Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cycling day 1 - Yokohama China town(60.1/2,888.1km)

Day 1, 55th day for cycling, total distance 2,888.1km, total climb 38,460m
To Yokohama China town 12:11-16:26
Distance today 60.1km, climb 607m, duration 4h1m, avg speed 14.9km/h, burned 1,832kcal

Gear: Eurasia 520

I came back from China on Saturday so I could not go skiing this weekend.

It's a good weather for cycling.

My gateway to the west, Marukobashi bridge.

Tamagawa Cycling Road.

Very warm wind blew, as if it would be already spring, or early summer.

Very strong against wind at route 1 slowed me down. It took longer to Yokohama.
Also strong wind among buidings at Minato Mirai.

I came to China town.

After I enjoyed Chinese food in China, but I take Chinese today as well.

Restaurants were crowded.

I got dumpling at Beijing Fandian.

Yokohama custom office and Red brick warehouses.

Yokohama and Shanghai are sister cities. Is it the similar scene of Waitan?

I went back on route 1 and ran on Tamagawa Cycling Road again.

Cherry blossom was seen. Mmmm, the winter already ends?

Today I always got against winds ongoing and coming back. How strange.

I bought some cakes at a patisserie.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

China (Shanghai and home) - day 4

Continue from China (Luoyang and Shanghai) - day 3

Today we were going home.
I wanted to see the morning at Bund before breakfast, but it was still dark.

Went to Pudong airport by taxi. The taxi drive was very rough and fast. Very scarcely.

A long cue at the check-in counter of China Air.

30 mins. to wait. Probably some departures were at once.

Then I got a middle seat. I hate a middle seat...

A shuttle service for boarding.

We arrived at Narita in the afternoon. Shanghai is close.

It's a short trip in four days, but very valuable trip through Beijing, Luoyang and Shanghai, with nice food.

When I attempted to access to Internet in Shanghai last night, most of SNS including closed ones were not accessible. Also accessing to blogs had errors.


Friday, February 25, 2011

China (Luoyang and Shanghai) - day 3

Continue from China (Beijing and Luoyang) - day 2.

We had a meeting at our customer.

We had a lunch together, then left Luoyang to Shanghai.

An hour and half flight to Shanghai. The flight was full.

In Shanghai we had a nice dinner with a friend of my client.

Nice Szechuan restaurant Baguobuyi.
Sooner we came in, an show started.

A nice performance show.

Szechuan food, very hot!!

But really nice.

I found the friend of my client graduated my high school senior to me. What a small world!!

After coming back to the hotel, I went out to Bund.

A beautiful view.

Continue to China (Shanghai and home) - day 4.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

China (Beijing and Luoyang) - day 2

Continued from China (Beijing) - Day 1

We got up early and went out to see the real Beijing.
Crowded buses, passing cars, people walking fast from subway stations - usual scene like Japan.
People riding on bicycles and motor cycles.

A big difference is that there are separated lanes for bikes.
Also the motor cycles are mostly electric. Very silently running. Much advanced to Japan.

For breakfast we settled down at a doujiang restaurant, Yonghe doujiang.

Doujiang and youtiao, in 14RMB for two. It's cheep, but the price difference with Japanese are getting less, when we see 100yen McDonalds and 230yen beef bowl of Sukiya.
When the exchange rate is changed in the future and RMB becomes strong, the price difference should be reversed.
In the near future, Chinese people may say "Oh, it's cheep!" at a Japanese restaurant.

I had some time before leave, then I went to a tea shop as my wife requested.
Walking down from Qianmen station of Line 2, you see nice Chinese style streets.

Zhangyiyuan tea house

After that we left Beijing and went to Luoyang for our business.

We took a domestic flight, but the passengers were very international, not only Chinese. We felt the energy of China.

We had a dinner invited by our customer.

Mantou, to stuff meat and vegitables. Nice!

Continue to China (Luoyang and Shanghai) - day 3.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

China (Beijing) - Day 1

I came to China for business.

I have been to Taiwan and Hong Kong several times before, but this is the first time in main land China.

I got a drinking party last night and went out for some business in the morning and did not packed yet. I rushed to pack and ran to Haneda Airport.

The airport was crowded with group tours. I saw many tour leaders with flags.

3 hours and half flight to Beijing.

Smooth immigration and baggage claim, and we went out from the airport.

We got a taxi, but the car was too small to fit two suitcases. One had to be on the rear seat.

The road was crowded.

After checking in the hotel, we went out to the town.



Wangfujing street. Wide and nice to walk.

There were some touts.

We must have Beijing duck!
Trying one of famous restaurants on my guide book.Quanjude Wangfujing branch

A half piece of duck is good enough for two. We ordered another dish and two bottles of beer, 280RMB in total.

How nice!

But it was hard to talk in Mandarin.
I can speak what I want, but understand half of that they speak.

Every time I came from Taiwan, I am reminded to study harder. But the next time comes early before I study enough.

