Kohei Miura Visiting Professorship
April-June, 1997
 
Chubu University
Kasugai, Japan
in cooperation with
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Avionics Engineering Center
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio
 
Robert and Ellen Lilley
 
Chapter 1
Notes on Japan Visit -- April-June, 1997
Bob and Ellen Lilley
This writing is done, mostly by Bob, but with entries from Ellen also,
both to give us a record of this remarkable experience, 
and as a guide for future visiting professors. We have tried to put in here 
those interesting and challenging things we encountered. 
We hope it does not spoil the fun of "coming in cold" on a 
wholly unfamiliar environment. We suspect it will not; thereís too much 
to learn and experience! Have fun!
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 ---------- First, a Primer, for future visiting professors! ---------------
  Some of this is repetitive, but itís good to have it "up front." Even if you ignore the 
lengthy tome to follow, these first few pages could be a help.
- Read a couple of books and surf the world-wide web for information on Japan -- We used "Culture Shock Japan" and "Japan Made Easy." Both were helpful, but in many cases they were a little too concerned with the formal etiquette here. As in the US, the University crowd seems to be a little more relaxed and human than some in the business community. Still, itís good to learn a few greetings in Japanese, observe and remember when to remove shoes, bow rather than shaking hands unless the Japanese person offers a hand. Learn how to sit on the floor cross-legged or to kneel, without pinching nerves. Many of the people you will meet are used to hosting Americans, and you will undoubtedly not be the worst of the bunch. Relax and be observant. Generally follow the leader!
- Once you know youíre going to Japan, get on the e-mail circuit with both the Ohio and the Japan end. I bet we saved weeks by Internet work with OUís Associate Provost Felix Gagliano and Chubuís Tomo Tanaka and others. We even got e-mail services at Chubu arranged early, and a lot of other loose ends tied up before we traveled. 
- If you got this far, you survived the 15 or more hours in airliners and the arrival procedures at the airport (I changed some money into yen right at the airport -- about $300 worth; a good idea). Presumably you have been introduced to host people, likely from the Chubu University International Office and perhaps from the host academic department. Also, youíre probably jet-lagged badly. They will ask if you want to go to a restaurant for dinner, and itís up to you, but they were not offended when we said weíd just like to get a good bath and some sleep. We had our first hosted meal a day or so later, and were glad we waited.
- The apartment rent and utilities (except for International phone calls; <dial 0041-1-areacode-number> for calls to the US) are already paid, as stated on your contract. Enjoy!
- Youíll need to have several thousand yen to tide you over until your airline ticket reimbursement and your stipend are available. My $300 got over 30,000 yen.
- Danger! The door frames are just about 6í tall. I hit my head once in a while. Duck!
- When we arrived, there were basic groceries, and even a bottle of good Japanese whiskey, here for us. There are linens, towels, cooking utensils, appliances, an iron and basically everything you need to get going. Of course, the appliances are all labeled in Japanese, so read on -- we decoded SOME of it!
Rice cooker -- Put one scoop #1 line (plenty for two people) brown or white rice, and fill with water to the #1 line, then close and push button. It cooks and then maintains warm.
Microwave -- Door is bottom button -- "On" is top left button, then set time by turning knob. Then push the pink (bottom right-hand button). Other buttons are for defrost, etc., and weíre not experts. Left-hand bottom button turns it off.
Sink drain looks like a garbage disposal, but is not. Empty the net bag once in a while! Bags are in the drawer to the right.
Stove top: Press the wide flat buttons to turn on and off. The lever gives control over amount of flame. No pilot lights -- a spark plug ignites the gas. 
Oven -- buttons mysterious, and you should remember that the temperature is in Centigrade. (200 degrees is really 392 degrees F!). 
- The laundry thing is somewhat different. You can send clothes out (ask your host about laundry service, because you wonít be able to communicate very well with the delivery person); it tends to be pretty expensive, but... Doing laundry "in" happens probably more frequent than in the U. S. because the appliances are so much smaller. Get used to stiff fabric once dry in the closet-type hot-air dryer. No tumble-dry, although we heard rumors of laundromats [Yes! In a side street just a block East of the Motoyama intersection!]. We were discouraged from using them. Hang things on the back porch lines; everyone else does... On the dryer, the knob is marked in hours (up to 5!). On the washer, the left-hand knob is the water level. The right knob is the familiar timer/function knob. There are two buttons in the center, which are a total mystery to us, and to our host. Note that cold water only is hooked to the washer. You add hot water from the hose, as you wish. Itís probably better to bring cotton/polyester blend fabrics, because they work better in this non-tumble-dry laundry setup than does 100% cotton.
- Clean out the tub drain screen (beside the tub, in the floor) every few days, or the drain will overflow all over the floor. No harm done; the whole room is waterproof, and is a sort of large shower stall.
- As we write this, donít bother trying to use the telephone connections in the den or bedroom -- disconnected. One phone, in the living room with a cordless extension in the den. We just set up the computer and e-mail on the dining-room table so we could get to the phone connection, after searching around for the wires to the "den."
- The phone has an answering machine built in; just push the big button. It will say something to you in Japanese, but know ye that the thing will now take messages, if the red light is on. When you return, push the red button again, and youíll get your messages, and the red light will go off. Trust it; it works...
- Speaking of the phone connection, the utility closet (our daughter calls it the "scary closet") is just off the living room. In there youíll find the water heater (one of the giant ones that heats at night and stores it during the day) and a whole lot of weird wiring and piping. I gave up trying to figure it out, one night when I was trying to get the den telephone jack to work. It looks as if the phone line can be used to control the hot-water tank? Thereís a large control panel on the dining room wall, for the water heater. We looked at it along with one of our hosts, and she decided it was OK, and just said to leave it alone.
- The doorbell also has a phone attached. If you hear the bell and the #1 light comes on, thereís someone at the door. If the #3 light comes on, thereís someone ringing from downstairs. Either way, you can talk to them if you choose. Push the button and talk on the handset. The #2 button? Well, lifeís full of mysteries..
- There is a group of file folders in the den with maps, travel folders, consular information and other goodies. We hope itís helpful.
- There is a Japan Times English-language newspaper available for about $30 per month. Ask your Chubu University host to enter a subscription for you. We found it useful.
- There is a "map" of the remote controls for the heaters behind the remote in the bedroom. Donít lose this! It may be your only hope of getting those machines under control. It seems they are smarter than we are!
- We marked some of the remote control functions for the TV and the VCR in the booklets for these machines, on the shelf under the TV. NOTE: There are locally-broadcast programs on most of the "normal" channels 1-13, and on several of the BS (broadcast satellite) channels 1,3,5, ... 15. Especially on weekends, there are English-language movies on some BS channels, but you may have to hit the sound mode button on the remote (under the cover; see the booklet for location) to get the correct sound channel. Thereís usually one in Japanese and one in the movieís own language. There are references to J-SAT, etc, which are other broadcast satellites, but these are apparently not available at the apartment (takes another dish, or more money, or something). CNN has a World News report each evening in English, also.
- Ask for a second apartment key -- you can get it. Ask for a home number of one of your hosts who speaks English, for emergencies.
- Ask your host to write your name and address in Japanese; carry a copy of this and a Xerox copy of your passport description page with you. Register with the U. S. Consulate. They donít seem to be very wide-awake down at the Consulate, but if something bad happens, itís the natural starting point for authorities or relatives to check up on you. 
- Thereís a mailbox behind the lobby wall -- 1003. If thereís no lock, maybe pick one up at Jusco? (See below.) Actually, thereís very little useful mail -- take utility bills to your host at Chubu for payment; take mail there also for translation if you think it might be important, or if youíre just curious. Be ready for some of the junk mail to be pretty raunchy...advertising adult videos and the like... If you have packages delivered, they will likely be kept at the managerís office. Youíll have to learn a phrase or some sign language to ask him if there are any parcels for you...maybe a note from your host would help.
- Trash goes out anytime, always in plastic -- Save the bags from the grocery store. Trash in the big blue dumpers (OK, little blue dumpers) to the northwest of the building (turn right as you go out the front door). Thereís a little room near those dumpers where recyclables go -- aluminum, cardboard, newspaper, etc.
- Your Chubu host will point out the leased automobile (We had a nice one; a Toyota Crown Royal Saloon), in parking space #1. Nice space, under roof. Your host will drive for a few days, then ride with you as you drive for a while, and then turn it over to you. There is a book in the den about road signs; read it! The biggies for us were that youíre on the left side of the road, that Stop signs are triangular red signs (like our Yield) which say "Stop" all right, but in Japanese, and that traffic is almost always "heavy." At first it will look like total chaos, but just move with the flow and grit your teeth a little. Note that once another car has moved even a little bit in front of you in the other lane, he has the right of way. You must give way if he decides to change lanes. The other thing is, you might as well develop extreme patience with traffic. Thereís no correcting it; people park wherever they want to -- literally -- and gum things up thoroughly. Everyone else adapts. Street lights have very long cycles compared to ours -- find a good radio station (82.5 works in the morning), or try to read the signs to pass the time -- I carried a Hiragana/Katakana table with me to help. Filling the car with gas ("maantaan-nish-te-kudasai" -- "fill Ďer up") will shock you the first time. Itís going to be 5000 to 6000 yen, probably (close to $50). Remember the price shown at the pump is for a LITER, not a gallon!
-- To drive to Kasugai takes about 45 minutes. There are several usable routes, but the best ones will probably change by the time future visitors come here. There will be maps in the apartment, and your host will have ideas also. You can also take the subway and train -- a full-public-transport trip would be Bus 85 north from the apartment (right out front, across the street -- left side, remember?), 200 yen to Motoyama, then to the subway and 230 yen to Chikusa station; then the Japan Rail Chuo line, and another 230 yen to Kasugai station; then the Chubu University bus to campus (free; your host should provide a bus pass). Count station stops and know the names before you start. Takes about the same length of time, is easier than driving, but is over $5.00 one way. Your call.
- Shopping -- We went to Jusco -- about a mile south on Yamate-dori -- with our host on the first full day here. It is a department store you should get to know, with housewares, clothes, groceries, stationery, bakery, liquor store, etc. Thereís also a nice grocery in the Motoyama subway station north of the apartment, and an international grocery several blocks to the right once you reach Motoyama. Jusco is one place where you CAN park -- a large garage attached. 
- Language -- If you have a chance, study a little Hiragana and Katakana before you leave the US. Seriously, it can be a big help. Try the "Power Japanese" software package, and get a pocket-sized set of hiragana/katakana tables. I wish I had spent more time on it. Both those alphabets are in wide use; but hiragana is for Japanese words (you can decode the signs, but then you have to translate the words using a Japanese-English dictionary) and katakana is for "borrowed words." Sometimes you can identify the word once you have decoded each character into its phonetic sound. ("Clinic" comes out ku-ri-ni-tsu-ku for example. The "tsu" character just makes the "ku" sound harder... Itís really not as hard as it may sound, and kind of fun.)The third alphabet is the one youíre probably familiar with from movies or pictures, the Chinese "kanji" ideographs. You will become familiar with a few of these, but don't count on them for a lot of help unless youíre really "into" the language. 
- We are avid walkers -- itís our fitness routine. Itís also the very best way to discover and see things. Donít plan on driving a lot for sightseeing -- thereís just no place to put the car and youíll waste a lot of time trying to park. Walk, or take the bus, subway or train. Buses are 200 yen (call it $2.00) for a ride anywhere in the city, and the subway is 200-300 yen depending on where you are going. Train is similar for short trips. Get a good map from your host or form the Nagoya International Center (of course, youíll have to take the subway to get there!!).
- Hint: "Our" television tower right out the bedroom and den windows, is a GREAT landmark! Itís visible from nearly everywhere we walk. Keeps one from getting fully disoriented.
- The "visiting professor" will be busy almost from the first day, but the spouse, especially if female, may feel left out or cut off for a while. This is not to say that your hosts have forgotten you; itís just that everything is unfamiliar, and wives are often not an integral part of the work or the socializing in Japan. Call the "welcome-wagon" (Itís referred to as a furoshki here, we think). Someone will come, speaking English, and will leave a pile of useful brochures and other info. Gives you a contact in English for later, also. Try calling Jerry Richmond at 052-836-9261. If Jerry is no longer there, ask one of your hosts about it. (Mrs. Murase, wife of a Chubu administrator, told Ellen about this early in our visit.) The International Center (kokusai center) in downtown Nagoya has a wealth of contacts and information. Ellen was particularly pleased with the Cross-Cultural Association, part of the International Ladiesí Association, which held regular activities and were specifically geared to visiting women. The main thing is, that all the women speak English, even though they come from a wide variety of countries. 
- Your host academic department will likely assign a faculty member to be your day-to-day guide; I generally had lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi of the EE department; these lunches were good times to go over mail, go up to the bookstore and other routine things where an interpreter made things go more smoothly. He also took us on weekend trips in and out of the city and was a generous host and a real friend. 
- By the way -- the guide books are correct on this point -- ALWAYS carry a packet of Kleenex or a bit of toilet paper with you when you travel, even in the city. Public toilets are available (sometimes a bit of an adventure), but they are often out of paper (sometimes it is not provided at all).
- Founderís Day, June 7 -- This is an important Buddhist ceremony commemorating Kohei Miura, in whose name you are here. It is a serious religious ceremony followed by a more informal (well, a bit informal) meeting of the faculty for tea and cake. At that gathering, you will probably be asked to say some words. Be sure to get these ready early, and let the International Office look them over. I also sent mine to the Ohio University president, to be sure he could insert any specific message he wanted to convey. If your experience is the same as mine, you will be asked to deliver this speech in Japanese! Relax; thereís plenty of help. Iíd make the speech as compact and brief as possible, though! I admit I was really nervous about this, but it was received well (or, with good humor...?) Iíll probably never know, because I really donít know what I said.
Prepare lectures before you leave the States, if possible. Even with the Internet, many of the goodies you need will be hard to transfer to Japan. Also; remember that you have to write out each lecture word-for word and turn it in two weeks ahead, along with viewgraph copies, for translation by the International Office. The Deanís Office in Engineering, right downstairs from the visiting professor office, will help with copying, transparencies, faxes, etc. The translation slightly more than doubles the time required for your lecture; I was always writing too much material. Plan for a 40-minute lecture and you should be OK. Donít plan to use chalk and do real-time stuff; you will surprise your translator.
Now, to our story
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September, 1996 -- Dean Kent Wray said Bob was nominated to go to Chubu University in Japan for the Spring Quarter as the Kohei Miura visiting professor of electrical engineering. A complete surprise!
October , 1996 -- President Robert Glidden confirmed that the nomination had been sent to Japan.
We talked with Dr. Joe and Billie Essman for an entire evening, and received much interesting (and encouraging) information on Japan and their trip. Joe said they would go back "in a heartbeat."
Received early confirmation of appointment by Chubu from Dr. Tomo Tanaka December 13, and announced it to the Avionics staff at our Christmas party at the Sportsman Restaurant in Athens (it closed soon after...). Then, we received a letter from President Kazuo Yamada of Chubu University, with the three-month contract; returned it with signature on December 30. This contract has on it the stipend amount for the period in Japan, with apartment rental with all utilities deducted already. Everything is paid except for international telephone and things like newspapers, laundry, food, supplies, etc. Thatís all "on the visitor," but some is deductible back home.
Contacted Tomo Tanaka (an old friend from the Computer Center days; he was on the Physics faculty) at Chubu by e-mail; subsequently Mr. Murase and Yuko Yamada (who turns out to be the daughter of the President, working in the international office), for information and guidance. Much e-mail followed.
We purchased from Susan Maiden at Globe Travel in Athens. Delta Airlines. We "bid" these to several Athens and out-of-town agencies, on advice from Felix Gagliano in the Provostís office. He travels to the Far East a lot, and said this was the best way to get good prices. I sent identical messages to about five agencies giving the range of dates for departure and return that we (and Chubu) could accommodate. They wanted us in Japan up-and-running by about April 1, which is the beginning of their academic year.
Had a Japanese-style dinner with Jim and Sara Gilfert, and the Lynn Williamses. The Gilferts have really adopted the Far East in their life-style. Their daughter Susan lives in Nagoya (we will contact her), and they have been back to Japan many times. They provided a very nice slide show, familiarizing us with the sights.
Arrangements for care of Athens house - We talked with Shawna Wolfe and friend Mike, agreed that Shawna would stay at the house; Ellen arranged for periodic grass-cutting by a professional firm, with Shawna filling in (she likes to cut grass). Dr. Dave Diggle at the Avionics Engineering Center agreed to be a backup in case of emergencies.
