Mariya’s birthday party

Mariya’s birthday was October 15, but today, Saturday, I invited my parents to have a birthday party with them .

I saw my parents at Kofu station at 1 PM and took them to our apartment. I quickly went to a Chinese restaurant, Manpuku Roh, to take out dinner.

Mariya's birthday dinner


The taste was OK.


Then all of us went out for Takeda Shrine. A cameraman was waiting for us to take pictures of us in a small park nearby.

After taking photos, I took my parents back to Kofu station. My mother will come to visit us for helping us with moving out from the apartment after my visit to San Francisco .

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Conference in San Francisco 10 days later

At the end of this month, I will go to San Francisco for a conference for a week.

I will be taking three students with me, who go to a conference out of Japan for the first time. Therefore, I need to take care of them.

I check all the figures and manuscripts. I hope that they will enjoy this opportunity.

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A big slide

Katya and Mariya went to a park to try a big slide.

Mariya on a slide

Katya told me Mariya liked it.




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Mariya’s mini gym

A birthday present for Mariya arrived one day later.

Mariya's new gym

It is a mini indoor gym. Katya constructed it while I was working.

After I came home, Mariya and I played together. She climbed up and slid down very well.


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Mariya’s birthday

Mariya is one year old today. Time flies!

Katya dressed Mariya up with a dress my mother gave to Mariya and a head band from Natalia.

Mariya and Katya

Mariya does not like hats. It seems she was happy without the head band.

Muravej and Mariya

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Passport application for Mariya

Katya had taken Mariya’s photos. I chose one of the files and clipped her face out for her passport. I made a JPG file out of it and took it to a photo shop around 4 PM.

The shop owner received it and made two prints.

I took them to the passport center with the documents I had prepared.

Passport center in Kofu  Passport center in Kofu

They received the documents with no problem except they wanted to know Katya’s cell phone number.

“We will call her later.”

“I can help you. My wife’s Japanese is not perfect.”

“It is OK. We will call her later.”

Right after I left the counter, one of them called Katya, “Do you know that your husband is making a passport for your daughter?”

“Yes, I do.” This was it.

I drove to an ophthalmological clinic to receive my contact lenses (I did not go receive them on Saturday).

Hosoi ophthalmological clinic.

I went back to my office and restarted working.

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Two lectures today; one of them finished

Today is Tuesday, when I have two lectures to teach.

The first one is for graduate students starting at 9 AM. This class is shared by three professors including me. I finished my last 7th tern, so I will not teach this class from next week.

In the afternoon, I am instructing undergraduate students in practical electronics. This class is not exciting, but students are steadily learning.

Anyway, Tuesdays will be easier.

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Preparing for the meeting on Friday

For my scientific project, I am holding general meetings three times a year. The next meeting will be scheduled on this Friday in my institute; I started preparing for this.

I checked the attendees. There will be nearly 30 people. Four officials are coming from a government organization. To all of them, I have sent the schedules.

I have also sent the report I prepared last week.

I planned the arrangement of the room, and I rechecked the party after the meeting.

I hope that everything goes well on Friday.

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Tiring Sunday by cleaning up around the apartments

I normally wake up late on Sunday mornings, but today, before 7 AM as usual, because there was scheduled a clean-up around the apartments by the residents themselves; there are a lot of these occasions in Japan.

The cleaning started at 8 AM. We cleaned the ditch and took off weeds. We made up piles of bags filled with weeds.

I took a shower again. For lunch, we walked down Takeda Street.

Walking down Takeda Street

We arrived at a Nepali restaurant, “New Mahal“, where Katya took a ladies’ set and I a lunch buffet.

Salad and tandoori chicken  Curries and nan

Mariya was a good girl as usual.

Mariya in New Mahal

I wish that the buffet curries were more spicy.

After coming back home, I took a nap while Katya took Maya-san out.

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Mariya’s stuffy nose

In the late afternoon, Katya and I took Mariya to see an otorhinolaryngologist, because Mariya has a cold and has a stuffy nose.

Mariya was treated at the hospital and her nose was cleared. The doctor told us how to clear the nose, and we bought a tube for it.

In the afternoon, I cleaned Mariya’s nose. It seems that she is feeling better.

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