Wednesday, December 17, 2008


After work, I and my colleague went to STAPLES center to see LA Lakers!!

It was very close game, but Lakers won!
The game was so exciting that I coud not vocalize on the way to hotel...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Lunch with Haruki

I and Ritsuko came to school to eat lunch with Haruki.
Students made some poster and their teacher invite kid's parents.
This was 1st time for us to eat lunch in American elementary school.
Lunch area was in gymnasium, it was small space and short time.
Everyday Minami(Haruki's younger sister) can not finish all.
My wife is school nurse in Japan, so she has small opinion about school provided lunch.She says dietary education is very important for kids to grow up well.
We should teach that do not leave food and have a balance diet.

I ate left side and Ritsuko tried right side.

Almost every kids ate it with smile and looks like happy.
We also had happy lunch with my son and his classmates.

Thursday, December 04, 2008


I went to several restaurant at this time of business trip in NY.
The best 1 was Ippudo(Ramen).

2nd was So Kong Dong(Korean-Tofu Restaurant at Fort Lee)

3rd was Santouka(Ramen)
I had happy time to eat good foods at New York.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Phantom of the Opera

Today I went to Broadway to see opera, "The Phantom of the Opera", which is very traditional and most popular.(Of course after working!)
I was impressed with the song and orchestra music. That was first time for me to see opera. It was very interesting and I want to see more opera!

NY city was very crowded, because it was the first day of the big tree in front of the Rockefeller building was lighted by a lot of illumination.
There were many people and also police men!

Every shop was also lighted up and decorated by illumination and Christmas ornament, it was very cute and beautiful.

I felt that's an American Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Business trip to NY!

I came NY for business trip.
I stay for 5 days in NY.
It is 2nd time to visit to NY, but I could not reach NY city at chance of 1st time, and I want to go to Manhattan.
There are 2 hours time difference between Boise and NY. It is small time, but I felt not small and had jet lag.
I drove rental car in downtown NY and went to hotel.

I ate ramen, it was Chinese noodle but modified in Japan.

Almost every Japanese like ramen.

It was hard to drive for me, the road was very complex and sometimes lost though I had car navigation.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Light Up!

Today I tried to light up my house with illumination, snow man and some ornament.
It was very interesting and I want to increase light more and I went to near shop to get more lights. The total amount of light went up to about 800!

Kids were exciting and they want to more ornament. I think so too, it will increase.

I am looking forward to Christmas day!

Black Friday

Black Friday!

I did not know about that word before living U.S.

I thought it was bad word for business scene like recession.

But it means all shop move into black,they achieve a budget surplus.

Our family I and my wife went to shopping by rotation.

At first my wife get up early morning at 4 a.m. o'clock and she went to Boise mall.

After breakfast we family went to furniture shop and Costco.

I bought blueray DVD player. Blueray has same regional code between U.S.A. and Japan, so I can use it in Japan!?

Thanks Giving!

We invited my colleague to my house for Thanks giving party.
My wife try to cook big Turkey.

She has good technique to cook and imagination.

We were enjoying party with delicious meal and happy talk.
We were excited about ad of "Black Friday"!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Letter Opener

Today I tyred letter opener.
It was easier than pen turning.
Because turned only one piece.
I want smaller tool rest.It was too long.

I made it more simply, but it was difficult for me.
It showed low skill of turning clearly.
Press fit to turned blank.

So I'm gonna try simple shape next project for skill upgrading training.
I like this pattern which was tired several woods.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Turning pencil

I made 3 pencils today.
The theme was Fall, but it became so cold recently.
In Japan, we ate sweet potato.
My son Haruki choose the color of sweet potato.

My daughter Minami requested several composite trees.
It looks like falling leaf.

I like seeing BSU college foot ball , it is just now on season.
So I took Broncos's color.
Which color do you like?

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Interior objects

Today I went new store which had interesting objects.
I and Haruki want to the model car and airplane.
We decide to buy model airplane only.

I found nice wall-hung picture.
I bought it...

Pen turning

I got drill bit and center drilling vise.
I also new pen kit and letter opener kit.
I want to start new projects...
But next, I should organized my shop.
Maybe I do pen making...

Friday, October 31, 2008


Today was Halloween day!
Kids were no school day and they had preparing enough from morning.
Haruki had Syorinji-Kempo, he finished training and we went to "Trick or Treat" tour with his friends.

They took a walk for 1 and half hour and got a lot of candies.

Please brush your teeth!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Surprise bag

Haruki's class room has some interesting event, which are called surprise bag.
Someone selected by lot who have to bring his favorite or proud thing.

And play trivia with some hint about what kind of something hide into the bag.

Haruki brought his treasure, trophy.
Which he got it as award for recitation of Japanese old poem and story.
He has good memory! better than me......

Monday, October 27, 2008

Pen turning not wood acrylic

After a long interval, I made pen turning.
I tried ball point pen with cap 1st time.

I had some mistakes, but recovered it.(I believe!)

My wife's impression is good, she said grip is easy!
I gave her my first work.

I reflected my work ;
The root cause of fail, I did not think my work shop is organized well.
Woodman should clean up his work shop and organized well.
Before next project, I should clean up and organized my shop.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

1st Snow

Today we could see snowing.
That was the earliest snow in Boise according to news papeer.
Anyway I am looking forward to going to ski!

Friday, October 10, 2008


In Japan my friends were enjoying mushroom-gathering.
I had little jealousy.
Oh Look!

I can find it in front of my office!
Can I eat it or not?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Portland trip 3

Today we went to children museum in the morning.

That was a nice place for little kids.
Kids were enjoying about for 2hours.
We met Derek-san who helped our moving at there.
We ate lunch together, he took Haruki and Minami to OMSI.
They were studying science through activity and small experiment.
When they were enjoying,we were also shopping at mall and having nice time.
Haruki and Minami were had a great time with Derek-san.

Next Sunday we came back to Boise, on the way we saw a beautiful fall in along the Colombia river .

There was some trouble in our car.
It had small puncture.
But we could came back to our home safety.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Portland trip2

We were planning to go to Oregon zoo.
But it was raining from morning.
So we went to Outlet mall it was called "Wood burn".
There are several shops we are interested.

My wife Ritsuko was happy to buy new pan of LeCreuset.
And we also went to Uwajimaya which is Japanese grocery store.
We got a lot of Japanese foods!