A Party on the Traditional Japanese Cruiser and Cherry Blossoms at their Best

At the place I am working for, we form a group every 6 years and they disband after 6 years. I joined the team three years ago and this is the 6th year so our team will disband on the 31st of March. We almost finished our jobs so we went on a short trip to Tokyo as to celebrate and commemorate our success as a team.

So we went to Tokyo, did some sight-seeing and then we had a little party on a traditional Japanese style cruiser. So this is the cruiser :


We went on a boat and there was a traditional cook aboard. He cooked and served us nice Sashimi and Tempura! Nothing beats the tastes of tempura being cooked right in front of you! We can pretty much drink anything we want, from cold beer to bourbon on the rocks! And the scenery from the boat! I am sorry that I am inept at taking photos so they really can’t show you how beautiful they were; a line of cherry trees with their blossoms at their best lighten up by a series of traditional Japanese lanterns were quite beautiful!! Especially there was a dense fog yesterday and those lights and blossoms could be seen only in adumbration but they added to the rather illusional atmosphere. Hope I am better at taking pictures.



Usually, in Tokyo, next week cherry blossoms are at their best but this year it is a week early. The skipper of the boat told me we are lucky because people think next week they can see the best blossoms and mad reservations for boats for the next week but there are few reservations this week because they were not able to foresee that. But actually this week we have the best blossoms and they might be gone by the end of this week. I think we are lucky!!


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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