Roses in Yoyogi Park

The weather in mid-May tends to be ideal for bicycle commuting in Tokyo. Daytime temperatures are in the mid-20s and it is not too cold in the early morning. I left the house at about 6h30 and rode the hour and 10 minutes into work. Along the way I passed through Yoyogi park and was pleasantly surprised by the blooming roses. I topping and took a quick photo and continued on my way.

Roses on the way to wirk

Obasute Rice Paddies

I cycled starting in Matsumoto towards Ueda in Nagano with the Obasute (姨捨) ride paddies being the prime attaraction. They are located immediately next to a station by the same name so getting there by train and going for a walk is also easy.

I targeted seeing the ride paddies while they were the golden colour just before harvest and was presented with a beautful blue sky and golden rice terraces. The Obasute rice also presented the unique scenery of having populated river basin in the background to provide additional contrast.
Obasute Rice TerracesObasute Rice Terraces

Getting your MS Office into English! (for those of us who work abroad)

Like many expats working in Japan (and other countries) we are often forced to use Microsoft products in languages other than our native language (in my case English). In many cases the help on-line is in English and then it is a guessing game for what the Japanese translation might be.

I did, finally, however find a way to get my Office 2007 into English from the website below which offers the English Language pack and I had no trouble at all getting it installed.