Quick photo quiz – 英語で写真クイズ 20161016

Any ideas what kind of little critter this is? Please write your guesses in the comments.

この虫は英語でなんと言うだろう? 回答をコメント欄に入れてみてください。

At the crossroads to the future – 岐路に立っていて

Today I had some really good meetings with the presidents of some sōmen noodle companies. We talked about what they are doing to reach other markets around the world, how to get people not used to eating cold noodles to try them and keep buying them, and we talked about how Japan has to tackle the next ten years as the average age of farmers here will increase from 66 years old now to even higher in the future. 

Japan is standing at a crossroads and I am excited to be here to help choose a direction.

今日は素麺会社の社長とても興味深い話ができました。海外市場への販路や、今まで冷たい麺に慣れてない外国人に試してもらうのにどうするのか、また現在66歳平均年齢の農家の今後についてなど、色んな面白いお話しをしました。

日本は今岐路に立っています。これからの方向一緒に考えて歩むのは楽しみになっています。

Great concept for running with a watch

About a month ago, I received delivery of an item that I backed on Kickstarter. The item in question was something called the Shift by EdgeGear.

Basically, it’s a strap that allows you to keep your watch in a comfortable position on your hand rather than on your wrist while running. Ever tried to look at your watch while running? It’s hard to keep your rhythm while you lift your arm and if you’re like me, squint to see the numbers close-up after having been looking into the distance. This way, you don’t have to bring your arm right up to look at your time or other stats while running. You can stay in the flow. 

Although it seemed to take forever to actually receive the product (I’m sure I ordered it in late summer or early autumn 2015), once it finally came, I was thoroughly impressed. It was dead easy to take my Garmin Forerunner strap off and fit the Shift to it. They even sent tools with the strap and a link to a video on YouTube to walk me through it.

This endorsement is in no way solicited and I paid full price for the product. I’m posting this because I really love the product and recommend it to any runners I know. I’m looking forward to testing it out over full marathon distance when I run #kobemarathon next month. So far, so good!

先月はやっとエッジギヤの「シフト」が届きました。シフトは走る時に時計を見易い位置に付けるストラップとしてお勧めします。走っている間には通常の時計を見たい時にワザワザ腕を顔の前に上げなければならないのですが、シフトを使うと腕の自然な走る動きのままでも簡単に時計が充分見えます。

来月の#神戸マラソン でシフトを付けて長い距離でも走るのも楽しみです

Signs of Autumn – 秋の兆し

Today was a little bit chilly—about 18 degrees when I started my morning run. The temperature was just the way I like it. If things carry on like this, I won’t have any excuses not to run. But who can blame me for not running in 35-degree heat?

Here are a few pics from today’s run. I particularly liked seeing the persimmon trees and the cosmos—a definite sign of Autumn!

今朝は18度で少し肌寒い日だったが、私にとって丁度良かった。こんなに良い気温は続けたら、走らない言い訳がなくなるのに。35度は無理だけど。

今日のランで撮った写真を何枚かを載せまーす。柿やコスモスはやっぱり秋の兆しですね。