Author: <span class="vcard">valerauko</span>

日和田山

知り合いの知り合いと日和田山行ってきた。登山にはあまりならなかったが、自然の中のいい感じの散歩ではあった。相手が初心者なこともあってこれぐらいでちょうどよかった。

日和田山は高麗駅からちょっと歩いたところにある標高305mの山。丘と呼びたいところだがさすがに失礼だからやめる。山頂から飯能は見下ろせるぐらいの高さはちゃんとある。

ルートは、高麗駅から男坂で日和田山登って、景色見て、選挙車がうるさいなとつぶやいて、女坂で降りて、巾着田の公園とゴルフ場の横抜けて飯能駅まで歩いて戻った。歩く距離としては健康的だったと思う。

一瞬だけ飯能も住むところとして悪くないなと思ってしまうぐらいの自然の近さだった。通勤はつらそうだけど。


中央線ビールフェス

武蔵境で4日間開催された中央線ビールフェス行ってきた。中央線沿いのビール醸造が7軒も出店してて充実してた。

いうまでもないが、そんだけ出ると、そして一箇所でも3-4種類のビールがあると、全部は飲んで回れない。個人的に印象に残ったのは10antsのラインアップ。

あと阿佐ヶ谷の20tapsがFish Storyってビール出してたので、その小説読んでた時が懐かしくなったつい飲んだ。ウィートラガーはあまり趣味じゃないけどね。


Filament

It’s hard to start new habits. I almost forgot to do this today.


Juntocracy

A few days ago I came up with an idea. I’ve been making worlds in my head for as long as I can remember, but coming up with stories in those worlds was a whole different deal. So I figured I’d just practice writing by picking a random word every day I go to the gym (which is most weekdays) and write 200 words (at least) around that.

Today’s word was “juntocracy.” (Somewhat amusing that my spellchecker doesn’t know it.)


Covers

Sometimes I hear a song, and I don’t even realize it’s a cover. Then when I do, I often check out the original too. I kinda trust the artists I listen to, so if they thought a song worthy of covering, then I might like the original too.

There are a few songs like that, that led me to discover older artists I hadn’t known about. One of the first such cover I remember is Helloween’s Fast as a shark. It’s originally a song by the likewise German, and even more ancient metal band Accept. They’ve been around since ’68! Nonetheless, I only found out about them when I heard Helloween’s cover. After that, I had some of their albums in my library for a good while.

Even bigger a success (at least from my point of view) is HammerFall’s cover of Ravenlord. It’s originally a Stormwitch song. Much like Accept, Stormwitch is an older band from the German metal scene that I didn’t know about. When I realized Ravenlord’s a cover, they were actually enjoying some renewed attention, possibly thanks to that very cover. At this point I’m listening to Stormwitch about as much as HammerFall – admittedly not as much as I used to, but they’re still present!


Akadake visszavágó

Egy pár hete megpróbáltam már egyszer megmászni a Yatsugatake legmagasabb csúcsát, ám akkor a hágóvas hiánya és az átfagyott bakancs kifogott rajtam. De én nehezen viselem a vereséget, úgyhogy pár nappal később vettem egy eggyel nehezebb (és melegebb és keményebb) bakancsot, amire már hágóvasat is lehet kapcsolni. (Ő aztán az Akagin került tesztelésre.)


Download Japan 2019

To sum up Download’s experiment with expanding to Japan: good artists, meh sound. The lineup was truly, truly outrageous: Amaranthe, Man with a Mission, Halestorm, Arch Enemy – just to name those who brought me to Makuhari. The headliner Judas Priest are legends (if aged) and some may consider Slayer music too (I have trouble in that regard).


Arcarum

Today the Arcarum summons got their fifth release and the associated characters (sages?) have been unlocked as well. They’ve finally raised the weekly/total point limits too, so now I’m less likely to bump into that wall when running the rounds.


赤城

艦これ当時けっこうやってた。ここ5年はほとんど触れてないけど、キャラとかネタは今も関わってる。フィギュアとか、ポスターとか、スマホケースとか。あと山。帝国海軍の艦艇はかなりの数でその名は山からきてるのがある。理論上は一等巡洋艦が山になってたけど、条約とか資源や戦役の展開であっちこっちに船種が変わってたからあまりそういう「ルール」はたよりにならない。


Akadake loser

Akadake (often romanized as Mt Aka) is part of Yatsugatake, it’s highest peak actually. The range is known for being “active” all year round. Other mountains get inaccessible and deserted as winter starts: buses stop running, mountain huts close until spring and so on.

The Yatsugatake range has lots of ski resorts and it’s a friendly place for people like me who want to try climbing in snow. I’ve had a weekend’s fun in Tateshina already (which is the northern neighbor of Yatsugatake actually), so now I decided to jump into the deep water (snow) and go for Mt Aka. I didn’t expect the difficulty I faced.