Some getting away.

 For a person like me, it's so easy to spend a day without going out anywhere,  just reading books from the dawn to the midnight.  In order to stop such a routine, I packed my stuff, then got a bus to my hometown Nagoya.

 On the way, I found a lake called "Hamana-ko" beside the expressway. It's my favorite place to take a rest, with warm sunshine and a bit strong window coming toward me. After arriving in Nagoya...

I ate so many foods every day, every time. Summer  in Japan is really tough, even for Japanese people. They often become like illness due to its hot weather, tend to eat less than the usual. Although I eat as same as other seasons, I also enjoy eating out for somewhere.

 Well, that's the way of my life. Once I'm fed by something, I just move to the other place so that I can take fresh air. I always wonder if I stay in Tokyo longer than staying other cities and countries :)


Vegetables and fruits I took recently.

 As it gets hotter and hotter, I take a lot of fruits and vegetables in my room with AC turned on. It's not only hot in daytimes in the summer of Japan, but so humid. I like living in hot places such as the Middle East, where is not so humid, but here,  it's so uncomfortable! Well, I don't like to say much complain. Instead of cooking hot meals each time, I tend to cook early in the morning, or in the night, to avoid getting hot.

 What's interesting the most is that I prefer to eat vegetables recently, and I don't have much meat anymore. Just salad, Japanese pickled cucumbers, carrots and stuff. I'm fond of them so much :)


Photos taken this week ;)

 Yeah, I'll be back soon :)


A forest of the University of Tokyo.

 Taking a walk is my favorite time when I become so frustrated. Especially, I like doing it in a forest of the University of Tokyo or To-dai Noujou, located near my home in West Tokyo. What makes it so special place for me? First of all, it's so quiet and peaceful because there are not so many people, and moreover, cars are prohibited from entering besides the specific ones for working inside it. As I across a main gate, no more noisy sound follows me. Birds sing in a shade of trees, small insects go back and forth on brown soil.

 Although it's originally a research field of the University of Tokyo, I've hardly seen someone investigate something. For me, it's like a park to relax.  Here, I found a bunch of lotuses both full bloom and ready to bloom.

 Wow, their leaves are much bigger than my hand :)

You can find many old wooden architecture here and there. Surprisingly, some of them are still in use. In Japan, it's difficult to maintain such old buildings because of repeated huge earthquakes and its culture. Generally speaking, Japanese like something new. Shinto, one of two major religions in Japan, regards newness as an important matter. I think that's a reason why they destroy and create almost the same thing frequently. But, personally I prefer to live with old things :) Visiting there is to confirm who I am, what I like, and how I want to live. I'll be back there soon ;)


Eating in and out of my home :)

 A friend of mine sent me a box filled with delicious mandarin oranges a week ago. Fruits make my life rich! :)

 It's my lunch sometime ago. Sitting in front of my dining table and eating silently is a small pleasure of my daily life. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can't skip any of them at all. These days I prefer to eat Japanese food cooked myself. To make my ability sharpen, I show up some restaurants that my friends run every now and then, and ask them how they cook and so forth.

 The last one was taken yesterday, when my friend and I went to a Korean BBQ restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo. When I decided what to eat, he smiled and told me, "You don't have to order such a budget-friendly meal today". "Why not?" "Because, I got a bonus last night. And guess what? Let me pay all for today!"  That's why we both took beers at that time :)