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Design Day

I joined the Design Tour to be with my colleague for a day.

First, we visited Good Design Marunouchi.

Currently, 50 juries are introducing their best G-Mark winner products here.

Yes, I spotted Haku Accessories.

I can wear gold plated jewelry like a sticker.

First, cut the tape to suitable length, then remove the plastic film, place the jewelry on my skin, wet the paper so that it will stick.

We can buy some of these G-Mark winners’ product at Good Design Store Tokyo by Nohara at KITTE

We continue our trip to Ueno Station, Hard Rock Ueno Station.

Then walked AmeYoko (American Street).

I had a Kebab for lunch.

We stretched to Akihabara to visit Hobby Building, Radio-Kan (Radio House).

We returned to Roppongi to visit Design Hub.

We could get information on other G-Mark winners that is difficult to display the actual product such as urban development.

We did enough exercise for a day.

My friend wants to eat Unagi (eel) for dinner so I took her to my favorite eel shop, Shojikiya, Roppongi.

We continued our coffee, Starbucks Christmas Drink Strawberry Shortcake Frappuccino, at her room.

We often communicate via emails and WhatsApp; it was nice spending time together!

Hope to see you soon again!

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Last Thursday: Company Visit Day

I was hopping two projects last week.

First, I joined the visit to TV Tokyo and visited the largest studio and sub-studio (control room) there.

Next, I visited three factories in Ota City, Tokyo.

Ota City is a manufacturing city and one of the few locations in Japan that has a concentration of SMEs contributing to various Japanese manufacturing industries by their specialized skills and technologies.

Then Yamato Haneda Chronogate Logistics Terminal.

Yamato Holdings Co Ltd is one of Japan’s largest door-to-door delivery service provider (TA-Q-BIN) with market share of 41%. This new logistics facility allows to deliver shipments faster with accuracy. The facility is equipped with value added functions such as cleansing, printing, repairs and maintenance that visitors can experience Japanese latest logistics mechanisms.

After the programme, I met my colleague at her hotel room, REMM Hotel Roppongi, for chatting.

Her room is equipped with a massage chair.

I was tired so I occupied it for hours. hahaha

It’s a nice massage chair.

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Wine Tasting for Bourgogne White Wine

I participated in Wine Tasting for Bourgogne White Wine at Enoteca Marunouchi Lounge.

I tried five types of white wine from Bourgogne.

These are:

Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Daniel Dampt (2014)

Marsannay Geantet Pansiot (2015)

Bourgogne Aligote Matrot (2014)

Puligny-Montrachet Olivier Leflaive (2016)

Macon-Villages Les Heritiers Du Comte Lafon (2017)

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My First Rugby Game and Baseball Tournament Among Six Universities

I went to watch the professional rugby game at Chichibu no Miya Rugby Jo (Prince Chichibu Rugby Stadium), Aoyama, Tokyo.

The match was Suntory Sungoliath vs Hino Red Dolphins.

I was seating at Suntory side; therefore, I bought a cup of beer to support the team.

It was fun to watch because the team that I was cheering, Suntory Sungoliath, won by 50 points.

That wasn’t it.

I could enjoy another game.

The Jingu Dai 2 Kyujo (the Jingu No. 2 Baseball Stadium is next to the rugby stadium.

The baseball game between Tokyo University and Hose University was about to finish (8th inning); as such, we could enter the stadium for free or without a ticket.

This is also my first time to watch Baseball Tournament among Six Universities.

Todai (Tokyo University) lost the game but it was fun to cheer the team.

I’m glad that my friend asked me to join.

After enjoying two games, I returned home to cook for my parents for dinner.

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Sleeping with Choco

Typhoon was passing Tokyo area last night and the strong wind was making loud noise hitting windows.

I could see Choco was uneasy so I decided to sleep with him.

My bed is yet to be delivered so I brought cushions of couch.

I thought I could calm him down if he could see me from his cage.

He looked happy seeing them lying on the floor.

When I asked him to go to “House”, he looked at me innocently as if he doesn’t understand me.

He might not understand my command, but he usually goes in understanding it’s his bed time.

I asked him to go to “house” for a while and I gave up.

