Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sports Day Festival

I teach at the Higashi Kindagarten every Tuesday morning. It is a local institution and has been here for a long time. I become the teacher by chance, timing and good fortune (luck) nine years ago. There are two Nen-chou classes with 25 kids in each. I teach each group for 55 minutes and then have a bento lunch with them. It's cool. They started doing their UnDouKai (Sports Day Festival) at the Sun Arena in Okegawa four years ago. It is a 3 minute bicycle ride from my house. I went there at 10AM on Sunday. I could only stay for an hour or so as (because) M and I had a bridge competition in Takakdanobaba at 1PM. (See tomorrow's BLOG for the results). I sit at the VIP table with RijiChou sensei and one other VIP. This time it was a guy from the Saitama pref Houikuen center. I get to make a simple greetings to the kids. It is my traitional  "Morning Greeting" so all the kids can respond immediately. It's cool, too.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Puzzler Answers

That as a good weeknd. How as yours? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE

Saturday.
1. Go to school.
2. Violin practice.
3. Computer set up.
4. Two kids lessons, 10 to noon.
5. M comes to school to help with computer set up.
6. Bridge practice with M.
7. To SHOYA for dinner and drinks with Yumiko-san.

Sunday
1. Go to SUN ARENA to see Higashi Kindergarten Sports Day Festival.
2. Drive to Takadanobaba for bridge with M.
3. Only four teams and we are fourth.
4. Back to dinner at Kuruamaya with Yumiko-san.
5. Home to do more Gurunie cleaning.
6. Bridge review.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Puzzler Hints

It's Sunday and another try at Brdige. This time in Takadanobaba. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for September 2014: "on my (his/her/your/our/their/its) way"
「~へ行く途中で」、「~へ向かっている進んで」

1. It started to rain on my way to school. 学校に行く途中で雨が降ってきた。

2. We saw a beautiful rainbow on our way to Mt. Fuji. 富士山に行く途中、私たちはきれいな虹を見た。

3. Would you pick me up on your way back to the office? 事務所に戻るときに乗せてくれませんか。

4. A typhoon is on its way to Japan. 台風が日本に接近中です。

Takashi is thinking hard.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Puzzler

I caught a cold last week. I'm better but not quite right yet. How are you? Puzzler: CLICK HERE.
RAM English Service presents
GAMES FESTIVAL
WHEN: OCTOBER 12TH, 2014
WHERE: KENKATSU CENTER ROOM 209(SAITAMA Prefecture InaMachi) 048-728-7111)
TIME: 9AM to 4:30PM
GOAL:
Enjoy English playing Super Scrabble (adults and kids versions),
Dominoes, Go Fish, Chutes and Ladders, Chip-O
It's FREE
Why don't you come and join us? There are several games to play.
Use you English. Use your brain. Level is from Beginners to Advanced.
Yesterday's rice filed
 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Scrabble

Look at these three people. What are they doing? They are thinking! That's good. What are they thinking about? They are thinking about English! That's good, too. That's good for them and good for me. I hope you can see the game on the table. It is Scrabble. It is the classic Scrabble Game. I got into (first became interested in) Scrabble 7 or 8  years ago. When I first opened my school in 2000 I tried to develop a program for the students. I had none. I tried this and that and the other. I tried several textbooks. I finally decided to make my own. It took several years and lots of trial and error. But I did it and at the same time I installed a Game Day in the program. That is, the fourth day of every lesson is Game Day. The kids play 6 different kinds of games while using English. I needed games for all levels of students. I finally found Scrabble and then Super Scrabble for the advanced students. It can be difficult BUT I really enjoy it. I hope the students do, too.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Saturday night

