Chapter 3

Notes on Japan Visit -- April-June, 1997

Bob and Ellen Lilley

Sunday, June 1 -- Ellen’s birthday! Walked toward Yagoto and stopped at the Sushi-san shop for a quick lunch of Kani crabs (crunchy!) beef and rice, fish and rice, beer/tea and edamame beans. Ellen managed to drop a rice ball into the soy sauce, and for a while we thought we’d have to go back and re-dress. Fortunately we soaked up the stains on my shirt with the oshibori towel (told you those were civilized!) and proceeded. 

Got an all-day pass on the subway and went to Nagoya Port. A large ocean-going ship was just leaving port, and was a remarkable sight, simply because it was so big. We got on the much smaller port excursion boat, three levels up, in the decorative "Nagoya fish" and had a great view of the harbor area for about an hour. It is much developed, highly industrial, as ports tend to be; many "works" projects (bridges, etc.) in evidence, some really impressive architecture.

Back to shore and to the Nagoya Aquarium, a modern and well-kept setup. We noticed the way various species were presented, with their "helpers," in rather natural settings. Eels plus "cleaner shrimp," for example. Some unusual exhibits we have not seen in the US included free-swimming squid (maybe 6-8" long) with their baby-blue eyes, giant crabs, and a beautiful "emperor" angelfish, again our first sighting.

By far the most amazing was the live exhibit of "Moon Jellyfish." Only on television before. These creatures are simply amazing, gossamer things, with no visible central control and yet obvious organization in movement. Very relaxing and curious all at once.

Japan has been criticized in the past for its attitudes toward sea turtles and whales, as they have been reluctant and slow to go into "preservation" mode. As if to speak to this, there was an extensive sea turtle tank and breeding area, where all the trappings of successful breeding were present, but no clear results. Of course, the results would have been written on signs in Japanese, so we easily could have missed it. In the sandy area next to the tank, there were TV cameras and motion detectors, etc., so we assumed they were actively trying to hatch turtles..

Then, a long Imax film on whales, which had some new footage of these creatures we had not seen before. Even though the narration was in Japanese, it was most absorbing. The film was actually made by an American crew, from the looks of the credits, so it’s probably available for viewing somewhere in the US also.

Back to the apartment for a quick change and back to the subway for the trip to Nagoya Castle Hotel and the Crown Restaurant, recommended for Ellen’s birthday dinner by the Yamadas. The bus to Motoyama, which we took to save time, got caught in traffic, and was likely slower than the walk. Arrived at the hotel a little late, and Ms. Tomoko Minoshima from the Chubu library and Gary and Pat Hunt were in the lobby. We went to the top-floor restaurant, where a wonderful view of the castle, a live combo and girl singer singing "Happy Birthday" to Ellen (with a cake and all), great service (and high prices) awaited. Filet beef dinner with the trimmings and a nice Italian white wine made it a good time.

The Hunts are in the area to give some lectures at Chubu University on Monday, having traveled for a month in China. They were eager to eat a Western-style meal and tell their story (having seen fewer Americans than we have for the past few weeks, somewhat isolated in the interior of China). They were treated as honored guests by the Chinese, but the surroundings there are just not as nice as in Japan or the US. Basic cleanliness suffers, as do other graces which were unneeded when China was a closed country, until just recently. 

Chubu is sending the Hunts on a slightly shorter version of our trip to Kyoto and Nara, so they asked for a briefing on our adventures. We recommended some temple sites and shopping opportunities, and urged them not to short-change Nara, as we were able to relax there as nowhere else. A lot of green, with the deer and the extensive park...

The Hunts took a cab to Nagoya Station to catch the JR train for Kasugai (they are staying at the Chubu University guest house, which they said is excellent). We walked back to the subway station and rode back to Motoyama, plus the 20-minute walk up the hill to the apartment. A busy birthday!

Monday, June 2 -- Morning drive was uneventful, but heavy traffic. E-mail and progress on Lecture 3 in the morning. Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi.

After lunch, Dr. Yasubayashi and I attended the lectures by Gary and Patricia Hunt. Interesting; I learned a bit about the OhioLink setup for networking plus Pat’s talk on preservation of the collection was most informative. Well attended by over 40 people, many from Chubu or other University libraries in the area.

Nice reception afterwards with sushi, beer and soda, sandwiches and munchies in general. Had a chance to talk with Dr. Tanaka and some of the faculty from the English and International programs. 

Home late, but sleep early. Seem to be catching up after the busy weekend.

Tuesday, June 3 -- Cloudy. (Dr. Yasubayashi said yesterday that the rainy season starts on June 10. He may be right, but it’s a little hard to tell how to assign a date to this. Newspaper said the season starts when a persistent summertime east-west stationary front gets established.) Ellen has flower arranging today.

Prof. Sasaki came to the office with the plan for Ellen’s outing with his wife and daughter on June 5, and also some recipes! Ms. Ozeki came with faxes from Ohio. Yuko called about the Founder’s Day speech; about ready!

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi, and right back to work on lecture 3. 

Mr. Murase stopped by late in the day to ask about why age is not reported on resumes from teachers from the US. We talked about discrimination, etc., and the US method of storing birth information in county offices. (In Japan, it’s stored more centrally, and family trees are kept updated by these data banks.) I said that if he had copies of passport information, he would have the age. Birthdate is on there. This idea seemed to help.

A large contingent of workers plus two large flatbed trucks began unloading equipment near the central fountain at Chubu today; by evening, they had spent the day erecting fences. No indication what they’re preparing for.

Home and off on foot to Jusco Bakery, and Double Tall for spaghetti in the evening. Where Jusco had pottery and china in the half-floor next to the grocery, they now have pianos. Must have been twenty instruments there, from upright (digital) players to tiny electronic units. Anywhere from about $680 for a "chord organ" to $5800 for an upright player. The ones I tinkered with sounded good (the real string models). 

Ellen’s cough seems a good bit better today; maybe we’re recovering! Still cloudy, but cooler and seems less humid this evening.

Wednesday, June 4 -- To work in light rain and light traffic. Yuko came to the office with general paperwork relating to the Tokyo trip, and promised to bring the speech soon! Ozeki came up and presented a gift of manju, a traditional Japanese sweet made of rice powder, sweet beans, plus a little jam. Quite good. This gift is given by Chubu to everyone near the Founder’s Day celebration.

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi. Turns out the construction project at Chubu is an earthquake upgrade for one of the main buildings. A big project to insert dampers in the lower levels of the building. No wonder there’s a large area being fenced off for construction crews and machines.

Lecture 2 in afternoon; went well, but still prepared too much material. Mr. Sasaki and I had to on-line edit some sections to fit the time. Played the OU video tape, though, for the audience members who could stay a little late, and so we are "even" with what I had intended for the first two lectures.

Tea with Dr. Yasubayashi and Mr. Sasaki, and a good discussion on engineering and society, satellites, etc. Bright people. I am to give Prof. Sasaki the text for lecture 3 tomorrow. Should be no problem. Essentially done.

Yuko gave me the Romaji translation of my Founder’s Day speech. A bit daunting, all those unfamiliar words and sounds. Went over the first few paragraphs with Dr. Yasubayashi with quite a few missteps; this will take practice! Gave him a copy of it with the request that he point out any words that might turn really bad if I mispronounce them!

In the evening, walked to Motoyama and the subway to Ikeshita and Gulya’s Hungarian restaurant. Excellent meal, as always on Wednesdays, of turkey salad plus shrimp, a chicken dish and a pork dish, bread and wine. Everything somewhat mixed together; Hungarian style, we guess, with potatoes and mushrooms also. A bit of comparison between movies "Gung Ho," a comedy about Japanese in America, and "King Ralph," about an American in England. Larry, William and Lanny, Rebecca, Susan and us. William and Larry got into a long wrangle about the death penalty, comparative safety of various countries and comparative law enforcement among Japan, the US and Saudi Arabia. Interesting and fun group; everyone has opinions, based on their own travels and considerable knowledge. Age ranges from about 35 to about 55. Next week a return to the Garlic House! Everyone liked it before.

Subway to Motoyama and walk home.

Thursday, June 5 -- We are off early to Chubu; Ellen will go by train to the Toyota area for a trip to Obara-washi (paper-making) with Mrs. Sasaki and their daughter. We met Prof. Sasaki at the Chubu parking lot for the trip to Kozoji JR Station.

Yuko and Dr. Yasubayashi came to the office, both bringing audio tapes of the Founder’s Day speech; Yuko also sent the speech by e-mail so I can reformat with pronunciation guides. Yasubayashi also brought a tape player. Much help!

Fujiko Oguri Sawtarie called midmorning; she will join us for lunch tomorrow, and then Ellen, Karen and I will go to her parents’ house for dinner.

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and Dr. Masami Ito, of the Bio-Mimetic Research group we visited last week. He had many questions about Ohio University, for which Yasubayashi translated. Finished lecture 3 text and all viewgraphs except three, for which Dave Diggle is sending artwork from Ohio. Got the necessary copies from the Dean’s office, and a set of viewgraphs. Pretty well set! A copy went to Mr. Sasaki to begin the translation, and a copy to Dr. Yasubayashi for his use.

Back to Kozoji with Mr. Sasake to pick up Ellen, who was excited about her day with Sasaki’s wife and daughter, at the Obara washi paper-making demonstration. She made a two-layered paper picture, starting with pulp from the mulberry plant, boiling, screening, coloring, etc. The picture is put in with fingers, displacing the colored second layer as it is laid on top of the first layer in the screen. Then dried and mounted. Nice! The recipes flowed freely; Ellen had a nice time! 

Then home, change clothes and bus to Motoyama, subway to Atsuta Shrine to meet Susan Gilfert. We picked up sidewalk yakki-soba and went to one of the demonstrations of Japanese drumming at the shrine; picked up a can of beer at another booth (go to church to buy beer?!) and toured the main shrine grounds. Many people there for this festival; the shrine is the repository for the "grass-cutting sword," one of three highly sacred Japanese relics (mirror, stone, sword). People throwing money in the receptacle box, clapping, bowing. Many Japanese drums; some at the entrance, surrounded by a hundred paper japanese lanterns, all lit by candles and very pretty. Lots of those drum-shaped rice-bins on display near the shrine proper; these carry the logos of big contributors to the shrine (in the old days, many of the contributions were in the form of rice, which was then legal tender). Presumably the baskets are removed when the contribution runs out. While we waited for a fireworks display, Susan and I went over the Founders’ Day speech so I could practice pronunciation (standing on a pedestrian bridge with about a thousane Japanese people; they probably wondered...). 

We saw many examples of Japanese washi paper with exquisite pictures on it at the shrine, as lighted lanterns along the pathways. Birds, flowers, Kanji characters. Very "Japanese" and very attractive.

Back to the subway, and a stop at Chikusa, to "Raffles," a Thai restaurant run by British people; chicken on a stick with peanut sauce; thin crunchy bread, and spicy chicken salad and vegetable salad for Ellen. Good "Tiger" Singapore beer; Ellen had Bass pale ale. Conversation with Susan informative as always. She is also against the Expo 2005 tearing up the forest at Seto in the name of environmental protection. There’s also a Nagoya project to dry up a wetland near the harbor for a trash-processing facility... We told her about finding the lacquerware shop and the fine treatment we received there.

Walked from the restaurant to Ikeshita and hopped the subway to Motoyama. Ads everywhere on the subway -- even little advertising labels on the straps that are used when it is necessary to stand up for the trip! Walked back to the apartment. We’re sleeping pretty well; tired every evening.

Friday, June 6 -- Awoke later than usual, but to thunderstorms and rain; went back to sleep for a while to the sound of the rain on the trees out back. Prediction is for that to stop later in the day. 

Another busy day shaping up, with both Fujiko and Karen arriving. Ellen and I went to Chubu together, and will have lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and Fujiko, then pick up Karen in the afternoon at the airport, and get our return tickets changed for the new departure date. 

Received word from Dave Diggle that he is interested in pursuing the Avionics Directorship in the search that is ongoing. He was Bob’s choice from the beginning, so we’re glad to hear he’s in the hunt. 

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi, Ellen and Fujiko; President Yamada came by and asked if I was proud of having taught Fujiko at Ohio University -- yes! Made plans for the afternoon and evening. To the airport with Ellen and Dr. Yasubayashi after lunch, with some flowers for Karen. Heavy traffic, but we arrived just as she did. Changed money, got suitcases to the car, and stopped at the city hall for a view of the city from their restaurant on about the 8th floor, on the way back to Chubu.

Dr. Tanaka came by the office with a copy of the group picture taken at Daifuku when we visited three weeks ago. Has Mr. Fuqui, the Tanakas, E&B, Mrs. Ito, wife of the company president, our guide and the three ladies who accompanied us (friends of the Itos and Tanakas).

Karen brought much Shaklee product, which we needed since our package from the States never got here. The package has been foundn however! Received e-mail from Shawna Wolfe in Athens that the package had been sent to Shaklee in San Francisco, and ultimately returned to Athens. We cannot tell why, nor do we know whether it went to Japan or not. Anyway, it’s home. [MUCH later, we received word from the U. S. Post Office that their investigation showed the package was sent to the proper address, and received...!]

