[Ride] Round the islands in Miyako&Tarama

Riding by Roadbike in island is exciting and enjoyable with atmosphere which is quite far from daily urban life. This time, I tried to make Round The Islands(RTI) in Miyako and Tarama, Okinawa Pref. Here is a place in Okinawa perf. It’s located in west side of Okinawa near Taiwan Island. I have visited to more west side island “Ishigaki” and “Yonaguni” in past. Then this Time I chose those islands because of no visits so far. There are direct flights from Tokyo(Haneda) to Miyako-islands and two round trip flights a day between Miyako and Tarama by Japan Airlines Group.

 

Miyako Island is very famous for triathlon in summer. Because of covid 19, not hold the event in 2020 and 2021. According to taxi driver, they are planning to hold it in 2022 finally. I don’t have any intention to participate it because my body basic power is not enough to accomplish the toughness sport event. But this this, referring the Roadbike course to make my ride.

https://www.visitokinawa.jp/destinations/miyako-region/miyako

Ride in Miayko island

Originally I supposed that I can ride all in a day. But after landed to Miyako Airport, I realised that winter winds in Miyako is very strong and mostly no time to stop the winds. So I changed my riding plan by divided it to two days. After reached to Hotel in Kurumi Island, 3 hours was remained before sunset, then tried to ride from Kurumi island to “Shimoji” and Irabu island. And 2nd day was started from Irabu Bridge to Ikema island and rest of Miyako island. Especially to go up to north side in entire route, ahead winds from north was so strong and can’t make good speed as usual… and even if under sunlight, wind on the big three bridges were very strong and it’s hard to ride straightly. So rather than enjoying sightsee from bridges, I was so afraid and scare to across the bridges….. if you want to across the bridge without scared, highly recommended to come to Miayko in Summer season. 

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Ride in Tarama island

Tarama island is very famous for clean, beautiful blue ocean and diving. It seems that total population in the island is around 1,200 people. Flight time from Miyao was only 20 mins. Another way to visit this island from Miyako is car ferry which has one round trip a day. It takes mostly 2 hours to Tarama Island. There is a few restaurant and shops for visiter. Island itself is not so big, so it’s just 1 hour to make round the island. I stayed only a few hours between 1st and 2nd flights in a day. if you have enough time, better to stay a few days to enjoy atmosphere. but there are not many place to visit, so enjoying slow time is main purpose to stay in here.

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Fully enjoyed 2.5 days rides in those islands in Dec 2021. Hope I can visit more other islands in Okinawa near future. 

Changing Job

In my current company, last working day was 26th Nov (Fri) 2021 and resignation day will be end of Dec 2021. It means new job will be started from Jan 2022. Let me share a bit my this story as part of daily.

I usually posted my yearly target at 1st Jan every year here. And later half of 30’s, one of the my target was managing diversified team in English (foreigner employee, out side of Japanese). Fortunately I got change to do from 2016. So somehow, getting many kindness and support from colleagues, I did the role for mostly 6 years including staying in Singapore for 5 years. But at same time, my target in recently year, I added one thing to explore what I will do in next a decade in 40’s. Surely one of the target to manage non Japanese people was achieved, also I’m getting boring to continue same biz domain “online adversing”.

Why my emotion for online ads has been happened may be consumer is not preferring to online advertising based on user’s behavioural data analysis which is core technology in recent days. Still the technology for those are not mature, history of this industry is not deep so far are one of the reason consumer is feeling uncomfortable for online ads. Sometime just showed what the person saw as retargeting, or recommendation. So there are many room to improve and grow the business by doing improvement one by one. Another reason for boring the industry is everything is happened on online and not well connected with real world, in in other words, it has not hit me yet to contribute the worlds. Of course, the industry is well monetising online page view and earning as business. But I’m wondering the meaning of industry and it has value for me to continue it.

After back to Japan from Singapore, I tried to make some vegetables on my balcony and also renting shared fields and finding good things in agriculture industry, of course it’s quite huge existing industry in the world, so hard to change it, but feeling that there are some possibility to improve and change the world by IT.  And luckily got chance to work the industry “Agtech(Agriculture tech)” from Jan 2022. I’m deeply appreciating all experiences in current company for last 12 years and decided to change job.

Although I can leverage IT experience but it’s totally beginner for agriculture. Although my age is getting over 40, it’s kind of start line as career. but I’m exciting to do and hope use those knowledges after retirement as lifetime assets. This is totally new target (ambisous?) in my new journey. 

So hoping I can write some posts which will be related with the agtech I’m learning soon here.

 

[Ride] Setouchi Shimanami Kaido

After 5th wave of Covid19 in Japan, Finally I visited to Setouchi Shimanani Kaido(しまなみ海道) which is located in Seto Inland Sea. Shinanami Kaido is made by 7 bridges with 6 islands and connecting between Hirosima Pref and Ehime Pref.

Why I wanted to visit to here is it’s very famous for cyclist. There are many specialised road for bicycle, and can across bridges same as cars. And view from bridges or from islands to see Seto island sea is awesome, everyone should visit the area. 

Here is entire route i rode in 2 days.

If you straightforwardly ride from Imabari to Onomichi, distance will be 60-70km. So with road bike, it may take around 3 hours. But there are many spot to stop and also there are some route to go around to see nice view, and can do short hill climb as well. So I felt at least secure 2days to enjoy this route. And in my trip, I stayed Oshima Island because wanted to see twilight view from Mt.Kiro, and as 2nd day, went throught remaining route to go to Onomichi in Hiroshima Pref.

Instead of each detail explanation, let me show nice photos in this trip.

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[Ride] 1st Challenging for Hill Climb

After faced covid19 pandemic, my work style has been shifted to “Work from home” as default. Although it may be backed to office work after ended pandemic. Recently issue for all of us might be not enough exercise in daily life. No commuting time is totally better than usual, but at same time, no reason to proactively move body in a day. 

Luckily I got used road bike from friend around July 2020. Then riding bike is getting my basic hobby now a days. Not only for good exercise, also it’s good time to take scenery photo by reaching out to place by bike.

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Yesterday, I traveled with my bike around Mt.Fuji & Lake Yamanaka, and it’s first time to try hill climb. Hill Climb requires power and stamina, needless to say, so by searching on internal, found best route for beginner. After climbed to Mikuni Pass, it’s so nice view and good weather to see Mt.Fuji with Lake Yamanaka. 

Actually I’m missing ride in Singapore, because easily go anywhere by bike and there are many nature near city. Ride in Tokyo City is a bit boring because only building or house in city, no good park and lake than Singapore. But in Japan, out side of city, I’m re-understanding that there are many place and course to go with road bike. That’s the biggest advangage to live in Japan than in Singapore. 

More recent photos with road bike were uploaded to Note.

 

My Interest

There are many things i’m very interested in. Not enough time to do everything in my life. I may need to priority or select which one i should focus on….

  • Studying
    • IoT(Raspberry Pi with agriculture) 
    • Meteorological
    • Mathematical statistics
  • Training
    • Violin
    • Road Bike

Secondly ( Directly related with job)

  • Studying
    • Product Management

Third

  • World Literature 

To think about my time allocation especially precious time in weekday, just list up all here.. Hummmm….