 The Kenkatsu lessons finished September 14th. I spent 20 weeks teaching and enjoying the company of some 40 students in two separate classes. So, I have the next four Saturday afternoons off (free). Last Saturday was the first one. After the final kids lesson at my school I relaxed. I had lunch and then some violin practice and then some school cleaning. I was anticipating (thinking about) the evening and night. M and I planned a night out of dining and drinking. It was great. We met at Futaba at 6PM. She came by taxi and I came by bicycle. We reserved seats at the counter where we enjoyed Futaba's very delicious food and drinks. There were two gents next to us and we had some good conversation with them and Futaba's "master". Futaba used to be a fresh fish outlet. They turned it into a restaurant some 20 years ago. Of course everything is fresh and it's home cooking by the three workers. On our way home M and I stopped at one more place for a final beer. Yummy! 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cleaning house

I finally got a big success at my house cleaning endeavor (challenge). I have been in the gurunie (attic) four or five times. I go up there to see what needs to be thrown away. There is always discussion betwen Miwkao and myself as to what can be thrown away and what can't. I have cleaned my school thoroughly (completely) and it feels lighter. There is more room to move around. I have the same hope for my house. One large item was an exercise machine we had upstairs. It is a "Joba". One company said they will pick it up but we have to pay maybe 10,000en. NG! But suddenly, out of the blue, we found a notice in our mailbox last week. It said that one company will come to our neighborhood and pick up anything we leave outside the home for free. It was a minor miracle. I put the Joba, a suitcase, sleeping bag, electric space heater, two small camping chairs, two water tanks, etc outside. They came yesterday while we were playing bridge and took almost everything. Happy!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vernal Equinox

"Vernal" means "spring" in Latin. It's that time of the year again. It's the switch from summer to autumn (or fall) in the Northern Hemisphere. Of course, in the Southern Hemisphere it changes from winter to spring. That is why people are starting to call this change the "September Equinox". It is cooler now. The days are shorter. The air is drier. The rice fields are being harvested. Some leaves have already fallen on the ground. The swallows have disappeared. It is the time to change wardrobes. "Wardrobe" means the type of clothes that you wear. I will put my shorts away. I will put my light pjs (pajamas) away. I will bring out my long jogging pants and long-sleeve jerseys, jackets, sweaters, etc.  My mornings will change. I open all the windows and shutters in the living room in the summer as I prepare for the day. But now they will stay closed. The coolest is the sunrise. It starts later day by day on its way south. It comes into view from my living room. This is a real treat.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Puzzler Answers

And now Monday with a holiday tomorrow. Heaven! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. Jog
2. At school BLOG.
3. Two kids lessons 10 to noon.
4. At school Puzzler,
5. Make fall text books for kids.
6. Redo Adult text for Kenkatsu.
7. Violin practice.
8. Visit the grave with M and E.
9. Drinks and dinner at Futaba with M.

Sunday
1. Watch football recording on TV.
2. Clean gurunie.
3. Bridge with M in Yotsuya.
4. Dinner at Ramen shop.
5. Review bridge at home.
6. Good night.
RAM English Service presents
GAMES FESTIVAL for ADULTS

WHEN: OCTOBER 12TH, 2014
WHERE: KENKATSU CENTER ROOM 209(SAITAMA Prefecture InaMachi) 048-728-7111)
TIME: 9AM to 4:30PM

GOAL:
Enjoy English playing Super Scrabble (adults and kids versions),
Dominoes, Go Fish, Chutes and Ladders, Chip-O

It's FREE

Why don't you come and join us? There are several games to play.
Use your English. Use your brain. Level is from Beginners to Advanced.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Puzzler Hints

Sunday and all is well. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE

RAM English Service presents
GAMES FESTIVAL

WHEN: OCTOBER 12TH, 2014
WHERE: KENKATSU CENTER ROOM 209(SAITAMA Prefecture InaMachi) 048-728-7111)
TIME: 9AM to 4:30PM

GOAL:
Enjoy English playing Super Scrabble (adults and kids versions),
Dominoes, Go Fish, Chutes and Ladders, Chip-O

It's FREE

Why don't you come and join us? There are several games to play.
Use you English. Use your brain. Level is from Beginners to Advanced.
 
