Dec 20, 2012

VeriFone sued over in-taxi ad contract

Anyway, this advertising monitor in taxi should be applied to Japanese taxis.

There are huge opportunities "in-taxi marketing" here in Japan as not many taxis carry the system itself.

Current Earnings 6,300(14:47)

It's getting colder and they say furthermore freezing air is coming for Christmas!

Dec 19, 2012

December 19th Wed. - Siwasu

Last Sunday,16th, was the national election day and LDP, Liberal Democratic Party, slashed DPJ, Democratic Party in Japan.

I supported DPJ and they had supported us cab drivers.

I have no idea where we, Japan, are going but I'm kindof sure I'm going nowhere from here behind the wheel.

I just believe that things aren't going wrong way for us and cab riders.

It's December now.

People are moving around so that we are meant to have a few rides.

"December" is called "Siwasu" here in Japan, means that even teachers rush and run so busily.

Is it busy now?

yerr... so so.

Current Earnings 7,640 (16:56)

Dec 7, 2012

December 7th Fri. ‐ Change The Tire

This morning before the shift I change the tires for this witer.

This year so far chilly wind blows earlier than normal year.

I'm a little down because I got a few stains on my winter coat...

Business is very very slow this Friday as expected.

Current Earnings 1,740(14:55)

Dec 5, 2012

December 5th Wed. - Election Week

Japanese national election has started yesterday.

The voting day is next Sunday 16th.

Election days tend to be slow.

This time doesn't seem an exception.

But as it was very very slow last couple days, today seems a little better.

Current Earnings 6,350(14:36)

Nov 30, 2012

The Night After Full Moon

November 30th Fri. ‐ Another Cloudy Day

It's another cloudy day.

It was cloudy afternoon as business went very slow.

But as night comes, the moon is up there really clear.

It's the night after full moon.

I hope something will turn to the better side.

Current Earnings 11,050(20:18)

Japanese taxi service undergoes 'anime' treatment for its cabs

I think they should use cabs for marketing more.

But I don't think this "anime marketing" really works.

This Choei Taxi is called "Ita tak" means "pain taxi" or like "shaming taxi"

But I would support any of their challenges in the struggling area like Hokkaido.

Nov 29, 2012

November 29th - Cloudy

It's another slow day.

Sky looks gray as my mind.

I've been on a bad roll and anyhow cannot get away ...

might be rain in the evening.

Current Earnings 6,340(15:55)

Taxi driver caught watching football match while driving - Odd News - Digital Spy

Who does the driver support?

Anyway he could listen radio.

I can watch TV with my mobile, but I don't watch even when I wasn't driving because I like radio more.

Nov 22, 2012

November 22nd Thur. ‐ Thanks Giving Weekend

It's nice and warm day in late autumn.

It's thanksgiving holiday in western countries.

In Japan actuary, we have a national holiday in this same week.

It's called the day of "Kinro Kansya".

It means the day that we thank workers.

I don't really know about thanksgiving day in west but "Thank" and "Kansya" are almost same word.

But here in Japan, we nomally haven't got any party, turkey and other nice dishes...

This year, tomorrow, 23rd, is our holiday and it happens to be a little longer weekend.

I feel like we want to have a small party with lovely kids.

Business was very slow around noon but it's getting picked up later now.

Current Earnings 7,800(15:51)

Nov 14, 2012

November 14th Wed. - Long Running

It's clear sky in fall.

It's been slow business for a while, but beautiful wheather eases my feeling a little.

It was a day off yesterday, and I run a little longer in the afternoon.

It was about five kilometer course I run nomally and yesterday, I ran five rounds of that course.

It was kind of hard.

I still have sore in my body.

Current Earnings 3,850(14:51)

Nov 9, 2012

November 9th Fri. ‐ Cloudy

It's a cloudy afternoon.

I'm watchng small pieces of water on the window and a persimmon tree over there.

It's a slow Friday.

