Dear all: This is Akira Oku.
The announcement of practice on May 7 is as follows.
Title: Frugality and Health.
Remark: In-advance preparation is recommended. You are encouraged to prepare a draft of answers to the activity appearing in the following announcement.
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Kyoto NHK ESS: Practice Manager A. Oku: 2016.5.7
Frugality and Health
Genre: Composition for fostering the value of life
1. Make 5 or 6 groups.
2. Read sections (A), (B) and (C) shown below. Choose either combination (A) + (B) or (B) + (C), write the answer to facilitate group discussion.
3. Present the typical answer(s) in the group to (A) + (B) or (B) + (C).
Section (A). Poverty or Frugality
Do you like these Danish-style proverbs?
1) Possessing less are not but wanting more are the poor.
2) Those who demand less are blessed whereas demand more are damned.
How to play today with (A). By mimicking them, create your proverbs on a similar theme and discuss. (15 min)
Section (B). Manifesto of the Frugality Party（by H. Shingu）
A spectre is haunting in the World, the spectre of consumerism. All the powers of the World, all the countries on earth, have entered into a holy alliance to exercise the doctrine of this spectre, to buy more, to waste more.
Where is the country which has not been enticed to the consumerism? Where is the voice of keeping the world wide traditional way of frugal life that has not been silenced under the branding reproach as hindrance to the social progress.
Two things result from this fact:
1. Frugality is the only way for the human being to survive continuously on this planet earth. This simple fact is understood by every people world over at least deep in mind.
2. Frugality must openly, in the face of the whole world, be talked, published and appealed through every available method, for its necessity, its consequences and the reason why it has been in the past, it is now and it will be forever, the principal philosophy of happy life. Now is high time to have the spectre of consumerism be contained and ostracized from the world.
To this end, following Manifesto of the Frugality Party has here been written, in the Japanese and English languages, to be publicized.
妖怪が世界を牛耳っている . 消費主義の妖怪が。世界中の国々が同盟を結んだように、この妖怪の行動規範すなわち消費活性化を一致団結して押し進めている。現在、消費を奨励しない国が世界のどこにあるだろうか？太古から世界のどの場所でも続いて来た伝統的な倹約の社会を守ろうという声は必ず、文明の進歩を妨げるという一言で、時代遅れ、の烙印が押さるのである。
How to play today with (B). (35 min)
After reading the above manifesto, select one political party out of four candidates shown below. Make a draft of its manifesto of declaration in less than 150 words. Work time = 25 min, group discussion = 10 min.
1. Party of Uncovering False Environment-Benignancy.
2. Defense Party of Gyoza-no-Ohshou.
3. Farewell Manifesto to Automotive Society.
4. Manifesto of An-Hour-A-Day Smartphone Party.
Section (C). More Apples a Day! (from TIME)
The great cholesterol controversy that has waged incessantly for the past decade was beginning to wane last week. As the American Heart Association held its scientific sessions in St. Louis, even onetime skeptics were prepared to concede that abnormal quantities of fatty material in the blood should be regarded as one of the major factors in producing heart-artery disease. Thirty-two papers were presented on the subject; the evidence seemed overwhelming. Said Minneapolis Physiologist Ancel Keys: "No one can say that the maintenance of a low level of blood cholesterol will positively prevent development of artery disease. We don't know that this is the answer in whole or even in large part. But it's like a person with hypertension; we can assume he'd run less risk if his blood pressure were lower."
One piece of evidence was offered by Keys himself. Intrigued by the fact that Italians enjoy a far lower rate of coronary disease than Americans, Keys decided to find out why. Last week he suggested a possible answer: the Italian diet. Noting that Italians eat more leafy vegetables and fruits than Americans, Keys reasoned that some ingredient in these foods restricted the level of cholesterol and other fatty materials in the blood.
The Key ingredient turned out to be pectin, a carbohydrate well known to many U.S. housewives: it is the substance that makes jelly jell. Keys found that taking 15 grams of pectin daily for three weeks lowered blood cholesterol levels by an average of ten milligrams—"a modest but significant amount." For Americans who want to keep the doctor away, Keys added a familiar note: his 15-gram daily dose corresponds roughly to the amount of pectin found in two ripe apples.
How to play today with (C). Write the diagnosis or prescription as the answer to the questions 1 and 2. (15 min).
Question 1. Three apples a day keep --- what?
Question 2. More than four apples a day keep --- what?
Have a ball!