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Free Audio Japanese Lessons ♦ Pimsleur Language Acquisition Method ♦ Audio Samples   

Complete an entire 30 minute lesson to get the full effect of the Pimsleur Method.  

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Japanese Language Lesson: “Sei no!” 

QR Codes in Job Search: Really?

What is a QR Code?

Quick Response codes, “QR codes” for short, originated in Japan, where organizations have been using them for a number of years. These days, businesses around the world use QR codes to advertise, market, and promote their companies, services, and products.

These little, square codes are similar to traditional barcodes you find on price tags in stores. However, they are quickly gaining in popularity because they can hold far more information such as website links, phone numbers, email addresses, and other text.

The code is actually a picture with embedded information. When someone scans the picture using a mobile application (QR Code Reader) or another scanning device, the details within the picture open up.  A QR code can be built to open up a V-Card that includes your contact information, credentials, LinkedIn address, Twitter handle, Skype name, blog, and/or website, making it easy for your connections to add you to their contact list on their on cell phone. 

QR codes are mostly for mobile communications hardware.  QR codes are primarily used on smart phones. Mobile apps allow recruiters and employers to familiarize themselves with candidates using devices such as Blackberrys, iPhones, android phones, and iPads.

Pioneering job seekers, consultants, and other entrepreneurs are starting to use QR codes in resumes, business cards, and other documents in their marketing portfolio. The primary purpose of the code is to provide detailed information to networking contacts, recruiters, and employers. However, more advanced individuals can also track the usage of the code. 

Who should use a QR Code?

Clearly, in terms of career development or job search, QR codes are in the very early stages of development.

Certain professionals might want to use QR codes to show that they are on the leading edge of technology. By incorporating a code into their self-marketing material, they can advance their career by providing others with a concise link to information they want to share. By disseminating a QR code, they are also demonstrating their proficiency in the technology.

Good candidates for QR Codes:

  • Job seekers specializing in advertising, marketing, communications, and business development could add a code to their business card and portfolio cover to show off their understanding of the technology and to advance their career.
  • Professionals in technology-related roles might want to put a code on their resume to show that they are progressive and that they keep up with advancements in technology.
  • Management consultants might use various QR codes in brochures, magazine ads, and proposals to advertise, deploy promotions, and expand their business.

Some progressive employers such as marketing firms, advertising agencies, and software technology firms are likely to find a candidate who has an understanding of the technology appealing. If you are targeting organizations that use such codes in their business, it may be advantageous to add a QR code to your resume.

Can anyone generate a code?

Yes. If you feel that a QR code will be beneficial on your resume, narrative biography, or business card, you can easily create one.

A quick Google search will uncover many internet applications that can help you generate your own QR code. Some even have the capability to track people scanning your QR code:


A free, easy to use text or link QR code generator.


A free QR code generator with multiple tabs for different types of codes.


A free colour QR code generator with a variety of options, including LinkedIn and vCard.


If you are serious about generating a QR code to create a mobile-friendly page and manage your job search, check out this up-and-coming service. Vizibility has a free, easy-to-use interface to help you present details about your background in a mini-online marketing visual. You can rank and manage Google search results for your name so that you can show the most important and appropriate ones to people who scan your QR code. Advanced features will allow you to track people who have used the code.




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Utsuro Bune Ancient Japanese UFO sighting?


Mysterious 200 year old hand drawn Japanese accounts of a strange woman from a metal bowl/disk shaped craft that flew out of the sea during the edo period of Japan. 

Top Comments

(1) The Japanese have a folktale about a princess named Kaguya-hime. A grandpa one day wandered into the bamboo forest. Only to find a beautiful girl inside of a bamboo shoot. He takes the beautiful baby home to his wife and they take care of Kaguya-hime. Kaguya-hime is sought after by the most wealthy and powerful men in Japan. Instead she decided to leave Japan and go back to the moon where her true home is. Angels come down on a boat and pick her up. The end. Sounds like an alien. 

(2) I wonder if there’s any connection to those red-haired mummy’s they found in china. 


Utsuro Bune – an Asian UFO tale

History Channel Documentary:

A well recorded and little known event in the Western world would be the events of the Utsuro Bune. This is a myth dating from circa 1800 Japan. It states that a USO ( unidentified submerged object) washed up on the shore. The inhabitants of the village witnessed the object on the shore stating that is was spherical with strange writing on it. Out of the capsule came a woman dressed in fine clothing. She spoke a different language and was not able to communicate with the locals. 

The Iwase Bunko Library has in its possession a document entitled Hyouryuukishuu (”Tales of Castaways”), which was printed during the late Edo period (1603-1868):


According to the document, this vessel washed ashore at Harashagahama in Hitachi-no-kuni (present-day Ibaraki prefecture):


Together with these tales is the report of a damaged ship with a extremely mystifying form. According to the record, this large craft washed shorewards at Harashagahama. The specifications of the craft, specified as 3 meters tall by 5 meters in width, had been built from red sandalwood and metal and was equipped with openings of glass or crystal:


The mystifying characters of an unfamiliar writing system were discovered etched inside the craft. Aboard the wandering vessel was a delicately decorated young lady with pale face and red eyebrows and locks. She was assessed to be amid Eighteen and Twenty years of age. Considering that she uttered an unfamiliar language, those that chanced upon her were incapable of determining from where she came.
In her arms, she grasped a basic timber case that looked to be of great importance to her, as she would permit nobody to approach it.

The Utsuro Bune is as ancient as its tale and many scholars believe that it has been since the Country’s ancient version Japanese UFO sighting. The peculiar characteristic of sightings like this differentiates from those UFOs seen in the western world. 

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