Monday, June 26, 2017

2017.6.26

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

2017.6.25

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

2017.6.23

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.

2017.6.22

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

2017.6.21

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

2017.6.20

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

2017.6.19

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

2017.6.18

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

2017.6.17

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

2017.6.16

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

2017.6.15

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

2017.6.14

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

2017.6.13

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

2017.6.12

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

2017.6.11

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.

2017.6.10

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

2017.6.9

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

2017.6.8

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

2017.6.7

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

2017.6.6

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

2017.6.4

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

2017.6.3

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

2017.6.2

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

2017.6.1

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

2017.5.31

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

2017.5.30

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

2017.5.29

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

2017.5.28

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

2017.5.27

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

2017.5.26

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.

TGIF

Thursday, May 25, 2017

2017.5.25

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

2017.5.24

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

2017.5.23

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

2017.5.22

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

2017.5.21

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

2017.5.20

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

2017.5.19

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

2017.5.18

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

2017.5.17

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

2017.5.16

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

2017.5.15

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

2017.5.14

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

2017.5.13

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

2017.5.12

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

2017.5.11

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

2017.5.10

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

2017.5.9

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

2017.5.8

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

2017.5.7

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

2017.5.6

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.

2017.5.5

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

2017.5.4

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

2017.5.3

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

2017.5.2

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

2017.5.1

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
Trips
It's half down and I enjoyed my first Dteams

Sunday, April 30, 2017

2017.4.30

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.

2017.4.29

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

2017.4.28

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

2017.4.27

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

2017.4.26

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

2017.4.25

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

2017.4.24

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

2017.4.23


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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017.4.22

It was cloudy in the morning and slightly rained in the evening.

I bought Yokohama One Day Ticket which cost yen 1,300 today.

My first destination was Yokohama Sky Building 28th floor to attend Luncheon of Kimono-wearing meeting. I arrived earlier and enjoyed the view. There were 14 participants this time. Lunch menu was Japanese style and I enjoyed many small dishes.

After that I walked to Noge to see the 42 nd Noge Daidogei, The International Street performers Festival. There were many spectators. Some performances were very attractive.

Then I went to Itsukushima shrine after a long time. I used to visit there every month but these days I have not been able to.

After that I tried the Red-shoes-bus. which circulates Yokohama's touristic spots. One ride is yen 220, but I had the pass. So I tried to go around for one hour. There was another big event near the red-brick warehouse. I saw a big ship leaving from the port.
If you have chances to come to Yokohama, I recommend you to buy this kind of discount one day ticket so that you can get on and off buses and trains freely wherever you like.

Bisides this one day ticket, I did not spend anything.

It was a nice day.

Friday, April 21, 2017

2017.4.21

It was cloudy.

Tonight there was a reunion of Expo '92 at a Brazilian restaurant in Akasaka. More than 70 people got together.

For some people it's been 5 years, for others it's been 25 years since we met last.

We, attendant group, meet once in a while whenever we have a chance so it was not so long since we met last.

We ate a lot and talked a lot.

I had a good time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017.4.20

It was fine and warm.

Today is Kokuu(穀雨), one of nijyushisekki(二十四節気), the 24 solar terms. Last one was Seimei (清明) on April 4, and the next one is Rikka (立夏) on May 5. Kokuu literally means grain rain. It is the time that spring rain wet the grain.

It is the 25th anniversary of the opening of Expo '92 in Seville, Spain.

I was a gradeuate school student at that time and took a year leave to be an attendant of Japan pavillion. I had worked for Expo for 7 months and traveled around Europe by Eurail Pass for the next 5 months.

The year from March 20, 1992 to March 20, 1993 is really special for me. I have learned so many things. These experiences inspired me to write a book.
I have not written a book about Europe yet, but my dream to publish a book realized after 20 years.

There will be a reunion to celebrate the 25th anniversary tomorrow, and more than 80 people will attend.
I am very looking forward to seeing them.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017.4.19

It was fine and very hot again.

In the morning I went to Kasumigaseki to have a meeting. After that I was invited to  a beef tongue restaurant for early lunch. They were very tasty.