Karen changed and freshened up (after her 10-15 hours on airplanes!), and we three went to the Oguri house for dinner. Fujiko’s parents speak only a few words in English, so Fujiko was kept busy interpreting for both sides! Tea, and then a major dinner spread; salad, shrimp/chicken, sashimi. Then the largest lacquerware serving tray we have seen, full of wonderful sushi items! Then...(!) the main course, shabu-shabu beef and vegetables, much like our Kisogi experience, only better. Then melon for dessert; all this accompanied by beer and sake

Mr. Oguri gave Bob a lovely bamboo cup for tea (or sake). 

Conversation was fun, apparently for both sides; many stories about Fujiko’s work at Ohio University, and her parents’ travels. Her father does some sleight-of-hand, which he said delights small children; we’ll remember their wonderful clock, which has a different bird call each hour. All in all a very nice time; Karen was tired, of course, after the long flight, but bore up well.

Drove home, with Karen trying to stay awake to see the sights, generally unsuccessfully. 

Saturday, June 7 -- Sunny and nice. Up early for a walk with Karen. Mrs. Pigeon has laid two eggs on the front balcony, on the drain grating! We’ll see what happens... Walked to Koshoji temple, showing Karen the neighborhood between CI Mansion and Yagoto. At the temple, an interesting contrast; a woman using a propane torch to clean the wax off the holders for the candles the worshippers to use. New and old... Big crows at the temple, living in the multi-story pagoda?

Back to the apartment and to meet Dr. Yasubayashi there for the drive, initially to Sangetsu, near Nagoya Castle, a firm showing interiors. Karen interested; however this firm seems to specialize in the Western style, with some Japanese flavor. All was pretty familiar to Karen. Interesting anyway. Dr. Yasubayashi talked to one of the managers there, a Mr. Akihiko Katsuyama. (Actually, Yasubayashi was a hero all weekend, ferreting out people who were willing to talk about their work, show us their work, etc. A good "guide.") They also had some art pieces, including a good owl, reproduced on a post card. I’ll send to Mom. Karen noted the track-lights in the display area, with tracks on the top of the open dividers (I got a picture) then bouncing light off the white ceiling. Effective. We also noted murals available, and took some pictures of their display samples! They had several compass rose patterns in carpets there, which Bob thought were nice.

We also noted a picture which looked like wrapping paper, simply wrapped around a wood frame and hung. Very pretty, and maybe a use for some of the neat wrapping paper they have here.

Lunch in the coffee shop in the same building; some sandwiches, spaghetti, tea, cola. Dr. Yasubayashi introduced a friend of Azumi Suzuki who is working at SanGetsu, Ms. Naguko Yoshite ("Alice"). Drove to Handa City, a long ride on city streets and finally an expressway, on the Chita peninsula south of Nagoya. Chubu University Founder’s Day commemoration is held at Muryojuji Temple, where Kohei Miura is interred (Fujiko Oguri’s grandfather’s tomb is also there).

Prior to the ceremony at the altar, each visitor cleansed at the water-dragon’s location and then picked up a burning stick pf incense and passed by the tomb of Kohei Miura, placed the incense in a pot of sand at the tomb and paid respects to the founder. Dr. Yasubayashi used the traditional ju or beads, and allowed Bob to use these also. The kanjis on the tomb read "Return to Truth" according to one person, and "Go back to Love" according to another... Then to the temple proper.

We three were seated on the floor next to Chubu President Yamada and in front of Dr. Tanaka and Mr. Sasaki, in the front row in front of the Buddhist altar. After several minutes of chanting by the three priests who conducted the service, President Yamada went to the edge of the inner altar space and placed incense bits into a smoldering pot, followed by us and by everyone (over 100, estimated) in the room. Each bowing to the altar and to Pres. Yamada and Yuko. All during this procedure, the priests continued their chant, and for many minutes afterward.

Then, an announcement by a Chubu official and the ceremony ended. 

Following the religious service, went to a side building at the temple, where low tables were arrayed, with a gift box at each place, sweets and tea. (The gift box is not to be opened at the meeting, but later, and it turned out to be a tin with "Japanese dry cake" which looks like pretzels but tastes sweeter. Very good! Ellen, Karen and Bob sat at the head of the room with President Yamada and Mr. Sasaki. The President introduced Bob and the fact that he would speak in Japanese...! Bob gave the Romaji translation of the speech, nervously, to a crowd that looked to be over 100 people. It seemed to him to take forever, and the room was hot, and all that... ("It was the hardest thing I have ever done.") Once done, applause, and a "perfect" sign from Mr. Sasaki (who is a good diplomat and very kind). The President then added some comments about his work with Charles Ping and now Robert Glidden, and that was that. Bob thanked Yuko and Dr. Yasabayashi for their translation help (and will have to thank Susan Gilfert also!). A few pictures (Dr. Yasubayashi is a film-devotee, especially of lines of people standing in front of scenery or buildings). 

Founder’s Day -- June 7, 1997 -- Robert Lilley Remarks 

I am honored to represent your sister institution, Ohio University, as the 24th visiting professor in the program bearing the name of Dr. Kohei Miura. I brought to Chubu University my interest in electrical engineering. My wife and I have gained much understanding through our new experiences in Japan. The beautiful ceremony today is an example of those new experiences. In our two countries, we do many things differently, but we are the same in expressing respect for our ancestors and their good works.

Ohio University has many long standing and deeply cherished connections with Japan. The policy of the university is to actively nurture these relationships. They help the University to perform its educational mission in a time of increasing global interdependency. 

I bring greetings from Ohio University’s President, Dr. Robert Glidden, our Provost Dr. Sharon Brehm, our Dean of Engineering Dr. Kent Wray, and from many of my colleagues who have visited Chubu in past years. 

President Glidden sends this message: "I am a strong believer in the importance of international education in this information age, when the globe is becoming smaller and smaller. We at Ohio University benefit greatly from the visiting students who come to us from Chubu University, and we treasure our relationship with Chubu."

Dr. Glidden asked me to extend his warm personal greetings to President Yamada, and to Dr. Tomoyasu Tanaka who has been such a loyal contributor to both universities and to our relationship over the years.

I also bring one sad note: The agreement between Chubu and Ohio Universities was signed in 1973 by Dr. Kohei Miura and by Dr. Claude Sowle, the University Presidents. Dr. Sowle was the 16th President of Ohio University from 1969 to 1974. He then became a law professor at Ohio State University in Columbus and then dean of the Miami, Florida, School of Law. He was working on a school accreditation in Puerto Rico, when he died unexpectedly on March 2nd.

Claude Sowle was President at a time of social unrest in America which affected college campuses and the entire nation. His open leadership style was made more difficult by the controversy over an unpopular war. But he found the time to work toward international understanding and cooperation with this visiting professorship. 

My wife Ellen, daughter Karen and I have found visiting Japan to be a fascinating new experience. The people here are patient and helpful, accepting with good humor our good intentions and mistakes. Our new Chubu University friends are gracious hosts and dedicated teachers. I am certain that Dr. Kohei Miura would be proud of your high professional and personal standards.

The early visitors from Ohio met Dr. Miura personally; I certainly shall not. However, as I experience Chubu University, I think that maybe I know something about him. He must have been both a leader and a statesman; both an educator and a salesman; both a visionary and a realist.

Thank you again for this opportunity to be a part of your academic year and a part of your commemoration of Chubu University’s founder, Dr. Kohei Miura.

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Founder’s Day -- June 7, 1997 -- Robert Lilley Remarks 

Watashi-wa kyaku-in-kyouju toshite Chubu-daigaku no shimai-kou de-aru Ohaio daigaku wo dai-hyo-shite kyou kokoni shusseki sasete itadaki-masu koto-wo kou-ei-ni zonji-masu.

Watashi-wa Chubu-daigaku-niwa tokuni denki-ko-gaku no bun-ya ni kan-shin wo motte ma-i-ri-mashita. Kanai-to watashi-wa nihon ni ma-i-ri-mashite-kara, iroiro-na atarashi-i taiken wo tsumi-nagara, nihon ni tai-suru rikai wo fuka-mete ori-masu. Kyo-no kono ogo-sokana shiki-ten wa, watashi-tachi no sou-shita ata-ra-shi-i taiken no hitotsu-de-gozai-masu. Nihon to Ame-rika dewa shu-kan-wa kotonari-masuga, so-sen-wo uya-mai, sono kou-seki wo tata-eru-to-iu sei-shin-niwa matta-ku chigai-ga ari-masen.

Ohaio-daigaku wa tai-hen nagai rekishi wo mochi, nihon to fukai kizuna wo kizu-ite ma-i-ri-mashita. Ohaio-daigaku no kihon-houshin-wa, kou-shita yuu-kou-kann-kei wo sekkyoku-teki-ni tsuchi-katte iku-koto-de-ari-masu. 

Watashi-wa Ohaio-daigaku no Roba-to Guridun gaku-chou, Syaronn Bure-mu fuku-gaku-chou, Kento Rei gakubu-chou, soshite izen Chuubu-daigaku wo oto-zureta-koto-no aru dou-ryou-kara messe-ji wo azukatte ma-i-ri-mashita.

Roba-to Guridun gakuchou wa:

"Watashi-tachi-wa kon-nichi-no jo-ho-ka shakai-ni oi-te, kokusai kyo-iku no juyo-sei-wo tsuyoku kanji-masu. watashi-tachi Ohaio-daigaku-wa, Chubu-daigaku-kara no ryu-gaku-sei kara o-o-ku-no on-kei wo ukete ori-masu.

Watashi-tachi-wa Chubu daigaku to-no yuu-kou-kankei wo tai-se-tsu-ni omotte imasu." to os-shai mashita.

Guridun gakuchou-kara-wa, Yamada gaku-chou hajime, Chubu-daigaku to Ohaio daigaku-no kakehashi-to-shite, naga-nen ni wata-tte gojin-ryoku sareta Tanaka sensei-ni kokoro-kara yoroshiku otsu-ta-e moushi-age-te hoshi-i-tono koto-de gozai-mashita.

Mata, kana-shi-i o-shi-rase-mo gozai-masu. Chubu-daigaku-to Ohaio-daigaku-no teikei-wa sen-kyu-hyaku-nana-jyuu-san nen ni Miura Kouhei sensei-to Kuraudo Souru sensei-no a-i-da-de musu-ba-re-mashita. Souru sensei-wa, sen-kyu-hyaku roku-juu-kyuu nen kara sen-kyuu-hyuaku nana-juu yonen ma-de Ohaio-daigaku no dai jyu-roku-dai gaku-chou-de gozai-mashita. So-re-ga, Pue-ru-to-riko de, daigaku shikaku shin-sa-in toshite go-ka-tsu-yaku chuu, kotoshi san-gatsu fu-tsuka, omo-imo-kakezu kana-shi-i koto desu-ga, takai sare-mashita.

Kuraudo Souru sensei-wa daigaku ya koku-min zen-tai-ni o-o-kina ei-kyou-wo oyo-boshita Amerika no shakai fu-an-ga taka-ma-tta jiki-ni, gakuchou wo tsu-to-me-te o-ra-re, sensei-no zen-shin na shi-dou taisei-wa fu-nin-ki-wo kako-tsu Betonamu sensou-ni tsu-i-teno giron-ga taka-maru nakade i-ssou kon-nan na joukyo-ni natte ori-mashita. Shikashi, Souru sensei-wa jikan-wo mitsu-kete wa, kono kyaku-in kyouju seido ni yotte, kokusai rikai, kokusai kyou-ryoku wo fuka-me-te i-ko-u-to sono ji-tsu-gen ni i-sshou-ken-mei-ni tori-kun-de o-ra-re-mashita. 

Watashi-no kanai-no Eren, Musume-no Karen, soshite watashi tomo domo kazoku zen-in-ni tori-mashite, kon-kai-no nihon deno seikatsu-wa hon-tou-ni kotoba-dewa a-ra-wase nai subara-shi-i taiken de gozai-masu. Nihon-no hito-tachi-wa, nin-tai zuyoku, shin-setsu-de, mata, takumi-na yuu-moa-de, watashi-tachi no ikou-ya machigai-wo, uke-ire-te kuda-sai-masu. Chubu-daigaku deno atarashi-i yujin-tachi-wa tai-hen yoku mote-nashite kudasari ken-shin-teki-ni oshi-e-te kudasai-masu. Miura Kouhei sensei-wa imano Chubu-daigaku-wo goran-ni nareba sono takai sui-jun-wo kitto hokori-ni omowa-re-ru koto-de-shou. 

Sou-ki-no Ohaio-daigaku-karano kyaku-in-kyouju wa Miura sensei-ni chokusetsu awa-re-mashita-ga, mochi-ron watashi-wa oai shitewa ori-masen. Shikashi Chubu daigaku-deno taiken-wo tuujite, sou-ritsu-sha-ni tsui-te watashi-wa isasaka-narazu rikai dekita-yoo-ni omoi-masu. Sou-ritsu-sha-wa shidou-sha-de-ari, seijika de-ari mata, kyou-iku-sha de-ari, biji-nesu-man demo-ari, soshite tsu-ne-ni mirai-no sugata-wo yume-mi-nagara susuma-re-ru to do-ji-ni gen-ji-tsu-wo choku-shi nasaru kata datta-ni chigai-nai to omotta shidai-desu.

Miura gakuen no ko-shiki gyo-ji ni sanka sasete itadaki Chubu-daigaku no sou-ritsu-sha, Miura Kouhei sensei-wo shinobu shi-ki-ten-ni san-retsu suru kikai-wo at-a-e-te kuda-sai-mashi-ta koto-ni kasa-nete kan-sha mo-u-shi a-ge-masu.

