Friday, August 18, 2017


It is fine and hot outside but it is very cold inside. Therefore I got a cold.

We arrived at Nassau, the Bahama in the morning.
We started breakfast around 9:30 so one of the dining rooms was already closed.

We landed at the port this time. First we went to some jewry shops to get presents. We happened to find the Ministry of Tourism and asked where to visit.  According to the advice, we visited the major touristic places.

We came back to the ship around 2 pm and ate lunch at the ship.
We took a nap, and there was the assembly meeting of Dream Trips from 5 pm. They say there are 92 Dream Trippers this time but only a third got together. There was a family who traveled free. Someday I hope to do so.

After dinner we enjoyed the juggling show at night.


We arrived at Coco Cay, the Bahama where is a private island around 8 am. Since there is no port, we were sent by tender boat to the island beach. There are nearly 3000 passengers, it takes time for all the people to land. So we waited taking breakfast.After all we arrived at beach nearly 11am, and walked around the straw shops, and enjoyed swimming. It is a shallow beach and I could walk to 100 meters or so. I saw some fish including a shark.
After eating lunch we rested and came back to the ship.To my interesting there was a security check on our way back.

When we got back to the room, we found the gift from our travel agency.
We had a formal dinner tonight, so I wore Japanese summer kimono called Yukata (浴衣).
The sunset was very beautiful.
We watched the movie music show for an hour.


It was fine.

We left around10:45 and headed for Miami.
At the port there were some cruise ships.
Our Enchantment of the Sea was docked at the Pier G where was the furtherest from the parking.

After checking in, we ate lunch first and there was a Guest Assembly Drill later.

We left Miami at 4 pm.

There was a sail away party at 4:15pm.

We had dinner at 6 pm. We watched the show. They say participants were from more than 30 countries. There were some honeymoon couples. There was a couple who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  The secret of long relationship the wife said was  compromise, and the husband's was always agree.

We enjoyed casino for $5 free play and watching stars at the deck.

Inside the ship it is very cold, outside it is very hot and humid.

It was a nice day.

Monday, August 14, 2017


I arrived at West Palm Beach after midnight.

My best friend came to pick me up and we went to see the Perseid Meteor Shower directly to the west. We saw about 10 shooting stars, 6 of them were so nice staying longer in the sky, but still too short for us to make a wish.

it was about 3 am when we got home. I slept until noon.

We went to play golf.  It took about 3 hours.

I am now in vacation.
How nice it is!

Saturday, August 12, 2017


It was rainy in Japan.

Today is the first day of my trip to Florida and the Caribbean cruise for summer vacation.

I left home before 11am and arrived at the Narita Airport before 2 pm.

I picked up the suitcase and checked in.

At the terminal there was a time-limited event of Kabuki Experience Gallery & Shop. There is Kabuki Face Photo Booth, and you can make seals of your picture for free.

The plane left at 15:55 and arrived at Detroit after 11 hours and 14 minutes. It was still 14:20 of Aug.12.
I watched three movies.

I have waited for four hours for the next flight to Atlanta.
It took two hours from Detroit to Atlanta.
Since I got the window side seat, I enjoyed the beautiful sceneries including rainbows.

I am now onboard for West Palm Beach where I will arrive at after midnight.


Today is a national holiday called Yama no hi (山の日), Mountain Day which was introduced last year.
For most of people it is a beginning of three day weekend. For me it is a start of 11 days summer vacation.
I wanted to leave Japan today but the flight tickets were too expensive to buy. I will leave Japan tomorrow.
So i went to the beauty salon and other places to shop. I asked the delivery companies to pick up my suitcase and to deliver the goods.

It was a rainy day but I had a good holiday.

Friday, August 11, 2017


Have you ever ridden on the first class on the airplane?
It is usually very expensive so that I only rid once by chance.
To travel light and to travel by first class is one of my dreams. Therefore I went to experience it tonight.
It is a restaurant located in Ikebukuro.  There were some destinations, and I chose to go to Paris. The departure time was 17:50 and arriving time was 19:30.
There are only 12 seats, 8 for first class and 4 for business class. As the campaign price it cost yen 5980. We can experience virtual reality using head lens.
Foods were delicious.

I think it is fun to try once.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


It was another hot day. The hottest day in this summer in many places.

After midnight I saw the beautiful full moon.

I went to see the fireworks festival at Miurakaigan tonight. It was very nice. I saw the red moon there. The shape was changed a lot. It was a very interesting experience.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


There was supposed to be a fireworks festival at Miurakaigan beach, but it was postponed tomorrow due to the typhoon No. 5.

It was a full moon today so that I wanted to see it with fireworks but I could not.

They say it is called Lion´s gate today and
the stars in the universe make a line and the gate between this world and that world opens snd the energy from the universe falls  on the earth.

I do not know about the detail but it is said with the full moon the power is stronger.

Monday, August 7, 2017


Zansho omimai moshiagemasu (残暑お見舞い申し上げます)

This is the way to greet at this hot season.
Until yesterday it was "Shochu omimai moshiagemasu.(暑中お見舞い申し上げます)." The difference is "shochu" which means the middle of hot season and "zansho" which means "the late summer heat" though the heat itself is almost the same.
The reason of difference is today is risshu (立秋), the start of the fall on the calendar.
It is one of nijyushisekki (二十四節気), the 24 solar terms. The last one was taisho(大暑) on July 23, and the next one is shosho(処暑) on August 23.

The typhoon No.5 is gradually approaching. It rained at night but stopped. I hope it will pass without any problem.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


It was fine.

I went to Shinagawa to learn Reiki third degree again. There were 24 people today, and they were divided into three groups. There were three new students and two second time learners, one teacher, and two supporters in my group.
At lunch time I heard goose bumps stories.

After the seminar we heard koudan (講談), traditional story-telling about the founder of Reiki.

After that I went to the aquarium because my one-year passport expires today. I enjoyed watching jellyfish as usual and the dolphine show of fireworks.

It was a nice day.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


It was fine.

I had a very busy day,

In the morning a refrigerator repair serviceman finally came and replaced the PCB.  Fortunately it started working again.

In the afternoon there was the third year memorial service for my father who passed away on Aug. 17, 2015. It's been two years since his death, but we count it as three years and call it "sankaiki(三回忌)."
After the ceremony we went to the grave.
Then we had lunch. This was the first time for  me to go there.

We came home to change and headed for Shinagawa.

I was invited to the live concert of Ms.Hiroko Moriguchi(森口博子) and to the dinner.

I made friends with some ladies who likes kimono very much.

It was a nice day.

Friday, August 4, 2017


It was rainy in the morning.

I was rather busy so that I overworked.

Tomorrow we have the third year memorial service of my father who passed away on August 17, 2015.
It's been about two years but we count as three years. After one year frrom the death the memorial service is called isshuki (一周忌), after two years it is called sankaiki (三回忌). We hold  the service at the graveyard. Then we have dinner.
I often think the death is the last present for the rest who meet at the funreral. Budddhist family usually have memorial services for several times after the death  so that we get together.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


It was cloudy and rather cool again.

After work I went to Shibuya to see somebody.

I thought of two restaurants in Shibuya and went to one of them. To my surprise they were so close. I have been one of them so many times but I did not notice the other at all in spite of passing in front.
It was a sister restaurant of Alice in magical land in Shinjuku where I went last month. It was Alicei n a dancing land.
It is located in the B1 floor and looks like a n amusement park and very attractive.
We enjoyed talking, eating, drinking, and being in the space. There were many birthday people again.I used the coupon I got the other day and got one drink.

If there is someone who is interested in going, let's go to another one in Ginza or Ikebukuro.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


It was cloudy and rainy and rather cooler than usual.

After work I went to Fuji Film Square. There were new exhibitions since last time. I liked the water pictures.
If you like Disney, I recommend you to visit there while they are having pictures of them.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


A new month has started. August is hachigatsu (八月), the eighth month or hazuki (葉月), leaf month.

Every first day of the month I make it a rule to visit shrines which is called o tsuitachi mairi (お朔日参り). I visited three shrines this morning, one near the house, two near the office.  I have known both of them but have never been to one of them in spite of passing in front so many times.

There are manners to obey at the shrines. Some are common for all the shrines, others are peculiarfrom to each shrine.

On my way back home trains were delayed due to heavy rain.

Monday, July 31, 2017


The end of July. How fast time flies!
How was your July?
I was rather busy with two business trips to Hokkaido and Tohoku which are in the north and an invitation trip to Fukuoka and Oita which are in the south.
I have attended many seminars, met many people, and had delicious lunch and dinner with different friends.

It was fine and hot today.
Since this was the last day for one of the colleagues, we had luncheon at a Spanish restaurant where we went before. I ordered the seafood paella lunch set which includes salad, soup, paella and soft drink. It cost yen 800 which is rather reasonable.
There were two other staffs who left the office in other departments.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


It was cloudy and partially rained but I did not have to use the umbrella.

