Japan2009 19.6-20.6


One of my friend introduced a Karaoke-bar at night. This bar seems rare since it provides real German Beer and dishes. The atmosphere is also nice.

PartIII Karaoke Lounge Mariko
164-0011 Yuni-buru nakano sakaue, Chuuou 1-32-7
Nakano-ku, Tokyo

I came from Germany, so, I usually do not visit to German restaurant while I am in Japan. This is exception because of my friends. I never know this kind of bar in Germany. The most different part is the customer enjoys conversation with the bartender (usually woman). I almost never visit this kind of bar in Japan, because it is difficult to know what kind of bar it is. Some of them are kind of prostitute and super expensive. But most of them you can enjoy the conversation and reasonable price. However, I never visit these bars unless someone with me knows it. This is a nice bar.


I started 6 in the morning. I used Narita express from Shinjyuku to Narita. I came back to Berlin Tegel via Frankfurt. It is pity there is no direct connection from Narita to Berlin. Tegel had a short, but strong rain, then we once abort to landing.

I read two books in the airplane: Shakespeare, the world as stage by Bill Bryson and Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. This is my second book from Bill Bryson, I enjoyed a lot. I will read more. As a Vonnegut book, it is a bit too normal. But still I like it.

This concludes my holiday in Japan. Most of the part was great, but it was a sad holiday.


Japan2006 17.6-19.6


I moved to Tokyo. I met K again. But, first I almost visited O's lab. With K, we tried 8 Euro coffee. I think it tasted good, but I am not sure. But the atmosphere was great. I, K, and Y went to a Korean restaurant. Great.


I visited Shiosai park in the morning to see RX-78 type 2 (Gandum). Finally, there is. I took mechanical engineering in the University because of Atom and Gandum. Later, I changed my course to information science, but several of my friends continued to research on robotics. Some foreign people asked me, why there are so many Japanese robotics researchers? Or why Japanese researchers developed walking robot? Because this is a common dream of my generation.

By the way, I can not help to stop reminding Minofski (?) particle with Minkowski sum.

I visited Toukyo mentuu dan. Great. They research only Men (= Pasta) itself. Of course they also have great sauce, but the fundamental is so solid. Then, it is absolutely not necessary to make anything up.


Tezuka Osamu's Black Jack, "Shrinking"

I like several novel authors. My first favorite author is probably Teduka, Osamu. I still love him. The list grows by adding Hoshi, Shinichi, Agatha Christie, Hermann Hesse, and so forth. My first favorite article of Tezuka was Atom as most of the (boy's) Tezuka fans did. But my favorite is Black Jack. I try to summarize one story, it is still quite vivid in my memory. I first read this story when I was 13 - 15 years old. I re-read it at least several times since Black Jack is composed of many short episodes. The title should be "ちぢむ (SHRINKING)" or it might be "縮む(Shrinking)". (It is not so convenient to translate this to English, since English does not have a system to say the exact same word in several ways. So I just simulate it with capital letters.)

Black Jack is a genius surgeon, but he does not have the license. In short, his medical activity is illegal. His skill is top level in the world, but, the fee is also out-of-law expensive.

In the story "Shrinking," his master Dr. Togakushi invited Black Jack (B.J.) to a village in Africa. B.J. saw a lot of dead animals because of famine and drought. He saw also bodies in the hospital.

Dr. Togakushi showed a stuffed specimen to B.J.

Togakushi: B.J. How do you see this stuffed specimen?

B.J.: It's a wild cat, I think.

T: How is this?

B: A human dried head? I heard some people do this, but it is impressive. A head can be such small.

T: These are neither dried head nor wild cat. These are real person's head. And this is a stuffed matured Lion.

B.: What?

T: I first thought this is a some kind of abnormality of growth. But this is a new disease around this region .

Dr. Togakushi asked B.J to help to find this new disease's cure. But B.J. said, "I am a surgeon, not a researcher. If you pay me 30 million yen*, I could help you." B.J. knew Dr. Togakushi can not pay such money, means he rejected Togakushi's request. But, Dr. Togakushi said to leaving B.J.,

T: B.J. This disease infects through the air. I have already infected. The incubation period is around a month. If you have already infected, it's too late. I call you because I believe you can find a cure."

