Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

Banana Crepe
I think this is from the night of Sep. 29th.

There are many pics in my PC and I feel I am so behind!

At the end of last month, I went to Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture and stayed overnight.

This was for an international conference.  It was a kind of interpretation and help the inbound guests ( mostly professors / specialist of some IT industry's professionals/ researchers ).   Since the morning start was early and Tsukuba is far ( from my place, say, door to door is two hour trip.) , my client booked a hotel for me. ( Very kind! )

I have a friend who is studying there, so contacted her and we met at CoCo's that night.   CoCo's is a family restaurant and originally from US, I guess.  The menu is very different from the states, though.

She's been studying there for several years now and I believe eventually she will acquire PhD.

It was nice to catch up with her.  I am not familiar with academic world, so she explained how she is doing and what the challenges are.  Learned a lot.  She is a writer, journalist, but still writing academic report seems to be difficult.  Totally different approach, skill is required.

Anyway, I only took this pic, but what I enjoyed the most was their fried potatoes!
Shredded, crispy potatoes with salsa/ avocado/ sour cream was delicious!

While I was waiting for her arrival, I finished the whole plate!!!  ( Too much calories!)

With a glass of beer and enjoyable talk, I fell asleep immediately after I went back to my hotel room.  LOL.

Oh, and one thing I'd like to remember from that trip is " sometimes I need to expose my 5 or 6 senses to nature."

What happened was interesting.  I shouldn't do it again, but I walked from Tsukuba station to the business hotel for 15 minutes at night.  Usually , in Tokyo, it's no problem.  Safe enough.....at 8 p.m. or 9 p.m.

However, in Tsukuba area, it's totally dark.  If I took the easy way, took a main street, it would have been much easier.

Somehow, I relied on my Google navigation..   Kindly, Google suggested me the fastest way which was to go though a rice field..... which is very dark!

I didn't think it would be that long... but it took me about 20 min.!

It was dark, very dark.    It was scary.   Luckily, nothing happened to me, but I shouldn't do it again... Too risky.  Too dark.  Japan is safe, so nothing happened, but I should remember that I was just lucky.

However, I learned something different. at the same time    I was able to feel the nature.  Utter silence, quietness.   My senses were on the alert and became sharp.

In usual city life, I don't use it.  May sound funny, but I felt I should use these senses once in a while.   Like digging out sleeping senses.... waking them.

If I don't use it, they will become stale, dull.   It was a kind of awakening.
Instead of taking too much risk like walking dark rice field alone ( ! ), I should visit forests, mountains or lakes..... more often.