I attended the Lunch Time Seminar about the higher education in the USA.

After that I went to a seminar in Oimachi. This was the third time for me to attend this seminar. At first I was not interested in joining the program at all, but as the third is the charm I decided to commit to this program for a year to make this year my year. I am excited to learn many things from Mr.Robert Allen, No.1 best seller writer.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017.4.18

It was heavily raining and very windy early in the morning. But by the time I arrived at Roppongi, it became fine and very beautiful as if the typhoon has passed.

From today one of the staff who took a maternity leave last year started working again and we had a welcome back luncheon.
It is very difficult to book a restaurant at lunch time in Roppongi. But I could find a very unique restaurant by the Internet site.
It is run by a famous successful ophthalmologist. The restaurant is on the second floor. There are many paintings on the wall.  All of them were painted by the Director of the Clinic.
The meals were very healthy by using Kamakura vegetables, fresh meats, and non-agrochemical brown rice.
There are four choices: meat lunch, fish lunch, noodle lunch, and daily special lunch.
If you bring the coupon, you can get free soft drink which regular price is from yen 450 to yen 600 at lunch time.
Lunch menu is  yen 1,000 including tax.
There were 12 people attended today and fish lunch and carrot juice were most popular among us.
I chose meat lunch and iced tea because they did not have enough stock of carrot juice.
They were tasty.

After eating we enjoyed looking at the pictures.
To my surprise,  the Director of the Clinic is a multi-talented person. First he became a pilot, next ophthalmologist, then artist, and writer not to mention business owner.

I hope to visit there again and have lunch at the terrace on the beautiful day.

Monday, April 17, 2017

2017.4.17

It was fine and warm in the morning.
but it was slightly raining when I left the office at night.

My commuter pass expired yesterday. Since I won't commute during the Golden week, I will buy the new one after that.
It takes yen 1,142 for one way, that is yen 2,284 for round trip. But there is one day Tokyo Pass which costs yen 2,000.  So I will use this discount ticket for the next 8  days or so.

In the late afternoon I had a chance to listen to the lecture about North Korea. There were much information I did not know at all.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

2017.4.16

Happy Easter!

It was very fine and warm.

I went to Kimono-Style Miya to attend the special event. First I had my hair done and got dressed. I wore the brand new
kimono, obi, shawl and porch specially made for me.
Then I went to Sakuragicho. Two handsome foreign models came to pick me up by Limousine. This was the first time for me to get on the Limousine. One of them opened a new bottle of champagne for me and three of us toasted.
Three of other kimono model  friends joined us one by one and were welcomed by them. We enjoyed taking pictures.
After that we were invited to tea and cake.

There were many events going on here and there  and I was wondering which to choose.

After all I decided to see a movie "Jackie" because it will last until this Thursday then I went shopping at many places.

Since I came home later than expected, I joined Zoom meeting on the train back home.

It was a fruitful day.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017.4.15

It was fine.

I went to the nearby shrine in the morning first.

On my way to the station I took pictures of cherry blossoms.

I went to my noni friend's place to learn about the Morinda's new cosmetic products named "Te Mana" which will be released on May 22. I have used them since February 1 because there was Limited Time Offer for the members and I bought three sets of them early this year. They are really great. I like them very much.
If you want to have your skin been brighten, I strongly recomnend them.
Today we tried one hand used the products, the other left as it was.
I was surprised to see the result.
If you are interested in, please let me know.

In the afternoon I went to Shinjuku to attend a seminar of Mr. Makoto Oki, CEO of Morinda Japan with a 44th Peaceboat cruise friend. We circumnavigated the world from Dec.25, 2003 to March 31, 2004.  It's been 13 years since we met last.
After the seminar we participated in the company tour.

Then we went to Tahitian Noni Cafe at the first floor. We enjoyed eating curry and drinking Noni tea, and talking many things.

After that I went to buy ear phones.  To my lucky, I had yen 500 coupon and points of the shop, so I could get it for nothing.

It was a nice day.

Friday, April 14, 2017

2017.4.14

It was fine.