The Avionics Center shipped four boxes of technical books, papers and equipment to Japan, which was expensive but necessary. Much of the material will remain in Japan (brochures, Ohio University and Avionics souvenirs as gifts, etc).
Dinner with Charlie and Claire Ping (he is former President of Ohio University, who spent much time in Japan). More good advice, now confirming some of what we think we know. We dare to think weíre getting somewhat under control...
The International Office at Chubu requested materials including passport photos, etc, for preparing the Certificate of Eligibility for a visa. Visas were obtained, again with much faxing and e-mail, from the Japanese Consulate in Detroit, whose information was located using the World-Wide Web. The Atlanta branch of the Consulate even had the visa application on the World-Wide Web, ready to print! This impressed my contact in Detroit, who promised to "keep up with Atlanta" in the future!
Other items purchased were gift items, "made in USA or Ohio," luggage (we had nothing that would handle even close to 70 pounds, the limit per bag), international driver permits (at AAA in Athens), etc. Gathered up some Shaklee food supplements and vitamin products, to keep our diet/supplements under control. (Shawna Wolfe will handle the business while weíre gone, with e-mail communications to Japan.) Did not really get started packing until the night before departure; there just wasnít time!
Note to President Robert Glidden -- sorry we couldnít get together before leaving the country.
At nearly the last minute, Ron Price, an Avionics client, called, and Bob was called away to Richmond to do a promotional presentation on March 23-24. Flew the aircraft down there, all the time concerned about a weather system approaching from the west. Got back to Athens ahead of it, fortunately, to start packing.
Now, all this time there were at least three other layers of activity for each of us. Bob had announced his Ohio University retirement date as November, 1997, and there were the activities surrounding choice of a successor, etc. Additionally, we both had been looking at real estate in the Santa Barbara, CA, area, relative to a move there in November, and were talking to realtors both there and in Athens. Also, Bob had been talking with John Illgen, President of Illgen Simulation Technologies, Inc., and finally accepted their offer late in March. This on top of Shaklee and International Loran Association businesses and Avionics Engineering Center work and Bobís work on Dean Wrayís Strategic Planning (Other Objectives) committee. Had a last-minute meeting with Assistant Director Doug Vickers on promotional files and status of director activities. Doug seems comfortable with the Acting Director job (but I think he does not want it for very long!).
All of the above sounds logical and well-ordered, if busy. In reality it certainly was not; there were good and bad days as far as thinking, "Can we do this? Should we do this? Will Ellenís businesses survive it?" Itís like having children or buying a house -- you are never really "ready" and you never can "afford" it, by some measure or another. But inevitably the day for departure came...
Wednesday, March 26 1997 - Left Athens 9:00 PM; dinner Lancaster, overnight at daughter Karenís house in Columbus. As Delta Airlines required, two checked bags (<=70 lb.) and two carry-ons (<=40lb) each (plus purse for Ellen, which can be as big as a third carry-on!), plus one excess bag (one of Mike DiBenedettoís white MLS road cases) which cost $130! Still cheaper than shipping. 
Thursday, March 27,1997 - To airport 5:00 AM; 7:00 departure to Cincinnati, Portland; then overseas to Nagoya (10-hour flight). Delta MD-11 at 31,000 feet. Very nice weather all the way; good views of islands off Canadaís west coast, and of mountainous areas of Honshu during the southward stage of the flight. Interesting to note former student Rich Salterís AirShow unit used during flight; nice air data and ground track displays. 
Noticed that the track took us right down the coast of Kamchatka Peninsula, but not too close to Sakhalin Island (where KAL-007 was shot down by the Russians years ago).
Nearly everyone on flight was Japanese (surprise!); couple next to us with two delightful young boys, going from Seattle (Dad works at Boeing) to Nagoya for a weekís visit in the home country.
No customs process to speak of. Picked up at Nagoya airport by Mr. Murase (presently associate director) and Mr. Sasaki (new director), of the Chubu University International office. Changed some travelersí checks at the airport bank ($300 US gets you 36,708 yen at this point. Mr. Murase hired a taxi to take the luggage to the apartment, and we then experienced the traffic congestion immediately, as Mr. Sasaki tried to get us out of the airport area. Then freeway across town, taking in sights and sounds (multiple alphabets all at once, including English and three Japanese variations). Much conversation and questions/answers on both sides.
Arrived at the apartment to find the taxi and luggage waiting, and three of four boxes which had been shipped earlier were in the apartment already. Room 1003 CI Manshon Yamate, 1-28 Yamate-dori, Shouwa-ku, Nagoya-City, 466, Japan
Met Ms. Yuko Yamada (who turned out to be the daughter of the Chubu President, Kazuo Yamada), and she showed us around the apartment. Murase indicated we should relax this night and Sunday, and he would be here 9:00 AM Monday for a trip to Chubu University. 
Relaxation came easily -- after some unpacking, asleep by mid-evening.
Saturday, March 29, 1997 (March 28 disappeared somewhere during the flight)
Up early, still time-challenged. Apartment is kitchen, bath/laundry, two bedrooms plus Japan room and den, and living-dining. Very comfortable except individual heater units hard to deal with due to Japanese labeling. Fortunately someone had left a partial "map" of the remote-control units which helped a little. Tenth floor, with a nice city view (although very hazy most of the day).
Completed unpacking, and walked up Yamate-dori to the "Motoyama" section and back, visiting a convenience store or two (Lawsons! Looks the same, but no English to speak of). Purchased a set of batteries for one of the apartment heater remotes, and some green tea; first uses of Japanese money! Noted a temple to visit later, but much construction (new subway line) made the surroundings noisy and not so pretty. Weíll try side streets when we get more confident about directions. Identified a few restaurants, etc. Tomorrow, weíll find the zoo for sure -- relatively close, called Higashiyama park ("East mountain" park). "Nishi" is West, by the way, "kita" north and "minami" south. 
Yuko came at 10:00 and described many of the appliances and answered a thousand questions we had, ranging from how to cook tea and rice, to use of the fire escape, the heaters (again!) and the rules of the building for trash, storage, etc. Much organization on recycling. Many questions on foods, labels, etc.
Yuko told us that Mr. Sasaki worked for Toyota for some 30 years, and has been at Chubu only for a few weeks. He will succeed Tomo Tanaka as director, when Tanaka steps down to become an advisor, apparently on April 1. Also, Mr. Murase will go to another section (recruiting) at Chubu on April 1.
Yuko also gave us the names of her colleagues in the International office at Chubu, who we will meet: 
Mrs. Shoyama Atsuko
Ms. Asako Imai
Mr. Hanaki Toru
She also gave us our names and address in Japanese, to carry with us in case we get lost. Phone at the apartment is 81-52-832-5691. (From in country, 052-832-5691). International calls going out are (0041+1+areacode+7 digits). Mr. Muraseís home number (emergencies) is 05617-3-7541.
We three walked a few blocks south on Yamate-dori looking at shops (some closed on Saturday) and had lunch at the Chitaka restaurant, Japanese style at a low table, shoes off, chopsticks; Shrimp, a fish croquette, rice, cabbage, hot dipping sauce and miso soup -- wonderful! Even some side-dishes of Japanese plum, seaweed, and what we are certain is our first taste of jellyfish! Not bad. Also lily-root, in a sweet sauce. Yuko was complimentary on our use of chopsticks; said even some Japanese have trouble with them. Yuko paid for all this in the name of the University, even though I offered to host (about 3600 yen; something like $30.00). Then more walking, East on the cross street (street names are not really considered important here; you just have to know where youíre going. To explain this, Yuko and I went over the divisions of the country, which helped me understand the mail addresses:
Honshu (the big island) is divided into areas, East, West and Center. We are in the Chubu area, which means "Central place." Within the area are prefectures (ken, of which ours is Aichi-ken). Then cities (Nagoya-shi, Kasugai-shi), and wards (ku, apartment is in Shouwa-ku), towns (-cho), neighborhoods (-chome; pronounced cho-may. These are numbered, as in 1-chome, 2-chome; something like three to a -cho) and streets (-dori). Then there are ban, and another division which I forget.
Then back to the apartment (passing a Central Bank, which may be useful for changing more travelersí checks when necessary) and to Yukoís car (complete with GPS-driven road map -- handy!) and a drive further south on Yamate-dori to the cross street at Yagoto station. A right turn and a short distance northwest on this street and a left turn into the parking garage for the Jusco department store (if you spend upwards of 2000 yen here, parking is free; just show the receipt).
Jusco is a complete supermarket; food, clothing, housewares, a bakery and a gym. Also some nice small shops in a small plaza to the northwest side of the building. Ellen bought bread, English muffins, rice (remarkably expensive for a staple item), rye bread, balsamic vinegar (seemed VERY expensive at $11.00 for a 1/4 liter bottle, but then it was imported from Italy...). I spent some time later trying to read the register receipt and match Hiragana/Katakana characters there with labels on the products -- very frustrating. Seems to be a mix of Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji/Kokuji characters everywhere!
The gym at Jusco looks familiar, with aerobics, exercise/weight machines and sauna/pool. Price is 80 yen per month, and we decided to wait a while to see if we can get in what we need by walking. If the weather gets bad, we may join. 
Home about 3:00 PM, in light rain, and almost immediately asleep for an "afternoon nap" which lasted until midnight! Weíre still lagged! 
Sunday, March 30, 1997 - Read some of the maps, guides, etc. which had been left in the apartment by others; Ellen did a "load" (very small load...) of clothes in the tiny washing machine and then dried in the closet-type hot-air flow dryer. Slower than tumbling, but it works. Many people said they hang clothes on the line on the porch; but itís night, itís raining, pigeons sometimes hang out on the porches (despite remarkable devices to scare them away) and itís Easter Sunday -- seemed a little out of place to hang laundry all over the place.
The heated toilet seat continues to be a surprise (and delight)! Finally got the room heaters to work stably, mostly by trial and error. Maybe they work on "fuzzy" logic (or maybe we do).
Nice morning -- clear/hazy and sunny early. Looks like a good day for a walk... 
Tomo and Mrs. (Sumiko) Tanaka called about 8:00 AM. They will come here at 1:00 PM for a driving tour and visit to their home.
We found the zoo by an hourís walk on the side streets, but with the Tanaka visit coming up, did not have time to go in today. Some very nice upscale houses and lovely gardens along the way. Walked back along the main street (to Motoyama station) and then back south on Yotsuya-dori and Yamate-dori to the CI Mansions apartment. Stopped along Hirokoji-dori (runs east-west through Motoyama) to pick up some wine and a bag of peanuts. Very nice flower shop there also.
Got some papers ready to take to Chubu tomorrow -- Mr. Murase comes at 9:00 to pick us up for the introductions and tour.
The visit with the Tanakas was delightful! First, sushi at the Atom-Boy, one in a chain of "fast-food" sushi places. Moving belt with sushi dishes on color-coded plates: 100, 200, 300 Yen. Just grab a plate and chopsticks and soy sauce and eat. Then grab more plates as they go by. Shrimp on rice, crab on rice, squash in rice wrapped with seaweed, cucumber ditto, a sort of spring roll, but with tofu filling, green tea of course, and finally a cup of Japanese custard, a bean-paste item, with nuts and white fish bits in. All very good, and once again compliments on use of chopsticks! 
Traveled through Kasugai to Tajimi. The road goes through the foothills north of Nagoya, with tunnels and cuts evident. At two points, I noted large wire cages over the road, somewhat like the rock protection for railroad tracks in the mountains of the US West. Tanaka said they were to protect cars from golf balls from country clubs atop the nearby hills! Sure enough, there were golf balls in the screens. 
At Tajimi, we went to the Eihoji Buddhist temple at Kokeizan Mountain, a truly serene place. Water, bonsai-style and gingko trees, and the temple itself, about 650 years old. Set in a deep gorge thick with plants and rock formations; rock images of "guardians" watching over their assigned departed youngsters. 
In the bamboo forest here is said to live a very wise man. Sumiko Tanaka translated some Kanji writing there: "If we take from our neighbors, then there will be fighting and they will take from us; if we give to our neighbors, they will give to us and there will be peace." Sounds a little like, "Thereís enough work to go around. Why compete with our colleagues when we could be cooperating?" Maybe thereís a little Zen in the avionics business also.
Then to Tanakaís house for tea, which turned out to be tea plus banana bread and fruit cup. Then, a glass of wine from one of Tanakaís sons who is a wine collector. A 8000 yen bottle of Rheingau; 1976er Rauenthaler, Baifen, Reisling (Auslese). Verwaltung der Staatsweing... (All of this for Dave Diggle, in Athens, whoís our resident German wine expert.) In any case, it was excellent!
After good conversation and some Athens stories (Tomo may come back in August to teach a course at Ohio) we returned to Nagoya and the apartment, with much window-shopping on the way -- A temple just North of the main street (Hirokoji-dori) that we need to see...A supermarket on this street beyond the zoo, etc.
Tomo said we would be meeting University officials tomorrow, and on Tuesday doing some paperwork, opening a bank account and getting an ATM card at Chubu University, and some looking around. Dress for this!
Monday, March 31, 1997 - Mr. Murase picked us up at the apartment at 9:00 and took us in the leased car to Chubu in Kasugai. Itís a long drive (compared to driving to work from The Plains!) over roads under construction, etc. Talked with him about second key to apartment, mailbox, some hints on operating the TV, etc. The construction is to build a new elevated guideway bus system from Nagoya to Kasugai. Also, improvements are underway to the road. Probably, future visiting professors will have an easier trip to Chubu!
Just after leaving the main road in a hard left turn, noted a woodworking location where beams were being prepared for construction (of traditional things like temples). Big mortise/tenon joints, dovetails in the ends of tree-sized beams. We may want to visit this later. The turn is at a temple, and leads to a narrow road passing over the river into Kasugai and Chubu. Iíll need more example drives to get this straight. Got lost after entering Kasugai. Murase took us to Mr. Sasakiís office where we talked for a short time, over green tea; Yuko appeared briefly, as did Tanaka. 
Tanaka and Sasaki accompanied us to the meeting room for the session with President Yamada and his people: Dr. Koji Iwata and Dr. Hiroshi Tanaka, vice presidents; and Ryozo Ohnishi, Provost. The vice-Provost was also there, but I did not get a name.
Good talk; ranging over past visiting professors and changes at Ohio to "just what is avionics anyway?" Some had obviously read my resume and asked questions about the MLS flights; all seemed interested in hearing about the GPS satellite navigation system. After an hour or so, escorted to office, where the desktop computer waits. 
I asked to be able to talk to Mr. Takechi, a computer-wise faculty member from the Electronics Engineering department, and he appeared shortly. We worked most of the rest of the day on dial-up networking problems in Windows 95, so my laptop would be useful from the apartment. We demonstrated its use plus that of the desktop. Some tweaking will be necessary, but basically OK.
Office is functional -- plain, but with wet-bar (for tea!) in the room. Lunch at the faculty cafeteria; purchase tickets for meal desired in machine outside, then order inside. Spaghetti -- good. Tomorrow Lo Mein?
Back to the office -- brought up e-mail at Athens via Telnet, with some delay due to network speed, presumably. It works, however, and got e-mail answers to a couple of messages, and worked with Ellen on the Loran messages. 
Tanaka pointed out the bookstore (I apparently have an allowance there; also, they will do film processing in one day) and the self-instruction room where English-language magazines and CNN in English are always available. The visiting professor budget also contains a travel component, for trips related to research activities. (We have to visit Mr. Katayama at SENA in Tokyo, the Japan Association for Aids to Navigation if appropriate, and Japan Radio Corp, avionics manufacturer; this budget will come in handy.)
At the end of the day, President Yamada had Mr. Sasaki, Dr. Tanaka and us driven by chauffeured limo to a site on the Horikawa river, planted on both sides with cherry trees, all in nearly full bloom. Absolutely beautiful. After a short walk among these trees, drove to Chubuís downtown building (original site of the Chubu Institute) and saw the wonderful city view from the top floor board room there. (I think the Presidentís visit was a surprise, judging from the response of the office staff.) Back to the car, to find our driver cleaning it off with large feather dusters. I donít think we ever quite got into rhythm with him on opening and closing the car doors. Weíd almost always jump the gun, and he would rush to help, trying to be on both sides at once.
Then through terrible downtown traffic to the Gokoku shrine near the center of town -- setting up for a street fair. And down the side streets to Tonioís, just down the street from the apartment, for a superb Japanese steakhouse dinner, cooked at the table; mushrooms, lotus, salad, beef, sprouts, rice and Green Tea Ice Cream! Ellenís shrimp were as fresh as shrimp can be -- a little disconcerting to see live shrimp cooked at the table...OK, a lot disconcerting. Wonderful Japanese "Scotch," and one of our favorite German wines. Interesting -- almost symphonic renditions of Beatles music as background!
