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Upper House Election Day

Today, it was the Upper House Election Day.

I thought I can go to the election venue, nearest elementary school, together with Choco for his walk.

I put him a bag and about to enter the venue; then I found the sign.

The election is at the school lunch room; therefore, pet cannot enter.

I had to return for election without Choco because I cannot just leave there.

Today, I took my flower arrangement class by taking a replacement class.

I met my old classmates who is not able to take Saturday Class with us due to her work schedule.

It was a nice surprise to see them.

I had a nice Italian and pizza for dinner at my favorite restaurant: PST Roppongi.

I also enjoy talking to owner chef, Mr. Tamaki.

He adds extra essence to his food.

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Belated Father’s Day

It’s an once in a month flower arrangement class day.

I look forward seeing my class mates for chatting and arranging flower do relax me well.

I had a dinner appointment with my parents; therefore, I couldn’t stay for tea.

Dad wanted to go to Nihonbashi Kiyokawa for eel dinner.

We had our dinner at nice Washitsuka (Japanese room).

There is a small Japanese garden at the corridor.

This restaurant has 145 years of history and the building is 90 years old.

The building became Japanese tangible properties last year.

And we had this restaurant to ourselves only.

How exclusive and luxurious.

Food is also good; I started with Unagi (eel) Cola.

It doesn’t taste eel but it’s with eel essence.

I also had nice Akita Sake Shirakamisanchi,

It was a nice belated Father’s Day with my parents.

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Today’s Flower Arrangement

The school has closed in December 2018; therefore, we are arranging at Sensei’s (teacher’s) house.

I used to purchase flower according to size and design that I wanted to arrange at the time.

Today, there is a challenge that I need to scale, design and arrange with provided flower: type, colour and quantity.

To my surprise, I enjoy the challenge.

After the lesson, we went to Aloha Kitchen, Atre Kichijoji, Kichijoji Station for chat, soufflé pancake and drink (in my case, red sangria).

Wherever we were, it would be fun to be with friends!

Posted in Exercise, Experience, Family, Feelings, Flower, Food, Friends, Gadget, Health, Hotel, Nature, Place, Restaurants, Shopping, Sunrise and Sunset, Travel, Waterfalls

Trip to Australia (Day 3)

We left hotel early with a breakfast bag to watch Ayers Rock in Sun Rise.

There was a dark cloud that worried me…

At the view point, there was as a drink and snack station for us; but I quickly made a hot chocolate to go to bring it to the view point.

Ahhhhh

Ayers Rock is covered by the thick cloud….

It’s time for Sun Rise; but…

Unfortunately, Ayers Rock was still covered with the thick cloud.

It’s not a good sign because according to the tour itinerary, we supposed to climb the Ayers Rock today.

The cloud was cleared by the time we reached to the gate, but the gate was closed due to low cloud and I am aware of IT.

Since we could not climb; we went to walk at Mala Walk.

The common trees that we can observe here is named Desert Bloodtree.

The tree sap looks like bleeding blood.

There are quite number of trees because the area is semi-deserted area, meaning less rain but rich with underwater.

There is a trace of waterfall on the rock face.

There will be a water fall when it’s rained.

There are many caves with purpose.

This is Kitchen Cave.

This is the spot that aborigines cooked bread like naan.

Aborigines didn’t have letters; therefore, they left messages in drawing.

We can find many painting at the various caves.

Are these bird’s foot steps?

This is Old People’s Cave where Elderlies assembled to conduct ceremonies including cooking in the cave.

You can walk through the great nature.

There is even an anthill.

we took many trick art photos with this trace of giant water fall.

This spiky bush, Soft Spinifex, is commonly found in this area.

we can find many trees hit by lightning because rich water inside of the tree can attract lightning.

Kantju Gorge is big waterhole.

We usually don’t see water at the bottom but there are much water from last night rain.

We could see water in waterhole because the rain was strong with thunder and lightning last night; however, ironically, the string rain last night closed the gate of Ayers Rock today.

We continued our walk.

This tree is ageless; when there is not enough rain; this tree can prune itself.