I took one hour off at lunch time to meet a seminar mate of MOVE 500th course held in the first weekend of this month.
He showed interest in my book at the workshop of the first day and I brought my book next day but he was in a hurry on the second day and I could not give it to him.
There is a seminar I wanted to invite him tomorrow, but he will not be available. Instead he had time for lunch today. So we met at my favorite shabu shabu restsurant near my office and we ordered beef, pork, and octopus and shared. There are only 5  portion octopus for a day. Fortunately we could order it.

He is a company owner in Mie and has had many unusual experiences. It might be intertesting to write about his life story.

We have something in common so we enjoyed eating and talking.

I hope he will enjoy my book.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

2017.4.13

It was fine.

They say it snowed in Hokkaido today.

Usually I buy salad, sandwich, and dessert   for lunch at a supermarket on my way to the office. In addition to these I have a cup of soup and tea. There is a rest room which has tatami mats and table, another table and chairs on the floor, and TV. I eat lunch watching TV, especially rebroadcast of the 15 minutes NHK's morning drama.

Sometimes I go out for lunch.

Next week a staff who had maternity leave will come back and we will have a welcome luncheon. Therefore I checked the reasonable restaurants nearby. There are so many restaurants in Roppongi. I hope to try as many as possible.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017.4.12

It was fine.

Petals of cherry blossoms were dancing and very beautiful on my way to the office.

At lunch time there was a live broadcast of press conference of a figure skater, Mao Asada (浅田真央) who announced her retirement from skating recently. She has been a queen of Japanese women's figure skating for more than a decade. She participated in Olyimpics twice, but unfortunately she could not get a gold medal. However she is still Japanese people's idle.

Tonight I got the re-delivered goods along with the new package. I am glad to receive both of them.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017.4.11

It was a cold rainy day. Very cold as if winter came back again.

Today is a Pink moon but unfortunately we cannot see it in the sky tonight. Do you know the Pink moon? I did not know until today.  They say the full moon in April is called Pink moon, and it does not mean the moon looks pink.

These days I feel the moon before the full moon is so beautiful and often take pictures, and the next day it becomes cloudy or rain and we cannot see the the full moon.
Last night I took many pictures of the moon.

Monday, April 10, 2017

2017.4.10

It was fine, and cherry blossoms were so beautiful in spite of rainy weekend that I took some pictures in the morning.

I was rathet busy today and overworked for  more than one hour and took some pictures of the moon and cherry blossoms after work.

There was a welcome reception and we were invited to eat  leftovers during overwork.
In addition to that I had a chance to eat dried dorian fruit tips for the first time which were different from my imagination and rather tasty.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

2017.4.9

It was a cold rainy day.

I did not go out at all.
I stayed at home and did something I have postponed by now. There are still lots of things to do.....

There was a big news about Men's All Japan Championships of Gymnastics.  Mr.Kohei Uchimura has become a champion for 10 times straight.
Congratulations!!
It must have been very tough to be the top  athlete for 10 years.

At night I watched a two hours TV drama.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017.4.8

It was a rainy day.

I stayed at home all day long.It's been a long time since I did not have any appointments in the weekend.

I could clear some kimono and prepare for the next time.
I could finish reading the book which I half read more than one month ago.

I could receive the redelivered goods.

Friday, April 7, 2017

2017.4.7

It was cloudy in the morning but I saw the beautiful sunset.

After work I went to Takanawadai to attend a seminar of communication skill up to get the ideal life.
I have been there to attend seminars for three times this week. Each time the theme is different. I have never attended this one before. There were many pair works and some group works today. One of them was to praise each other for 30 seconds each among four members. Even though today was the first day to see each other for the first time.  It was fun.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

2017.4.6

It was fine in the daytime, but started raining at night.

After work I went to Hibiya to have dinner with ex-colleagues. I found the Spanish restaurant by coupon site. We could order yen 5,500 course dinner by yen 2,750.
We worked for some years together about a quarter century ago at Hamamatsu cho and Ginza. I met one of them about five years ago, and the other a few years ago. But it may have been more than 10 years since we met altogether.

We enjoyed talking and eating.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

2017.4.5

It was fine, and getting warmer.
The cherry blossoms are becoming more beautiful day after day.