Back to the apartment about 10:00 PM. Very long day, with many new sights, sounds, and people!
Tuesday, April 1, 1997 -- Dr. Mikio Yasubayashi (Asst Professor of Electrical Engineering) comes at 9:00 to pick me up for the trip to Chubu (Ellen will remain at the apartment today). Mr. Murase called and said we needed to take public transport to Kasugai today, since our car is still at the University after yesterdayís limo activity.
Pleasant walk in the early morning around the campus of Nagoya University, north on Yamate-dori. Quite cool, but no wind and the sun coming up. Lots of flowers already; fish and ducks in the large pond on the edge of the campus. A garden maze leading to an amphitheater in the middle of campus.
Yasubayashi arrived and was surprised at the need to take public transport. We took the bus to Motoyama station, the subway to Chikusa station where we picked up the Japan Rail Chuo line to Kasugai. Then took the Chubu University school bus to the university. Entire trip was probably faster and easier than by car. Cost was something like 460 yen one way.
We arrived just in time for an Electrical Engineering faculty meeting, at which I was introduced and asked to say a few words. Brought greetings from Ohio University professors and former visitors Jim Gilfert and Joe Essman, who are apparently fondly remembered. In addition to the changes at the International office, the Chair of Electrical Engineering has just passed from Prof. Ido to Prof. Matsui. Prof. Ido becomes graduate chairman in electrical engineering.
Office work and e-mail catch up filled the morning. Lunch with Tanaka and with Miki Ueda and Tamie Watanabe, from the department of linguistics. Miki is chair of the Japanese language program, and has been at Ohio University. (I did eat the buckwheat soba "noodle soup" with chopsticks! The slippery plastic sticks, even!)
Then to the International office to meet Yuko and Asako Imai (Also an Ohio University person, in African studies); filled out the papers for receiving the stipend for expenses, and Yuko obtained the money, in cash. We went to the bank on campus and opened an account, with ATM card good throughout Japan. As luck would have it, Mr. Hanaki Toru arrived for his first day of work as I was there, amid much ceremony and conversation. Then, much chaos followed, in the middle of my "normal" business with the office; people (including Hanaki) began rearranging and moving desks, preparing for his first work day. 
Afternoon, sorting out lecture materials and e-mail processes. The direct Telnet is not working well at all; will have to reconfigure for the Eudora e-mail package locally, and have the Ohio computers bounce messages to Japan.
To home with Mr. Yasubayashi driving (me tomorrow?). He returns at 8:30 tomorrow. Fourth box from Ohio arrived safely, with research materials for the second and third lectures. 
Evening, to Granpiatto Italian restaurant next door to CI Manshon, for pizza and Italian beer. Good.
Wednesday, April 2, 1997 -- Early walk to Motoyama and back through Nagoya University campus. Again, a lot of construction (this time an automobile tunnel under the east-west road just north of the apartment). The cherry blossoms must be at peak -- beautiful! Stopped at the circa-1510 Toganji temple, north of the apartment on Yamate-dori. Again a very peaceful and attractive setting, the more impressive because itís right in the busy city. Very large Buddha statue, gardens, water. We neednít have worried about the nearby construction and traffic. Not noticeable inside! Weíll return to take pictures and just to relax.
Drove (yes, drove) to Chubu, with Mr. Yasubayashi as passenger. Worked out well; traffic was generally light. Need to remember the "stop" signs are triangular (like our "yield" signs in the States). It seems I "see" stop signs by shape rather than words, and these take getting used to. 
Fixed up the computer processes, with Mr. Takechiís help, and got the Ohio accounts to auto-forward to the Chubu server. We use Eudora on the local PCs. Seems much better then TELNET, although if Ohioís OUVAXA worked as it should, TELNET would work OK. Interesting point: when I TELNET simultaneously to BOBCAT and OUVAXA, BOBCAT responds very crisply, while OUVAXA is very sluggish (minutes between responses). Sent a message to Dick Piccard at Ohio suggesting maybe OUVAXA has priority problems getting to the network. Maybe thatís part of the delay problem we noted at Ohio also!
Ellen will be much relieved that this problem seems solved. Sheís feeling a little cut off from her businesses. 
Cafeteria salad with Mr. Yasubayashi; chopsticks are becoming routine. 
Prepared remarks for the tomorrowís academic-year opening ceremony, and went to Dr. Tanakaís office to have him review them. He was pleased with the text, and thanked me for coming "all that way" to his office to seek his advice. I let Yuko know that I brought current Ohio University informational materials with me, and asked her to put together some Chubu materials to return to Ohio. Dean Wray requested some materials for the file, for future visiting professors.
Worked a while on the first lecture, but still have not discovered who will translate or prepare viewgraphs in Japanese. Need to finish typescript for translation! [Likely it will be either Mr. Sasaki or Dr. Tanaka]
Drove home with Dr. Yasubayashi observing -- be careful of stop signs, and note that itís the wipers on the left side of the steering column, not the turn indicator! I think in the UK that is not the case, and it
is hard to remember here. 
Ellen made broiled salmon, salad, rice; excellent. The gas stove and oven are confusing, with all labels in Japanese, but we figured some of it out operationally by sight, sound and smell... Maybe weíll eat out a lot...
Introduced Ellen to Eudora software. The dial up process works now for the most part (no automatic logon yet), and sheís relieved to be "in touch" again.
Thursday, April 3, 1997 --Called Ohio early AM (5:30 AM in Japan is 3:30 PM in Ohio). All OK with Hope, and Sharon, at Avionics. Electrical engineering chairman Dennis Irwin will call me tomorrow morning 6:00 AM Japan time [did not work out]. Fog and rain; weíll walk this evening if it improves at all. 
Ellen and I traveled to Chubu with Dr. Yasubayashi; driving in the rain and mist. Arrived at the Center for International Studies at 9:30 and Dr. Tanaka appeared, to take us to the opening ceremony. Yuko also. We were on stage with the President, administration, etc. for this impressive, formal ceremony. Bowing to the stage, the audience; no applause. Band music; Bach, etc., for openers. Then the Chubu song, which is a moving piece of music. (Available on http://www.chubu.ac.jp/about) A speech by Pres. Yamada and a short ceremony in which student representatives enter a short prayer in books presented by their deans, promising to "be good boys and girls" according to Mr. Sasaki later. A program for the ceremony in Japanese was given out; I deciphered a bit of it, with Yukoís help. 
Ellen and I returned to the office where Eudora came up on computers for both of us right away. A little more work on the auto-log script for Ellen and I think weíll be all set! Lunch with Ellen in the faculty cafeteria. On the TV there, apparently a drama (saw it yesterday, also) about a Japanese girl who is an expert at Chess, competing in a manís world against old (and young) masters and winning. Seems to be much emotion surrounding this, for everyone concerned. It must be popular, because weíve seen parts of this drama repeatedly. Canít understand a word of it, of course!
To the faculty meeting portion of the opening ceremonies in the afternoon; everyone got a packet of papers, all in Japanese of course. I was able to recognize some of the items; President Yamadaís and VP Tanakaís names, for example, and Mr. Sasakiís introduction as a new staffer (figured this out by knowing his phone number and working backward from the phone-list of new staff...). Pres. Yamada introduced me and I delivered my prepared remarks, apparently well received. 
Faculty Meeting -- Opening Ceremonies - April 4, 1997, Chubu University -- Robert Lilley text
Mr. President, University officials, members of the faculty:
Konnechi wa to you from the people of Ohio University. For the 24th year, a faculty member from Ohio is in Japan, and I am fortunate indeed to have been asked to accept the Kohei Miura visiting professorship for this year. 
I do not know personally all of the others who have come to Chubu from Ohio, but I bring greetings from the very first visiting professor, Dr. Jim Gilfert, and from other special friends such as Dr. Bob Williams and Dr. Joe Essman. Each of these men told us we would benefit from this experience and we would enjoy it. Even after the short time we have been here, I am certain that they are correct.
My wife and I both graduated from Ohio University "a few" years ago, but we feel that suddenly we are students again! So much to learn; so many new experiences here! 
In the lectures I shall present while visiting Chubu, I shall try to emphasize engineering as more than just textbooks and laboratories, but as a method for improving the quality of life. I believe that we have a responsibility to apply new technologies in ways which will help us all to be more efficient, to be better caretakers of the earth and its resources, and to be more happy. In my field, we do this by trying to keep air transportation efficient and reliable, and also safe. 
I hope I have an interesting and educational message to present, even as I learn from each of you. 
On behalf of the people of Ohio University and its Avionics Engineering Center, I wish for Chubu University a most successful academic year; we thank you most sincerely for sharing it with us. 
Domo arigato gozimas(u)...
The President then gave a speech to the faculty, followed by introductions of new staff and what was apparently a presentation of University organization chart, college organizations and some class enrollment (and maybe a little budget) information. 
Reception for faculty after the meeting. Beer and juice, much hors díouevres including sashimi (raw) and steamed shrimp (tried both) melon bread (very sweet and delicious, almost like a donut), cheese and crackers, all eaten standing up, with chopsticks (with a plate and glass in the other hand, itís tricky). Good conversation with Yuko, Miki (remember her from the linguistics department?), Shawn Morris, here with the Ohio Program in English Language Training, Catherine Ralston, a new teacher to Chubu at Kasugai, but who has been in Japan for some years, and others. One faculty member recalled meeting me at Ohio in 1970, when he visited with Physics faculty and I was in the Computer Center. Small world.
No beer for me, as I have learned the Japanese limit for blood alcohol content while driving is zero. Everyone I have talked to says they mean it, too. These people will sleep in their offices rather than drive home after drinking.
Drove home in the rain, and collapsed early.
Friday, April 4, 1997 -- Up 6:00 for a shorter walk today. Ellen is going on a tour with other ladies downtown (a Miso factory, and other places). TV on for weather (looks like afternoon rain in southern Japan) and found the chess drama AGAIN!
Took a pile of materials to the office, sorted and stored; worked on lectures. Some e-mail; cleaning out the Ohio machines.
So-ba (buckwheat noodles in broth) for lunch, 320 yen. Lunch with Dr. Matsui, EE chairman and Dr. Yasubayashi. In addition to the three lectures, I will make one overnight trip to the Chubu campus near Mt. Ena in Gifu prefecture, northeast of Nagoya. Dr. Matsui will discuss activities there with me. About the end of April, they say. That chess drama is on AGAIN! 
On the way to lunch, stopped by the in-house travel bureau with Dr. Yasubayashi. Talked with Ms. Kasue Kinoshita, who gave me a brochure on one-day tours to Nara and Kyoto and other places. She can arrange entire tours for us. Asked her (half in jest) about climbing Mt. Fuji; she said there were good bus tours up to a point past half way, and then itís a climb to the top. Maybe... [Turned out it was the wrong time of year; they only allow climbing in later summer, when the snow retreats a little.]
Handled much e-mail relating to the changes at Avionics and the Deanís and Chairmanís activities surrounding that. Confusing, and I am feeling cut off and a little helpless. Seems to be some delay in announcing my replacement at Avionics and I canít get a complete picture easily by e-mail. Keep trying... 
Got word from Sharon that Fujiko (Oguri) Sawtarie called and will come to Japan in June. Her family lives in Kasugai (where Chubu University is); so we hope to see her. When she was my graduate student in Ohio, she was very interested in learning good English. Now the tables are turned; she can help us!
Met Dr. Koji Nakamura, a friend of Yasubayashiís who is retiring and going to the Tokyo area to do some consulting(?) work with another friend.
Home, with Dr. Yasubayashi; he works Saturdays, but I will remain home and catch up on paper that piled up and stuff I brought home for the first lecture.
Working on katakana/hiragana a little, so we can recognize items at the grocery, which is on tap for tomorrow. Deciphered the television weather report -- itís not Japanese cities on there, itís world cities! They are in katakana (the language for "borrowed" words; Ro-ma (\h) for Rome, for example). Ellen arrived, with excited story of her day at the miso and fireworks factories. She went with a group of women, 1/2 Japanese, 1/2 foreign (Canada, US, France were mentioned). Mrs. Murase, a guest herself, took Ellen as her guest. Specifically mentioned the lack of automation -- these are hand-done tasks, often with really simple tools (a pile of rocks to press the seaweed, for example). The fireworks are made in tiny buildings, widely spaced, to avoid chain-reaction fires, etc. She got samples of both miso and fireworks. Ellen mentioned at one point she was interested in flower arranging, and there was much "networking" trying to find someone to work with her. Late in the evening, Ellen got a call from Ms. Takahashi, a "resource person" contacted by one of the ladies on the tour. They arranged a get-together to talk about flower arranging. Talk about attentive!
Saturday, April 5, 1997 -- TV for weather -- that chess drama wonít go away! Fog in AM, but warmer. Ellen cleaned some clothes, and about noon, we walked in the rain to the subway at Motoyama, and managed successfully a train change, and arrival at Kokusai Center station under the Nagoya International Center. Went to the third floor information center, watched a little CNN, and talked with the attendants there. Nice people; gave us info on the subway and Nagoya in general, and an English-language phone book for Eastern Japan. Might come in handy. Picked up a copy of "Avenues" magazine, an English-language magazine for the area. They recommended an Italian restaurant at the city center (Sakae station), so we emerged from underground after another subway ride, still in rain, and found the restaurant. Turned out to be another Granpiattoís like the one near home; they were "booked solid" although we suspected it might be our very casual dress... Noted that the Phantom of the Opera is playing downtown.
Went back to the underground plaza which turns out to be extensive. Had dinner at an informal restaurant; chicken, rice, salad and corn for 950 yen each. Not too bad, although the chicken was deep fried. Found a bakery and got samples of several kinds of bread and rolls. Then a small ice cream cone (200 yen -- and it was small!) and back to the subway and Motoyama. Still drizzling for the walk back home. Discovered many items outside our door; a note from Yuko said "Herbs from our garden -- I will be glad if you like them." Actually there were some herbs, but also some loaves of bread (and a bread knife!) and a liter of Chivas Regal Scotch! Pretty nice herbs! Ellen will send a thank-you.
Scanned some photos and put them on John Beukersí File Transfer computer site in Florida and messaged Sharon and John that they were there. 
Got a few pieces of junk mail; Iíll try to decode using my Japanese software -- got to get that program up and running anyway.
Sunday, April 6, 1997 -- Rain AGAIN! TV map says may clear off Monday; it figures -- same as home. Ellen set up a Quicken account for expenses here. I figured out the TV, discovering English alternate -sound channels on many of the programs. Now we should be able to get some news; CNN has a program on each day in English. The rolls from yesterdayís bakery visit are excellent!
The laptop has forgotten it has a CD-ROM -- all the drivers, etc., are there, but the D: designation has been lost somehow. Iíll e-mail experts at Ohio to see what to do... Kevin! Help! Set up the new dial-up high-speed (38KB) process Takechi suggested, and it works much better than the old manual process for dialing in to Chubu. Full automatic script, etc. Iíll try to go back and get the old one working also, since itís on a private line. 
Bath before going out to Jusco for general shopping. Stores open Sunday here, many closed on Monday. Tiny tub (Iíll get a picture) in a room which looks like the bathroom in a railroad car! Sort of one-piece installation. It works; comfortable for reading, soaking... They must love their hot water here -- giant tank and a lot of controls. Maybe they heat only at night, like the newer tanks in the US? 
Out to Jusco department store in PM. On the way, noted katakana characters for "Karaoke" q-5_e were easy to translate. Probably not too useful, with my singing voice! We noted prices on nice kimonos at Jusco were about 190000 yen, or about $1800. Picked up groceries and a few apartment items. Actually figured out some of the Katakana and Kanji characters for the food! Seaweed, horseradish, giant white dai-kon radish, lots of greens, some seafood, and more bread; a little Sapporo beer. Store was really crowded; guidebook was right that kids are uncontrolled in such places -- everywhere at once! Prices on some items seem high, but in general, vegetables are reasonable. If you want to eat a lot of beef, watch out for high prices. Ellen made a crab/shrimp salad; GREAT -- everything super-fresh. Accompanied by a bit of Suntory Japanese blended whisky, which was put in the apartment for us when we moved in. All in all, feeling pretty good.
Monday, April 7, 1997 -- Up to showers and then clearing. Beautiful rainbow -- a double, but the main bow had at least four visible spectra. Looked like a tunnel! First time for that, and Iím sure film canít do it justice. Weíll walk tonight -- time just slipped away this morning. Drove to Chubu alone, for the first time; uneventful trip. Some cherry blossoms, mostly in Moriyama Ku (ward), north of the main city of Nagoya, are still pretty, but the rain trashed most of them downtown. Itís said the Samurai adopted the cherry blossoms as a symbol of their lives, which were often cut short... the car is a Toyota Crown Royal Saloon; pretty nice. I have seen what seems like thousands of Toyota models, from tiny city-cars to big land rovers and vans and big trucks. Many of the fancier, limousine-type models are never seen in the US, I think.
