My Indonesian friend Mr. Supriyatno Sukandar and his family came to my
house on the 12th of April.
His son is studying at Kyoto University.
So, he and his family visited Kyoto and my house.
When I and my wife visited Bandung 20 years ago, we were shown his kindness & generosity.
We could meet him again so we were very glad.
His family & my wife.
Mt. Tangkuban Parahu of 20 years ago. (2,084m)
Tangkuban Perahu (spelt Tangkuban Parahu in the local Sundanese dialect) is a stratovolcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia. It erupted in 1826, 1829, 1842, 1846, 1896, 1910, 1926, 1929, 1952, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1983, and 2013. It is a popular tourist attraction where tourists can hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs and boiling mud up close, and buy eggs cooked on the hot surface. Together with Mount Burangrang and Bukit Tunggul, it is a remnant of the ancient Mount Sunda after the plinian eruption caused the Caldera to collapse.
We went to the Tonogayato garden, the Otaka no Michi, the Masugata no Ike, the Musashi Kokubunji, the Musashi Kokubun-niji site and the Musashi Kokubunji Park on the 19th of March.
We started out from Kokubunji Station at 9:10 in the morning.
We arrived at Nishi Kokubunji Station at 1:00 in the afternoon on the Chuo Line.
This time we were 7 people.
It was a warm and fine day.
We visited the Tonogayato garden first.
It is on the left side as soon as you leave the station.
The Tonogayato garden was built as a part of a villa for the Manchurian Railway vice-president at the beginning of the Taisho era and afterwards it was in an annex of the Iwasaki family of the old Mitsubishi financial combine and was completed as a strolling garden with a natural spring.
Next, we walked along the Otaka-no-michi path.
The Otaka-no-michi path is a promenade made along an irrigation canal in which the spring water of the Kokubunji cliff line flows.
This area is said to have this name because it was a falconry for the Tokugawa family.
The Masugata-no ike.
The Musashi Kokubunji.
The Musashi Kokubun-niji site.
The Musashi Kokubunji Park.
We arrived at Nishi Kokubunji station at 1:00 in the afternoon.
And as usual we went to a restaurant.
The Japanese restaurant “Yume An” is about 8 minutes from the station.
We had a good time.
The number of steps we walked today was 17,038 steps.
INTAGE Co., Ltd. conducted a post-project survey on "Premium Friday" which started on Friday, February 24, 2017.
INTAGE interviewed 2,235 people who live in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Chiba.
Those who actually returned home early were 3.7% of the workers.
Those people left the office at 3pm.
The rate of implementation is proportional to the size of the company.
In companies of "less than 500 people" more than 90% did not take part.
That day most people who left early spent their free time "at home".
The initiative, which was drawn up by the industry ministry and the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, calls for finishing work early on the last Friday of every month and enjoying dining, shopping and weekend trips.
But, workers get time only and I think that it will not lead to consumption unless they raise wages.
I think it will take more than 10 years for this initiative to be realized.