I could book a Spanish bar restaurant for tomorrow night using a coupon site.  We will have yen 5,500 course dinner at yen 2,750. I am very looking forward to seeing my friends after a long interval.

The other day I got some instant Vietnam noodle Pho.  I thought I needed a pan to cook. But it just needed the hot water and a bowl.  Put noodle, soup, and seasoning oil in the bowl, and add hot water and cover with lid. So easy.  And very delicious. Thank you!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017.4.4

It was fine.

Today is seimei (清明), one of nijyushisekki (二十四節気), the 24 solar terms.  Last one was shunbun (春分) on March 20, and the next one is kokuu (穀雨) on April 20. Seimei literally means clear bright. It is the time the air is clean and clear.

Cherry blossoms are blooming day by day.
I saw the beautiful orange sunset today from the office.

After work I went to another seminar tonight. I have been to this seminar several times but there is still something to learn.
I happened to see the person in front who was next to me last time.

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017.4.3

It was fine in the morning, but rained with thunder in the evening. Fortunatey I did not have to use the umbrella.

The cherry blossoms at work were about half in bloom.

After work I went to the explanatory meeting of Reiki.  This was the third time for me to attend this meeting.
Before starting the session, there was a warming up time to find common points with the person next to each other for two minutes and a half. There were 8 groups or so. And we found 40 things in common. Since we were the top, they gave us books. How lucky we were!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

2017.4.2

It was fine but cold.

I attended the Day 2 of MOVE coaching seminar. This is the second time. It's been four months since I took it for the first time. I still remember some of them but forgot others too. So they offer to take seminars again and again for free of charge. I hope to take it again around August.
The nice part of this program is to cheer up each other's dream with full strength.

After coming home, I watchefd the figure skating exhibition on TV.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017.4.1

It was a cold rainy morning, but in the afternoon it stopped raining.

A new month has started. April is shigatsu (4月), the fourth month. Its old name is Uzuki (卯月). It is the new year offiscal year and aademic year in Japan.

I went to the nearby shrine for otsuitachi mairi (お朔参り), on the first day visit to the shrine in the morning.

Then I went to Shinjuku to attend Morinda's monthly meeting. There were a lot of information today.
Accorning to their advice I tried to send a friend's request to Ms. Jackie Lee from Facebook Page, but there was no button.
Therefore I sent her a message. To my surprise, she replied to my message! How nice!

After the meeting, I measured AGE as usual. It was the same age as my actual age.

Then I  went to attend the 500th MOVE coaching seminar.  This was the second time to attend this seminar. The first time was in early November, so it's been four months since then. It is a two days seminar. After that there was a supper party. I have become Facebook friends with some of them. It is fun to get to know new people.

Friday, March 31, 2017

2017.3.31

It was cloudy and cold in the morning, and started raining in the afternoon.
The view from the hotel in the morning was nice with garden.

The last day of March. How was your one quarter of 2017?
Mine is so far so good.

This morning I had a big breakfast with my friend. Then I went to work.
After work I went to Rikugien (六義園) where is famous for Shidarezakura (しだれ桜),Cerasus spachiana.  Last year there were so many people, and it took longer even just to enter the garden. Tonight since it was raining, there were not so many people.
Cherry blossoms were not full in bloom yet beause of this coldness.

After that we tried some restaurants but all was full and gave up to have dinner there. Instead we went to Shinagawa. There was the same.  Because of Premium Friday most restaurants were full. We should have booked the place on Fridays.
Finally we got the seats at Maimon where is one of very popular places according to the internet searching site.

I had too much foods today.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017.3.30

It was fine.

I walked to the station to drink at night.

The cherry blossoms of our institute have started to bloom. 

In the morning I attended English seminar of "Implied message."
It was very interesting.
From the eyes of foreingers, Japanese people easily appologize which is not necessary for foreigners. We should learn other ways to express our feelings such as appreciation rather than apology saying "I'm sorry."

