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It is Monday today. There is no meeting at all; I checked e-mails, wrote syllabi for the lectures, and sent on the web the scores of the students taking my classes. I went to see a nose doctor, and had my hair cut at a barber’s. In the evening, Katya and I talked on skype. Katya said that her parents gave many souvenirs to Japan. She will be coming back to Japan tomorrow from Vladivostok.
I woke up to see outside from the hotel, which was not very beautiful. I took a light breakfast and left the hotel in Hachioji. I took an express train to Kofu. After arriving at the apartment, I went out to see the Chinese student from France at the dorm. He was OK. It seems that the jet lag does not affect him very much. He gave me souvenirs. I will see him on Monday. Then I was working in my office.
A bachelor student of mine, who traveled in Australia, came back and brought me a box of chocolates for a souvenir. He seemed to have enjoyed his graduation trip. This evening, another research group I am involved in invited me to a graduation party at Domadoma near Kofu Station. There were about 20 students. The party started at 7:30 PM, and I left it at 8:40 PM. The graduation is scheduled on March 22. New students are coming from April.
A master degree student came back from his trip to Italy. He brought me a box of chocolates. It could be the first time to be given Italian chocolates for a souvenir. I opened the box. It was a fig chocolate, with a rich taste. The student is now analyzing and arranging his data before his graduation.
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.
Katya is Orthodox, whose Christmas is January 7th, and I am not Christian. Besides, today is not a holiday in Japan. It was (officially) the last day before the holidays in our institute, so all the members, professors, researchers, students, and office workers, cleaned rooms, buildings, yards, parking lots, and so on. This is the common way of ending a year in offices in Japan after the Year-End party. For dinner, Katya made Borscht. She used Sauerkraut for the first time in Japan. Katya did not care about Borscht, but she said she felt like making it on a winter day like today. My colleague brought us a typical Hawaiian … Continue reading
My parents living in Shimosuwa are both 77 years old and very healthy. Last week, they made a five-day trip to Kyushu, a Southern major island. When I was out, their souvenirs of Kyushu arrived with the vegetables my father cultivated. When I returned home, Katya surved me a bowl of noodles. I was surprised to find that it was Nagasaki Champon. It was one of the souvenirs from my parents, and Katya cooked it for me. It tasted good. Katya did not have champon; she bought 3 kg of mandarins in the morning and had most of them.
We woke up at 8 AM and had a buffet breakfast. We went out for snorkeling again. It was a pity that the sea was not clear enough. Although, the picture looks better than those taken yesterday, probably because the flash light did not go this time, and the reflection inside the plastic bag eventually could be avoided. We returned back to the hotel and took an onsen. The water of the onsen is from the deep ocean and it tastes salty. Then we left the hotel. At a fish shop near the port, Katya bought big seashells alive for my parents for a souvenir. Today is a national holiday, … Continue reading