Monthly Archives: October 2010

Katya’s new weapon not fired

In the morning, we went to Kiyosato no Mori to play tennis.  Maya-san was with us.  Katya was looking forward to trying her new racket.  It was rainy and foggy in the mountain.  No way. We came down to Oka no Koen.  The rain got weaker, but the hard court was still too wet. We drove further down to a private tennis court.  It was not rainy, but the clay courts were not available because of the rain till morning, while the indoor tennis court costs 6,300 yen per hour.  No way. We made a telephone call to a tennis club we know of, and an indoor court cost 5,250 … Continue reading

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Annual Apartment meeting in Shinjuku for Hongo Studio

In spite of the typhoon coming to Tokyo, I went to Shinjuku for the annual apartment meeting of the building in Hongo.  The meeting started at 6:30PM and ended at 7:30 PM.  Only two attendants were there out of 40 owners this time. One of the main topics was the raise of the monthly payment for the reserve by three times. It is a huge raise, but we must accept it for the major building repair waiting in 5 years. I like this apartment in Hongo. The rent keeps high even after eight years, and the tenants soon settle in without a long period of vacancy. The most difficult one has … Continue reading

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Papers accepted, submitted, and chili con carne

One of the most important  jobs in universities is writing papers. Even if you perform an excellent experiment, it will not be accepted as a scientific fact without a publication. Today, I received an e-mail notice saying the paper I had revised was accepted for publication in a scientific journal.  It is good.  I have been sitting on a chair for days in front of a computer.  My back and shoulders are stiff.  My effort is rewarded. I was preparing another paper, and it is done. I submitted it online this evening.  I hope it will be accepted, soon. On Fridays, Katya sometimes works late.  Today, I perpared chili con carne while she was … Continue reading

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Server out of service

I have been posting articles everyday since I started this blog. Today, the server I rent was not working, and I was not able to login. “Oh, I have to stop my record this way!”, I thought, “before 100 posts”. It is 10:20 PM now, and the server started working again.  I am posting quickly.

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Making Sweet Potato Cookies

Mother sent us sweet potatoes with a recipe for cookies.  You prepare smashed potatoes and mix them with cream, butter, and sugar.  I tried to bake them today. First trial: Second trial: Third trial: People learn, you know.

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without you

I went to pay for my parking lot as usual. Alas, another car by my mini. Although there are still lots of minis in Japan, it is a pity the number never increases.  I hope the ex-by-my-side mini is fine.

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Blogs I like

In the morning from 9 to 12 AM, I discussed with a student of mine, who has been building up a new measurement system.  He is having good data these days.  We had a long and fruitful discussion. I had a protein bar for lunch. From 1 to 2:30 PM, we had a scientific meeting in a group. From 2:45 to 4:15 PM, I taught students about digital circuits. I had a cup-o-rice soup for my second lunch. Then I started writing a paper.  I want to finish it soon. I left the lab at 8 PM and had a good Spanish soup Katya made. We went out for a … Continue reading

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Busy Sunday

There is a hotel in the mountain. In the morning, we headed for the hotel, parked our Smart at the parking lot and went for a hiking with Maya-san. We came back home and urgently went to a tennis court to try the borrowed rackets again.  Katya liked one of them. We came back again, took a quick shower, and went to a concert hall near Kofu. Our favorite local amateur orchestra played Symphony No. 5 of Tchaikovsky very well.  We were fascinated! We came back again, took Maya-san, and headed for the sports shop.  Katya bought  a Babolat racket.  It will be ready on Friday. We took Maya-san to … Continue reading

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Katya made another ornament with her roses. We did not had the mushrooms for lunch, but we went to New Mahal for a lunch buffet. Then we went to a sport shop, Alpen Sports.  While we played tennis last time, Katya broke  her Wilson racket vigorously like a pro, so we needed to find a new one. I told the saleslady that Katya is a hard hitter but she prefers a light racket for her elbow and wrist. The lady recommended two Babolat rackets, so we borrowed both of them. We will borrow and use them for three days. We went to play tennis between 8 and 9 PM to … Continue reading

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Big mushrooms

My mother sent us matsutake mushrooms wrapped by bamboo leaves.  They have characteristic scent; some people like it some people don’t just like it just like truffes.  It is the flavor in fall in Japan. We are planning to bake one of them tomorrow.  We will see whether Katya likes it.

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