Smithsonian – Washington D.C.

Today’s post is a guest post by @rosesandsaffron!

Recently I took a trip to Washington D.C. and had a chance to visit some of the Smithsonian museums as well as famous landmarks. It was SO much fun!! I ended up coming back to the mall again for another day of wandering around. I’ve been to the various Smithsonian museums several times over the years actually, and yet I never get tired of them.There’s still so much more I want to see. This trip featured a brief stop in Air and Space and a much longer stop in Natural History. Naturally I brought my camera along, and I hope you’ll enjoy the pictures!



From the air and space museum – not the actual lunar landing module but one built just like it that never made it up into space, and…a plane that I embarrassingly forgot the name of. Can anyone help me out?



From the marine life exhibit at the Natural History museum. This exhibit featured a lot of cool things – there was also a real (preserved, not alive) giant squid. I took a picture of that too but it looked like something out the X-Files so it didn’t make it to public consumption.



The open area right when you come in the museum. I LOVE elephants – I think they are such amazing, kind, intelligent animals. So, guess what I took a lot of time taking pictures of!



The bones exhibit was surprisingly cool – look at the snake ribs!!



The is a mummified bull. The info said it would have been considered sacred and taken care of very well. Who among the people and animals at that time would have ever thought it would have ended up unearthed and in a museum thousands of years later?



The dino fossil exhibit was sadly under renovation, but I still got to see a few. I have so many more photos to dig through and post – there was an amazing exhibit on rocks, minerals, and gemstones I spent a lot of time in too! Plus other pictures from around Washington D.C. and in Virginia, so look forward to some more guests posts from me!


Hike – Spencer view

I went on an 11-mile hike a few weekends ago with @rosesandsaffron and our good friends + Belly (their lovely dog). Spencer Butte is probably one of the most popular ones to hike in Eugene. The view from the top allows you to look at most of Eugene, and a recent modification on the rocky area (at the very top) cutting stairs into the stone made hiking up this mountain even easier. (Still, don’t expect artificial stairs like in a building, stairs on a butte are way harder to walk up due to it’s size. Yes, each step is huge.)

@rosesandsaffron and our good friends + Belly (their lovely dog)と一緒に11マイルのハイキングに行ってきました。頂上からの景色は Eugene を見渡すことができることから、スペンサービュートは Eugene エリアでは一番有名なハイキング場所になっています。以前は頂上はロックになっており、ある程度筋力がないと登れませんでしたが、現在は岩を削って階段になっているため、以前よりはお年寄りや子供でも登りやすくなっています。(それでも、岩を削っているため、歩幅が大きく、登るのはなかなか体力がいります)

Beautiful path to hike. It’s so lovely to be surrounded by nature.


You can see majority of Eugene from the top of Spencer’s Butte.



Our awesome companion for the day. She made sure that nobody was left behind, and stayed the majority of time caring for out of shape people like me. Haha, thanks Belly.

This is such a beautiful hike. If you are around the area, and want to start working out or trying to get back into shape, this will be a great place to start.

*Make sure you know what poison oak looks like before heading over to this place. Especially towards the top, you will see a lot of it. Don’t grab/touch this plant if you don’t want to be itchy and miserble for the next few days. 🙂

今回はベリー(犬)が一緒に来てくれました。グループが離れすぎないように前と後ろを常にチェックし、体力的についていけてなさそうな人(僕)を見つけると、グループから離れてしまわないように横をずっと歩いてくれてました。 Thanks Belly!



Oregon Country Fair – Unique Acceptance



This is my third time to visit the Oregon Country Fair. This place is so unique, and nothing (that I have experienced) comes close to the experience I have in this place. This place has a unique atmosphere where you feel that anything goes. People are very kind and friendly, and they are willing to accept anything that you want to be.




<ENG>As soon as you goes through the entrance, there is just beautiful nature and trails where you find a tons of booths with hand-crafted accessaries and outfits. They can be slightly pricy but it’s understandable when you think about how much time they might have spent to craft them. Each booth reminded me of the Saturday Market in downtown Eugene. It’s just bigger, and the Country Fair trails seem to be the perfect fit for the whimisical items for sale.

There is music everywhere, and many people dresss up for this event. (You might have more fun dressing up yourself to really embrace the fair atmosphere, but this is not a requirement by any means. Like I said earlier, they are very accepting.)




