13 years ago. Recess time. I was standing at the balcony corridor at the 2nd floor, facing the 1st floor, I spotted you outside the room amongst the crowds.
You did not look happy. Something must had been upsetting you. Was it a failed confession? A frustrating experience? I don’t know. I had the thought to meet you and listen to whatever is in your mind.
It had slowly grew in me about your presence earlier, but this scene had significantly amplified it in me. Maybe that was why I ended up mustering up the courage to pen down my thoughts to you.
After receiving the response from you, I must say that I was caught off guard. I heard of your response second handed, so I cannot guarantee the total authenticity (however, the messenger was trustworthy). Even so, I was glad that my thoughts were somewhat sent to you.
Fast forward for a few years. Even if I didn’t received a response from another new penned thoughts years later after my initial pen, I remained hopeful, to this day that the thoughts were not lost in transit. I sincerely hoped so…
Silent, spooky October had ended not long ago, and it had left a hint of sweet aftertaste. After all, compared to last year, there was no typhoon that had seriously impacted the Greater Tokyo region, although it had rained for quite some time.
October also marked the 6th official month of the working from home routine. The company where I worked at had extended the working from home until early next year, which is a welcoming one, considering that the war of combating COVID-19 will be a long one. However, overseas travel for tourism purposes is still not possible, which is a bummer.
2020, a supposed landmark year, is silently wrapping up. While I was watching the television, the MCs hosting a show had gasped that it was almost the end of the year. Afterwards, they continued on introducing the seasonal activities, including places to visit and gourmets to taste.
I have been busy working on projects recently. With most of the time at home, I had been juggling between company work and projects, with the distinctions getting blurred as time went on. Heck, I only swapped laptops (between personal and work laptops), and continue smashing the keyboard away using the same development software.
A while ago, I hiked a mountain neighboring Tokyo and Kanagawa prefecture. It was definitely an awarding experience, having able to hike in a chilly weather, compared to that during the summer, under the warm sun. I definitely look forward to another hike. A friend of mine, who lived in Tokyo, often go hiking in the weekends, which I particularly admired as she can often view a city, the iconic mountains, forests of different colors in various parts of the country.
Happy birthday to my wonderful girl! I promised to fly to Taipei this month, but due to the pandemic and the inability to enter Taiwan’s borders as a tourist, I had to call off this year’s plan, which sucked. However, this might change how we fly again in the future, forever. Gone are the days where we can check in and fly internationally in a short period of time.
How days have passed – it’s September. In the third week of this month, there is an Autumn Equinox Day public holiday, which somewhat marked the beginning of the autumn season.
Last month was a record-breaking month — the heat spread across the month and across Japan was not easy to cope with. The plum rain season ended at the end of July, and thus transitioned into the sunshine (think blue sky and white clouds) and hot season. Yet, this was hard to cope with due to the risen temperature in a short period of time, along with other factors. High number of deaths caused by heat stroke and continuous and grueling high temperature across Japan were the main highlights of Japan, not to mention the cancellation of fireworks and summer festival events due to the pandemic.
I just found out that a grand fireworks event not far from my city was cancelled due to the pandemic, what a pity! The cancellation of the iconic Nebuta Festival event in Japan’s Aomori prefecture caused me to temporarily halt plans to fly to the northern part of the country.
A hint that marked the beginning of the autumn season — typhoons. News of typhoons began spreading around as one typhoon after another are being reported. The supertyphoon “Haishen” (known in Japanese media as typhoon no. 10) is looming on the horizon as it heads steadily towards southern Japan, which is expected to make a landfall this coming Sunday night to Monday morning.
While walking back home a few days ago, I noticed the sun had set much earlier for every few weeks passed. Temperature in the evenings weren’t that low (below 30 C), but it was tolerable and it felt cool. Despite the surroundings gotten dark earlier, I had not fail to realize the slight hints of autumn in the trees – leaves showing a tint of golden color. The same goes to the trees near the street as I took the bus to work in the morning – the number of fallen leaves clumped together at a spot not far from the tree were noticeable.