Ari-gato-u gozai-mashita.

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After the temple service, drove to Tokoname, toward the west on the Chita peninsula. The area is noted for its pottery. Visited a retail outlet which had a nice selection of vases and other pottery items. Bob got a vase for the office, and Karen a pottery cat. 

Then to the Tokoname City Folk Museum, where Dr. Yasubayashi found the director, who gave us a tour. Much very old pottery back to 11th century. An old pair of ceramic guardian dogs from Seto, 17th century (Meiji), a demonstration of the Water-Koto cave (a tile set into the ground, which is musical as water drips into it over rocks set over a hole in the surface. Used in Japanese gardens. Many examples of pipe, out of ceramic or terra-cotta material; apparently popular, because it sold well. 

A short walk to the Tokoname Ceramic Art Research Institute, where rare pottery examples were on display and student works were for sale.

Back toward Nagoya city and a stop at Arimatsu, a traditional area where tie dying of cloth for use in kimono is done. We were late for the daytime festival activities, but stopped at a small shop which featured tie dying. Dr. Yasubayashi talked with the owner, who led us back to a small workroom in which a lone man sat on the floor, wrapping gathered cloth around a rope and then tying the outside with string such that the dye could only reach the tips of cloth that were left outside the wrapping. Very laborious process; He said eight people work on each 12-meter rope, doing different tasks, either sewing or tying to expose only certain portions of the fabric to the dye, and that each "rope" takes about 2 months to complete. It then makes one kimono. He showed us several patterns, each of which seemed more intricate than the previous. Later we visited a lady doing similar tying, but leaving a small twist of material periodically, outside the main "rope." This little twist leaves an exquisite dyed "spiderweb" pattern on the finished fabric.

The finished fabrics were displayed on the second floor of the shop, and their patterns were just unbelievably precise and intricate given the process used to make them. (Also very expensive!)

Bob got a tie-dyed tie... 

Stopped at a Japanese "public bath," just to look. Just that, a gym-type locker room in front, with large hot-tub and shower stations in rear; waterfall and mini-garden between. Men’s and women’s separate, in contrast to some of the guidebook predictions.

Finally, a stop at an outdoor evening remnant of the Arimatsu festival, a musical performance by a pianist and violinist; two ladies who were professional musicians and sounded it. A variety of music, which we accompanied with yakki soba, edamame, beer, etc. Stage set was made up of (what else?) tie-dyed cloth on triangular space frames made of bamboo and hung by thin cords. We could see the trees through the open spaces; very effective. Dr. Yasubayashi talked our way into a picture with the musicians!

Walked back to the car; to the apartment. 

Sunday, June 8 -- Walked to Motoyama for subway ride to Chikusa and JR train to Ozone. Met Dr. Yasubayashi at 9:00 sharp and he drove toward Inuyama. Stopped at the Dofu museum, which had been closed the last time we checked it. Dofu was the calligrapher born in Kasugai in the 7th century. Saw many examples of the calligrapher’s art, large and detailed washi paper pictures, dolls of paper. Also, the frog that seems to be connected with Dofu. (The frog is said to try over and over to reach the down-hanging branch of a willow (yanagi) tree, finally succeeding. Moral: keep trying. We teased that if the frog were simply patient enough, the willow branch would grow down where he could reach it!)

Further on, glimpsed a Shinto priest praying over a vacant lot. According to Dr. Yasubayashi, the priest is called to any construction site, to pray for no accidents, etc. 

Stopped at the Utsutsu shrine north of Kasugai, where it happened that a children’s festival was underway. Parents were bringing their children to be blessed by the priests; children beautifully dressed for the occasion, in bright colors, and girls with gold tiara-like hairpieces and whitish makeup. Very busy place. We visited the shrine’s Japanese garden; very nice (but the water was cloudy). We were served a sweet and bowls of the thick green tea typical of the tea ceremony, by ladies in kimono. On the way out, one man with a tiny girl in tow tried to get her to speak to me in English. My "good morning" and "hello" got no response, but when I said "konnichi-wa," she instantly bowed deeply and smiled! So much for English!

Drove on to Inuyama, arriving via the dam at Lake Iruka, apparently a favorite fishing and boating spot. In the mountains, with lots of green and clean air. Parked and took a shuttle bus to Meiji Mura, a village of buildings of Japan’s Meiji period (starting about 1868, after the country "opened up" to the outside world after Commodore Perry’s visit and imported parts of many other cultures). Like Dearborn, Michigan’s Greenfield Village, buildings were brought to Meiji Mura from throughout Japan and rebuilt for display. Very large area with buildings widely spaced in woods; we saw only about half of it. 

Everything from old railroad cars used by the Emperor to complete post office and brewery buildings; lots of 1800s architecture, which must have been borrowed from US and Europe. An old hand-pumped fire wagon, 1800’s costumes (Ellen remembered the costume collection she organized for Ohio University), reed organs in schools and churches, an entire Gothic-style cathedral. A wedding ceremony had just ended, and the wedding party and guests were having pictures taken (by their photographer and by hundreds of tourists!).

Karen said Suzanne might want to consider for her wedding the flowers on the pew ends, wrapped to keep water on the stems, and then use those flowers at the reception also.

Lunch at Meiji Mura’s "Ro-man" restaurant; sandwiches or omelet with rice, or rice with meat sauce; Kirin beer and edamame beans.

Took the park’s trolley toward the exit, and stopped at what turned out to be a highlight -- the Imperial Hotel, the description of which requires a picture. Concrete, brick and tile in amazing shapes, reminiscent of Spanish or Aztec design, but not quite. As we went into the lobby, the long horizontal lines continued, and it began to look familiar. Sure enough, on the lobby balcony was a picture of the architect, with "Frank Lloyd Wright" written in Katakana. 

Walked to the parking area and off to "Little World," another collection of building types, this time from many other countries and periods. Very interesting examples of architecture and settings, very well cared for and again presented in a green setting which was relaxing. Highlights were the German/Alsacian village (realistic enough to bring instant memories of the Germany trip last year), and some of the African villages, which are so different from anything we have seen. The South African Ndebele home, with its separate buildings for children and other family members, was interesting; brightly colored painting on all walls and a courtyard design. It turns out that Little World is operated by Meitetsu, the company which seems to run every bus, many trains and the monorail at Inuyama. Must be a large outfit.

Climbed the steep hill to the gate of Inuyama Castle, downtown near the Kiso river, but it was closed this late in the day as we suspected. Went across the river dam to view the castle from the other side -- very impressive even from a distance. Then to Inuyama’s Narita-san temple, a quite large shrine on a hill to the northeast of the main city. This seems to be an important temple, with its own monorail station, and some modern buildings in the temple style. A very long staircase leads to the temple proper, but the climb is worth it. A view of the entire Nobi plain, all the way back to Nagoya, was a treat. The temple apparently has excellent promoters, as every building railing, wall, lamp and statue, and even some specially-built granite "fences" with closely-spaced fence-posts were covered with names of people and companies who were donors. Many pairs of "ah" and "mm" guardian animals.

We had planned to go to the "monkey park," another tourist attraction at Inuyama, but it was too late in the day. Drove back toward Kasugai and Nagoya. A quick visit to the "men’s" Shinto shrine, with its massive male symbol, used in festivals, and then a stop at a gas station. A really alert crew at this station, one acting the comedian (gave us two rolls of toilet paper in case we needed it at other gas stations; remember the gift of coffee at a previous gas station stop? These places are entertaining!)

Dr. Yasubayashi "lost" the restaurant he had planned for dinner (Kyoto-style Japanese dishes) and only "found" it again after a long drive and a long series of phone calls from a pay phone at a video/CD rental store. Again, the wait was worth it. Dinner at the "Hana Usen" restaurant, in Nagoya well north of Motoyama. A basket of Japanese dishes we had never seen and cannot easily describe, accompanied by tofu (boiled into soup at the table), rice, soup, custard, tea, beer. Yasubayashi described most of the items as we ate, and many were fish, seaweed, vegetables, but prepared in a less-salty and less-sweet way than is typical for Nagoya restaurants. Finished off with ice cream. The restaurant was ready to close when we arrived, but were most gracious and attentive. A nice meal indeed. 

We were all very tired well before the arrival at the apartment at about 10:30, and collapsed almost immediately. Karen is getting a fire-hose sampling of Japan, and is bearing up well!

Monday, June 9 -- Up and catching up on this journal and on the "bills." Karen and Ellen up and preparing for a trip to downtown Nagoya and some shopping at Sakae. Bob off to Chubu for part of the day. Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and Dr. Ichikawa, Director of the Library. He said Gary and Pat Hunt had a good trip to Nara and Kyoto. 

Prepared the follow-up printed copies of the Founder’s Day Speech for Pres. Yamada and Dr. Yasubayashi as promised. Talked with Dr. Tanaka for a while; he won’t be able to join us for lunch Tuesday, because of a class. He appreciated the acknowledgement that Bob Glidden suggested be inserted in the speech. Did a variety of "errands" taking film to bookstore, papers to International Office, etc. Dr. Yasubayashi agreed to go with us to take Karen to the airport tomorrow; we’ll do a late lunch. Finally, a little more relaxed day!

Home and a long soak in the tub; reading one of the books that were left here by former visitors. Karen and Ellen home late after a day in the city; they were able to spend some time with Azumi, at Sakae and at Osu Kannon shopping mall. No sushi, however -- shop is closed Mondays.

To Granpiatto’s for dinner - cheese salad plus blue-crust pizza with shrimp, squid, tuna, a lot of other unidentified seafood and cheese. A pitcher of beer. Dessert was a shared trio of pastries, all excellent! Amazing how much more understandable the menu is after two months!

Tuesday, June 10 -- Up a little lazy, with sun and clouds. The "rainy season" has officially started, with the formation of the "seasonal front" to the south. It’s something like the "Bermuda high" and the east-west fronts that lie across Ohio and alternately produce rain and muggy weather. But no rain yet!

Walked to Toganji Temple for Karen to get pictures of the large Buddha statue. Turned out they were adding elephants to the previously-unfinished monument. We may see it finished before we leave! Walked past Higashiyama Park and Zoo, and up the hill toward home, "the back way." Stopped in "Tinker Bell" coffee shop and ordered iced coffee for Karen, iced tea for Bob. They threw in a basket of pita-like sandwiches, filled with what tasted like hot potato salad. Very nice! Orange slices also. 

Back to apartment to the tune of the loud traffic; it seems to get louder with each day. Probably just our unfamiliarity with city life...

Got Karen packed up, and added a lot of our stuff which we’ll not use in the three weeks remaining. Met Dr. Yasubayashi at the University and went to Kasugai City Hall for lunch. Mr. Miyachi met us and had some gifts for Karen and the rest; more Aichi Expo 2005, mostly, but also some Calligrapher Dofu items, important to Kasugai.

Good Japanese lunch to send Karen on her way. Dr. Yasubayashi presented a small album of pictures he took of our group over the weekend at most of the places we visited. Nice touch!

To the airport; parked close to the departure area and hauled Karen’s stuff (and the Gateway "cow-box" with our stuff in it to fill out her weight allowance) through the lines. Got our own tickets verified for the return trip. Yasubayashi presented Karen with a picture of Mt. Fuji, since she did not get to go there in person.

Went to the observation deck to see the airplane off; waited and waited, and did not see Karen board the plane. Asked at the desk, and found she was indeed on board, so we relaxed a little.

Returned to Chubu and dropped off Dr. Yasubayashi with thanks. Handled a little e-mail and then went home. 

Wednesday, June 11 -- Cloudy, with a few raindrops. Bob up reluctantly and off to Chubu; Ellen has flower arranging class today, and we expect to have dinner with Susan Gilfert and the others at the Garlic House tonight.

Received a fax from Dave Diggle in morning, with last of the material needed for lecture 3 viewgraphs. Handled e-mail and some paperwork items with the International office. Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and then a visit from Dr. Hironobo Onu, Asst. to Pres. Yamada and Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning. He has helped to publicize my lectures, and I gave him Avionics literature and a gift. (econd lecture had more attendance than the first; about 70 people attended.) Onu is a professor of architecture -- it’s a too bad Karen missed him.

Dr. Yasubayashi gave me some literature from Nihon Gaishi, a high-voltage equipment firm that we will visit next week. I’ll read up on it. If Dr Butch Hill comes over from Ohio in future years, he’ll be interested in this!

Packed up a few books and files that won’t be used further, for shipment back to Ohio. Asked about changing money for going back. Apparently the good way is to go to the Tokai Bank with the bank card, take out all the money and convert to American Travelers’ checks. Then no cashing fee, etc.

Miss Imai of the International Office had some questions on air turbulence, after news reports here of people being injured on a JAL airplane which hit turbulence on the way toward Nagoya from the mainland. She was concerned that the air turbulence could just "put an airplane down." I reassured her that was highly unlikely unless a lot of wrong things were done by the crew, and that such encounters are generally more frightening than they are dangerous (as long as you keep the seat belt fastened while in your seat...).

Off to the Self-Instruction room for a meeting with some students who may want to go to Ohio University after graduating from Chubu University. Mr. Sasaki and Dr. Tanaka ran the meeting, and staffers from the International Office plus teachers from OPELT were there. About 20 students attended, and I noticed that these were pretty good-looking people; no orange hair, basically neater and cleaner than the average.

