What a fabulous shot of Natalie Portman in her new role in ‘Black Swan’ where she plays an incredibly competitive but beautiful prima ballerina in New York. I read she apparently had to drop an additional 20 pounds from her already tiny frame, but wow, she does look incredibly striking. What a costume…….

My Take on Japan:
A language reflects the character of the people who use it, and vice-versa, and I'm sure that if I were to study German, I would see that the precision and attention to detail that Germans are famous for would be evident in their speech. One interesting area of Japanese grammar students learn early on is the verb ending masho, which corresponds to "let's..." as in "let's eat" (tabemasho), "let's go" (ikimasho) or "let's not smoke" (tobacco wo yamemasho).