Worked on getting first lecture text done for translation. 
Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and Mr. Murase. Soba and avi tempura (shrimp). Remembered to thank Murase for his wifeís kindness to Ellen on the tour last Friday. He said he would pass the word along to her. Asked Murase about the Tomei Expressway as a way to work. He said itís fast, but expensive (something like 900 yen per day). I asked about taking it to Tokyo, and he said itís about 6000 yen. The shinkansen (bullet train) is 20000 yen per person for a round trip to Tokyo; much faster than driving. 
Mr. Murase said he was now doing some marketing and recruiting, and was interested in Ohio Universityís literature on the Russ College of ENT. I said I would e-mail Dean Wray and get some materials on Fritz Russí accomplishments.
Went to the bookstore and purchased a variety of office items on my visiting professor account. Fortunately, Shawn Morris and others from the English Language Training program were there, and they helped get me through the check-out counter. 
Yuko called mid afternoon; went to her office and signed the lease agreement for the apartment. She helped me with the sign outside my office door, which has Japanese characters for "out to lunch, lecture, library, out, in, etc..." and a pointer to tell others where you are. Got a few copies made and a fax sent at the International office. She gave me a paper with the visiting professor account and my name on it in Japanese, to help the ladies in the bookstore.
Also we subscribed to the Japan Times in English ($40 per month) and Yuko checked on a local laundry for us. She will call Ellen tomorrow with the details.
Dr. Yasubayashi came to the office late afternoon, and asked if I could review an abstract for a technical paper written by faculty members at Chubu. They would like editing for better English. I agreed. It is "Discrimination of Individual Using Orthogonal Transformed Face Images," by Yasunori Nagasaka, Atsunori Yoshikawa and Nobuo Suzumura.
We talked about the faculty party Wednesday night, and I said I would take the train in Wednesday morning and work late, going to the party with the group from Chubu, then taking the train home. He seemed happy that I had eliminated the car from the process. "...now can drink...!"
Home and walked with Ellen to Motoyama and then east to International Halle2 area for flowers, and back to Motoyama proper for groceries. Back to apartment; stir fry. Weather colder, but dry this evening. Stars for the first time in several days.
Tuesday, April 8, 1997 -- Beautiful morning! Walk at 7:00, to work at 8:45. Bad traffic slowed up by construction today; drive took almost an hour. They must want to do a lot while the sun shines! I keep noticing the air here, which seems thick and a little dirty compared to Ohio. Big-city living, I guess, but it seems cars here spit out a lot of smoke; I see pedestrians with masks. I may be spoiled by all the small-town living in Athens; maybe weíll miss that in California also -- hard to tell now, although Santa Barbara seems more green and clean, partly because of the sea breeze, Iíll bet.
Japan Times first issue came; first story I read was about a brawl Sunday night in Athens, Ohio! Later, got e-mail from Bob McCleary on that (he saw it on CNN). Messaged Bill Estep at OU for press release info.
Completed review of the technical paper on image processing for Dr. Yasubayashi and friends. Interesting method for transforming and normalizing images of human faces, for recognition -- rates in the 90% range are reported. All changes were just to improve English -- articles, word choice, etc.
E-mail to Dean Wray for Mr. Muraseís question yesterday.
Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and author Nagasaka; gave him the mark-up of his abstract. Itís for a conference in Singapore; he hopes itís accepted. Spaghetti for lunch; also found out about kamaboko, the slices of fish meat that are in the soba. Ellen wants to get some for cooking. Wrote out the katakana/hiragana for it, so we can try to find it. qh)t or q h ) t
Met Fujiko Oguriís father by chance -- he is retired as a professor at Chubu. He said she will visit for a week in late May.
Late departure -- went to International Office to get some materials containing the OU cupola picture (NOTE: President Yamada prefers to call this a Rotunda -- really a better name the way it is installed at Chubu; a smaller version of the Ford Rotunda at Greenfield Village) as a Chubu symbol. Charlie and Claire Ping expressed interest in this. Iíll put a photo on the FTP site. Also got a bus pass for the Chubu bus, to use tomorrow, and talked with Yuko about the laundry, with which Ellen had communication problems this morning.
BAD traffic -- I have now driven in a Japan rush hour, and itís sloooow. 
Ellen had a visit from the Welcome Wagon lady, Jerry Richmond; apparently a good time. She brought much material on Japan and the local area, wrapped in a nice fabric Furoshiki (Weíll use as a table cover?). Ellen made salad; really fresh veggies. 
Wednesday, April 9, 1997 -- Early walk south on Yamate-dori - thereís an English-language restaurant there, between CI Mansion and the Yagoto area. Also, found our last name ( ri-ri-ee .... ==_ ) on the front of a building! Will have to work out the first word; hope its something reputable! Ms. Keiko Ozeki from the Engineering College office says in Japanese the name means "flower."
Walked to Motoyama and took subway west by way of Kakuozan, Ikeshita, and Imaike to Chikusa; changed to Japan Rail train north to Ozone, Shin-Moriyama, Kachigawa, and off at Kasugai. Then the Chubu University bus to campus. Easy ride, and about the same time it would take to drive. 460 yen.
Salad and rice for lunch. Always carry a handkerchief! There are paper napkins, sometimes, but tiny! 
Sinks, but no towels in the restroom. Guess you wash up at the sink in the office; at least thereís a towel, but I think itís probably related to the tea rather than the hands..
Engineering faculty meeting was specifically for introduction of new teaching staff. Dean Watanabe introduced me as Lilley sensei (teacher) and I gave a very brief outline of the lectures on avionics to come. Coffee served, by the College staff workers, all ladies, in their blue career uniforms. Seemed to be good camaraderie in the entire group. Mr. Matsubara, Assistant in the Deanís office (Ozekiís boss) spoke briefly to close the meeting..
Afternoon e-mail and lecture work.
Evening went to the Miyake Tei Japanese restaurant with the faculty of EE department by Chubu bus. A lovely spot on the south bank of the river separating Nagoya and Kasugai. Walk down stone steps to pagoda-like building with a pool out front. Dr. Fujimura (power systems) pointed out a carp in the pool and said, "Thatís dinner." Hard to know whether heís joking... Shoes off at the door, into private dining room on reed mats, rice-paper sliding doors, "...just like in the movies...." 
Room was set with about 15 small tables, one for each, about 8 inches high, set in a square, with a pillow set at each table so we sat facing inward, crosslegged. Dr. Fujimura gave a brief toast to "good food and good fortune," followed by a loud "kam pai!" from the whole group. Each table was set with a box of Japanese "appetizers;"
kani - a small river crab just plain so; cooked in salt water; I thought it was a decoration until I saw Yasubayashi pick his up with chopsticks and crunch it up. I could sense a variety of eyes on this American gaijin as I did the same. Delicious!
escargot - yes, I know thatís not the Japanese name for it -- I forgot the word, but a snailís a snail; I like escargot, so this was no problem. Again, delight from some of the non- believers in the crowd.
tofu - a cube of this bean curd about the size of a postage stamp, in its own little dish about the same size, with a tiny maple leaf (which you also eat) 
squid - two small arms, with a little wasabe (horseradish). I could not really tell whether they were cooked or not. Maybe steamed a little. Tasty, however. 
rice - wrapped with an egg pancake "blanket," and tied like a package with a sprout of something. Again, you eat the entire thing. 
Thereís also a tiny dish of a mysterious dipping sauce on the side... I used it for the squid. 
By this time, the two serving people were crawling around in the center of the square, distributing large bottles of Kirin beer and bottles of sake to everyone. Now, thereís a custom that one does not ever fill oneís own glass; someone else must do it. Also, when beer or sake is offered by someone else, you must present your glass or thimble-cup with both hands, and must take a drink before putting the glass back down on the table. There followed, then, quite inevitably, an orgy of glass-filling and sipping (on my part) or chugging (by a few others). Being sort of the guest of honor, it seemed there was always someone sitting in front of my table offering me one drink or the other. As the evening wore on, the offering became ever more insistent, and the result after the sip an even more exuberant hand-shaking and exclamation. I managed to avoid getting smashed, but itís hard under the circumstances.
This is where the conversation really got going. I was sitting with Dr. Matsui (department chairman) and Yasubayashi (my interpreter and guide) and got into a variety of subjects, mostly instigated by Dr. Matsui:
He is writing a paper (or at least hopes to finish it while I am here, and asked about a review. I agreed, and we joked about conference papers seemingly being due in the distant future, but somehow always needing to be written the day before the submittal date..
He mentioned a Japanese "old town" (Meiji Village) which is nearby. Something like Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI; he has been there since I have! Since the Tanakas and we are going to that area this weekend, weíll ask them about it. This got us into some words on the difference between Ido and Edo (I wondered if the town represented the old Yedo period in Japanese history, but I mispronounced it Eedo instead of Eddo, which then comes out Ido and represents a water spring with a pool in front.) 
By this time, we had been joined by Dr. Goto, an Assistant Professor, who also plays the Japanese drum (we saw one of these played in Las Vegas a while back -- big drum, and LOUD). He and the others were all fascinated by my being a pilot, and this got an uncomfortable exchange going about whether I was a military pilot. No, of course. "...but what do you know about WW II or Desert Storm? All Japanese were not angry at the US in WW II, after all..." I was content to plead that I was three years old when the war ended and not to admit that I had read ANY history at all. It seemed safer. 
Goto wants me to visit one of his laboratories (heís the lab guy; experimentalist). The way he was acting, even this early in the party, I wonder if heíll remember the invitation. Somehow, I bet he will; I believe these people looked a little drunk partly because they had relaxed the usual formalities and were just having a lot of fun. (It was genuinely fun for me also, even though Iíll admit to a bit of nervousness with all new people and customs.) 
The subject which might come back to haunt me is that when Yasubayashi asked what I do with my spare time, I said I sometimes go home and play the piano just to relax. Well, he and Matsui ran a mile with that! It seems that President Yamada recently bought for the school a Bosendorfer Grand piano and now I think Yasubayashi thinks we need to have a concert! I tried and tried to describe a "piano bar" for him, more suited to my music these days, but I donít think the concept is in the vocabulary. My fears were somewhat heightened when he showed up on Friday with a girl from the music program (chorus) who has access to the accompanist piano they use; I can use this for practice, apparently... So...dinner music on a big ĎDorfer?!
Somewhere along the line, the servers had upped the ante on the dipping sauce with some more goodies -- it was now cloudy and ready for use dipping the Japanese pickles (theyíll pickle anything here; these looked like sliced squash, but I wouldnít bet on it).
Next food course was sumashi soup, with some tofu in it as I remember, served with a cherry blossom floating in it. Since cherry blossoms are important in this culture (remember the Samurai story?), I avoided eating it, until someone said that it was meant to be eaten. Down it went.
More beer and sake.
Then a rice cake, mochi, this time colored pink, by cherry blossom "stuff" poured over it. Then the big one: sashimi (thatís right, raw) carp. Now, by this time, the servers had put even more ingredients in that dipping sauce, and it was thick, with onions and other green and brown things, and, we think, some shredded daikon (radish), floating in it. All fixed up for the sashimi, which, it turns out, was delicious!
More beer and sake. I could tell by this time that the group was somewhat interested that this crazy American had eaten all of everything that was served. Maybe thatís unusual. I knew I was being watched, and was determined to "go native" at least for one evening. So they brought sayori, a river fish, salty, wrapped around a rice roll, and then rice soup, which is (surprise!) rice topped with zenmari, ("new spring") a vegetable that grows curled up like a watchspring but which otherwise looks green-onion-like. It is chopped into lengths of an inch or two and then pickled. You pour tea over this rice, which then is no longer sticky and is a real bear to eat with chopsticks. Only possible way is to drink the tea first, and scoop the rice out, Chinese-style, with the bowl held up to your face. Then, it works something like the old glasses of Coke with crushed ice in the bottom. If youíre unlucky, youíve got a face-full and have to recover gracefully...? Voice of experience.
And, the whole meal is then topped off with a nice piece of watermelon (with a spoon!). Turns out melon is very expensive here, and to serve it at home is a sign of high regard for your guests. What a meal!
After even more beer and sake, shoes on, and back out to the pool, where, the old carp is still swimming; probably too tough to serve... Back to the bus and most of us to the train at Kozoji JR station (to avoid driving with all that beer and sake). A lot of noise on the bus; mainly from one faculty member that Yasubayashi says always has a little too much sake. In general I think many acted more drunk than they really were, just having fun. Certainly sobered up quickly at mealís end. Rode most of the way with Drs. Fujimura, Yasubayashi and Ido (former chairman of the EE department; semiconductor person). At Chikusa, picked up the subway to Motoyama, and the walk home on Yamate-dori. Tired!
Thursday, April 10 -- Up 6:30 and walk -- new route south and then west; stopped at a temple north and west of Yagoto (name?) where there was a pagoda in front with a giant cylindrical gong -- horizontally suspended log to strike it. Beautiful construction. Interesting new construction going on -- concrete foundation, but plates were at least 5"x5" timbers, bolted to the concrete, but also intricately dovetailed together. Slots for vertical posts already cut. Construction materials included mortise-and-tenon jointed curved wood beams maybe 10x10" and lots of other unique items. It will be interesting to watch this go up. On the way out, ran into two older Japanese gentlemen who had visited the temple to meditate. We thought they were asking where we were staying, but now I think they thought we were lost. We had a disjointed conversation about the location of Yamate-dori, also involving a motorist who happened by, and decided that the street was "up ahead." We were not actually lost, but it was an interesting encounter.
Also noticed the azalea flowers and other gardenia-like hedge flowers ready to bloom. This place is going to be lovely in another week or so. This weekend we are to go to see "late-blooming cherry trees" (weeping cherry?) with the Tanakas; also a pottery festival. Traffic lights are very slow compared to ours. Long walk cycles. "Squawkers" at pedestrian crosswalks sound like birds, when itís time to walk. Helps the blind people. Ellen says the ones downtown have a countdown that shows how long before "walk" or "donít walk."
Lunch with Tomo Tanaka and Dr. Yasubayashi -- Tomo told me our friend former Ohio University president Claude Sowle was the Ohio signer of the agreement with Chubu. I e-mailed current president Bob Glidden to get a comment on Sowleís death, announced just after we left Athens, for use in the Founderís Day ceremony here. The program has outlived both Kohei Miura and Claude Sowle. A sad distinction to be the first visiting professor without original sponsors, but the current generation carries the program well.
Mr. Nagasaka came to the office with a gift, for my efforts in reviewing his paper. Turned out to be a box of thin food wafers -- shrimp, corn, broccoli, crab. Delicious. Said he would likely write a final paper in May, and I offered to read it also.
Filled up the car with gas, another communication fear... Turns out the phrase is "mantan ni shite, kudasai" (maantaan nish-tay, koodasii) which in my phrasebook is written partly in Chinese Kanji characters not available on this computer. The Esso station attendant near the apartment smiled at my pronunciation, but understood. He spoke some English also, so we chatted a bit about why I am here. Expensive -- 95 yen per liter for regular.
Ellen had a busy day at the Sakae district in central Nagoya, shopping and looking. Cleaning (laundry) person came, and took sheets for laundry -- we assume he understood... Weíll know if the sheets come back on Monday. Dinner at Rootstone Hotel on Yamate-dori; Italian restaurant with excellent spaghetti with shrimp and with tomato sauce. German (Holsten) beer, from Hamburg. Saved a label for Dave Diggle -- Japanese characters for beer (bieru -- &_[ ) on label. 
Chaplinís "Modern Times" with Japanese subtitles on TV.
Friday, April 11 -- Walked to Koshogi temple at Yagoto -- extensive setup, a little more "commercialized" than most we have seen (a flea market there sometimes?) "picnic tables" more like a park than a church. Large Buddhist cemetery, many pagoda-style buildings, paths through woods. All this right in the center of the city, but quiet and enjoyable. This temple is our location for emergency drinking water in case of an earthquake, we have been told. (A sign outside said in Kanji that the site had something to do with Nagoya City; may be a park as well as a temple.
Revisited the building with our name on it -- appears to be a beauty salon. Wrote down the words and took a picture. The sign says &._v2_ ==_ or "bi-yuu-teiee ri-ri-ee" , or "...li-li-ee" (thereís no distinction between L and R, really; the Japanese pronounce it as something in between). I guess the sign comes out something like "beauty flower". OK... guess it could have been a lot less complimentary!