I went to Shinagawa to attend the one-day seminar of Energy Master Light. There were nearly 50 participants. It started at 10 am and lasted until 7 pm. In the morning there was a lecture, and we had a light lunch. In the afternoon there was work and finally we heard about some experiences who attended the courses before.
The work is called Inner Journey. We reach our inner self and release the mind block to enhance the self-image.
I thought I did not have specific problems, but this work reminded me of my childhood past and the relation with my 3rd and 4th grade teacher. I regret not to have thanked my parents enough while they were still alive. I felt the things I am doing now would lead my ideal future.
I met some people I knew and enjoyed talking.

After that I went to a bookstore to buy Mr.James Skinner's newly released book.
At night I saw the Facebook talk live with Ms.Natsuko Yokota and Mr. James Skinner. It was very interesting.

I connected with some people by Facebook and Line and enjoyed messaging.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


It was fine in the morning, but started raining heavily in the afternoon. To my lucky I overworked until 9:20 pm or so, therefore it has stopped raining already when I left the office and I did not have to use an umbrella.
I was going to leave earlier to go grocery shopping but I could not.
When I got home, it was already 11:30 pm. I got the books I ordered at Amazon on May 31.  I am glad to get them because I have known the author for a year and I know her experiences mentioned in the book when she was actually experiencing through her blog and Facebook.  By knowing her life style I was inspired to travel cheap but luxurious.
I am looking forward to reading the book.


It was cloudy.

There were many interesting events which I wanted to attend today.  However I decided to stay at home all day long.

 I kept household accounts which I missed for nearly three months, ordered the Limited Time Offer of Te Mana, talked with the customer service for the refrigrator repair, and booked the flights to Florida for summer vacation. Since it is the high season, they are very expensive. By changing one day, the cost differs about yen35,000. I checked about 5 websites and tried four destinations (West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Orlando) between August 10 and 20.  After all I booked from August 12 to19.  To go I need to transit twice, to come back once but the waiting time is 13 hours!
Then I applied for ESTA.

Now I am listening to the seminar which I wanted to join by Zoom.  This is very good.  Without going to Tokyo I can learn what they are talking. To go and come back it takes more than four hours.   So I could save the time.
Thank you.

Friday, July 28, 2017


It was fine and hot.

Since it was the last day of the program we were rather busy.

In the afternoon we went to the University of Tokyo to attend the lecture. This may be the first and last experience of listening to the lecture at the top university in Japan.

The landscape from the main gate was beautiful.The building was elegant and letters were written in the classic style from right to left.There was a big ginkgo tree.

In spite of the premium Friday, I overworked.

On my way home there was an accident on the Keihinkyuko line, and I had to wait at Keikyu Kawasaki for a long time. Then I gave up waiting but decided to transferred transportation service by JR. I took Keihintohoku line up to Yokohama, changed to Yokosuka line up to Kurihama, and change to Keihinkyuko line at Kurihama.
What a long way to go home tonight!

Thursday, July 27, 2017


It was fine.

There were many things to do at office and I overworked.

This morning I was very shocked to find out that there was something wrong with the refrigerator. The light is on, but temperature is not cold and ice was melted. It may be broken at last and it may be the time to buy the new one.
This unexpected event made me throw away many frozen foods. In a sense this was a good time to do danshari (断捨離), literally means cut, discard, and leave. It means cleaning out past accumulation.

I need to do many danshari to live comfortably in near future.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


It was very fine in Tohoku today though it seems heavy rain in Tokyo. The weather changed after passing Fukushima in the evening.

I saw the beautiful sunrise from the hotel room this morning in Miyako.

We visited the Tsunami affected coastal area today. It's been six years since I visited there last. There were many changes since then. I was surprised to see the big seawalls here and there, and accumulated lands. There appeared many new buildings including housing complex, public facilities, and shops & restaurants.
At the same time there were still many  temporary houses and shops too.
Many places were still under construction.

I wish their early recovery.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


It was cloudy and slightly raining.

I had a big breakfast including Sendai speciality, beef and sweets called Zunda Shiratama (ずんだ白玉), white rice cake with green bean paste.

In the morning we learned about 2011Grest East Japan Earthquake and the first response and measures by three lectures.
The building was two years old and very neat. We could observe the Headquarter of Emergency Measures for Akita Heavy Rain.

We stayed at Sendai where is the capital of Miyagi prefecture in the morning and headed for Morioka where is the capital of Iwate prefecture in the afternoon by Shinkansen.

At lunch I ate eel dish because today is "Doyo no ushi no hi (土用の丑の日)" . the Day of the Ox during the hottest period of the summer.

We had another lecture and headed for Miyako. It's been about six years since I came here last. When we came here soon after the Earthquake, there were no signals available, but I felt the progress in many ways.

We had a nice seafood dinner.

Monday, July 24, 2017


It was cloudy.

In the afternoon we visited a univetsity in Urayasu. To my surprise they open their facilities such as tennis courts, gym, sauna, and restaurant to the public therefore they have a big parking lot.

In the evening we took Tohoku Shinkansen to Sendai. At Tokyo station we entered from the Nihonbashi entrance however there was no escalator nor elevator. Since we had a heavy luggage, we got out and went to the north entrance.
I hope every exit has a slope and lift by 2020 of the Tokyo Olympics.

It was almost full in the Shinkansen. When we arrived at Sendai, it seemed to have rained.
At the hotel there was a decoration of Tanabata.
I liked the elevator.


It was cloudy and rainy.

I had a relaxed Sunday.
I went grocery shopping in the afternoon and did some house work.

At night I received two re-delivered goods. One of them includes a tablet and started using it soon.
The other was a gift for a stock holder. I inheritated the right from Father. So whenever I receive these things, I appreciate my father. This one was a catalog gift, and I chose Eiheiji Tofu which I ate early this year when I traveled to Hokuriku.

Today it is a new moon when it is a good time to make a wish list. What kind of wishes do you have now?

Saturday, July 22, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I went to Sakuragicho to attend monthly meetings after a long time and met many people.  It's been a few months since I met them last but I felt it has been much longer than it was.

After the meeting I visited the Iseyama kotai jingu (伊勢山皇大神宮) and Naritasan (成田山) temple after a while. I felt serenity there.

Then I went to Kimino-Style Miya to have a walking lesson.

Finally I went to get a massage.

It was a nice day.

Friday, July 21, 2017


It was fine and very hot.

We had a farewell luncheon for a professor whose term was over and went back to the office he used to belong. We went to the French restaurant where we went before. There were three courses: today's special for yen1000, lunch menu for 1500, and Chef's recommendation for 2800. Today's soecial is a fixed menu and looked nice. Lunch menu has three choices each for appetizer and main dishes. There was gazpacho, Spanish sumner soup of Tomato which I like very much. Therefore I chose it with beef dish. They were delicious.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


It was fine and hot.

After work I went to Shinjuku to see a friend from Osaka who is a publisher. We met each other at the seminar of Mr. Ken Honda or the Golden Life Program for the first time a few years ago. We have met several times at the seminars after that but did not have much time to talk taking time.

I have found a nice place and made a reservation by Internet this morning but there was no confirmation therefore I have been worried if I could book or not.

At seven I arrived there and met my friend aftet a year or so. My booking was valid. It was a 6 dishes course dinner for yen 3000 but using the coupon it was the half price.
Everthing tbere looked attractive include the staff. There were many groups celebrating birthdays.

I was surprised to find many things in common and enjoyed dinner.

It was a nice day.


It was fine and hot.

They say the rainy season is over and it is going to be very hot summer.

In the morning at the station I saw the four small birds in the nest on the clock. The other day I saw two of them.

In the aftetnoon I went to MLIT. Around 5 pm there was an announcement to leave earlier.
Since I went back to the office, I overworked.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


It was fine and hot in the morning.
But it rained heavily in the day time.They said it hailed too.

The program in charge started today. I will be busy for the next two weeks especially next week.

Monday, July 17, 2017


It is a national holiday called Umi no hi (海の日), Marine Day. It used be on July 20, but it has become on the third Monday of July since 2003 to have a longer weekend.

I went to Asagaya (阿佐ヶ谷) again to visit some shrines. There was the Yaegakisai (八重垣祭) festival at Shinmeiguu (新明宮). So I visited there first to get the special red stamps called goshuin (ご朱印) and a specal gold band only sold at a special occasion called Kanmusubi (神むすび) meaning knot with god.

Then I visited  Mabashi inari jinja (馬橋稲荷神社) shrine, and Sarutahiko jinja (猿田彦神社) shrine, and Koenji (高円寺) temple in the area and came back to Shinagawa (品川) to visit Shinagawa jinja (品川神社) shrine.
The aim of visiting these places today was to see the main gate called torii (鳥居). In their gates two dragons were carved. One goes up, the other comes down. There are only three places which have this kind of gate in Tokyo. They are called Tokyo san torii (東京三鳥居), three torii gates in Tokyo. So I visited them all today.

In the evening I watched the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell NoTales" in Yokohama with my colleague to celebrate her birthday.

It was a nice holiday.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I got up early to take baths. The hotel has 9 different baths. I tried 7 of them. The best one is located outside and the view from there was very nice. The only problem is it is a mix bath which means both men and women can take a bath together.
From 8 pm to 10 pm it becomes only for women.
I was not sure if there was someone or not. There were three open air mix baths and for two of them I could take alone. There were two peole at the best one. I thought they were women at first but they might have  been a couple. So I got out in a few minutes.