Current Earnings 2,560(14:36)

Nov 2, 2012

NYC Proposes Taxi-Hailing, Payment App Regulations | News & Opinion |,2817,2411571,00.asp


I don't think taxi hailing apps would be available easily because there are a few restrictions around us and doubts if we, drivers really want that even though riders would want it.

Current Earnings 21,500(22:53)

Oct 30, 2012

October 30th Tues. - Getting Sick

I get sick!

I'm here for 3 hours without any ride!

3 hours ... It is long.

Current Earnings (15:00) 1,360

Oct 19, 2012

October 19th Fri. ‐ Local Bread Shop

It's a beautiful autumn afternoon.

I got a little weight in this afew days (to about 73), so I was going to skip today's lunch.

But someone took me to the place I was putting attention lately.

And I couldn't resist the temptation as I went into the local bread shop.

I bought a couple pieces.

Both pleased me well.

Business goes not great but not terrible as it's happened recently.

Current Earnings 8,240(16:30)

Oct 18, 2012

October 18th Thur. ‐ Lawson Turned On The Light

It was 4:44(16:44) that convenience store Lawson just in front of my cab lighted up the sign board.

I'm here reading book that my daughter recommend for about 3 hours without any ride!

It was a good shift yesterday I got over 40 grand, but collapsed today.

Good shift doesn't come in a raw...

I feel sick sitting down behind the wheel driving nothing.

Current Earnings 4,470(16:56)

Oct 10, 2012

October 9th - Fragrant Olive

It's a beautiful season with sweet smell of the fragrant olive.

But anyhow, earnings are devastating for each shift.

I'm, mentally, a little sick...

Today's Fare Earned 20,050 15Rides

Oct 9, 2012

My Lovely Son

This is my son who got a couple goals on today's soccer game.

He is only 5 years old and joining first grade guys team.

Anyway, it's the anniversary for him to be a man and for me to be the happiest guy in the world having this lovely boy.

Today's fare earned 12,650 

Oct 3, 2012

October 2nd. Tues. - Octopus Dumpling

This is octopus dumpling I ate tonight.

I didn't take break tonight because I am the only driver here tonight.

You can be really needed here with collecting a little money in your pocket.

Current Earnings 34,020(24:16)

Here comes last train for tonight.

Anyway, October and octopus have something to do with?

Sep 30, 2012

Vosne Romanee

I've been banning drinking this month.

And today, I removed the ban!

Drinking good wine.

I hope I would have good life!

Sep 25, 2012

Sept. 25th Tues. - Chiffon Bread

This is a bread like chiffon cake that I bought for lunch at a convenience store.

And this is so nice with good volume.

Business had gone good in the day, but slowed at night.

Current Earnings 17,420(10:50)

Sep 3, 2012

Sept. 3rd Mon - Sleep Day

It's said to be "the day of sleep" today.

I woke up too early this morning, 5:30 man!.

I'm eager to sleep now...

Current Earnings 18,220(23:51)

Aug 31, 2012

August 31st Fri. ‐ Blue Moon

It's a beautiful blue moon night.

Blue moon occurred in March 2010 at latest which was I didn't know.

I realize how blue moon means at first time in my life.

And I'm excited how mysterious this moon is.

I feel something means to me...

Then I look forward seeing next blue moon in July 2015 when I'm 42.

Business goes well this Friday.

Current Earnings 26,190(22:48)

Aug 27, 2012

August 26th Sun. - Depressed

This is a hell Sunday shift.

I was away this morning as I went back my hometown on Friday.

I (and my wife) drove 300 kilo and alived about 1 in the afternoon.

Then I got here on work at 3.

It wasn't bad as I took a couple ride just after I got in.

But at night I found out I lost money, 4000 yen! today.

Then my day suddenly got dark.

I'm on a bad roll now.

So depressed...

Current Earnings 12,660(24:02)

Aug 22, 2012

August 22nd Wed. - Gecko

It was another hot day in late summer.

In the afternoon, we had a meeting at the office.
It was a boring, meeningless one...

