Hi guys ;) I like to do training. wanna share information about training and my daily life in Japan.
Japan’s long holiday in May (Golden Week) is over. Did anyone go anywhere interesting?Me, I made use of my recently bought road bike, and went cycling with a friend. It was my first time to take the bike out for a long ride.I planned to set out from home at 9:30 and head to the place where I was due to meet my friend (at Noborito Station / 登戸駅 in Kawasaki) before cycling to Tama River. Not yet used to the new road bike, I ran into a few difficulties during preparation, particularly getting air into the tires. I think my pump had been left outside for about 5 years and was a little damaged. No matter how many times I pumped it, not much air was going into the tires. In the end, I had to use the ‘emergency pump’ that I’d prepared as part of my puncture repair kit.Finally, I headed out with some force; the quadriceps operating at full capacity! Still not used to the bike though, after 15 mins the body was already feeling heavy!After about 45 mins, I arrived at Noborito Station. My friend appeared in full cycling gear. I, on the other hand, was just in shorts and t-shirt. The road bike beginner that I am, over the next few hours realised why my friend was turned out in full cycling gear.Just after setting out, my friend remarked on his empty stomach and took us to a nearby McDonald’s for an energy fix. Actually, in regards to this, I had thought that one hamburger would cover my energy needs for the ride. On the way home, though, I did find myself ‘hitting the wall’, making for a tough end to the ride.So, we headed out straight after our hamburgers, and cycled up to the road/path that runs alongside the Tama River (多摩川), continuing this route without rest.After two hours of cycling, at around 1 pm it started to rain. The plan had been to keep pushing on, but I hadn’t packed any rain gear, nor had I checked the weather forecast, such was my impatience to set out!So, part way along the route, we stopped off at a famous cycle shop in Tokyo, Y’s Road, and gave our bikes the once over. The first thing I noticed was that there was hardly any air in my tires. Really, tire air pressure should be at around 120. Mine were at about 75. Before setting out, I’d thought that I’d put plenty of air in. Maybe due to the emergency hand pump though, I was way off.With the rain falling, we stayed at Y’s Road for a while and assessed our situation.Y's Road Fuchuu Tamagawa (ワイズロード府中多摩川)And … the rain didn’t stop.Still, we couldn’t stay there the whole time, so after a quick consultation, we decided to head home. With the air in the tires up to 120, I noticed a big difference in my bike’s speed.We went back using the same route. Turning the pedals steadily, I found that my quadriceps now had more power in them than on the way out, and the muscles banged away without relenting. What was different now? Perhaps the fact that heavy rain clouds were approaching from behind! In this way, we made it back to Noborito Station, and had a quick coffee break before going our separate ways.And this is when I ‘hit the wall’!It started as a light headache, before turning into a strange kind of chill. I also became really sleepy. Initially I thought perhaps I’d caught a cold, but this didn’t seem right. After an Internet search it seems I’d ‘hit the wall’ (ハンガーノック / hunger knock - in Japanese) and run out of gas.Hitting the wall.In endurance sports such as cycling and running, hitting the wall or the bonk describes a condition caused by the depletion of glycogen stores in the liver and muscles, which manifests itself by sudden fatigue and loss of energy. wikipediaLooking back, I realise now that I didn’t have anything to eat after that McDonald’s in the morning. That amounts to a calorie intake of 1,300 kcal. 4 hours of pedaling a bike burns off over 1,000 kcal. Add to this the calories that your metabolism burns off anyway, and you’re soon down well over 1,300 kcal. So, it’s no wonder I was out of gas by the end of our Tama River ride.It wasn’t until 7pm that I finally ate again, so I felt in pretty bad shape. I needed to replenish those calories, so that night I ate hamburg (ハンバーグ).Hamburg (600g), rice, pasta, and curry.Actually, I’m aware that this is probably too much food!! That said, about 30 mins after eating this my condition improved. The chill went away and my normal body temperature returned. For a moment there, I thought that the human body is a funny thing.Back to the cycling wear thing. Because I was only in shorts and t-shirt, by the end of the day my backside was sore. It stayed that way throughout the next day.For the next cycling trip, I want to be sure to eat something part way through. I’ve also ordered some cycling wear online (Amazon), so I intend to be fully kitted out and in perfect condition to have a go at a 100km ride.Distance cycled (including to/from home): ~ 50kmStart point: Noborito Station (Nambu Line)Goal: Yaho Station (Nambu Line)
