I have had many experiences during these 6 months. The biggest change was to have started the new job and commuting for five hours per day for five days a week.
Second was I have attended many seminars and got to know many new things and people.
It was cloudy.
Today is geshi (夏至), one of nijyushisekki(二十四節季), the 24 solar terms. It is the day when the daytime is the longest.
I came to Suwa, Nagano with my friends and visited three shrines. Gods of two shrines are couples. There was a summer festival at the third shrine and we could see the special dance dedicated to gods.
We visited the sake brewery too.
The Japanese style hotel is very nice, especially dinner and hotspring.
I hope you have a chance to enjoy them too.
It was cloudy but very hot.
I took an earlier train than usual in the morning to leave earlier in the evening.
In the morning Japan time during most people's commuting hour there was a World Cup game of Japan and Greece.
Some people went to the office or sports bar earlier to watch the game on TV, others were trying to watch it on their way to work by smartphone or something. I just watched the last five minutes or so on the train. The result was a tie of zero vs. zero.
Many fan were disappointed because they wanted the Samurai Japan to win.
After work I went to attend the lecture by Mr. Ken Honda and bought the latest book to get his autograph.
There I met an aquaintance whom I got to know at his last event.
It's been raining.
I went to Gakushuin Women's College to attend an International Symposium about women's higher education. Panelists were professors of Japanese Women's Colleges and those from Saudi Arabia.
I was impressed by the speech delivered by the Saudi Cultural Attache in Tokyo. His Japanese was wonderful. He studied in Japan when he was young.
It is very nice for students studying abroad will return as a member of the Embassy to work for both countries.
Now I am working at a university in Tokyo to help students from foreign countries. I am looking forward to their future activities.
After that I went to Shinjuku to see a movie Mandela Long Walk to Freedom.