05 May 2018

Rainy in cherry blossom roads

As I mentioned last article, yesterday we went to famous cherry blossom spot.
Nijukken road("二十間道路") is famous for cherry blossom and selected as one of 100 beautiful cherry blossom spots in Japan.

Nijukken road is located in Shizunai southern part of Hokkaido island, and which about 140 km away from Sapporo (where I'm currently living).

Unfortunately, yesterday's weather was not good, but cherry blossoms were really beautiful!!

The cherry blossom trees are located in next to horse farms. In this week, there's local festival called "Shizunai Cherry Blossom Festival(しずないさくらまつり)". Because the cherry blossom here got very famous and we are in national holidays, then there's a lot of tourists!

There's so many people and most of them come with their cars, then there's traffic jam. We took about an hour to park my car at parking lot. Also, it seems like bus package tour and I saw some people from other countries.


I also updated my Japanese blog with similar story, if you have interested please visit my Japanese blog. 
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01 May 2018

Where two flowers bloom at same time

Where two flowers bloom at same time

It's spring and we are in "Golden Week(ゴールデンウィーク)" which 4 national holidays are gathered in a week.
Today is labor day, but most of Japanese companies are not holiday. So, labor day is not one of 4 holidays in this week. (But for me, it's holiday).

Spring is start of fiscal year in Japan. Most of schools, colleges, companies and governments start their fiscal year in April. Typical image of new fiscal year in Japan are new employees and new comers join to welcome events of schools/companies under cherry blossoms. That because cherry bloom between end of March and beginning of April in most place of Japan.

My hometown also bloom cherry in end of March or beginning of April.
Also there's another flower which bloom in similar season, Japanese plum bloom few weeks earlier than cherry in most of places in Japan.

I mentioned "most of places in Japan", because there's a few exceptions. In places which located north Japan such as Sapporo(where I'm currently living), these flowers bloom a little late.
In Sapporo, cherry bloom at around beginning of May. And Japanese plum in Sapporo bloom in similar season. Which means we can see these two flowers bloom at same time.

Yesterday, we went to nearby park to enjoy these flowers and visit art museum close to the park.


Yesterday was national holiday, so there's a lot of people at park to enjoy cherry and plum blossom. Most of people are drinking beer or some other kind of alcohol, and eat something. One of the difference between my home town and Sapporo is BBQ. People here seems they love BBQ. There's place which we can enjoy BBQ inside park. When we walked around I've got very hungry because of smells.

I wish I can do BBQ soon...

Art Museum

There's art museum very close to my flat, and currently they are exhibiting "Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art". Bridgestone Museum of Art is located in Tokyo and which is founded by founder of Bridgestone.

I couldn't have time to visit these exhibit these days, but fortunately I could have time to visit here. Since there's a lot of masterpieces, I could enjoy them and the exhibits included some famous pictures.

I found some favourite masterpieces there, but the most favourite one is "Dusk in Venice, San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight" by Claude Monet.
Of course, I could not take photo of them, but I though I wish I could buy replica of that.

I'm planning to go to different place to see cherry blossom later this week. So, if I could go I might upload different story.


I uploaded Japanese version of similar blog post here. If you are interested, please visit following link. Thanks.
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08 January 2018

Large, but not so big

Just few days before new year comes, I accidentally clicked the button to buy iPhone X. 

Since I was using iPhone 6 Plus for about 3 years, my iPhone have some problems. Most severe one is ring/silent switch on left. 

My iPhone's ring/silent switch works mechanically, but it sometimes back to ring mode without touching it. I acknowledge them when I see the screen as soon as I changed to silent mode. But most of cases, I know that when I got message or phone call from some one.

Anyway, I bought iPhone X at the end of 2017. And I got them day before new year's eve.
Here it is my iPhone X!

My iPhone X with Apple shaped Death Star wallpaper
I chose 256GB model of space gray iPhone X, and that was really expensive!! And I thought I cannot renew my phone for next 3-4 years... (Same as my previous iPhone 6 Plus)

I chose 256GB model because I had 128GB model of iPhone 6 Plus and I was using nearly 100GB.

So, I need to choose model with more than 100GB capacity, and which means I need to choose 256GB model.

I thought if there's 128GB model, I would choose them.