People who like meat! I thought I would write about a way to eat delicious meat in Japan, on the cheap.How are you guys preparing your regular, everyday meats? For example, do you tenderise it by pounding/beating it, many times over? A ‘beating’ spree, of sorts!!On this occasion, I tried tenderising meat by soaking it in cola.The meat here is a rump steak (ランプステーキ) weighing in a 480g and costing 1,046 yen. This is very reasonable, for Japan. I bought it from a supermarket called 肉のハナマサ / niku no hanamasa. Steak is expensive in Japan. Ordering a 480g steak at a restaurant might cost between 5,000 - 7,000 yen. At a ‘nice’ restaurant, that could be over 12,000 yen.Expensive, right? Personally, I think it’s too expensive. So, I’ve been looking into cheaper ways to prepare and cook meat, at home. One idea that came out, was to soak it in cola.Why cola? Well, because it’s cheap (one bottle over here can cost 98 yen). I’ve also read that you can use things like pineapple (パイナップル) and onion (玉ねぎ). So, what happens when you soak a steak in cola?“ … the meat’s muscle fibres and connective tissues absorb the liquid/moisture of the marinade. Also, under the influence of the marinade’s liquid pH, an enzyme contained in the meat’s protein becomes active and breaks down the structure of the meat.”I recommend soaking your meat in cola for around 20 mins. Then, drain off any remaining cola, wash the steak in cold water, and then wipe away any drops. Throw your steak into a well heated frying pan and listen to it go wild!When the streak has lightly burned on one side, turn it over and simmer on a light heat for around 5 mins. After this, turn off the stove/burner and let the steak sit in the pan for a short while, allowing the remaining heat to penetrate the inside of the steak. Then take it out and cut.So, how is it? Looks perfect to me! From the way meat handles, you can tell how soft and tender it is.If you’re worried about the cola? Well, you can’t taste it!Ultimately, you can go to an unfamiliar restaurant and pay 1,200 yen in Japan for a tough 200g steak, or with a little effort you can fill your stomach to satisfaction with 480g, 1,046 yen steak. Personally, I absolutely choose the latter.
Looking for a car wash? Particularly in Japan’s urban areas, houses tend not to have their own car parks/driveways or gardens. Nor do they tend to have an outdoor water tap through which to connect a hose. Well, OK, maybe some people who are able to buy a detached house will have these, but for people living in rented apartments and mansions (マンション), when they want to wash their cars, they usually have to look for, and go to, the nearest car wash.It’s the same for me, too. Although in my case, the nearest car wash is a 30 minute drive from my house. There are car washes equipped with ‘car washing’ equipment, or with staff who will wash your car for you, near my my house, but make no mistake, at these kinds of places your car will get scratched. Even if you only use them one time. People who drive white/light grey cars may not notice this.Of course, if you know your cars and your paint jobs, going to a ‘DIY’ car wash may not be a problem. However, I think most people don’t know too much about their cars, and paying the professionals to wash it can be expensive.So, I’d been thinking about this for about a half a year, how to get around the hassle of washing my car (without it getting scratched) … without going to a car wash, without using gas, without access to an outdoor tap, without the high cost. Basically the quickest and easiest way, without all of this. And all of a sudden, I found it.セフティー3 ハイパワー電池式噴霧器 5L ホース1.7m ノズル40~90cm 1頭2頭切替 SSD-5HThinking outside of the box a little, with a power/pressure hose, the kind that they usually use for farm work, you can wash your car and meet all the criteria above.I bought power/pressure hose from a nearby home center, but you can also get it on Amazon a little cheaper (4,700yen).The important qualities of this hose is that it’s battery powered and it has two nozzles. Most spray hoses you buy in Japan only have one. Oh, and this one can actually handle 5L of water!After giving it a try, I found that in total, I replenished the water 3 times, and so used 15L in washing one car.With this jet spray, you can choose between left and right nozzles, and it also has a ‘spray’ setting. My recommendation is to set it at ‘spray’ from both nozzles and give your car an ‘overall’ wash. Then, when you’ve finished with the car wash soap, set one nozzle to ‘spray’ and the other to regular ‘hose’, and you can then rinse away the soap at the same time as giving the car a strong blast!The picture below will give you a better idea of what I mean. You may be worried about the power being too strong, but if you try for yourself, you’ll see that there is no problem with this. (Of course, compared to the power hoses used at a car wash, the power here is weaker).The water comes from here.Use 6 separate batteries like the ones below. Be careful to select the right ones.Put the batteries in, in the correct way.The power button.Only two settings with the power button; ‘on’ and ‘off’.It’s also possible to buy ‘hand pumped/pressurised’ hoses. They are about 1,000 yen cheaper than the battery-powered one that I bought. A breakdown of time and cost when using a regular car wash facility … 30mins - travelling to the carwash30mins - washing30mins - travelling back from the carwashI use about 500 yen in gas for the journey, and the car wash costs about 600 yen. That’s a total of 1,100 yen. The time taken is about 1 hr 30 mins. With this hose though, no travel was required and I’ll only have to wash the car 4 times to start saving money. I’m confident my new power hose isn’t going to break before then, so over the course of a year I think this will mean a good cost-performance!Frankly speaking, for people who like cars, I really recommend this method of car wash. You should try it. It’s cheap, effective, doesn’t require an outdoor water tap, and there are no time restrictions.セフティー3 ハイパワー電池式噴霧器 5L ホース1.7m ノズル40~90cm 1頭2頭切替 SSD-5H