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Puzzler

A new weekend and it looks like the PUZZLER is back. Check it out. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

RAM English Service presents:

GAME FESTIVAL


WHEN: OCTOBER 12TH, 2014
WHERE: KENKATSU CENTER ROOM 209(SAITAMA Prefecture InaMachi) 048-728-7111)
TIME: 9AM to 4:30PM

GOAL:
Enjoy English playing Super Scrabble (adults and kids versions),
Dominoes, Go Fish, Chutes and Ladders, Chip-O
It's FREE
Why don't you come and join us? There are several games to play.
Use your English. Use your brain. Level is from Beginners to Advanced.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bridge

Miwako and I are still gung-ho (very enthusiastic) about Contract Bridge. As you may know, this is a game played with a deck of 52 cards; the same kind of cards that are used for gambling in casinos from Las Vegas to Monte Carlo. Anyway we don't gamble. But there are benefits to winning. Miwako and I are a team. We play against other pairs or teams. We play two or three and sometimes four games with the other teams. If there are many teams we play less games (or boards) per team. If there are fewer teams we play more boards. Last Sunday we played at the Ofuna Bridge Club. There were 21 teams! We played 21 boards. Our play started poorly. We made several easy mistakes. I believe that was because I was hung-over a bit. But then we got our focus (concentration) back and started playing well. We ended up 9th out of 21 teams. Most players are good. So, we were not unhappy with the results. However points were awarded only to the top 8 teams. Better luck next time. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO MAKE IT BIGGER (ENLARGE IT).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

K's Denki

I decided to buy a new computer. I have been thinking about it for a long time as my 5 year old computer grows (gets=becomes) slower and slower. It can be frustrating. So, I considered a couple of shops. K's Denki opened up in Ageo just two months ago so I went there last Thursday as I had the afternoon free. There were hardly any (near zero) customers so I talked soon to one salesperson. He showed me the computers and then we started talking about high speed connections. I use YahooBB ADSL and he explained about FLETS, the Yahoo fiber connection. Of course it is more expensive and they offered a 55,000en rebate if I used the service. I said "OK!" and then the paperwork began. I sat for over 90 minutes as three people talked to me one by one. The last lady did a lot of phone calling and faxing and questioning. When the dust cleared (when it finally ended) I had my new computer (GATEWAY with WORD and EXCEL) and the installers coming October 2nd. I CAN'T WAIT.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Party Time!

The Kenkatsu Center 20 week English course came to an end (finished) last Saturday. There were two classes from 1:15 to 2:45 (Novice-Beginners) group and then the 3:15 to 4:45 group (advanced). Both were challenging to teach. Half of the students are repeaters. In the advanced group probably 70% are "regular" members. Of course the lessons are open to all when they start. However many students opt to (choose to) register immediately. This way they can get a seat in the class. Many students bring "show and tell"; these include things they have made OR goods from their hobbies. Some students have gone "high tech" and used Power Point OR the large monitor for showing photos in the classroom. Some have become really international. Well, after the second class last Saturday 14 of us (including the Kenkatsu director) went out for dinner, drinks and then Karaoke. As always everyone enjoyed. Thank You all very much. See you in October.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mida K

The summer is over and I am back teaching at the two kindergartens. One is the Mida Kindergarten in Kitakounosu. I used to go there by train lugging (carrying) Miwako's folding bicycle. I did that because I had a foot pain. I now use our car. I don't usually like to use the car, but there isn't much choice. So, the lessons started up in September and at Mida I teach the nen-shos or 3-year-olds. They are really a lot of fun. They have no idea who they are or what they are doing on this planet. They are most interested in eating, sleeping and going to the toilet. These are the three things they do best, I believe. So, I "teach" then numbers (one, two, three) colors and a little ABCs. There are 3 groups and one lesson is 15 minutes. It's over before you know it (immediately=right away). They come to me one by one as I sit in a little chair. Their expressions are priceless. Lucky gaijin!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Puzzler Answers

The weekend and holiday is gong well but I have a new task in front of me. That is, to find a different way to present my Puzzlers to you. I have to put my thinking cap on. In the meantime my weekend went something like this:

Saturday
1. Up early to jog.
2. Violin at school.
3. Teach two kids lessons.
4. Teach the final two adult lessons at Kenkatsu.
5. Go to dinner party with 13 students and the manager of the Kenkatsu lessons.
6. Go to Karaoke party with 8 members.
7. Home at midnight (by taxi as it rained).

