Archive for April, 2011

Morning exercise: @twinkletame’s attitude towards running – She’ll take the bicycle!

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The most practical pet for Tokyo residents – meet Micro the snail!

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さっき撮った写真 ドコモタワーと富士山 Docomo Tower and Mt. Fuji looking good this morning

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Wishing for success in love 恋愛成就

Tokyo Dai Jingu, Iidabashi

Shop window in Iidabashi, reminds me of Bagpuss

Signing up for lessons at Iidabashi Language School

iPhone Panorama: Tokyo at dusk (Maronouchi to Ikebukuro)

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I love watching this change…

雲が来た!Awesome clouds sweep in from the north of Tokyo

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Looks like rain’s on the way!

Shinjuku Sunset 新宿のサンセット

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Taken a few minutes ago from the lounge.

Completion of 50km ‘Art of Running’ piece

This past week we’ve had a special guest stay with us – Erin Beresina, writer for Competitor Magazine. Erin came over from San Diego to find out more about the iRun, and also to join me in the planning and execution of a very special 50km ‘Art of Running’ piece.

We’ve just completed that this morning, and I must say, I love the result. We’re keeping the map showing the art under wraps for now, until the article comes out in a couple of months from now.

I had pretty bad Illotibial Band Syndrome for much of this morning’s run, which certainly made for an interesting experiment in pain management.

Erin’s now on her way to Narita – have a good flight Erin, been great having you stay and running together!

Thanks also to Eiko for joining us for the last 25km this morning – so glad I finally got to run with you.

Erin’s departure brings to an end an incredibly full-on week. A lot of projects are in full swing – next month’s TEDxTokyo in particular is really gearing up now.

I’m going to go lie on the sofa and have a beer now – I think I deserve it!

Joseph.

This past week we’ve had a special guest stay with us – Erin Beresina, writer for Competitor Magazine. Erin came over from San Diego to find out more about the iRun, and also to join me in the planning and execution of a very special 50km ‘Art of Running’ piece.

We’ve just completed that this morning, and I must say, I love the result. We’re keeping the map showing the art under wraps for now, until the article comes out in a couple of months from now.

I had pretty bad Illotibial Band Syndrome for much of this morning’s run, which certainly made for an interesting experiment in pain management.

Erin’s now on her way to Narita – have a good flight Erin, been great having you stay and running together!

Thanks also to Eiko for joining us for the last 25km this morning – so glad I finally got to run with you.

Erin’s departure brings to an end an incredibly full-on week. A lot of projects are in full swing – next month’s TEDxTokyo in particular is really gearing up now.

I’m going to go lie on the sofa and have a beer now – I think I deserve it!

Joseph.

今日はとてもいい天気!Such a beautiful day in Tokyo!

Marmite Chocolate

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Chocolate with a hint of marmite …mmmm! – a present from two of our good friends recently back from the UK on the occasion of our house-warming party tonight. It was the first party I’ve ever hosted, as I’ve never lived somewhere that makes a good venue. Over the past few years in Tokyo I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of really great people, but it was only last month that we got the venue sorted by moving into this apartment – and tonight we put it to the test, by inviting about 30 friends around for a housewarming party. I was really happy to bring together a lot of people from very different parts of my Tokyo life, people who mean a lot to me but who have never met one another. At one point, someone commented, “Wow, you have such nice friends” – and it’s true, I do – and I feel blessed. This Tokyo life really is a very happy one. I thank all of those who are a part of it for making it such. I’d better sleep now as Erin (the US journalist covering my story this week) and I have to run about 25km tomorrow morning before she flies back to the states. Oyasumi Joseph

Earthquake or grape-scented toilet roll?

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Sitting on the toilet my mind is torn between thinking about the earthquake we’ve just had, and thinking about the fact that *Twinkle* bought grape-scented toilet paper. It really smells of grapes.

At the Ritz Carlton. *Not* having the ¥13,450 / £100 / $163 WOW burger

Cherry blossom starts to make way for other spring flowers around the Imperial Palace Moat

Baby tomato plant looks for tomato trees in central Tokyo

Restarting Japanese study

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Aoyama Cemetery 青山霊園

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Just nipped out of the office for a stroll down the road that runs through the centre of Aoyama Cemetery, central Tokyo.


Stunned by the beauty of Spring in our local park息をのむほどの美しさ。近所の公園にて。

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Whilst I’ve been at the computer nearly all day, I did manage to make some time to take a stroll around the local park – Kitanomaru koen (just to the north of the Imperial Palace).

