I went to Mt. Fuji with 7 members in my institute. Rubbing eyes to wake up, we left ISSP 3:00 by a big car which had been rented 2 hours before. Professor A drove it. He did not climb and was only a driver. Thank you very much, Prof. A!!
We reached the 5th level of Mt. Fuji in the morning. There are 4 climbing routes in it and we selected Subashiri-route which is longer but surrounded with beautiful scene. After taking a picture, a team including 7 members started climbing at 7:00. It was pretty fine. This picture shows Mr. I and me.
Actually it was my second time to Mt. Fuji. The first time was 2 years ago. At that time I climbed through the night in a terrible storm and was almost dead at the top. But this time, we were lucky to enjoy a great view. You can find Lake Yamanaka in the following picture.
However it rained for 1 hour about noon, we all conquered the top! We arrived in front of a small shrine built at the end of the climbing route in 7 hours. But it is not the real top there, which is at the opposite side from the terminal point of Subashiri-route over the huge crater. Of course we walked to there. Here is the highest position of Japan, 3776m. (I’m wearing a raincoat.)
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Although I had taken 7 hours to climb up, I returned to the starting point in 1 and a half hours. I left the top at 4: 30, went down running on the sandy route, and was standing at the starting point at 18:00. I came back with a female student coming from U.S. to Akiyama laboratory. To my surprise, she was wearing sneakers! She walked as fast as I did all the way up and down. Walking on the way with rocks and sand was hard for me even I wore trekking shoes but she just wore sneakers to accomplish it. Wow! I wondered where such an amazing power was hidden in her.
We came back to ISSP at 23:00. We were all tired but filled with a sense of great achievement. I want to go again.
I had been suffering from severe muscular pain in my legs for a week after the climbing (>_<)
Dr. Y, Mr. N and I fabricated a stage for a new STM. We are going to take apart an old chamber which is not for STM, exchange its main chamber and set up the new STM. To begin with, we must modify the stage. I designed it and Y-san ordered it from a company. I had worried whether my calculation had been correct or not, but we could perfectly build it. I was so relieved.
Tuesday we put a new STM chamber on the stage which we had built Monday.
It took half a day to fabricate it. But we took it apart Wednesday afternoon because we found all welded parts discolored.
I felt sad when we finished dismantling in only 10 min. The chamber was sent to a company to be polished again.
I've been typing, watching a DVD, since yesterday.
I attended a summer school in Korea last month.
Participated students must make a lecture note of all lectures. Japanese students cover the Japanese professor's lecture which was recorded onto the DVD.
My part is 25 min. but it's hard to write down what he said directly.
I listened to same part again and again then my ears ache now.
When I was checking the LEED-AES*, I got an electric shock. Ouch!!
I was about to check whether the beam energy was applied or not by inserting a clip with my bare hands.
I supposed to connect it with a high-voltage voltmeter and switch the controller on.
But it had been already turned on by a partner whom I was working with. The voltage was not so high, below 100V, that I could release my hands, however, I felt something flowed through my arms for a moment. HU〜
I'm fine now.
I modified the top page and made a new content.
*:Low-energy electron diffraction and Auger electron spectroscopy
I took an examination in surface science. I need two credits, 1 lecture, to get a doctor degree.
So if I miss the test, I must have another class.
I had no idea about how difficult its questions were because there was not any exam. having been made before.
Thus I was little nervous. Fortunately I could bring my notebook and textbooks into the classroom.
Although I couldn’t solve few questions, definitely I will pass the test.