On the way back from Kamogawa, we decided to come back while stopping at three roadside stations.


First of all, the Shiosai Market near Regina


I stopped by because I saw it while running, but it felt like a souvenir shop.


Next is Rosemary Park Hanamaru Market. There is a large site around the market where you can take a walk in the woods, but unfortunately the rain got heavy and I gave up walking with Konatsu.


It seems that it was a nice place for my wife because a lot of agricultural products were sold here.


After this, she still bought it… I knew it! (lol)


The last place we went to was the “Chikura / Shiokaze Kingdom” that we were most interested in on this day.


The seafood market is visible in the distance, and the grass space in the foreground has a course for dogs to run.


However, Konatsu didn’t run here …


I came to the moored fishing boat. It was open for a tour, so head to the entrance

Konatsu went up to the deck. After this, Konatsu waited in the car and I went to the market.


There is a huge fish cage in the middle of the building, and freshly caught fish are sold in front of it.


It looks cheap and delicious, but even if I buy this and go home, it seems to be difficult to fillet it, so I stopped buying it and walked around the venue …


There was a restaurant area. Looking at the menu, it was quite intriguing, but I wasn’t hungry enough to eat these.


When I returned to the cage, there was a shop. Here, I ordered fried horse mackerel and squid menchi because it is said that the fry is fried after ordering. I ate this half with my wife.


The fried fish was served with tartar sauce, but it’s delicious enough without adding anything!


The squid menchi was also delicious. I haven’t had much connection with Chiba prefecture until now, but this trip made a pretty good impression.



The sake brewery that I stopped by when I went to the Boso Peninsula.


There is something that I can expect from the appearance, and when I go inside, …


When I saw such an amount, I realized that it was something amazing, and when I looked around it, …


Since the sake here was dedicated to the wedding ceremony of Princess Sayako, the photographs at that time are displayed on the wall. Unlike the topic of the person who have been bustling in Japan these days, this makes me feel congratulations.


I bought a few bottles and came back. It was a pity that I couldn’t taste and choose these because I had to drive a car.

There was also a sign like this, and there were people ordering it in the store, so we decided to try it too.


The proviso says, “Alcohol is not included”, but it tasted very rich and delicious as if it was mixed with sake lees.


Konatsu was waiting in the car, and when we came back, she looked boring, so I gave her a little bit of the rest of the soft serve cone.

Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival


The summer music festival I’m looking forward to every year has been canceled due to the influence of Covid-19. It’s a pity that it was canceled, but this year the members gathered in Matsumoto for live streaming, and it seems that they are currently rehearsing. You can enjoy live streaming for free on September 5, so if you are interested, please click here!



At my home, we finished the renovation of the washroom about two months ago, and today is the day of the replacement work of the gas stove in the kitchen.


A gas stove that has been used for over 20 years since my house was built. Recently, the fire has become worse and the life is about to end.


When the work staff enters the house, Konatsu keeps barking, so …


so I had her wait in the next room.


After a while, when I went to see the situation, she barked, “There is still a suspicious one!”


It’s almost over !

そうするうちに完成! 今度のはいろいろな機能が付いていてママは嬉しそう。

Completed in the meantime! This time, my wife looks happy with various functions.


The only weakness is that the current oven seems to have a temperature setting of 100 ° C or higher, and it is not possible to set the temperature to 80 ° C when baking jerky for konatsu. This is a problem.


Can I have a delicious meal?



My family is not particularly religious, but we value events such as Obon and equinoctial week. First, prepare offerings for the Buddhist altar.


Obon is a Buddhist festival in Japan to honor the spirit of our ancestors. We welcome back the spirits of our ancestors during Obon every year.


WE prepare straw horses or oxen, which are supposed to carry the returning souls.

こなつにはご先祖様が見えている? と思いたくなるような目つきだ。

Konatsu, can you see our ancestors ? You have a look that makes you want to think so.
Then, ignite the fire at the entrance.


On the first night of Obon, people light the small fire called Mukaebi or light lanterns so that souls wouldn’t lose their way to come back to their home.


Talking with their eyes…

Obon will continue until August 16th.



The morning of the day I go to work. Konatsu realized that she would not be taken, and resisted in this way.


She glances at me without saying a word (lol)


This is like an annual event when I go to work. The weather forecast said that the inland area would be extremely hot on this day, and it overlapped with my business trip …


When I arrived in Gunma, it was already 36 degrees Celsius even though it was still past 10 am!


It was a busy two days with implant operations in the intense heat. On my way home after two days of work …


Perhaps because it’s summer vacation from tomorrow, there will be such a heavy traffic jam in the direction of Tokyo on the Kan-Etsu Expressway.


