2005-10-09

麻酔お願いします!

Yesterday was my first trip to the dentist in years. The last time was just before moving to Mexico, in the summer of 2001. As you might imagine, I was not entirely expecting a clean bill of dental health. The fact that I had once again ignored my dentist's advice to floss daily was not improving my outlook one bit.

2005-08-05

Look At All The Pretty Pictures!

So I moved my webpage and was all of a sudden faced with a deluge of emails from people who I never even knew read the thing. Among those emails was a request from my amigo Chaffee requesting more pictures. Seeing as I'd always wanted to play with the Flickr API, I requested an API Key and started hacking away at some PHP. The end result is that on the left side of this page, you now get to see whatever happens to be the latest picture I've taken on my mobile phone.

2005-07-31

結婚してくれますか?

The big news is that Yasuko and I will be getting married in November at Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto. For the desperately curious, I 'officially' proposed in February at Souvenir, a French restaurant down the street.

2005-05-11

Bonjour, Bon Vespre!

Just how far can you travel in a week and a half? It turns out pretty far. Combining planes, trains, ships, and automobiles, Yasuko and I travelled, all told, roughly 22 100 km over the Golden Week holiday.

2005-04-09

桜吹雪

Last weekend, the temperature shot up to 23 degrees, and in the space of two days, the cherry blossom trees erupted into bloom. The Japanese take this opportunity to throw impromptu picnics, dinners, and random sake-drinking events under sakura trees all across the country. The street behind my building is lined with sakura for as far as you can walk, so it’s been packed with everyone in the neighbourhood until almost midnight every night this week. With the cherry blossoms falling like snow since this morning, the whole thing will be over with by early next week, so Yasuko and I plan to get in one last hana-mi event tomorrow evening before heading back to work on Monday.

2005-03-29

Huh?

As I stared blankly out the window of the train on my morning commute, something caught my eye. As the train flew along its raised track, whizzing past the rooftops of Gakugei-daigaku at 80km/h, I swear I saw a guy standing on the roof of a building alongside the track, dressed in a red cape and wearing a giant fish on his head, wailing away on a guitar. He was gone from my view before I was able to catch a second glance, though.

Update (2008-03-20): I’m glad he’s not just a figment of my imagination.
Update (2011-04-27): Found a YouTube video.

2005-01-05

明けましておめでとうございます!

今年も宜しくお願いします!Jumped on the Nozomi Shinkansen from Shin-Yokohama station on the 31st to arrive in Kyoto two hours later. It was dumping snow from Nagoya onwards; and by the time we hit Kyoto, about 10cm had accumulated. After stopping by friends’ for the traditional osechi-ryouri and soba dinner, Yasuko and I did hatsumoude at Yasaka shrine from 11 at night until 2 in the morning in the midst of the blizzard. Spent the next few days shopping in Kyoto, visiting more friends, and re-visiting shrines and temples before heading back to Tokyo on the 3rd — though on the return trip, I had to stand from Nagoya onwards since the trains were booked to 120%.