wifi “on the go” is not enough a conceptualization

Every morning at the Kikuna 菊名 station, where there is an ntt docomo wifi access point, I can not afford it because I am always busy commuting to the office. Every night at the same station, I try to get wifi but often the train arrives before getting the connection to it; so, I’d rather choose to jump in the train and head home than wifiing in the station.

After all, I started to ponder WIFI=”on the go” is a very difficult conceptualization. Getting wifi connection is not as fast as mobile phone messaging or mobile emails in this situation and, obviously, mobile phone does a far better job in messaging. Wifi “on the go” needs a few more adaptations before taking off.

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starbucks drive-through seta

OMG, no one seems to leave. I like the atmosphere and the view excellent from the second floor. Too bad so many college kids and the like preparing for the entrance/midterm/final or whatever exams occupy the space ; as a result, very little left for conventional guests like us. I think this particular shop should employ time-based pricing or what is known as drink bar but price by time. Obviously we pay for the space not much for coffee or latte in this setting. Pricing is that critical.

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starbucks seta second floor

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Google MyMap de Ramen Jiro

ramen jiro in the summer

Someone has just visited my page at Mixi. who seems to have developed the site (Google Map de Ramen Jiro)

Ramen Jiro was (and still is) quite popular at Mita campus, Keio University. It is a kind of ramen, yet quite different from the normal one, the detail’s here.
And here is an excellent podcasting in mp3 by the guy named Andy Raskin, who also recommends to order “sho” (small). My order, too, was “sho” or “小” in kanji (small sized, not really small it is quite big) + “Buta” (pork, again means more pork, in fact I regret it was too much) + “Yasai” (vegetable, mostly cabbage and moyashi=beansprout, they are always good). My advice : don’t order anything other than “tadano ramen” (normal ramen), especially if you are over 40.

If there were any reasons for me to go to Mita campus except taking exams (I rarely attended classes) back when I was a student there 20+ years ago, it was only Jiro Ramen or 二郎ラーメン. And my GPA was a history low of the University, but that is another story.

Incidentally my office is quite near; so I visited Jiro to Google My Map below. By the way, Google’s new MyMap is quite nice, as you might agree. Yet it would be much nicer if I can embed that map in the blog post, like I embed YouTube video.

Update: Here is Ramen Jiro community inside facebook.

Update2: google map now allows embedding the map (below).

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FON map for Japan

Tatsuya at FON community inside mixi nicely developed the FON map for Japan (in Japanese) because the official one seems to contain inaccurate information. At the timing of this writing, there are only two access points declared here; yet I am sure a lot of others will join when FON will launch FON-ready router in Japan, which I have been waiting for such a long time.

Take a look at FON community at MIXI コミュを覗いてみる

Finally ThankYou!

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Yesterday, I finally made had the lunch at ThankYou (more formally in Japanese Kanji “山久”) in Jiyugaoka. There are only 12 seats available in ThankYou restaurant and they don’t accept the reservation except for denner dinner (sorry for typo, sounded like tohoku ben); so the only way to enjoy ThankYou lunch @JPY 1,100 (=about $10) is to go check it. It is the combination of soba and nice Japanese dishes. It is a few blocks from Jiyugaoka station (Google Map), one of my favorite towns in Tokyo. Incidentally one of my maimiku runs ThankYou community at mixi.


Update: ThankYou now moved to the place next to another famous Hanakya (Haya Cabbage).