After work I went to a Spanish restaurant to have dinner with my friend from teacher's age. We enjoyed eating, drinking, and talking about many things, especially our mutual hobby, world travel and mutual friends.
She invited me to stay at her hotel together. It's been a long time since we traveled together. Even if we do not go far, to stay together is nice to share our experience. Moreover there is everything we need at the good hotels, so we can travel light.
One of my dreams is to travel abroad without bringing suitcases.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

2017.3.29

It was fine and cold.

I got up early and took 6:01 train because there was a program I am in charge from 9 am. I arrived before 8 am for the first time. The front gate was closed and I used my ID card to open. The program finished today and I had many paperwork in the afternoon.

After work I visited the Fuji Film Square after a while. We can see the history of camera and pictures there.

I tried to book a restaurant with coupon for tomorrow, but it was from April 1. So I booked my favorite Spanish restaurant instead because I got a postcard offering a bottle of wine.

At night I watched a two hours drama because I saw the advertisement at Roppongi station.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2017.3.28

It was fine and cold. It seemed to have rained during the daytime at my home town.

I took earlier train than usual and stayed at the office almost 11 hours.

My peaceboat friend informed me that there was an article in today's local paper to recruit eight beautiful spots or historical remains in my hometown.
Miura city consists of three districts, Minami Shitaura, Hasse, and Misaki. They say from each district they choose eight spots, then among them they will choose eight spots for Miura Hakkei (三浦八景).
The eight beautiful spots of Minami Shitaura district has been decided this January.
Misaki district recruits near future.
There are five area (Koenbo, Wada, Irie, Shimomiyada, Mito) in Hasse. One person can choose up to eight spots and apply for Hasse Hakkei (初声八景) by either postcard or email by the end of this month.

Let's think of eight beautiful spots in my town for the next few days!

Monday, March 27, 2017

2017.3.27

It was a cold rainy morning but stopped rainig later.

They say today is Day of Cherry Blossoms, sakura no hi (さくらの日) because of two reasons.  One is from the sound and date : 3(さ: sa) x 9(くら: ku)=27.  The other is from seventy two pentads, 桜始開 (sakura hajimete hiraku).
There was the announcement of blooming cherry blossom in Tokyo last week but there are only a few of them blooming under this cold weather.
We can expect longer cherry blissom viewing season this year.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017.3.26

It was a cold rainy day.

I stayed at home all day long after a long time.

I ate sweets which I bought yesterday at Iida with powdered green tea. It's been a long time to have time like that.

At night I got the two re-delivered goods.

I could keep household accounting, write missing diary, watch the special TV program, and so on.

It was a nice day off.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017.3.25

It was fine.

There was the 10th anniversary event of Kawamoto Kihachiro Pappet Museum in Iida today. We were very lucky to observe the once in seven years daimyo's procession performance and museum itself for free of charge. I could take pictures with Komei (孔明) pappet which seemed to be appeared  only once in 10 years.

After that we visited the Mizuhiki Museum which were really amazing. Moreover it was free of charge again. If you have a chance I recommend to visit there.

We moved to Chino by jumbo taxi and came back to Tokyo by train Azusa No.20.

I went back to the office to leave a luggage.

Friday, March 24, 2017

2017.3.24

It was fine in the morning and I took a very nice picture of the sun over the mountain.

We visited two places today.

We arrived earlier for both places and we could meet the mayor and visit extra places.

On our way to the second place, we ate lunch at Tenryukyo (天龍峡) where is a very beautiful gorge.

In the afternoon we had dinner at a nice Japanese restaurant.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017.3.23

It was cloudy.

I had a big breakfast. My favorite here is apple juice which is very sweet compared to other sour juice.

We visited the three places today.

Iida is very famous for mizuhiki (水引), beautiful colored strings made of plants. These are used for decoration of congratulatory envelop and its production occupies 70% share of all of Japan.

For lunch and dinner I ate local foods which were very tasty.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017.3.22

It was fine and cold.

In the morning I went to Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

At lunch time I attended the seminar, and listened to the career building story of our president who will leave at the end of this month. I sat at the front seat and enjoyed his story.