We left the hotel at 11 am, and headed for Yufuin (湯布院) where I have wanted to go for a long time. It is a famous hotspring place but we only had two hours there. So I walked around the pond called Kinrinko(金鱗湖), then visited suvenir shops and enjoyed shopping.

We went back to Fukuoka and I went to Kushida Shrine again to get the red stamp called Goshuin (ご朱印).

We took 18:35 flight back to Tokyo.I got a window side seat to see the beautiful sunset. We arrived earlier than schedule.

At Haneda Airport two staffs came to see us. What a nice hospitality they serve!

It was a really nice trip.

Thank you for everything.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


It was fine.

I stayed up all night. After eating Ramen at the stand, we came back to the shop, and we went to the box seat before 2:30 am and waited for nearly two hours and a half, then the Yamagasa Festival started at 4:59 am.
They said to get a seat at the box is almost impossible. They were sold out for 15 minutes.

It was really amazing. I liked the first & the last races very much.
After the festival we went to a public bath. There were two types of hot springs.

I met a friend from the 44th Peace Boat Cruise. It's been 13 years since we met last. She has not changed so much. We ate breakfast at a coffee shop seeing the planes coming to the airport. They say the Fukuoka Airport is one of the busiest airports in Japan and we saw airplanes coming every three munites or so.
We visited the first temples of Kyushu eighty eight temples. There was a big statue of the Buddha.

We left Fukuoka for Kurokawa onsen hot spring via the Nabegataki waterfalls. It was one of the waterfalls I wanted to visit because we can walk through the back of the fall.
It was a wonderful experience.

On our way to Kurokawa hotsprings, we saw the remain of the damages from the heavy rain last week.

I walked around the town and found the history of the place and knew that they celebrate May 8 which is the same as my birthday.

Dinner was very rich.

I enjoyed the open air bath which is attached to our room at the detached house.

It was a very nice day.

Friday, July 14, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I took two hours off at lunch time to see my busy friend. We promised to have lunch or dinner but it was hard to set up the date. There is a restaurant where I wanted to go for a few month, but it was too good to go on a weekday when I have only one hour for lunch. So at first I asked for an hour off, but it took a long time to be served. Therefore I asked for two hours off instead. The course meal was so nice that we really enjoyed everthing. Moreover I got a coupon for a half price, we felt happy.
I had many questions to ask her and most of them were answered. There are some more, so I am looking forward to the next time.

Next Monday is a National holiday. Therefore I go to Fukuoka to see the Yamagasa (山笠) Festival which I knew early this year. They say it starts at 4:59 am on July 15. I am very looking forward to seeing it.

After work I went to Haneda Airport directly and took the 19:00 flight arriving at 20:50.
It is hotter and humid here.

Thursday, July 13, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I was going to leave the office earlier to receive the goods I ordered yesterday. However in the evening there appeared many things to do and I had to overwork.

Recently I became in charge of national flags with two other staffs. There are  commencements twice in our institution. One of them is in September. Since two third of the students are foreigners this time we need to prepare  more than 50 flags. Three of them were missing and I ordered them.

While checking the list of flags we have, we knew many things about them.
For example, I did not know that there is a country whose national flag has different designs for both sides.

It was very interesting to know new things.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


It was fine and hot.

Yesterday I got a delivery notice. I was not sure if I can come home early tonight but just tried to be delivered at the latest period.

To my lucky I came home earlier than usual and received the re-delivered goods from my friend whose house we visited early this month. At that time we brought a gift for her baby boy born earlier this year.
So this was a return gift called uchiiwai (内祝), family celebration.
It was a towel set in a wooden box. Those hand towels were made in Imabari (今治) where is very famous place for towels. I liked rhe messages to driver of the delivery.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


It was fine and hot.

After work I went to Shinagawa to have dinner with my Expo 2005 friend who came from Nagoya on a business trip.
It's been about 2 years since we met last in Nagoya.

She finished the work at 5 pm and got on Shinkansen and arrived at Shinagawa around 7 pm.

I made a reservation through the coupon site and we enjoyed 6 dishes course dinner for yen 3,500.  All were delicious and I liked the dessert very much.

I asked two other friends, but both were not available unfortunately.
However to our surprise one of them appeared suddenly due to the schedule change and we enjoyed our reunion after two years.

I tried the Passion Test for them and their goals for life became clear.

I had a good time.

Thank you.

Monday, July 10, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I went out for lunch with four colleagues at a Japanese style restaurant where I have been interested in recently. It was a nice one with nice rooms. I ordered ladies' lunch which had a dessert and cost yen 1480.
They have a tea room too. If you order more than yen 25,000 course dinner, they will serve green tea made in the tea room.

There was a leaving and arriving ceremony for directors in the afternoon. They say the changes happen suddenly and they have not been informed at that time of last week yet.

On my way back I visited the Fuji Film Square to see the new exhibitions.

I am glad to leave the office earlier today.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


It was fine and hot.

In the afternoon I went grocery shopping.
Besides this I stayed at home, prepared kimono for this weekend, and cooked for dinner. It's been a long time to have had such a relaxed weekend.

I asked the pickup service to deliver my suitcase to Fukuoka through Internet. It was easy, and they came rather earlier.

It is the fullmoon tonight, and very beautiful.
Mountain lilies bloomed and very beautiful.

Saturday, July 8, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I had an appointment at Gaienmae (外苑前) in Tokyo at lunch time with my classmates from Ability Garden where I attended from October 2004 before working at Expo 2005.

Therefore I decided to visit some shrines in Asagaya. I heard about these shrines just two days ago and I felt like visiting there and decided to visit this morning before meeting my friends.
I went to Shinmeigu (神明宮) first, Mahashiinari jinja (馬橋稲荷神社) next, and Sarutahiko jinja (猿田彦神社) third.
All were very nice.

Then I went to attend a luncheon. It's been more than a year since we met each other last. Two of us have changed our jobs since then. We had a course menu of chicken from Kumamoto (熊本) and they were all very delicious.
I was impressed to receive the hot towels of lemon flavour and the welcome message and thank you message of hand writing.
My friend's salary went up at the new company and she treated us.

After lunch we walked around Omotesando (表参道) where there were so many people. We tried to find a tea room but it was very difficult. Finally we entered a famous confectionery shop.

We had a very good time of reunion.

Since it was very close to Meiji jingu (明治神宮) shrine, I visited there too. It's been a long time since I visited there last though I visited there at New Year's every year at my early 20s.

It was a nice day.

Friday, July 7, 2017


It was fine and hot.

July 7 is called tanabata (七夕), star festival, litetally 7th night. This is the day when Altair and Vega meet once in a year across the milkyway. We decorate the bamboo tree with strips of colored paper in which we write wishes.

What kind of wishes do you have?

Usually since it is in the rainy season, it often rains on this day. Therefore this year is exceptional.

We went out for lunch at a very nice Japanese style restaurant.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I took a half day off to attend the seminar of CEO in Kudanshita. It cost yen 1000. He spoke very fast but interesting.

After that I went to eat out with friends. I met three of them for the first time, but it was fun. I knew about the card reading called Kamioueki (神応易) for the first time there.

At night I went to Ikebukuro to attend the monthly meeting for the first time. It cost yen 500. There were five speakers there. I heard about very interesting experiences.

I was lucky to be able to get the last train.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


The typhoon No.3 has gone and it was fine in the morning, but it looks like rained in the afternoon.

In the morning I took an earlier train than usual. After getting at Daimon, I went to JR Hamamatsucho station to buy some tickets to Tohoku area for the business trip in the late July. I could get the ideal seats near other delegation members.

After work I visited the Fuji Film square to see the new exhibitions. I liked the beautiful pictures of Mt. Fuji.

Then I went to Ikebukuro to attend the Economy seminar. It lasted for one hour and a half.

It was another long day.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Happy Birthday to the USA!!

It was cloudy in the morning, but rained in the evening.
They say it rained heavily in Niigata and Nagano according to the noon news.

On my way back there was an accident on the Keikyu Line, and the train was stopped between the stations for a while.  Destinations were changed and I had to give up using the Keikyu line. I changed at Shinagawa station to JR line.

I hope it will be recovered when I get to Kurihama.

Monday, July 3, 2017


It was fine and very hot.

One of the colleagues left the office at the end of June and a new temp staff started working from today. Therefore we had a welcome luncheon.

I chose the pasta set of shrimps and spring vegetable this morning,  however they could not get white shrimps from Toyama prefectur, therefore I changed to the pasta with cod's roe.

Sunday, July 2, 2017


It was cloudy but hot.

I went to Kamiooka to buy a present and a card on my way to visit the house of my ex-colleague who gave a birth this January.

Six of us started working at JICE in the spring of 2009. We had a reunion at her house. At first six of us were getting together, but one of them could not come because of the sickness of her daughter, and the other could not come because of her father's sickness.
After all four of us and three liittle boys got together.
We had a good time.

After that I went to Kimono-Style Miya.

I had dinner with my kimono teacher.

It was a nice day.