Sunday
1. Pick up Eri at 7:30AM at Okegawa station.
2. Watch recording of Thursdya's football game.
3. Wash GOLF.
4. Go to buy food and drinks at Yamaya and Maruetsu.
5. Violin practice at my school.
6. Set up new telephone.
7. Drink and eat and watch TV.
"Cinnamon" the cat at Mida Kindergarten

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Puzzler Hints

I had a wonderful party with O-san's 13 (or 14) last night. I eecured (was careful about) my drinking. Why? I'll tell you tomorrow.
PUZZLER HINTS: NOT YET. SORRY.

Home Project for September 2014: "on my (his/her/your/our/their/its) way"
「~へ行く途中で」、「~へ向かっている進んで」

1. It started to rain on my way to school. 学校に行く途中で雨が降ってきた。

2. We saw a beautiful rainbow on our way to Mt. Fuji. 富士山に行く途中、私たちはきれいな虹を見た。

3. Would you pick me up on your way back to the office? 事務所に戻るときに乗せてくれませんか。

4. A typhoon is on its way to Japan. 台風が日本に接近中です。


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Puzzler

Ah, the weekend. PLUS! A Monday off! Hallelujah! What shall I do?
Puzzler: I AM SORRY. MY PUZZLE MAKER IS DOWN (SICK/BROKEN).
I HOPE IT GETS WELL SOON. IF NOT I MAY JUT BURY IT.

Home Project for September 2014: "on my (his/her/your/our/their/its) way"
「~へ行く途中で」、「~へ向かっている進んで」

1. It started to rain on my way to school. 学校に行く途中で雨が降ってきた。

2. We saw a beautiful rainbow on our way to Mt. Fuji. 富士山に行く途中、私たちはきれいな虹を見た。

3. Would you pick me up on your way back to the office? 事務所に戻るときに乗せてくれませんか。

4. A typhoon is on its way to Japan. 台風が日本に接近中です。

Friday, September 12, 2014

LED sign

I redid my school's outdoor LED sign. I got it three years ago and I remember it was really a hassle (much trouble) to set up, get to run properly and then to program it. I finally got the hang of it (got used to it) after about 3 months. It displays our school name and lesson information. It also tells that we are an authorized Eiken exam center. To be that we need at least 10 students, ours or otherwise, to sign up to take the test with us. At first that was problematic as we didn't have many kids. But, little buy little they increased so now all is well. The LED sign also told about our school policy. I also set up a daily RINRI message. Since I quit RINRI I wanted to change that but still keep the sign useful. So. I set up a daily "One point English" message. It is a translation of a Japanese word to English. I also include a simple greeting every weekday. The kids can see it on their way to school in the mornings. I hope it becomes popular.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Outbreak of Dengue Fever

US Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
September 5, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo alerts U.S. citizens to the recent outbreak of dengue fever in Japan, the first since 1945. Japanese media recently reported that 36 people who had not traveled out of Japan have contracted dengue fever. Some people are believed to have been infected while walking in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park. Insecticide spraying was immediately initiated to eliminate mosquitoes. Currently, Yoyogi Park remains open but cautions park visitors to wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and to use insect repellent.

Dengue fever is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes. These mosquitoes bite during the day, most commonly at dusk and dawn.  Symptoms of dengue may include vomiting, high fever, severe headaches, pain behind the eyes, extreme muscle and joint pain, rash, and mild bleeding. There is no specific treatment or vaccine for dengue fever. Persons exhibiting symptoms should seek the attention of a medical doctor immediately. Upon your return to the United States, if you develop fever within two weeks of travel to Japan, you should specify to your health care provider that you have been to a dengue zone.

