Sept.21,2018 A ride with Japan Cycle Tours group (Cycle Tokyo!)

I'm running a volunteer group focusing on Tokyo cycling assistance for visitors from overseas.
We do guided rides with guests, one of which we did on Sept.21.

Cycle Tokyo! :

JP->EN / EN->JP Translation Service (Tokyo)

Offering English->Japanese or Japanese->English translation services.
Bilingual Japanese with over 5 years experience, with TOEIC score of over 940 pts.

Fee negotiated depending on volume and content.
Please contact for details.

Happy New Year !

Wishing everyone a prosperous and happy 2018.
A busy and tiring 2017 has passed, and hoping 2018 will become an year with a little room to breath.

SoundLink Mini Bluetooth speaker II

Love this speaker.
Good and powerful sound.
I have been using this for two years, I think there's nothing better.
Couldn't opt for something else so I bought the same one for my second set of speakers.



  • GPD pocket


    Participated in a crowdfunding for a UMPC....ultra mobile PC on indegogo.


    This arrived in August, the GPD Pocket.
    A Windows 10 ultra mini size note PC, very much looking like a mini Macbook lol
    The design and quality actually is very similar to the Macbook Air except for it's size.


    The keyboard has it's side effects do to the sizing....the key pitch itself is pretty spacious but the odd key layout (to fit the keys all in) requires getting used to.
    It would have been the ideal device if it had internal cell modem for internet connection.
    However, that's about the only two drawbacks with this little gadget.

    Overall, a nice interim PDA till I find myself my next iPad ! lol

    Design Change..."Rainer"

    Testing a new design for this blog... quite simple and clean.
    The best thing is is that it's Movabletype standard layout (meaning no tweaks required), and it's responsive (meaning the layout will adjust to access form all kinds of devices.))

    GoPro HERO3+ in Hawaii

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    Took my GoPro HERO3+ action camera to Hawaii on vacation.
    Drove to North Shore, went snorkeling, did some hikes, ate, ate ate, and also just watched sunset. Unfortunately, no cycling. (We need to do it again sometime.)

    Here are some GoPro clips edited for YouTube. The originals are great on my 42" HDTV !

    The Sound of Water

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    Soothing the summer heat with some cool sounds...

    Snow In Tokyo '2014

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    Tokyo encountered heavy snow two weekends in a row.


    Late night near the station. Totally different scenery.


    Around the house.


    Snow covered...what ?


    Partially uncovered, the next morning


    A pic from the snowfall a week ago. This was heavy, but not compared to this week.


    You don't see so many snowmen in Tokyo. They were big guys this time around...

    Sakura Cherrys in Full Bloom

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    With the sudden warm tempratures, the cherry trees in Tokyo and many cities on Kyushu have reached full bloom in recent days and will likely be past their peak by the end of the month. This is a record early peak season. The rain held off this weekend, making it the best days for Hanami, or parrtying under the cherry blossoms.