Whilst cherry blossom draws crowds to the moat that runs around the outside of the park, inside it’s relatively quiet, with wide open grassy spaces, streams, a pond, a few cherry trees and some lovely woodland.

It’s also very peaceful – and almost possible to forget that you’re in the middle of Tokyo.

The park is popular with schools, and whilst not pictured in this collection, there was a group of children there this morning being instructed in how to appreciate the nature!

Coming from a rural part of England that was something I managed without too much effort!

Back home, I planted our third pineapple – fingers crossed it takes. I added the chopped-up remainders of the body of the pineapple (that we ate most of last night) to the soil to help feed it.

I also noticed that the bulbs I planted last week have started to shoot – very happy to see them poking out from beneath the soil.

Joseph.

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Integration of Microblog into The Daily Mumble

Over the past few months I’ve come to love Posterous. It is, in my view, simply the easiest /most convenient way to update both my blog and social networks.

A couple of weeks ago I revisited the Posterous blogging app for iPhone, and quickly grew to love it. As a result, I’ve started posting a lot more frequently. These posts are by default sent to my Microblog, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, and result in hundreds of hits in a very short space of time.

This encourages me to continue with these mobile posts, and to start adding more text to accompany the photos.

I’m also liking Audioboo a lot – an instant podcasting platform that allows me to record five minute audio diaries on my iPhone, and autopost them via posterous to all of my networks.

With this in mind, I then turn towards this, the Daily Mumble. It’s only been updated once or twice this year, and whilst I had hoped I would be able to find more time to keep readers informed, that looks increasingly unlikely to happen. However, having started it in 2002, I’m reluctant to let it die – it’s an important record of my life – and so instead I have chosen to reroute my Posterous updates here. Photos, text, audio, and occasional video.

So, from now my posts here will be a lot more frequent. Ok, so there may not be as much text as there has been, but I feel that some content is better than no content at all!

I’ve started off by importing all posts from my Microblog (which will now be shut down) – apologies for spamming your RSS feedreader.

Joseph

暗い時でも光が見える(今晩、千代田区)Even in the darkest times, there is light (Taken in Chiyoda-ku, tonight)

武道館の周りの桜は満開 Sakura around Budokan now in full bloom

Yoyogi Park Hanami

Lots of people doing Hanami (cherry blossom viewing party) despite Ishihara’s request for restraint. Far fewer than most years though. Average age 19. Age of oldest person in park: 23. Average queue time for toilet: 3 days. Number of people in pond: 3.

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Crowds pour out of Harajuku Station on way to Yoyogi Park Hanami

Fishing in central Tokyo – personally I always though this was cheating

Sakura looks lovely along the canal though.

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Ichigaya station attempts to cater for both smokers and non-smokers #fail

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Electronic tobacco – now available in Sweet Vanilla flavour

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One day I will find out how this stuff works. For now I shall be content having it as one of those mysterious unknowns in life.

(I’m not a smoker, but am intrigued by the technology)

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Heading to Start of Tokyo Yamathon 2011

青山の桜。。。I never tire of Sakura. Makes me think ‘Wow!’ every year.

A couple of shots taken in Aoyama today

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Rebel kindergarten kids enjoy hanami in Aoyama

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Elderly lady walks down avenue of cherry trees, Chidoriga-fuchi Tokyo

すごい!手作りのステディカム Homemade steadicam for shooting Sakura

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Love this road #Sakura この道好き #桜

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Cherry blossom by the Imperial Palace moat, Tokyo

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Wifey plays piano @twinkletameがピアノを弾いています

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Playing the piano in the lounge リビングでピアノを弾いています

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納豆だ!!oh no, @twinkletame’s got the natto out!

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My take on the call to to not celebrate the cherry blossom

Studio control room

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Rehearsal…

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Rehearsal about to start #MXTV

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Window cleaner and Docomo Tower look on as military helicopter lands on roof of Ministry of Defence, Tokyo

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Photo: Military helicopter lands on roof of MoD, Tokyo. Docomo Tower, Mt. Fuji in background

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Photo: Military helicopter lands on roof of MoD, Tokyo. Docomo Tower, Mt. Fuji in background

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Taken from my office in Iidabashi

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Twinkle and Tame on TV

Stepping out, cherry blossom brings a smile to my face

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Dee & Tracey now reporting on their experience helping in Tohoku, at Peace Boat info event

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No Cats n’ Dogs!

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One of the rules in our new building is no cats or dogs. I don’t mind though as I have my pineapple.
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