Saturday, July 1, 2017


A new month has started. July is Shichigatsu (七月,7月) or Fumizuki (文月) in Japanese.

Usually I go to the nearby shrine on the first day of the month. Since I was on a business trip to Hakodate, I went to Hakodate hachimangu (函館八幡宮) instead.

In the morning I went to the famous morning market called asaichi (朝市). They offered sampling many things. I ate kegani (毛ガニ) crab which was very tasty.
I bought a slice of Yubari melon (夕張メロン) which is very expensive.
I saw someone fishing squid.
I ate seafood bowl for yen 500. It was fun to walk around the market and bargain.

After coming back to the hotel I tried the second breakfast little bit.

We checked out the hotel around 8:30 am and headed for Giryokaku (五稜郭) tower, one of the symbolic sightseeing places in Hakodate. Since I am a member of JAF, I got a special post card. Entrance fee is yen 900. The view from there was very nice. We can learn the history of Edo to Meiji when Japan opened the door to the world after Commodore Perry appeared by the  black ships in 1853.
Unfortunately we did not have enough time to walk around the park.

Next we went to Tachimachimisaki (立待岬), the tip of the peninsula. There was fog and we could not see the Aomori prefecture. The movement of fog and clouds was interesting.

Then we visited the shrine and the church.
We went to the famous slope called Hachimanzaka (八幡坂) where the films were often shot.

We ate another softcream. Every day we ate softcream which is very rare in my daily life. Today I chose the mix of melon and milk. I liked the first day's one at the monastery the best.

We went to the bay area and enjoyed shopping.

We went to the Shin Hakodate Hokuto station to get the shinkansen Hayabusa back to Tokyo. It took about four hours and a half.

It took four hours from Sapporo to Hakodate, and four hours and a half from Hakodate to Tokyo by bullet train. How big Hokkaido is!

We have been blessed with fine weather for four days and had a fruitful business trip.

I went back to the office to leave PC and documents which are very heavy and did some work.

Friday, June 30, 2017


It was fine.

The end of June, that is, half of 2017 is over. How was your half year?
Mine was very nice to have started learning new things, met new people, and been to USA and Europe.

Today we went to Yakumo town where is the only town faces both the Pacific ocean and the Japan sea.

We visited the city hall, the primary school, lunch center, resource center, and the panorama park.

At night we had a dinner party.

It was a nice day.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


It was fine.

In the morning we visited Hakodate City Hall and in the afternoon Hokuto City Hall.

We ate very delicious lunch at the famous seafood restaurant near the port.

After work we visited the Trappist Monastery, and I went up to the Lourdes cave too.
It has a nice view.
We ate softcream which was delicious.

At night we enjoyed delicious local foods with local sake.

Then we took the tour to see the night view from Mt.Hakodate, 334 meters high which is one of the three most beautiful night view spots in the world.The other two are Hong Kong and Naples.

It was a very nice day.


It was raining this morning.

I left home earlier than usual to go to the Haneda airport to get on the 9:30 flight to Sapporo.
It has been a while since I went to Hokkaido, where is located in the northern part of Japan, last.  They have a variety of delicious foods which I am very looking forward to tasting.

At the airport I tried the automated baggage checkin machine for the first time which was very interesting. They said they introduced them about two years ago. I used the domestic flights last year but have never noticed them before. Is this because of the difference of ANA and JAL?

The view from the plane was very nice, the day 5 moon in the blue sky, white snow-like clouds, green and brown grounds, white coastal line, white cotton-candy-like clouds, and blue ocean.

When I was a primary school student, how I wished to be a flight attendant.

We arrived at Shin-Chitose earlier than schedule and took the train to Saporo. There were ticket holders at each seat which I have never seen.

At Sapporo we ate ramen.

We visited the Hokkaido prefecture government for two hours.

Then we headed for Hakodate by train. It took about four hours to get to Hakodate so that we ate supper in the train.

It was a long day.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


It was slightly raining in the morning, but to my lucky I did not use the umbrella.
I took more than 30 minutes earlier train than usual.
However when I got to Shinagawa, all the trains stopped due to the signal check in Oshiage. I chose to use JR up to Hamamatsu-cho and walked to Daimon.
There were so many people at Shinagawa station.

After all I got to the office almost the same time as usual. So disappointing.

At Tokyo Midtown they are having Mid Day Week Events from June 23 to July 2.
July 2 is the mid day of the year. I will go to Hokkaido from tomorrow to July 1. When I come next time, it will be already over.

I had two meetings and got many things done at work.
At the meeting I was surprised to hear about our colleagues' sudden life change events. One will go to New York to accompany with her husband. The other had to give up studying abroad due to mother's sickness.
There are something we cannot do by ourselves.

There was an invitation email for two museums for 9 staffs. To my lucky I became the one.

Monday, June 26, 2017


It was slightly raining in the morning but became fine.

In the evening I had an appointment at Roppongi station where I use every day. There are two lines, Oedo Line and Hibiya Line. She was going to come from Shinagawa where I usually do. Therefore I sent the way to come from Shinagawa to Roppongi with some pictures. She was very glad to get my information. So I became happy too.

From today the program in charge started and it lasts for two weeks. Usually I become very busy for these two weeks during tve program but this time I will be busy for the first week only.

This week I will go to Hokkaido for four days. It has been a long time since I went there last. We will visit the southern part this time.

There are many delicious foods there such as crab, prawn, squid, scallop, salmon, herring, salmon roe, sea urchin, and so on. I am looking forward to visiting Hokkaido soon.

Sunday, June 25, 2017


It was cloudy.

I went to Shinagawa to meet somebody. When I got to the meeting point, I happened to see my colleague who used to be a junior high school teacher like myself.

I went to a cafe at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel with a friend whom I met at the lucky Shrine tour in March. There I met three new ladies whom I felt strong connections.
We ordered special cake sets and enjoyed talking and eating.

After that I went to see  the "Beauty and the Beast" in Yokohama finally. It was a really nice movie. I recommend you to see if you have not seen it yet.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

2017 6.24

It was fine

I had a very busy day.

First I walked to the station.
I went to Hinodecho to get massage in the  morning.
To my interesting the massager said  my body has been changed. I wonder this is because of Reiki or the radio gymnastics I started about a month ago.

Then I went to Shinjuku to have lunch with ex- JOI coordinator at Noni cafe. We enjoyed eating healthy foods and talking.

We and another friend attended the lecture by Mr. Makoto Oki who is the CEO of Morinda Japan.
We measured AGE. To my surprise my friend's AGE was about half year of his actual age. He said he exercises a lot.

After that my friend and I attended the company tour. There she measured AGE.
Her AGE was far much older than her actual age. She has been sick.

After that I went to two banks. One of them was on the 24th floor and the view was nice.

I went to Shinagawa and visited the Aqua Park to kill time. It is nice to have a yearly passport.

I had dinner with my advising professor at a restaurant. It happened to be the one I was going to go with my friend next month.

It was a nice day.

Friday, June 23, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I went out for lunch with my colleague whose birthday is the same as mine.
At first we were going to try one coin lunch according to the foreign student's recommendation list.
However when we got there, it was full and it seemed there were only men. So we decided to go to the other place.
I thought of a restaurant nearby and we went there.
When I went there last month with other colleagues, the lunch course was yen 1000 plus tax, and it was very nice. Therefore I took my colleague.
However there was not a course of yen 1000 but 1600 plus tax.
So I asked the owner and he said he raised from this month.
We were very lucky last time.
We ordered what went want to eat and enjoyed eating and talking.

I wished to go to see a movie tonight but coud not.


It was cloudy but when I got to the campus, I saw the ring around the sun.

After work I went to Shibuya to attend an OM. Shibuya has been changed a lot for the past few years, and it became very difficult to find the proper exit. I thought I had enough time to be there, but I arrived just in time.
The project seemed interesting.

On my way back I bought a bottle of fruit juice which I do not usually buy. I felt like doing something I usually do not.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


It was a rainy day.

Today is geshi (夏至), summer solstice, one of nijyushisekki (二十四節気),
the 24 solar terms. The last one was boshu (芒種) in June 5 and the next one is shosho (小暑) on July 7. Geshi literally means to reach summer. It is the longest daytime day in a year.

After two days off I had a rather busy day today attending a meeting at MLIT in the morning and English seminar at the office in the afternoon.

I had lunch at a restaurant where I visited last week with a professor.  They have four lunch menu and we ordered their recommendation. There are salad, dessert, and drink bar you can have as much as you want to.
They served rooibos tea which color was very beautiful.
I enjoyed eating and talking.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


It was fine.

I took a day off to attend Reiki fourth degree. This is the one day seminar to learn how to perform Atunement and become Reiki teacher.
There were 10 participants today. Seven were first time learner and three were repeaters.
Before making two working groups, we tried to make some groups. One of them was blood types. most of us were O type. Next was A type. Usually majority is A type in Japan
The other category was the current address. Majority was from Tokyo, next was from Kanagawa. Two came from faraway.
We practiced the atunement over and over.
And we became Reiki teachers!!  Congratulations!
It was such a nice feeling to achieve something.