I asked him to go to pee and poo at his toilet tray in the cage and he kept his promise.

I was woken up few times by noise of wind, but he was quietly playing with his toy at the edge of my comforter.

He wasn’t afraid of noise; he looked happy instead.

When I woke up this morning, it was nice and sunny.

Today, the temperature is expected to reach 32C.

Just 4 days ago, the temperature was low as 17C.

The weather has been crazy in Tokyo. Sigh

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Exposing Choco

It was Choco’s class.

He must be tired after the lesson; I was. LOL

He doesn’t like to wear the harness so I started the class with struggle.

He and I tried and experienced many things.

After the class, he drank water busily.

I want him to learn that harness brings him fun; when he wears it, he can go out together.

It is Autumn and harvest festival season.

When I went out to get groceries, I saw Omikoshi (people carry God’s temporary shrine or shall I call it Car); I rushed back home to put harness on him then went down.

After watching Omikoshi, I put him down to a walk.

First, he didn’t move.

It took him a while to start walking for few meters.

Yes. Surely he was tired; we took a nap together at the couch.

At night, I took him to a walk again.

I hope he would become to like wearing the harness soon.

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Trip to Northern Japan’s Three Greatest Summer Festivals (Day 3)

Unfortunately, it is raining today, but I already watched all three festivals so rain doesn’t affect my day or mood.

I went for the morning dip; the bath was switched with men’s over night.

I had a buffet breakfast and I enjoyed their croissant waffles very much.

It’s dangerously delicious!

I didn’t have much time to use their facilities, but hotel prepares many activities for guests to enjoy during their stay.

We departed for Hiraizumi, Iwate.

We reached to Hiraizumi, Iwate where the town is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage.

We visited Chusonji (Chuson Temple) and the temple is famous for Konjikido (Golden Hall).

Today, Konjikido stands inside of a building to be protected.

Everything including the hall structure is made by gold.

We cannot take any photos inside so you need to visit to see how golden it is!

At the premise, there are many places to visit and to pray.

I had limited time so I could not visit all; nonetheless, I visited here before and I explained in details in my previous blog.

Hopefully, you would enjoy reading other days of my blog.

Shakado

Benzaiten

Amidado

Sankozo (Museum)

Dainichido

Mine Yakushido Hall

Hondo (Main Hall)

Benkeido

Tsukimizaka (Tsukimi Slope)

The rain was hard so my pants and shoes are wet.

But again, I didn’t mind because I watched and enjoyed all festivals in okay conditions.

These festivals continues for few days and many people planned to visit today.

Due to the weather (heavy rain), some festivals might get cancelled and there is no replacement day.

So I consider myself very lucky.

I had lunch at Sake Brewer: Seki no Ichi, Ichinoseki, Iwate.

Today, factory moved to a new place; original Kura (Storage) became a restaurant and shop.

Under the paper, there are many flavors of mochi (glutenous rice cakes).

Mochi is served to Gods and local people eat Mochi on important days for goods (celebration) and bads (sad).

From top left, zunda (edamame: young soy bean), goma (sesame), daikon oroshi for refreshment (ground white radish), anko (red bean) and kawaebi (river shrimp).

The pot dish is called Oshu Hatto.

This is made by flour and water; same ingredients with Udon (flour noodle).

It’s in a piece before cut.

We break it in pieces by our hands to put them in the pot.

We put them in a boiling pot together with all vegetables.

The restaurant offered a lucky draw by mochi (oh, no! More mochi! These are basically rice so very filling) ; I lost.

The winner get a sake bottle, how lucky!

This Sake Brewer also brew beer: Kura Beer.

I like their beer which has unique bitterness similar to dark beer though it’s in gold.

I bought Sake bottles for the next home party to enjoy them with friends. hahaha

We arrived Sendai Station to catch our Shinkansen (bullet train) back to Tokyo.

Sendai Station is already decorated for Sendai Tanabata which will start tomorrow.

Sendai Tanabata is also known as one of greatest festivals in Northern Japan.

These represents various wishes: health, wisdom, wealth, etc.

We took Shinkansen Yamabiko 152 back to Tokyo.

This was a fun trip!