Sunday, September 22, 2019

Do you know where it is?

Do you know where it is?
It looks like a nightclub but it is not. It is inside a car.
Those pictures are what I wanted to upload but I did not for long time.

I booked a taxi on the last day of my stay in New York City.
The fare that a hotel staff asked me was about 50% higher than a tourist guide book indicating its price of the same distance.

I thought the reason was the time I was going to use it; it was around 2:30 in the morning.

I found, after the ride, that the reason was not only the time we used it but also the taxi itself.

The taxi was so gorgeous, it made me feel as if I were a millionaire and gave us a very comfortable ride for about an hour from a hotel to the airport which was heading back to Japan.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

It Is Still Hot in My City

I often play tennis with my friends on weekend unless it rains.
Most of the tennis courts which we usually use are artificial turf surface, but today, it was a clay surface.

A clay court can not be used even it rains very little or it is a freezing day in winter.
So, the courts we used today are scheduled to be changed to artificial turf within a couple of years.

It is sad that the number of clay courts will become nearly zero in my city, even there are still many of them in European countries.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Greg Comes Home

 He used to be a business partner of my wife, but once Greg steps in home, he has become one of our family's best friends.

He is a professional surfer from Hungary, is trying his best efforts to become an athlete to attend Tokyo 2020 Olympics next year.
 We talked just one hour though, the time during his visit became a precious and unforgettable moment.
 He showed us juggling with tennis balls. That reminded us of Péter Frankl who was a famous mathematician and also a juggler from Hungary.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

I Go to Kado Tsune Restaurant

 My wife and I went to Kado Tsune restaurant the other day. The restaurant seemed to have opened recently by a young couple. Its building and the interior of the restaurant were quite new.
The taste was excellent and the atmosphere was also nice.
Fried sliced beef with grated daikon radish

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Flowers at My Balcony

Do you know the name of the flowers of the picture above?
Maybe, you can not tell the name of the plant, but you must have eaten their leaves.
The name of the plant is 'red leaf lettuce' in English or 'Sunny Lettuce' in Japanese.

We kept it at our balcony for food but it grew far faster than we ate them. Finally it beautifully bloomed.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

H8 Microprocessor Is an Excellent Toy For Me

 Having built up H8 microprocessor board, I am enjoying making software in assemble language which runs on the chip.

I used to make software with H8 microprocessor as my work almost 25 years ago.

The term I can use the processor and laboratory's instruments is limited, so every minute is precious to me now. 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Miya Matsuri Summer Festival

 Miya Matsuri summer festival was held last weekend.

Baked apple candies and chocolate coated bananas are the two most kids' favorite sweets in a Japanese summer festival.

Many young girls in Yukata, or summer version of Kimono, were gathering around the Futarasan shrine Torii gate.

Several men were preparing Mikoshi shrine for the night time parade of climax of the festival.

Japanese shrines hold festivals to celebrates Shinto gods, and to pray for prosperity and good harvests.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

I Go to Nearby Cafe

 My wife and I went to a nearby cafe called "Art Cafe" on a rainy day.

I thought that the cafe had many art collections and displayed them inside the shop.
But, actually, there were no paintings, no sculptures,  not a single art work at all.

We just enjoyed eating delicious oyster spaghetti, salad and hot coffee.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

View from My Balcony

The sky air becomes clearer than usual on a sunny day after a heavy rain day.

It can be a good chance to see beautiful scenery from home on those days.

Mt. Fuji, the Tokyo Sky Tree and Mt. Tsukuba showed us their beautiful shapes.

New Track and Field Stadium is Under Construction

Sunday, July 21, 2019

I Learn Electronics in a Class for the First Time in 37 Years

 After my retirement of a company, I began learning electronics and programming again.

The members of the class consist of young and old; the age ranges from early twenties to early sixties.

Every student has his or her own interesting background of life.

I am enjoying this time-slipped student life very much these days.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

I Go to "World Heritage Exhibit"

Colosseo in Rome

I went to "World Heritage Exhibit Built with LEGO Bricks" a few months ago.

The exhibit was a final exhibition held at the PARCO department store in Utsunomiya city because the store would be closing after twenty-two years of operation.

The store was located just one minute walking distance from home.

I hope a new exciting shopping mall move in the remaining empty building soon.