Reiki originally started in Japan, but it became popular from Hawaii, US mainland, and Europe. There are about 5 million to 10 million Reiki healers around the world. About 30 years ago it was brought to Japan again and became popular and popular. It is one of the self-healing methods. You do not need any instruments but your hands. It is possible to perform beyond the distance.
I am looking forward to practicing to others.

On my way back, I dropped at Yokosuka-chuo to go to some banks.

I saw the nest of swallows in front of ATM of the bank.

Then I went to supermarket to buy sushi for dinner to celebrate.
I bought some young corns which I have been interested in eating by reading someone's post of Facebook the other day.

It was a nice day.

Monday, June 19, 2017


It was fine.

I took a day off.

To my lucky or unlucky I can read emails to the office address anywhere, I could check them before leaving and even on the trains too in spite of my taking a day off.

I went to Shinagawa to attend a seminar of Reiki 3 which was very nice.

When I got off at the Shinagawa station, there were so many people going to attend stock holders meetings at the hotels.  There are many meetings at the end of March, June, September, and December.
I felt to have pipeline incomes is very important.

After the seminar, I visited a kimono shop. There I saw a special dying technique called Suminagashi(墨流し). Not only watching but also I could try to make some designs of handkerchief dropping ink and drawing lines by comb which was a really amazing experience. I am very glad to have made the only one in the world handkerchief.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


It was cloudy in the morning but became raining.
I felt glad to have visited the lighteningbug festival last night.

The third Sunday of June is Father's Day in Japan.
My father has already passed away in 2015. So this is the second Father's Day without Father.
If he is still alive, there is something I can do which I did not know two years ago.
It is Reiki healing. I wished if I knew it while my parents are still alive!

Today I went to learn Reiki second degree for the second time. I like to do it to others and that to know they feel good. I like to be done too. I enjoyed hearing many experiences and being connected with participants .

Saturday, June 17, 2017


It was fine.

I went to Takanawadai to learn Reiki 1st degree for the second time. It's been about a month since I went to learn for the first time. There were already something I forgot. We can come to learn again and again without paying extra charge, so I hope to come as much as possible to master everything.

This morning I happened to see the post about lighteningbug festival in Kamakura on my friend's Facebook timeline. I checked about it and knew it will lasts until tomorrow.
So after the lesson I headed for Kamakura via Yokohama.
I was in Kamakura last Sunday when the festival started so I wished I knew about it at that time.

I got to Tsurugaokahachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮) around 8:10 pm or so. There were many people waiting for entering the pond garden.
There were more lighteningbugs than I saw in the Woods of Koajiro where I visited on June 4. They were so nice.

I recommend you to visit if you have time tomorrow night.

Friday, June 16, 2017


It was fine.

I walked to the station this morning because I was going to have dinner out.

After work I went to Tameikesanno.  There was the Izakaya (居酒屋), where you can dine and drink, that I have wanted to visit for two years. I went there with my kimono related friend.
As usual I used the coupon of 59% off. So we paid for yen 3,380 for 12 dishes. They were all delicious.
We enjoyed eating, drinking and talking.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


It was fine.

I went to the nearby shrine before getting on the train and Izumotaisha Tokyo branch before going to the office.

In the morning my colleagues and I went to check the newly opened hotel and its restaurants.  Since it is the walking distance from our institution, if the budget meets I want to recommend this hotel to the researchers and scholars who come to our institution for the academic meetings.

There are 400 rooms, either single room or twin room.
There were many useful facilities.
The view from the higher rooms were wonderful.

Five of us had lunch together.

After work I went to Ikebukuro to attend OM of WGN.
It was a great opportunity for me to get to know someone that I have known by name for a while. She is a successful billionaire.

I met my friend whom I happened to see yesterday morning and we had dinner together.

It was a nice day.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


It was cloudy.

In the morning at Roppongi station I happened to see my friend whom I wanted to see. She said she thought of me last night and was going to send me email. Tomorrow night there is OM in Ikebukuro and she invited me to join.
I think I can attend.

After work I went to see a movie "Suka Bro" in Yokosuka. Suka means Yokosuka, Bro means brother. It is a movie produced by Mr.Junichi Yagi who is my senior at high school. It was shot at  many places in Yokosuka, and many actors and actresses have some relationship with Yokosuka.
When they started filming, they were recruiting extras.Therefore I wanted to participate too, but I could not.
I saw a friend from high school in the movie.
I hope to join next time if there is a chance.

I liked the song "NICE TO MEET YA."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


It was a rainy day.

My morning train delayed again.

There were two meetings today at the office, and a disaster training in the morning too.
Every year we practice this kind of trainings twice, and this was smaller than the one in fall.
Today's situation was the big earthquake. First we hid under the desk to protect our brain. Then we evacuated to the first floor. We prepared the small spaces using the cardboards. I was in charge of ushering those who cannot go home. But there were not so many participants today.
Participants were distributed a bottle of water and some foods but asked not to open them because this is just a training.
There was an email system to check the safety too.

After that there was a demonstration of how to get drinks from the vending machine without electricity.

After work I went to Shinagawa Prince Hotel to attend the opportunity meeting.
I am not interested in at this moment but who knows what will be in the future.

Monday, June 12, 2017


It was cloudy.

I got an earlier train but there was a problem on the overhead wire of the train and it stopped long. In addition to that there were some passengers who felt sick in another train and to save them that train stopped for a while and other trains had to stop to wait for them. Usually it took about two hours and 10 minutes or so to get to the office, but today it took more than three hours and 40 minutes or so that I felt tired from the morning.

Sunday, June 11, 2017


It was cloudy in the morning, but became very fine in the afternoon.

I went to Kimono-style Miya early in the morning to get hairset and dressed.
Today's kimono is Oshima tsumugi (大島紬) which looks white from the distance but actually there are many pinstripes of many colors.
Obi is zenmai tsumugi no fukuroobi (ぜんまい紬の袋帯) and has also many colors.
Tho overcoat is organdy.

After that I went back to my car to leave the luggage, and headed for Kamakura to have lunch at Raitei (檑亭). Nearly 30 people attended this luncheon.
After lunch we enjoyed walking in the garden and taking photos.

After that we went back to the Kamakura station by taxi. I met a friend who lives in Kamakura, and visited Tsurugaoka hachimangu (鶴岡八幡宮) shrine and had Japanese sweets.  We walked around Komachidori (小町通) and visited some shops. It was only three hours short visit but we enjoyed talking and eating.

It was a nice Sunday.


It was fine but rather windy in the afternoon.

I went to Yokosuka in the morning.

Once I came home to receive the re-delivered goods.

Then I walked to Miurakaigan where I usually go by car. I passed through Komatsugaike where I haven't been to so many years.
I went to coffee shop with my ex-colleague of my teacher's age. It is located near the big hotel Mahoroba.  The name is Thida which means the Sun in Muyako Island's dialect. The reason we went there was it is his student's coffee shop.  It has been there since 2011 but I did not realize at all.
I ordered their specialty, Mango pancake which was very tasty.
To my interesting we knew each other about a week ago through Facebook by  comment about lighteningbug.

After saying goodbye, I visited the Mitsumine shrine where I did not know until my friend posted to Facebook.

At night there was a thank you party for our local community head who served for four years. I worked with him for two years from 2014 to 2016.

It was a nice day.

Friday, June 9, 2017


It was fine.

I walked to the station this morning to drink at night.

After work three colleagues and I went to Ginza to have dinner at the Akita dining Namahage. Akita is located in northern Japan and famous for delicious rice and beautiful ladies. Delicious rice creates delicious sake.

I have been interested in this restaurant for a long time because there are  performances of Namahage, the messanger of gods.

I got a coupon of 51% off, which means yen 6,000 course dinner of 9  dishes plus a glass of sparkling sake of yen 680 became yen 3,300. We ordered additional sake. So it was yen 4,500 per person.

When Namahage walked around, we heard babies and children were crying and crying.

We enjoyed very much.

Thursday, June 8, 2017


It was raining in the morning. Therefore I wore rain coat and rain shoes, and had a long umbrella. However when I arrived at Roppngi, it was fine.

I got a half day off to receive the new driver's license.

After that I went to banks in Yokosuka.

I did not have enough time to have lunch
so I bought mini chocolate croissant and tea for lunch.

In the afternooon there were still many things to do and I overworked again.

The moon was so beautiful tonight that I took a picture. Tomorrow is full moon.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


It was fine but slightly rained at night.
They said the rainy season has set in.

I had a rather busy day and overworked again and came home around 11pm.

On my way back I joined two webinars but just listened because I was on the train most of time. In Japan we are requested not to talk by cellphone in bus or train.

In the afternoon I attended an English lecture about "Language and Meaning" which was very useful.

Learning is interesting.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017


It was fine.

I was going to leave the office earlier to receive the re-delivered goods, but there were lots of things to do and I had to overwork until 8:20 pm or so.

Yesterday I received the books I ordered from Amazon. Today I read it on my commuting train. It is a book about how to live to realize the annual income of Yen10,000,000 by traveling around the world once a month. It is recommended by James Skinner. There are many photos inside.

I hope to visit those places in the near future.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


It was fine and hot.

In the morning I went to Kimono-Style Miya to have my hair set and dressed. Today's kimono is Monsha (紋紗), obi is ra (羅), and haori coat is transparent cloth called organdy.