But I got a gecko in the meeting room!

He made me happy!

I took picture and released.

Business goes slow after the meeting, especially 15:00-17:30 I got no ride.

It's going not bad at night.

Current Earnings 18,290(23:06)

Aug 21, 2012

August 21st Tues. - Osaka

This photo is Nakanoshima library in Osaka.

Yesterday, I took day off and went Osaka by train to take a lecture for consulting.

That was about corporate union, and I enjoyed the discussion.

Bon holiday is gone, then business is nomally freezed this seoson.

Current Earnings 17,910(22:47)

Not bad so far ...

Aug 13, 2012

August 13th Mon - Bon Holiday

It's a summer holiday season called " Bon" from today (to 16th).

They say our ancestors will come down to this world for this period of summer.

I'm at work but not mortivated ...

I gotta do something.

I always say those words to myself.

Current Earnings 16,180(23:14)

Aug 10, 2012

Pink Japan

Japanese women soccer team got silver medals at London Olympic.

They are called "Nadeshiko(pink flower) Japan", and maybe most popular national team of this Olympic.

I wasn't very interested in women soccer before this Olympic, but after I watch a couple games, I'm impressed a lot.

And the champions, American team, are absolutely worth gold medals.

It's slow Friday so far as last Friday.

Current Earnings 13,390(22:53)

Aug 2, 2012

August 2nd Thur. ‐ Olympic Days

It's very hot but not really hell like last week.

Temp here in the cab is now 35, it went over 37 last week.

Olympic Game has started last weekend as I couldn't post a entry by e-mail on this blogger for some reason.

I stay up late everynight watching Olympic ...

Gymnast Uchimura won a gold medal (2nd for team Japan) which pleased me a lot early in the morning (that was jast passed 3 in the morning).

Business goes not good, especially between 1 to 4 in the afternoon is absolutely dead lately.

Current Earnings 4,000(15:40 no ride from 13:00)

Jul 27, 2012

July 27th Fri. ‐ Test

This blog entry by mail didn't work last night.

So I try this as a test.

Current Earnings 1,510(12:26)

Jul 23, 2012

July 23rd Mon - The Shift After Holiday

Here comes dark clouds, they would bring evening shower later.

I kind of like shower in summer, because it cools down the ground and sometimes, makes our business a little better.

I took two days holiday last weekend, and went family trip to the beach.

It was nice spending time with my kids.

Now I have a few to worry about especially for my dad.

Maybe my dad had spent time for me when I was a little child.

And we would have had good time.

Thinking about that, I would see what I should do now and it never be weary for me.

Business goes very slow this Monday.

Current Earnings 6,720

Jul 14, 2012

July 15th Sat. - Silk Tree

For some reason, I'm now a captive of silk trees.

I watch around and sometimes park my cab and take pictures of those trees when I drive.

The trees has flourished since late last month and now got darken the color of those flowers.

I never felt the silk flowers that beautiful.

It's like cherry blossom of the summer.

I went to see my kids' soccer practice this morning and started just passed one o'clock.

And soon after I went in the station, I had four grand ride and then, went all right.

It's not bad comparing I waited four hours to have first ride last Saturday.

Now I'm a little stuck, no ride after six.

Current Earnings 12,450(19:20)

Jul 10, 2012

July 10th Tues. - Summer Sky

It was clear and warm summer day.

As forcast still hasn't announced, I think rainy seoson is already over this year.

It was warm, hot in the cab.

Air conditioner didn't help under the hell 36 celsius condition.

It was like a competition for endurance.

I couldn't use this mobile phone because it got too hot.

Business has been slow in my favorite season.

Current Earnings 13,710(22:49)

Anyway it's my dad's birthday.

Happy birthday daddy!

Jul 6, 2012

July 6th Fri. ‐ Odd Whether

It was raining in the morning.

And seems gone around noon.

And it got rain again and gone and rain and...

It once got hard around three but hasn't lasted too long.

