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Embarrassing Moment

After lunch, I played music to enjoy coffee.

Surprisingly, the volume was low; I turned up the volume and people at next table looked at me.

Ahhhhhh

Music was playing from my mobile…I was listening to Lady Gaga to boost me after lunch.

Lady Gaga, is it a safe choice or bad…?

How could it happen?

I heard from earphones that it’s connected…?

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Music

I’ve been listening to Amazon Music and I enjoy listening to their play lists.

My earphones are working excellent and now I can enjoy music with better quality sound.

I decided to try Apple Music.

Currently, Apple provides three months trial for free.

Let’s check out Radio Stations.

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Completing My Dream Set

I updated my iPhone and Apple Watch; it’s time to update my earphone.

I mentioned before that I was disappointed that iPhone X doesn’t come with AirPods even though it’s written on the box.

Apple perhaps provides AirPods for overseas market; however, I believe Apple decided to provide a cable earphone for Japan because it’s not necessary to provide AirPods to attract users because iPhone occupies Japan market high as 70 percent.

Apple sells AirPods separately for USD 170 and connector for old earphone to new earphone jack/charger jack for USD 10.

Recently, I enjoy listening to music; therefore, I decided to update my earphone when I update iPhone.

I went to Yodobashi Akihabara, Tokyo today to check on totally wireless earphone such as Sony.

After trying few others, I decided to get Sony WF-1000X.

I am enjoying clear sounded music with its noise cancelling function.

I’m happy with this investment!

Horey!

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Day 1 at Magic Kingdom

I had an exciting week this week.

I took few days off to go to Magic Kingdom!

Went to one of official Tokyo Disney Resort Hotels, Hilton Tokyo Bay, to drop my car and luggage.

We took a Hilton’s shuttle bus to Maihama Station/Tokyo Disney Land.

There is the Welcome Center for official Disney hotels, including Hilton Tokyo Bay.

If you are taking a train to Maihama Station, you can check-in and drop your luggage here so that you can go straight to Disney without wasting any minute.



Then, took a Disney monorail to Disney Sea!

Monorail excites me because it’s filled with Mickeys! 

I mean many Mickey!


Even the view looks different through this cute Mickey window!


Yes, we are all dressed up for Disney!



When we reached there, we were greeted by Mickey and others by their show: Perfect Christmas! MICKEY!



We watched another show: Broadway Big Band Beat.


We took a ride: Nimo & Friends Sea Rider.


I forgot to take a photo of Aquatopia because a queue was so short that I didn’t have to wait at all, just walk in. Yeah!

It was raining so we decided to return hotel for resting and dinner.



On the way out, I bought blueberry popcorns with Duffy popcorn case.

I can buy Duffy Popcorn Case only at Disney Sea at selected popcorn wagon.



We met Mickey at the exit. 

Hummmm, how to meet him privately to take a photo with him…?


We took a Mickey bus from Bay Side Station to Hilton Tokyo Bay.

At the entrance, there is a play area for children.


Many children also enjoy watching trains.


We stayed at Magic Family Room for a little niece.


We received a letter when we checked-in and it says I can meet a girl, Tiara, who is studying magic in a mirror.


There is a key in a room and it lights up.


I also enjoyed lying on a bunk bed. hahaha

After room inspection, we went to enjoy buffet dinner.


Then we returned to Disney Sea for Colour of Christmas.




Also visited Mermaid Lagoon to enjoy rides, too.


I queued for Indiana Jones Adventure twice in the past; however, both time I couldn’t get on due to a system error.

But that night, I finally rode… twice!

It was awesome.


Yes, we enjoyed very well for the first day at the Magic Kingdom!


Posted in Family, Feelings, Food, Music, Tokyo

Dating with Dad

I replaced Mom to accompany Dad to Tokyo Symphony Monthly Concert, Suntory Hall, Akasaka, Tokyo.

Tonight’s Programme:

F. Liszt: Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S. 260

A. Schonberg: Variations for Orchestra, op. 31

S. Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43

M. Ravel: Bolero

Tonight’s concert was conducted by my favorite conductor: Mr. Jonathan Nott.

He conducted as if he is dancing at Bolero: energetic, passionate and rhythmical!

After the concert, we had Californian Cuisine at Wolfgang Pack Pizza Bar.

We enjoyed food and chatting.

Father-Daugter’s night is not bad.

