Friday, March 31, 2006

Toyota Starlet





Original plan was to buy a brand new Mazda 3 (it is called Axela in here); however, soon after I became realistic, I noticed that the car is not as cheap as I imagined. Fortunately, there are two guys who already own Mazda 3. That was a good enough excuse to change my mind.

I decided to get Toyota's compact car named Starlet (Glanza S, 1300 cc, 1998 yr, 45,000 miles). Second hand cars in Japan are cheap and the Starlet costs $2,000. I paid $3,300 including tax and registration fee to a dealer. My colleague named the car "pointer", which is a car for Ultra-man ranger.

I got a car at 30th March, at least I am not carless anymore.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Track in Misasa




Misasa owns multi-purpose dirt-ground field. There is a 300 meters track in it. It is very hard to trace a lane. Considering popuration (7,000), this is even over kill. I thought it is easy to find running partners because there are a lot of Africans in the institute; it is not. Excuses are language of the world.

Because I am still in the guest house and cannot cook by myself, I'm getting bigger. I started running from March 24th. A relatively big river goes through Misasa town, and there are anchors every 200 meters. Run down to the track following the river as warm up, do drill A, B, and C on the track, and then come back.

It seems that there is a serious track at downtown Kurayoshi. Kurayoshi is a middle-size city next to Misasa.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Guest house



The institute owns a guest house. A visitor can stay there up to 6 months. They charge 1700 yen (~$15, including breakfast) per night, which is reasonable. Misasa (name of the town) is famous for hot spring and the guest house has built-in hot spring. It is very nice at least for Japanese (Indian visitor told me that he does not like it at all).

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Arrival



Left LA 12th March, spent two nights at Tokyo, and arrived at Tottori 14th March.

The first day was horrible. Flight from from Tokyo to Tottori takes one and half hour usually; however because of snow, the airplane could not land on Tottori. I was thrown at Osaka airport and had to take a train. I had two huge suitcases, which made my trip very painful. After all, it took 12 hours rather than 4 hours.

I miss LA.