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Katya’s Birthday, August 21, 2012

After we got up, I gave Katya a small present for her birthday. I bought it in Korea and kept it. Then I took Maya-san for a morning walk (as a tiny extra birthday present), and left home. In the late afternoon, Katya came by Smart and we went together to Red Lobster. I had reserved seats for us. There were some customers even on a weekday.  We are glad because we have been worried about the withdrawal of Red Lobster from Kofu. We found that it is “Crab day” today on Tuesday, when we get some discounts. We ordered a lobster.       For Katya’s birthday, they took pictures … Continue reading

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Summer Evening BBQ

I was going to a tennis lesson today, but students asked me to join a BBQ, which I accepted. I took Maya-san for a walk at 5 PM, and the BBQ started at 7 PM in the garden of my office building. Students prepared everything. The foods and beer were very good.I went back home at 8:30 PM. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” was on TV. I like Roald Dahl and Johnny Depp (and Tim Burton, so so), so it is one of my favorite movies.    I tried to watch an Olympic soccer game Japan vs. Korea for the bronze, but I went to sleep.

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Abstract submission for a conference in Korea

I was invited to a conference in Korea held this summer. I had not submitted my CV, photo, title of the talk, and abstract. Nothing. One of the reasons I stayed in my office is to finish them, which I did. I sent the CV, photo, and the title by e-mail, and submitted online the abstract. The confirmation e-mail arrived. I am tired, yes, but it is a good feeling.

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Day after the vacation

Busy. I checked e-mails. I finished a report on the forum in China, which will be published in a society journal. I was invited to a conference in Korea in August, but the abstract was not finished yet. And other things to be done.

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New Year Card from Korea

A letter arrived from Korea. It was a new year card from my ex-colleague who went back to Korea and is working for a Korean company. It has been a while. It is good to have friends all over the world. It is a privilege of scientists.

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Katya’s souvenirs

I show you two of the souvenirs Katya brought. Russian white chocolates. Taste delicate, not too sweet. Citroen mini car Katya bought in Korea. Citroen 2CV is my dream car. When I bought my mini in 1997, I thought about buying a 2CV but stopped, thinking about the maintenance fee. I once owned an AX, which was a car light and fun to drive.

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Staying in Shimosuwa, Leaving Maya-san

Today’s Sunday. I took Maya-san out for a walk, cleaned my clothes and put washed dishes in. Then, Maya-san and I went to my office to prepared the seminar starting on Monday, tomorrow. A participant sent me an e-mail of canceling, but this was all that happened. In the evening, I drove directly to my parents’ in Shimosuwa with Maya-san. Mission: I stay one night, leaving Maya-san and Smart for another night. I will chair the seminar for three nights. Meanwhile, Katya leaves Vladivostok for Korea tomorrow, stay one night there, and will leave for Tokyo the day after tomorrow. Katya will take trains directly to Shimosuwa, take Maya-san from … Continue reading

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Katya arrives in Vladivostok

Katya safely arrived in Vladivostok from Korea. We talked on skype  in the evening. Katya was happy with her family. The weather in Vladivostok is for her, too. Katya asked me whether I am eating right. I said of course I was preparing an eel bowl for dinner. She said good. After I hang up, I remembered I had eaten lunch at . Probably, it does not count. While Katya is out, I decided to buy a French TV program; this could help me during my stay in France in September.

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Katya’s Departure – Long Day – Maya-san’s New Pleasure

Katya’s bus leaves at 4:05 PM for the airport. I was afraid of missing the bus, and I woke up at 2 AM. I did not want to oversleep, so I could not get back to sleep. At 3 AM, both Katya and I got out of futons. Katya told me she also had woken up at 2 AM. Katya did her last preparation, and three of us left the apartment to Kofu station by smart. Maya-san was happy to go out, but was also puzzled. We kissed good by at the station and Katya got on the bus to Narita Airport. I drove home with Maya-san. I did not … Continue reading

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Preparing for Katya’s departure

Katya leaves Japan on August 5. She flies to Seoul, stays one night there, and meets her family in Vladivostok on August 6. She will leave Vladivostok on the 29th, stay one night in Seoul, and arrive in Tokyo on the 30th. Today, I called to the Korean Embassy to make sure that she does not need a visa in Korea during her transit. I made a reservation for a stay in a hotel near the Inchon International Airport, Seoul, on the 5th. Now, I need to make a reservation for a bus trip from Kofu to Narita International Airport. I also need a reservation for a stay in Seoul … Continue reading

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