I went to the Chinatown to have a luncheon for those who love kimono. About 250 people got together. There were 8 dishes.

After that I went to Yamashita park and enjoyed seeing beautiful flowers and the final match of the boat race.

Then I went  back to Miya.

After coming home I went to Koajiro no mori (小網代の森), Forest of Koajiro.  It was about 8 pm when I got to Misakiguchi. There were 8 minutes until the bus comes so I decided to walk. Totally I walked for 2 hours. I saw some lightning bugs but not so many. I wanted to take their pictures but could not. Instead I took pictures of the beautiful moon. While I was walking there, the wetland reminded me of Florida.

It was a nice day.

Saturday, June 3, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I got up early and went to Kimono-Style Miya to leave my luggage for tonight and left for Shinjuku to attend Morinda's monthly meeting. Since I got there earlier, I could sit in the 4th floor which is the main floor of the event. There were still some time so that I changed the items of my monthly order to the new Te Mana cosmetic set which has a special campaign until the end of this month.
In addition to that I could get some products using my accumulated points.
As usual I measured my TruAge.

After that I went out for lunch with Noni friends at a curry shop.

Then I went back to Kimono-Style Miya to have my hairset and dressed Kimono. Today's kimono is called Oumi chijimi (近江ちぢみ), and obi is fujifu (藤布).

There has been the 36th Yokohama Port Opening Festival -Thanks to the Port 2017- since yesterday.
We enjoyed watching fireworks from the boat calked yakatabune (屋形船) hosted by Kimono-style Miya. Nearly 40 beautifully dressed ladies joined the event and we had a good time together.

Thank you so much always for inviting us such interesting events.

Friday, June 2, 2017


It was fine.

Yesterday two new staffs joined to our office. Therefore the layout of desks was changed and I had to move. After work I moved to the new place, and from today I started at the new environment. The desk is brand new which is good. The telephone is new but has less functions so I need to be accustomed to.
Since one staff leaves at the end of this month, and the other will leave at the end of next month or so, there will be another layout change again next month.

These days there are many contract-based staffs. Usually their contract is one year and renewable up to three years. However I feel this way is a waste.  For staffs they need to find another job. For institution they lose the knowledgeable staffs and have to find the replacement and teach them from the scratch.
I hope this vicious circle will be solved soon.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


A new month has started. June is rokugatsu(6月),the 6th month. The other name is minazuki(水無月) which means without water month though usually June is in a rainy season.

I went to the shrines near my house and office in the morning for otsuitachimairi (お一日参り),for the first day visit.

It was slightly raining in the morning. At lunch time it became fine. Therefore I decided to leave the umbrella behind and went out for welcome luncheon at a Mexican Restaurant for two new staffs.
We enjoyed square meal.
When we were going back, it started raining heavily. We could use the underground way up to the nearest exit from our office, but for the last 100 meters or so I had to rush and was caught in a shower. I felt bad because I had the umbrella but left it after seeing the sunshine. I should have brought it.

On our way to the restaurant we saw many long waiting lines for the museum and restaurants. We saw many flower decorations in front of newly opened shops.

Today is the first day, and taian kichijitsu (大安吉日) which is a good day to do anything. So that is the reason of newly opened shops.
I hope to visit these shops when I have time.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


It was fine and hot.

It is already the end of May. How was it?
Mine was very fruitful starting in Spain.
I had good times in Spain remembering 25 years ago. Some people looked the same, but others looked changed a lot. In spite of not seeing such a long time, we felt as if we were together all the time.

I had renewed my driver's license card on my birthday, settled all the inheritance procedures.

I learned Reiki I & II and Dream Map. I started learning by Webinar for two days in a week.

I got new kimonos.

At work I was rather busy for the past 10 days attending the program in charge and overworked for two hours almost every day.

I have many appointments next month too.

I am glad that I am fine and enjoying everyday life.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


It was fine and hot.

I was rather busy today.

There was a lecture in the morning.

After that we went out for lunch at a nearby shabu shabu restaurant.

In the afternoon we went to Koshigaya Lake Town for the site visit by bus.
It took about one hour and 20 minutes.
They say there are 50 million visitors per year that is more people than Tokyo Disneyland which has about 30 million.
There are 700 shops and 500 out of them are always changing according to the achivement.
The spacious parking lot is their advantage because 80% people come there by car.
The speed of the escalator to up and down is different. The one going down is slower because even in case of emergency elder people can bear by themselves.

We learned many things.

On our way back it took another one hour and 20 minutes.

That is I was in the train or bus more than 8 hours today which is one third of the day.

Monday, May 29, 2017


It was fine and warm.

I was rather busy today.

At lunch time we had a farewell luncheon for a professor  who will leave our institution at the end of this month.
There were salad, soup, main dish, and herb tea for yen1080. There was no rice nor bread which made total calorie very low.
Since we took the private room it was a nice gathering.

Sunday, May 28, 2017


It was fine.

I went to massage in the morning after a month or so. Since I do not exercise daily, my body was so stiff that the massager recommended me to do some exercise at least to move shoulder and arms.

Then I went to Kimono-Style Miya to be a kimono model. I wore two kimonos today. Both were Oshima tsumugi (大島紬). One is casual, the other is formal with beautiful embroidery called Swatow.
Hair styles were also changed to match each kimono respectively.

After the second session, I was invited to tea.

It was a nice day.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


It was fine and beautiful.

I went to Shinjuku to attend the #1 New York Times best selling author, Robert Allen's special lecture about creating wealth in the afternoon and evening.
Afternoon session was held from 13:00 to 18:00 at a rather small meeting room. Since I arrived early I could get the front seat.
This was the second time for me to see him directly.
His talk was very interesting, attractive, informative, and energetic. We learned a lot.
To my lucky I could talk with him, get his autograph, and take a picture with him.

He talked about four ways of getting multiple incomes: Real Estate, Information Marketing, Internet, and Direct Sales.
He talked mainly about the mindset of how you persuade yourself. Clear image of what you want is important.

After the first session I had supper with two participants related to Aich prefecture. Here again there is a law of attraction.

In the evening session I could sit in the front seat again.
There were 5 lessons regarding "To decide."
There I got a 1000000 dollar bill. After the lecture I asked him another autograph and pictures. He was very kind and answered my questions and requests willingly.

It was a nice day.

Friday, May 26, 2017


It was a rainy day.

My train delayed because of rain and other reason.
When I arrived at the entrance, there was a long line waiting for the registration so that I decided to use the other entrance where was also crowded because of a big conference or something. Fortunately I was in time.

Since today is Premium Friday, there were announcements from HR division to encourage to leave the office earlier for three times today at MLIT.
Usually at the end of month, businessmen are very busy so that for most people I guess it is difficult to leave earlier. I myself went back to the office and overworked till 8 pm or so.


Thursday, May 25, 2017


It was cloudy but hot again on the contrary to the weather forecast which said it would be cooler.

We have visited three high rise buildings
which had a very nice view of Tokyo.
One of them is a tower condominium near the JR station, and is still under construction. The room cost is from yen 50,000,000 to yen 500,000,000. But to our surprize they say they were all sold out in a few days. Who can buy such an expensive place!?

The other one is at the coast area, and it's been 10 years since the completion. There was a restaurant on the top floor and the view was very nice. The night view must be more beautiful.
If you have a family or friend, you can go to the restaurant and have a private party at a special room.

I have never thought of living in a high rise building, but if I have a chance, I want to have the room in those places too.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


It was cloudy but hot today.

I was very busy for helping, preparing, and visiting the Legal Affairs Bureau, checking emails, forwarding some of them, printing many documents, and coping them for tomorrow.

Both our office and Legal Bureau are located in Tokyo, but it took 30 minutes by car.
It must be about the same time if we use the subway because we need to walk to and from the station.

Tokyo is rather big, isn't it?

Tomorrow we visit four places.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


It was fine and very hot again.

I went to Kasumigaseki today to attend lectures. The floor I have thought the first floor was not the first floor but the B1 floor.

One of the lectures about the Ministry was very interesting because the lecturer    showed his CV as one of the career paths for the generalist. They say usually they are transferred to the next position after two years.

After three lectures I go back to the office in the evening.

Then I went to the seminar of Reiki. I wanted to invite some friends but everyone was busy and I attended by myself. It is always informative and fun at the same time.

I have become friends with three ladies by Facebook. They seem to have something in common.

Monday, May 22, 2017


It was fine and very hot like summer.

From today the program in charge started. This will last for two weeks.

In the late afternoon we attended the open lecture about the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Mission of Japan.
After experienceing such a big disaster, it is very important to record what happened exactly and how we faced and dealt with that. The lecturer said the document book is available from Internet for free of charge.
I hope to read it someday near future.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


It was fine.

I was going to get up early, but could not, and decided to get rest as long as I want to.

In the afternoon I went grocery shopping after a long time.

I revised the dream map I made yesterday.

I cooked dinner after a long time.

Today I got a message from Ms.Janet Attwood of the Passion Test. Yesterday I met a mutual friend of Mr.Toyokazu Tsuruta who introduced the Passion Test in Japan. Last night  I was just talking about the book of Passion Test with my Spanish best friend. I feel the law of attraction.

