I left my motorbike to the transportation
company in Kobe. I went there with riding
itself. The transporter is Nittsu corporation
and they can undertake all the work about
shipping including packing and the paperwork
on the spot. It will leave Japan soon by
sea and I am getting it back at Paris around
Feb 24. A helmet, bike clothing, spare parts
and camping gear has been sent together.
I can't turn back any more.
On the way to Nittsu, I tried using my GPS
receiver and setting the route for the first
time. The function is really useful and wonderful.
When the bike reached the first waypoint
preset, the receiver indicated the next waypoint
automatically!! Since I have little sense
of directions, this device will help me greatly
Yesterday after carrying the bike I
visited and stayed at my sister's house in
Nishinomiya. It is very fun to play with
her 2-year-old daughter Rena. She likes talking
and dancing very much. The other 2-month
babygirl named Reo is also fine. Both are
growing rapidly and it's a big pleasure for
me to see them again when I come back from
the bike tour one year after
I struggled with my web page to activate
the access counter almost the whole day.
Maybe it wouldn't be so difficult to
put it, but as I don't know cgi-program at
all, it didn't appear on my page after
all. Therefore I sent S.O.S mail to the support
section. They will give me something helpful.
The support section gave me mail back. As
expected, it was a easy mistake that I had
wrote a wrong directly in the HTML text.
It was really a waste of time for such a
careless thing, According to the direction,
overwriting the correct directly, it began
to work. I hope this Website will be publicized
in a week.
I've been keeping on piling up the
webpages these days. Today mainly looked
for other sites for my Kyoto page to
be linked. So many sites related to Kyoto
exist but not so many written in English.
I would like my Kyoto page to be a useful
one for overseas tourists visiting Japan.
The web page files were transferred from
the desktop PC to the new mobile PC, which
I got for the coming trip. The mobile PC
by Sharp is quite compact (B5 size) and have
a big 12GB hardisc. It will be too enough
to take in the thousands of digital camera
datum during the trip. Touching feeling
is also good.
I went to have my hair cut. The barber I
always use is famous (notorious?) for cheap,
quick, and rough. Everytime I have a shave,
I found some blood spots around my chin.
More thrilling thing I got today is the scissors
pecked at the inner part of my nostril when
he was cutting my nose hair. My nostril got
almost sea of blood (^^;)... Anyway you are
worth dropping in if you enjoy hair-raising
Some fellow workers who I used to work with
in Fukuoka hold a dinner party for me. They
are all hard workers still now, while I gave
up staying an office worker and monotonous
life. We talked about our business situation
and future. No one is completely satisfied
with their present situation and all voiced
their own complaints. But I think we can
develop as we have unsatisfied situation.
Let's think positive to our difficulties !
The alteration of this site has mostly
been completed. This alteration is for the
purpose of realtime travelogue. It was really
time-consuming. I wouldn't be able to finish
the work if I worked somewhere. Of
course, the long tour itself would be impossible
with a continuous job. A webpage editor is
a very helpful application software for me,
who doesn't understand any computer languages.
Another problem came up on my computer. The
dialer of AT&T Global Net (a worldwide
access provider) doesn't accept my personal
mail server which I rent from Web66 (U.S.
rental server) . They don't fit each other
and using them together sometimes causes
system freeze. I gave up this idea and made
do with forwarding from web66 mail server.
An alumni party for the class of high
school was held for the first time since
the graduation. Around half the class members
gathered at a Japanese restaurant. Although
18 years has passed, I was able to recognize most
classmates. Scheduled 6 hours passed in a
flash with enjoyable conversation. Our homeroom
teacher also attended. I felt something strange
that we were taught from him who at
that time used to be younger than us at
the present time. And teacher and students
are drinking together now. Well ...
that's just "Time flies like an arrow".
From midnight some other class fellows came
up and the endless night end up with endless...
Just as I publicized the URL, the access
has increased rapidly. Of course they are
coming here on trial now and if they found
it rubbish, they would go away and never
come back again. Since a personal page
was started, I want to get as many access
as possible. Now what is the point to get
I think the following 3 things are important
1 attractive contents
2 frequent updating
3 Links to widely accessed sites
They are all most proper things but
"to say is easy, to do is hard",
Groznyy in Chechnya gets terrible situation
now. Almost the whole city has been reduced
to rubble. Russia has decided the relocation of
the capital as Groznyy is impossible
to recover the function of the capital any
more. I cannot understand why they dare to
destroy the city and people that belongs
to their own federation.
Of course I know there are some difficulties
concerning their historical conflicts
and concession to natural resources.
But .....I can't help ask what a federation
is for, what a nation is for.
Now I am writing this diary in Shinkan-sen,
you know, which is the fastest bullet train
famous for its speed and no serious accident
since its opening in Japan. I am writing
using a mobile mobile computer with a smart
suit, just like a top businessperson. A little
bit great satisfaction for a vagabond at
present, hehehe ...
By the way, why are Japanese business
men such unfriendly to a person without business?
Do they think they are running out of their
life as every time they smile. Even when
they bumped into me on a narrow aisle, they
stay without any change of expression.
It would be even weird for me Japanese. though
they, no we, all have unique sense of
humor deeply under the sour faces. (*^o^*).
The more you make us laughing, the more
you would understand us !
I am down with a cold at a friend's
place. I had stayed in the stuffy room with
cigarettes these days to make this
Webpage and had been poor health. Maybe Buddha gave
I am still feverish and stayed at the
friend's house by being careful. At home,
I registered this site at some
major Japanese search sites. Registrations
need several days to a month to complete
depending on sites to be completed, More
access might be expected after that ! I have
to register this at English sites next.
I am getting better a little. Having 'tofu
' dinner with my girlfriend, I will get completely
well in tomorrow.
By the way, to keep diary every day is really
hard. I am almost giving up with such short
compositions. And I am very worried if I
could keep on writing on the road.
Went to another friend's house, who works
a computer-related company. I got some advice
about using computer. I want to reduce the
computer trouble as possible. Though the
computer is guaranteed with using overseas,
it would be very difficult to repair if it
went broken on the road. I would rather like
it to be good condition during the trip.
Visit Uncle's home. I enjoyed talking to
him and having dinner. His wife is very good
cooker and today's main was beef stew,
which I ate too much and I didn't get hungry
almost the whole day after eating. This goes
against my idea that I lose weight
by the departure. Actually I need to lighten
my load on the motorbike of course including
myself. But from now until departure there
will be more send-off parties by friends
of mine and I have to eat more! It is a really
I decide that I will teach computer and the
internet to my father so that he know where
and how I am during the trip. I guess it
is kind of hard work as he doesnft know
about computer at all so far, but letfs
do it step by step!
I downloaded 'SubmitWolf JP' on the net.
It is automatic URL-registration software
to hundreds of search engines all over the
world. Itfs quite expensive (US$165) but
I thought it is worth getting as it can registered
my site to many searching sites in minutes
instead of manually registrations spending
weeks. But it is unknown if it would be registered
at appropriate category of each search site.
I have to check it days later.