Posted in Daily Life, Experience, Feelings, Tokyo

Typhoon 19

Typhoon 19 hit Tokyo area on 12 October 2019 at 9 pm.

This typhoon damaged a wide area by causing floods, black outs, etc.

Public transportation operators such as train (JR), metro, flights, etc announced to suspend its operation and store also announced its closure on 12 October 2019 in advance.

This is a new exercise in Japan to avoid creating unnecessary weather refugees.

There are many people affected by this large scaled typhoon.

I hope they can get their normal life back soon.

Posted in Experience, Feelings, Food, Japan Technology, Japanese Food, Place, Restaurants, Tokyo, Work

Learning Sustainable Value Chain (8 – 10 July 2019)

I attended the forum to learn about Sustainable Value Chain.

It was educational and programme was interesting.

I learned about value chain from different perspectives: scholar, buyer/eCommerce platform operator and retailer.

As part of the programme, I visited Nissan’s Yokohama Plant: the founded place and the first plant.

I also visited Ota City Industrial Plaza.

The city provides industrial apartment for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

I enjoyed various food during the three day programme.

The memorable one was all Tofu lunch at Umenohana, Kamata, Tokyo.

Posted in Experience, Family, Feelings, Gadget, Tokyo

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Official Tickets

Originally, the deadline for applying Tokyo Olympics 2020 official tickets was at 23:59 hrs of 28 May 2019.

I applied some on 27 May 2019 and the traffic to the official website was smooth, VERY smooth.

The following day, on the deadline day, I applied more tickets using Dad’s name at late evening of 28 May 2019.

Wow, the waiting time appeared on the screen and it says more than an hour and I’m to be connected after 298,405 people.

The screen hasn’t changed for few hours.

Nonetheless, I managed to applied and received the confirmation for my submission before 11:59 of 28 May 2019, but I was close.

According to the screen and TV news, Olympics Committee has decided to extend the closing of application for the tickets to the following day before 11:59 am due to the heavy traffic to the official website.

Now I’m waiting for the result on 20 June 2019.

I’m hoping to get at least one ticket to experience feeling being at the memorable Tokyo Olympics 2020.

to the application form

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Trump’s Visit to Tokyo

I returned from Australia and I was surprised to see many police men in my neighborhood: Roppongi Area.

Soon I found why; President Trump was invited as the first State Guest of the new Emperor Naruhito.

American Embassy is located in the area and Prime Minister Abe was planning to take Mr. and Mrs. Trump for a dinner at the restaurant in Roppongi.

I felt very safe when I was walking in the park at night because I bumped into a police man every 5-10 m. hahaha.

I pitied police men because Trump’s Visit was on 25 – 28 May 2019 and Roppongi was crowded by people due to the event: Roppongi Art Night on 25 – 26 May 2019.

The arts were displayed.

And there was the free opened air documentary movie on Banksy.

I met up with parents for dinner.

It was difficult to get a table on Saturday, 25 May 2019.

I visited few restaurants and I managed to get a table that was just cleared at Le Pain Quotidien, Tokyo Midtown Roppongi.

I usually come here for a brunch and it was my first time having a dinner here.

I even like their dinner menu!

It’s simple, fresh, delicious and economical.

The restaurant is highly recommended for dinner as well!

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Trip to Australia (Day 5)

It’s going to be the last day in Australia. Sob sob sob.

Going down for breakfast and I wish I could stay longer.

We started Melbourne City Sightseeing.

I was surrounded by great nature so this is a rehabilitation progress to return to hectic city Tokyo. hahaha

We walked and took tram to visit iconic places in Melbourne.

Administrative district area: Old Treasury Building.

Next to it is new Treasury Bldg.

Parliament House with Real Australian Flag – aborigine colour.

Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Garden.

Royal Exhibition Building is Australia’s first UNESCO site.

The garden is opened to people and animals.

Trees are wrapped by metal sheets to protect trees from possum.

Melbourne is generous to people.

We took free area tram to go places.

Flinders Street Station

These clocks state train departure time.

It’s a large station.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

There is an interesting signal; symbols are wearing skirt – women!

Go Women!

We shopped at Queen Victoria Market.

Few buildings are connected and sold many fresh and interesting products.

There is one building for household and sundry goods.

The atmosphere is like a night market in Asia.

I had a Long Black and Flat White at Market Lane.

I need to tell my name and barista can write my name correctly without asking me for spelling.

I was impressed!

I bought chocolates at Koko Black, known as Australian Godiva; very nice.

I love coffee so I bought some coffee at Mc Ivers.

These are really good shopping!

There are many more tempting products but I cannot bring back all…

Honey

Spice

ETC.

We departed Queen Victoria Market for lunch.

We had a fish & chips at Holiday Inn.

We drove about one hour to reach to winery Domaine Chandon.

This winery is family of Moët Chandon.

We had a little tasting for 4 different sparkling wines.

Lastly, we can ask for one full glass of our choice.

I asked for unique red grape sparkling wine which is only available at this winery.

There is another unique sparkling wine available at this winery: iced wine sparkling wine.

I bought few bottles each for home.

After tasting nice, we had one last dinner in Australia.

I asked for a beer and I thought the size is not fair comparing to a wine.

Food was nice and so as conversation with your mates.

Then we went to our last sightseeing point: EUREKA SKYDECK.

We walked through a glass cubical that control people on the outside terrace, we can observe the city as if we were a bird overlooking from the sky.

Now we completed all sightseeing in Melbourne.

It’s time to go back to Tokyo.

After completing last minutes shopping at the airport duty free stores, I spent at the Marhaba Lounge till departure.