Protect Yourself From Pickpockets

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It can happen in the blink of an eye. You turn your back for just a moment and when you turn back around your bag or wallet is gone.

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The summer travel season is coming soon–the time when pickpockets are most active. The best pickpockets analyze their targets very carefully. They are like a lion watching its prey and travelers are often their favorite targets. When you are in an unfamiliar place it is easy to get distracted. That moment of distraction is what the pickpocket is waiting for.

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Pickpockets have some very sophisticated techniques. Many work in pairs. While one pickpocket distracts the victim the other does the stealing. Some play on your good will. For example, one drops change on the ground so that you will help them pick it up. While you’re kneeling on the ground the second pickpocket steals your bag. The pros often use a prop like a coat or a shopping bag to hide their activity from you. They are coming up with new techniques all the time.

Here are some simple tips to protect yourself. No matter how trustworthy a stranger may seem, don’t be distracted by friendly talk, etc. Keep everything in your view. Never hang your bag behind you; hold it under your arm. You should never keep your wallet in your back pocket. Better yet, use a money belt. If something is easy for you to reach, it’s easy for the crook to reach, too. That’s why you need to place your valuable items in hard to reach spots like the bottom of your bag. In particularly dangerous areas try carrying a decoy wallet.

None of these techniques are perfect, but if you are prepared, the pickpocket most likely will move on to an easier target.

 
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It can happen [tippy title ="in the blink of an eye" header=“off”] あっという間に[/tippy]. You [tippy title ="turn your back" header=“off”] 背を向ける[/tippy] [tippy title ="for just a moment" header=“off”] 一瞬[/tippy] and [tippy title ="when you turn back around" header=“off”] 向き直ると[/tippy] …

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Protect Yourself From Pickpockets すりから身を守る
in the blink of an eye あっという間に
turn your back 背を向ける
for just a moment 一瞬
when you turn back around 向き直ると

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The Most Expensive Tree in the World

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They say that [tippy title ="money doesn't grow on trees" header=“off”] お金は木に実らない[/tippy] but there’s a tree in the middle of Honolulu that [tippy title ="is making over 400,000 dollars a year" header=“off”] 年間に40万ドル(約400万円)以上も稼いでいる[/tippy] …

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The Most Expensive Tree in the World 世界で一番高額な木
money doesn’t grow on trees お金は木に実らない
is making over 400,000 dollars a year 年間に40万ドル(約400万円)以上も稼いでいる

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They say that money doesn’t grow on trees but there’s a tree in the middle of Honolulu that is making over 400,000 dollars a year for its owners by just being a tree—a very beautiful tree.

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If you live in Japan, then there’s no doubt you are familiar with the tree in the picture above. It is the symbol of Hitachi Ltd., the giant electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. Hitachi started using the tree as a corporate symbol back in 1973, and it has appeared in the company’s TV commercials and print ads since then.

The Hitachi tree, as it is endearingly called, is located in Moanalua Gardens in Honolulu, Hawaii. The park was part of a private estate when Hitachi originally got the rights to use the tree’s image for a payment of US$20,000 dollars a year. However, after the last heir to the estate passed away the property was sold to a real estate company called Kaimana Ventures. Under the new contract with Kaimana Ventures, Hitachi agreed to pay US$400,000 per year until 2016—four million dollars in all. Though I can’t confirm it, I’m pretty sure this makes it one of the top earning trees in the world.

The Hitachi tree is a monkeypod tree which is native to tropical regions of Central and South America. This particular monkeypod tree was brought back to Hawaii from Africa as a seedling and planted by Samuel Mills Damon over a century ago.

If you are looking for something to do on your a last day of a vacation in Hawaii, you should visit the Moanalua Gardens on your way to the airport. The park is only about ten minutes from Honolulu International Airport. I can’t think of a better way to end a vacation in Hawaii than with a relaxing stroll around the park.

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Hanoi’s Extremely Narrow Train Track Street

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[tippy title ="When I was a kid" header=“off”] 私が子供の頃[/tippy], I [tippy title ="used to love" header=“off”] 好きだった[/tippy] [tippy title ="the sound of the train in the distance" header=“off”] 遠くの電車の音[/tippy]. [tippy title ="The tracks" header=“off”] その線路[/tippy] were [tippy title ="about a mile away from my home" header=“off”] 私の家から1マイルほど離れた[/tippy]. The sound of [tippy title ="the locomotive" header=“off”] その機関車[/tippy] and [tippy title ="the whistle blowing in the night" header=“off”] 夜に鳴っている汽笛[/tippy]…

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Hanoi’s Extremely Narrow Train Track Street ハノイのとても幅の狭い電車が走る道
When I was a kid 私が子供の頃
used to love 好きだった
the sound of the train in the distance 遠くの電車の音
The tracks その線路
about a mile away from my home 私の家から1マイルほど離れた
the locomotive その機関車
the whistle blowing in the night 夜に鳴っている汽笛

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When I was a kid, I used to love the sound of the train in the distance. The tracks were about a mile away from my home. The sound of the locomotive and the whistle blowing in the night was somehow relaxing.

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On the other hand, I don’t think I would feel as romantic about the sound of trains, if I lived in the neighborhood in the video below. In the video, you can see a train passing mere centimeters from people’s front doors. The train line is located in the heart of Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi. It passes through an area called the Old Quarter heading toward Long Bien Bridge.

The train comes rumbling through this old neighborhood twice a day: once at 4pm and once at 7pm. Even without a watch you know the train is coming when you see people putting away their things and going indoors. It is surprising that there aren’t more accidents. Luckily, for the locals it passes through only twice a day.

Old Quarter Hanoi

The Old Quarter that the train passes through has a nearly 1,000-year-old history and is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. There, visitors can find many buildings hardly changed from the 15th century and shops specializing in traditional goods.

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