Last weekend I visited the Edo-Tokyo open-air architectural museum (江戸東京たてもの園) with my family to look around the special event, "Lighting up autumnal leaves and architectural structures" (紅葉とたてもののライトアップ).

The Edo-Tokyo open-air architectural museum is located in suburbs of Tokyo. It has many historical buildings which had been constructed from 150 years ago to modern times. The museum had moved them to its premises as they were. Inside the museum we can see so many old constructions, so we misunderstand as if we have been slipped into time travel.


(The name of the building is "Ko-dakara-yu". It is said this is one of the model baths of Hayao Miyazaki's movie "Spirited away" [千と千尋の神隠し].)

Nikko, a famous tourist spot in Japan

Last week I went to Nikko with my family, parents-in-law and sister-in-law. In total seven people, a quite large group.

Nikko is located in Tochigi prefecture, and it's known as one of the World Heritage sites. There are some old shrines which were constructed 400 handred years ago, to celebrate great shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu.


Go, Pokemon GO!

Do you like Pokemon? Me? Yes, I love to play Pokemon with my children!

Two months ago, "Pokemon GO" was revealed to the world - it is under development now, and will be released as a smartphone application for the first time except for Nintendo game devices.

The "Ikumen"

Do you know what the word "Ikumen" means? It means "Dad who takes part in child-raising". In Japan, the word for child-raising is "Iku-ji(育児)". "Ikumen" is coined from "Iku-ji" and the English word "men".

Usually Japanese men are thought of as workaholics who don't spend time with their families.

The word "Ikumen" has recently been showing up in mass media and on the internet, as if those in the media think it's strange for a father to raise his own children.

In my personal opinion, Ikumen is not a special word. Helping with the child-rasing is one of a father's duty, and it is his responsibility to make time for his family.

Of course, I think I'm a typical Ikumen.

Spring shower brings May flowers

The recen t weather in Tokyo has been so changeable, and the temperature has risen and fallen so much.

One day would be warm, then the next day would be hot. After a hot day, there would be a very cold day/ After cold day, hot days again...

The weather has been so unstable. Today Tokyo is very cold, rainy day. According to the weather forecast, rainy days weill continue for a few days. 

I once heard the English proverb that says:

"Springshower brings May flowes."

It can be said in Japan, too.

Rainy day in Tokyo

Summer time and daylight saving time

I happen to find that people who live in the U.S. call "summer time" "daylight saving time".

When I sent an email to my colleague, it seemed that he could not understand what "summer time" means. After few times of email exchange, we finally found out that "daylight saving time", means dst, and equivalent to "summer time".

It is interesting that there are two names "S.T" and "DST", and dst is more frequently used in U.S.

It is hot rather than warm!

Tokyo has hot days rather than warm days in recent. The temperature of Tokyo got over 25 Celsius degrees, which is equal to 77 Fahrenheit. This temperature is really like Summer!
The cherry blossom flowers begin to bloom earlier than usual.

Warm weather is welcome, but excessive and too rapid weather give damages to my body.