Saturday, August 01, 2009


So I went to the three-day lecture on local geology, and I enjoyed it very, VERY much! The teacher who gave the lecture was hilarious, energetic and knowledgeable. He is the center of the project to apply for UNESCO Geopark status for this area, I heard. I think they chose the right guy.

The lecture totally changed the way I look at the coastline and rocks that I'm awfully familiar with and have taken for granted all my life. He said that this is a rare place where the evidence of the plate tectonics theory (See? Now I can use some technical terms. ;) is so easily observable. Later at home I found, on the Internet, several research papers on the geological structure of this area, not only by Japanese geologists but also by those in abroad. So this place IS academically important. Gee.

All the sudden, the familiar sceneries with coastal rocks and mountains started looking so interesting to me. Hoping to be a (bilingual??? if possible??) volunteer tour guide here, I started studying the basics of geology, both in Japanese and English. It is so much fun. Learning something new is fun and exciting, isn't it? That's a long-forgotten feeling. Really!

Meanwhile, I've been on another project; I'm making a refuge -- a place where I can be totally alone and cook whatever I like. It's going to be at my aunt's house. My aunt lives there alone but she is almost always absent, being busy traveling around. And her house is in the area covered by a fast Internet service, and -- what's more -- is near the sandy beach good for surf casting! So I've been making arrangements for the past couple of weeks. Hey, I promise. In a couple of weeks, you'll read, probably on my foodblog, about my overnight stay at my aunt's place, enjoying Flets ADSL (a relatively fast Internet service here in Japan), surf-casting and Western dinner with alcoholic drink!

BTW, once things started moving, it looks like that things happen one after another. Yesterday I heard from the "native speaker of English" guy I mentioned in my previous post. Good!
Things are looking up, maybe?
posted by obachan, 8/01/2009 01:36:00 PM


Woohaa! what a difference a day makes! like the song says. I see you found your tree house, where else could Obachan find refuge but at her "aunty"? Looking forward to reading about the first dinner of rural freedom.
commented by Anonymous Odoriko, 8/02/2009 2:16 PM  
Yeah, the first dinner of rural freedom sounds great. It's not gonna happen anytime soon, though. My aunty said that she was going to mostly stay at home this summer. (How unusual!) But anyway, at least I finished setting up Flets ADSL there yesterday. It wasn't impressively fast or anything, but at least I can enjoy Youtube there. Yay!
commented by Blogger obachan, 8/05/2009 3:45 PM  
I forgot about this site - Sooo interesting what you delve into.
commented by Blogger A Prunepicker's Posting, 9/21/2009 1:08 AM  
There'll be more posts on this site in autumn, so please come and take a look once in a while.
commented by Blogger obachan, 9/23/2009 7:22 AM  

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