What I found:
- from PC
Twitter was not accessible as spoken.
Google (Japan) was accessible but search words were limited.
Yahoo!Japan could be accessible to search, but the result links were not accessible, mostly blogs.
gmail was accessible.

- from iphone (roaming access on bridge to China Unicom)
Twitter was accessible. Posting was successful.
Google map was accessible.
Facebook was accessible.

Continue to China (Beijing and Luoyang) - day 2.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ski day 44 at HappoOne

44th day for this ski season, 29 days for powder, 17 days for backcountry, telemark for 13days

HappoOne 12:40-15:35
Gear: BanYa M0809

I go to Happo again.
Pretty good sunny. The road is dry enough to go by bicycle.

Usagi looks very hard.

I tried several runs and the slope was hard indeed.

Three summits were beautiful.

After that I went to Kurobishi.

Kurobishi bumps were softer than Usagi.

I had a break and tried Kurobishi again, but...

Kurobishi #3 lift looked broken.

I went down on Skyline and Kokusai, went up on Kokusai, then,

Came to Nakiyama to have Naki bread (170yen/pcs). Good to have with apple jam.

Went up to Usagi again, and went down through Panorama and Central.

Mmmm, hard slopes were not comfortable.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ski day 43 at HappoOne

43rd day for this ski season, 29 days for powder, 17 days for backcountry, telemark for 13days

HappoOne 9:40-13:30
Gear: BanYa M0809

My ex-boss is coming to Hakuba with his family this weekend. Today we ski together.
They took their kids to Evergreen and ski until noon.

We went to Grat with no picture.


It was hard ground today.

We enjoyed in lovely weather and had a chat at Roots cafe.

Finally I went up to Kokusai again to pick my car.

Beautiful Hakuba mountains.

We took Soba at Zen for lunch.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ski day 42 at Urahiyo

42nd day for this ski season, 29 days for powder, 17 days for backcountry, telemark for 13days

Urahiyo 10:00-14:10
Gear: Teneighty GUN Labo+GARMONT RADIUM

A typical winter pressure pattern came and it was snowing pretty good last night.
Good snow covered my car in the morning.

Cortina could be nice and we went there, but...

Upper area was closed due to the avalanche risk. I thought possibly it was. Mmmm.

But there is no reason to cancel with such nice snow.
We went to Tsugaike, then hiked up to Urahiyo. It became late, but one or two runs should be nice.

Parking lot at the base station was already full. We parked the car at the middle station and went down to the base (tickets are not available at the middle station).

A long cue for the gondola lift.

Climbing up and we came to Urahiyo again.

Nice surface, but it was pretty much snow. We check the snow accumulation just in case.

20cm fresh snow, probably covered last night. It should be ok.

Here we go now.

Looked nice.

Climbing back with another party to make a trail.

We did 4 times.

Today, it became sunny but it was still cold. The southern side was still ok.

A movie of today.

I miss Cortina. It must be good tomorrow, while I have to work.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ski day 41 at HappoOne

41st day for this ski season, 28 days for powder, 16 days for backcountry, telemark for 13days

HappoOne 14:00-16:00
Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

After the round trip to Tokyo I came back to Hakuba at 4am and went to bet at 5am. Surely I could not get up early.

It is a national holiday today. Lifts and parking lots are busy early times.
We went there late afternoon.

We could find a parking lot but Kokusai lift was still crowded.

Panorama. The lifts were not crowded but the slopes were crowded.

Rough slopes for skiing.
I fell down heavily.

While skiing I somehow wanted a doughnut.
There is no doughnut shop around here, but when I went into the Sun terace Panorama,

Potato doughnut 300yen. It was good enough.

After the break we finished skiing. After we skied freely last couples of days, the crowded area was not good for us...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ski day 40 at Urahiyo

40th day for this ski season, 28 days for powder, 16 days for backcountry, telemark for 12days

Urahiyo 8:15-14:15

Yesterday we probably got snow on the mountain. Urahiyo should be refreshed.

We were the first to the trail.

Very cold as radiation cooling.

Pretty much new snow. We make a trail now.

Sooner, I slipped and my climbing skins were removed and covered by the snow.
Gecko's climbing skins can hardly be recovered if covered by the snow.
Struggling about 30mins to recover, now ready to restart.
This trouble eventually made my friend Yoshi make a trail. Sorry.

Urahiyo has no trails.

Mmmmm... Nice!

Very nice powder, but too much and heavy to go down fast.

My climbing skins got trouble again when climbing.

The visibility became bad and I could not enjoy fully.
Well, the powder was good.

Today we planned to climb to Wakaguri, but it was hard to make a trail and my skins were not good to make it. Sorry, my friend.

Climbing three times and going back to the south.

Nicer than we expected. Pretty much enjoyed.

Movie of today.

Then we got ramen at Yaen, then brought Yoshi to Saitama for the road to US.
Picking my wife up at Meguro and came back to Hakuba, with 600km round trip.

We wish to see Yoshi in Utah again with drinking beer.