 To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas, or visit the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/dengue/.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Olympic 2020

Of course most Japanese were excited when the news came. Japan had been selected as the host city for the 2020 Olympics. I think that is pretty cool. Actually, I didn't think they had a chance because of the earthquakes and Fukshima problem here. But I was wrong. I think this is a chance to finally attend an Olympics. I would like to see either the opening or closing ceremony and/or some event. So, I started saving my "pennies". My daughter bought me a "Dragon" piggy bank for Father's Day two years ago when I turned 60. That is the "Year of the Dragon." I used this piggy bank to save a 100en coin every day. I started September 10th, 2013. I went to the post office yesterday and on my way back to the school I stopped at the bank to make the deposit. But they are all coins! The teller machine only accepts up to 100 coins at a time. So, I put in 60, 78, 83,75 and finally 76 coins for a total of 372! That's 7 too many. I wonder how that happened. Anyway, I am starting over (again) from today.

Sept 10, 2013

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Attic cleaning

In America we call it an attic. In Japan you say gurunie. I assume that is French. Anyway, it is a storage room under the roof of the house. There is a "trap" door in the ceiling of our bedroom. You open the trap door with a thin, long rod (metal stick) with a hook on it. When you open the trap door you pull down a folding stairway. I really like this room up above. It is a place where we keep a lot of things that we don't use often. Such as, suitcases camping gear, Christmas decorations and so on. I'm sure you do the same thing. However, it my opinion there are things in the attic that we will never use again. For example the camping gear. I give a tent and two sleeping bags and three sleeping mats to a couple of students. I also brought some things downstairs for the family to make a decision: throw it away or keep it. If the answer is "keep it" then she (all females except for me) must explain "why". Sometimes we agree. Sometimes we do not agree. It makes for interesting discussions.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Puzzler Answers

That was a good weekend. I did some clean up at the house. See tomorrow's BLOG. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. Jog
2. At school teach Eiken preparations.
3. Kenkatsu adult lessons. Only one more now.
4. Back home to clean out the "attic".
5. Don't drink. Hooray!

Sunday
1. Up early.
2. Can't jog due to rain.
3. Make pancakes for b-fast.
4. Got to school.
5. Violin.
6. LED update.
7. Blog.
8. Do Puzzler.
9. Go to Kenkatsu with M for bridge lesson.
10. Drink here and there with M as DD (designated driver)
11. Thanks, Miwako.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Puzzler Hints

I want to watch some American football this weekend so I may sacrifice one drinking night. We shall see. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.


Home Project for September 2014: "on my (his/her/your/our/their/its) way"
「~へ行く途中で」、「~へ向かっている進んで」

1. It started to rain on my way to school. 学校に行く途中で雨が降ってきた。

2. We saw a beautiful rainbow on our way to Mt. Fuji. 富士山に行く途中、私たちはきれいな虹を見た。

3. Would you pick me up on your way back to the office? 事務所に戻るときに乗せてくれませんか。

4. A typhoon is on its way to Japan. 台風が日本に接近中です。


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Puzzler

It's September!!! It's a wet (drinking) month for me. However, I am trying to diet at the same time. What a dilemma! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for September 2014: "on my (his/her/your/our/their/its) way"
「~へ行く途中で」、「~へ向かっている進んで」

1. It started to rain on my way to school. 学校に行く途中で雨が降ってきた。

2. We saw a beautiful rainbow on our way to Mt. Fuji. 富士山に行く途中、私たちはきれいな虹を見た。

3. Would you pick me up on your way back to the office? 事務所に戻るときに乗せてくれませんか。

4. A typhoon is on its way to Japan. 台風が日本に接近中です。





Friday, September 5, 2014

My August

August was a good month for me. I got a lot of stuff done (I did a lot of things that I needed to do). For example:
1. I went to the dentist on the 6th for my six-month check-up
1.5. I went to the dentist again on the 22nd to get a cavity filled.
2. I cleaned GOLF inside and out including waxing her.
3. I only drank during our trip up north.
4. M and I won three bridge tournaments.
5. I bought 3 new brooms for the school.
6. I threw away more clothes.
7. I ordered two bridge books on-line.
8. I taught two kids classes at the InaChuOu Kominkan on my free Friday mornings.
9. I took my broken binoculars to CANON in Omiya. (It is too expensive to fix them).
10. I bought red, blue and black ink cartridges for my two favorite pens.
11. We took GOLF in for its one year check up.
12. I attended two Fujinmai JiChiKai meetings.
13. Participated in two Kouminkan cleanups, one inside and the other outside.
I look forward to a busy and prosperous and cooler September.
The rice this AM

