Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
On October the 6th, Volendam, the holland cruise ship coming from Canada and heading for Australia, had to cancel its stop in Yokohama because of the coming taifoon.
On this day I was asked to help as an interpreter, helping the customers from the ship and the local authorities. It was a full day filled with a lot of talking, meeting many nice people coming from all over the world.
During the departure Aomori Nebuta participants and children from a local kindergarten playing the drums, wished Volendam farewell.
Hoping that this taifoon will be a calm one!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Honda U3-X (watch) was presented by Honda`s officials on September the 24th. The new concept is supposed to be used indoors in airports and hotels.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Every year more than 100 candidates attend to complete a four stage competiton called Sasuke (japanese). They are challenged to finish every stage using their body strenght. They need to jump, reach on different things, hold tight to things, cliffhang, run, in order to finish the stage. All 4 stages are different and are getting difficult to finish stage by stage.
I am always looking forward to watching Sasuke every year. Today I came home late and the show already started. Grabed a cup of tea, some snacks and while watching the TV, I was holding tight the cup of tea in one hand. With the other hand I was nervously eating the snacks.
Makoto Nagano (japanese), the ninja warrior of Sasuke made it up to the 4th stage again. He managed to finish the 4th stage during the 17th edition of Sasuke. This year, Nagano Makoto and a 24 years old competitor made it up to the the 4th stage.
Nagano Makoto winning the 17th edition of Sasuke 2006.
Nagano Makoto during the 3rd Stage- Sasuke 2008.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Volunteers are helping at planting the rise and on the 4th of October they help at the crop.
Visitors take an elevator situated in a nearby building that looks like an old castle, to the 5th floor, then walk the stairs up to the 7th floor. From there visitors are able to see the drawings.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
EVZ.ro -- Românii, fără viză în Japonia
Românii nu vor mai avea nevoie de viză pentru Japonia :: Libertatea.ro
Saturday, August 15, 2009
I might go to Tokyo again soon. What recommandations do you have? Restaurants? Clubs?
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tommorow I am on my way to Tokyo. Hope the Thyphoon doesn't make us big surprises.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The main attraction of the day was SakuraGawa Dori again. When it started to snow, the street was quiet but while the snow continued to fall, the street was crowded by cars stopping and taking pictures of the view. Televisions and newspapers( video Web 東奥 photographers didn' t miss it either.
I asked a lady that couldn' t take her eyes of the cherry flowers covered in snow, if this is normal for this time of the year. She said that she is 53 years old and she had never seen the city covered in so much snow during cherry blossom.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
To my surprise, I have found out that it was a 5.0 earthquake- according to USGC
I checked USGS because I heard that a 5.3 earthquake "shaked" Romania for a few seconds.
I have found a few important advice to follow before, during and after an earthquake that are applied in Japan
What to do in case of earthquake
Great! One more hour to spend taking pictures at Gappo Park (wikipedia).
Monday, April 20, 2009
Left the city at 7 a.m. and parked the cars at the bottom of the Yayoi course at 9:30. After all the gear and accesories were prepared we left towards the bus stop (15 minutes walk). The bus schedule was different from the one we knew; 1 hour and a half to wait for the 11 o`clock bus ?!?
The lady that owns the shop located near the bus stop, was so kind to tell us that a taxi can pick us up and take us to Iwaki Skyline for the same price, and so we did. The 50 minutes hike, up to 1500m was hard enough, but it was worthwhile. The clear sky gave us the chance to see the 360 degrees panaorama over the Tohoku area.
There were 3 degrees on top but because the wind was almost absent it felt warmer. After we had lunch( some of us had HOT noodles- prepared guys), we packed and prepared for the long ride. It was hard to leave the beautiful view from that altitude( an airplane was flying under).
The long ride on the Yayoi Course slope was more than we were aspecting and went down slowly enjoying every bit of it.
The traverse we had to take down the mountain put our legs to work, but we had to do that in order to avoid falling into the river that goes underneath the snow on the valley. Compared to other years, the snow melted faster- we took a 15 minutes walk throw the forest to arrive at the cars.
To finish the day properly, Dake Onsen was the next stop for a hot spring.
Today's photos- Hiking Iwakisan on April 19th, 2009
Iwaki mountain Map 岩木山地図 (pdf)
Spring Ski Courses Iwaki mountain 岩木山春スキー コース情報 (pdf)
Thank you よっちん
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Tomorrow I'll be on my way to Hirosaki again to climb mount Iwaki. Hope the weather will smile to us.
Full bloom at Hirosaki Park April the 22nd video source 東奥
Hirosaki Cherry Festival begins April 23rd video source 東奥
Sunday, April 12, 2009
More photos down this set.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Just before the Golden Line starts, there is this tunnel that goes from the road straight to Sukayu.
GOLDEN LINE in 2007
TATEYAMA-KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE opens up at the end of April. The snow corridors here reach up to 20 meters.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
On top the visibility was very low but almost no wind.
We had a few breaks, put on the snowshoes 2 times and arrived on the spot after a very pleasant hike. The guides were very friendly and made everybody feel comfortable in their presence on the bad weather conditions.
We shreaded the sweet powder on the Tashiromotoyu Course and Kamosika.(Hakkoda Ski Course Map)
On the lunch break meeting Mr. Waka's family and talking about common hobbies was a pleasure. Hope to meet them again this year.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
It was the first time to ride inside a bowl- smashed my butt everytime. Riding a Gentem- I was surprised how light it is and how easy it is to ride it. Tried two: Float deck and Independent- both amazing, easy to maneuver.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
It's been another busy weekend. Hope you celebrated women's day the way you wanted. In Japan, as I was saying on Valentine's Day women's day will be celebrated on March the 14th. In Romania and 14 other countries Mother's day is celebrated on March the 8th.