(Is Togakushi too desperate? It is a bit too much I think now.)

Dr. Togakushi and B.J. can not find any problem of the body. The cells of the body just shrink and there is no other problem. X-ray, microscopic investigation, ..., they can not find any. But it is sure there is infection. When the body becomes 1/3 of the original, that individual dies. Dr. Togakushi also shrinks a few centimeters in this week. B.J. investigate all the bides he found. But, nothing is found. The assistant of the hospital ran away.

B.J. did a operation that puts growth hormone in Dr. Togakushi's thyroid gland as a counter remedy. But, the result was negative. Dr. Togakushi becomes almost half tall, he sometimes becomes unconscious. When he gained conscious, he told B.J.,

T: B.J., do you realize this disease happens always very heavy famine place? This might be related with the reason of disease.

B.J.: I could not find any... Everything is normal. But just the body shrinks. Why this happens at heavy famine place... The air, the water, all are normal.

T: This might be a warning from the god.

B.J.: What? Dr. Togakushi, this is a disease!

T: If you don't like to say the warning from the god, I could say this is nature. When there is no food, small animals like mice bear only small children. Then most of them don't grow or die until the nature can provide enough food. This is a mechanism of the nature to keep the balance with avoiding catastrophe. I just thought this is a warning, when the famine is hard, the body should be small to survive. Then, Dr. Togakushi lost the conscious.

B.J.: I can not accept this is a mechanism of the nature. There must be something. Give me a hint! A hint! If someone gave me a hint, Iwill give you 30 million yen, no I will give you 100 million yen!

B.J. goes to investigate other villages. He saw all the people died, all the body are small at a village.

B.J.: A human village is annihilated. But why, some animal herds survive, even some of them are dead. This is air infection. Why animal herds survive?

Then, he encountered a strange scene.

B.J.: Zebras eat a miniaturized dead body... Zebra does not eat meat... Maybe, ... they know here is antibody in the dead body from instinct? Yes! Serotherapy!

B.J. made Serotherapy from the dead body of Zebra. He reported to Dr. Togakushi. But Togakushi is almost dead.

B.J.: I made it, Dr. Togakushi.

T: B.J., I have no chance. When I dead, make serotherapy from my body and cure the people.

B.J.: Dr. Togakushi, this could cure you also. Give me a chance! I don't want to lose here.

But Dr. Togakushi was dead. B.J. took his small body and stood under the beautiful African night.

B.J.: Hey god, or whatever... You are crucial.

B.J. walked with looking at the starts.

B.J.: Doctors cure the disease.Then human population exploded.

B.J. whispered.

B.J.: That causes famine and destruction of the environment.

B.J.: Then, why we doctors exist?!

The End.

My work related with a bit of science. I sometimes remind this story. This time I explained what I am doing at work to my family. My sister said, "What can I believe if CG can make this images?"Our technology can fake realistic images. You can make fake war movie, and fake the people. A few years ago, I was afraid a country made a fake mass destruction weapon scene, and convince the world to make a war.

This story was published 70s. Tezuka published this kind of story every week, and this is only one of the episodes out of (maybe) 200 for a children magazine. Because these are published for children, most of Tezuka's stories seems to be not translated to foreign countries. I am a bit disappointed of that. But Japanese classics are also not translated, even Natume Souseki or Akutagawa Ryunosuke.

If you never heard Tezuka Osamu or Black Jack, I recommended it. If you are not interested in it because of this summary, that is my fault. I hope you forget this article and try Tezuka's story.

* This story is written 1970th, 30 milion yen is enough to buy amiddle class house in Japan at that time.

Japan 2006 13.6-16.6


It's a bit surprised, but NHK (a Japanese broadcasting) has several interesting TV programs. Nikaku's Seikatu shouhyakka, Turubee no Kazoku ni kanpai, tameshite gatten, The death of Yugoslavia(1996 documentary), Suiensa, Degista, Bakushou gakumon, Alf, Fullhouse, etc..

I read Saisyuuheiki kanojyo (The ultimate weapon, my girlfriend or the last love song on the planet) by Shin Takahashi volume 1 to 7. What a sad story this is. Great.