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blood Donation

I often donate (give) blood. This is a process where an individual (one person) goes to a Blood Donation Center or to one of the mobile stations that travel around the city. It is free to donate. I almost alwas go to the Blood Donation Center at Omiya station near the New Shuttle Entrance. So, during one of my final (last) days off for the summer I went there. Lo and Behold, it was gone! There was nothing written on the wall or anywhere so I proceeded to the Information Center at the MameNoKi. They informed (told) me that the location had changed to the 5th floor of the Star Bank Building. I went there and gave blood as usual. However it is easier than ever to donate. There are no forms to write just pressYES or NO on the screen display. Then go to the 6th floor to donate. It is so much bigger then the old place and much more modernized. I was done (finished) in about 15 minutes, then had my usual free senbei and drinks. After resting for 15 minutes I went home. I will go again in November. You should check it out.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bridge

Miwako and I are studying the card game called "Contract bridge" OR just "bridge". It is very popular around the English speaking world. It is played in homes, at clubs and in tournaments. Miwako and I started 5 or 6 years ago at the Kenkatsu Center. They had a 10 week short course. When the course ended  a dozen (12) of us decided to form a circle and continue with the teachers. M and I continued until one and a half years ago when we decided to get more serious about the hobby. We found that there are tournaments around Japan, but especially in Tokyo that we could participate in. This give us a chance to use the skills that we have practiced. When we first started we were very bad. But little by little, we learned what was necessary to compete on a higher level. We always review our play afterwards. We practice playing with a software game. Sometimes we read books and texts. We discuss (and argue a little) about what methods are best or how to play. The results have been good recently. Last month we participated in six tournaments. We were champions in three. The last one was Sunday. We were champs by a wide margin! We need more practice though. Wish us luck! IF YOU CANNOT READ THE NAMES ON THE PIC, CLICK ON IT TO MAKE IT BIGGER! Graicas!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TokinoYado SUMIRE

What an experience! I planned the course of our trip and Miwako made all our hotel reservations, as usual. During the trip, she told me that our last night would be spent at a fancy hotel in Yonezawa which specializes in beef cuisine (dinner and breakfast). I thought that we would be staying at a business hotel and go out for a gorgeous dinner at a restaurant. I could only wait. This Yonezawa hotel was FANTASTIC! It was typical price for a luxury hotel with a delicious menu of beef. But, this place had a unique atmosphere. For one, kids under 15 are not allowed to stay here. There are only 10 rooms in the hotel. Only two people can stay in a room. That means that at most there are 20 guests. I counted only 6 staff members. There are no TVs or clocks in the rooms or hotel. It is set in the mountains with a stream running by the two out door baths. The atmosphere is serene=quiet. There was a woman who played the grand piano for one hour as we relaxed with coffee in the lobby after dinner. The food was excellent. There was much more. PLEASE STAY HERE ONCE IF POSSIBLE! Thanks, Miwako.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Aomori 2

In Aomori, we first stopped at the port. Our daughter works for a company that runs ferries, ships and international commerce. We met one girl there but she didn't know Rina. But, she knew Rina's friend. From there we checked into our hotel. It was 3PM. It was a very nice hotel; clean, comfortable and inexpensive (cheap = under 6,000en per person with breakfast). At 6PM we headed straight to the next door Izakaya. This was my last night to drink. I planned to imbibe (drink alcohol) four times during this trip but it became five. That is because, since (as OR because) we were in the Touhoku area it was a golden opportunity (a very good chance) to drink some local alcohol. So, we were there a couple of hours, went outside and on a whim (suddenly) we decided to take a taxi and look at the city lights from the mountainside. I told him we only had 5,000en but he was happy to take us around for almost an hour showing us things and telling us stories about Aomori. Cool.