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August is here. The long vacation season. The summer vacation is both jolly and bitter for Japanese school children. They have to clear a lot of home works. The first hard training in their life, enjoying the life in nature remembering the volumes of home works waiting for them on their desk at home. My father was one of the first generation children went to the Japanese obligatory 6 years ground education system. The summer vacation with the inevitable home works has been in Japan for more than 100 years. In Europe and US, the summer vacation is also very long, a couple of months. But there are no home works. The Japanese school term begins on the first of April. Therefore the summer vacation starts just after 4 months of the school life. The vacation comes in the midst of study life driving at the top gear. So, home works and home works. In Europe and US, the school term starts in September. So their school summer vacation is after the term and before the new term. Changing school, new teacher and new class, the less continuity in the school life, no home works. How lucky these children are.
One heavy and important component in the Japanese children$B!G(Bs summer home works is $B!H(BA case study report$B!I(B. The theme is left open and free to the children. The common and popular theme has been the insect collecting or raising. And Japanese boys really love the insect collecting or raising. In China, among elderly men, it has been an old tradition to enjoy listening to insects$B!G(B singings. In Europe and US, nobody shows interest in such a hobby.
After the big catastrophe in the 11th March, we try to save the consumption of electricity, reconsider the electricity supply relying on the atomic power stations, revalue the capacity of the nature.
We know that fish, birds and whales can travel global distance. Some butterflies can also travel over the ocean. They eat so little. They are not at all muscular or fat. Insects can jump very high and can lift very heavy things. It is natural but miraculous.
Oil lamp, gas light, El-bulb, fluorescent light, LED and Electro luminescence: somehow we are getting closer to the world of the insects.