<ENG>This is a very unique place where one can truly be themselves. Do you want to dress up to be a character from DragonBall? Go for it! You’ve always wanted to be topless in public but are too self-conscious because you are not perfectly fit? Who cares! I have seen all kinds of people at this event. Everyone seems to truly enjoy the diversity, and seems to appreciate each individaul for who they are.

First time I was at this place at the age of 21, I thought I had a bigger cultural shock than when I came to the United States. However, now that I am older, I felt like there is a lot to like about this place, the atmosphere, and the general spirit. I’m already looking forwad to visiting again next year!


Nerdy Shirt is Awesome



<ENG>Ok. I don’t normally buy printed shirts as they could look really unwearable after going through the washing machine a couple of times. I tried the inside out washing method, which didn’t end up making much of a difference, and not putting it through dryer, which caused my shirt to smell like a week old chowder soup. Because of my consistent bad luck (or lack of knowledge) I generally stay away from printed shirts.

This one, however, I had to get. First of all, it was on sale for like $7 but more importantly, the newest Star Wars was the first Star Wars I’ve ever watched, and I absolutely loved it. (Yes, my friends give me a hard time for not watching the classic Star Wars) There was enough action and a good pace to keep me captivated, and a good amount of humor too. Now I have to go back and watch the old Star Wars too!

After wearing this printed shirt, I realized that printed shirts might be one of the easiest ways to put some personality in your outfit. I was wearing the jacket shown above for this day but you can certainly match a printed shirt with a blazer to look a little more sophisticated with a hint of fun nerdiness. I just watched Captain America: Civil War. Time for me to go look for some blue and red shirt.



このシャツを着て思ったのは、プリントシャツは洗濯さえ克服できれば、かなり使い回しが良いということです。この日は上のジェケットと合わせていましたが、少し暖かくなってくればジャケットを着て、もう少しきっちりした服装に「ナーディー」な服を合わせても面白そうだと思っています。数日前にキャプテンアメリカ:Civil War を見てきたので、今度はスーパーヒーローの服買ってこようと思います。😁

Mountain Man in Town

I have been liking round glasses for both my prescription glasses and my sunglasses. When I was younger, I thought this type of glasses was the last thing I would wear. Maybe it’s because I associated this shape with eccentric scientists or older gentlemen from the old days. I guess I must be becoming an older gentleman myself now because I currently really like round glasses and even prefer them to some “younger” styles.

It’s funny how you adjust your style according to a stereotype. Also, this might be the very reason that the style never really goes away. What do you think of round glasses? Are they yay or meh?


UO Ducks Begins

<ENG>Just hopped in to watch the spring game for the Oregon Ducks. I’ve never attended this game before, however, according to people who know well about this event, this year the stadium was amazingly packed. To get in, you need to bring some canned food that they will donate to Food for Lane County. This alone is a good reason to go to this event.

<JPN>初めてダックス スプリングゲームに行ってきました。このゲームでは新しく加入したメンバーがどのようなプレーができるかを見ることができます。前回までと比べると参加人数が劇的に増えたようで、来年から参加される方は、車での入場を待つより歩く方がオススメです。入場には缶詰を持参し、入場時に渡すのですが、わたした缶詰は Food for Lane County に寄付されます。食べ物がない人の役に立てて、ゲームも観れるのであれば最高ですよね。


<ENG>This kid knows how to rock foot ball games.



<ENG>If you look around, there are many events we can attend even around Eugene area. I have been trying out 4 months of “experiments” to explore the world starting with Oregon. My goal is to go around the world, and take everybody with me via this blog. Thanks for everybody’s support, and let’s make the most of our lives.

<JPN>少し探すだけで Eugene 内でも参加できるイベントはたくさんありました。今4ヶ月間の「Experiment」をしています。4ヶ月の間は、時間が許す限りオレゴン内を旅してみようと思います。(アメリカは広大なため、オレゴンだけでもかなりの範囲になります)現時点のゴールとしては、世界中を旅し、このブログを通してみんなを連れて行きたいと思っています。本当にリーダーの皆さんにはいつもサポート頂き感謝しています。一度しかない人生を思いっきり楽しみましょう!