About half and half guys and girls. About 1/2 of the group had been to Ohio University previously, on a "semester" visit. 

Sasaki is good with students; his sense of humor got the group loosened up a little, asking questions and making comments. He admonished them to ask me questions, "slowly... and in English, please...!" Actually, most of the questions had to do with living (must we stay in dorms?) or with scholarships than with academics specifically. There was clearly some interest. The OPELT people encouraged the students to get that English proficiency worked out now, before going to Ohio. Sasaki showed a 1988 video tape on general University information which was good, but dated, at least for me. I’ll ask about a replacement from Ohio.

Home; it did not rain significantly after all. We walked to Motoyama and subway to Ikeshita and the Garlic House. Another fine meal there with that nice Thai beer. Mary Jane, Rebecca, Larry Kelly, Lanny and Susan, plus E and B. Susan Gilfert bought dinner, celebrating having just received her bonus for this year. I got a chance to thank her for the help on the Founder’s Day speech. Back to Motoyama on the subway and 20-minute walk home, with a drop or two of rain.

The Garlic House is one of those places where you feel you must hang your clothes on the porch for at least one night after returning. We did exactly that (not to get rid of smoke or grease, but garlic).

Thursday, June 12 -- High clouds. Ellen is off to Arimatsu for a daytime visit with Mrs. Murase and another lady from the international group. Drove to Chubu with more material to be shipped back to the US. Worked on the remaining viewgraphs for lecture 3.

Lunch alone -- Dr. Yasubayashi is in Tokyo today, and I took advantage of a short lunch hour to allow keeping up with the e-mail (we’ve processed some 2,000 messages here so far!) and finishing the viewgraphs. Meeting tomorrow with Prof. Sasaki on the translation.

In the afternoon, finished viewgraphs for the lecture, to accompany the video tape of GPS-guided approaches and for the donation of the book to Chubu University Miura Memorial Library.

Home; Ellen had a nice time at Arimatsu and bought some tie-dyed cloth for sewing. 

Discovered that an announcement was posted on the bulletin board in the CI Mansion lobby. Now, this announcement was previously distributed in the mailboxes, and I took it to the International office at Chubu to get it interpreted. They insisted it was an announcement of work on the 2nd floor air conditioner at Chubu. We now believe it’s at CI Mansion..? 

Walked to Yagoto subway, to Osu Kannon station and Santa Barbara restaurant, where Thursday nights feature an all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet. Many fajitas, plus rice and beans and salad. Wine and a tequila sunrise (good, but pretty sweet compared to our favorite margarita). A brief walk around the Osu Kannon mall and back to Yagoto and walk back to the apartment. A nice night; high wispy clouds and warm breeze.

Friday, June 13 -- To Chubu; Ellen slept a little late. Finished packing Box 1 for return to the U. S. All books, so hopefully it’ll get the low academic rate, about 9000 yen per 20 kg, surface mail (about 4 weeks). For general stuff, it’s about double that, and any air mail is about double that, or more.

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi, and we worked out the Sunday schedule for our visit to the chorus concert near Kanayama. We will go by subway.

Prof. Sasaki and Bob worked out the last details on the translation of lecture 3 today. Then, went "shopping" with Dr. Yasubayashi to mail Box 1 (books) to Athens. Chubu post office does not do international mail...went to Kasugai post office nearby; they do international mail, but cannot do insurance...went to Kozoji post office and finally got the thing mailed!

Visited several "home centers" to try to find either a dragon or a water chain (downspout), both for our anticipated Japanese garden at the California house. No dragons, but the chain is available -- for just about $100 per meter! May be better to look in the US! 

Ellen made "her version" of yakki soba, with real soba noodles, fish bits, cabbage and fresh ginger. Good.

Saturday, June 14 -- High clouds but some sun. Caught up on apartment e-mail and accounts; prepared to go to Seto. Dr. Yasubayashi called to say he had found a less-expensive version of the water-chain downspout and a water dragon for less than Ellen’s price at the Sakae shop. We’ll see him Sunday. He is resourceful!

Drove to the Stax furniture store, which Ellen had heard has the multi-drawer step-cabinets. Store is south-east of the apartment, and we found it easily. They have the furniture, and we got the address of the store, plus phone/fax for the manufacturer so we can order up a catalog. Once we have a house, we’ll consider what shape of cabinet we need.

Then drove to Seto, using Route 59 to Route 363. Navigating was straightforward, considering that there are really few numbered or named routes and few route signs. On city streets the whole way. We remarked that it seems the Japanese memorize where they want to go, rather than being able to reason it out as they proceed. One thing is for sure: A detailed map really helps (one that has the traffic-light signs repeated on the map)!

There were many signs at Seto celebrating the fact that Japan/Seto was chosen to host the 2005 "World’s Fair" (Expo/2005). Many here feel it will be tough on the environment, tearing up a lot of woods, but economically, it should help the area. We shopped for pottery gifts, had a second helping of yakki-soba at the sidewalk shop we visited very early in our trip. Went into a shop where the home altars used by many Buddhist families are sold. Very nice furniture, priced at $2,000 to $5,000 US dollars, and that’s before all the "trimmings" (the gold candle holders, etc.) are installed.

Picked up several nice gift items (all this pottery is going to be a bear to get home!). On the way back to the apartment stopped at a coffee shop for a snack; hot oshibori felt really good after all that time in the dust and sun in Seto. Ordered from the Japanese (katakana) menu without difficulty (By the time we leave, we’ll be good at this!)

Home for a while, and off to the Pion Korean restaurant down the street for salad, a little beef and rice. The host there is getting more used to us -- no more menu mix-ups! Back at the apartment, the elevator was stuck on the top floor, but a Japanese lady who was waiting also said the "open space" on the 10th floor allows us to side-step "our" elevator and use the one further north, then make our way back via this open space where the storage rooms are. Useful to know! (By the way, the communications were helped by our knowledge of the katakana sign on the door saying "open space." That meant the Japanese use those same sounds to describe the place. Useful.)

Sunday, June 15 -- Up slowly on a somewhat muggy day; feels like rain, but not predicted. Walked toward Yagoto in the morning; the Buddhist temple on the way was having some sort of ceremony, with drums beating and the temple full of people. Lunch at Sushi-san and on to the subway at Yagoto. Off at Kanayama, after a one-station false start in the wrong direction...(Ellen’s fault!). The Citizens’ Auditorium has its own subway station exit; large building with two halls, the chorus concert held in one with maybe 5000 seats, three balconies...

Some 68 chorus groups were performing, each singing for about 5-7 minutes. Sounds frantic, but it was not, really. Nice variety kept the show interesting. We met Dr. Yasubayashi there, and he introduced us to the Chubu University chorus club director; we spoke to several of the student members we had met previously at the recital at Chubu and the party afterward, some weeks ago.

There was a sparse audience for such a large hall, but the audience members kept changing as the various groups appeared and completed their performances; to be expected, we guessed.

Varied program; we probably saw 15 chorus groups in the time we were there, ranging from adult civic groups through university chorus clubs (Chubu’s was excellent, by the way; the pianist showing some of his interest in George Winston’s tunes) to one group which had people ranging in age from second graders through college age. Just seven people, but the six very young girls sang as if with one voice, "accompanied" by the lone male low-register voice. It was exquisite singing, of an anthem-like song, a capella. Other groups were also impressive, singing everything from barbershop to Dvorak. One Schubert song was particularly nice, and much of the Japanese-composed music was very tuneful. A few "contemporary" songs, but most very "musical" according to our definition...

The Chubu chorus and other groups "clean up rather nicely" for Japanese college students, who tend toward the punk or grunge look generally.

Dr. Yasubayashi introduced Fujihito Hamaguchi, who recently graduated from Ohio University; Jeff Giesy was his advisor. He asked that we pass on his best wishes to Giesy and Dro Essman and others, which we will do, of course. He now works for Ericcson Toshiba Communications in Nagoya.

Dr. Yasubayashi brought information on dragons and water chains, which looks very promising. We will do some "shopping" with him Monday afternoon. It sounds as though he has found the catalog used by Buddhist priests to outfit their temples...

Back to Yagoto by subway, and a stop at Jusco for some grocery vittles and some wrapping paper; we’ll get ready to leave by preparing some gifts for our hosts.

Then, a stop for dinner at the Chinese restaurant along Yamate-dori on the way home. We have noticed this place many times, but either were in jeans or sweats, or it was not meal time, each time. The place was always busy, however. This time, we found out why. Had an excellent dinner of shrimp with orange sauce, spinach, some wonderful bread, egg rolls with cabbage, tea and a great 1985 Beaujolais (yes, red) which came, already opened, because I read the menu backwards...Bob did not have the heart to demand the white that we intended to order, since it was definitely his misread that got us the red. We asked ourselves, "What would the Ugly American have done?" and then did the opposite. Turned out okay. The wine was good.

It’s a good thing we got there early for dinner; the entire Han dynasty arrived shortly after we did, kids and all, and generally filled the place.

We noted that this restaurant also has the "wireless waitress-call" button on the tables, which lights up the table number at the wait station. Seems nice -- waitress does not hover. Waits for your call. Maybe we should tell Sylvia’s in Athens.

Home and a sampling of that great bakery stuff from Jusco. A nice Fathers’ Day! Rain after dark.

Monday, June 16 -- Cloudy and a bit muggy; wet, but no rain. We both went to Chubu, handled e-mail and organized a bit on letters we need to write before leaving Japan. Mr. Murase last week asked about Ohio University items like paperweights, for Chubu to use as a model for something similar. Sent a request to Felix Gagliano in Ohio by e-mail. He responded almost immediately and offered to send samples to Mr. Murase, who was very pleased.

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and then off to the Kasugai Post Office to mail the second box to Athens. 

Stopped at Kama Home Center and purchased a "rain drain chain" which we have been wanting. A series of small buckets rather than a solid pipe, for a downspout. Also, to a temple supply store in Kasugai, where we looked at catalog pages on water-dragons, and found an affordable (barely) one at about the right size. Apparently the company which deals in these is located in Nagoya, near Osu Kannon temple. Ellen will try to go there Tuesday, with Azumi or Susan, and deal on prices and shipping. We noted that this temple supply store also had the home altars, at prices up to about $12,000 US! 

Went to see Yuko, who agreed that Chubu would pay for shipping research materials back to Athens. She also recommended a book, which we recommend to future Visiting Professors, called "Japan at a Glance." Looked like it covered a lot of ground in a paperback-sized book. Yuko also gave me a copy of the video tape of Lecture 1. Also the telephone bill for May; paid it at the Chubu Post Office (which is also a bank and utility bill payment center). Phone bill had a picture of a girl with miniature long-haired dachshund. Lots of those dogs here; makes us lonesome for our departed dachshund, but we wonder what it has to do with telephones!

Picked up the Tokyo business trip tickets at JTB in the Campus Plaza and paid for Ellen’s half (Chubu pays for Bob’s trip as visiting professor). Again, Ms. Kinoshita was very efficient and got us good hotel prices and JR shinkansen tickets. We stop off at Mt. Fuji on the way back to Nagoya. 

Dr. Tanaka came and "rescued" Ellen from the office, to take her to their home so she can be with Sumiko for a while. Then Tomo and Bob will go there after work, and we’ll all have dinner. 

Got off another fax to Mr. Katayama at SENA in Tokyo; trying to get meetings set up for next week’s trip. 

We followed Dr. Tanaka to his house for dinner, with Miki Ueda, John Miller, Asako Imai; sandwiches and drinks followed by a full meal of scallops, shrimp, rice, vegetables and the trimmings. Then, back to snacks and talk. Nice evening; good company! John has been to Korea recently, and had many comments about North Korea’s current (irrational?) behavior and Japan’s nervousness about it. Miki and Asako recently attended Ohio University. John will be going back there this fall, as will the Tanakas; we’ll hope to see them.

Tuesday, June 17 -- To Chubu early -- afternoon will be busy. Hazy sunshine. Ellen off to flower arranging today -- her last meeting with this group...

Another fax to/from Mr. Katayama in Tokyo to get people and meetings lined up. Dr. Tanaka gave his daughter’s address in Tokyo so Scott Zickafoos could call her re: our meeting there. 

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi. Then left campus for the Aichi Colony, a prefectural welfare center for the developmentally disabled -- particularly children. Suzanne should have been at this meeting! Met with Dr. Katsumi Mita, Director of the Department of Rehabilitation Science. He was using some of the bio-mimetics technology we learned about at RIKEN earlier, to detect the onset of shaking related to Parkinson’s disease or (in his case, specializing in Spina Bifida in children). The idea is that the shaking is either caused by neurological problems (hard to fix) or physical problems like disuse atrophy (easier to retrain). If the patient can "relearn" the non-shaking behavior in an undamaged part of the brain, then this work can help. He claims some success. He uses carefully controlled "damping" or counteracting using robot technology, to keep the shaking from occurring, but without forcefully binding the patient’s limb. Just a little impedance to damp out the shaking.

Some of this work came from his experiments with patients in water, which provides some damping, proportional to velocity of movement. They have a large swimming pool, kept at a high temperature, and Mita is a certified scuba diver (although all his experience is indoors)! He likes diving and is glad he can get it paid for.