In the evening I came to Shinjuku to get a long distance bus to Iida, Nagano. I used to ride on the long distance buses from Shinjuku.
Last year they opened the new bus terminal at the south exit of JR Shinjuku station. I have come to see the terminal once but this is the first time for me to ride from there. We left Shinjuku at 19:25.  On our way we stopped at Futaba service area.
My seat was the front and it was a super seat which cost yen1000 more. But it is worth choosing because of wider space, reclining, outlet, table, disposable slippers, and so on.

We arrived at Iida around 23:30.

I came to the hotel where I have stayed before.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

2017.3.21

It was a cold rainy day. I heard it snowed in Nagano where I will go tomorrow. In spite of this coldness, there was an announcement of blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo which is five days earlier than last year. It will be still cold for the next five days or so, therefore it will take time to be in full bloom. We will be able to enjoy cherry blossoms longer this year which is good.

At lunch time there was a Brown Bag Lunch Session. A student talked about his home town Nagasaki where I went to May last year using some pictures and movies. There are attractive places and festivals there which I hope to visit someday.

In the afternoon I attended the English pronunciation training where I could practice speaking English.

On my way back home on train I attended the online seminar using Zoom. I could see and hear but could not speak so I attended by chatting.

All of them were interesting.

Monday, March 20, 2017

2017.3.20

It is a national holiday called shubun no hi (春分の日), vernal equinox day.

It was fine.

I went to my parents' graveyard in the morning.

After that I went to massage to my friend's placeafter a month.  My body was stiff again. I brought souvenir sweets from the trip to Hokuriku and we ate together.  It was very delicious. We had lunch at a Chinese restaurant where is very reasonable.

After lunch I went to Kimono-style Miya to pick up the carry case I left there the day before yesterday.

I went to a beauty salon to have my hair cut and perm, and went shopping at Sugita.

I am glad to have a fruitful three day weekend with lots of activities.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017.3.19

It was fine.

I went to Sakuragi jinja (櫻木神社) shrine in Noda city today as a special fortune tour conducted by Ms. Utako Shiratori (白鳥詩子) whom I happened to know from our mutual friend's art exhibition on November 26 last year.

Today was a double lucky day of taian (大安) day of good luck, and day of snake which leads to the fortune.
There are special red stamps called goshuin (御朱印) which are only distributed three days in a year, on sakura no hi mairi (さくらの日まいり) visit on day of cherry blossoms, that is March 9,19, and 29.
In addtion to that since today was Sunday there were so many people there and to get the red stamps it took more than 5 hours!
One of the interesting things there was there is a shrine inside the restroom and there were messages in each room. They used the old Japanese style toilet as a planter pot.

While my waiting for the stamps, we went to Nagareyama Otaka no mori to have late  lunch. There I asked Ms Shiratori for autograph.

I went back to the shrine to get a set of three stamps which cost yen 1500. There were still lots of people waiting. I believe there were more than 2000 people who bought stamps and/or stamp book.

After that I went to Kashiwa to see my friend from graduate school. We went to a popular Spanish restaurant Festa Mario and enjoyed eating, drinking, and talking.
It has been 11 years since we met last.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2017.3.18

It was fiine.

In the morning I went to Kimono-style Miya to have got hairset, make-up, dressed, and taken pictures.
To my surprise they gave me a piece of shawl which perfectly coordinated to today's kimono.

I went to Tasaki at Kioicho, next to the Hotel New Otani to attend the Tasaki tour.

First we had a lecture about pearl and diamond and looked around the showroom. They changed their name from Tasaki shinju to Tasaki in 2009. They are very famous for pearl, but their top sales is diamond. I was surprised to hear that the technician who cuts and grinds diamonds retire at their early 20s because they need good eye sight. They cultivate the pearls in Nagasaki. Goods pearls need to hibernate.

After that we ate lunch at Nadaman, which is a very famous Japanese restaurant.The view was nice and we walked the garden later.

Then we went to see the Great March Kabuki. Before starting we walked around the Kobikicho-hiroba, shopping mall which was interesting.
The seat was the third floor and cost yen 6000, but the tour cost yen 6800 with delicious lunch and tea at Tasaki.