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Detoxing in Kyoto

I had a long weekend because I took a day off on Friday and our office is closed on Monday: Japanese National Holiday, Sports and Health Day.

I decided to come to Kyoto.

Kyoto is popular sightseeing place for Japanese and foreign tourists; therefore, Shinkansen (bullet train) is full.

I listened to the announcement that the Shinkansen is full and all seats are taken.

I managed to get few last seats.


First, I went to Chinese Restaurant: Marushin Hansen for lunch.


This restaurant is famous for Gyoza (fried dumplings) and Tenshinhan (rice with egg).



Then went to foot massage at Shion, Kyoto Station.

I felt so good because my body was exhausted!

When you arrive Kyoto Station early and don’t know what to do, you can go for a quick massage, quick as 15 mins and they are good!


Checked in at Daiwa Roynet Hotel Hachijo Guchi, Kyoto.

It’s conveniently near to Kyoto Station, Subway Kujo Station and Bus Stop.


I had Chanko Nabe (put anything into soup/pot) for dinner.

There are varieties of mashroom (autumn seasonal vegetable), vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, oyster, ise ebi (lobster) and udon noodle.


After dinner, I listened to Tsugaru Jamisen (Japanese guitar).

It’s so powerful!


The next day, I played golf at King’s Road Golf Course.


I started with breakfast because we left hotel early.

We couldn’t get a golf course in Kyoto; therefore, we crossed two prefectures and went to Hyogo Prefecture to play. hahaha


But there is no regret because it’s a nice course to play. 


Some trees already changed colour…


I had a Japanese traditional spaghetti, Neapolitan, for lunch.

This is one of Japanese modified western food.


After a game, returned to Kyoto and went to Gion Negiyaki Kana Higashi Ten (Higashi Store), Gion, Kyoto for dinner.

The restaurant is nice and cozy with a traditional Teppan (grill plate).



However, I didn’t enjoy food…

These are typical Kansai Food (Osaka Food); therefore, I can enjoy these at other restaurants.

However, if you want to enjoy the atmosphere, it’s nice.

If you are new to Negiyaki (Japanese pizza or shall I call it, pancake? with Negi (leeks), it’s okay.

It’s also economical.


I woke up late on Monday and got ready to go out.

I had seasonal tendon (tempura bowl) at Fushimi Tenpura Oe, Fushimi, Kyoto for brunch.



I want to go to Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Today, it’s a popular place for Instgram, known for Sen-bon Torii (1,000 red shrine gates) and the place could be crowded.

By the way, I need to warn you; you should wear a pair of comfortable shoes to climb up stairs to go up to the summit. 

It’s a good exercise.

It’s hot today so I sweat a lot; but I feel better after exercising and praying at many shrines.

I feel detoxed!








It’s proven I’m detoxed because I pulled Daikichi (the luckiest) for omikujo (fortune tell).


Holy Waterfall






After a good exercise and pray, I had early dinner, Oinari (fried tofu with marinated rice) at Omiya, Fushimi, Kyoto.

It’s simple, but delicious.


I purchased a Shinkansen ticket online.

Central Japan Railway Company introduced a new service allowing to purchase a Shinkansen ticket online by registering IC train or subway card and credit card.

I don’t need to queue on a line to purchase a ticket.

That’s great!


However, again, Shinkansen is packed so I can reserve only one hour later Shinkansen.

I didn’t have a green tea during this Kyoto trip so I went to Japanese traditional sweet manufacturer, Tsuruya Yoshinobu’s cafe: Irodori, Kyoto Station for green tea and Anmitsu (Japanese traditional dessert – Jelly).


I very much enjoyed this time’s sudden and short trip to Kyoto.

I feel refleshed! 


Posted in Feelings, Music

Video Game Orchestra (VGO)


I met Mr. Shota Nakama during Tokyo Game Show 2017.

He is a guitarist, composer and founder of Video Game Orchestra.

He arranges video game music to orchestra music.

Unfortunately, I’m not a gamer so I don’t know the scenes that these music played in the game.

Thought, I am not a gamer, I have my favorites: Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross Time’s Scar (Boston Live 2014).

It’s simply beautiful as music.

I’ve been listening to his music and somehow his music cheers me up and even provides me quality sleep.

I feel calm, yet warm, passion and desire.

You can listen VGO at 

https://www.youtube.com/user/VGOOnline

Highly recommended!