I read Satorate by Makoto Sato volume 1 to 3. The idea itself is classic like Fukuyama Keiko. A person broadcasts their mind, opposite of mind reader (= Satori in Japanese). However, this story makes this serious story. It's fun.6/14 I walk around in the city. I went though the green load of Fuji.This is the starting point. (picture)

You can find some Japanese rice field. (picture)

This road is originally a train track of Minobu line, that was single track. When the Minobu line becomes double track, the original line becomes a road. Here is originally a station. (picture)

The road ended at the Fuji's shopping street. This street was changed a lot compared with 10 years ago. (picture)


I read Sekai no owari to ha-do boirudo wanda-rando. (The end of the world and hard boiled wonderland) by Haruki Murakami.It is great as always. But I felt that the end of the story is a bit sudden.

I read Life strategies by Phillip McGraw. The world is and how Irecognize is the totally different matter. I understand the idea. But this is not so easy. However, this is also a nice book. This holiday,I read three management related book. All three different books from differenty countries and different authors suggest we are on theloser's track. (If I can add Machiavelli, then four.) Hum.


Japan 2006 9.6-12.6


My fixed phone right will be expire next year. I do not have any plan to use it next year, so I decided to sell that. But, I found there is no shop that buy a fixed phone right. There seems no demand. If youknow me and want it, please let me know.

I read "Hitotu ue no puresen" (The next level presentation) Editor:Jun Maki. It seems each famous creators says different, but, I think the bottom line is that "a presentation is communication."

I've got a message from a friend, that says "Problem." I could not read it. This word "Problem" makes me sick. I could not move and eat, so I read some books with drinking water in my bed.


Sick. Stay at home.


I read "the secret of the Jewish Mind" by Eran Katz. Maybe most important thing of learning is dialog or discussion. But, it is a bit questionable if this makes all the success. It seems others are well known. However, believing makes motivation. If I only doubt, I am sure that I can achieve nothing.


I read Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut. This is interesting and totally free from the style. This is Kilgore Trout full throttle. Each sectioncan be a novel. The author just said the substance, so I can just think, well, I see. Then Vonnegut say, "you are stupid if you think, I see" in the next paragraph. It always is double shock. Even I expect it coming, I am shocked. Indeed, nation, money, or doctrine, one think it too serious, it is easy to over the line. This is the source of the problem. However, I can not think like Vonnegut. I can not say,"That's all? Thanks!" when I died.

200906Japan 7.6-8.6

I read "Ginga Hitchhaiku Gaido" (Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy) Douglas Adams. I have read it in English, but I might miss something, so I read this again in Japanese. But, it was so fun in English, it is not so fun in Japanese. But translation seems OK. The book is very difficult to translate, I presume.

I read "The Rules" Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider.I see some of the rules. But in my case I give up such a woman. Maybe many of men will not give up and also I should not? But I think it is better to give up and move on.


Today I visited to Shizuoka and close Sumitomo bank account. This bank has no branch in my city, so it is a bit inconvenient. But around 2000, according my research, I believed this bank was the most convenient bank from outside of Japan.

By the way, I found a nice shop called Yumekoubou in the city. This shop's clerk has a nice accessory and I asked where can I get. Then she introduced me a shop called Ernie Pyle Company & Garden (picture). This shop is amazing.

There is a small park in the city. There is an intermittent convolution (picture). There are some more interesting objects in the city.
I read "Deadeye dick" Kurt Vonnegut. This is fun, but I do not understand why it is so fun. It is easy to read... I like these black wit and warm talk but sometimes includes a small rejections. Maybe this is totally stupid idea, but I feel sometimes Murakami Haruki. They are totally different, but I feel something common at the bottom, a little bit. I love both authors.


200906Japan 5.6-6.6

I visited a Soba restaurant. Great.

I move to my family'splace.
I read "Tensai Yanagisawa kyoujyu no seikatu 17" (A life of genius Prof. Yanagisawa Vol.17) Kazumi Yamashita. It's been long time not to read this series. I missed these books.
I read "Sugoi kaigi" (Great meetings) Zentaro Oohashi. I was once recommended this book from a company president in Aizu. This book is about meeting. I found it quite useful and maybe I could apply at my work. A nice book.

