Hakone Ekiden

MoonFlower and I went out to cheer up athletes in the event called Hakone Ekiden

Ekiden is… here we go:

Ekidens are long-distance road relays. The distance and the number of runners vary according to each competition. In many races, including the Hakone Ekiden, each runner covers about 20 kilometers, roughly the distance of a half-marathon. Instead of a baton, a tasuki (sash) is handed from one runner to the next. Hakone Ekiden is undoubtedly the most well-known of all the ekiden races held in Japan. The first ever Hakone Ekiden dates back to 1920, and except for a few years during and after the war, it has taken place during the New Year holidays ever since.

Very unique sport, I guess.

Near the goal, we saw 1st and 2nd place runners.

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Gadget works, huh! It was fun to cheer up and use such digital gadget for enriching this blog content… hahaha.

No more special traditional foods from New Year… Now back to normal.

Though, after-meal sweets are still Japanese style. Called "DAIFUKU."

Pretty fun today.

1st Prayer for 2019: Yushima Shrine

Yesterday, MoonFlower and I didn't do much at all except coming back in Tokyo.
Today we decided to go out for 1st prayer.

MoonFlower picked one place as our destination for it.
It was Yushima Shrine.
Actually it is located very close to our area…

Tons of people… but things were very organized and no mess to approach to small shrine.
Though, took us about a whole hour to get there.

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Cold but it was good weather. Nice to be outside and did something. Hahaha.
What did I wish within the prayer?
Well, health… and safety… That is about it.

Tokushima: One Last Before Last

Planning to make 2 round trips to Tokushima within single week!
I am not kidding at all.
This is what I need to do.

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I will work here in Tokushima tomorrow and return to Tokyo with last flight for the day tomorrow night.
Then, will return here in Tokushima for Friday…
I wish that it were combined together… but cannot be done.

Too bad.

Dinner with coworker consultants

Working dinner took place this eveninig:

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Some of them were first-met. I usually do hesitate to actively engage.
Today it wasn't the case and I did enjoy.
I somehow lasted until last minute tonight.

Things were over at 2am!

Friends' gathering

Part of year-ending party among selected friends.
Some cancellation disappointed me. But the time was excellent:

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Nagoya: Busy Time Just Ahead

Now in Nagoya…
I will be out of Tokyo for whole week from today.
Oh boy, busy time really is up.

I spent quite long hours in preparation tonight.
Am now quite ready for whatever may be happening tomorrow. At least I am ready for it.

Same hotel as before. Staying at Nagoya Tokyu Hotel.
In fact, today is renewal open day… though, I do not see much of change yet.
Maybe dining area… not the room itself. Will see.

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Good Place Hunting

MoonFlower and I made it early today. It is mid-day during the extended weekend.
Yeah, Sunday morning it is… we rushed into bakery not too far from where we live.
MF had made a request for some bread in advance and we picked up even more when we went it.

Croissant, croque monsieur, etc.

Rushed back to home... actually we made extra tour to another place.
We went into a place called "WENT" which is newly open coffee stand.
Picked up latte for her and coffee for myself.

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Newly backed bread and fresh brewed coffee made things just to be perfect. Cannot complain any for sure.

After easy afternoon when we mostly spent time on Hulu except some grocery shopping, we went down to Asakusa.

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Lucky draw came out pretty good. "Daikichi" is top luck. Good new year start with this.
Then, we came to this bistro just near the Temple.

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Wow, another GREAT place just found.
Well, it is all well-done to MoonFlower who has done great homework finding great dining place.
It is here… we should come back quite soon.

Good start and great finish. What a wonderful day!