That is why the growth ring and its age doesn’t match.

The nature is great.

There are many more caves.

There are many drawings at the Teaching Cave.

This is called Desert Lantern-Flower; the flower looks like a lantern.

Of course, there are many wild birds as well.

There are few caves look like lip; I wonder how nature have created this?

The gate to Ayers Rock was still closed; therefore, we continued our walk at Kuniya Walk.

This is Bush Plum with some plum fruit.

One of our tour mate is good at finding wild birds and animals.

There is a Mutitjulu Waterhole.

Again, there is much water from the rain.

There is heart and peace shaped holes for Good Luck Fortune for Love.

I hope these will bless me.

There is a story about two snakes: Kuniya and Liru ( https://parksaustralia.gov.au/uluru/discover/culture/stories/kuniya-liru-story/ )

Kuniya attacked Liru: this photo represents Liru and crack caused by Kuniya’s attack.

Kuniya is watching Liru. (Kuniya’s head at left bottom corner is watching Liru in the mountain face).

We returned to hotel before noon.

After getting off the bus, I saw three lady tour mates talking in front of the receptionist counter.

I asked whether they plan to go to Ayers Rock during today’s free time and they replied YES.

At 12 noon, the gate was still closed.

We were informed we could check the status about 12:30 pm.

We returned to the counter at 12:30 pm and was informed the gate has opened!

We quickly checked and planned to Ayers Rock.

We could reach to the gate by Hop On Hop Off Bus (AUD 49) by making a reservation at the hotel.

We could pay the National Park Entry Fee (AUD 25 cash only) directly to the driver.

First, we need to use chain to climb up.

The slope can be sharp as 47 degree.

I thought we are almost at the summit when I finished the chain area.

I was wrong, I started walking following the line.

I soon regretted to wear a normal sneaker.

I should have worn a pair of mountain shoes so that I can get a grip.

Since my shoes was slippery, I had to use my hands like a Spider Woman to climb some area.

You also need to bring 1 litter of water.

It’s 348 m high and some travel information says it takes (ONLY) 2 hours for return trip, but this 2 hours is for athletic person.

On the way to the summit, I was just focusing moving forward.

Ayers Rock can close anytime and I was determined to reach to the summit.

These photos that I’m posting now, I took them on the way down with appreciation.

Yeah, I reached to the summit!

We took the last Hop On Hop Off bus back to hotel.

For the last Hop On Hop Off bus, the Sun Set View is inclusive.

We already watched the Sun Set on previous day, but watched it again.

We returned to hotel happily.

We took a shower before dinner.

The beer tasted good and we happily talked about our adventure over nice dinner at hotel restaurant: ILKARI RESTAURANT.

After dinner, I massage my body, especially my legs.

I’m glad that I brought Egyptian Sandalwood Oil.

Again, it’s worth it to wear a mountain shoes to avoid any pain. hahaha

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Office Ohanami (Sakura Viewing) Lunch on 9 April 2019

Boss took us out for Ohanami Lunch at the Oven, Aqua City Odaiba, Tokyo.

We luckily managed to get the window view table.

It’s buffet lunch with varieties of food such as Japanese, American, Mexican and Chinese.

I had American and Mexican.

The restaurant is located at the sightseeing spot.

We walked the area for a while.

It was nice refreshment.

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令和 (Reiwa)

Crown Prince’s ascension to Emperor is scheduled on 1 May 2019; accordingly, we will start using new Japanese Imperial era.

The new Japanese Imperial era was decided and announced by Japanese government today, on first day of Japanese new fiscal year, to avoid any troubles for computerized data.

Our new 248th Japanese Imperial era is 令和 (Reiwa).

This word was originated from the Japanese oldest poem, Manyoshu.

令 (Rei) means fresh start and 和 (wa) means peace.

My friend from Malaysia texted to inform me its meaning: achieving peace – smart translation.

We supposed to feel fresh to start the first day of fiscal year like today’s weather.

However, Choco is tired and he needs to take medicines. OMG

Pity him, our guests disturbed him greatly.

Get well soon, Choco.