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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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A one-night trip to Shimosuwa

At 5 PM, I took Maya-san in mini and drove to Shimosuwa where my parents live (and I was born). I took a highway (highways in Japan are not toll-free). I dropped by Yatsugatake service area.  Maya-san sniffed around. Venturing out seemed to be stimulating her. From the service area was seen the combination of a highway and rice fields. We arrived at my parents’ at 7 PM. Anju was there to avoid heat. She welcomed me. Maya-san was happy with my parents, not with Anju. Maya-san and Anju know each other, but they are not the best friends. However, they played sometimes together. Unlike Anju, Maya-san has her own … Continue reading

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One-night trip to Shimosuwa

At 5PM, I took Maya-san in mini and drove to Shimosuwa, where my parents live (and I was born). I took a highway. We dropped by Yatsugatake service area. Maya-san sniffed around.  She has been staying home most of the time, so venturing out seemed to be stimulating her. From the service area was seen the combination of a highway and rice fields. At my parents’, Anju was there to avoid the summer heat. Anju and Maya-san said hello.  They are now sort of friends, although they still insist on showing their territories and priorities. Maya-san was happy to see my parents, too. Maya-san naturally looked outside during the nights … Continue reading

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Kiyosato in Summer

Katya, Maya-san, and I went to “Sun Meadows” to avoid heat.  The temperature was only 20 degree C up there.  We enjoyed a relaxing walk. Maya-san’s leg is getting better, and she enjoyed the walk with us, too. In winter, we ski on the slope. In one of the parking lots, an amateur racing team was practicing gymkhana, . I used to join gymkhanas, too, with my mini, but I preferred speed racing. Now I have no chance to join either of them. We moved to “Kiyosato no Mori” to let Maya-san dig a hole in a bushy field. In the evening, I had my hair cut.

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Ojirogawa Valley Walk

In the afternoon, we headed for Ogirogawa Valley for the first time.  It is a rainy season now, but fortunately we had no rain. The trek started. On the way to go, I carried Maya-san with me in the bag. Streams and water falls. It was getting darker. On the way back, Katya all carried Maya-san.  She walked faster than I, so I missed her photos. Relieved on the first bridge again. It was a good trek.  With Maya-san, it was more tiring.  Maya-san did want to walk, but we dared not to let her. Add to it, we did not let Maya-san on my lap on the way back, … Continue reading

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Evening Tennis on Friday

It is a rainy season in Japan. For the tennis lesson this evening, the clay courts in Midorigaoka Sports Park could not be used because of the rain yesterday. So we went to Yamanashi Prefectural Youth Center. Katya had an evening English class near the court, so she went there by smart directly from the class.  I took mini myself from the institute. I arrived late by 5 minutes. There were only four students.  So we had an intensive lesson. Katya ran so much that she was apparently exhausted.  Even though, she played hard for the games.  But after one hour, she was over.  She later told me she was … Continue reading

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Mothers’ Day, May 8, 2011

In order to celebrate Mothers’ Day, we went to Shimosuwa by mini and visited my parents. We got on Chuo highway and stopped at Futaba Service Area.  There is an outside vegetable/fruit shop. My mother does not like cut flowers, so instead of carnations, we bought grapes cultivated inside a green house. The service area is large.  We took Maya-san for a walk. It was a hot day.  Katya gave Maya-san a shower. In my parents’ house, we had some tea. Besides grapes, we gave sweets bought in Kyoto. In the garden, magnolias were beautiful. Mom and dad showed us a pot of apple flowers. On the way back to … Continue reading

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Mostly Healthy Sunday

In the morning, Katya, Maya-san, and I took mini and went to the parking lot of Hotel Yogai. There is a good walking course from the hotel.  We left mini and started walking. We have been suffering from the pollen allergy of Japanese cedar, and the mountain was full of the trees.  However, we did not feel anything any more.  The rain yesterday must have washed out the pollens from the trees onto the ground. We enjoyed walking. In the afternoon, we went to EST Tennis School to join a trial lesson.  It was OK with me.  For Katya, the indoor courts were too dusty and she needed more basic … Continue reading

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Kuonji Temple in Mt. Minobu

Katya and I had breakfast in Starbucks. Katya had a venti cappuccino and I, a tall cafe latte.  Milk was fully supplied in there.  We felt pollen.  My skin was itchy. By mini, three of us visited Kuonji Temple in Mt. Minobu established by Nichiren.  It took one and a half hours from the apartment. On the way out from Kofu, we felt less pollen. We did not expect the temples so big. The temples are surrounded by woods. Some cherry blossoms were already in bloom, but the best season has not come yet. Katya is planning to visiting it again on a weekday.

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smart needs repaired

I went to my office in the morning to reserve the train tickets on the web for the American professor. Then I first went to Kofu station to buy them and to Konaya Hotel to pick the professor up. We had our last talk in Starbucks, and he left Kofu to Tokyo, Narita, and to the US.  He will be back to Japan in September for conferences. Katya has been talking about the malfunctioning of smart these days.  She suspected that it was because of the battery getting weak.  Katya and Maya-san took smart and I, mini, to Super Autobacs, an automobile shop. It has been quite a while since … Continue reading

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