In another laboratory, Mita is measuring the two main observables from muscle activity. The activation potential from the nervous system (electrical), and the acoustic (yes, sound) waves produced as the individual muscle fibers change shape in response to the nerve impulse. Thus he measures both cause and effect. Electromiagram and mechanomiagram are the words he used, I believe. 

He uses "powder clutches" for motion control, clutch faces are electromagnetically coupled using iron filings. I remember trying to get what must have been one of those things to work, on an old printer, years ago. Now as I reflect, maybe the trouble was that we kept cleaning out the "powder" thinking it was dust from the faces rubbing together! The thing might have worked if we had quit cleaning it!

He also works with the lower-body negative pressure suit that is also used by space travelers to reduce the effect of low gravity on the return-flow of blood (Orthostatic hypertension). Seems to think it might help people with atrophied legs..?

The facility includes a 200-bed hospital for children, some of whom the Colony treats well into adulthood. They have something like 1000 staff and 1000 patients now. We met his research staff, including one Chubu University student and another graduate in exercise physiology, plus a lot of computer and electronics people doing the instrumentation. Large facility. I will give Suzanne the technical papers and literature he provided.

Mita said US students are welcome to work at his laboratory, and that we might be able to work out something with Chubu University. 

Drove with Dr. Yasubayashi to Komaki City, to visit Nihon Gaishi (NGK Insulators, Ltd., one of the world leaders in high-voltage insulator technology. Also other product lines, including beryllium compounds for electonics, inserts for catalytic converters (a ceramic filter of which 300 million have been sold), ceramic panels for tunnel walls, building exteriors, etc. Met Dr. Fujimura, once their Managing Director for R&D, now retired and teaching at Chubu, and Dr. Ryosuke Matsuoka, Mgr. HV Lab. Later we had a tour with Mr. Shingyo Itaya, one of the quality control people in the insulator division.

A video tape explaining the company -- diversified, ecology-conscious. 

First to the manufacturing facility for suspended-type insulators for high-voltage transmission lines. Raw clay in one end, ground, magnetic and electric separation of any conductive bits, then filter-pressed into large pancakes. The key apparently is the fine-grained, very homogenous material, with few impurities or inclusions to cause strength or flashover problems. Then kneaded into dough, extruded as cylinders and pressed into molds to make the characteristic shape of a flat pie plate with large circular ribs on the lower surface (to lengthen the arc path). All this automated. Then the units are dried to bisque, glaze is applied and robots load up the pallets for the tunnel kiln. Cement is applied and the inner post and outer sleeve are attached. They get a tension test and then are packed for shipment.

Then, the high-voltage laboratory, where tests are run for type acceptance and demonstration; AC and DC voltages to 1,600 KV, impulse voltage and current for lightning and switching transient tests. Mechanical testing gear -- a "galloping" simulator was interesting, even though it was not galloping when we saw it.

Test gear for the 1,000 kV bushings, 12 meter-tall ceramic insulators, was operating, and we saw simulators for typhoon conditions, on-line insulator washing rigs, etc. They even have a shooting range to test insulators against vandalism... They also have developed a polymer (rubber-like) insulator which at least does not shatter if hit by a bullet. Just punches a hole...

They also are using optically-coupled current transformers, eliminating one danger (from disconnected CTs) from the substation equipment. This is probably common, but I may be out of touch. An obvious application for fiber optics...

I asked about why the lower-voltage (6600V) neighborhood distribution systems are insulated, making them a lot more visible and complicated, and was told that it is for safety. The lines are close together, and in typically crowded Japan, they run close to buildings, houses, windows, etc. 

Then, to the insulator museum, most of which Dr. Fujimura put together. Examples of old and new insulator types, including some of those old railroad communications glass ones that are popular for collectors in the US. They have tried oil-bath types and a lot of shapes, to avoid contamination by salt spray, pollution, which reduces the effectiveness of the insulator and lets corona and flashover occur. Also saw some of the test devices. Every ten years or so, each insulator element is "meggered" using either a long pole, manually placing an electrode on each side of the insulator cup, or a robot machine which climbs along the insulator string and tests each "cup." 

One interesting bit is the tin-oxide glaze applied to some insulators. This "semi-conductor" glaze allows about a 1 ma current to flow over the surface, which raises the temperature of the insulator some 3-5 degrees above ambient. The idea is to keep the insulator dry in a fog condition. Tests show it works; a short self-heated insulator string outperforms an unheated string twice as long, in fog.

Then much conversation about the restaurant where we will have dinner. Turned out after much talk and even more searching to be right next to Komaki Castle, on the high-point of land in the middle of this historic city. At the Oh-Kura steakhouse, we we had excellent filet with garlic and trimmings; salad, rice, beer, and fruit plus sherbet for dessert. Very nice treat by NGK.

Dr. Yasubayashi drove us back to Chubu, and Bob drove home. Ellen was out to the lacquerware shop, picking up some gifts for US types.

Wednesday, June 18 -- Really muggy and smoggy day. Not much oxygen, and we feel it. Need rain, I guess. Off to Chubu and finish the journal from yesterday’s plant visits. Prepared for lecture 3.

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi, and discussed the schedule. After lunch, we go with Prof. Sasaki to Komaki City (leaving, say 1:30 or 2:00 PM?). Then Friday, Bob is off to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (airplane builders; possibly built the YS-11 ones Airborne Express uses) with Yasubayashi, and Ellen is to the seashore with Mrs. Sasaki and daughter. Saturday, it’s a trip to Ise Shrine and the Mikimoto Pearl Island and then Sunday off to Tokyo for the business trip... 

Arrived at the lecture hall to find a crew of something like ten people; 6 cleaning, 2 setting up audio and video, 2 setting up signs, etc. Vacuuming, brooms, feather dusters...! There was much discussion by Dr. Yasubayashi as to who should "receive" the book we are donating to the library; several phone calls and hurried conversations with Prof. Sasaki. An audience of about 50 people gathered.

The lecture went well, and essentially on time. The book donation and the video tape of the VanGraas/Diggle GPS flight tests at Ohio University in the 737 and 757 was popular. Afterwards, tea with Yasubayashi and Hideaki Takechi (computer guy) in the Departmental office.

Rain in the late afternoon and on the way home; maybe it’ll clean out the air a little. 

Ellen went to Osu Kannon market and to the dragon store with Susan Gilfert as interpreter. Got the water dragon and sent him on his way to the States, after much work on packing and shipping!

Walked to Motoyama and subway to Nagoya station, picking up Susan Gilfert at Imaike. Dinner with Susan, Larry, William, Mary Jane at Kumar’s. This time, Mary Jane insisted on paying the bill, as her bonus had arrived! We said our goodbyes to this fun group; likely we won’t get back from Tokyo until too late next Wednesday.

Thursday, June 19 -- To Chubu about 8:30; Ellen will go out with Christine today, to Noritake China. Morning, cleanup in office, archiving files, finding shipping cartons, etc. Dr. Tanaka came with some items for Ellen, from Sumiko, and he showed me where the cartons are kept. Took the gas bill for the apartment to Yuko, who also let me know that Pres. Yamada will pick us up at the apartment at about 2:00 PM Saturday June 28 to go to the cormorant fishing.

Television weather reports a large typhoon headed toward Nagoya, due to hit tomorrow morning. The weather has been deteriorating a bit all day, but no significant rain yet. Expecting up to 70-mph winds.

Lunch with Dr. Yasubayashi and handed over the lecture paperwork. We met Prof. Sasaki and drove to Komaki City for meetings with City Hall personnel and with the Komaki English Teaching Center. At City Hall, again noted the popular bull-pen design for offices used at Chubu and at Kasugai City Hall. Few private rooms. Hisayoshi Tamaoki (who has recently visited Ohio University) and Tohru Washizu, Director and chief of the Komaki International Affairs Division, met with us at City Hall, at the base of the hill atop which is Komaki Castle, a modern building built to the style of the original, which dates back to 1500. We hiked up the hill to a park, guided by Mr. Washizu carrying an umbrella for each of us, just in case; formerly the Castle gardens, where the Gray Squirrels given by Ohio University are kept. It was very hot and muggy, and most of the squirrels were hiding, but the ones we saw looked in good repair. 

Hiked on to the top of the hill, where the castle had been opened specifically for us (today was a holiday there). Many exhibits on history of the area; Komaki was a key military position during the early days of warfare on the island. Shoguns felt the need to control it; the only high ground in the area, etc. Exhibits included old tonsu furniture, very nice gray-and-blue pottery, old papers and books, very intricate wood-block printing materials, a wood cannon used for fireworks launching, etc. Mr. Washizu got a little lost on the way down the trails, through thick, pretty forests, and we doubled back to get to the correct path.

Met with Carolyn Andrade, Tim Hoffman and Midori -- , of the Komaki English Teaching Center, now housed at the City Hall while their permanent home is renovated. The Center was established cooperatively by Komaki and Ohio University in 1991. Had a nice conversation on many things related to aviation and their recent flights (why so bumpy; what about wind shear and downbursts ...?). They served tea and carrot cake. We learned that Athens has for some years accepted 10 students from Komaki junior high schools; the students visit New York and Washington, and then spend 10 days or so in Athens, living with volunteer families. It is a city-to-city program. In July, 10-20 people who have acted as volunteers will visit Japan from Athens. Jane Palmer, assistant to former Athens Mayor Sara Hendricker, is a ringleader... Tim Hoffman is one of the few people we have talked to who actually likes natto, a foul-smellling bean-paste product (we never did try it, actually).

We had heard that Charlie Ping will visit Chubu in July, but have no confirmation.

Also learned that Ohio University and Komaki City had indeed once (maybe 10-12 years ago) discussed a branch campus at Komaki, but both agreed to drop the project. Said our goodbyes amid much bowing and thanks.

Then, on the drive back home, Yasubayashi seemed to take back roads and a long time to reach Chubu; the "short cut" did not work out this time, apparently. I don’t blame him for getting on wrong roads. Markings are almost nonexistent for miles, before getting confirmation of a route number or directions.

Prof. Sasaki was concerned about the trip by Ellen and Mrs. Sasaki to the shore in the teeth of the typhoon; he will call later tonight with an update. Ellen is doubtful, after watching some footage on TV of heavy surf and high winds.

Home to find Ellen in the throes of cleaning house. She gave the apartment a once-over with Basic-G and all the trimmings.

We drove to a combination grocery and housewares store Ellen had discovered and picked up a few things for home. Dinner at the apartment for a change; eggs and English muffins, to clear out a bit before we leave for Tokyo. 

Friday, June 20 -- Our 33rd anniversary arrived with a typhoon on the doorstep. It’s headed for Nagoya, but has slowed somewhat, due to hit in the afternoon. Looks like a 60-70 mph wind and a lot of rain, but the city this morning looked pretty normal. Drove to Chubu in rain and a little wind. 

Faxes to Yamanouchi and to Mr. Katayama to finalize schedules in Tokyo.

Dr. Yasubayashi called about 11:30 with the news that we are going to Mitsubishi now! (We had both thought this might not happen due to the typhoon, but the storm seems to be giving us only a glance, so we’ll go. Dr. Matsui had set up this trip by rail, so we went to the Chubu bus stop in the rain to get started. However, Chubu classes had been called off due to the storm, so buses were not running. We called a cab to Kozoji station and JR and Meitetsu rail to the Oe station, at Nagoya Port. From there, a short cab ride to Mitsubishi. Weather improved during the entire ride; apparently, we’ll not get the heaviest weather this storm has to offer (Later news reports said winds near 100 mph caused some damage to the east of Nagoya.)

The Mitsubishi tour provided a chance to discuss some autoland concepts; their ALFLEX scale model of an unmanned space shuttle to support the space station uses DGPS (code-only plus pseudolite for range and data link; used for enroute flight), MLS (used for approach down a 30-degree glide slope with flare to 1.5 degrees near the ground, and for rollout), inertial and radar altimeter (used for final flare and touchdown) plus a lot of control software to effect an automatic landing. A reprint of a technical paper presented at AIAA on the subject and a video tape showed the initial testing with successful autolands from the first flight. (This is a no-engine craft, and flight is initiated by dropping the craft from a helicopter.) The engineers here are interested in talking with our GPS crew on attitude-determination techniques; I will put them in touch with Mike Braasch.

The plant tour was impressive. We saw their wind tunnels (the low-speed tunnel is the same one that was used to test the Zero aircraft. Built in 1927. Firm is proud of their present cooperative work with Boeing on 777, 767. Lot of work going on composites and high-strength, hi-temperature materials. Flight simulator is a full-globe visual (no base motion) setup, with "good" video (still a fair amount of digital hash and buildings that appear and disappear). 

A nicely organized effort; we were treated like VIPs. At one point, when one of my suit jacket buttons came loose, one of our hostesses took the coat away and re-attached the button... 

Mitsubishi had called a cab for 4:00 PM and not changed it when our meeting ran long, so the cab had been waiting for nearly an hour when we broke up. The weather had cleared up nicely by this time; the storm is now off to the northeast. Cab to Jingu Nishi station near Atsuta Shrine, where I left my camera in the cab. Cabbie took the camera back to Mitsubishi, and we called them from the station, and went back by cab to retrieve it. Yasubayashi said this kind of service is typical in Japan. 