Ellen put some stale bread on the back porch railing just to get rid of it; I bet itís not a good idea to feed the birds here -- too many pigeons... however, thereís the bread, and the "clacker" machine right below it. so the bread invites the birds, then the "clacker" makes noise and waves around what look like nylon wire-ties at odd intervals, trying to scare them away. Actually, the clacker does not seem to work, anyway, as the birds were here when we arrived, and so was the machine. However, the bread still remains. Maybe Japanese pigeons donít like bread.
Temperature about 55 degrees; typical cool morning. It will get to about 68 in the afternoon. Nice this week, with no rain. Easy drive to work, about 9:00. Maybe the extra 1/2 hour delay really works. Drive-time radio at 82.5 FM is a Russian program of classics and standards, even some jazz; lot of music, little talk. 76.5 seems OK in the evening; sometimes the other station gets a little wordy. Helps pass the time. What do all these people talk about on cell phones while driving? And how do they ever stay out of trouble in all the rush-hour traffic?
Visited the Ohio University Cutler Hall cupola replica (rotunda) installed in the center of campus here. Got a picture; former Ohio president Charlie Ping said he wanted one. In front of the Miura Memorial Library.
Had "ra-me-n" -_lm for lunch; This is probably "Lo-Mein" to us... Anyway itís good. Small pork slices, corn and bamboo over thin noodles, in broth. Great; a bear with chopsticks, but great.
We visited the lecture hall I will use; I noted on the walk through the classroom building that the construction (decor) is a sort of early Bell Helicopter; high ceilings with all the pipes and conduit showing, everything in shades of factory gray. Typical professor office seems to be just piled high as can be with books, equipment. Iíll have to get a picture of Dr. Yasubayashi at his desk (I assume thereís a desk under there?) before I leave! In contrast to the hallways and most offices, the lecture hall is nicely paneled and superbly equipped, much like Ohio Universityís OAI electronic classroom. Full video (live and tape), with remote control audience and speaker cameras, "back room" full of TV production equipment. Two overheads, chalkboard, seats 180. 
Yasubayashi came to the office afterward, and we hammered on the office air conditioner a little. It stopped working yesterday. After decoding the buttons (I left a map for later visitors), we decided that the overall building heat had been turned off, so the A/C can only blow fresh air when it tries to heat. Sounds a little like Stocker Center at Ohio -- the overall system dictates what can be done locally.. Anyway, he has asked the building people to take a look.
We marked up a few alternate driving routes on the map; Iíd like to avoid the construction after the slow trip yesterday. Also found the Fruit Park (for tomorrowís trip with the Tanakas) and the restaurant where we had the party last Wednesday. Also, we mentally went back over the menu for the party, so I could fill in some blanks in Wednesdayís write-up.
Ellen sent a birthday card to friend Hope Mills in Athens - I translated the Japanese characters on it, and sent an e-mail. April 11 is the big day. Card said "o-me-de-to-u go-zai-ma-su" or "congratulations." The second word gozaimasu makes it polite, like the difference between saying "thanks" and "thank you very much."
Really tried to work on the lectures today, but was distracted by events in Athens; much e-mail. Went home on the "bank road" suggested one time by Dr. Yasubayashi. That is an experience! Narrow road, totally unprotected by guard rails, on the levee next to the river, on the Kasugai (North) side. No turns, no traffic lights, however, just a series of near-misses. Joins the main north-south road I have been using just south of the worst of the guideway-bus system construction. Unfortunately itís still north of the railroad crossing, which seems always to be congested. Next week Iíll try the rest of this "short cut."
Pieced together dinner -- ate the last of the crab salad Ellen bought -- this version had uncooked scallops in it, which werenít bad at all. An English muffin. Polished off one of the Canadian Club miniatures we had left over from the flight. Actually found some Canada Dry Ginger Ale here -- easier to find than in Athens, I think!
The dollar keeps climbing with respect to the yen. Think weíll cash the rest of the travelersí checks next week if it stays healthy. Suppose itíll drop by late June? Weíll make a killing on the return!
Saturday, April 12 -- Called Tanakas as we agreed, and they set up to meet in the Chubu University parking lot. Got there a little early, so visited the Ohio University cupola/rotunda with Ellen and dropped by the office to check e-mail. Then met Tanakas for the drive to the Togokusan Fruit Park, a little east of Kasugai. Rice paddies among the houses in Kasugai city. Nice 20-minute drive among mountains and deep river gorge. The Fruit Park is located within Shin-rin park (Shin = forest; note the Shin-Moriyama station on the Chuo Line -- same word, but it means "new" in this latter context...)
Park was very crowded already in mid-morning -- these cherry blossoms are really a draw! Had some fresh grapefruit juice (later at the market, we saw that the citrus came from Fort Pierce, FL...) and viewed Japanese gardens there; lots of rocks and water, and the ever-present cherry trees; these are the weeping variety, with later blossoms. Apple, peach, Japanese plum, also in various stages of blooming. Very pretty, but not really restful, due to the crowds. Must have been hundreds of photographers looking for the perfect blossom, or taking family pictures. Parking a mess among narrow streets and small lots. Tomo and Sumiko expert at all this, of course, and good guides. An open market was part of the Park, with all kind of fruit and vegetables; Ellen picked up some items. Chestnuts roasting with some honey, with a great aroma. The Park is set in rural area, with beautiful mountains nearby, undeveloped, with a wild mixture of evergreen, spring-green and flowering trees. A fruit display (plastic models) was impressive with the size and variety of fruits (grown at the park?). 
Just a random observation -- Many people here wear gauze/cotton masks, apparently against the fumes and pollution. Saw one man with his mask rolled up above his mouth so he could smoke!
Traveled on to a 300-400-year old pottery kiln at Chinokura, near Tajimi, in an area (the Mino area) noted for its pottery. Passed large quarries where the clay and sand have been mined for centuries. Bordered by wild azalea, just now blooming. Bought a set of soup/rice bowls and some nice tea cups (the Japanese kind, without handles). Seems everybody has a museum, and this one was impressive indeed. Mino pottery from the 15th century, and Persian pottery from 200 AD (much of this small, rough models of people and animals). Coins, jewelry from as far back as Alexander the Great in 300 BC. The old blue and white pottery/china which Delft later made world-famous -- must have come from the Far East originally. Japanese artists also made use of the Persian designs frequently. This kiln was supported by the work of Takuo Kato, a rather famous pottery designer, I am told. Got a picture of one of his pieces, a plate painted with his own gold glaze discovery, and again, a Persian theme; minarets in woods. In the picture, thereís a large moth hiding behind the plate...
Talked a little with Tanaka about the periods of such art and knowledge, and how we seem to keep forgetting what we know and then having to rediscover it. I wonder if weíre setting ourselves (or our descendants) up for another Dark Ages by storing a lot of what we know on paper, magnetic tape and other media much more fragile than the durable stone and clay of past ages.
Noted a sort of gargoyle on the roof in two places, and got a picture of one. Later found they are a pair or guardians with a long legend and specific characteristics. I should have photographed them both.
All day, Sumiko Tanaka and Ellen were talking recipes, ingredients for Japanese dishes, and classes in nutrition, herbs and healing (April 27 in Nagoya), flower arranging (April 23) and paper craft (May 14 and 28(?) in Kasugai); Sumiko showed us later a torn-rice-paper picture she had made, and we agreed Ellen should give it a try. A unique home-made souvenir!
Lunch in the area, at Kisoji restaurant. Nice Japanese room (with well under the table so we could sit low, without having to cross legs). Japanese meal reminiscent of the party last Wednesday. Rice, miso soup with tofu and seaweed, tempura shrimp (one large tempura shrimp is typical here, not 21 shrimp-in-a- basket!), sweet potato and eggplant; daikon radish, sashimi tuna and flounder (Ellen ordered the alternative shredded beef, but tried the tuna and liked it), bamboo shoots with squid and wasabe. And for dessert, agar for which read "Jello," Itís sweet, but not sugary, and may well be made from seaweed. Very tasty.
We talked a little about a later trip to Tokyo; when Dr. Tanaka learned that Ellenís Shaklee US is owned by Yamanouchi in Tokyo, he remarked that this is a respected old, well-founded company.
Also, Tanaka introduced the "Nafco" 6it (na-fu-ko) store (sort of all-purpose Target-type place). They are apparently everywhere; Ellen and Sumiko got ice cream there later, for our next eating experience at Tanakasí house.
Then off to Seto, the marketplace for the regionís pottery. Even the bridges across the local river are decorated with pottery tile and statues. Each one different. A department store there had much variety, but the smaller shops were the stars! Ellen found a bowl perfect for the Japanese flower arrangements, some chopstick rests, and we made mental notes about future gifts, etc. Trouble is shipping and possible breakage! 
Saw several versions of the pair of guardian lions (or dogs?), one with mouth open, one closed." These will have to be our souvenirs. Tanaka agreed to tell us the legend. Ellen will return to Seto later to see other renditions of these critters. Weíll probably stage this during a trip to Chubu University, but also one can reach Seto on the Chuo Line to Ozone and changing to the Seto Line.
To the Tanakasí house in Kasugai where the vegetable purchases got sorted out, recipes continued, and we had her excellent apple pie with ice cream, tea, and then Japanese green tea. Sumiko lent Ellen a (Fanny Farmer!) cookbook, since it turned out we had nothing here we could read; Ellen was afraid sheíd forgotten basic recipes! Then back to Chubu University to pick up our car. Very heavy traffic on the ride home using the normal route from Kasugai, but avoided the "bank road" since it was growing dark.
In the evening Dr. Yasubayashi called and offered a trip northwest to Tarumi, in Gifu prefecture, tomorrow to see additional cherry blossoms, etc. at Usuzumi Zakura. We agreed immediately.
Sunday, April 13 -- We walked to Motoyama this morning, to meet Dr. Yasubayashi. He had maps of the area we were to visit. Subway to Nagoya Station. A very large and busy place; the subway, Japan Rail, shopping mall, taxi stand, etc. looked more like an airport than a train station. The US is missing a bet here, not upgrading its rail network. Dr. Yasubayashi insisted on buying the rail tickets; interesting that the JR representative at the window printed the tickets using a PC, after figuring up the fare on an abacus! No kidding! 
JR electric, fast, roomy train through Gifu city to the town of Ogaki (means "fence"), where we changed to a two-car diesel train reminiscent of the "sprinters" serving John Beukersí town of Longborough in rural England. Are Japanese trains running on a narrower gauge than US? Seems tracks are smaller-gauge, smaller rail size in general. Running past pagodas rising above the nondescript suburban scene consisting of many similar one and two story houses, all with tile-looking roofs, with upturned "snow-brakes" to keep the heavy snows from cascading down on passers-by. In places, twenty parallel rails, all shiny!
On the train to Tarumi, seats were all taken, and so we stood for the one-hour trip; "straphangers." Was not so bad when we boarded, but before the train started, two other trains unloaded more people, and more people, etc., and there was no stopping them -- the car just got more and more full! Iíve heard stories about "pushers" getting the last few people on the trains. I couldnít move and could not see, but I bet they were at work!
Whatever the guidebooks say, politeness seems to be a ritual, but not a habit on trains or stations, at least. Weíve never experienced such pushing, shoving and general chaos relative to personal space! We really thought some children would be suffocated. At one point, Bob looked down and behind, to see a small pair of eyes looking up from about the level of our waists. This small child did not need to hold on; she was completely wedged; we tried to open up a little space for her to see, or breathe, but it closed up again as soon as it was detected by other riders.
Through towns with names like Hinata, Tanigumaguchi, Nabora, Takao, Midori, to Tarumi. Past rice paddies ready for planting in the next few weeks, fruit trees trained on wires or grids, making a thin canopy, often covered with blossoms (particularly pear trees this time of year), a large orchard jammed in among small farms, apparently associated with individual houses. We were right under the PA system loud(!) speaker, and it just rattled us repeatedly, as the motorman called out stations, and told those on the platforms waiting to get on, "DO not board!! -- Train is full!! We thanked him for that. Along the way, the terrain transitioned from the Nobi plain to steep mountains, seen first as "layers" of hazy images, color and detail decreasing with distance; almost like layers of stage scenery. Then an upward climb and weíre into curves and bridges and tunnels and deep gorges and vertical slopes and generally impressive scenery.
Arrived Tarumi station not much the worse for the trip; a festival atmosphere in a small mountain town (Usuzumi Zakura) really sandwiched in. Most people seemed to come by rail or bus. Town was at one end of a railroad tunnel, with about 1/2 mile of exposed track and then another tunnel. Within sight of snow-capped peaks to the north, (took a picture with peach -- not cherry! -- tree in the foreground) a crystal-clear river running through the town and a long climb to the plateau where the oldest cherry tree in Japan grows (or exists; itís indeed very old (1500 years) and looks a bit worn. Pictures will show many poles holding limbs up against snow weight each winter, partly-hollow trunk.
We got "Japanese pizza," more like a fajita to us, but with egg included inside a folded-over "pancake" with veggies and a little pork. Excellent; we were hungry after the trip and the climb. Three cans Kirin beer for 1500 yen ($3.00 plus each; I guess thatís no worse than eating at the county fair or the airport...). 
Sat on the grass to eat, with about ten thousand other visitors. No loud noises, but a noticeable murmur as thousands of conversations took place at once. Looked at both a shrine (Shinto) and a temple (Buddhist) which are on the side of the mountain overlooking the plateau; large cedar forest around both. Looked as if a cut had been made hundreds of feet up to the top of the mountain, to let the sun reach the shrine for a short time each day(?). A LOT of work! 
Checked out the rest of the stalls set up for the festival; everything from flowers to live fish (looked as if you could choose your lunch!) to octopus (Ellen and I tried it, and the critter was not bad, if a little chewy, but the ball of breading, or whatever it was cooked in, was not too appetizing) to rice candy and chikin on a stick (the most recognizable thing there, I think). All in all a riot of sights, sounds and aromas, and a blue million people, all with the goal of seeing this 1500-year old tree before all the blossoms fall off. If that tree ever dies, the whole valley will just dry up and blow away, I think. Reminds one a little of Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, Tennessee...
Then back to the train station, where the longest line I have ever seen waited for the train back toward Nagoya. Fortunately, when the train arrived, it had six or seven cars, and so the whole line jammed into it. We went only one stop back (just through the last tunnel, really) to Midori station (actually shortened from Mizu-dori (water place). This village, Neo Mura, was the site of a major earthquake (the Nobi quake) in 1891, where the entire valley floor rose about 6 meters and shifted horizontally about 3 meters, all in a few seconds. Many people died in this Neo Valley area. The edge of the fault (Neo Danso) is still easily visible, and there is a museum where a vertical cut was taken through the fault. Graphic demonstration of the earthquake effect. Vertical shear, much sharper than seen on the surface due to covering by surface dirt and stones. Got some good pictures here.
On the way to the museum, Dr. Yasubayashi led us down a false path which ended in a steep drop; had to backtrack to a bridge into the building. It turned out that the steep drop was the earthquake fault itself, where the ground had risen some 18 feet on the east side.
At the earthquake museum -- 1500 yen for the three of us -- I did manage to pay for thiseven though Dr. Yasubayashi wanted to. Very interesting display about this Nobi earthquake in photos, charts, displays of seismographs and tilt-meters, films and videos; even a simulation with high-power loudspeakers, vibrating floor and a lot of noise. This part of Japan is pressed on three sides by tectonic movement, and in 1891 just "hooved" a little by geologic standards. Pretty devastating for the people there, though, according to the pictures.
Yasubayashi and I talked a bit about using differential GPS satellite measurements to detect small earth movements which may indicate that the fault sides are free to move, rather than stuck and apt to break loose catastrophically. He pointed out a graphic showing a big "hole" in the reports of mini-quake epicenters, in the ocean off the south coast of Japan, extending up into Honshu east of Nagoya. This is considered the most dangerous area now, because nothing is "slipping" at all, apparently. I will include some words about such measurements in my GPS lecture later.
I thought on the way back, that we must be seeing some parts of Japan that Americans donít usually experience. Saw NO European-looking people at all, the entire trip. Maybe itís not the season..
I did see a couple of what looked to be oil drilling rigs in the mountains. Dr. Tanaka had said on Saturday that 1%(?) of the oil used in Japan is from local sources, all the rest must be imported. A major discovery would be important.
Caught the next train for the return trip down through the mountain valley and back to the plains and Nagoya. This train was more of an express, but the entire trip back to Motoyama still took nearly two hours. Dr. Yasubayashi was surprised to see that Gifu Castle, on a hill over the city, was visible. Visibility seems always to be limited here in haze. After picking up an ice-cream cone at Motoyama grocery store, walked home. Very tired! 