There were three stages. After the first one, there was 15 minutes break, after the second one, there was 30 minutes break.
It started at 4:30 pm and ended at 8:50 pm.

It was a long day, but I enjoyed a lot with my kimono friend.

Friday, March 17, 2017

2017.3.17

It was fine in the morning but became cloudy and cold in the evening.

I took a day off to attend Morinda's Japan Business Summit at Maihama Amphitheater.
This is two days event which cost yen 3000.
I got up early and walked to the station to drink tonight.

I arrived at the venue around 9 am.  There was a present of a pack of Maxidoid which is yen 4100. It was the first come first served gift. I felt lucky and thought "The early bird catches the worm." In Japanese, "Hayaoki wa sanmon no toku(早起きは三文の徳)."

At lunch time  we enjoyed the group lunch.

I bought some Morinda products which were only available there at the special price.

At night I went to Asagaya, maybe for the first time, to see my ex-boss' live concert. I arrived early and joind dinner with the band members at a Thai restaurant nearby. I could taste five dishes. Some were very spicy but delicious.
I watched two sessions with my ex-colleague whom I met after a long time.

It was a nice day.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2017.3.16

It was fine.

I took a half day off to attend the big two days event in Maihama where there is Tokyo Disney Resort. Since for those who graduated from junior high school and high school it is already spring vacation, there were many people.

At the convention we learned the power of brand and technology accelerators.There was recogition and some of acquaintances were awarded.

On my way back at the Tokyo station, when I was clumbing up the stairs, I saw interesting signs. It showed how much calorie it takes if you use the stairs.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017.3.15

It was cloudy, rainy, and very cold. It was supposed to snow but as far as I know it didn't.

In the morning I visited the nearby shrine before getting on the train, and after arriving at RoppongiI I went to Izumotaisha Tokyo branch before going to the office.

After work I visited the Fuji Film Square. There were some new photo exhibitions.

I am very glad to have received the re-delivered mail tonight because I will be very busy for the next few weeks.

At night I prepared for the kimono I will wear on Saturday. It is said three obi for one kimono. By changing the accessories even the same kimono looks different.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017.3.14

It was raining and cold this morning but stopped raining later.

In the morning there was a trouble between passengers in Yokohama, and my train delayed again.

March 14 is known as White Day in Japan.  On this day men who got chocolates on St.Valentine's Day return something sweet to women.
This must be only custom in Japan.

Tonight I tried to transfer Bitcoin for the first time. It was too easy. So we need to be very careful.

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017.3.13

It was fine but cold.

There happened something and my morning train delayed.

At lunch time I went to a bank to transfer the money to American Express. Though I made a new Amex card I have not got the registration form of the bank account yet therefore I needed to send money.
How inconvenient!
First I tried to transfer from ATM, but they don't accept more than yen 100000. The bank brunch was Roppongi, so I went there to send from the window. Handling charge was yen 432 even if it is that bank that I was going to transfer. However sending from ATM would cost more because I needed to do a few times.
Handling charge for less than 30000 is yen 108 but more than yen 30000 is yen 324.
So it might have been cheaper to send from my bank account to American Express Bank Account directly using a cash card.
That was the bank lesson I learned today.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017.3.12

It was fine.

I slept long after a long time.

I stayed home in the morning and tried to buy bitcoin by credit cards for the first time.
It seems they do not accept Ameican Express Card. The maximum amount you can buy is yen 1000000 per day.

After receiving the re-delivered goods, I went shopping in the afternoon.

After coming back I cleared some leaves outside and packed them into three bags.

In the evening I cooked after a long time.

I talked with my friend over the phone after a long time. We will travel together next month.
I  looking forward to the trip.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017.3.11

It was fine.