200906Japan 3.6(night)-4.6

3.6 Night
Night, I met my friend G. He is now famous and gets inviatation letters from internatonal film festivals. I always complained ``I don't understand what is this article.'' But, he always try to explain how it is nice. Recently, I started to understand some of them. Just feel something. This is stereo shadow. This is fun. (picture)

By the way, when I was a student, I bought a theater ticket. I felt that was unique, but, I did not understand it. Then I asked them after the play. Then the director answered, ``What? How impolite you are. How can't you understand my play?'' After few years, I lost the trail of her theatrical company. If you make a sincere question, and the answer was ``How impolite you are.'' Then you made a right question, I believe. The responders need to deceive the question since they cannot answer the question or answering question negates them.
I believe both research and software development are based oncommunication. Maybe artistics activity is also based on communication. I want to tell something, I want to show something, but always ``to someone.''
We watched Blade Runner togather again.
Morning, I visited old friends and they are now parents. We learn Aikido together. Their child has a lot of imagination and so many vocabulary. Yes, the mother's field was literature. I think the most important ability is natural language (mother tongue). Especially if the person goes to science or mathematics area. Because the first task of science is to understand what is the problem, that is given by the natural language. Then if one has an answer, s/he need to explain it to people.
Night, I met a sister of my colleague. I never met such a person who can read/write almost perfect Japanese, but a German person. She told me about her life a bit and it seems there was a lot of luck she had. But I see it is based on calculated strategy. I have met several people, who want to visit to Japan and want to live there. But, she can read and write Japanese. This does not belong to luck. Some says like her, "I'm interested in business. Maybe I join a foreign company in Japan."But she is writing doctor thesis about the role of foreign companies in Japan, and contacted managers of such companies. That's not luck again. This is strategy. She is not only intelligent, but also an attractive woman.

200906Japan 2.6-3.6

From the morning, I met N (we met yesterday) and T's family. T was my colleague and friend, but he was gone last year. We visit his grave. Good people dies first, Stupids remains.

From Tokyo to Chiba, there is a tunnel-bridge. Half of the way is tunnel and the other is bridge. Why half the way is tunnel and the other half is bridge? A rumor told me that tunnel companies and bridge companies are connected to politician, but, they can not compromise each oher. Then, let's make half is bridge and half is tunnel. This could be lie, but, I can believe it. Connecting bridge and tunnel in the sea requires quite high technology. But here is Japan, politics and concession is more important. Developing a new technology is cheaper than that. The pictures ares from Umihotal, an artificial island connecting the tunnel and the bridge.

(Up:Bridge side, Down Tunnel side)


This is the cutter for boring.
This technology used Seikan-tunnel, and later exported to France and England. They used to bore the tunnelbetween them.This is a scene from my friend's grave.
Night, I met friend from MPI and others. All are good, nice.
First, I asked to join K's class. It was fun. I also asked to joinmy friend's O's seminar. But I feel a bit strange. I could not feel joy from students. But, I do not need to be afraid that since O is a first class researcher. Last time I visited to a lab. That was M's lab, I know him from MPI. Students were active and they want to tell me their research. Even they do not know me, they think talking about their research creates some new idea. They do for themself, but it is simultaneously for my hospitality. That was great.

200906Japan 30.5 - 1.6

Visit to Japan
Departure from Berlin. This is my staring point of this journey,Hohenzollerndamm(picture).

This is Frankfurt (am Main) airport. Earlier, this airport is not non-smoking, but now they are separated(picture).

This is my airplane.(picture)

Arrived at Narita. I stayed at Ueno. It has been long time to visit a Game center (an amusement place). But many of them are now network game, strategy game, or horse simulation. These are not my favorite. But I found PSIKYO's 1945 and I play it an hour.
When I open the suitcase, surprise! A can bier has holes.

This day, I washed all my cloths. This is not a hotel, but called weekly mansions. In Japanese, mansion is just a normal room. It's a marketing jargon. This is a bit cheaper than a usual hotel, but no room services. Therefore, I need to cook, wash, and clean the room by myself. If you stay a week, I could recommend this.

This is supermarket near by my ``mansion.'' Recent price tags seems all wireless. (picture)

Night, I met my old colleague and friend Mr. N, his wife, andProf. T. Okonomiyaki!