ジョギングを始めて、自分のペースにぴったりの音楽を見つけるのがなかなか難しい事に気がつきました。今は、CIRQUE DU SOLEIL（サーク・ド・ソレイが正しい発音ですが、日本ではシルク・ド・ソレイユって言われてますね）の「Time to Go」と、GReeeeNの「キセキ」のテンポが私のペースにぴったりです。このペースを"GetBPM"というiPod/iPhone アプリで、どれくらいのBPMか計ると、およそ180～190 BPMと算出されました。BPMとは、Beats Per Minuteの略で、1分間にどれくらいのビートを刻むかという単位です。私はどうやら1分間に180回足を動かしているようです。最近、ジョギング用の音楽がいろいろダウンロードできますが、人によって適切なBPMが違って、自分にぴったりのBPMの曲をダウンロードして走ると良いようです。もしくは"GetBPM"のようなアプリで手持ちの曲のBPMを計測して、自分にぴったりの曲を探しても良いかも。
There is a Maiko Marine Promenade in the bridge. It is suspended 47m above the ocean and is 150m from land. There are two places, where we can stand and see the ocean right below through glasses. The scenery from the Promenade was very beautiful.
After we had a lunch, we went to Akashi-Kaikyō Bridge, which has the longest central span of any suspension bridge. If you use Maiko station, the station is just under the bridge. The bridge links the city of Kobe on the mainland of Honshu to Iwaya on Awaji Island by crossing the Akashi Strait.
I visited Kobe for a short business trip. If you use Shinkan-sen, it takes 2 hours and half from Hakata to Shin-Kobe. I had a little time to explore around Shin-Kobe station at the first day, I went to Nunobiki Falls. From the Shin-Kobe station, it took only 15 min to get there. Left fall is called Mendaki, and right falls are called Ondaki (upper fall) and Meotodaki (lower fall). It is very nice to have such place near by city.
この靴にする前は2 km 走ると右膝に少し違和感があったのですが、この靴にしたら2 km 走っても膝はなんともないです。ずっと運動していなかったので、これを1ヶ月くらい続けて、その後で少しずつ距離を伸ばして行きたいです。「走る」と「ゆっくり歩いて観察して写真を撮る」って両立できなくて、またしばらくブログを休みがちになっちゃうかもしれませんが、元気にしているので心配しないで下さいませ。それにしても、走った後に汗がダーって出るのってこんなに気持ち良いとは。
It's getting little cool recently. I started running around Ohori koen this week. I ran on this Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I ran twice on Monday and Saturday. One complete course around the Ohori koen is 2 km long. I had a muscle ache on Tuesday, but after Friday, I got enough muscle not to have muscle ache by running 2 km long. Yesterday, I bought shoes, NIKE Air Alaris III. Its cushion is amazingly good. Before I bought it, my knees felt little strange, but after I use it, my knees are totally OK. I also bought a small arm poach, which is good for carrying keys and other small stuff. I had not run for years, so I'm going to run just 2 km for a while, then will try to run more. I found that it's difficult to do two things, taking pictures and running, so I may not able to write my blog so often again. But please don't worry, I'm doing fine :-)
Yesterday, I wrote that I found many damselflies named Monosashi-tombo in Japanese at Ohori koen. Its scientific name is Copera annulata. But Mr. Toshi corrected my mistake. These damselflies are Hosomi-itotombo in Japanese. Its scientific name is Aciagrion migratum. Thanks Mr. Toshi. According to him, its last three nodes of tail is blue. Whew, It's very difficult to distinguish damselflies.
I usually ignore water striders on a pond, because it's too common. But somehow I took picture of them today. Most common water strider in Japan is Aquarius paludum paludum. Right water strider looks little strange, isn't it? Actually, there are two water striders at the right side; the top small one is male, and the bottom big one is female. Left water strider is single.
I found a young locust named Tsuyu-mushi in Japanese at Ohori koen. Its scientific name is Phaneroptera falcata. Ohori koen is a city park which is well taken care of. But there are still many insects there. I'm happy to see them.
This is an egg capsule of a praying mantis. There are four major species of praying mantis in Japan, Tenodera aridifolia, Tenodera angustipennis, Hierodula patellifera, and Statilia maculata. I think that this egg capsule is Statilia maculata's one, because of its shape and location.
I uploaded many pictures of Common Bluetail on July 24th. Among them, two pictures were actually not Common bluetails, but were Dusky Lilysquatters (Its scientific name is Paracercion calamorum). Here I show the two pictures of Dusky Lilysquatters. Blue rings on its tail are separated by a black line, but Common bluetail's one is not separated. Mr. Toshi left a comment and taught me the difference. Thanks Mr. Toshi! BTW, his blog is amazing (click here).
