We are now entering the age of electric cars; Tesla can be found more often on the street and Porsche has officially announced that they will launch electric-powered cars in the immediate future. It is expected that the production of gasoline-powered cars will be discontinued within20-30 years. In view of the fact that electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels, it is questionable to what extent the advent of electric cars will alleviate the problems of environmental deterioration. I hope that the automobiles using clean energy such as solar panels/batteries will be further developed to become mainstream. From an economic standpoint, it is expected that the termination of the production of gasoline-powered cars will drastically change the Japanese industrial structure based on a network of many small and medium-sized companies which supply engine parts, etc.. I wonder how they will cope with the changes and hope that the employment opportunities will be maintained in due course.
The number of “vegetarians” more specifically, “vegans,” “pescatorians,” “pescapoultarians,” “people on gluten free diet” is on the increase particularly among the young generation in the developed countries. It’s not necessarily due to religious or health reasons. It is often said that this is becoming more like a trend. Whenever I serve as a host family for people from foreign countries, I must check this matter thoroughly to make their stay comfortable. How about me? I appreciate every meal prepared by people who try to make others happy. I try not to waste food and the good-will of people who made it. I also like learning about history and culture of foreign countries from their cuisine culture, so I am quite brave (open-minded) about trying different kinds of food. Anyway, it’s so-called, “食欲の秋“（the best season for having good appetite) in Japan! Let’s enjoy!
@Kobe Golf Club, the oldest golf course in Japan, founded in 1903.
ローカルルールで、携帯可能なクラブは8本のみと決められています。クラブの選択が難しいです。今年は、創立115周年。いつも、コースを回るたびに、車や機械のない時代に、人力でどうやってコースを作ったのか…… リサーチしてみたくなります。深いラフ、砲台グリーン、などなど、距離は短いですが、難しいです。 子供の頃は、冬になると父がソリを持って、よく、連れて行ってくれました。
Strict rules are enforced to maintain the course’s condition such as a prohibition of golf carts and a limit of eight clubs per player. As the course was carved out of a mountain, it is quite demanding. I wonder how they built the course without using modern technology on the top of Mount Rokko 115 years ago!