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Re[1]: ohisashiburi desu ne!!
from WebmasterOkaSat, 11.06.2016 - 10:25:00 JSTReply
Dear Denis-san,

You write wonderful Japanese.
Also thank you very much for returning to my web site.

You might have seen somewhere on this site. I retired last year and do now, apart from some part time job, enjoys my life. When I retired, I thought I could produce new web pages in much higher speed, but it was not the case. I have to dedicate to my hobby! Being a member of amateur orchestra needs much time for rehearsing and some office works for the organization. I cannot give instructions to younger colleagues but have to do everything by myself! In addition to music and electronic handicraft (I started to tackle PIC microcomputer and C program language in addition to analogue circuit designing), I now keep a dog! It is really a fun to have a dog. However, I have to dedicate much time to her. So, I do not have enough time for web site updating. But, I will do that anyway.

Now, I am in Izu in my cottage. It is a superb season. I can enjoy sunshine and greens. There are many deer! I saw yesterday on the way to home more than 50. Too many!
ohisashiburi desu ne!!
from Denis (korewa korewa^^)Wed, 08.06.2016 - 22:45:05 JSTReply
Dear Oka-san..its been a while since i wrote to you..
kono aida tegami wo dashita toki kara zuibun tatte shimai mashita..^^
go kigen iikaga? no nihongo..warawanai de ne..mada yokunai..
i hope you are doing well and in good health..
i see many new article to read..which i will do yorokonde..^_^
Okuribito eiga..kanarazu mita? :)

dewa kore de..
Re[1]: RSS Feed
from WebmasterOkaWed, 18.05.2016 - 22:13:24 JSTReply
Dear Amy,

Thank you for visiting my web-site and reading so many articles. Reading your comment on “the club of lost first love”, I could not help laughing! I can assure you that you will immediately be an honorary club member and invited to one of the club meetings, when you come to Tokyo!

I am now playing both violin and viola in amateur orchestras. We are always suffering from the shortage of good viola players. So, you are also welcome in that context.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a RSS feed. I make my web pages using only my hand-made programs. When I constructed the present site, I did not imagine I would need RSS feed ;- Of course, you are the first, who asked about the availability of RSS feed! In the future I might have one. So, please wait without much expectation.

BTW, your name “Amy” reminds me of a frequent reader of my old web-site. She came from Hong Kong and immigrated to Vancouver. Nowadays, it is not easy anymore to get to know people through private home pages. You need Facebook or some other social media in order to find friends through internet. But, I still stick to the old method.
RSS Feed
from AmyWed, 18.05.2016 - 09:19:53 JSTReply
Dear Webmaster,

I found your website while looking for community/amateur orchestras in Tokyo. My dream is to study Japanese and live in Japan. I used to play the viola in junior high school. One article led to another, and I found myself reading page after page of your writing. Thank you for the articles - it helped me to understand Japanese culture and the various shared group memories. I particularly enjoyed your humorous article on junior high school reunion and the rules for joining the club of lost first love :O) In that case, I think I can join the club too! Best regards and good health to you! By the way, do you have a RSS feed for your website? Thank you. I would like to subscribe for future articles.
Re[1]: Kanazawa and Noto Peninsula
from WebmasterOkaMon, 05.10.2015 - 11:10:56 JSTReply
Dear Jean,

Thank you for your wonderful comments. Indeed, if you stay in and around Tokyo, you can scarcely see Japanese traditional landscapes, because they have been destroyed not only by the earthquake and air raids but especially for the sake of economic development since the 1960s. My family comes from Kanazawa, exactly speaking from its suburbs facing the sea, Kanaiwa. Therefore, I feel a particular sympathy for Kanazawa and Noto.

I wrote the article related to Yuwaku-Onsen and a related anime series on response to the interest of an Italian friend, who was curious about the background of the anime which described the life of onsen-ryokan staff.

Somehow, the speed of destruction has been slower in the Western part of Japan, and of course especially in the economically backward areas like Noto. Such destruction continues even more intensively in the economic stagnation since the 1990s. You may not be able to imagine that hundreds of high-rise buildingsin Tokyo were constructed after the end of the Japanese economic boom. At the time of the economic “bubble” period around 1990, there were only a handful of skyscrapers in Tokyo such as Kasumigaseki-building, Hamamatsucho-building, Keio-Plaza Shinjuku, Ikebukuro Sunshine City and so on, and we could enjoy much wider sky at the time. Beautiful Japanese landscape has been continuously damaged for the sake of “zenekon” (general contractors), i.e. big construction companies such as Kajima, Shimizu and Takenaka ;-(
Kanazawa and Noto Peninsula
from Jean pSmithFri, 02.10.2015 - 13:55:13 JSTReply
I read with fondness, your recollections of your experiences in Kanazawa and Noto Peninsula. We visited that area in October of 2014, and found it to be a lovely region. The city of Kanazawa is wonderful, and a nice change from the bustle and modernity of Tokyo. The pride that the citizens show in their city‘s cultural history is quite exciting to a visitor. We toured many of the cultural zones, and enjoyed the citiy‘s craft culture including Ishikawa International Urushi Exposition. We will happily visit Kanazawa again when we can. Now that it has its own Shinkansen it will be an even more popular destination for Japanese ans foreign visitors.

While we were in western Japan we also took a day trip to Noto, and specifically Wajima. Our purpose was to visit the Wajima Urushi Museum.
It is as a wonderful museum, and that if you have not visited, please try to find the time! In a cultural sense urushi is Japan and The Urushi Museum provided a beautiful immersion into the incredible and sublime art form that Japan has perfected. A walk through the charming town of Wajima was a real treat, Fresh air, sparkling harbor and friendly people made the atmosphere so lovely. The bus ride through the Noto countryside was as you describe, beautiful and soulful. It is the Japan that has slipped from reality in so many places.

We had so many wonderful experiences on our last visit to Japan, and hope that many more will be in our future. The culture and people of your country are wonderful, and vibrant, and I hope to see them again soon!

I hope that many people have the opportunity to read your thoughts about Japan, and to realize that it is so much more than Anime, manga and sushi.

Best wishes and great appreciation.
Re[1]: Interesting articles
from WebmasterOkaSun, 05.07.2015 - 23:42:35 JSTReply
Thank you for your encouraging message. I am now fully occupied by musical activities. But, I want to revitalize my "Hamadayama Life"! There are so many topics I want to comment on.
Interesting articles
from David ListSun, 05.07.2015 - 19:10:06 JSTReply
Dear Oka san,

thank you for your interesting articles. Even though I have been to Japan a couple of times already, they still revealed much new useful information. Please keep writing.
Akihabara Electric Town
from Edward Mon, 31.03.2014 - 09:04:00 JSTReply
Dear Oke-san,

Thank you so much. I will try tonkatsu.
Re[3]: Akihabara Electric Town
from WebmasterOkaSun, 30.03.2014 - 23:57:05 JSTReply
It seems to me that desktop type receivers are produced by a limited number of companies; among others AOR ( Icom ( Legendary receivers like RF-9000 are usually sold through Internet auction sites such as Rakuten or Yahoo. You should better checking their web sites beforehand.

Anyhow, I wish you a good luck in Akihabara. Try also "tonkatsu" at Marugo for your lunch, if you have time.