It has been 6 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami happened.
I still remember the many things happened to me on that day.
In the morning I needed to go to the conference room to arrange for the next program I was in charge.
In the afternoon I went to the office and was at the desk.
At 2:46 pm the first earthquake happened. It was very big and lasted long, and we hid under the desk. At that time we did not imagine it would be so big. After a while we started evacuating to the nearby shrine where we saw the tall buildings were shaking. If they fell down, I thought we would not survive. I had a portable radio and we listened to the news. We felt like going to rest rooms. The Japanese restaurant we often used let us use their rest rooms. I appreciated their kindness.
Our colleagues tried to call by cellphones but they could not reach their family and we stood in line in front of the public phone.
After a few hours later those live close started going home. I live in a country where it took about two hours and a half.
Most of trains were stopped. So I gave up going home because there was no train.  We went out for dinner at Ramen shop. We were glad to have something to eat.
Since we were wearing helmet on our way, somebody intereviewed how we got it. We said the company provided.
Some colleagues went home by walking. Since I could not, I went back to the office. There were electricity, water, blanket there. I stayed up all day long at the office though some colleagues slept for a while.
Usually I do not use the company PC for the personal use, but that was emergency. So I posted my situation to my Facebook.

Early next morning, the director-general went to the convenience store to buy breakfast for us.
He had a power to use the taxi ticket, my colleague and I joined him, and I dropped at Kamioooka to get a train. And I could go home finally.

I appreciated that I stayed at the office safely, and my family and house were OK.

Today I went to see La La Land at Yokohama.

Then I went to attend a seminar at Shinagawa.

I visited the Softbank to ask some questions about the new smartphone.

After that I went to Shinagawa Aqua Park after a long time. I saw many beautiful fish.

Then I met my friend and made a big decision.

Today is ichiryumanbaibi(一粒万倍日) when one grain will grow into 10000 times.
I hope this decision will bring me much happiness.

Friday, March 10, 2017

2017.3.10

It was fine.

Today is my dead mother's 81st birthday.

After work I went to Kawasaki to see a movie "Allied" directed by Robert Zemeckis.
Its Japnese title is "Maryanne."
It stared on Feb.10 and only a few theaters are still showing.
I have wanted to see this movie  because of Brad Pitt who is my favorite actor.
It was a war time movie and a spy movie.

Japanese title and English title are quite different, but if it is translated directly, I may not be imagined the story.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

3017.3.9

It was fine.

I left the office a little bit earlier than usual using flex time to go to Yokohama to see a movie "Silence"  which I have wanted to see since I knew the movie.
When I was young, I read the original book written by Shusaku Endo who was a Christian. He was one of my favorite authors because he could write both interesting stories and serious stories. This is the latter and dealt with Christianity banning era of Japan around mid 17th century. There was a persecution and the movie started from the cruel torture scene.
We knew about it as a part of the history, and we can imagine from the book, but until I saw the movie I could not visualize.

They say the director Martin Scorsese decided to make a movie in 1988. It took 28 years to complete.

While watching, I was wondering if they really speak English that much....
I felt lucky to have been born in the freedom of religion country and time.

Religion is very difficult to talk about. We, most of Japanese people are both Buddhist and Shintoist at the same time. In the New Year we visit shrines and temples. At the age of three, five,seven on November 15, we visit the shrine. At wedding many people get married at shrines. But when we die, funerals are done at the temples.

They say there are about 1.04 million of Christians in Japan in 2014 which is 0.82% of the total population.

It must be tough to continue believing what is banned.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2017.3.8

It was fine.

After work I attended a seminar of Mr. Toshitaka Mochizuki in Shinagawa.

There was an accident on the Keikyu line. When I got to the Daimon station, trains were stopped for a while. Fortunately I arrived in time for the seminar.

I have attended this seminar before but every time there is something new.

Today there were three guest speakers who made their dreams come true by taking the course of Dream Map. One of them was the person whose email magazine I subscibe but have never met. I don't know why I am subscribing, but I thought it must be from Mr.Mochizuki's relationships.
The other is Mr.Hayato Koshizuka(腰塚勇人) who is a famous lecturer of Lesson of Life. He used to be a physical education teacher at a junior high school in Kanagawa prefecture but had a ski accident and became very sick. I have met him once in June 2009 at the joint seminar of Mr.Ken Honda and Mr. Mochizuki. At that time if my memory is correct, he was there on his wheel chair. Today he was walking! The short movie he made was so moving. I recommend you to watch if you have a chance. I was very glad to see his recovery and activity.
We became Facebook friends tonight.