Had a day off from work and spent most part of it outdoors, despite the heat and humidity. I went on my bike to Tama river, rode along the river towards the coastline, before turning back towards Shinagawa and finally back home to Naka-Meguro. 3 hours ride in sunny weather and 35+ degrees.

Tama river and Kawasaki (maybe)

What do you do after such a ride? Well, you take your 15 kg weight and go to the park for some weight exercises. Spent an hour there and then walked up the stairs with the weight. Phew. Deserved some ice cream after that.


Just got back home after gym. Tired. Was quite tired when I got to the gym but it felt good to do some exercises and it went quite well.


Snow in Tokyo

Quite an eventful day today. We changed the cover of the sofa from Christmas red back to the normal grey and white striped cover. It felt good to be back to “normal” again 🙂

Sofa with grey cover

In the morning it had started to snow. SO after changing the sofa cover it was a real event to go to the gym in the snow. Taking my bike was out of the question as it only has slicks on – totally blank rubber on the wheels. Slicks is perfect most of the time in Tokyo but when it snows it sucks 😉

Snow Snowman

While walking home from the gym I took some backstreets so I could enjoy the snow to the full. Suddenly I found a house with the whole wall painted with a Sumo guy on it. Turned out it was a restaurant, but I did not have time to check what kind it was so for now it is the Naka-Meguro Sumo restaurant.


I think I forgot to mention that it was a national holiday today. And that besides changing the sofa cover and going to the gym we had time to install a new shopping list tracking system. A stripe of metal glued to the inside of a cupboard door and white magnets “stickies.” The idea is that the most common food like pasta, tomato cans etc. will have a white “sticky” and is placed to the metal stripe when in stock. When we use the last, let’s say, tomato can then we move the “tomato can sticky” to the refrigerator, and when its time to shop you check the fridge for a list of base things to buy. Once restocked you just move the “stickies” back from the fridge to the metal stripe in the cupboard. Let’s see how it works, I try to remember to report on it in a month or so.

Shopping list system

Gym & Yasaka

Went to the gym after work while Chie went to Yasaka to meet with a friend (Tsuchiya-san). Once I was done at the gym I joined them at Yasaka to get some protein into my body 😛

Gym Again

First time Chie and I have had time to go to the gym in a week. Because of the blackouts and the irregularity in the train schedules the gym has closed early this week, already at 6 pm.

It was a good feeling to be back. They did not have any studio classes but instead they used that space, or rather small part of that space, for two table tennis tables. Chie and I played for about 15 minutes. It was the first time in I don’t know how many years. It was great fun… Even tough Chie won 🙂

After gym we stopped by the Tokyu Store and then a Chinese restaurant for lunch. Yummy!