Monday, April 14 -- Up a little later than usual, to walk about 7:00 in the sun. Found the temple where the pagoda was under construction, and much progress had been made. Took pictures. Very clean work site -- weíll have to show Dave and Hope, who are building a place in Athens! Does C. I. Mansion mean Chubu Institute? Iíll ask Yuko today if Chubu owns the building. Saw a man walking along with a burning cigarette in each hand! Much more smoking here than in the States, mainly by younger students and yuppie-businessmen; very little by women. Fewer rules -- buildings smell like smoke, often. Had not realized such a difference due to US laws. Flowers are much in evidence now; some we cannot recognize. School children everywhere at about 7:45; construction people appearing. 
We got mail which we cannot read. Again Yuko will have to rescue us! (Turned out to be two advertisement flyers for discount rice, and a flyer for the Nagoya election, coming up April 20.) These signs are all over the place, but we just now know what they are about. The only "important" mail was a confirming letter from the bank, saying my account was open and the passbook sent. I already had it.
Took the short cut and the bank road to work -- probably knocked 15-20 minutes off the trip.
Yuko came to the office to talk about a tour to Kyoto and Nara -- weíll go May 8-9-10 on the shinkansen - bullet train. Also talked to her for instructions on getting film processed through the bookstore, and to decode some mail for us. Also how to say "no starch" to the laundry! Sheets came back like plywood!
She also disabused me of the notion that C.I. Mansion Yamate had anything to do with Chubu Institute. Apparently, they just rent this one apartment and then sub-let it using their own contract form. Therefore her father, President Yamada looks like the "owner" on my contract. She said she would get us a map to the bakery where we can get the dark bread, and would pass along a message from former visiting professor Dr. Joe Essmanís Ms. Imai in the Intíl office.
Soba for lunch. Dr. Yasubayashi nowhere in sight this morning; maybe he was more tired than we were after yesterdayís outing! Ozeki came to the office with a nice rubber stamp with my Japanese name on it. Said she heard I was interested in the writing. Picked up a more complete Japanese-English dictionary at the bookstore at Chubu.
Again today noted a C-130 or two doing repeated approaches to Nagoya Airport. They must have a pretty good fuel budget -- I see them day after day. Home by short-cut and bank road. Easier drive for the 4:30 starting time, than the road with the construction. Maybe this short-cut is a habit now. Ellen made fried rice. 
Tuesday, April 15 -- Cloudy, about 55 degrees -- walked through Nagoya University campus; noted this group seems to build more than maintain; older buildings really show it. Sort of dirty stucco or concrete exterior. Newer buildings are tile-covered, but some still the old method; wonder how long theyíll look nice. Chubu University is much better kept on the average. Almost like a garden, by comparison. On the hill which forms the eastern part of campus are research centers; radio-astronomy dishes, etc. Nice woods with few buildings, something like the outskirts of the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City.
Flowers in bloom everywhere now (many are azaleas and very pretty), and trees coming into leaf. Rain called for on Thursday, but looks possible anytime now.
Made the observation today that most of this city is not really "pretty" but rather cluttered with signs and wires. Not dirty, per se, but jumbled. Japanese people seem to travel (long distances and uncomfortably) to go to the country to see trees and really blue sky. 
The pigeons were back at the apartment this morning, still not eating the bread, and obviously not afraid of the "clacker"...sitting on it while itís clacking!
Ellen came to Chubu with me this morning, and we worked with Yuko to plan the tour to Kyoto and Nara for May 6-9. This tour is "part of the visiting professor budget" according to Yuko. Shinkansen to Kyoto for a one-day guided tour and a day on our own, and then a day self-planned in Nara. More later! Yuko again read the mail we had received, and pronounced it all "junk mail." We donít know the difference, generally, but donít want to throw away anything important.
We took the "bank road" shortcut, and I think Ellen feels it shortens oneís life rather than shortening the trip. Steep drop-offs on both sides frighten her. This road is really informal (of course, the Japanese just park wherever the mood strikes them -- on city streets, corners, just anywhere. On the bank road, youíll see cars parked on both sides, bikes carrying people, dogs, loads of farm harvest; people walking dogs, people sitting on the edge of the pavement just looking or smoking or talking on cell-phones, or all three at once. Itís a genuine education in making-do. You wait for some people, and barge ahead of others, and everyone else does the same, and somehow it all works out and we all survive. Itís really kind of fun. 
The C-130 is at it again this morning.
Dr. Yasubayashi came to the office and I gave him an Avionics tie for his excellent introduction to driving, road signs, maps, some of the language, and for spending a lot of time just being friendly and helpful. He was genuinely surprised. I was worried for a moment that he might not accept, and wondered if I had done something wrong. Maybe surprised at a gift for "doing his job?" So hard to tell...
Then Ellen and I drove to Seto (Route 155 the whole way until reaching the river at Seto, then left turn and forever along the river to the pottery district) for a follow-up shopping session in this pottery city. We had lunch in a hole-in-the-wall place serving yakki soba (buckwheat noodles) with a little pork, cabbage and fresh ginger. Not in soup this time. Cooked by a real Japanese "chef" (we would say "short-order cook) in the front window of this tiny shop, with some flourish (not really like US "Japanese steakhouses;" all functional plus a little flair. He was having a good time watching a very loud TV all the while). Supplies were apparently stored on the sidewalk in a wicker cart -- high-piled boxes of cabbage and noodle stock -- cooked about 1/2 peck at a time. Wonderful aromas. His wife(?) served and handled the money, and was all smiles; seemed pleased that we enjoyed the meal, and that we knew it was soba. Obviously their specialty. Restaurant people here seem very positive and friendly, if a little non-plussed at times with our poor-to-none use of the language. Green tea of course. 
Back to the office, but through Owaribashi and Route 15 to avoid traffic on 155, to clean up e-mail and continue work on the lecture. 
To Seto to pick up Ellen in late PM. A bunch of students, all dressed alike in gray blazers and on bikes, overtook me on the hill down from campus; looked like a flock of pigeons, all veering this way and that, like a fluid, and all ignoring my car. One of them actually ran into the rear of a car down the hill; no damage.. C-130 still doing touch and go landings... Took route 155 and after one wrong turn, found Ellen where we agreed. Then Route 363 to Nagoya, bypassing Kasugai; to Route 59 south to Higashiyama-dori and west to Motoyama and home. Easy trip. we find that even though we cannot read the Kanji characters, we can match up the signs near the traffic lights with the characters on the detail map from Dr. Yasubayashi. Those maps show every traffic light. Salad at home. 
Wednesday, April 16 -- Up for a cold walk -- Spring is a little late! Actually, the flowers donít think so; every day is prettier. Walked through Nagoya University west side today. The incinerators are going again -- little burners at the street, in front of many buildings. Smelly and smoky.
Lecture work in morning. Asked Sharon, my secretary in Athens, to send over the Internet a few more files with pictures for first lecture. Campus tour with Dr. Yasubayashi in afternoon. Miura Memorial Library -- facility for color copies and transparencies. Very nice setup there, with much space to expand. Ohio University Commemorative collection prominent. Director Dr. Matsubayashi gave me a borrowerís card, and his colleague Ms. Tomako Minoshima also offered to help. Both have been to Ohio University. Tomoko mentioned that Dr. Gary Hunt and his wife from OU Library are to come to Japan later this year. Iíll e-mail him [did this 4/18]. She also knows Susan Gilfert, and gave me her e-mail address.
We went to the fitness building; swimming pool, aerobics facilities, gym; treadmills, rowing, weight machines. We can use these. Then down to the chorus room, where the upright (nice new Yamaha) piano is. Later met the Chorus pianist, who is interested in comparing notes. He plays a little George Winston, etc.
Visited the assembly hall, presently in use as a music rehearsal hall for the band. This is one of the rooms I may use depending upon audience size and schedule. No facilities, but they can be brought in.
Then to Building 22 where another lecture hall is located -- 315 seats here, and again full video and audio systems. This building is part of the Management and Information Sciences school, and we saw the computer center also. Several student labs; some 2000 computers on campus (for 6000 students!). Large network; much storage and communications hardware, a lot of it for dealing with Kanji language documents. Mr. Mizushima (water+island) is the leader there. Only person I have met not wearing a suit -- informal baseball-type jacket plus tie. Visited several computer-lab rooms; one in use for instruction. (One student in the back of the room was embarrassed that we "caught" her playing the ubiquitous Windows Solitaire game! (Canít fool me; thatís not a screen saver!)
We ran into Prof. Matsui and Dr. Yasubayashi set up a meeting with him and Drs. Ido and Yasubayashi, and me after lunch tomorrow my office. Weíll talk about lecture schedules. 
Ellen spent much of the day with the International Ladies (Mrs. Murase).
Back to the office for more lecture work. Home and to Jusco with Ellen for food shopping. (Japanese shopping carts generally seem to work better than ours -- Wheels are actually round. Ellen got a bum caster on one, though, just as I was jotting this down. Always an adventure! Weíre getting better, though.. Evening spent on printing and downloading lecture materials posted by Sharon and by John Beukers on the FTP site.
Thursday, April 17 -- Up later than usual, walking about 7:00. Sunny. To Toganji temple for pictures of their wonderful Buddha statue, etc. Then to Motoyama and out north past neat shops, which calls for more looking when they are open. Subway construction continues; digging side and center trenches, putting down pilings with long auger and then a gridwork of steel. Road "tiles" then, and traffic restored while workers dig out underneath. Takes a long time. It will be interesting to watch as the car tunnel and the subway cross each other.
To work; the gardens along the bank road are really working now -- all kinds of vegetables, everything very green.
Dr. Yasubayashi came to the office in the morning and we discussed the upcoming freshmen orientation, which takes place in the mountains northeast of Nagoya, at Chubuís off-campus facility there. An overnight, with an afternoon of orientation meetings and the next morning a casual Saturday, with softball, etc. Dormitory rooms, Japanese bath. Also, the meeting on my lecture schedule was put off until Monday, and Dr. Matsubara (Deanís office staff) was added. He decoded some coupons we got at the store; one a prize (Disneyland Tokyo tickets, a trip to Singapore...) and from a Seto baker, some coupons which work like Green Stamps. Once you collect enough of them (one for each 200 yen) you can redeem for merchandise, or a prize of some kind. Also, we are invited to a Japanese Noh play with the Suzukis, through Dr. Yasubayashi. This is (Dr. Tanaka tells me) the purest, most classical form of Japanese theater, out of which grew a comic form and also the Kabuki theater. Noh is very abstract; the stage and musical instruments are very plain, and the movements and words (very slow) which are significant. Tanaka says you need some coaching to know what is going on; even many Japanese are not familiar with this form.
We went to the bookstore, and ordered the two cookbooks Ellen wants, and picked up the prints from our first two rolls of film. Came out well. Expensive..? About $40 for 2 prints each, 1 36-exposure and 1 20-exposure roll (30 yen per print).Yasubayashi said if we use Fuji film, price drops to about 18 yen per print.
We looked at the prints over lunch; Prof. Fujimura joined us; he will go also to the freshman orientation next week; as many as 80 people may be there. 
Put five more pictures on the FTP site for review elsewhere -- these were scenes out of the apartment windows. Scanned some of the pictures from the processed film, and those go to the FTP next.
Picked up a gibt_m H7- -eb12d so-fu-to ko-n pa-ni-ra ra-ku-to a-i-su ("soft-cone, vanilla, rocket-ice"); tall mound of frozen custard - Dairy Queen-type in a sugar cone, packaged in a matched-shape cup with a clear plastic cover over the ice cream. Label said 10% of something, and 8% of something else; if thatís like home, it means 82% of something like "inert ingredients," but it tasted good..
Dr. Tanaka came with some pictures from our trip to the Fruit Park, and I exchanged some of ours with him. We had some excellent photos of him with his wife, and he liked these. Yuko gave me the itinerary for the Kyoto/Nara trip early in May. 
Pair of C-130s at it again -- this time right over the building; Ďround and Ďround.
Home and to "Hello Kid" for dinner -- a Japanese simulation of an American steakhouse, across the street from the apartment. More or less American atmosphere; ceiling fans, Bogie posters, knives, forks, spoons -- like that. I tried to read some of the menu items, and got as far as the word for "Texas," which did not help much on the appetite. Pictures on the menu helped, but we still got a bigger meal than we expected. Steak was good but not great (sort of like Sizzler, but better taste), plus potato, carrot, onions all sizzling on the platter, plus miso soup, a salad and a bowl of rice (I said "more or less"...), and iced tea/coke. Counter to stories about solid gold beef in Japan, the whole dinner came to about $18.00.
Japanese toothpicks are single-ended, with the blunt end nicely turned, as on a lathe... Also, I noted at this restaurant and generalized to our overall experience here, that everything is about 4/5 size. Itís a little like being at Disneyland, where they downsize everything to make the kids feel bigger. Here itís for real. Kitchen counters, dining-room chairs, beds, end tables, door frames -- everything is lower!
Dr. Tanaka called late, with an invitation from a Japanese hi-tech corporation (Daifuku) to visit their showroom and factory near Kyoto. They will send a car. We will make more plans next week.
Mr. Murase called, asking some information about Ohio University for a talk he needs to give. I tried to help, and will get some information from home. Heís particularly interested in rankings of US universities. (Russ naming info came April 18; requested rankings from Deanís office.)
Got a picture of Ellenís first all-by-herself Japanese Moribana flower arrangement; using minimal number of flower stems, and a very simple bowl, itís really nice! Three points (shin, soa, and tai) are the keys to this work, apparently. I printed the picture so she can show the instructor.
Friday, April 18 -- Up for a walk, shortened due to thunderstorm and rain. Nice day later, though. Noted on the way to work a neat machine, like a back-hoe but with a "nibbler" on the end of the arm, designed to separate concrete from reinforcing rods when tearing down a structure. Just pick up the tangled mess of rods, and nibble away at the concrete balls on Ďem. Makes nice "gravel" plus steel-only pile of re-bar, presumably for recycling. Looked like a big T. Rex dinosaur or something!
Yuko says there is a coin laundry near us, and they have tumble dryers! This will be much better than the air-closet type dryer we have; clothes come out pretty crisp by comparison. She will find the address. That will help; delivery-laundry is expensive. Bakery with dark bread -- I have this on the map now, at least approximately. It is a Bruders Bakery (German) -- no wonder they have dark bread! It's a good hike from Yagoto... You find it by knowing there's a convenience store on the corner (we don't know the name...) and that it is north and east of the Nagoya City Museum (which might be interesting on its own..).
Shabu-Shabu food (like a beef fondue, but with water, not oil) -- At Yagoto, there is a Kisoji restaurant, like the one where we ate with Tanakas last weekend near Tajimi). She is checking the address. We can use our 500-yen coupons there. Itís important to note that shabu-shabu can involve tearing the head off a live shrimp, pulling him out of his shell and putting him in the boiling water. Muscle reflexes can cause this to be disconcerting (we saw this on TV, not in the real...). Anyone squeamish might want to be sure they order a beef meal, which is the traditional shabu-shabu dish anyway; thereís no way to put a live cow into that bowl of boiling water, as far as we know. It should be safe.
One of the books ordered for Ellen yesterday ("A Guide to Food Buying in Japan") came in. Looks helpful. Dr. Yasubayashi brought some pictures from our trip to Tarumi (Usuzumi Zakura) and Midori (Noe Mura) last weekend. Very nice. Hhe also brought a flyer from Japan Travel Bureau showing that a trip to Hong Kong costs more than our ticket from the US to Japan! 
A Chubu worker came with a small space heater; I had mentioned that my room heater/air conditioner was not heating and thought it was broken. Turns out they control the heat and cold sources centrally, and itís now spring, so heat goes off! Actually, itís still really chilly in here in the mornings!
Received e-mail from Gary Hunt, OU libraries -- He and wife Pat arrive here May 30 for a week. Weíll have to plan something over that weekend with them. 
Apparently our Kyoto/Nara trip is during Japanís "Golden Week" when many people take holiday. Hope itís not too crowded! (Actually itís at the end of Golden Week)
Ellen was out hunting for the Nittaiji temple, near Motoyama, when I got home. We looked on the detailed map and think we found it; maybe better luck next time. Flea market is there.
Saturday, April 19 -- Walked to Motoyama and then west to Tenma-dori and then north a block or two to the Nittaiji Temple. This is a 1904 complex, built in the ancient style, but obviously very modern and well-kept. There is a flea market here next week that Ellen wants to experience. Temple is the resting place for the ashes of Buddha, brought to Japan as a gift by the King of Thai. Impressive buildings and central courtyard, but not much in the way of woods or water here.
