Friday, August 18, 2017

2017.8.16

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.

2017.8.15

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.

2017.8.14

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

2017.8.13

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

2017.8.12

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.

2017.8.11

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

2017.8.10

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

2017.8.9

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

2017.8.8

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

2017.8.7

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

2017.8.6

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

2017.8.5

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

2017.8.4

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

2017.8.3

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

2017.8.2

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

2017.8.1

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.