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Category Archives: Trip
I got on the plane at 8:30 PM. The plane left Narita at 9:15 PM. I was sleepy and decided to sleep instead of working, but it was not very successful; I slept for one or two hours. More than 90% of the passengers was Japanese. The plane arrived at 9 AM in Honolulu. I found a colleague of mine. We took a shuttle bus to Hilton Hawaiian Village. It was a fine, pleasant day. I arrived at the hotel at 10 AM, but I needed to wait until 11 AM for the room to be ready. The room in Tapa Tower is standard. The room is not facing the … Continue reading
I left Kofu at 2 PM and arrived at Narita airport at 6 PM. Now I am waiting in a hall. I will be leaving in an hour. I have not finished with the presentation slides. I will work on them in the plane.
It is Saturday today. There was an annual meeting of the owners of the Shibakoen apartment. It started in Shinjuku at 1 PM. We discussed the reduction of the managing costs of the building. It ended at 2:30 PM. I managed to take an express to Kofu leaving at 3 PM. I arrived at Kofu station at 4:30 PM. I walked to the institute for working.
In the morning, we had a discussion in Shimadzu; the work’s then over. After arriving at Kyoto station from Keihanna, I took a bus to Shisendo, a residence of a scholar in the 17th century. I like the place and have been visiting it once in a while. It is a small place with few visitors. The garden is very small but beautiful. It is very comfortable to be in there. I stayed there for half an hour, sitting on the tatami floor. Then I took a bus back to Kyoto station. From Kyoto, I took a bullet train and got off at Nagoya station. In a small … Continue reading
From the window of the room in Keihanna Plaza Hotel, only a parking lot was seen. I had breakfast on the first floor. Then I left the hotel. I walked to Shimadzu laboratory. Keihanna is a new city from the late 20th, so the streets were new, too. In the laboratory, the student and I worked all day. After coming back to the hotel, I bought a dinner for the student in a French restaurant “la Saine” on the second floor. The dishes were not expensive, but the tastes were real.
I left Kofu at 7 PM and arrived at Keihanna Plaza Hotel in Keihanna at midnight. I am staying in a one-bed room. I will work in Shimadzu company tomorrow with a student of mine.
It is always busy after trips. At the institute, I found out that there is some modification needed in the instrument we are developing under the governmental project. So I decided to go to Shimadzu in Kyoto for two days with a student of mine. I need to finish an abstract for a presentation in November, so I will stay up late tonight to finish it.
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
We had breakfast in the hotel and headed for Izu Shaboten Park (Izu Cactus Park). It is a park combining a cactus garden and a zoo. Katya grows cacti and wanted to go there, but I was not expecting very much. Katya was right. It is a cactus park with a history of 50 years, and cacti from all over the world were collected. Big and different. Funny thing was a place for “Cactus Hunting”. Cacti were planted in the field, and the visitors pick whatever they want to buy them. After visiting the park, we drove all the way down to Yumigahama Beach in Shimoda city. Surfers … Continue reading
It is Saturday today. In the morning, I was attending a meeting, in which our master-grade students presented their research results obtained in half a year, while Katya took Maya-san to Shimosuwa by Smart. She left Maya-san to my parents and drove back home. We met at our apartment and left together for Ito city in Izu peninsula. On the way to Ito, we first dropped by the central post office in Kofu to receive the doughnuts, which had delivered home while we were out. Then we drove all the way to Hotel Ito Powell, an old hotel by the sea. We arrived at 5 PM. The room on the … Continue reading