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Showa Day: April 29, 2013

Today was Showa Day, a holiday. Everybody got on the car. First, we went to Nishimatsu Ya, a baby-goods shop.    We went there to buy a shade for a baby carriage. Then we dropped by Starbucks to get a cup of coffee for me.   Then we went back home. After a quick lunch, all of us got on Smart again to Midorigaoka Sports Park.    We started a walk.      Katya pushed the carriage and I was taking Maya-san with me.  After some while, we switched. We placed Mariya in a chair again to go back home. For dinner, I went to Manpuru Roh again. Today’s dishes were … Continue reading

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Koraku-en Ramen Restaurant

For dinner, Katya and I went to Koraku-en, a ramen noodle restaurant. The restaurant is in a walking distance from our ex-apartment, but Katya and I had not been there together (I have been there for a couple of times, while Katya in Vladivostok). It is a standard ramen restaurant. Katya ordered dandan noodles, and I, vegetable ramen with small fried rice and dumplings.  I took all rice and we shared dumplings. The tastes were good; not surprising but satisfactory. We took mango pudding and chocolate ice cream for dessert. It was a good dinner.

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Katya is back in Kofu

Katya called me from Narita Airport before 3 PM. She safely arrived back. She said she was going to take a bus to Kofu leaving at 4:20 PM. At 8 PM, Maya-san and I picked up Katya at Kofu Station. Wasn’t Maya-san excited! Katya looked very healthy and stronger than when she had left Kofu in the mid of the heat. Oh, I was glad to see her smile. It was a short trip but it was worth for her. Katya brought chocolates. Chocolates in Russia is delicate and good. Katya also brought a bottle of kvass. I had kvass when I first visited her in Vladivostok. The taste reminded … Continue reading

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Eggplants and Bridge

An office worker gave me some eggplants this year, too. These are the first of this year. Probably, he will give us more. Katya sent me a picture of a new bridge. APEC2012 will be held in Russky Island, Vladivostok in September. Katya said that the city has changed very much.

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Taking care of Maya-san

Katya seems to be having fun in Vladivostok. She tells me that the weather is so nice there. Her parents are, of course, happy to have her. I am happy about it, too. I am OK, but it takes a lot of time taking care of Maya-san. I take her out three times a day. Besides, I have lunch together. When I try to work home after dinner, Maya-san always comes to me; she must have been lonely alone in the apartment. Therefore, my working time became less, and I am trying to, somehow, figure it out.

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Dinner with Chinese student

The Chinese student is leaving Japan on August 10. He will then go back to China for the summer vacation to see his parents. Today, I invited the Chinese student, the student who instructed him, and a research associate to a dinner. I chose Ohajiki, a chicken-specialized restaurant, because it is one of the best chicken restaurants in Kofu and that the student is a Chinese Muslim. It is decorated in an old Japanese style.    Beans and Tofu appetizers. I ordered a bottler of Kofu wine, which was good.    Then chickens continued.       Very delicate tastes. Dessert was an icecream. We left the restaurant at 9:30 PM. … Continue reading

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Forest walk with Maya-san on Sunday

Today is Sunday. I woke up at 9 AM. It was getting hot again, so I decided to take Maya-san for a walk in the mountain. I arrived at a parking lot of a hotel “Zabouan” and starting walking in a forest.    We took a walk for an hour and come back home. I felt tired and took a nap. Then I worked home. For dinner, I cooked a bowl of vegetable ramen. It was a success. Then I talked with Katya on the skype. She said the temperature had finally raised up to 30 degree C in Vladivostok. People liked it, but Katya preferred a cool weather while … Continue reading

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Small International Meeting

Katya is in Vladivostok. I took Maya-san out for a walk in the morning before going to school. There was a small international meeting starting at 10 AM. Six lectures were given. I saw two German professors after a year, both of whom are invited. During the lunch time, I quickly went back home to say hello to Maya-san. The meeting ended at 4 PM. At 5 PM, I went back home for Maya-san’s walk. After the walk, she asked for a shower again. At 8 PM, I finished my job. Today, I was able to talk with Katya on skype. She told me she could hear my voice clearly. … Continue reading

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Katya left home for Vladivostok

In the morning, I took Maya-san out for a walk while Katya was preparing for the departure. I drove Katya to Kofu station.  Maya-san was not with us because Katya did not want to let her down. We took breakfast together at “Vie de France“. Then, Katya took a bus to Narita airport. We said good-bye on the cell phone around 4:30 PM, and Katya left for Vladivostok. I took Maya-san for an evening walk at 6 PM. It became cooler, but after the walk, Maya-san asked a shower to cool her down. Katya safely arrived in Vladivostok. We talked on skype; I was able to listen to Katya clearly, … Continue reading

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A hot day before Katya’s departure

It was again a hot day in Kofu. Katya is leaving for Vladivostok tomorrow. This afternoon, we went to Kofu station to buy a bus ticket to Narita. Katya showed me how to feed fish and how to change water in the tank. She also told me how to water roses. She was busy packing. Maya-san watched Katya and understood she is leaving. Maya-san became sad.

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