"Our" television tower still is visible in the distance -- a good landmark almost everywhere we go! 
On the way back toward Motoyama, stopped at the Suemori Castle site (castle was built in 1548 but was only used for ten years, due to war losses by its owner). Now a Shinto shrine; many torii gates, other religious symbols. Much woods but still not much water. Many plant types and birds. A very tall cupola on one building, which seems to be the residence. Walkways past the greenhouses and shops; a man in white cleaning the long set of front steps with a broom of twigs.
Picked up a few groceries at Matsu Zakaya store at Motoyama subway station; back to apartment.
Then by #85 bus to the Bruderís bakery, past Yagoto on Yamate-dori to Mizuho-dori (the street on which is the Nagoya City Museum). Just past this intersection on Yamate dori is the bakery; one of the few places where dark bread is available, and that only on Saturdays! Walked part way back, past lines of pink and white dogwood trees, all in bloom. Many small shops and stores; mat-makers, glass shops, convenience stores. Back to the bus and home.
We were picked up, separately, to go to President Yamadaís house at 5:00 PM for dinner. The President came for Ellen a bit early, so there would be time for dressing her in the kimono for the occasion. Then Dr. Tanaka arrived, in a taxi (from his home in Kasugai, evidently; there was close to $75 on the meter when he arrived!). We had driven just across the street from CI Mansion when Tanaka spotted Mr. Sasaki there, and a long, animated conversation ensued. Soon Dean of Engineering Watanabe joined this group on the sidewalk, while the taxi driver and I wondered what was to happen. Then everyone piled into the taxi and with the driver indicating he was not familiar with Nagoya, only Kasugai, we set out. After a short time, it was becoming clear to me that there was much discussion in the cab about where we were going, but that no one was really sure. We literally spiraled in on the target, taking nearly an hour to get there on roads big and small, all just about within sight of "our" television tower over by the apartment! When we arrived, I guessed that the Presidentís residence was maybe 2 km from our apartment, a little south of Nitaiji Temple. What I thought would be a late arrival seemed to have no effect on the festivities; shoes off at the door, welcomes all around (President Yamada, Dr. Tanaka, Dr. Watanabe, Mr. Sasaki and others and I talked for a while, and I gave the President the DC-3 picture we had framed for him. Much appreciated if the thanks and conversation about such aircraft are any indication. President Yamada asked about some of the University buildings in the picture, and obviously remembered his visit to Ohio.
Then Ellen was escorted in wearing the kimono, to applause and compliments from everyone. "Radiant" sounds hokey, but thatís the word that came to mind. I was moved. She said this clothing included specific socks, undergarments, wraps, bindings, etc., and that it might even help her back stop hurting! In any case it was beautiful. Yuko then appeared, wearing a bright kimono and looking every inch the classical Japanese woman. She assisted throughout the meal, and even took some pictures of the group with my camera. Pres. Yamada and his camera seemed to be everywhere at once, and he and the others seemed to be having a wonderful time. I know we were, and Mr. Sasaki always is cheerful! 
The location was the Presidentís house; front portion was ceremonial, official, with a beautiful Japanese garden on two sides; lots of windows. Sitting room and tea room. An altar at one side with picture of Kohei Miura, the Presidentís father and founder of Chubu University. Hot charcoal pit in the floor with large iron tea kettle cooking. The tea ceremony was performed by the Presidentís wife, assisted by Yuko. Dr. Tanaka interpreted the elements of the ceremony for us. All kneel. Paper napkins are passed. A plate of sweets is passed. Very deliberate and slow movements, using specific utensils for washing each bowl with hot water and then preparing, one bowl at a time, a thick green tea and presenting to each guest in turn with a deep bow. Guest drinks, admires the bowl (which is all local pottery, and each one different), wipes the rim with fingers and returns the bowl to the host with the side forward that was used for drinking. The truly formal tea ceremony is somewhat longer and has more steps, but this was interesting and enjoyable.
Then in to dinner, which was somewhere between impressive and amazing from start to finish. A small dining room, but with a vaulted ceiling with chandelier; all the furniture seemed to be lacquered and polished to a glass finish, and set with lacquer trays and one of the multi-layer serving "towers" (jubako). Pres. Yamada remembered our first meal at which Ellen had ordered a Riesling and I a Scotch, and he had a bottle of each, both excellent. Add to this beer and sake, and itís quite a mix -- potentially dangerous, maybe even explosive.
Must have been ten courses; sushi, sashimi, fish, shrimp, squid, rice, soup, pickles, and seemingly hundreds of other goodies. Fortunately, portions here are typically small. Then a long pause and another round starting with asparagus wrapped in thinly-sliced beef, ...... After dinner, a choice of Sylviaís-type cheesecake or pear desserts plus tea of course. 
President Yamada is a fan of Beethoven, especially the 7th symphony, also my favorite. A good chat about music. He says weíll have to return to Japan in two years, when the 7th will be played in honor of the 60th year of Chubuís founding.
More conversation after dinner, and a presentation of beautiful roses (an odd number, said to be a more auspicious number...) to Ellen, and a beautiful black lacquerware bowl to us; shoes on (Sasaki and Tanaka mixed up shoes, amid much checking at cabside, and much teasing.)
Sunday, April 20 -- We both slept in a while this morning; up to walk at about 8:00. Then a long walk past Yagoto to see a restaurant recommended to Ellen by Mrs. Murase (how can we think of food?). 
Dr. Yasubayashi picked us up at 12:00 and drove to Nagoya Castle for the Kyogen (an outgrowth of Noh; the comic portion) plays, where we met Azumi and Shinji Suzuki (he is an attorney in Nagoya, and she is a para-legal in his office, and also a busy English teacher in various schools in the city). They have just now opened this new office, after Shinji spent several years working for a large law firm. A little nervous about it, but the clients seem to be there.
The Kyogen play was much like seeing opera; we did not understand the language, but the costumes and movements were interesting indeed. One segment, a prayer for peace and good harvest, turned out to be rather repetitive, almost a ritual or chant, and it about put us into a trance! Azumi agreed that it caused her to doze off. Everyone here says the Noh or Kyogen plays are difficult even for the Japanese to understand -- old-time language, etc. Maybe like us reading Chaucer in Middle English? The other two episodes were more like situation comedy, one about the misadventures of a drunkard and the other about an employee who gets even with an unfair boss once he finds out he can control a horse with "magic" words, causing riding trouble for his boss. 
"We now know what part of Noh we donít understand." -- (groan)
Afterward, a visit to the Suzukisí office and conversation about all kinds of things. Azumi is proud of her own Japanese cooking, and invited us to their apartment. As she invited Ellen to do some shopping with her, she also told a story about shopping once when "angry" with Shinji, going off to spend 100,000 yen before "feeling better!" Weíd better be sure Ellenís in a good mood before they go out. 
Then off to a restaurant recommended by Azumi (best I can do with the Japanese characters there was "ha-ge-chi". Yasubayachi said, after we joked during the conversation about my thinning hair, that the restaurantís name is also the word for "skin-head" which, here, is a polite term for baldness. Oh, well... Anyway, a Japanese tempura meal; 13 kinds of it! Fish, shrimp, eggplant, scallops, tofu, onion-like things, and the usual miso soup and rice and salad. Kirin beer and tea finished it off along with kiwi and tempura banana -- excellent! The "Kirin," by the way, is a dragon. Neat glasses are used in restaurants -- small glasses, probably appropriate for all that pouring and sipping! All that for about US $19.00 apiece. Yasubayashi had parked in one of the "double-deck (even triple) garages here, where a machine operates like the puzzles with one piece missing; shuffles the car racks around until the one needed appears at the lower level. 
Back to the apartment and early sleep -- A very busy weekend.
Monday, April 21 -- To work a little early -- got to finish Lecture 1but keep getting distracted by other interesting subjects! Mr. Murase came by the office to pick up Ohio University materials and ask for some help on English brochures he is preparing. We went over the list of courses, some of which were named in "different" ways from typical English descriptions. 
Critical e-mail and then to work on the lecture. Got it about 2/3 done before the afternoon meeting with Dr. Yasubayashi, Mr. Sasaki, Professors Matsui and Ido, and Mr. Matsubara from the Deanís office. We set lecture dates for May 21, June 4 and June 18, all in Room 521 (the well-equipped lecture room), from 1:30 to 3:00. Dr. Matsui said I might as well fill the time, because typically, Japanese audiences are shy in the question/answer mode.
Mr. Sasaki will work on paper translations with me, and it appears he will also do the actual translation at the lecture. I am to make notes on the narration for the video tape, and weíll show the tape in English with translation verbally from the notes.
I am to provide one-paragraph abstracts to Mr. Sasaki, for use in announcements on and off campus. Also the typescript goes to him.
Sasaki and I discussed possible plant tours -- He suggests Mitsubishi, and I said I would also seek information from Ohio on Japan Radio Corp., to see where it is. They made MLS receivers some time back, and may still be in the avionics business. Dr. Matsui has a friend at Mitsubishi who works in helicopter navigation. I expressed interest also in Dr. Fujimuraís work on high-voltage insulators; thereís a museum near the airport. Maybe we can go there and then pick up Karen when she lands on June 6...
Sasaki also mentioned that he and his wife would like to spend some time with us during May when his schedule clears up a little. He mentioned a tour of the Toyota automobile plant in the city of Toyota, and maybe a trip to the seashore, etc.
Back to work on the lecture. Knowing the probable difficulties with translation better now, itís hard work choosing words and phrases that are unambiguous when converted to Japanese. Sasaki will help.
Home -- Ellen went to Nittaiji temple flea market today; a lot of different foods for sale, and more like a sidewalk sale than a flea market in the US. No second-hand or garage-sale type things. Good prices, though.
Dr. Yasubayashi invited us to a recital by chorus and musical groups at Chubu tomorrow, followed by dinner.
Tuesday, April 22 -- Ellen and I rode to Chubu by subway, train and bus without incident in AM, to do errands, work in office and attend the recital and party tonight. 
Lunch with Mr. Murase, after going over the Architecture curriculum in English with him. In PM, Yuko came with more material on the Kyoto and Nara trip, and a map to the Kisoji restaurant at Yagoto (home of shabu-shabu eating). We gave her a potted flower to take to her mother and grandmother in thanks for the dinner and for flowers previously put in the apartment. Took a roll of film to the bookstore and bought film and tape, amid much approximate Japanese and English. Letters to Chubu post office, with same kind of communication. Took the abstracts for the lectures to Mr. Sasaki.
Later PM, Dr. Yasubayashi and we went to the Freshmenís Recital, an entertaining mix of vocal and instrumental music by freshman students. Some excellent voice numbers from opera, and two clarinetists were very good. One vocalist sang also a more popular tune, sounding a little like DeGaetano singing some of the lesser-known Stephen Foster.
Yasubayashi is an advisor to this group; introduced the recital, introduced Ellen and me as guests. We also met a Mr. Aichi, another advisor, from the architecture school. Karen may want to meet him. After, a bus trip to the Eitaro restaurant in Kasugai for a traditional Japanese meal. Squid again, in a different form, and very good. Miso soup was some of the best weíve had. Must have been 40 people in the large Japanese-room for the meal. Shoes off, sit on floor, low tables, beer, much noise and fun. Several students spoke a little English, and came to sit by us and fill our beer glasses! The procedure is to offer the glass with both hands, get it filled, then take at least a sip before putting it down. If you take a big sip, someone else will just come over and ask to fill it up again... Met one freshman student from England (Windsor), here studying Japanese, eventually wanting to join the Foreign Service.
Japan Rail Chuo line and subway back to Motoyama and walk home. Another tired evening!
Wednesday April 23 -- Ellen feeling a cold coming on, but up for walk at 7:00. AM - e-mail and lecture work; lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi in the student cafeteria -- Pizza today! More vegetables and less cheese than in the US. He helped me decode some junk mail, and the electricity bills for the apartment. Three separate bills: one for lights, one for the night-only water heater, and one for high-capacity daytime stuff; probably the heat pumps (small heaters/air conditioners, built in, but separate for each room). 
Actually beginning to get the hang of the Katakana words -- since many of these are English "borrowed" by the Japanese, once you get the character sounds sorted out, the words start to come easier, but phonetic pronunciation can be tricky. "Vanilla" can come out "Panirra" and so one has to deal in context a little. Then thereís "Bentman" sidewalk sushi (readable in katakana, but not really understandable; later we learned that itís not Bentman at all but Bentoman, meaning "lunch-box man."). Itís fun, though, and something to do while stuck in traffic. I carry a mini-phrasebook, which has the Katakana table in it, and try to read as many signs as possible before the light changes. It works.
The big thing is, you have to stay on your toes as you learn. Itís easy to get a little proud of yourself, and then get brought up completely short by the simplest communication requirement (like, "Do you want miso or soy as the broth in your soba?" at the Chubu restaurant). I had eaten this dish several times without such a challenge, but it was clear no soup was forthcoming this time until we worked it out. Thanks to Dr. Yasubayashi, I remembered the word soyu as my choice this time, but the real problem was that the choices got lost in the torrent of Japanese words in the cookís question. I did not even know how to ask her to speak more slowly. 
Mr. Takechi came with some printouts of the color pictures sent from the US on the network. Look OK at 720 dpi; weíll try some transparencies. --- time passes --- They looked good also; I think weíre done.
More writing in PM; home with a fill-up and car wash at Esso down the street; wash, wax, vacuum, clean windows inside and out, for about 1700 yen. Fuel more like 5000 (sort of like $50.00), so the wash seems cheap. By the way, these Esso guys speak some English and are VERY helpful. I am sure they snicker a little at my attempts at Japanese, but, hey, we got the gas and the wash we needed...
Ellen is indeed suffering -- cough and head cold from the sound of it. Very windy in the evening. The noise makes you feel cold even if not so cold outside. The building makes lots of noise, as if there are big air leaks in all the windows. Must be hard to keep warm in the winter; wonder about hot days to come, and air conditioning? At least the electricity is paid in the basic rent! Just had 1/2 grapefruit and an English muffin for dinner. 
Thursday, April 24 -- No walk this morning -- Ellen feeling a little under the weather -- not much sleep due to cold and cough. The nice sunny day should help. Wind has died down a little.
To work -- photographer took pictures for announcements, etc.; went to see Yuko to get details on shabu-shabu dinner and submit registration forms for the US Consulate (finally!) so they know weíre here in case of emergency (people donít talk about it much, but that means earthquake -- so far, so good). Turned in another roll of film at the bookstore. Turns out that using Fuji processing, even of Kodak film, is a LOT less expensive. Can be 30 yen for each Kodak print, 18 yen for Fuji.
Yuko gave us a nice box of French baked goods -- this gift-giving stuff can escalate forever! The goodies and the friendship should make Ellen feel a little better. Also a small French candy piece, individually wrapped with a tiny desiccant inside! 
Yuko also told me about those personal handy-phone service (PHS) everyone seems to use here. Seems they cost about $100 plus a basic charge, which is apparently low. They are only usable in a limited area, unlike regular cell-phones, which are good all over Japan. Walkers, bicyclists, even grade-school children have the things! This morning, people on the bank road were driving with one hand, talking away...That road is hard enough for me when my full attention is on it! Scary...
Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and a trip to the bookstore -- Ellenís second book should be here May 1; film tomorrow and Monday. We must meet right after lunch tomorrow for the trip for the Freshman Orientation.
The building heat is back on -- hard to tell whether it was broken or they just tried to turn it off for the season and had second thoughts when it stayed cool... Whatever, itís on again, and more comfortable.
Finished Lecture 1 script; now must work up the viewgraphs.
Home -- Ellen is much better, and had spent most of the day with Mrs. Murase and the international ladies at a discussion, this time on Turkey. Obviously interesting -- Ellen now wants to visit there!
Fried eggs for dinner, with forks! Weíre reverting...? Ellen read Lecture 1 and pronounced it pretty good, with a few corrections. English teacher forever! Packed for the overnight freshman orientation trip.
Friday, April 25 -- Up for a 7:00 walk in the sun. . This time south and east to near the TV tower; nice neighborhoods, with pretty entryways and Japanese gardens (surprise!). Well cared-for. Small shrine on the hill behind the apartment building.
To work; message came that Acting Chairman Irwin and Dean Wray have decided on a national search to select a new AEC Director by "mid-summer." Just could not bring themselves to select an insider without all that trouble, apparently. )-: 
Processed e-mail most of the morning -- Corrected and reprinted Lecture 1 and sent a fax copy to Dean Wray; he may need this to describe to a search committee what the Center is all about. Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and a trip to the Bookstore to get film prints. Went to the Assembly Hall (nice!) where Yasubayashi had obtained permission for us to see the new Bosendorfer concert grand; actually played a few bars of Mozart on it! The first non-invited pianist to play it. Even the Chubu music people donít have access.
