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from ChrisSun, 05.01.2014 - 11:47:42 JSTReply
Dear Oka-san,

Read with enjoyment your postings of restaurants you‘ve been to in Japan. My family and friends
love visiting Japan and always are on the look out for new places to try so I‘ll be sure to put
your recommendations down for the next time we are there.

Mahalo Nui Loa
from Sunny Kailua,
from WebmasterOkaWed, 06.11.2013 - 06:55:43 JSTReply
Dear Mark-san,

Sorry, I do not know any hunter at all. Maybe you are the first I know as hunter!
It might be better to contact Dainihon Ryoyukai (all Japan hunters‘ association).

Ryoyukai has its branch office in Shizuoka. I would recommend you to call it (in Japanese, of course!).
(TEL) 054-253-6427 (FAX) 054-253-6435
Re[1]: Can you give any advice to literature about the historical development of a Tokyo park?
from WebmasterOkaWed, 06.11.2013 - 06:45:16 JSTReply
Dear Markus-san,

Sorry for not having responded to you for a long time. I failed to check "visitors‘ messages" for months.
Concerning your question, I believe that the notion of "park" was introduced from the West and the first example of park was "Hibiya Park". There are numerous studies about Hibiya Park and I myself read some of them, though I do not have them with me here now.

I would like to recommend you to check the web site of "Tokyo-to Koen Kyokai". It publishes hundreds of books and among them more than 40 studies about individual parks. Please read one of them and you can find source literatures you should study further.
from Mark RobertsSat, 19.10.2013 - 18:00:11 JSTReply
Dear Oka-san,

I live on Okinawa and this year have been planning to hunt deer at Gotemba. Unfortunately, the person I was going to hunt with is sick and will not hunt this season. However, I already have my Shizuoka hunting liscence and airline ticket. Can you connect me with anyone in the Izu area that I can hunt with in November.

Thank you.


Mark Roberts
Can you give any advice to literature about the historical development of a Tokyo park?
from MarkusMon, 16.09.2013 - 01:22:54 JSTReply
Dear Oka-san,

I´m doctoral student at institute of modern japan in duesseldorf (germany) and I´m interested in the historical development of the Tokyo parks and like to do a detailed description/study about the development of one of Tokyos parks. But unfortunately there seems to be rare literature about that topic. (I mean detailed, deeper-going, historical, systematic literature) If you have time to give any advice to literature I would be very very happy!!

thank you so far,
yours sincerely,
Markus Pondus
Re[2]: Group Home for Mother with Dementia
from MarieSun, 02.06.2013 - 13:30:23 JSTReply
Dear Oka-san,
Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to my inquiry. It is very unfortunate that the management of You-Be changed and you are also struggling with the issue of care for a parent who suffers from dementia. I will continue my quest and check back on your website from time to time in case there is any new information.
Kind regards,
from WebmasterOkaMon, 27.05.2013 - 00:30:30 JSTReply
Dear Vaness-san,
Sorry, but I do not live in Kyoto and cannot give you further information.
Please check another more suitable pages.
Re[1]: Group Home for Mother with Dementia
from WebmasterOkaMon, 27.05.2013 - 00:09:58 JSTReply
Dear Marie-san,
Frankly speaking, when I wrote that article were were very happy and satisfied with the group home You-Be, but it is unfortunately not so these days. You can see the information with the following URL of You-Be.
Unfortunately, its management changed some time ago and we are now struggling with the new managers. So, I cannot recommend it, but you may see it for your information.
Group Home for Mother with Dementia
from MarieSat, 25.05.2013 - 17:57:08 JSTReply
I am an American woman whose mother is Japanese and was diagnosed with dementia. I work full-time and have been caring for my mother for the last 4 and a half years. I read with much interest about the group homes in Yokohama. As I live in Yokohama, I am in desperate need of such information. Can you please tell me how I may contact the Yokohama Welfare Institute you mention in your article "A Day in an Elderly Care Home?" I would appreciate any information you can offer very much.
Kind regards,
from VanessSun, 28.04.2013 - 07:18:16 JSTReply
Hello, I am looking for a shop in Kyoto in the Higashiyama, sannen-zaka pathway 2 or 3. I am looking for "Jizo-San" ceramic that I found at that location. I looked on your website and it is on the right hand size walking to the upper steps. The Jizo San are folklore, revered by travellers, protector of children. The one I am looking for is an INCENSE BURNER, with a SMILING FACE LOOKING UP - in light sand colour. The shop sold incense.

I‘m sorry I did not note the shops name, have been searching everywhere,
Dome Arigato....