It was a nice Sunday.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


It was fine.

I stayed up late last night until 3 am or so but was able to get up early, and left home early to go to Takanawadai to attend One-day Dream Map Seminar.

I have known about it since July 2009 but never made it before.
I have noticed the effectiveness of Dream Map, but never felt like making it until now.

Since last March I have had many connections with lecturer's family and decided to come to the seminar.

My goal has been to be a bridge between Japan and foreign countries to introduce mutual cultures to contribute for the world peace.  One of the measures is publishing books. I published "Florida Report 2006-2008 JOI Experience America This and That " in 2012 in Japanese. I want to write about Europe, Central & South America, Oceania, Africa, and Asia in Japanese, English and Spanish.
I want to travel around the world by first class and luxuarious around the world cruise. So I have chosen many places and I realized that I want to see the world natural beauties, especially waterfalls. I knew about it. But it became very clear by using pictures.

After lunch there was a group work called
Group Magnetize which was really impressive. I talked about my dreams and my group members encouraged me. I was  shedding tears without knowing by feeling supported by them.  When my group members talked about their dreams, the same things happened.  Even they are not my dreams, tears came out from my eyes. It was an unexpected experience.

I felt to have clear goals makes it easier to come true.

I enjoyed the seminar.

After that I went to a kimono shop. They have a special sales event.  I tried to grasp gold coin shaped chocolates out of the box. The total amount of chocolate weighed  within the set amount, therefore I got a special present. What is more there was a small blue superball which meant another present. I felt very lucky. The special present is a postcard of the owl picture which the artist drew in front of me using my name Kimiko in hiragana character. It was amazing. This is called iyashie (癒し絵) healing picture. I am very glad to have watched him drawing.

Another good thing was I got a video call from my Spanish best friend whom I tried "Passion Test" while I was in Spain. Today he happened to start reading the book of passion test without knowing about it. We have had many things in common, and felt strong connection.

It was a good day.

Friday, May 19, 2017


It was fine.

Yesterday I read an article about Roppongi Midtown where I pass every day on my way to the office. I have not known the concept of the Midtown until that time. Therefore today in the morning when I walked through, I realized what I did not notice by that time.
Human consciousness is interesting, isn't it?

Today was the renewal open day of the supermarket in Midtown.
The layout has been changed, and I did not find what I wanted soon.
The first 100 people who bought more than yen 2000 got a small gift but I did not buy that much.

There were many things to do today at work because the program in charge will start from next Monday. So I could not go to the places I wanted to go after work.
Instead I came back to Shinagawa with a colleague. There were two advertisement of Rose Garden Fair until the end of this month. I feel like to visit there if possible.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


It was cloudy and a bit cool when I left home in the morning.
During the daytime it rained heavily with thunders.
In the late afternoon the sun appeared.
Strange weather, isn't it?

Today I received the goods I ordered through Internet the other day. There were three goods. One is a present for the professor leaving at the end of May. If we order goods up to the certain amount, they cover the shipping fee which is about $5, so I decided to add something I have wanted to buy someday to save the shipping fee. I asked the gift wrapping, but they were only wrapped by the paper and  there were no ribbons, so I'd better find something.

To my wonder the price is cheaper when I order through Internet than buy at the shop.

In a few years many professions will be disappeared.
We need to think about the work which will never be replaced by machines.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


It was cloudy and chilly.

I went out for lunch with a co-worker whose term will be over at the end of this month.
We sat in front at the welcome & farewell party of our department in early March, but since our jobs are not related we did not have a chance to talk each other so much. From the next week I will be busy to attend a program for two weeks.  So we decided to go out today.
I proposed two places where my other co-worker recommended before and I have not visited yet. She has been to one of them, so we went to the other one.

It is about 6 minutes walk from our office, and is located in the residential area of Nishi-Azabu, therefore it was very calm and I could not believe.  It is a Japanese style restaurant. We sat at the counter where we could see small garden and cooking utensils. We ordered the same menu which includes salada, egg dish, kelp, fried chicken with sauce, rice, miso soup, dessert, and Iced coffee or tea.  It cost yen 1100.  They were delicious and reasonable.

Since they have three private rooms, I want to use there when I need to arrange luncheon up to 10 people.

I thought somebody's recommendation is worth trying.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


It was cloudy.

In the morning I made two onigiri (おにぎり), the rice ball for lunch. Ingredients were dried plum and salmon flake.
Usually I buy salad, sandwich, and dessert for lunch at a supermarket on my way to the office. I was going to buy something today too but unfortunately it was closed because of renovation. So I gave up buying addtional dishes and ate onigiri, miso soup and sweets of Myanmar.  Yesterday I got sweets of Sri Lank.

To be able to taste foreign foods is one of the benefits I am enjoying at my work.

Monday, May 15, 2017


It was cloudy.

I went to nearby shrine before getting on the train and another near the office before going to the office.

After work I visited the Fuji Film square after a while. There was my favorite type of exhibition related water. They were beautiful. I like pictures of natural beauty.

Then I went to Shinjuku to have dinner with my American host father who has come to Japan on a business trip for two weeks or so. I got the wrong exit at the Shinjuku station, and had to walk longer than expected.
We knew we would get together sometime this week but have not decided yet until this morning. So I did not have enough time to choose the proper restsurant beforehand and I asked the hotel  concierge to recommend us some sushi restaurants. She selected four of them and we visited two of them.
There was a waiting line for the first one. The other was very fancy and very expensive. So we decided to go to my favorite one after all. It was a crab restaurant. Usually on Fridays without booking it is very hard to enter. Fortunately today is Monday and we can enter without waiting.
There was a live koto (琴) music on the stage.
We shared the course dinner and added one more special offered dish and drinks.  They included boild three types of crabs, raw crab, hotpot, gratin, sushi, clear soup, and dessert. All were good.
I was going to treat him but he treated me.

He liked the special goods to take out the crab meat, and bought them for souvenir.
He noticed the difference of costumes of waitresses. So I asked the diiference. They said on the job training waitresses wear two-part kimono, and qualified waitresses wear the regular one.
He said the way of Japanese payment without tips was better.

We had a good time.

Sunday, May 14, 2017


It was cloudy.

The second Sunday of May is Mother's Day in Japan. I think it is the same as the United States. In Spain it was last Sunday.
Happy Mother's Day!!

It has been 15 years since my mother passed away.

I went to learn Reiki second degree which made us possible to heal the person beyond the distance.

How I wished if my mother was still alive!

Saturday, May 13, 2017


It was a rainy day.

I went to Takanawadai to learn Reiki first degree.
It started from 10 am and ended 6:30  pm or so followed by tea party.
About 26 people attended.
We were divided into 5 groups and got attunement 4 times individually.  While waiting for one's turn, there were many group works including Reiki marathon.
While practicing we introduced ourselves. One of them had an "Out-of-body-experience" when he was hit by the baseball on the head. In addition to that he experienced many almost dying experiences. Therefore we were all astonished. Inspite of these hard experiences, he said he appreciated all the experiences and that everything had meaning.

We had lunch by groups.

In the afternoon we practiced Reiki by pairs. I did first. After the praitice, my partner said "I felt good" so I was a bit surprised because I just put my hands on the assigned places.
When I was done, I felt good too and fell asleep. After that my group member said "Your eyes look bigger than before as if you have just been to the beauty salon."

We all enjoyed the course.

Most of them will attend the Reiki second degree tomorrow. It must be fun.

After the lesson I went to the Ikebukuro Library of Rikkyo University where has an exhibition of "One Book for Experiencing Abroad" in which my book is included.
Thank you for choosing.

Friday, May 12, 2017


It was fine and hot.

After work I had a farewell & welcome dinner party with the program related people.

I tried to find a restaurant in Ginza area, but I could not decide the proper one.

Recently I got a coupon email which had  a very attractive restaurant offering 51% off menu from nearly yen 8000. Therefore I decided to try that luxuarious sea urchin course i Roppongi. We needed to order at least one drink. They have "All you can drink menu" for yen 2000 but they don't include Japanese sake which matches to the dishes. Therefore we decided to choose the drinks from the regular menu.

After booking, I checked other coupon sites which offer the same course with drinks for cheaper price.

So I tried to negotiate but they insisted the contents are different and if we order the same menu from the other coupon site it will cost addtionally more than yen 2000.
The foods were nice and at the checking they gave me the coupon for yen 5000 course to yen 3000. At the restroom they posted if you post to SNS for good comments, you can get cashback for yen 500.

I felt from the beginning the set price was not the right one.
What do you think?

Thursday, May 11, 2017


It was fine and rather hot today.

In the night I saw the beautiful full moon.

Last night I heard the Webinar of Robert Allen, the No.1 best seller writer in the USA for an hour.
He talked about the three questions, regarding time, people, and action.
When is the most important time?
Who are  the most important people?
What is the most important action?
He told us to give first to gain what we want.
What can we give? We can give time, attention, interest, advice, help, support, which are all concerned to love.