Cate pahare ati baut azi? Pana la ora asta nici unul. 40?
Monday, March 2, 2009
Asteptand aprobarile mi- am aruncat privirea pe cateva afise destinate cetatenilor japonezi care vor sa calatoreasca in strainatate. Printre tarile mai putin recomandate se numarau Afghanistan- ul, Etiopia, Serbia, Bangladesh- ul si alte cateva. Ma intreb care au fost criteriile dupa care au fost alese. Romania fusese inscrisa pe un afismai vechi, ca tara afectata de gripa aviara din 2005.
Ce- am mai gasit? NHK WORLD de unde poate fii ascultat NHK Radio in 18 limbi(la versiunea in limba romana se lucreaza acum), viziona NHK Live sau diferite programe in fuctie de generic. Sunt chiar si cateva lectii de limba japoneza
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This weekend started with the blizzard that cut off power to 50.000 houses in Aomori and ended with 15 minutes of blue sky on Hakkoda. The blizzard stopped the train traffic between Aomori and Hatinohe on saturday morning( JR workers clearing the tracks). Searching for delicious Ramen(wikipedia) in Hatinohe I stopped to make a few exposures.
国際文化交流クラブvisited the 藤聖母園 this morning and we were able to see some of the children that live here. We wore shown around the facility and the library where the new books will be stored.
One year ago on the Y course on Hakkoda
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Vestea buna primita luni este ca JLPT mi- au dat OK pentru nivelul 3. Vreau sa ma pregatesc pentru 2 insa... n- am timp. Japoneza trebuie citita, scrisa, mai ales caracterele Kanji( de nu stiu cate ori) ca sa se inradacineze bine. Insa timpul si nefolosirea lor duce la o rapida uitare. Nu, n- am nevoie de lecitina inca- sunt grele, sunt altceva.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Tohoku region- but this morning I woke up to see this.
I parked the car under a bridge so I can have a better view. It was freezing cold but, yes it felt good to take those pictures.
Cashflow 101. It was so much fum but because I didn't have an English manual, all the discussions and actions were made in japanese. This time we got used to it so the next time will go smoother.
The picture was taken at a temple in Hirosaki after we had a delicious tempura soba- (perfect for healing my stomach)
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Hon- mei este ciocolata oferita de ELE catre soti, iubiti sau viitori... si sunt "incarcate" cu sentimente iar ciocolata este facute uneori chiar de ELE.
EI? Le vine si lor randul pe 14 Martie, zi numita White Day cand EI trebuie sa ofere daruri catre ELE. De cele mai multe ori EI ofera cadouri catre aceleasi ELE de la care au primit cadouri de Valentine's Day- mai sunt si exceptii uneori. Cadourile sunt deobicei ciocolata alba( de aici vine si numele zilei) insa mai pot fii oferite flori sau alte cadouri indragite de ELE. Happy Valentine!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
The sky looked funny on the mountain today. Even it was 9 in the morning, the sky was orange at the horizon. We were lucky to find no tracks courses and the weather helped us- almost no wind. It was smelling like spring, even the spring bugs came out. In a month or two spring snowboarding is coming up next.
Today National Foundation Day is celebrated in Japan. The holiday was established in 1966 as a day to reflect on the establishment of the nation.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Seara, pentru o ora m- am intalnit cu cativa amici din Tokyo care au venit la Hakkoda cu placile pentru 3 zile- din cate am inteles 2 zile vremea a fost superba cu 30 de cm de powder
Snowboard Lesson- Grand Trick 今日のレッスンーグラトリ
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Originally uploaded by Mihai Japan
Trecuse o ora din editia a 48- a din ACC CM Festival Japan pe anul 2008, si dupa o pauza de 10 minute am reintrat in sala pentru a urmari spectacolul. Reclame radio si video din Japonia din 2008 se derulau una dupa alta, care mai de care mai haioasa, unicata, inedita. Unele m- au pus pe ganduri, altele m- au amuzat, unele mi- au adus aminte ca " Simple is best".
Ramasesera 10 minute din spectacol cand...ZZZZZzzzzz... ultima parte a spectacolului a trecut foarte repede. Cateva reclame cum ar fi cele de la o centrala energetica si alte cateva de la o renumita firma de telefonie mobila mi- au retinut atentia.
Mi- am adus aminte cu nostalgie de o emisiune de la ProTv din Romania cu reclame de la un eveniment international. Am gasit ceva asemanator aici.
Today's snowboard lesson- Rewind スノーボードレッスンーリワインド
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
"A" sunt persoane sensibile, perfectioniste insa foarte nerabdatoare.
"B" sunt veseli dar excentrici si egoisti.
"O" sunt curiosi, generosi dar incapatanati.
"AB" sunt talentati, artisiti dar misteriosi si imprevizibili.
Determinarea personalitatii in functie de grupa sanguina nu se termina aici.
Blood type in japanese culture
Today' s snowboard lesson-360 turn 今日のスノーボードレッスン- 360 ターン
Interesting article about bloodtyping on PHELBOTOMIST.net
Monday, February 2, 2009
Nu sunt implicat in politica si istoria nu este unul din punctele mele forte; ce pot spune despre Obama este faptul ca ii apreciez carisma.
Sper ca "gripa" ce a afectat America sa se imbunatateasca.
Pana atunci " Yes, we can!"