I found elephant beetles named Katsuo zoumushi in Japanese during the way back from the Aso mountain. Its scientific name is Lixus impressiventris. Because it was so windy, the photo is blurry. Sorry. Young one is covered with red powder, but it loses the powder soon, and becomes black. I guess that the one in the photo is relatively young, since it is reddish.
We went to the Takamori-Yusui Tunnel park at the last of our trip. Before it became a park, the ”Japan National Railways" was constructing a railway here. They found a water resource under the ground while digging a tunnel. Because water prevented to dig the tunnel, the plan was stopped. Now the tunnel is providing water to people in Takamori city. We saw strange objects look like mushrooms in a canal to the tunnel. Now “Takamori Tanabata Festival” is being held inside the tunnel. There were many hand-made decorations in the tunnel. There was an interesting water fountain, Water Pearl, in the most remote part of the tunnel. Please enjoy videos of the Water Pearl. The water looks like flow back.
It is a dragon fly, Miyama-Akane in Japanese, found at the Sirakawa-Suigen. It is very beautiful. Its scientific name is Sympetrum pedemontanum elatum. It distributes in Japan, and also in Europe to Northeast of China.
After we enjoyed the hot-spring, we went to one of fountainheads of Shirakawa, called Shirakawa-Suigen. Shirakawa is a big river across Kumamoto prefecture and goes to Ariake ocean. From the fountainhead, 60-ton of water wells up every minute. It is amazing. The water was surprisingly clear. Many people put some water in bottles, which are sold in shops along a small pass to the fountainhead. Then we enjoyed soft-serve ice creams in a shop near the fountainhead, and got a charge of energy :-) Since a shop clerk recommended us to go to Takamori Yusui Tunnel, next we went there.
It stormed more heavily after the delicious lunch. We planed to go to a fountainhead of Shirakawa, we changed the plan and went to Tarutama hot-spring. We enjoyed the hot spring in a old historic Japanese inn, Yamaguchi Ryokan. Many famous writers and poets stayed in the inn including Hakushu Kitahara, Isamu Yoshii, Tekkan Yosano, and Ujo Noguchi. The hot spring wells up from a bottom of a waterfall named Kinryu-no-Taki, which means waterfall of gold dragon. We enjoyed the hot-spring a lot. After we enjoyed it, we had a bottle of cold tasty milk. Since we were thirsty, the milk was so delicious. By the time, the rain almost stopped, so next we visited one of the fountainheads of Shirakawa.
After we went down the mountain, it stormed. Since we were hungry, we had a lunch at a restaurant named Yamami-chaya waiting for the storm passed. The restaurant was very nice. It has traditional irori fireplaces, and they cooked fish in front of us. The fish was so yummy with just salt. We also enjoyed local cuisine.
We drove down from the crater to the South Aso. Although weather of the day was bad, we enjoyed deep green in Aso. Mountains around here look little strange, since many mountains were covered with grasses, not with trees. I think that soil in Aso is less nutrient for trees. According to Wikipedia, Four large-scale eruptions occurred during a period extending from 300,000 to 90,000 years ago. As large amounts of pyroclastic flow and volcanic ash were emitted from the volcanic chamber, a huge depression (caldera) was formed as the chamber collapsed. The fourth eruption was the largest, with volcanic ash covering the entire Kyūshū region and even extending to Yamaguchi Prefecture. The volcanic ash was found even in Hokkaido and Korea. Wow.
After we passed Kusa-senri, we went to the crater of the Aso mountain. Because it was very very windy, cable cars were stopped. So we drove the car slowly in dense fog and strong wind. It was very cold on the top of the mountain. Since it was very hot in Fukuoka, we did not prepare long sleeve shirts. Brr. Our hairs were messy because of the humid strong wind. Fortunately, there was no alert of dangerous gas. But we were not able to see the beautiful crater with aqua water. But the strong wind blew away of the dense fog just for few seconds. I took a picture of the crater within the few seconds fortunately.
After passed the Kishima-Dake, there was a huge field with 1 km diameter named Kusa-senri. Kusa-senri was a crater long time ago. It was very very windy, and it was very difficult to stand in the strong wind. One of my colleague lost her left earring. We saw that windmills were working on tops of mountains around the field. I thought that this place is good for wind-power generation. It seems that tourists can enjoy horse riding there. I would like to come here again and try it.
The left side of Kome-zuka, there are two mountains, Kishima-dake and Oujo-dake. The Kishima-dake looked like a watermelon. I found that there were trees at the dark green parts, but there were only grasses at the light green parts. The mountain looks like a bactrian camel is the Oujo-dake. It was very foggy. So the top of the Kishima-dake was covered in a fog.