WordPress Candies at #WordBeach

One of the sponsors Prime Strategy were giving out WordPress W candies at WordBeach Nagoya. It’s fun to go to WordCamps and see fun swags like these. You can check out future updates on WordCamps in Japan at japan.wordcamp.org.

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WordPress Candies at #WordBeach

Back in Japan

The photo is just a bottle of Jasmine Tea. How pretty. It’s been three weeks since I’ve left Tokyo to go to St. Louis, San Francisco, and New York – now I’m back.

On the plane, I watched a couple of interesting documentaries on Japanese craftsmanship. One was about a traditional Japanese umbrella (wagasa) studio in Kyoto called Hiyoshi-ya. They are applying the skills on contemporary light fixtures.

The second one was on Jaxon Corporation and its founder/designer Hideo Shimizu. They make one-of-the kind bathtabs that are top quality in the world.

Mr. Shimizu said he went to Italy to learn chair making, but decided to start designing bathtubs instead later on, after visiting an old ryokan (Japanese-style inn) and realized the craftsmanship of the bathtub he used there. He said something like “I didn’t grow up sitting on chairs as much as other Westerners but I realized I know what are good bathtubs are like”.

I also watched The Other Woman (水曜日のエミリア). Enjoyed NY-based movie as I was leaving there, and I just like Natalie Portman 🙂

Back in Japan

On my way to JFK

Reading NY paper I got at Penn Station.

The news about Jobs made me think about how much he has done to change the course of my life, in a good way. My first Mac was an iMac – I had the first Bondi Blue one and spent so much time having fun with it. Without that machine and the convenience of the always-online fast Internet at the college, I probably had a very different experience with computers.

Now I am writing this from an iPad on a train. Even after he’s resigned as the Apple CEO, I still believe technologies will still change our lives in positive ways and we all can be a part of it.

On my way to JFK

Afternoon in the Central Park

It’s my last day of a 3-weeks US trip. Taking the afternoon off to enjoy the sun. Yet I’m still blogging – from the Sheep Meadow in the Central Park. What can I say, I just really like it. 🙂

For some reason, I’m growing to like parks more and more as I get older. Last night my friend from Tokyo told me about the yearly pass for Sinjuku Gyoen (Imperial Park). I’m excited to get one when I get back. I better take out my new(ish) digital camera and use it more. And read books.

Afternoon in the Central Park

Kayaking and Sushi

I did a lot today.

Drove along Saratoga Lake.
Ate nice lunch at Maestro’s.
Got a new swim suite.
Went kayaking.
Took a nap.
Had a bowl of ice cream with chocolate syrup.
Took underwater photos while swimming.
Cooked sushi rolls.
Made s’mores.
Watched stars.
Talked a lot till I almost lost my voice.

It was a nice summer day.

Kayaking and Sushi