天高く馬肥ゆる秋 or Autumn Sky with the clear and blue, and horses Growing Stout.

As I wrote in a post before, it is getting darker and a little bit chilly here in Japan. Last year, or the year before last, I rode more than 1600 kilometers or 1000 miles a month (this month I rode 1350 km but I did not ride at all for 8 days while I was visiting DC & New York so I think I rode at the same pace). On top of all that I have the busiest 4 months coming, so I decided to go into easier mode from this month.

This morning, accordingly, I rode about 12 miles. As for Garmin data, I kind of tried TT (Time Trial) so I switched on and off at the point I am kind of using for my start and goal so the total distance is about 12 km or 8 miles.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/218137134

Then I gave my 90% and I achieved 18 mph and I am glad about that.

Anyway I usually use summer for basically training but autumn is one of the best season for traveling by bikes. So hope to go somewhere nice and hope to show you a beautiful scenery of Japanese autumn along with some nice food.In Japan, we say “天 or Ten(Heaven) 高くor Takaku(High) 馬 or Uma (and horses) 肥ゆる or Koyuru (grow stout) 秋 or Aki (Fall is the time for)” which literally means in fall, skies are high (clear and beautiful) and horses grow stout.” Hope I am not going to get much weight. 😀

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About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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