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August 18, 2011

Adorable sweets
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This post is a collection of photos I took when I was in Japan this summer because they are the reminders of my being in Japan and what I like about Japan. I realized that I didn’t notice things in Japan as much as I notice things in Jakarta though. It’s probably because my eyes are used to seeing things in Japan.

この記事には私が日本で夏休み中に撮った写真で、日本に居ることを実感したり、日本の好きなものを被写体として撮影したものを収集してみました。ジャカルタに居る時よりも日本に居ると目が慣れているせいか、見過ごしてしまう事が多いと感じました。

Interesting
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Night lights
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Pretty
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Purse baskets
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Train ride
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Enoden (Enoshima Dentetsu/Enoshima Line)
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Enoden from inside
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Karaoke Fever
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So Japanese!
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Yay, public bath!
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Restaurant Decor
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Children’s Centers r-o-c-k.
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So long Japan! Until next time!!

I skipped a post on Wednesday and Thursday, didn’t I? Do you want to hear my excuse? I recently started jogging in the morning with my husband. By the way, I’m the worst runner. I’m like a penguin trying to run. He’s been jogging in the morning before work for a while, so I joined him recently. I now get up at ungodly hours that didn’t exist in my time. I’d like to jog when most people are still asleep or waking up and I also like that I get it out of my way in the morning. So, when the clock hits 10:30, I’m getting into bed. Therefore, it only leaves me a short amount of time to work on my blog after I put my kids in bed. I used to just sit in my couch that has my butt mark and blog and blog. Now I have another priority.

I’m not a fan of running. I have friends who run a 10K, half marathon, and full marathon. They inspire me, but I have had no desire to train for a long distance race. One of my friends suggested we run a race this coming December, so I decided to sign up for it. There are different distances for the races. I was going to sign up for 10K, but now I’m not sure if I can run 10K. I have other reasons, but I won’t go over that now. I know I have 4 months to train, but I am happy running relatively short distance like 3K every morning just to challenge myself. Even though it is a bit of a struggle for me to run, I hope to run a longer distance down the road.

水曜日と木曜日にブログをアップするのを飛ばしちゃいましたね?言い訳知りたいですか?最近夫と一緒に朝ジョギングを始めました。ちなみに、私は走るのが大の苦手。私が走っている姿は、ペンギンが走ろうとしているような感じです。夫は仕事に行く前にジョギングをよくしていたので、私は最近になって一緒にするようになりました。最近は私の中には存在しなかった朝早い時間に起きています。人がまだ寝ている時間にジョギングする方が好きですね。朝一番に終わらせてしまえるのも嬉しいです。それなので、午後10時半になると、就寝してしまいます。そのため、就寝前にブログをする時間が減ってしまいました。以前は私の座っていたお尻のマークがある場所にずっと座ってブログ三昧だったのですが。今はもう一つ優先する事が増えました。

私は走る事が好きではありません。友人で10キロ、ハーフマラソン、フルマラソンに参加する人が結構いて、彼女達からとても感化されますし刺激を受けます。でも、私自身長距離レースをしたいかと言うと、あまり興味がありませんでした。でもこちらの友人に、12月にレースに出ないかと言われ、参加してみることにしました。レースには様々な距離があり、最初10キロレースに出ようと思っていたのですが、今の状態だと10キロ走れるか分かりません。他の理由もあるのですが、今回は言及しませんね。4ヶ月訓練する時間がありますが、今のところ3キロと短い距離を走っているだけで満足です。私にとって走るのは簡単ではないのですが、いずれもう少し長い距離を走れるようになれたら良いなと夢見ています。

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  1. August 18, 2011 8:44 pm

    Good for you, Kaho! I used to swim early in the morning before anyone in the house would wake up – but I haven’t since I got pregnant with the twins…
    It feels good to exercise, doesn’t it? I need to resume swimming as well…

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    • August 19, 2011 12:16 am

      I swam when we lived in Austin, Texas. I used to go to the UT Austin gym to use their swimming pool. I swam almost everyday for 6 months and then once I stopped, I got out of the routine and didn’t go back. It’s tough to commit one’s time in the morning to exercise!!

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  2. August 18, 2011 9:47 pm

    hi Kaho,
    always love to read your blog :-)
    I also just started running last year. Which 10K race are you going to join?
    Bali has half 5-10k race too in October, I think..

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    • August 19, 2011 12:11 am

      Thanks, Fifi! You did, too? I’m going to Cambodia, but I’m embarrassed to even say that I’m going there because I don’t even know if I can finish 5K with my level! Yeah? Bali has 5-10K race? That’s gotta be hot! Are you going to run any race in the near future?

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    • August 22, 2011 9:46 pm

      Hahaha.. yes, I’m thinking of joining the Bali 5k race this October. *finger crossed that I can finish the 5km run in Bali heat*
      Have you ever heard of the jakarta free spirit running club (or something along that line..)? they are mostly expats who run regularly from kemang area, and around the ranggunan zoo every saturday/sunday morning.

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    • August 24, 2011 8:04 pm

      I’m sure you’ll do great with 5K, but the heat part… That’s what I’d worry, too!
      I just heard about Jakarta free spirit running club recently from a girl friend who will be running a race in December as well. I heard that it’s a group of serious runners and they run really fast. It sounded a bit intense to me. I’m not at that level and I’ll be embarrassed to show up because I’ll be the very last person who doesn’t even finish. :)

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  3. August 18, 2011 10:47 pm

    No more posts on Japan, please! I’ve been dieing to visit Japan since my high school days, and your posts are just pure torture :p (no, kidding.. please keep posting! Love the pics!)

    Good luck on the running! It’s hard, huh? I can manage about 5 meters before I huff, and puff, and decide to go to the nearest bubur vendor. Hahaha

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    • August 19, 2011 12:13 am

      Heheh. I don’t look so much like running. I might look more like I’m dragging my legs. :P Oh, you should go visit Japan! I love their sweets. I gain weight there than in the U.S. because of the conveniently located convenience stores. So tempting to get something to much on.

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  4. August 18, 2011 10:51 pm

    Oh bother.. If I leave comments on wordpress, it always uses my old wordpress blog name -_-” .. excuse the ‘ranting walrus’ bi, I had a strange sense of humour back then. (still do I guess, hehe)

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    • August 19, 2011 12:13 am

      Ah, no worries! walrus! I like people with a good sense of humor and ability and confidence to ridicule oneself, you know!! I’m like that!

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  5. Tika permalink
    August 19, 2011 1:31 am

    The ‘karaoke fever’ is super cute :)
    Kaho, maybe you can try running with music on, it will help a lot. Good luck with your race training.

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    • August 19, 2011 2:55 am

      I actually do listen to music when I run… :D I think I need more music on my iPod because I’m listening to the same music for a while!

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  6. August 19, 2011 4:57 am

    such beautiful photos! just wonderful.i want to go to Japan too.
    Hope you’re enjoying your summer
    x

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  7. August 20, 2011 1:09 am

    Love the teapot concept! Japanese are sure a bunch of creative ppl :)

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  8. August 29, 2011 1:54 pm

    the karoke fever photo was my absolute fave :) Adorable!

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