Unfortunately, there's no 128GB model iPhone X, then I chose 256GB model.

Good thing

I had some problem when I was using iPhone 6 Plus.
That is BIG!
I compared my iPhone X and my old iPhone 6 Plus.
iPhone X on left, iPhone 6 Plus on right
Both of them are big enough, but iPhone X is a little smaller. And this difference make me feel good, because it fit to my pocket with no pain.
To tell the truth, I had pain during sit on chairs when I put my iPhone 6 Plus into front pocket of my trousers.
Now I don't have to care about them.

Another good thing is ApplePay. Because iPhone 6 Plus is not supporting ApplePay in Japan, I cannot use them. But finally, I started use them and it's very useful!
Paying with ApplePay is very quick and smart!

New gestures

I had strange feeling when I first touch iPhone X, because there's no home button. Every time when I back to home screen, I tried to touch home button but it won't work. Obviously iPhone X doesn't have home button, but just swipe up from below means new home button.

But since I started to use iPhone X and get used to the new gestures, I liked them.I acknowledged that I like this new gesture when I used this gesture on my iPad and nothing happened.

One not good gesture is screen shot!On iPhone X, you can take screen shot with clicking side button and volume up button simultaneously. And that made me mad, because sometimes I click this two button when I put iPhone X into my pocket. So I have many screen shot picture on photo app...

That's my brief review of iPhone X in a week of use.

I may upload late review some time.

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05 November 2017

It was Autumn

I born and raised in Tokyo, so I feel mid-October to beginning of November is still Autumn. But since I moved to Sapporo which is far north from Tokyo, I realise it's not.
It is Winter already, especially this year. There's snow already and temperature is in one digit in C even in day time.

Last year, I was in China in October and November, so I couldn't feel seasonal change in Japan and couldn't see beautiful autumn in Japan.
Fortunately, I'm in Sapporo and I could make some time to see beautiful scenery this year.

Last weekend, I went to Noboribetsu (登別:のぼりべつ) with my family to enjoy spa there.
During the drive way to Noboribetsu and back to Sapporo, I could see beautiful scenery. I had dash cam and I shoot video, unfortunately my car's windscreen was not clean but I think you can feel how beautiful it was.

I took this video when I was driving lake side of lake Shikotsu (支笏湖:しこつこ).

After we came back, we went to walk near my flats.


Recently, I moved to current flats which is close to beautiful parks, museums and university. Which is really great place to take a walk or run around.

And weekend before that, I went to Kyogoku (京極:きょうごく) which is famous for clean spring water and famous for many tourists.

You can see many tourists are taking photos and chatting on bridge of Kyogoku. This spring water is drinkable so these people cross the bridge and get water to drink.
Some locals bring large bottles to collect water there. We also did collect water there and took some photos.

Local convenience stores are selling this water which bottled in near by factory.
Kyogoku is close to famous skiing spot Niseko (ニセコ), and this area is very good location to see autumn scenery.

We climbed the nearby hill and took some photos there.


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07 October 2017

The great fireworks

Today I would like to write about last month's my great experience. On 9th September, I went to Moerenuma art fireworks(モエレ沼芸術花火)in Sapporo. The fireworks held in the park in north of Sapporo city.
I've been to Sapporo for 6+ years, but it's my first time to see this fireworks, but it's very famous in Hokkaido.
This fireworks had started as Moere Summer Festival(モエレサマーフェスティバル) in 2012 and changed its name to Moerenuma art fireworks in 2014. We need to buy ticket to enter the park during the weekend as support for fireworks. There's two type of tickets and it's differ in seat positions, the premium seats in front of main stage were ¥7,000 (about 63 USD) and grass seats which around premium seats were ¥3,500 (about 32 USD).
Since it's my first time to join this event, then I chose cheaper one.

I wrote "grass seats", but to tell the truth there's no seats on grasses just sit on grasses. So we need to bring some kind of sheet to put onto grasses. Also I though it's better to bring something to cover to get warm, because temperatures in Sapporo in September is low enough to catch cold at night.
This year start was delayed 40 minutes because of final flight delay on nearby airfield. Also we waited some gap during the event due to wind, but the event was fantastic and worth to see them live. The combination of songs and fireworks, the sound and impact of fireworks and so on. I wish I could join this event next year as well.
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