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I continued copying and pasting. At 2 AM, a mail arrived from a Mexican friend working for a French university; he invited me to the defense of his Chinese PhD student, and the date of defense was decided on September 18th. So I will visit France in September. I finished the report at 4 AM. I uploaded the file to a free storage site and sent the url to the governmental institute asking to download it to check. I came back home, took Maya-san for a morning walk, and left for Tokyo for a seminar of a graphic software I am using. I slept in the train. I got off … Continue reading
Our mailing system for the teachers and the office workers (only) in the university was somewhat tied up. I worked all day without an e-mail, which was weird; I was nervous whether I miss some important information. I was invited to give a talk for company managers and engineers in Shimosuwa, my hometown. I asked my parents if they wanted to come, but they hesitated. Anyway, I started working on the presentation, which requires no internet connection. It will be a two-hour talk for non-specialists, my first experience in my life.
Yesterday, after the registration of Mariya as a Kofu citizen at the city hall, I received a certificate of her presence in Kofu. Today, at my university, I applied for an insurance card for Mariya with the certificate, which will cover 70% of the medical costs. This evening, I bathed Mariya. Then I played with her to make her tired before the night comes, so that she will sleep rather deeply. Mariya was sometimes put in a baby car and sometimes held in my arms.
My 3.5-year project has already passed a year; there are two and a half more years. This afternoon, there was a budget inspection of the university; two officers from the main office came to our institute, and one officer in our institute and I welcomed them in a room. The two officers asked how I am choosing items to buy and how the officers of the institute are ordering them. Then they came to the lab to check what I had bought. It was not a national inspection, but I was a bit worried and relieved when they told me things seemed OK.
Today is October 2, but was still humid and hot. The highest temperature reached 28 degree C. In the university, air conditioners were not allowed to be used any more in order to save the energy, so I fully opened up the windows. I sweated in the office while working in front of the computer. I finished up another paper today. I am working hard before going to Hawaii.
An ex-student of mine, to whom I tutored French when I was a university student, is now running a small company in Shinjo, Yamagata prefecture. Today, I took a break and visited his firm. I woke up at 5:30 in the morning. I went to my office to check e-mails. Then, I rode my bike to Kofu Station. I took an express “Azusa” at 7:24 AM to Tachikawa. In the train, I took a Filet-O-Fish set. I changed trains and trains and finally took a bullet train from Omiya to Shinjo. The train once stopped at Fukushima Station, when, I confess, I felt uneasy. I arrived at the Shinjo Station … Continue reading
A colleague of mine brought me a box of sweets. He has been out to Germany for a conference. He met an old Taiwanese student of mine there, whom I had taught in my previous school in Sendai. He is now a postdoc in a German university. It was a surprise. Being a university teacher makes an international connection.
I have two classes to teach on Tuesday. The first lecture starting from 9 AM is for graduate students, fifty in number. There are a few students from Asian countries, like China, Malaysia, and Vietnam. One student is from Nepal, who entered the university this April and does not understand Japanese at all. Therefore, this year, I am teaching the class in Japanese and English. I prepared documents both in Japanese and English. I normally write on a board in English, adding some Japanese technical terms. I speak 80% in Japanese and 20% in English. Quizzes in English. I did not know whether this plan would work, but so far … Continue reading
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
We have students’ presentations once a month on Saturday in our institute. Today was the day. It started at 9 AM and ended at 11:45 AM. For the final talk, a German student now staying here showed what he had accomplished in his university in Denmark. It was very interesting. In June, I am receiving a Chinese student from France. World has become small. In the afternoon, I went to see an ophthalmologist to buy my lenses. I washed and drove my mini after a long while. It was fun. The lenses were not available, so I will go and get them next week. Then I worked till 7 PM and came back … Continue reading