I had longing for the autumn foliage, especially looking at them at various sites in Japan, but it is still months away before the breathtaking sights can be formed. I definitely am looking forward to the coming autumn season!
This question had me intrigued because it was ambiguous enough to let the reader interpret which aspect(s) of the website the foreigner had judged.
I recalled my Form 4 and Form 5 years (year 2012-2013) where I formed a team to revamp my secondary’s school (Sung Siew Secondary School) website led by my then ICT teacher. As of current writing, the domain was not in use by the school.
In the beginning of the project, I looked for ideas by taking an unusual step to checking out the websites of Japanese schools (primary, secondary schools included).
A Meguro based secondary school website (example for this article. I did not referred to this website.).
Admittedly, the designs were dated, but the contents were intriguing. They wrote in detail about the events and happenings in their school. Despite the dated designs, I decided to adapt their designs and went ahead to produce the new website and manually update the contents to its FTP server (the contents were produced using a combination of static HTML and dynamic PHP web pages).
After decided that manually update contents by hand was tiring, I chose to use the Joomla! content management system (CMS) to power the website instead. I fondly remember spending days testing and comparing between Joomla! and Drupal in my home PC.
On a trip surrounding Chiba’s Boso peninsula, some friends and I stopped by JR Hama-Kanaya station to take a trip to the area’s Mt. Nokogiri via the famous Nokogiriyama Ropeway. While we are going back to the station to proceed to our next destination, we stumbled upon this cafe just a few minutes away from the station.
What struck me as odd and unique is its title – Soba & Coffee. It featured soba, Japanese buckwheat noodles, as one of its main offering, as well as other Japanese and western foods and beverages (click the photo above to view a larger version). A unique blend, possibly go very well between the two, especially under the hot sun.
It is a never ending world, essentially a loop, one can say. The artifacts — remains of the past stayed there. Conversations between the protagonist and the related characters took place in the alternate world, which were centered on things that one couldn’t let go easily. Things that were precious to the protagonist, as if they were a source of reliance when the protagonist escapes to the alternate world.
At a latter part of the said work, the protagonist was presented an ultimatum — either to abandon the alternate world and move forward, or to remain in the alternate world and circle endlessly. He chose to move forward, and as a result, dependencies between the alternate world and the reality began to collapse. Whether the event occurred is a good thing, it was up to the reader, I assumed.
Essentially, it boiled down to this.
Rather than clinging to the past, accepting it and moving forward is the way going forward if one wishes to progress. However, easier is said than done. I caught myself into this dilemma which lasted for a long period of time. Crawling out of it isn’t easy, admittedly, but it did provided me a fresh, new perspective of a certain matter.
An eye shut is what it all takes to wander into the alternate world. No matter the boundaries and conditions one face, when you wake up, you will be brought back to the reality (the real world). And I’m not mentioning about life and death situations.
I read recently of a work depicting a scene about the protagonist wandering into the alternate world. A world where he doesn’t seem able to reach, no matter how far he walks to the horizon, as if it is never ending. A familiar voice, coming out from nowhere, reminded this protagonist that he would not be able to reach this world for some reason. What were the reason(s) behind this, I still don’t know yet.
However, this depiction reminded me multiple occasions of dreams where I wandered into the realms of alternate world, only be rudely pulled back into the reality the next day. On my way to work, I noted of the brief memories in the alternate world into my note taking app. It showed a pattern, as if I’m discovering puzzle pieces. Piecing them together might show up something, I don’t know. I haven’t yet see the dreams these days.
I was randomly searching the internet for some iconic images of Tokyo entering the new millennium after encountering a work that was released years before the year 2000. A quick search on Google Images revealed a Flickr album containing photos of this user visiting Japan in a world tour (envy!).
Many of his photos screamed 2000s (because those photos were really taken in that era!), however, I find it surprising that certain aspects of Japan haven’t changed much, like that the area of Akihabara, shinkansen bullet trains, etc.
The photos do provoke some kind of nostalgia that I do not possess as a kindergarten kid. At that time, I was still in preschool, occasionally accompanying my mother watching Japanese dramas in front of the TV during the primetime hours of 7-8pm (remember Power Office Girls?).