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Kahala Mall, Barnes & Noble

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One of the interesting things about Honolulu was that there were many youngsters and senior citizens outdoors, especially in the Waikiki area, but not so many middle-aged men. This is no more than my impression, so I may be wrong, but I was very curious about the ratio of population in Honolulu. Their atmosphere is gentle, compared with those in Connecticut where I once stayed for a year. This is probably because tourism is the main industry of this area so people are very sensitive about their attitudes towards tourists from abroad. Waikiki is an interesting place. Beaches were artificially made by the resort industry, but the sea, the sky, the air, the clouds, and the trees are blessings of nature. This is a combination of "painless civilization" and abundant nature. Or this may be another kind of "painless civilization" that has incorpolated abundant nature within it. (Let me have time to analyze this.)

I went to Kahara Mall, located at the outskirt of Waikiki, and spent time at Barnes & Noble bookstore there. This bookstore did not have so many books on philosophy, but I found interesting books on Buddhism and sociology. I bought them, and read the latter, Introducing Sociology in the airplane back to Osaka. This was an introductory book with cartoons in every page. Contrary to its appearance, it was a good book. I want to recommend it to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Photo: At Honolulu Airport

 -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

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