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This is my fifth hatsuhinode in a row. It’s been a little tradition of mine to watch the first sunrise of the year.

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This year we waited for the sunrise at the Yokohama Symbol Tower. We came across the location when we were looking for places with a good view of the sunrise. Although it was a little cloudy, we had quite a good view of the sunrise.

Have you had a chance to reflect back on events that changed you in some way last year?

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There are a few things I want to strive for this year. My new year resolutions if you will.

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I would like to read more. I haven’t been reading as much as I would have liked in the past year. Resolution number 1, an hour of uninterrupted reading. Reading articles on the Internet doesn’t count. ^^. I’ll keep track of how many books I manage to read this year.

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I received my shodan (first black belt) in iaido last year. I want to get my nidan (second black belt) this year.

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I would like to be more creative. This might be hard to measure… Could be anything in the form of apps, DIY projects, hobbies etc. Maybe put more effort into blogging again!

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There’s this book I’ve been reading, “From Good to Great”. One of the things I took away from it and would like to apply to myself this year is to be more rigorous. I would like to develop a laserlike focus. Know distractions and have the discipline to cut them off. I would also like to put more effort into listening to what people have to say. Really listen. Focus on listening not simply just hearing.

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Another area I need to control is my TV time. It’s too easy to come home after work and plant my behind on the sofa and switch off to the sight and sounds of the TV. No more watching the whole season of Leverage in one Hulu sitting. Or any season of any TV series for that matter.

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Maybe I can spend a little more time in the kitchen. Learn to cook again.

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Hmmm… I’m going to stop here. That’s quite a lot to accomplish in less than 12 months! Maybe just one more. I would like to go on more road trips within Japan this year. Last year I drive from Tokyo to Osaka and from Beppu to Kagoshima; car and I took an overnight ferry from Osaka to Beppu. It was quite fun. I drove on the winding country roads of yamanami highway, through the twenty something tunnels on the way from Kumamoto to Kagoshima and even dipped in the onsen in Beppu.

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It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post. Feels a little awkward, like riding a bike after not having rode one for a long time. I’m sure it’ll come back after a few posts.

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So what about you? Anything you would like to strive for this year?

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  • alice

    You stayed up till morning to watch the first sunrise?

  • Ken

    I woke up early to watch the first sunrise. ^^. It’s been a long time. How have you been?