Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Be Aware of the Sunray

My friend decided to do a laser treatment on his face to take off a spot. When he was young, he used to love going to the beach and played a lot of golf. He was always tanned. He was a salesman, so his wife thought that it’s better to get rid of it. His problem was just a small spot, but a recent survey shows that people with skin cancer is increasing all over the world as the ozone layer decreases.

There are people who have UV ray allergy. If they go out in the sun, they will create poison inside their body that could be fatal. They have to be covered or stay indoor their entire time. Healthy people are able to detoxicate this poison in their liver. But from now own, when the sunray becomes stronger, how much will we able to detoxicate? We still need some amount of sun exposure. But do be careful that you do not stay out in the sun for too long between 10am and 4pm. At the Poles and places like Australia near the equator, people are already extremely cautious. I think even in Japan, we should start wearing sunglasses and sunblocks. I am much concerned about children.

When I was thinking about “skin problem, ” a vision came to me. It was about the “Inaba-no-Shiro-usagi” (因幡の白兎), the Japanese mythology about a white rabbit. It is said to be a story from Izumo, but my understanding is that it happened between Noto Penninsula and China (Inaba-no-kuni). One reason to be recorded in the mythology is as a metaphor to indicate the trading problems between China. Another reason is to predict the skin decease occurrence in the future. The prophecy tells that at a time when problems occur with the trading business between Japan and China, there will be many people suffering from skin deceases. The mythology tells that the way to treat the skin decease is rub the skin with sea salt and make the pus come out from the skin, then wash off with fresh water and apply the pollen of cattail. I am not sure if this would work or what it may imply…

In any case, please be aware that the sunray is getting stronger. We really cannot avoid the sun but it is better to protect your skin as much as you can.

Ikashite-itadaite Arigato-gozaimasu

Thank you for letting us live

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