Saw something cool today. It was a new bicycle parking facility that has recently been built in my neighborhood. Looking at it, I thought it was absolutely amazing! Or maybe it’s just me …With normal bicycle parking in Japan you, perhaps, go to a kind of reception and from there push the bicycle yourself into available space. With the one I saw today though, you place your bicycle on at the ‘machine’ and it gets taken to a parking space automatically.It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this in over 30 years of living in Tokyo. Real high-tech stuff. At first, I thought I would go in with the bicycle, but on closer inspection I saw that the ‘elevator’ used to take the bikes into the parking spaces was so small, you would have to be a hobbit from Lord of the Rings to get through.After asking an ‘official’ nearby, I understood that you just put your bike on a special ‘lane’ and the machine does the rest. What’s really great about this system is that there’s no way of rides being stolen. For people with nice road bikes, for example, it can be a bit of a worry to leave them outside in the city. But with this parking facility that worry is taken away.It costs 1,800 yen (adults) and 1,300 yen (students) to use this parking, per month. Not so expensive, I think. Of course, you can use it for shorter time periods, too. It costs 150 yen for 24 hrs, with the first two hours free of charge.I think this a great system, and it would be good to see more of them in Japan’s cities.
When winter comes to the Tokyo area, the skies become clear and the view from high buildings is really fantastic.That said, I hate winter. Why?In winter, outside you need to wear thick clothes, but when you use the trains you sweat. Then when you get off the train and leave the station that sweat turns cold and you start to freeze. So, you walk at a fast pace to wherever you’re going, take off your thick coat, and find that because you were moving so quickly you’re body has heated up and your sweating, again!On top of that, after the sweat has dried (for the second time) from late afternoon into the evening you start to smell. Now, I go to the gym, too. So, more sweat. Get home, and it dries … for the third time!Even though it’s winter, the body becomes smelly.Summer in Tokyo is the opposite, you’re constantly sweating and there’s no chance for it dry. In winter though, the sweating / drying effect leaves me feeling really unclean.I hope that winter hurries up and finishes soon.
I haven’t been doing much training recently. Before, I was going to the gym at least three times a week. These days I go once, maybe twice, a week.That said, one good thing about this decrease in gym time, is that my body has time to recover properly between sessions. At the start of each session now, I have more stamina and power than when I was training 3 times a week. As I’d thought, giving your body a rest is important.During a recent gym session, I focused on biceps.The most important thing when working on biceps must surely be ‘form’. Of course the balance between your figure and body weight is also important. Firstly though, I should say, if you’re training with weights that YOU think are not having any effect, then chances are, you’re wasting your time.To a certain degree, equipment weight is obviously important, and you may think about increasing this. However, it’s at that point when you can feel yourself starting to shake under the weight, that keeping a good, clean form is more important than anything else.Of course, even advanced lifters, to support nerve fibers, will avoid weight that causes them to shake. However, the purpose here is different. For those who want to ‘bulk up’, you’re not going to achieve muscle growth this way.To stress the importance of this, I’ve made a video to demonstrate. In particular, pay attention to my elbow position and that fact that it doesn’t move so much. (Try to be conscious of forwards/backwards elbow movement as being ineffective). Filming your own exercises is a good way to check whether or not your elbow is moving. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll be wondering whether, during this exercise, your elbow is moving or your lower back is moving.My regular bicep training ‘menu’ at the gym:16kg x 2reps14kg x 5reps12kg x 8reps7kg x 10reps5kg x 10repsRecently, I haven’t been doing a fixed number of sets for the above ‘menu’. Also, as in the video, I’ve been using an EZ Bar to mix things up. For me, I set the weight in the 25-30 kg range.On top of this, I use a lighter weight to do some arm curls, where I focus on lifting and lowering slowly. It seems to be pretty effective so it’s something I recommend you give a try.To develop moderate muscle mass will probably take at least 3 months so, even if you feel like you’re not seeing any change early on, it’s important to stay motivated and continue with these exercises.The gym for this training session - Anytime Fitness Toritsudaigaku branch
Negi make strong immune system.Good for winter.
