Co-working Space KOWAKURA
There are many people who want to work or study alone under quiet circumstances. KOWAKURA is one of the best place to do so. But it isn’t the Diogenes Club in Sherlock Homes. In the cozy meeting room, you can have a nice conversation with the friendly staff and other members. Even in the study room, you are allowed to answer calls, have a meal and drink free drinks. Sometimes, parties are held for the friends of the members. Why don’t you join us?
Japanese Men’s Soccer Team Captain
Halihovic was fired from the captain of the Japanese national soccer team under the circumstance that there is a few months until the World Cup in Russia. I heard that some players on the Japanese team had complaints about him, so they didn’t obey his orders. He worked hard for the team and wanted to change the style of their play, but didn’t get any good results. It was a sad thing. I’ m afraid of the successor, Nishino, could handle the team. I hope he and the Japanese Football Association will do their best
Cute Tennis Player
Naomi Osaka is a tennis player whose father is American and mother is Japanese. She hits well with good ball placement. Her style of play is eccentric, but her speech after her games are very quiet on the contrary. But she has a great humor. After the acceptance speeches of the Indian Wells 2018, she said that it was the worst one in which she became famous. But her smile is really cute. I don’t have any more to say than that.
Fresh Green and Bamboo Shoot
Some days, it is a bit cold, but you can feel the comfortable breeze during this season. The bustles of barbecuing under the cherry blossoms here and there are gone. In the quiet moment, you should enjoy various flowers: azalea pink, wisteria violet and conservative flowering dog trees. The best is especially the fresh green. I like walking and seeing them even on a rainy day. There are also a lot of foods that will please you from late spring to early summer. I prefer bamboo shoot. It’s edible after boiling it and it goes well with dried skipjack.
Best Fountain in Japan
I want to talk to native English speakers. Recently, there are many tourists who have asked me for directions. One of them asked me where he could see the best fountain in Osaka. At first, I was confused. I’ve never heard of it. Searching the web, one picture ringed a bell to me. It’s a picture of the fountains in Expo City. It was built in 1970 by the famous architect, Isamu Noguchi, but now, they are not in use. I showed the picture to him and he said that that was exactly what he was looking for. I read the article and it said that the fountains were going to be repaired. I wish he could see these fountains working again someday.
Eight Degrees Below Zero
My daughter asked me if we could go snowboarding. So we went to the Snow Park in Mt. Rokko. In the early morning, we rode on a cable car at the station to the top of the mountain. It was clear and chilly day. While we were waiting for the bus to arrive, bound for the ski resort, the thermometer showed -8 degrees Celsius. Oh, my goodness. It’s been 30 years since I’ve experience such a frozen place. After that day, we saw the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Over there, everyone complained about the climate. We were able to understand their complaints because we had already experienced the coldness.
It’s been 30 years now since I last drove to Tokyo. Recently I easily become tired when I drive. At the end of last year, I bought a new car and was looking forward to taking it for a long drive. I decided that that long drive would be to Tokyo with my family. The road between Osaka and Tokyo was reconstructed and it was my first time using it. I felt comfortable and relaxed on the new highways. The service areas were so good, adding nice food and enough rest to my drive. It was also fun to stop there to shop for local sweets, in which you only can only get them in those regions. Although it was a long way, we enjoyed it completely.
I Love Coffee
I 0ften read blogs about food, hobby and life. There’s a popular blog that a Japanese woman writes on coffee in the U.S. Her website is great and very easy for everyone to read, even if you can’t understand English very well. I found that it’s a bit different from Japanese blogs. I had a fresh impression of it due to its color, font and arrangement. I hope I could write as well as her and have a nice site some day.
February 2nd is Groundhog Day. People gather and celebrate it in a small town in Pennsylvania. A ground hog is awaken from its winter sleep in front of the crowd. If it’s fine, it goes back into its tunnel. Spring won’t come yet until after six weeks. If it rains or is cloudy, it doesn’t go back into its tunnel and spring will come soon. I guess that there are a lot of similar festivals all over the world. Everyone hopes for a rich harvest. It’s only the groundhog who doesn’t care. It says every year, “Who are you? Don’t disturb!”
Tomb of Jesus in Japan?
I used to read some comic magazines when I was a boy. They had some peculiar articles such as the mammy of the mermaid, the last Japanese wolf and the grave of Christ in Japan. One of those magazines said the grave was in Herai village in Aomori prefecture. The evidence that Jesus came to Japan was poor and ridiculous, but I once believed that it was true. Even now, I’m interested in searching for the wreck of Noah’s Ark.