月別アーカイブ: 2011年2月

雪がパラついた


時差ぼけが完治したような、してないような気分で、昨日写真を撮りに出かけた。
ばんちゃんは5月の鳥の写真のワークショップに向けてMark II と 7D の使い分けを考えているようだった。私は依然として T1i しかもっていないので考えようもなく、ただひたすら美味しい被写体を撮るのみ。

20110226-IMG_0112前日から雪が降るとの予想だったのに、いいお天気となりがっかりしていた。でも、Joseph D. Grant Park の上の方を歩いている時、ちょっとだけ雪がパラついた。そして、ふと見上げると、Lick Observatory が谷を越えた向こうに見えて、白い丸い建物が真っ白い雪の中にたたずんでいた。やっぱり雪は降ったんだ。

20110226-IMG_0141ヒメコンドルがザワザワと何羽も飛んでいて、鳥のことをあまり知らない私は、もしかして私たちも食べられちゃうかな?なんて半分冗談で、半分本気で聞いてみた。死体しか食べないけど、もしかして死ぬのを待っているのかもねーと、言われてしまった。
私の写真では、まったくわからないけど、ばんちゃんの写真だとしっかりとわかる。まさに漫画のように、赤い頭で黒い輪が目の周りに描かれていた。ふーん、本当だったんだー。

back to US


20110222-IMG_0064I thought it’s too long but 2.5 weeks in Japan went by so quickly.  And I even didn’t have a chance to open the laptop I brought there.  Forgetting the power code for it helped me for it, too.

I met many people and saw many things; from a cemetery to hospital, from 91 year old to two month old, from 500 year old to a few month old, from snow to sunny, from sunrise to midnight…  They game me many surprises, discoveries and inspirations.  I enjoyed them all.

But that’s not all.  Even a better surprise was awaited my return at my own home.   It was truly a surprise to me after the 8.5 hours flight back home.  I am deeply touched by it when I saw it in the living room from the front door.  This is one of the reasons why I like about going away from home time to time; it is to rediscover how lucky I am for what I already have.   Thank you, Banchan~!

Akihabara


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My impression was it was rather “clean and quietly well behaved.”  Maybe it’s because still in February and a cold day, or because the security of the town has been tighter since a shocking tragedy, I didn’t see any cosplay or cute girls who were standing at key spots wearing cute anime character look like clothes. 

We went to UDX first to have lunch.  Shiro and Sae took us to one of their favorite Okonomiyaki restaurants, Ukari, there.  You can find many restaurants in there but it seems Ukari is the only one had a long line to get into.  I ate Akihabara-yaki, 14 different toppings and super jumbo size. Of course, I could eat only one fourth of it.

In front of UDX, we found Gundam Cafe.  This is something new that I didn’t see last year.  A long line was formed outside of the cafe.  I could only peaked inside from the entrance, but a gigantic Gundam was standing there. 
I regret to say that it was a perfect gift to Daichan, Banchan and maybe some other people, but I didn’t buy any of sweet gift boxes.  I somehow thought I could go back there later…

The main purpose of Akihabara visit was to find any figures from Fullmetal Alchemist for Daichan because I couldn’t find any at other places. My expectation was high but believe it or not, I couldn’t find any even at Akihabara either.  It seems that a movie will be released July this year.  And a festival has been planned in May as well.  I wonder why they don’t carry any goods for FA… 
But then, Shiro said “let me try one more place.  Why don’t you go for CDs at Sofmap in the meantime.”  I don’t know where he went, but Sae gave me a small bag when I went back to see them.   A tiny figure was in there.  Daichan must thank Shiro and Sae good.

This is the last day for me in Japan.  I will visit my dad this morning, then go to Fussa to visit Shiro’s mom and Sake brewery there.  After that, I’ll see Yuka at Yurakucho.  Oh, I should add a few more places to buy things to bring back home today…  Whew.. I have a full day head today.

2 more days


IMG_0096The Japan visit never fail to give me discoveries and surprises.  So many interesting things are there yet so little time for me to know them more.  I thought I had more than enough time being here but only two more days left for me to do things.

I want to visit the Sayama reservoir again for a sunset but it looks like I run out of time for it.  Looking for a trick box at Kamakura will be the list of things to do in a next trip. 

I will go to Akihabara today hoping to see interesting people, sights, and things for my son. 

By the way, you can find many interesting gadgets at any local supermarket. For example, I found this brilliant gadget the other day.


As long as you have a box or can that holds a space inside, it becomes a speaker for iPod.  It’s called Candy Music.

Sunrise


My sister and I left home at 5:45 am today to see Sunrise at Sayama reservoir.  It was below zero and my fingers became numbed, but I could take a couple nice shots and be able to talk to a few people who go there almost everyday. 

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I also had a beautiful surprise there, a fantastic view of Mt. Fuji.

Valentain’s day and Snow


Went to Yurakucho with my sister to see what’s out there these days.  That’s the place at where she used to work everyday nearly 40 years ago.  I suggested her to trace the streets where she walked to get to her office and to restaurants for lunch. Of course, her comments were “has been changed everything…” and that’s exactry the purpose of the visit.

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February 14, it happened to be the St. Valentain’s day.  Yurakucho is not the most popular place for youngsars but rather low key for office walkers.  We found $20 – $30 chocolate for a tiny piece decorated beautifully.  Yes, the presentation is important but we both shook our heads and moved on.  Unfortunately almost all places didn’t let me take pictures.  So I needed to make trick shots.

And snow…. it started from evening and made a beautiful make-up for in the next morning.

Sunday moning


I knew it, and I expected but it’s a shocking realization. I gained weight…!

Every single dish I eat so far in Japan is so good and I am enjoying all of them more than 100%. I even liked a Yakionigiri, grilled riceball with soy source, at Narita airport.

My sister cooked dinner just for two of us last night because her husband was out for his gathering.  She said it’s a B class gourmet dinner.  It’s so simple yet truely enjoyable, a meal you can eat everyday.  Oh, I agree with her. 
Pork and leftover vegetable saute, radish and cucumber salad, Natto, miso soup, and rice.  I am grad that I am a Japanese who can enjoy these dishes.  No wonder I gained weight.

We will have a family gathering for my mother’s 3rd memorial service.  So we supposed to leave home by 7:30 am, pick up my father and get to her cemetary by 9:00am.  After the service, we have a luncheon.  It should be a full day.  I hope the weather will be good enough so that father can enjoy a fresh air and walk a little.  In any case, I should be move around more than yesterday and be able to burn more calories.