This is on a bridge that crosses the Tama River


On the Ken-O Expressway, near the exit of the Hinode IC, where a speed enforcement camera is installed only here.


At Ebina JCT, the cars that join the Tomei Expressway are in heavy traffic.


I came back through such a route.


The owner of Anzu told me “I know a good dog park!” And I went with him.


It’s quite large and almost all of it is shaded by trees, so it’s comfortable even in this season.


This place is privately owned, but the owner said it was open as a dog park.


Konatsu was running around unusually. Is this more comfortable than the Shichiri Square?


It’s hard to see the boundaries, but it’s safe because it’s surrounded by wire mesh fences on all sides.


It takes about 30 minutes from my house, but he told me a good place.



Waiwai Market is a farmer’s market that sells local ingredients operated by JA Sagami. It’s a very popular market, and on weekends, it’s crowded with cars waiting to enter the road.


Even though it was Monday, the entrance to the store was restricted.


Customers will be lined up under the summer sun while they wait, so the store staff will prepare a parasol and say, “Please feel free to use it!”


Of course, pets are not allowed in the store.


The store is very crowded despite the restricted admission.


The tomatoes I bought here last time were cheap and delicious, so I bought them first …


And the shopping cart was full of vegetables on both the top and bottom.


Every Sunday and Monday is “Fish Day”. The tuna I bought here last time was delicious, so I bought tuna and some other items on this day as well.


It looks frozen in the photo, but it’s hot outside, so when you open the case, it instantly becomes this state, but it’s not frozen. One pack of tuna for sashimi is 2000 yen, but if you eat it, you’ll be satisfied!


I also bought Satsuma-age. Satsuma-age is a flied fish cake.


I also bought flowers, and that’s all for today here.


Go back to the car and let Konatsu drink water. Of course, the air conditioner is on while Konatsu is waiting, but she still seems to be thirsty.



I was discharged safely a few days ago. Thank you to many people for their concern. When I got home, I was enthusiastically welcomed by Konatsu as expected, and I was very happy. From now on, I will gradually increase the pace of blog updates while regaining the rhythm of my life.



I’m surprisingly fine, so I’ll report on the progress. This time I was hospitalized for ureteral stone surgery and the surgery was successfully completed 2 days ago. Now I am waiting for discharge while checking my physical recovery.


This is the hospital room where I am now. In general anesthesia, the surgeon puts a tube to send air into my throat because I can’t breathe by myself, but the damage caused by it was unexpectedly large after the operation, and I couldn’t sleep until dawn. So it was good to apply for a private room this time.

The room also has a shower and toilet, so this is the cheapest private room but comfortable enough.

By the way, my wife and daughter sent me pictures of Konatsu to cheer me up after the operation, so I would like to introduce some of them.



I received my 2nd shot of the Covid-19 vaccine today.


Looking at the news, I was a little worried because it was said that “many people feel that the second dose has a fever after the inoculation or that they feel more tired than the first dose.” However, even now, about 6 hours after the inoculation, I don’t feel any side effects, and this will not affect my work tomorrow.


The following is the NHK site updated on 3 June.


In Japan, 8.21% of people have completed the first shot.


Furthermore, only 2.85% of people have completed the second shot. We wouldn’t have to do the Olympics in this situation!

In the end, one photo of Konatsu


A photo at roadside station on the way back from the trip.

ここはとても良い道の駅でした。トマトがびっくりするほど安い! しかも美味しい!



Konatsu sheds fur two to three times a year. It seems that the season is approaching.


The gloss of the fur has disappeared and the whitish fur has emerged as a whole. For the next month or more, Konatsu’s fur will be flying around the house, so I will be busy cleaning.


By the way, yesterday, “MUJI” opened on the site of Takashimaya in Konandai.
Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI in Japanese, translates as “no-brand quality goods.”
MUJI is based on three core principles, which remain unchanged to this day:
1. Quality Materials
2. Less Excess
3. Minimum Packaging
It means that there is the first “MUJI” food department in Kanto, so I went there immediately.


The ground floor is the department for household goods and clothing


The food department is on the first basement floor.


Even though it is unbranded, you can see branded products such as Matsuzaka beef and Ashigara beef. lol


This carving is amazing!


There is also a kitchen counter, and it seems that various events will be held. Queens Isetan also has a tie-up, and although the price is not cheap, it was a store with a lot of good items.

お知らせ Notice


From a few days ago, only the latest articles on my blog are displayed. I think it’s a configuration problem, but I can’t solve it. Please wait.

It seems that there was something wrong with the article posted on May 5th, and when I deleted it, it was restored. I will upload only the photo of the day again.


The last time I posted was Konatsu’s funny face.



A new store opened yesterday in front of the station in our town.


It says “Shiri Mochi”, but what kind of store is it? What are you selling?