Tonight I listened to the Webinar of Internet Marketing.
To buy cheap then to sell expensive is the rule of making money. Most sold goods online are clothes, shoes, and foods. So if you buy these things cheap in Asia and sell online, you can make money.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


It was slightly raining inthe daytime,but became fine and I could see the beautiful moon tonight.

Today is my mother's 15th dead anniversary.
When I went to Spain to celebrate our 10th birthday with my Spanish best friend in 2002,  I used the Turkish Airline. On my way back to Istanbul, I got a message at the reception of the hotel to call home. My brother told me that my mother died.  There were only few flights in a week  between Japan and Istanbul at that time.  My ticket was not changeable so I bought a normal ticket to back home.
The time I had to wait until my changed flight was rather long, so walked around the city, but I just remember I was there but I don't remember what I saw.
So someday I hope to be back to Turkey to sightsee here and there.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


It was cloudy.

Today was the first day after 11 days vacation.
Not only myself but also many people have traveled during the Golden Week, there were many souvenirs.

In addition to that some colleagues remembered my birthday and gave me presents.
When I got home, I received birthday card, DVD, and a postcard from Santorini, Greece. Since I posted on May 1, it took 8 days. Not so bad.

On my way home, I listened to ISD Web seminar which was very interesting.

Monday, May 8, 2017


Happy Birthday to Me!!

Thank you, everyone, for thinking of me and taking time to send messages to me on this special day for me.  I will reply one by one taking time later, so please wait for a while.

It was fine and rather hot and windy today.

I took a day off, which was really nice.  There were many things I could do.

First the maintenance person for the storage battery came to visit for checking in the morning. Second my suit case was finally delivered.
Then I went out.  First to the nearby shrine to thank you for the safe trip to Europe.  Second to the police station to renew the driver's license.  After paper work I watched a Video for 30 minutes and listened to the lecture.  Third to buy flowers to visit my parents graveyard, and cake and sushi for myself.  Fourth to the graveyard of my parents to report my trip abroad and my birthday.  Fifth to the bank to transfer inheritance money to my brother and to pay the fixed property tax. Sixth to the station to buy a commuter ticket for six months.  Seventh to come back home to clear kimono, to eat dinner, to pay the auto tax by Internet, to input housekeeping book, to write 10 years' diary during the trip, and so on.

This year's most memorable event of today is the start of the exhibition of my book "Florida Report 2006-2008" at the Ikebukuro Library of Rikkyo University where I worked from 2014 to 2016.  They have a special exhibition to encourage students to go abroad from today. And the librarian chose my book to exhibit.  Since today is the 5th year anniversary of my book publishing, I am so glad and honored about this event.
Thank you very much.


Sunday, May 7, 2017


It was cloudy and fine.

Today is the last day of the Golden Week for many people.

I slept a lot after the long trip.

After all I decided not go out today and washed winter clothings.

I saw the beautiful sunset tonight.

I received the things I ordered before,
which I wanted to get before going abroad because they were supposed to be birthday presents for my friend and myself...

Saturday, May 6, 2017


Today is a moving day for me.

I left Istanbul at 1:25 am and arrived at Beijing after nearly 9 hours.
At the Beijing I did not know where to get the boarding pass for Japan and wasted time.
I could manage to get on the plane in time.

I arrived at Haneda around 9:30 pm. I waited at the turn table but my suit case did not show up. While claiming the procedure my last train was gone.
I can only go to Kanazawabunko and need to take a taxi which would cost more than $100.

I was thinking to ask the delivery for nothing by using the credit card. But I did not have to do so. I hope it will be delivered soon.


Today is a national holiday called kodomo no hi(こどもの日), Children's Day. Those whose family have boys decorate koinobori (鯉のぼり), carp-shaped streamer and kabuto (兜), samurai costume and eat chimaki(粽) and kashiwamichi (柏餅), rice cakes.

Today I left Malaga and arrived at Istanbul.

My next flight is to Beijing at 1:25 am.

So I am now waiting at the lounge.

Friday, May 5, 2017


It was cloudy but became fine.

May 4 is a national holiday in Japan

We left my friend's mother' place in the morning and arrived at Granada around 2:30 pm.
First we ate lunch at the bar. There if you order one drink, you can get one tapas for 2.30 euro.  Isn't it nice?

We met our mutual friends.  One is a Japanese ex-photo shop owner, the other is a Spanish hairdresser.

I ask the latter to have my hair cut, and the former to have my pictures taken.

I hope these pictures will be good enough for my Driver's License ID card I will renew on my birthday this year.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


May 3 is a national holiday called kenpo kinenbi(憲法記念日), Constitution Day.

From today the latter part of the Golden Week starts. Since there are five days, I believe many people travel many places.

I am still traveling in Spain.
Today I visited the Expo site and enjoyed walking around the places where I used to walk every day.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


It was fine.  In the daytime it became very hot and I remembered Seville is called "Pan of Andalucia."

I could meet very old friends from Expo'92 today.I met three of them for the first time since Expo. Therefore it has been 25 years. They looked the same.

We enjoyed the reunion.

Monday, May 1, 2017


A new month has started. May is gogatsu (五月: the fifth month) or Satsuki (皐月) in Japanese.

May is my favorite month because of birthday, nice weather, fresh greenery, and golden week.

It is very difficult for Japanese people to take a longer vacation. This is one of the four periods we can take a longer vacation. They are the end and beginning of the year, Golden Week, Bon festival in summer, and silver week in September.

I took four paid holidays and got 11 days off to come to Europe, especially Santorini, Greece and Seville Spain.l tried
It's half down and I enjoyed my first Dteams

Sunday, April 30, 2017


It was cloudy and windy in the morning,
became fine and warm later.

We attended a half day tour of highlights of Santorini which was really nice.

In the afternoon we went to Oia, anoher touistic place in Santorini
It took a half hour to get there by local bus and cost 1.80 Euroo. The view was magnificent.

I bought a very beautiful  pendant head for my  birthday present

At farewell dinner we enjoyed talking with Rumania participants.

It was a nice day.


It is a national holiday called Showa no hi (昭和の日), Day of Showa. It used to be Emperor Showa's Birthday, and became Midori no hi (みどりの日), Greenery Day, and now Show wa no hi.

From April 29 the Golden Week starts in Japan. This year if you take May 1 and 2 off you get 8 days off. Many people must travel abroad.

I am now in Santorini, Greece and today I enjoyed the sunset cruise.

Saturday, April 29, 2017


It was fine and hot daytime,and became cool in the evening.

I flew from Haneda to Beijing to Istanbul to Athens and to Santorini.
There are two destinations for this trip, and I came to the first one.
On my way I could have a businesss class seat which was really good.

Unfortunately my suitcase did not arrive with me and it is a little bit incenvenience.
But traveling light is one of my dreams. So I should be glad.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


It was heavily raining when I left home, but cloudy when I got to Roppongi so that I did not have to use an umbrella.

From April 29 so called Golden Week will start.
I take days off tomorrow, May 1, 2, and 8 and have a longer vacation to visit Europe.

I fly from Haneda to Beijing first, then to Istanbul, then to Athens, and finally to Santorini where is my first destination this time.

I will participate in the Dream Trips of the three nights four days tour there.  This is the first time for me to attend this fabulous tour. Therefore I am very excited about it.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


It was fine but cool in the morning.

I took a half day off this morning.

Early this year I decided to make an American Express Gold Card according to my travel friend's advice. For the first year they offer the annual fee for free and we can try services they offer for nothing. For those who love traveling to have a gold card is very beneficial. Because they can come to pick up the suitcase before leaving and deliver it home when we come back for free. And you can use the lounge of the airports for free of charge twice a year.

From tomorrow I go to Europe.
I am very looking forward to visiting there after a long time.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


It was fine.

There was a big event today and I helped at the reception desk and cleanup. Since there was a reception too, we ate leftovers before cleaning. After all I left the office nearly 8 pm.

One of the keynote speakers was 83 years old or so and appeared by wheel chair. We worried a little bit.  But on the stage he looked fine and spoke vigorously and houmorously and I was impressed a lot.

One day is one day even if you spend in bed or outside doing whatever you like. If so, we should do what we want to do until we die. I felt this kind of message from his speech.

Monday, April 24, 2017


It was cloudy.

I wen to a bank and post office in the morning on my way to office.

At lunch time I called three places .

In the late afternoon I had a chance to listen to the lecture about Thai politics.

At night I started packing finally.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


It was fine and warm.

I bought Yokohama 1Day Pass again.
Today's first destination was Hinodecho to get massage. This is once a month body maintenance for me. My body was stiff again. I need more exercise.

After that I saw the Noge Daidogei, the 42nd Intetnational Steet Performer's Festival a little bit again, and went shopping.

Today I tried M route of Akaikutsu circulating bus which took about 40 minutes to go round. Then I changed to C route and dropped at Nihon Odori to see the Garden Necklace YOKOHAMA 2017.
Every year at this time I go to see tulips near the Yokohama stadium. But this year it seems a little bit late.

After that I went to Iseyamakotaijingu after a long time. There was a wedding ceremony there today. 

Then I went to Kimono-style Miya to pick up kimono and coat.

After coming back to my station, I went grocery shoppping.

It was a nice Sunday.