” Psychoanalysis taught us long ago we’re not who we think we are. More recently, neurologists are discovering how little of our environment and our situations we’re aware of. The brain receives 10,000 signals per second from the optic nerve — of which we’re conscious of 40.

I laugh because I feel happy, cry because I feel sad? Nonsense. If anything, the opposite — which “sounds stupid,” Tachibana concedes, but the fact is, he says, laughter and tears arise in response to feelings we’re not aware of until after we’ve started laughing and crying. Laughter wells up and tells us how happy we are — just as the glass of water in your hand tells you you’re thirsty. You’ve reached for it, on average, 0.35 seconds before you were aware of your thirst.

What, then, makes us happy? It’s difficult to say — maybe impossible, given the vast scope of the unconscious in proportion to a consciousness so narrow it can almost be left out of the reckoning. Humans by and large are unhappy. We should be thankful for unhappiness; we owe our survival to it. Too much happiness in our primitive state would have doomed us to extinction in the struggle against less happy, more alert competitors.

Even today, happiness in excess would blunt our resilience. Happiness we can live without. Resilience is essential. By its aid, we rise above the large and small tragedies that beset us. We get ill, have accidents, lose limbs. People we love die and leave us bereft. Earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, drought, war, economic downturns destroy our homes and societies and livelihoods.

We are more vulnerable to more horrors than the narcotizing routines of daily life spur us to remember, which is fortunate, though the media keep us more than amply informed as to the possibilities. Too much happiness would weaken our ability to spring back from disaster.

Nature, therefore, has limited our capacity to be happy. Think of the first beer on a hot summer day. It’s wonderful. The second beer? Less so. The third? Flat.

As with beer, so with money. Enough to feed, clothe and educate ourselves and our loved ones, with enough left over for a certain level of comfort and amusement, gives us all the happiness we can handle. An income of ¥8 million a year buys more happiness than ¥6 million a year, but ¥8 million is about the limit — ¥10 million, ¥12 million, ¥100 million will make us no happier. Current notions of limitless economic growth beg the question of what we’re working for. We’d ask it more seriously if we had any idea what to do instead.

Happiness remains a mystery. Tachibana’s tentative solution: It’s the esteem of others that makes us happiest. It explains much, from the pursuit of glory in earlier times to the pursuit of “likes” on Facebook today.

Evolution made social beings of us, and social relations are at the heart of happiness; they’re also, unfortunately, at the heart of misery. The people we have to deal with! The swelling currency of the word “monster” in everyday Japanese — “monster” bosses, “monster” clients, the “monster” parents who are the bane of school teachers and “monster” patients who plague doctors — is suggestive, as is the title of a best-selling book mapping the path to success: “Kirawareru Yuki” (“The Courage to be Hated”). Wouldn’t we be happier on a desert island?

Tachibana acknowledges the possibility. Those who work on their own — freelancers of various descriptions, specialists of various descriptions, IT entrepreneurs and so on — can keep the “monsters” out of their lives; they can keep, in fact, anyone at all out of their lives, if their personalities are such that they define “monster” very broadly. They can live almost 100 percent in the virtual sphere, if they choose. Tachibana likens it to the Buddhist satori, a release from worldly attachment that may, when all’s said and done, be the happiest state of all.

Michael Hoffman is the author of
“In the Land of the Kami: A Journey into
the Hearts of Japan” and “Other Worlds.”



1945 – 17 AGUSTUS – 2017

indonesia 72 tahun


“Perjuanganku lebih mudah karena melawan penjajah.
Perjuanganmu lebih sulit karena melawan bangsa sendiri.”
[ Soekarno ]

“Indonesia merdeka bukan tujuan akhir kita.
Indonesia merdeka hanya syarat untuk bisa mencapai
kebahagiaan dan kemakmuran rakyat.”
[ Hatta ]



indonesia 72 tahun (2)

Jakarta, 17 Agustus 2017
Henri Daros