They sold rice cakes and various kinds of bean paste. Then I bought it.

お餅の上に餡子が乗っていて、これで600円。搗きたての温かい餅でした。もち米の形が少し残るような搗き方なのかな? 餡子が美味しい。

There is bean paste on top of the mochi, which costs 600 yen. It was a freshly made warm mochi. The bean paste is delicious.


Konatsu showed no interest at all, which isn’t the usual.



I’ve been to Gunma for work since last Friday. This is Kanra Town, Gunma Prefecture, and there are famous cherry blossom spots here. The blooming time was about a week later than in South Kanto, and it was in full bloom this time. 
I will omit the explanation below, but please enjoy the row of cherry blossom trees in a rural town in Japan.




Konatsu, the day after I returned home.

今日の午前中、外出先の駐車場でMLBの速報を見ていたらエンジェルスの大谷がホームランを打った! その瞬間の写真です(笑)

I had a business to go out this morning, and when I was watching the breaking news of MLB in the parking lot there, Otani of the Angels hit a home run! It is a picture of that moment. lol



Unexpectedly, my work is so busy that I can’t update my blog. Even so, I go to Shichirigahama for a walk of Konatsu every morning, and Konatsu can meet and play with her friend dogs. However, I haven’t taken pictures.


So I only have this picture, but Konatsu is fine!


Maybe I can resume updating in the middle of next weekI.

岐れ路 裏道散歩


Today is a local topic, so I will omit the translation, but it is a topic of taking a walk in the back streets of Kamakura.













Today is Valentine’s Day. Japanese Valentine’s culture is a strange custom for foreigners, so I will explain Japanese Valentine’s Day to people who access this site from overseas.

During this time, many people buy chocolate at department stores and specialty stores, as if chocolate festivals were being held all over Japan.
Valentine’s Day was imported to Japan in the 50’s by a Japanese chocolate company that wanted to profit from a special occasion that revolved around buying things for people you love.
Some of the first ads for Valentine’s Day here in Japan accidentally misrepresented the Western tradition – claiming it was a day when women showed love to the men by giving them various types of chocolate (instead of the other way around).

Now more than 50 years later, Japanese Valentine’s Day is still a day when women give presents to men.


That’s why I also benefit from it every year, and this year it has become like this.


My wife prepared Hidemi Sugino’s Prunne. This store is one of Japan’s leading patisseries.


There is chocolate with rum in the prunes. The prunes are juicy, and after chewing, smooth chocolate with rum spreads in the mouth. very delicious!

ここから再び海外の方へ  本命チョコ・義理チョコ・友チョコの解説
There are 2 types of chocolates given on Valentine’s Day : Honmei-choco, Giri-choco.

Honmei-choco、 comes from the words “honmei” meaning favorite and “choco” meaning chocolate. Honmei choco is the chocolates you give to a very special person in your life, such as boyfriend, husband, or close male friend. From time to time, honmei-choco are accompanied by a “love confession”, where a woman askes the recipient to be her boyfriend.

Giri-choco、literally means “obligation chocolate”, and as you can probably guess, these chocolates are given to people who you are not romantically involved with , such as collegues, acquaintances, and bosses.

In recent years, new type of Valentine`s Day chocolate has been added: “Tomo-choco” which means chocolate given exclusively to your friends!


The photo above is a chocolate gift from the staff at my workplace. This is Giri-choco (Lol)


I’m always getting healing from you so I won’t ask for anything!



In the neighborhood of my house, there is “Yatosaka – Kiridoshi”, one of the 100 best landscapes in Kamakura.


Walk about 10 minutes from my house, and there is this road ahead of Nishi-Kamakura Elementary School, and I will climb here …

This is Yatosaka-Kiridoshi.


About 900 years ago, the natural fortress of the kiridoshi in Kamakura offered strong defenses.  On the other hand, the photo below is … 


At the entrance of the road I just climbed, is it a modern cut? This road is a prefectural road that you take when you go to Enoshima from the direction of Ofuna, and it seems that the cooperation of the Self-Defense Forces was completed in the 1960’s.


If I go deeper into the cut of Yatosaka, there is Kamakura old road, which is a quiet place that is perfect for a walk.


This is an undeveloped woodland area near a village


Konatsu is also walking comfortably.


I came back on the way today, but this road leads to Mt. Kamakura and we can enjoy a 2-hour walk.

<番外編> 群馬にて


I’ve been in Gunma for work since yesterday.


When I was about to leave the hotel this morning, the car window and body were frozen.


No wonder, the washer fluid was frozen, so no water came out, so I started the engine in this state and stopped until the car warmed up. It’s not a big deal because the car isn’t buried like the snowy region, but for me, who was born in warm Shizuoka, even such an event seemed unusual.