Rail to Kozoji and cab to Chubu and car back to the apartment...! (7:00 PM -- lot of green lights tonight!) Long day. It is also our 33rd anniversary, so Ellen and I walked up to Tonio’s Japanese steakhouse for a sort of special dinner. Our private cooking table, and steak/scallops, mushrooms, a lot of garlic, and all the steakhouse trimmings. A Graff Piesporter Michelsburg Riesling set it off nicely. Said our goodbyes to the Tonio’s crew.

Saturday, June 21 -- Up and walk to Motoyama to meet Dr. Yasubayashi and Fujihito Hamaguchi at 8:30; gave Dr. Yasubayashi the Electric Bobcat materials which arrived from Ohio yesterday. After much map work by those two front-seaters, and a trip to the only branch of Tokai Bank that was open at that time, we hit the Nagoya Expressway at 9:15 on a beautiful day. Visibility unlimited, for the first time since we’ve been here. 

Passed Sakae, Osu and Nagoya Station with its 8 cranes perched on top as they extend the building upward many stories. JR stations in many cities seem to be large buildings. Maybe they rent out office space as well as running railroads.

A short stop on the 2+ hour trip to Ise; typical highway rest area. The Ise/Toba area, on the west bank of the bay west of Nagoya is our destination; important shrines and the pearl island Mikimoto. The area is Mr. Hamaguchi’s home area. The ride was through more sparsely populated areas, much green, and framed by the mountains to the west. Very nice, after all this city living! Ise Bay area was built up, but the Ise Shrines Geko (outer) and Naiko (inner) set on large tracts, with gardens and forests which were well kept. Huge cedar trees everywhere. The shrines were obviously set up to handle large crowds, but were not hurt by this; everything in good repair. We found out later that these shrine pagodas are replaced every 20 years no matter what... Each one has an empty spot next to it where an identical building and outbuildings will be built in time to transfer the shrine’s treasures on a specific date at twenty-year intervals. We hoped out loud that the beautiful wood from the previous shrine (which is torn down) finds a practical use!

Actually saw some American tourists here!

The Ise shrines are important to the Shinto religion here, not because the priests do any particular support for the other thousands of shrines in Japan, but because the Emperor comes here every New Year’s to pray. It’s tradition.

After touring both shrines, we had some rice candy (too sweet) and some frozen (slushy) green tea (refreshing). Drove on, passing a rather new castle-type building on a hill (got a picture); sort of a comical version of a Japanese castle. The attendant at the nearby highway toll booth said it was the beginnings of a Samurai museum (a tourist complex showing life in the Samurai days). On to Toba, the coastal town supporting the Mikimoto Island pearl operations. 

Again after much map work and conversation, we parked for the short walk over a bridge to the island. Nicely-kept green park bordered by a pearl diving exhibition stand (with a nice clubroom with English descriptions of the pearl diving activity for overseas visitors), a pearl museum and shop. Pearl divers are women, who can stand the cold water better and hold their breath longer than men. (We’ll compare them with the cormorants when we see them fishing next week.)

Apparently, Kochi Mikimoto in 1893 succeeded in culturing pearls reliably, and started a big pearl jewelry and promotion business. He made some beautiful (if a little gaudy) temple models, world globe, other items, from pearls for exhibition world wide. The pearl museum had a few of these items, together with probably the nicest exhibit we have seen of a process. Women seeding oysters, recovering pearls, sorting by size, color, lustre; matching rows of pearls for necklaces (color matched up on each side of the necklace), drilling, stringing. We saw more pearls than we ever thought existed! These take about 2 years to produce, after seeding the oyster with a (rather large) nucleus around which the oyster obligingly places a thin layer of the secretion nacre

In the shop, Ellen bought a ring (pearl is her birthstone) and in a mainland shop later, a pair of earrings out of the pretty black pearls.

Driving back north, Dr. Yasubayashi stopped at the "phantom palace" site, where daughters of former emperors lived while working at the Ise shrines. Nothing much there, and the museum was closed, but Dr. Yasubayashi got some literature, and will likely visit again sometime. 

To Matsusaka, another coastal town, for a dinner on the superb beef of that area. (We did not see any cows during the trip, however.) After much more map work, narrow roads, and questions of at least 5 pedestrians Dr. Yasubayachi and Mr. Hamaguchi found the restaurant, and promptly searched out another one when a 40-minute wait scared them off. The meal at "Kitamura" was worth the wait; cooker in the table like at the Korean barbecue place in Nagoya. Plates of beef tenderloin and other cuts, marinated just right, with dipping sauce plus ground garlic; plates of vegetables (cabbage and onion cooked up nicelyat the table). Rice and beer, of course...and some rice soup that was excellent! The whole meal was excellent.

The long drive back to Nagoya on the expressway was a drowsy one for us, but proceeded efficiently. Noted that we passed Tsu City ... (not Iowa, certainly). Home to pack for the Tokyo trip.

Sunday, June 22 -- Rain overnight; cooler this morning, and still cloudy. Finished packing and left on schedule for the bus to Motoyama and the subway to Nagoya Station. Still no escalators; a hassle with bags! Found the shinkansen track without trouble; noted that about 6 trains left Nagoya for Tokyo within about 1/2 hour. Ours was an express; no stops and just under two hours to Tokyo. Some watching, some reading up on our various tourist information items and business information for meetings in Tokyo. A most comfortable trip.

We were met at the platform in Tokyo station by Scott Zickafoos, the public relations director for the Ohio University Japan Alumni chapter, who accompanied us through the extensive JR station to the Marunouchi Hotel. Checked in (hotel is well-used but comfortable); key is on a large "hall pass" block like we used to use at school. Hard to carry around, but also hard to lose... Met Scott in the hotel’s Samurai restaurant for an excellent lunch of seafood and rice pilaf, chef’s salad and drinks. Went over a bunch of materials Scott brought from Japan National Tourist Organization, etc. He and other alumni chapter members will meet us at the hotel again on Tuesday night at 6:00 PM to go to dinner.

Subway from Tokyo station to Hamamatsu-cho station, to catch the Tokyo Sumida-gawa "river commuter," a boat up the river for 1/2 hour or so to the location of the Asakusa Kannon temple and shrine. Subways in Tokyo go the Nagoya ones one better, with color LCD TV advertisements always changing, always attention-getting with bright colors and cartoons. Out of the subway, and Scott began asaking people where the river taxi was. Again, few street names, no real addresses. Finally got it worked out and walked to the river dock and caught the boat. City air over the river very hazy, smoggy. Many bridges over the river, some low enough to hit an unwary boat rider. Generally attractive waterfront; some weird building designs (we got a picture of the Asahi beer building with its "flame" sculpture on the roof).

Saw a "health" organization. Scott said it was a pharmaceutical company, named Sato (the Japanese word for "sugar!") Ellen got a picture for her nutrition work.

Learned during our tour that Scott’s father worked with ODOT in Columbus and Chillicothe for many years; Scott is from Chillicothe, and studied Business at Ohio University. Came to Japan a couple times early on, but got a job here 6 years ago, first teaching English and later with a printing firm doing scientific journals, etc. He edits, does computer layouts, etc.

The Asakusa temple/shrine south gate area was simply amazing. Starting with a traditional temple gateway, there was a seemingly 1/2 mile gauntlet of shops selling everything a tourist in Tokyo could want, from junk to clothes to shoes, everything. We guessed this temple had sound a way to make ends meet! Churches back home have bingo nights, and our own church in Athens rented out some spare property to the City for years as a parking lot; these temple people have re-institutionalized the "permanent" marketplace, and no doubt take a "cut." Crowded. Actually, everything in Tokyo was crowded.

Then out into a more calm temple courtyard through another gate, and another beautiful Buddhist altar. A kitty sleeping on a blocked-off section of the temple porch, just out of reach. A shrine next door, decorated with kirin-like dragon figures, guarded by excellent pairs of dogs.

Seem to be more American tourists in Tokyo than Nagoya. Probably should not be a surprise.

Guy and girl, arm in arm; she’s talking to someone else on the PHS phone...? Still those school children everywhere, with the uniforms and "fat socks" (we’d call them ankle warmers, probably; they seem to be a fashion thing here.

Then, off to the Ginza shopping area (said to have the most expensive real estate in the world). Visited several shops there on a street temporarily closed to traffic, with people in lawn chairs and umbrella tables in the middle, playing cards... Back toward the Kabuki theater Scott suggested, but schedules were bad. Maybe Tuesday. Went on to a couple other stores in an arcade built under the railroad. Noisy down there; Ellen looked at some kimono and obi, but prices were pretty high.

Took the subway far to the west to Mitaka South, to Nikaido, the reataurant location Ellen suggested from a Japan Times article we read some weeks ago. After a lengthy walk from the subway station, Scott located the restaurant, a very small second-floor place, run as a home-cooking restaurant. Japanese-style, comfortable room; we were the only diners. Ms. Kazuko Kurazumi, owner and cook, fixed a Japanese "set" dinner with excellent miso soup, vegetable dishes, and a fish main course. Beer and green tea. Very nice and very reasonably priced; Scott picked up the tab.

Scott talked a little about the Internet, and recommended Cornell’s CU-See Me software for network conferencing. Said it works well; at least his Mac version does. John Beukers and I have been having troubles with the Vocal Tec "Internet Phone," so maybe we ought to download Cornell’s software and try it. We also talked about my helping him to obtain Alumni lists from Ohio University, of Japanese students who atended (not necessarily graduating) Ohio.

Turns out Scott also likes natto, after being introduced to it in the States by a Japanese neighbor. Maybe we’d better try it... He also talked a little about the PHS phones carried by everyone from grade school on up. Apparently these cost something like 3000 yen per month plus talking charges. 

Back to the hotel on the subway and by underground passage from the JR Tokyo station to the street corner near the hotel.

Monday, June 23 -- Mr. Katayama called in the morning, and said a Sena Co. representative would pick us up for the trip to the Iino building, south of the JR station. He reminded us of our meeting with Mr. Yamada at Yamanouchi Pharmaceuticals at 1:30 and asked about any other appointments we would like. He also is checking with the head of the Japan Aids to Navigation Association (JANA). We will apparently go to dinner with him around 6:00. I asked about Japan Radio contacts, and he will check this.

We went to the JR station nearby and picked up some boxes of Japanese cookies as gifts for our hosts today. the "gift" ethic is well-supported here. Stacks of such boxes, already wrapped for presentation.

Mr. Katayama himself picked us up and we went by taxi to the Iino building, near many of the Japanese government buildings including the Ministry of Trade and Transport, MITI. His company, Sena Co, Ltd., is a supplier of hardware and software to the Japan Defense Forces (Japanese military). Katayama has been a supported of the International Loran Association, often attending on behalf of JANA, the Japan Aids to Navigation Association. Sena works closely with Racal (U.K.) and introduced Decca into Japan years ago. Sena also provides positioning systems which sound similar to the Motorola Miniranger, but are based on low-power, unlicensed transmitters.

Mr. Katayama showed us in to the Sena conference room; company has spacious, apparently well-worn facilities in this central Tokyo building. Busy offices. Others arrived, and we all did the "Japanese thing" with the business cards. Sena’s President Mr. Hiroshi Kiyono, had run out of cards, and had to excuse himself to get more.

- Mr. Kiyono announced that Sena will design and market a receiver combining Loran-C navigation with Global Positioning System navigation, and said we could use this announcement when we return to the U.S. This could be a turning point, with industry beginning to react to U. S. intent to shut Loran down in the year 2000. If new receivers appear, tying satellites to the ground-based loran systems, it could save the system and result in a more robust overall navigation service.

- Mr. Katayama "hopes" to attend the International Loran Association convention 1997 in Ottawa. We must invite especially Sena, JANA people, including all participants in this meeting. We both will participate in this convention in October, Bob’s last as Director of Avionics at Ohio.

We had the presence of mind to request a group picture, which an assistant took with Ellen’s camera. All the Sena and JANA people are included. Ellen thanked Mr. Katayama for his article on the 1996 San Diego ILA convention in the pamphlet distributed to navigational professionals in Japan. The official proceedings are still not out for this meeting, and we apologized for the delay.

We need to provide picture copies to Sena and JANA.

President Kiyona reappeared just before we left, with a lovely Japanese wooden doll as a gift ("...for Ellen, not Bob..."!). We both like Kiyona. Maybe we can get him to come to ILA Ottawa and present on Sena policy and the GPS/Loran receiver decision. Mr Katayama gave us a "map" showing the names and locations of the people in our group picture.

Bob told Mr. Katayama of his plans to relocate at Illgen Simulation Technologies, and Katayama was interested in ISTI’s connection with the American Department of Defense. Illgen and Sena are similar in that their respective militaries are the best customer. Katayama several times mentioned that he would like to work with Illgen cooperatively on software that could be of use to the Japan Defense Forces. Bob said he would work this with Illgen on return to the U. S.

Mr. Katayama then showed us to the underground mall in his building complex, where he hosted an Italian lunch and we had much small-talk conversation. We both noted how much easier it now is to talk with him, having had experience with many other Japanese people. In San Diego, where we saw him at the ILA convention, his English was hard for us to understand. We now think it was our problem! Mr. Katayama was fascinated when Ellen pushed aside the fork and spoon and produced chopsticks from her purse and proceeded to use them to eat the spaghetti!