Then to the bus and off with the freshmen EE students and a few faculty for the freshmen orientation. Large, comfortable Meitetsu bus. Wall vase behind driver with real flowers. TV and sound system throughout.
About an hour north, first on the expressway past Tajimi and Toki cities, and off at Mizunami (fossil finds there). I noted the bus driver paid 2350 yen for about 1/2 hour on the expressway. Then smaller roads, tunnels, into the mountains; snow-caps visible to the north in the "false Alps." Yasubayashi and I talked about power distribution in Japan (very visible most places, with large steel towers and heavy transmission wires). He said 6600 volts was typical as a distribution voltage; difference is that the entire system here is insulated; Iíll try to get a picture. Much trouble taken at each pole to insulate the splices (look like big Scotchcast epoxy splices). Big stuff is 275KV, much with 4-element conductors, six of these to a tower. 
Also noted rice paddies in the mountains are already flooded, planting beginning. Yasubayashi said the government now controls rice production, to keep the market stable. The high mountain paddies are flooded first and then the water runs toward the lower paddies. All this takes a lot of organization; paddies must be ready when the water is ready... Farmers in straw hats, looking very pastoral at first glance, but with tractors and Weed-Wackers when observed closely!
Upon arrival at the Chubu University facility, we moved into our room, just the two of us in a room with 8 bunk beds; reed mats on the floor (shoes off obviously, and those darn too-small slippers on). Yasubayashi got us Nehoki pajamas (the Japanese wrap with a sash; wild blue print on white); beds are reed mats on platform, pad-type mattress with sheet, then comforter with contour sheet on bottom. Pillow hard as a rock -- useless unless you want your ears compressed! 
Communications and sticking to the schedule is done via public-address announcements over a complex-wide system. Very loud -- like a summer camp (or a prison?). One could really get tired of that. 
An opening ceremony was first; speeches and "rules" from several faculty members, introduction of the staff. Dr. Matsui introduced me for some remarks, with Dr. Yasubayashi translating: "Welcome from the 24th Kohei Miura Visiting Professor from Ohio University (the "good morning" university). As a freshman many years ago at the University of Illinois, I needed the help of new friends and faculty to be comfortable with life away from home for the first time. Now, in Japan, I feel like a student all over again, learning a new alphabet, new words and new customs. Good luck to all of us as newcomers to Chubu University!"
This Ena-campus location (near Mt. Ena, in the mountains) consists of a dorm and dining-hall complex plus gym, athletic fields, golf course (really a field on a hillside, with greens hard to distinguish from fairways, but the sound of birds and frogs, which canít be heard in the city (still mostly crows). Trails through the woods are nice for hiking; Yasubayashi and I put on about 3 miles in the afternoon amid pines and some more unfamiliar foliage. Some steep up-and-down spots more strenuous. 
A remarkable fact -- I asked Yasubayashi about "rat-guard" sorts of units on the guy wires of electricity poles in the area. He said they are to keep snakes(!) from climbing up to the wires and shorting out the system! (But the system is insulated...no matter ... the snakes still cause trouble, apparently.)
A bath before dinner -- Japanese style, which is to say sitting on a low bench with water faucets at knee-level in front of you. Fill a small washbowl and soap up; refill and pour over you -- over and over. Then, a long soak in the hot tub (itís not a bathtub). One other difference is that this is a community project. Could be a large group doing this at once.
Dinner was typical Japanese -- miso soup, rice, pickles, tofu, green tea. After, discussions with some faculty members; Matsui said he had quit smoking about 5 years ago; I have an ally, in all these smoky lounges, etc. Japanese students seem to smoke a LOT. A little TV news, with commentary by Dr. Yasubayashi. Police are now distributing information to drivers about use of cell-phones while driving. Causing accidents -- surprise! He agreed that Japanese people are obsessed with food, and that TV has more food shows than anything else...!
After dinner, students split into discussion groups with a faculty member or two and an upper-class student in each group. Yasubayashi and I circulated among the groups, answering questions about America, flying, etc. Very shy students (no surprise), but what was surprising was the lack of a clear engineering-like goal in almost all of them. Only one student spoke up and said he would like to work for a company building electric cars. I offered to get information on the Ohio University Electric Bobcat for him. Other students said theyíd like to be firefighters, or things like that. Seems a strange goal for an electrical engineer...at least it would be in the US?
Slept well.
Saturday April 26 -- Up 7:00 to the strains of the Chubu song on the too-loud PA system. Almost sounds military in this setting. Breakfast is rice, a raw egg (first refusal; had mine boiled); miso soup, and green tea. Some strips of compacted seaweed, which you put on top of the rice, then press down with open chopsticks, and then closing, to wrap the seaweed strip around a roll of rice, sushi-fashion. Not as hard as it sounds. Again, a real rush; I could not finish the rice in the short time. Everyone else seemed to just melt right through all that starch, however. Then more PA announcements; Yasubayashi said it was time for softball. Much organization here; an actual tournament. I got an honorary at-bat and after an infield grounder was thrown out at first by 1/2 step. Later, Yasubayashi suffered almost exactly the same fate. 
Students are the same everywhere, I think. These softball games featured good fun, no arguments, a lot of running and noisy talk, and apparent bonding. The tournament over, a group photo (photographer used removable flashbulbs on a bright sunny day...?) and then lunch. Rice again, but with some fish mixed in, pickles, soup, green tea, and about 15 minutes start to finish.
Then a closing ceremony at which juice-drink prizes were given to the winning softball team and to the staff (sophomore student workers and Gifu campus staff), with a can also to me (a gift from Prof. Fujimura, I was told). Staff collected all the film badge covers for re-use.
Yasubayashi and I got a little confused on the schedule and we missed the bus back to Kasugai, amid much apologizing by him. He saved the situation very efficiently. Called a cab, and we went to the Chuo (Japan Rail) line at Hakenami station; rode to Kozoji station and another cab back to Chubu University (Kanjis stand for Chu-Bu-Dai-Guc) or Central Area Big Learning). Arrived just as the buses were unloading. Noted during the cab ride the nice lace seat covers they use in cabs and limos.
Home via bank road. Terrible obstacle course; people, bikes, kids, entire families camped out on the road watching a large grass fire across the river. Seemed fairly harmless, really, but really drew a crowd. 
Traffic still moved, but was harrowing.
Ellen told of the promised (threatened?) shopping trip with Azumi Suzuki -- Japanese lunch, Indian dinner, trying on clothes, avoiding trying on expensive clothes, "girl talk," and generally sounding like good fun. They finally broke up at 9-something PM, with Azumi still having a 30-minute bike ride from Sakae (downtown Nagoya) district to her home, and Ellen on the subway back to Motoyama. She got home 10:30. 
We have made a point of trying almost everything food-wise here, but Azumi now has invited us to the Suzuki (Azumi and Shinji) apartment for some "authentic" Japanese-cooked Indian food. She says we will not like it. Try us! She is a delightful lady. Studied law, but never really intended to pass the bar exam (very hard in Japan). Now, more interested in translation than in practicing law.
Lots of things different here -- a light bulb burned out Thursday, and we discovered itís got a miniature base and is much smaller than US designs. Have not discovered where to get a replacement yet.
To Jusco about dinner time; the $30 melon lives, and we did not buy it! Got several bakery goodies, replenished the excellent Suntory blended whisky, and carried it all home on foot. Ellen feeling better. On the way, went through the "YYY" building; two Chinese restaurants, and a lot of specialty shops, and a room specifically for kids to romp in while parents shop... Noisy; everyone having fun.
Observations: The $5.00 cup of coffee can be had, but so can cheaper coffee. Beer is regularly something between $4 and $5 in a bar or restaurant, but about $1.00 in the market. You just have to be careful. Beef is really expensive, everywhere weíve seen it. A plate of sliced beef, similar to a shabu-shabu meal, can cost $30.00 even in the Jusco store. 
"Papillon" on TV; we have not watched much TV so far, except for a burst during the assault on the Japanese Embassy in Peru, freeing the hostages after more than 3 months. Much excitement in Japan over 
Sunday, April 27 -- Up and a lazy morning. Cloudy but no rain in sight. Finished organizing and filing the various travel brochures, maps, etc. that were here, and added some we have collected. That gets the den in much more presentable shape. Itís been a bit messy since we got here. We collaborated on writing a "primer" for future visiting professors -- Itís at the beginning of this book..
After noon, walked to Motoyama and on to Suemori Castle/shrine site -- missed the flea market -- just a few people cleaning up. Walked to Higashiyama Koen (Zoo and Botanical Garden) and spent until 4:00 PM strolling among the throng, looking at animals (and people). Nice park; ride on the monorail gives a nice overview. Sky tower is there, and we must do that next visit. Even from here, Ďour" TV tower is visible! Costs 945 yen each to get in, plus 500 yen each for the monorail, but worth it.
Birds of paradise displaying, Polar bears in and out of water; sun bear, not in the sun but waiting for dinner; otters displayed for a while out of water, for kids; skunk-on-a-leash; keeper trying to remove a snake from a (warm?) light fixture to display for kids, and more koala bears than we have seen before -- all pretty much asleep, but interesting anyway.
Walked back to Motoyama, thinking about food -- no meals yet today and itís going on 5 PM! Weíre both a little grouchy as a result -- need food! Stopped finally at "Pion" Korean barbecue restaurant in the building just north of CI Mansion; weíve seen it a hundred times, and finally tried it. Had the sliced garlic beef dinner for two (cook it yourself over the gas fire built into the table) which includes onion and squash plus a salad (lot of greens and quite fresh) plus a couple of draft Suntory beers and split a bowl of rice.. o-cha tea after dinner.. GREAT!! And a really nice waiter to boot. He kept apologizing for the garlic, and we kept trying to reassure him that we like it a lot. Korean Hatai gum as an after-dinner treat. 
Well, the Cafe de la Pain bakery is on the way home from the Pion restaurant, and we stopped to pick up dessert -- wonderful pastries... enough said!
Are those yellow tiles on the sidewalks at street crossings Braille? Their linear and bumpy patterns could be for use by sightless people -- I will ask Dr. Yasubayashi if he knows.
Monday, April 28 -- Raining -- no walking today. Used the time to summarize the narration on the ENT and the GPS Flight Test videotapes, which will be used in lectures. Suzanne seems to have gotten the e-mail working at her end; several messages today, and obvious excitement. Weíll try to get her up on FTP so she can look at the pictures we networked to the Florida site.
Dr. Yasubayashi gave me information on the rental car, in case of problems. Phone numbers, etc. He also confirmed that those yellow tiles on the sidewalk with either linear or bump patterns are indeed for blind people. In the subway stations for example, they form long paths for the blind to follow. At street corners, the linear ones form paths to "wait" strips of the bump-patterns. Then, at busy corners, the traffic light systems make various bird-like noises when itís time to walk. Later, we saw a blind person expertly using the system of floor tiles in the subway. He got along fine.
Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi in the student cafeteria. Spaghetti with tomato sauce, and a little meat -- Noodles cooked at the moment of serving. Good taste, but pretty "substantial." Picked up the latest roll of film at the bookstore. Second book is still not in.
Finished up Lecture 1 writing, inserted references to viewgraphs, selected photos and drafted charts. Mr. Murase visited and gave me some bamboo that Ellen needs for cooking. A large shoot about 7 inches long and easily 4 inches in diameter.
Salad, thank goodness, for dinner! Needed something light. Talked to Mom and Dad on the phone for a few minutes, to attone for not having written. They were happy to hear from us. Ellen talked with Shawna to get caught up on some details of running the house and the businesses in Athens. She sounds really busy, but under control..
Tuesday, April 29 -- A national holiday -- Green Day - For a long time, I could find nothing about what this day signifies. Is it like May Day? The Japan Times today rescued me -- Green day is something like Earth Day in America. The Japanese take time out to worry about their forests, which seem to have been mistreated over the centuries; after cutting deciduous trees, forests are replanted with faster growing conifers. Many animals cannot live there because conifers do not produce nuts. Once the habitat gets this specialized, animals like bears cannot live; they begin raiding villages for food, and everything begins to fall apart ecologically. Anyway, they have plenty to think about on Green Day. The telephone book had even more on it -- It is the celebration of the late Emperor Showaís birthday, and commemorates his appreciation for nature.
(Note: The telephone book also points out that just to get a telephone "right" or "authorization" in Japan costs about $700! This does not include the actual installation or any usage billing.)
Slow morning -- just catching up on typing this record, working over photos to get some documentation on them so we donít forget what weíve got...
Then off by Subway (blue line from Yagoto) to OsuKannon temple area (thatís Osu, not O. S. U.!), at which Ellen missed the flea market yesterday due to the rain. Large temple, but kind of commercialized; extensive shopping arcades to the east, taking up several square blocks. Lot of incense burning, and a LOT of people milling about here at the beginning of Golden Week (a week rife with holidays). After looking through hundreds of small shops, came upon the Banshoji Temple, where there is a fancy mechanical doll clock. We were just too late for its performance, every two hours. Weíll have to catch it later. 
Picked up a shopping cart, which will come in handy later for walking home from Jusco. Bought nothing else today, though. Shopkeeper where we got the cart was interested in talking, so I hauled out a bit of Japanese (I am sensai [teacher] at Chu-Bu-Dai-Guc [Chubu University].) Well, just like the guidebooks say, this prompted a flood of Japanese from the keeper and her husband(?) which I simply could not understand. So, as usual, we smiled a lot, and managed to beat a retreat without obvious embarrassment for the merchants. Must have been a little confusing for them; hereís a Chubu professor teaching out there in Kasugai, but with NO Japanese language skills at all! 
Noticed there are virtually NO clothes here with Japanese characters on them. I had thought to get some sort of monogrammed clothing (even a sweatshirt!), but everything is Los Angeles motorcycle-gang chic or Michael Jordan this or that. Also, I have not seen one Japanese man who I would consider a role model for dress. The high-school-age kids seem to dote on "sloppy" or "cheap" and the adult professional-type men just wear black suits, period. Got to look harder, I guess.
Visited a true Japanese junk-shop, no bigger than 20x30 feet, but with a million old "things" ranging from pornographic statues and bas-reliefs to wonderful Japanese lanterns, dragons and Buddhas. Everything dusty and piled in front and on top... Did not find the guardian-dog statues I thought might be there, although there is a tempting pair of jade dogs. Trouble is, they are not the true pair (one with mouth open, one closed) we want. Maybe there were two pairs, and these are the only ones left. Nevertheless, very nice.
Found the Santa Barbara restaurant we saw advertised, right outside the OsuKannon subway station, exit 2. Unfortunately it was closed. Next trip. Thursday is fajita night! 
Weíre seeing a lot of those baggy Ďboarder outfits that Opus the cartoon penguin could wear...but NO skateboards. Outlawed? Outdated? Whatever...itís just as well. Girls seem to dress rather nicely; guys just the opposite. Some really weird outfits and hair -- Guess itís the same in the US, though.
We continue to be impressed with the entrances, even to inner-city homes. A tiny space becomes a beautiful Japanese garden, Zen or otherwise. Weíre getting some pictures, and may try one of these back home.
Dinner back at Yagoto at Volks Restaurant, a few blocks south of the apartment. This is a steak house, with salad bar, some English on the menu and generally good food. Home to finish up some baked goods for dessert. Lot of walking, and weíre tired.
Wednesday, April 30 -- Cloudy, but a short walk to match the short nightís sleep -- we just plain stayed up too late! Returned and Ellen getting ready for flower arranging class, so I cleaned off the front balcony (pigeons, remember?) with the hose and broom. Then dress and off to work; a drop or two of rain during a slow trip in. Then steady rain most of the day.
Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi; he gave information on the Toastmastersí Club which meets near Komaki City, and has an English-language meeting this May 25. Also, a piano recital at Chubu May 24, by Ralph Votapek, a Milwaukee person; Beethoven, Brahams, Debussy, Ravel -- sounds like a nice afternoon! 
In a burst of progress, I managed to order transparency frames and get magic tape at the bookstore and to get copies and transparencies made at the Deanís office! That pretty well wraps Lecture 1 -- the multi-media blitz has made this one really hard. Simplicity from here on out! Mr. Sasaki will call tomorrow to set a time to do the translation. Meanwhile, on to Lecture 2!
Sent numbers to Mr. Murase on Ohio University printing brochures for Chubu. He came to the office today to discuss them; said he could hardly believe how inexpensive it is for printing in the US compared to Japan. I suggested he contact Felix Gagliano for more details on how to get this done.
Home to great dinner of chicken, potatoes, turnips, snow peas, with chopsticks. Grapefruit for dessert.