Visit to Tokyo & Morning Training

Yesterday, I paid a visit to Tokyo (it is just an hour and half ride by bus so it is not much of a big deal. I go to Tokyo a couple of times a month except for busy months). I brought my son with me and saw my friend, visited Sophia University which I had graduated from.

First story about my morning training. Partly because the weather looked threatening and mainly because I was tired from yesterday’s trip (I walked a lot), I decided that I would go for a short ride. So I went for about 20-mile course with two half a mile 10 % climbs. Well, I came back with the average of 16.5 mph and with two climbs, I think it is almost my record breaking speed so I am surprised. I think it is because I didn’t ride at all yesterday and I was fresh.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/220369014

Afterward, as part of my cooling down ride, I used my stationary bike and spent 25 minutes pedaling (10 miles) with watching Seinfeld first season (I found used Seinfeld DVD in Akihabara yesterday and bought it because it was cheap! It is still funny after all these years).

So, I went to Tokyo:

akihabara

akihabara

Akihabara, you cannot tell from the picture but it was so crowded.

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station; actually this building is old and is not being used right now. It is kept as Cultural Heritage.

KUA' AINA

KUA’ AINA; one of my favorite hamburgers right now. Nothing beats the combo of this and icy draft beer 😀

By the way, it is often pointed out among Japanese people that Japanese people tend to put up more photos of food than people in other countries. Do you agree? Anyway, it was a nice holiday and hope today will be a nice one, too.

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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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