26th July 2014 – Watari Glass Studio

Today, I planned to go to the Watari Glass Studio which is one of the siteseeing spots from the anime Glasslip.
The glass blowing studio is located in Ayakawa in Fukui Prefecture.

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Before heading off, I took another photo of the Kanazawa wooden gate, then headed to the train station.

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At the station, I went to the bus ticket office and got some instructions to which bus to catch.

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24th July 2014 – Takayama & Kanazawa

The next day, I had breakfast and then went to look around the Takayama morning markets

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The Takayama Markets was very relaxing.

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Some local produce and souvenirs. Read the rest of this entry »

23 July 2014 – Furukawa & Takayama

I headed to Furukawa and Takayama today.

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Furukawa is an traditional town known for it’s woodworking roots. In Furukawa is a woodworking museum for the builders who made all the wooden houses and temples in the area.

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It is a very quiet town where there are small streams for the koi fish to swim in on the sides of the walkways.

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22nd July 2014: Tsukiji Market

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Went to Tsukiji markets today.

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Went to this egg roll shop to eat some really nice egg rolls. Read the rest of this entry »

20th July 2014: Fuji-Q LiSA Concert

For my 2nd day plans, I had an anime concert at Fuji-Q highlands with the popular singer LiSA.

I headed out from my hotel to go to Fuji-Q near Mt Fuji for LiSA Concert early at about 8:45am. It will take 3 hours one way by train

Yesterday, I was trying to use my trusty kindle to contact friends to meet up on and to tweet, but it crashed and failed on me!

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19th July 2014: Arrival in Japan

My flight to Hong Kong was delayed by about 30 mins due to the typhoon that was in Hong Kong.
Spent a bit of time waiting until the plane was ready to fly off..

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By the time we were about to board, I was quite sleepy.

On the flight to Japan, I was actually not feeling too well. I think I was coming down with a cold and fever. Was just feeling uncomfortable and couldn’t really rest properly for some reason. I didn’t realize what it was until partway through the flight.

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The flight itself was actually quite pleasant, although feeling unwell it made it hard to enjoy it.

The meal was quite nice too. I was on Cathay Pacific and the meal they had was some Pork rice and vegetables. It was quite tasty and am quite happy with the service on the flight.

I don’t recall having any noisy kids or anything so it was quite a good flight. I was a bit cold though from my fever that I didn’t know I had.

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During the flight, I watched a Japanese drama based of the anime called Gin no Saji. It was quite a decent movie and followed the anime quite closely.

When I arrived at Hong Kong airport, I was lost for a bit. I had to transfer, but there weren’t any proper instructions on where to go to transfer and all the staff were too busy and there were huge queues.
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Typhoon in Hong Kong?

I’ll be off to Japan via Hong Kong this Friday! Although a number of things have happened that may impact my trip plans.

Apparently there is a typhoon that will be arriving in Hong Kong roughly around the same day I will be landing there to transfer to my plane to Japan. I am hoping the flight isn’t affected! So far looking at the status, 4 flights have already been cancelled. Yikes! A cancelled flight would really screw things up for me.

Update: Seems the typhoon will probably head away from Hong Kong, so I should be fine. The ones that were cancelled was in Philippines where the typhoon hit badly.

 

iPod touch low battery

Just as I am about to go to Japan, I’ve started to notice that my iPod Touch 4th gen which I found out was purchased in 2011 has dying batteries which can’t hold much charge anymore. I did a bit of a search around and the local repair shop in the city can do a repair for $99 which they can do in 1 hour, but apparently it is quite risky. On the other hand, I took the iPod to the Apple store in the city and was told that they could replace it for $95.

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Bought Diablo 3 for PC

Bought Diablo 3 pc at EB games for $36.

I bought the PS3 version already and quite enjoyed that, but since one of my friends bought the PC version and I found that it was actually quite good on PC, I’ve decided to also get a copy.

I did initially read a lot of negative media about the game, but it seems that most of those negative aspects have been fixed a while back, so I am happy to be able to enjoy the game for such a cheap price.

I did play a quick game with one of my friends and it was quite enjoyable. I hope to play it a bit more after I come back from my upcoming Japan trip.

DIY tube amplifiers

Lately I have been reading up on understanding how the headphone amplifiers I built work and trying to understand how tubes work too. I am quite surprised that the designs are really quite simple and quite similar.

I also noticed that with the tube amplifiers that I have, they seems to be very noisy, even with my linear power supply that I built.
However, when I tried powering it from a SLA lead acid battery, then it played without any noise at all and the music that was masked with the noise actually sounded very good.

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