Today when i tried to eat natto, i realized it was past the expiration date. But i still wanted to eat it and it smelled okay. I hope i'm ok tomorrow.
No rain, no cold.Weather was nice today.
We’d done most of the cleaning of our old house (from which we recently moved) but some of the floor tiles were still packed with stubborn dirt and stains. Getting them clean was a process of trial and error. In the end, what I found worked, was a combination of tooth brush and some orange-ingredient-based detergent.The picture above was taken before using the detergent. The picture below, after.Cost of the toothbrush: 150 yen. The detergent: 400 yen.If you’re trying to remove and dirt/grime from floor tiles , I really recommend this method.
the yakiniku restaurant with the best 'ox tongue' (gyutan)
Tasty. I usually only go to yakiniku places that are around 2,000 - 3,000 yen per person, so I was shocked at how much the quality of meat increased by going to place that is just one rank up. This place is expensive though, so not somewhere I can go so often. They have a number of courses available for 2 -3 people. It's probably cheaper to go with a course rather than ordering separate items from the menu. I recommend this restaurant for those occasions when you really want to eat tasty yakiniku.
A little bit like junk food, but a nice, familiar taste.
You can eat a 'ramen and gyoza' set here for 1,000 yen. On top of this you get a large serving; in a regular shop you can expect ramen + half-size rice. Here you can get ramen + full-size rice. Honestly, if you don't come with an empty stomach, you might struggle to eat it all. After finising my meal I could feel it still sitting pretty heavy in the stomach! The taste is pretty simple, without any particular stand out point, and didn't feel especailly Chinese. That said, it wasn't bad. After eating it for the first time, I found myself kind of wanting to go back again. It's got a sort of familiar atmosphere to it. When it went it was 6AM and the shop was open, and I think it might be open 24 hours a day.
Shopping mall located cafe that's perfect for going with the family - Cafe Dennys
I had no idea this place had a Denny's cafe until I came here. There's a smoking area here, and the cafe looks like it's popular with the people living in the neighborhood. The prices here are pretty low, too. Gusto is probably the most famous family restaurant in Japan for cheap prices, but this cafe gets close to Gusto in terms of value for money. Given that it's in a shopping mall, it makes for a great place to take a rest after that window shopping. On top of this, there is a game center next door which is great for the kids.
Have you even eaten a curry that looks as dark as this?
My first impression on entering this resturant was how immaculate the place was. Most ramen places have greasy, slippery floors, smell of oil, and it's no surprise to see cockroaches. However, this place is completely different. It seems to be well cleaned, with the pleasant smell of boiling noodles and simmering curry sauce coming from the kitchen. This was my fourth time to go to an Indian restaurant, but the curry here has a special characteristic. First of all the ingredients contains no meat and the sauce is really dark. As for the name of the restaurant, I don't really know much about it. However, even though there are other curries that have a nice balance between a fruity/sweet flavor and the usual bitterness that comes with most curries, the dishes here have a unique taste I've yet to find elsewhere. The soup that comes with the ramen here is very light, and may not be acceptable to those who like their soups dense. However, it mixes well with the noodles, and with the strongly seasoned curry, it works well if you think of it as just soup. The price for a curry/rice and ramen set - 1,200 yen.No english support here.
Special Niku Restaurant, Good quality and Cheap price.
Restaurant specialising in meat, particularly that which is raw. You can eat really fresh meat here, so it comes highly recommended. Also, the prices here are really cheap. A serving of A5 grade Japanese beef sushi goes for 199 yen. A large meat platter costs 1,500 yen. We were a party of 3 meat eaters, and our bill came out at 3,000 per person. If you went to a regular yakiniku place, you might expect to pay around 5,000 yen per person. Watch out though, this restaurant is a fair distance from JR Shimbashi Station. It’s about 5 mins from Toranomon Hills.
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