Then, he took us by short subway ride and walk to the Yamanouchi headquarters for our 1:30 meeting, but not without many questions of passers-by and building workmen about the location, even though the Yamanouchi people had provided a map... He said he was not much of a navigator, but we think the problem is really the addressing scheme. He pointed out the Nomura Securities building, central figures in the current sokaiya corporate racketeering scandal; we have seen this building repeatedly as the backdrop for the pervasive TV stories on this scandal. 

Had a most enjoyable meeting with Yamanouchi president Mr. Yamada and his assistant, Miss Mizai Misumaki. Spacious and apparently new facilities; we met in their conference room, where we were given furoushkis with gifts. Mr. Yamada was very busy preparing for the annual stockholders’ meeting (all companies hold these meetings during late June in Japan. However, he spent time with us, explaining his vision for Yamanouchi and its Shaklee subsidiary. He sees acquisition of Shaklee as completing the "prevention" side of the health industry, with cure or treatment handled by the pharmaceuticals company. A research center at Stanford University is in the works, to be a developmental "umbrella" for both Yamanouchi’s pharmaceuticals and research on items which Shaklee will incorporate into products. 

We received cans of California Wind, an excellent drink sold in Japan (and not in the US, unfortunately). Tangy -- like fruit juice with a little quinine water? 

Ellen asked about reports that Yamanouchi will use dogs in experiments; Mr. Yamada responded that they had met with the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and had agreed to put the experiments on hold.

We were struck by his excitement after attending his first Shaklee Convention; he was obviously energized. He said he was impressed, even though he has much experience with such meetings.

Ms. Misumaki took us to the Otomachi station (we argued at first that we could "go it alone," but it turned out Bob had a little error in direction, so it was good we finally accepted her offer) by taxi and put us on the Chiyoda line bound for MeijiJinguMae, a bit west, where there was an antique and art shop that we had discovered in the Japan Times. A bit of refreshment (at a Japanese "Sizzler" restaurant, but really more like a California "Souplantation" than a classic Sizzler steak house), and some shopping in the Harajuku area (origami bird, at Fuji-Torii store). "Made in Japan, not in China" was the sales pitch! The store also gave Ellen a copy of the story behind the Happy Seven Gods of Good Fortune, a staple item in Japanese pottery, china, bronze, art; those seven gods are everywhere! We’ll try to find a picture to go with these words. Returned by subway to the hotel. Ran into a Japanese student who had studied at University of Colorado (Denver), who was very interested in our stay in Japan.

It tried hard to rain all day, but did not really succeed very well. Finally in late afternoon, we began seeing considerable blue sky, and by dinner time, the day was really pleasant. 

Mr. Katayama picked us up at the hotel in the early evening. On the short walk to dinner after the cab ride, Katayama pointed out the Dai Ichi Bank building (one of the major institutions involved in the current financial scandal in Japan). 

Dinner with Mr. Katayama and Ms. Kuriyama (his assistant, who helped set up the meetings) of Sena; Mr. Shosaku Ito, who attended Wild Goose Association/International Loran Association meetings for JANA in the past, also joined us for dinner. He was seriously injured in a bicycle accident just before the Westfields meeting in 1995 and was replaced at that meeting by Mr. Katayama. Mr. Ito has recovered well, but not completely, from a brain hemmorhage brought on by the accident. Had a "typical" after-work Japanese meal in an "ordinary" place (the New Tokyo restaurant, beneath the Hibya Kokusai (international) building in central Tokyo. ) It wasn’t ordinary to us! 

Yakkitori (chicken on a stick), cold soba noodles (green, from the green tea included with the buckwheat) with excellent dipping sauce, some sea urchin, a variety of Japanese pickles and some sashimi... and beer and sake of course. Much good conversation, both social and business. Mr. Ito was quiet, and we realized only late in the meal that he was still suffering from his earlier injury; for example, he asked me the same question repeatedly during dinner (about the location for the upcoming ILA meeting; October in Ottawa.)

After dinner, we went with Mr. Ito to the Kasumigaseki subway station, one of the largest in the city. (This was the station which was attacked by the Aum cult a couple of years ago using gas and killing several people. Eerie to be here.) Subway back to Otomachi and the hotel.

Feeling good about two excellent meetings and a good relationship with Mr. Katayama and Sena Corp. Hope we can build on that for ILA and for Illgen Simulation. We "did" the Tokyo subway, successfully. 

Tuesday, June 24 -- Up to a sunny and bright day. Hope it lasts! Breakfast provided by the hotel was a nice western-style buffet, but with several Japanese dishes also. Good fruit and breads.

Headed out late morning (a little lazy) and walked a few blocks to the main street in Ginza shopping district, southeast of Tokyo station. Picked up some small items and some cash; noted the skyline, which was impressive; many roughly 10-story buildings, the line stretching to the vanishing point down the street; many people. Stopped at the Matsuzakaya Department Store where we had located a Shaklee retail outlet by phone earlier. 

Talked for some time with the three/four clerks at the small department, and got a copy of the Japanese catalog; bought a few products that are not available in the American catalog. Tried to get a few cans of the excellent California Wind drink, but it is only sold there in case lots ($91 per case, and heavy to take back!). They gave us an English version of their product descriptions, which is interesting reading, and we bought a copy of the Shaklee Magazine, discontinued in the US. Took a picture of the group; Ellen has a real scoop for the next newletter! Basic-H in a carton, like milk!

Stopped at the "main intersection" of the Ginza area, a sort of "Times Square." Had lunch overlooking the square at a Twining’s (British) restaurant. A tea room serving excellent salad plus bread bowls full of pumpkin soup or clam chowder; then good British-style custard. All very civilized.

Took the subway to Ueno park, where we wanted to see the Tokyo zoo. (We try to see the zoo wherever we go; were a little disappointed in Nagoya and had high hopes for this one.) A little lost in Ueno Japan Rail station, which is large. Got a classic picture of one workman in jumpsuit and hard hat on a maintenance list, changing the letters on a train schedule board. There were seven identically-dressed men watching him do it, with no apparent duties! Then, we spotted another one, talking on a phone nearby. Eight to one... The whole Ueno Station area reminded us a little of a multiple-square-mile carnival! Finally found the Ueno park entrance, got some English brochures at the information counter and found the Zoo. 500 yen apiece for entry, not bad for Japan prices. 

Hot. Animals were feeling it, but seemed well cared for in the circumstances. Thousands of pigeons at the entrance would gang up on anyone who seemed to have food. Sitting on shoulders, etc... The zoo has an excellent bird population in several exhibits; we saw some new ones, indigenous to Japan, apparently. Some old friends. Great apes were well displayed, with green areas and water and plenty of shade. Noticeable were the Leopard Cat (a leopard-marked critter the size of a domestic cat) and a Slow Loris, one of our favorites from other zoos -- very slow indeed, this one. The zoo has several Rothchild’s white mynahs, another favorite, and nice specimens well displayed. Larger animals were not really upgraded; bears still in those concrete cages with deep moats between them and the public -- maybe later they’ll get landscaped habitats. A nice arrangement for the tigers.

In Ueno Park outside the zoo, a lot of "street people" (Scott said later they were not always there, but were probably chased out of another higher-priority park by Tokyo police...) We were a little disappointed in the surroundings, pretty trashy, though the park’s lake itself was well kept -- one area full of lotus plants (bet it’s nice when they all bloom -- several acres of them). A shrine right in the middle of the lake, approached by causeways; no water dragon, however; just a waterfall made from the trunk of a tree, with some live ferns on it -- nice.

Back to the Ueno subway station in a bit of hurry after a wrong turn in the park; arrived at the hotel about 4:45, and cleaned up for dinner. Scott Zickafoos picked us up as predicted, about 5:15 at the hotel, and we walked to the Tokyo JR station for the train to Shimbashi station (the very first rail station in Japan, we’re told). Met the VP of the Japan OU alumni group, Yoshiro Koike, there. He also had with him a son of a family friend, a first-year high-school student (tuba player). Norika, Dr. Tanaka’s daughter who had been invited and initially had accepted, begged off, because of scheduling problems with co-workers at Tokyo Broadcasting.

From Shimbashi we boarded the driverless "people-mover" guideway train which goes to various stops in the Tokyo port area, including Tokyo Beach, which is a very new, California-like area, with many shops and restaurants, and some residential areas. And, it is absolutely stunning at sunset and at night, with the bridges and buildings lighted. Koike emphasized that Ellen and Bob were the very first from Ohio University to see it...!

Yoshiro hosted a dinner at the the Sunset Beach Brewing Company (yes, a micro-brewery), whose "Daiba" beer was a bit cloudy, but very good. A buffet, salad-bar style dinner, mixing salad and Mexican chips/salsa and chile with some Japanese tempura-type eats and fruit salad. Very nice, somewhat of a change of pace.

Conversation included a variety of action items:

- The group needs lists of Japanese students who attended, but may not have graduated from, OU.

- There is an Asian Conference coming up, in Korea probably, in Feb/Mar 1998; Adrie Nab a key person.

- Scott is working with Rick Harrison at OU on a web home page -- I suggested we try to include a short paragraph from each of the 24 Chubu visiting professors. Pictures? Put him in touch with Takechi at Chubu. OU needs to have text versions of the pages, since foreign connections are sometimes slow.

- We need to send Scott a copy of the "OU connections with Japan" paper which is part of the Founder’s Day speech raw material.

- Ellen and Bob need to check out California alumni groups.

- We need to check out the Alumni Chapters home page at OU -- foreign chapters need a text version. Many connections are slow, slow, slow. There may also be logic problems which need to be worked out. 

- We offered any help we could give, and offered to assist in communications with campus, if there were any problems.

- Bob will "remember" Yoshiro Koike to the Gilferts in Athens.

Back to the mainland on the driverless train; lights on the harbor just beautiful in full darkness. Air is reasonably clear now; we actually saw some stars! From Shimbashi, a cab ride to the hotel.

Wednesday, June 25 -- Another rain-free day, but pretty hazy sunshine. Checked out and walked to the Palace Hotel, about four blocks west, on the moat of the Emperor’s palace. Had tea and juice (had to cancel out on the provided breakfast at the Marunouchi because of time). Met a guide from the Sunrise Tours organization who took us to the Tokyo Prince hotel by taxi, to begin our Mount Fuji trip. It’s near the impressive Zojoji, a large temple in central Tokyo. Met the bus, and the guides put our luggage underneath, since we are departing the tour later, and taking the shinkansen to Nagoya rather than returning to Tokyo.

The bus took the Tokyo and Chuo expressways out of Tokyo, headed about 100 km west to the Mt. Fuji north face. A little Tokyo talk on the way from our tourguide, Toru Shimizu, tour director for the Japan Travel Bureau. About 12 million people live in Tokyo metro, which is about 10% of Japan’s total population. About 8 million live in the city proper, and the rest in the western "bedroom" suburbs. Expressway traffic was jammed inbound, but OK our direction. About 330 people in each square km averaged over Japan, but about 3000 per square km in Tokyo. 75% of Japan is mountains, and not presently developed.

In the 60’s, Japan turned from agriculture to industrialization, and many people moved to the cities from the countryside; much development around the traditional cities is evident now. Our route follows the old Chofu Highway, one of 5 historical "trunk" roads. The Tokaido Highway was from Edo (Tokyo) to Kyoto, running near the coast to avoid the mountains between the cities (the train runs there now). We got a rundown on "Mount Fuji" also; "Fuji-san," "Fuji Mountain," and "Fujiyama" are all the same. It means "wealthy warrior" or "mountain that never dies" (everything here has at least two meanings and pronunciations). Also, we learned that the downtown Tokyo station serving the government buildings, Kasumigaseki, means "fog gate." Sort of appropriate? Like the US State Department being at the "Foggy Bottom" Washington Metro stop? Also: Akasuka (remember the shrine and temple from Sunday?) means "shallow water weeds," appropriate since the spot used to be on the shore. Much development now between the site and the water...

These tours use nice buses; good suspension and good visibility. Combined with the fact that generally Japan’s roads are in pretty good shape, it’s a good ride. We were in the mountains by the time we reached the western boundary of the Tokyo metro area. Nice and green; a lake, Sagami, formed by a hydro power dam, was evident. The route was along the old "silk roads" of Japan, which brought silk products from Uenohara and other towns where the worms were grown, to Yokohama for export. The mountains became more and more steep as we turned south toward Fuji. We got our first look at the mountain from the bus; very impressive snow-capped volcano cone, with clouds ringing the central heights. This mountain is worshipped by many Shinto believers (Japan’s indigenous religion, invoking gods of nature to take care of today’s problems). We stopped at Yoshida, the town at the north base of the mountain where climbers used to stage for their climbs of the mountain. A small museum there showed exhibits of lava from the old eruptions, animals and birds of the region, soil composition, etc. Bear, boar, many birds, antelope, deer, etc. are in evidence at times (we saw no animals and virtually no birds). Then up the gentle slope by bus, then up the steeper slope to the half-way point; we were stopped short of the "fifth stage" usual destination by the recent typhoon, which caused a landslide blocking the road.

Tour people consisted of many Japanese, a couple of American couples and families, one of which slept virtually through the entire tour. Their younger daughter, a boisterous young teenager, we think, was frantic when boarding the bus in case she should have to go to the restroom while we were driving. When we did stop, at a Japanese-style facility (basically a porcelain-rimmed hole in the ground; oh yes, with plumbing and all, just a different shape, radically), she would have none of it! Hope she and Japan came to terms, finally.