Now, almost at 5, it is raining but just a little.

Thanks to the odd whether, business is not too bad so far.

Current Earnings 13,150(16:50)

Jul 5, 2012

July 5th Thur. ‐ Another Dead Thursday

Thursday's afternoon has always been dead.

No exception lately.

It was a little raining in the morning, seems gone now, and I got a few from local hospital.

It was OK till one o'clock.

Then it got dead.

But good thing is easy and cool on the cloudy afternoon like today in the cab.

Current Earnings 6,110

Jul 4, 2012

July 4th Wed. - Rain As Not Forcasted

It's independence day, doesn't matter here in Japan though.

It was sunny in the morning, but now, rain started to fall as forcast never expected.

I went home earlier and put hanging laundry under the roof.

Business is not bad so far as I experienced a few dead afternoon from last week.

Current Earnings 9,830

Jul 2, 2012

July 2nd Mon -

It was very warm at noon but now clouds help me from boiling.

still so humid though.

I went home 2 in the morning after yesterday's shift and was working on PC updating my (Japanese) blog.

Then without any sleep, I woke my 5 year-old son and from 3:45am started to watch football game in Euro (Spain slashed Italy 4-0 on the final game).

I took brief sleep after that as I don't feel dizzy so far.

Business is dead as expected.

I should have skiped this shift ...

Current Earnings 1,890

Jun 29, 2012

June 29th Fri. ‐ Kicked Out From Kobe

It suddenly got hot this afternoon.

It's still cool in the night and morning so this heat is just sudden.

I was trying to attend Kobe marathon held in November but I got a mail that told I was out for the lottery.

I'm disappointed but I cannot understand they pick runners by lottery.

Communism shouldn't be applied to any sport.

They should have better system to pick runners like taking past race data.

Anyway, we are the nationals who love marathon maybe most in the world.

They should take everyone who wants to be there and everyone in our society should take the cost.

Current Earnings 8,180

Jun 28, 2012

June 28th Thur. ‐ Dead Thursday

It's getting in the middle of rainy seoson.

But it's half sunny and half cloudy this afternoon.

A little windy but the wind is dry and even cool.

Business is just dead.

I feel Thursday is not good lately.

I remember a few dead Thursday especially in the day.

Anyway, all I can do is just to bear sitting behind the wheel.

Current Earnings 6,570

Jun 27, 2012

June 27th Wed. - Silk Tree

This is a silk tree I cherished so much.

It's cut once in the winter, then I realized how much I loved the tree.

I gave up at that time and I felt down like I couldn't sleep a few nights.

But unbelievably, this new shoot began to glow.

I was so glad that I realized that the life is so strong, stronger than I've ever thought in my life.

And life is beautiful.

But this shoot, even with the whole root, was cut again.

I just cannot think anything right now...

Current Earnings 3,260

Jun 19, 2012

June 19th Tues. - Typhoon Is Gone?

It'd been forcasted that typhoon would hit this Kansai area tonight.

It'd been hard rain this morning and afternoon, and the rain should be harder at night as typhoon got closer.

And the night comes ...

It's still raining but so gently like typhoon would almost be gone.

Everybody went home earlier not to get wet.

What hit this area and the station?

Yes, silence does.

I have to bear sitting in the cab all night in the silence tonight.

Current Earnings 10,760

Jun 18, 2012

June 18th Mon - His First Game

It's so humid this afternoon.

It was a beautiful shiny Sunday after the rain started from Friday.

And yesterday was the day that my son played first football game in his life.

He had been very excited after the game as he realized he was really in there.

I was so excited too feeling I could share the great moment with him.

I feel I gotta do something ...

I keep thinking about that.

Current Earnings 13,710

It's a good Monday.

I wanna make 30 grand or more.

Jun 7, 2012

June 7th Thur. ‐ An Warm Day

It's another warm afternoon.

Temp in my cab is surging up to 34 degree now.

I turned off the engine and opened all the windows so let natural air in here.

