Category Archives: Shops

Jingisukan BBQ dinner on Sunday

It is Sunday today. When I woke up, it was raining. I took Maya-san out for a walk in the morning. She was a good girl enough not to hesitate to walk in the rain, which is not very often. After the walk, Katya drove to Jonathan’s. I read a newspaper, while Katya an internet magazine with her iPad.    Drinks in Jonathan’s are better than in Gusto, so we might be going to have Sunday breakfasts in Jonathan’s, although Gusto is in the walking distance from our apartment. Then we went to “Pet Field” to see live rocks to be put in a fish tank. We did not buy … Continue reading

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From Izu to Shimosuwa to Kofu

Today is Respect-for-the Aged Day, a holiday. We checked out and left the hotel after 10 AM. We headed for Gotemba Premium Outlets for shopping. On Hakone Pass on the way to the shopping center, there was a fog. Katya sees better than I, so we changed drivers and Katya started driving. We arrived at the outlet mall safely. After we finished shopping, a rain started, so we had snacks at Fauchon’s.  Breads are very good there.   After we had sandwiches and drinks, it stopped raining. A bus took us to the parking lot from the mall.    From the parking lot, we drove back to Shimosuwa to say a … Continue reading

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Itajiki Gorge, Kofu, Yamanashi, on Sunday

Today is Sunday. In the morning, Katya and I had brunch at Gusto. Then all of us went up the mountain to Itajiki gorge in Kofu, which Katya had happened to find. By the gorge, there was a short hiking course less than a kilometer long. Right after the entrance, Shirokami waterfall welcomed us. Roads were sometimes rocky but mostly pleasant.    At the end of the hiking course, there was Otaki waterfall. The differential level is 30 m; the fall was not huge, but it was worth visiting. The mists made us feel cool. The water from the gorge flows into Arakawa Dam. We came back home. Katya and … Continue reading

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New fishes

In the afternoon during the lunch time, Katya came to the institute with Maya-san. Three of us went to “Fish Land Ishihara” to buy some more fish. We bought two corydoras pandas, four shrimp, and a moss. We put them in the tank. It seems new fish are doing fine.

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Run for Upgrade!

I woke up 4:30 AM. The bus to Incheon International Airport left the hotel at 5:30 AM. I arrived at the airport at 6:40 AM. I checked in using an automated check-in machine, then I went to Seven-Eleven on the first floor to buy candies to the office workers and my students of the institute. I went through the immigration, and then looked around shops in the airpot to look for souvenirs for Katya. Before the departure, I spent my time in a Sky Team lounge, taking a light breakfast. Then I got on a Delta plane for Honolulu bound for Narita. I took a seat, half asleep. A male … Continue reading

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Second day of the conference in Seoul

After lunch, I walked around the conference hall.   From 3:30 PM, I gave a 30-min invited talk. I think I did it OK, but there were not so many questions. After the conference, I walked around the COEX mall. I did not buy anything. I will buy souvenirs at the airport tomorrow.   Banquet started at 6:30 PM.   Since I knew nobody, I picked some foods and went back to the hotel. Tomorrow morning, I am leaving early for Japan.

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Sunday in Yatsugatake

In the afternoon, Katya, Maya-san, and I went to “Resort Outlets Yatsugatake“.    We went to our favorite Italian restaurant, “Lo Scoiattolo” for lunch. The meals were good as usual. When I was trying to take pictures, I found out that the batteries were dead. Anyway, it was good lunch. I bought a pair of shoes and Katya two T-shirts. At St. Cousiers, we bought a bottle of wine,  sausages, pasta sauce, salsa, and steak sauce. On the way back, we stopped by a vegetable shop, “Oishii Ichiba“, to buy a bottle of perilla juice, cherries, dried apples, and very rich puddings. We had light supper with some of those … Continue reading

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Nishizawa Valley, Taizan Hanten, Gusto

Young scientists visited our institute in the morning, and I showed them around. In the afternoon, Katya, Maya-san, and I went to Nishizawa Valley in Yamanashi city. The temperature in Kofu was higher than 30 degree C today, but in the mountain, it lowered to 24 degree.      It was cool and pleasant. Maya-san found something “real” under the ground. She dug, barked, tried to bite it, and sometimes jumped back. It could be a snake. I took Maya-san out from the hole. We arrived at Okubo Waterfall. We then returned. On the way back home, we dropped by “JA (Japan Agriculture Co-operatives) Fruits Yamanashi”, a vegetable and fruit … Continue reading

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Sunday on June 10, 2012

On a Sunday Morning, Katya and I went to Gusto for breakfast as ususal.  I read a newspaper and Katya a book. Katya, Maya-san, and I drove to “Doryu Waterfall” in Kiyosato. The green was very fresh in early summer.       The fall is not big, but the water streams are delicately separated as if into thin white strings running down. “Waterfalls breathed out by dragon” is an adequate name. Katya got closer to the falls. The air was very fresh. Maya-san has changed in the nature; she looked more serious, relaxing, and independent. After visiting the falls, we dropped by “Kiyosato no Mori” park, too. We came home. … Continue reading

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Lecture at Keio University

I was asked to give a lecture at Keio University for graduate students. Before going to the university, I dropped by Bic Camera in Shibuya. I looked for a cheap camera only for my blog (Katya has a good one for herself). The cheapest I found was a GE one. GE products are actually hardly seen in Japan, I did not know that GE produces digital camera. So I bought the cheapest C1433. After I get of Bic Camera, I took the first picture, a pictute of the shop. I think it is OK for the cheap camera. Then I took Toyoko Like to Hiyoshi. I walked to the faculty … Continue reading

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