Fuji is a volcano, cone height 3776 meters, with the present cone (basalt, largely) formed about 10,000 years ago. Its last eruption was 290 years ago. The mountain is opened for two months per year, in July and August, for climbers. Takes about 5 hours from the fifth stage on up; some 300,000 climb it every year. Many stay overnight, to watch the sunrise from Fuji’s summit. 

Fuji is a national park; the mountain is sacred to Shintoists. It has a beautiful forest of mixed pine and broadleaf trees, and is immaculate. We saw the largest trees there we have seen in Japan except for the shrines which, even in the city, have preserved the trees. Nice view of Fuji’s summit from the fourth station, and then back down and a stop at the Sengen Shrine, devoted to the goddess of Mount Fuji, whose name is a hundred characters long and we could not remember it. Again, the shrine had the typically beautiful grounds, well kept, a large torii gate with good guardian lions/dogs or whatever. They had an excellent water dragon, similar to ours but larger. So, we got a picture of Ellen admiring it.

This shrine dates from the 8th century; our guide explained about the Tokyo Meiji Shrine (Emperor worship of the great-grandfather of the present Emperor), Nikko’s Tokugawa Shrine (hero worship of this first shogun) and the development of ancestor worship; this shrine, however, is one of the rural ones, still basically related to nature worship; the mountain. Of course, the priest is not above praying over a sect member’s new car, asking the appropriate god to protect him from accidents...

Stopped for lunch at the Highland Point Chinese restaurant Shanghai Sai Kan, for a box lunch "set." At our table also were 4 Korean men on vacation and a couple from San Jose, California. Nice meal of curried chicken, noodles, rice, cabbage soup in chicken broth (we think), some tuna/corn stuff, a piece of fried fish and fruit for dessert. 

On the way to Hakone Crater, stopped at the Peace Pagoda (Buddhist; the religion imported into Japan from India by way of China, which takes care of the afterlife concerns). Relics of Buddha are kept in the stupa atop the pagoda. Nice mountainside setting, very well cared for. Many pairs of guardian animals, apparently donated by various countries, in their own styles. Nice gardens also.

While there, large booms coming from the lower Fuji slopes told of practice gunnery by the Japan Defense Forces, who have a range nearby. Loud booms. 

Then it was off to Hakone crater and an incorporated lake; this volcano is extinct, but until 4,000 years ago, it was active. The cone collapsed before then and formed a large caldera (40 km circumference) in which secondary cones rose and can still be seen. Now there are three small towns and a lot of scenery and tourist facilities there. Very pretty. We saw steam rising from the site of the last eruption; some evidence of modern development of geothermal energy, but many old-time hot springs still operate there, drawing tourists. 

We drove through the crater floor on the old Tokaido highway #1, to the lower station of a cable car to the summit of the main caldera wall (Mount Komagatake). One of those single-track cable car routes, where the up and down cars pass in the middle and then return to the center track. Very steep and long ride.

Then, one looks over the other side of the mountain to see Lake Ashinoko, with its small towns bordering the shore. The lake has a dragon legend not unlike Loch Ness, but a local priest was able to turn the dragon around, and it now "protects" the lake rather than terrorizing it. Nice pictures of the Hakone Shrine Torii, the bright orange gates in the water during the ride across the lake on an excursion boat. There should have been a view of Fuji during this, but by now it was really hazy and cloudy. Oh, well, we did see it once!

Back to the bus and to Odawara Japan Rail station and the Kodama (stops everywhere) shinkansen back to Nagoya. We left our guide with thanks for a nice tour. The American family woke up for the moment, amid insistence from the younger daughter that it was time for a hamburger and fries... 

Thursday, June 26 -- Up slowly; Tokyo was a busy trip! Nice looking day, with sun and a few clouds. More clouds later, probably. To Chubu to write thank-you notes and give some gifts, and generally clean up. Need to turn off e-mail forwarding at the proper time, and get arrangements made to forward back to US any stragglers that made it to the Japanese server.

Mr. Murase brought some Chubu literature for me to take back to the US, and will come later with a video tape copy also to take back.

Lunch alone -- Dr. Yasubayashi had a very late lecture. Afterwards, we talked about the reception for Ellen and me tomorrow, and about the Tokyo trip. He was pleased at how well it went.

Yuko Yamada came to the office in the afternoon, and we worked out postal reimbursement, keys, etc.

Took gifts and thank-yous to Tomo Tanaka, Mr. Sasaki and Yuko’s group. Paid the last international phone calls bill. 

The earthquake project on campus proceeds; they have begun digging under the building to expose the pillars for modification. But more important, they erected the two-story temporary construction office and finished the high fence! This seems to be a necessity for all but the smallest projects. 

Dr. Yasubayashi brought an album of Mr. Matsubara’s (photographer) prints taken during the lectures and the temple ceremony for founder’s day. Nice to have those. Home in 30-degree C (close to 90 degrees F) weather.

Ellen was a little later than usual; getting finished with the doll construction, after a meeting with the international ladies’ group, on India. Arranged marriages, ritual suicides, dowries, etc. Sounds delightful. She’s having some trouble with leaving this group. It has been fun.

Newspaper guy came tonight for final payment. Dinner at home; "fish meat," edamame beans, ginger, etc. Cleaning out the refrigerator.

Friday, June 27 -- Bright and sunny; another hot one today! Ellen to Chubu for the party, and we will make a visit to the lacquerware shop and the post office today. Noted the spot where the concrete "nibbler" (remember?) was working has now turned into a Mobil station, almost finished. The subway project continues, and we are told it will probably continue forever.

At least one of the pigeons’ eggs hatched today, a fuzzy baby. Now waiting for the other one. Mom sitting on the egg, father standing guard.

Mr. Murase came by to deliver the video tape on Chubu and some nice gifts -- a clock with the Ohio University "rotunda" on it, plus a tee-shirt (Chubu’s first) with their motto "Acta, non Verba." Dr. Yasubayashi came to the office, and we went to the Kozoji Post Office to mail the four boxes Ellen and I packed last night. 

The Electrical Engineering Department and the International Center sponsored a lunch party for us; nice food and soft drinks, and conversation with a variety of people from the Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering and the International Office. Several people were there from the Kohei Miura Memorial library (director Mr. Masaki Matsubayashi and Ms. Minoshima, plus others). Everyone was pleased with the donation of the book on GPS, and doubly pleased that I had left a copy of the lectures and viewgraphs to be added to the Ohio University collection. Dr. Suzimura (Joe Essman’s host three years ago) asked to be remembered to Joe, and Ms. Minoshima (good friend of Susan) asked the same for the Gilferts. Saw Mr. Nagasaka, who reported that his paper (the one I reviewed early in the visit) had been accepted for the October Singapore conference, and he was now completing the final paper for submission. 

Mr. Matsubayashi gave us two small Japanese toys; a taketonbo (a bamboo airplane), and a kendama (a ball-and-string toy). We received a copies (for us and for Karen) of a picture taken at the Utsutsu Shrine

when we visited it June 8 on the way to Meiji Mura and Little World with Dr. Yasubayashi and Karen. Mrs. Toda and family were there with their small child for the children’s blessing festival. She works at Chubu University. Received a Japanese fan from Mr. Takechi. His computer work is still serving us well. We talked about the files I left on the computer in the office (the lectures, plus viewgraphs and some reference material and pictures). He hopes to use some of it on Chubu’s home page on the World-Wide Web network. We’ll check from time to time once we get home.

The ladies from the Engineering Dean’s office had some kind words for us, and spent a long time talking with Ellen at the party.

Dr. Yasubayashi had a meeting in Nagoya, so he took Ellen back to the apartment on the way. Also on the trip was the student who had helped with the viewgraphs for the lectures. He was dressed up in a suit; looked really different! He apparently enjoyed the lectures. Yasubayashi was encouraging him to speak to Ellen in English, to practice.

Went home, and then by bus to Yagoto and subway to Shiyakusho station, near the lacquareware shop Ellen has almost "adopted." Picked out a nice jubako for Bob and one for Karen. Another nice store, where we were well treated. Even the wrapping of the packages is an art form! The walking was not easy, as the temperature was near 95 degrees today.

Strolled into the Nagoya Castle grounds; place was closed, but still got a glimpse of the castle and gardens. Then back to Yagoto by subway and to Double Tall for dinner. The owner, one Hiroyaki Morita has been a favorite of ours, for his good spaghetti. He gave us the recipe, and wished us a good trip. We shall miss him. Good conversation, and a good sense of humor.

Walked home, passing a hedge made of gardenias, now in bloom along Yamate-dori. Very large plants making at least a 2 to 3-foot high hedge, and just covered with blooms! Began packing in earnest, and to keep an eye on yet another typhoon that may make trouble for the day tomorrow (shopping and cormorant fishing) and maybe even Sunday (the flight to the US). We’ll see.

Saturday, June 28 -- Well, it’s cloudy and started raining before we left for OsuKannon market, but showers only intermittently. Bus to Yagota and subway to OsuKannon. Market was a little thin today, due to threatening weather. The typhoon continues to come northeastward, hitting Kyushu this morning. Predictions are for it to travel over Honshu and off to the northeast. 

Shopped for gifts for Ohio people, picking up a copy of the "seven happy gods" statues in wood, and some other nice items. Ellen found an obi for making table covers...

Back to Yagoto by subway and light lunch at Belle Herald, a sandwich shop in Jusco’s lower level. Actually read the menu, and were appreciated by the waitress! We figured we’d get the hang of it just about the time we leave! Nice pita-pocket sandwiches, some potato salad and iced tea. Bus to apartment, with Ellen stopping off at the pharmacy for some more cough suppressant. That darn cough just hangs on. It may be that we’re unaccustomed to city-air living; Ellen’s cough and Bob’s burning eyes.

Found a message from Dr. Yasubayashi; cormorant fishing is cancelled due to the typhoon, but we still will see a show related to that activity and will go to dinner with the President and others from Chubu. We’ll be picked up at the apartment at 2:00 PM -- so it’s off to the shower...

President Yamada and daughter Yuko came at about 2:15, apologizing for being late (of course, the weather was getting really bad, so we weren’t surprised). He brought gifts of a cloisonne tray and a fabric table cover or wall hanging. Beautiful!

He drove to Gifu, a 1-1/2 hour drive in wind and occasional rain, with his GPS car locator system showing us the way, and we had tea and cake at the Gifu Grand Hotel. Were met by Drs. Yasubayashi, Sasaki, Matsui and Tanaka, and Ohio Program in Intensive English chief Charles Mickelson and teacher Kristin Hubert (Ohio Program in English Language Teaching); Ohio University at Chubu. 

Then drove to Suziyama, a Japanese-style restaurant, right on the river. Had a reserved room with the low tables and tatami mats, with dinner "sets" in evidence for each of us. We had the honored seats (in the center, near the alcove). Meal was one of those Japanese marathons, and was delicious! Sashimi, fish of about five kinds, vegetables, rice of two kinds, miso soup, crab salad, melon and tea. Beer and wine accompanying all this. We learned how to prepare the whole fish that was delivered in one course, by "softening it up" along its length with the chopsticks, then removing the tail, and the head and main bones as one piece. A skill we never knew we’d need! 

Two geishas arrived, to carry on polite conversation as the party continued. Some was translated for us.

During the meal, we had a mini-seminar on cormorant fishing by one of the experts, who brought in his "uniform" consisting of a wrap for the hair (to keep sparks from the boat-mounted torch away), and a rice straw "skirt" which sheds sparks also. Done at night, fishing is helped by a fire on the boat which attracts fish (although if it is done at full moon, the moon illuminates the fisherman, scaring the fish away...?) Straw shoes for mobility without slipping, on the deck of the fishing boat. An album of pictures of his craft, plus a live cormorant and a few fish. He proceeded to dump these fish down the cormorant to show us how the bird would "eat" the fish (into his pouch) by instinct, but could not swallow them because of a ring tied around the lower part of his neck. The bird seemed a little skittish, but actually pretty cooperative. We learned this bird is something like 20 years (100 people years) old, and still fishing. This presentation was nice, in that if the cormorant fishing had not been cancelled, he would not have had time to discuss all these things with us.

The long drive back to Nagoya was without incident, even though the typhoon is due to hit this evening. Actually, we learned once we reached home and the NHK broadcast, that the storm center is now a little northeast of us, and moving away. Good.

Sunday, June 29 -- Beautiful morning! Again the typhoon seems to clean out the air. Some clouds in the southwest which we may see later in the day, and a little wind. But nice.

Packing up. Dr. Yasubayashi came about noon to pick up a load of boxes to be mailed (which he did) and a couple of suitcases which would not fit in our car. We frantically put things in suitcases (seems to be always at the last minute!) and went to the University, to meet Mr. Sasaki, Dr. Yasubayashi and Yuko Yamada. Drove to the airport where we met Dr. Tanaka and Sumiko. Changed money, hassled baggage and check-in and boarded the airplane after a round of goodbyes and gifts, pictures, etc. Flight to Portland was planned at 8+41 and went according to schedule. We even got a little sleep; watched the movie "Dave" (again; still fun). Arrived Portland on timeand found the airport an absolute zoo! Very crowded on a summer Sunday and a couple airplanes delayed for maintenance got gates fouled up and even more crowds. Finally boarded the aircraft for Los Angeles and a couple days on the west coast before returning to Ohio.

This has been a most excellent adventure!