Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Day 205, 24 Jul 2017: Smoke on the water...

Day 205: ...another type of training

Tokyo hosts the Olympic Games in just three years time, July 2020. My university is in one of the main venue precincts...there are signs of the Olympics all around. 

The Ariake area is also the backdrop to a lot of tv dramas and commercials. There is always something going on. 

So whether today's on-water action was an anti-terrorism exercise in the lead-up to the Olympics, or an action ad for the latest version of a carbonated soft drink...we'll just have to wait and see what turns up on the telly. 

The Coast Guard is in


Skull and crossbones


The chase

The wait




Meanwhile, at the end of the day it was off to another research institute meeting...the research momentum is building. 

[Camera: Lumix TZ-85, 1.22pm-2.21pm; 24 July 2017]  

Day 204, 23 Jul 2017: Those days when...

Day 204: ...you can't get past the front door

It was time for me to get back down to the surf club, down Kamakura way, for research purposes of course...

That was the plan last night, but rain and showers on and off all day put paid to that. And then, as the day passed I realised that I probably needed just a day doing, well, not much really. 

The end of the day saw the final day of the two-week sumo tournament in Nagoya. Grand champion Hakuho won his 39th tournament, a new record, along with all the records along the way he has set along the way. 

For the record, last scheduled match of the day

Getting ready...






Fixing the hair

Championship trophy

The flag

The big cup


Nice angle, NHK

I came to appreciate sumo way back during my first visit to Japan as a student. It really is as compelling as a close match of test cricket...

Now it is quite possible that pics of the NHK tv screen don't technically qualify for a true #project365 exercise, but can I say it was a moment in the history of the sport and...well, that's all. That is the day that was. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 5.32pm-5.37pm; 23 July 2017] 

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Day 203, 22 Jul 2017: Big wheels keep on turning...

Day 203: ...the goal is in sight

Saturday. When I have no other commitments it means a day, or more truthfully by the time I get there, a half day in the office (it is Saturday after all). There is always something to be doing in this academic life. That might be marking some assignments, it might be preparing classes, reviewing curricula, planning a book, finishing an article, starting an article, filing some research material, answering emails from the last week, filing a report, playing catch up with essential reading of newspapers, journals, magazines, books, twitter...not necessarily in that order.

It might also mean just taking time to look out the window. And ponder. And reflect. And think. We rarely have time to do much of the latter these days. 

Even if it is just wonder about some of the things you see from up on the tenth floor...

A cruise

A ritual?


Green zone



Colour the skies


One day I will get myself on that boat and just float around the port. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 5.15pm, 5.47pm, 7.11pm-7.17pm; 22 July 2017] 

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Day 202, 21 Jul 2017: All good things must...

Day 202: ...have a pause and resume later

And so my friends and colleagues Anita and Sandra return to Australia today after a week or so of telling and teaching stories of Aboriginal Australia to students here at the university. Some of the final readings of the students' work was a demonstration of the commitment and passion these two women have for their work. I think the students get it, I know they will be changed by it. Now and into the future. 

I'm a bit sad my friends are returning home today but so grateful for the week they've been here. And, as these things go, it is not the end, but just a pause and we will continue our work, there and here and  in between. 

And as I farewelled them on the road to the airport, a new chapter started in my research as I attended my first meeting with the research institute set up by former Prime Minister Hatoyama. It focuses on the East Asian Community concept and it was a very interesting night. 



Clouds on the horizon

More of the same

Fly over

Hatoyama House

Hatoyama has opened up the family home (his father was a former leading member of the Liberal Democratic Party) which is now part museum, part public gathering space. After the special lecture, we were invited to sit on the dining area and eat a small meal, prepared earlier. 

It looks and feels all rather promising. 

Funny how this research/academic life comes in waves. It has been a fantastic 10 days, from start to finish. And I am so grateful to know both Sandra and Anita and value them beyond measure. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 9.36am-10.46am, 15.57pm; iPhone6s, 5.20pm; 21 July 2017] 

Day 201, 20 Jul 2017: Making waves again...

Day 201: ...leaving all traces

The water in the port has that interesting consistency again. It leaves wakes in their wake...the bubbles or foam does hang around and form their own patterns. 

Apparently it is a bit of a phenomenon, there was a segment on tv the other night to explain the changes in the water in the Bay. At different times different combinations of plankton and the trace metals in the water combine to change the viscosity of the water both on the surface and below. 

It explains the different tinges too--sometimes reddish, sometimes browner, sometimes greenish. 

Long and winding wake

New boat

Follow the leader

Bird vs 'bird'

The clouds are gathering on the horizon too...summer storm time is here and it is just like home. Thunder, lightning, and even a bit of hail this week. The environment is a fascinating thing.

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 3.54pm-3.55pm; 20 July 2017] 

Day 200, 19 Jul 2017: Sunny start...

Day 200: ...new boats in the port

Day 200. Now there's a bit of a milestone. Two hundred days up, 165 to go. Not that we are counting. Or are we?

And whatever the day, nothing beats a bright sunny start on the way to the bus stop.

Into the heart

Coast Guard watch

Li'l yellow tugger gets going

Speeding in

Chugging along

Still watching, still coasting, still guarding

The Coast Guard was 'on guard' for a while today while the boats worked around it in their usual way. Just like any other day really, despite the milestone.

[Camera : iPhone6s, 10.37am; Lumix TZ-85, 2.44pm-2.56pm, 19 July 2017] 

Day 199, 18 Jul 2017: Different visions...

Day 199: ...same port

Some days the same port throws up quite different visions from the usual. Well, actually, let's face it, every day is different which is why I like this place so much. 

First thing catching my eye today though was the moth that landed ever so briefly on the window. I was lucky to catch it. In a way, it is the essence of this project, that one moment in the day that either takes your breath away or makes to stop for a moment and appreciate the small things. 


Dead heat

keep spinning

Ghost ship


Meanwhile, my colleagues are, I know, opening very new and very different visions of Australia in another room in this building...those students are very fortunate indeed. 

[Camera : Lumix TZ-85, 12.18pm, 12.27pm, 3.45pm, 4.26pm, 4.27pm; 18 July 2017]