So far, it seems working.

I get cool wind as it's still deadly 34 in here.

All right, it's not too bad to get sweat as long as I wouldn't release filthy smell when someone jumped in here.

Business goes as usual.

Current Earnings 4,760

Jun 4, 2012

June 4th Mon - Dull Afternoon

It's a cloudy start of the week.

It was warm but we still have a couple weeks to get wetty and humid seoson as now it's getting a little cool after the sun got hidden behind the clouds.

I've been exhausted after volunteer work at a vineyard yesterday.

I got a little hit this afternoon to Eitakuji temple, metered about 6 thousand.

Current Earnings 11,740

Jun 1, 2012

June 1st Fri. ‐ Getting Better

It's another warm day.

It's been sunny in the morning but this photo shows dark clouds now.

It might be, and I hope it will be, RAIN.

It makes our business better and the air cooler.

It was dead slow yesterday, but at night it got better.

It's dead slow today again.

But take it easy, it will get pickin up.

Current Earnings 2,500

May 31, 2012

May 31st Thur. ‐Dead Thursday

I remember it was dead slow last Thursday.

Then I went on to the trip to Korea.

It's been a week and the good days in Korea ripped the bad memory from my mind.

And now, it's Thursday again and it's, yes, completely dead slow again.

This morning I went the site we are planning to build a house.

If we, me and my wife, could build one it would cost a lot and I need to work harder.

Well ... it might be the time for me to get hastened.

Current Earnings 2,350

May 29, 2012

May 29th Tues. - Thunderstorm

It's been thunderstorm this afternoon.

I saw the hardest rain in this a few month.

It gets quite like summer as June is right ahead.

I came back from Korea, and showed up today's shift although I'm fatigued after the trip.

I'm on work in spite of the day off I meant to be because it's the day of the union officials erection.

I was 5th on the erection so missed to be the one of them as official menber would be 4 person.

I'm kind of relieved but on the other hand, downcasted a little.

Anyway I'm tired ...

Business goes as usual.

Current Earnings 7,800

May 24, 2012

May 24th Thur. ‐ The Day Before Leaving

It's another cloudy and slow day.

I'm leaving to Korea tomorrow.

A little excited but weary about too much to think about.

Feeling not great.

Maybe I should think everything easy now.

Everything's gonna be all right.

Current Earnings 4,990

May 22, 2012

May 22nd Tues. - Tokyo Sky Tree

It's a cloudy afternoon.

I woke up late just before 10 in spite of no alcohol Monday night.

And I rushed out to the work but it was just a slow day.

I should have done a little running this morning.

It was a good Monday which got more than 30, and this is a bad Tuesday which is the day that Tokyo sky tree opens to public.

Well ... I hope it'll get better in a few weeks from now.

Current Earnings 6,730

May 21, 2012

May 21st Mon - annular eclipse

It was few clouds in the sky this morning.

Forcast had said this morning would be cloudy so difficult to watch the eclipse.

But it was few clouds, almost sunny sky that showed great astronomical event, annlar solar eclipse.

We wouldn't be able to watch the great sky show like that in our life.

I'm glad that my kids could watch that with me.

Business goes good today.

Current Earnings 16,200

May 18, 2012

May 18th Fri. ‐ Yellow Sands

It's a nice and sunny afternoon.

But a lot of sands around the air are killing my nose.

I've got an allergy to the yellow sands.

I ran and swam a lot yesterday that might make the allergy worth.

Business is still very slow.

This is a bad week which might be worth than last week.

Current Earnings 5,530

May 16, 2012

May 16th Wed. - Starving

It's getting very warm now after the chilly week.

Since I run alot the day before yesterday, I still have sore on a few parts of my body.

And my body starves energy a little more.

I got 4 kilograms of weight only in a day after I cut off my weight 4 taking one week before that.

Anyway I need more.

I just jumped in the store and bought sandwiches and a Japanese cake made by beans.

I still can't wait dinner.

Current Earnings 8,020