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

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Second day in Odaiba, May 2, 2012

Mariya woke up and up during the midnight, but we survived. We went to breakfast at Georgetown. Mariya behaved nicely as usual.    Very fortunately, it was fine today in the morning. I took a picture of Katya and Mariya in front of Tokyo Bay Ariake Washington Hotel, where we stay in. Then we started walking to the center of Odaiba. Katya knows Odaiba well. She took us to Aqua City Odaiba.    We looked around shops inside. Mariya was becoming tires, so we had a quick lunch at Burger KING. After lunch, I started holding Mariya in front of me. We took Yurikamome Line to go back to the … Continue reading

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Mom and Dad coming to Kofu and Mariya’s spoon

Right after her birth, my parents naturally wanted to meet Mariya. Today’s Sunday and they are coming to Kofu by train. I arrived at Kofu station at 11 AM. In the department store “Eclan” by the station, I looked for something for lunch. I bought two large packs of take-out sushi at Kyodaru. There is a wine shop, and I bought a bottle of Kofu wine for my parents and one non-alcoholic for me and Katya. I left sushi and wine bottles in the car, and went to the ticket gate of the station to see my parents. There was a campaign of Aizu district in Fukushima to invite tourists. … Continue reading

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Welcome home, Mariya

It is Saturday today. In the morning, PhD students presented their results in front of teachers and students. My PhD student did well. After the presentation, I directly went to Nagasaka Clinic to take Katya and Mariya out to the apartment. Mariya was ready in a Russian outfit for babies, which Katya’s mother, Natalia, gave to Mariya. She was wrapped in a  blanket also in a Russian way. On the Saturday afternoon, there were few people in the hospital. Katya and I said thank you and good by to only one nurse. Mariya felt the air outside for the first time. I drove them home. Mariya was put on the … Continue reading

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Final Day in Honolulu, Back to Japan

I woke up at 7 AM in the morning. I have no work today. I walked around Hilton Hawaiian Village. There was a tiny zoo in the hotel. I saw penguins in the pool. I walked out to the beach (for the first time in this trip). I went into a small restaurant to have breakfast.    After breakfast, I walked by the beach to see Diamond Head. I walked in the water, too.    Then I walked back to the hotel. This was all my vacation this time. I packed my bags, checked out, and left Hilton at 11 PM. It took 30 min to the airport. After the … Continue reading

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Kiyosato on a Sunday in May

Katya and I had breakfast at Gusto, a family restaurant. I like to have breakfast at a family restaurant.  Not because of the tastes themselves, but the atmosphere, where I commonly read a newspaper. Katya tends to read a book, too.    After the breakfast, Katya, Maya-san, and I headed for “Utsukushi Mori” in the Kiyosato area. Cherry blossoms were still in bloom. This means that the weather is not warm enough for plants yet. Right after we started walking on a hiking path, we found out that spring is only starting in this place.    We climbed up to the monument of Utsukushi Mori, and walked down.    We … Continue reading

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Tennis school after 3 months

Katya and I had not been playing tennis for 3 months, because of Katya’s return to Vladivostok, my preparation for the project, and Natalia’s arrival to Kofu. This evening, Katya and I went to a tennis lesson. There were only three students including us. The instructor was new to us. He introduced himself as a freshman of my university!  I did not tell him that I am a professor there, in fear that he would be too polite. We did the basics. The lesson was not so hard, but we moved a lot because the students were only three. It was a good practice. The instructor was young, but he … Continue reading

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Natalia left

We woke up at 7:30 AM. We took breakfast together. Then all of us, including Maya-san, went to Kofu station. Natalia gave me a hug and rode on the bus with Katya.  Then the bus left Kofu. Katya took care of Natalia in Narita Airport.  They had lunch, and Natalia left Japan for Vladivostok. While they were at the airport, I was working in the office with Maya-san. Katya came back home at 6:15 PM. She was tired. Katya called to Vladivostok to find that Natalia had safely arrived home. Good. Katya and I went out walking to a Chinese restaurant, Manpuku Roh,  on the Takeda street. Katya had ramen … Continue reading

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Natalia’s Last Evening in Kofu

In the evening, we drove to Red Lobster.    We thought of going to a Japanese restaurant, but Natalia chose a comfortable place she knows. Natalia bought us a dinner.          Everything was good except for the chewy beef. I sent an e-mail of complaint to the headquarter of Red Lobster Japan. Luckily, Natalia did not have the meat because she was already full. It was a good dinner anyway.  Thank you, Natalia. Natalia is packing now.  She will be leaving tomorrow morning to Vladivostok.

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Tiring week, Mamma Mia! evening

I went on business trips last Saturday and Sunday. I went to Tokyo yesterday, too. This week was tiring. This evening, Katya, Natalia, and I saw the “Mamma Mia!” DVD. It is a good movie to see together.  Katya told me that ABBA was popular in USSR, too. I wonder how people could think of a movie like this. Katya and I saw it at least four times. Although we see the movies together, our favorite ones are sometimes different. I love “Kill Bill vol. 1” the best, far the best among all the movies.  The second one is “Shaolin Soccer“. Katya does not like “Kill Bill”, although she accepts “Pulp … Continue reading

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