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Made a carrying case for a mini drone


Production notes


I made a carrying case for storage and carrying of the mini drone bodies, parts and a transmitter that I usually use for practice. Actually I only put the cushioning material called block cushion in the commercially available aluminum case for tools, but even so, the size of the cushion was just right and easy to process, and I was satisfied with the finished result.


The block cushion has 15 mm square cuts on the entire surface of a large sponge. In other words, it is a block of the 15x15x60 mm sponge pillars. The pillars are connected to each other in some points, and it is easy to make a hole without using a special tool because you can cut the connected points by hand or a ruler. Furthermore, I cut the sponge taken out of the holes into a suitable thickness with a cutter. Then I returned it into the original holes, and made the bottom parts according to the height of the things to be put there. 


But this is not good enough yet, because the upper half is left empty, and the contents will fall apart when you lift it, so I packed some cushioning material on the back of the lid as well. I removed the panel for tools and writing instruments originally attached there.


Space for the replacement parts has two stories.


Block cushion placed in the aluminum case (before being processed)

A main figure changes in quite a short time

Ladies' tresses


A little while ago I wrote, "Buta-na (Cat's ear) flowers are blooming all over." But when I went to that place again yesterday, I found the yellow flowers disappeared and the site had been replaced by the pink flowers called Nejibana (Ladies' tresses).


Flowers of the Nejibana are small and modest, but they have a unique spiral shape. When I look at the flowers, I feel that summer has come.


In the background, sunflowers that are main character of summer, when the Buta-na was in bloom were small nursery plants, grew up higher than a man and the large flowers bloomed.



The sunflowers here in "Star Land Sakadani" will be in full bloom soon.


tree frog
The rainy season is not over yet and there were tree frogs here and there.


Shurijo Castle | A World Heritage site in Okinawa Prefecture



Last weekend, I went to the main island of Okinawa and stayed in Naha City. Speaking of tourist spots in Naha, the Shurjijo Castle is a must.


This was my third visiting the castle but still it is my favorite place. When I come to the castle, I always feel, "I came to Okinawa!" It is said that the Shurijo Castle is the strongest spiritual spot and a sanctuary in Okinawan feng shui. No wonder I feel full of energy when I visit there.


Although the castle was destroyed by fire in 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa, it was restored as a government-managed park in 1992 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Okinawa's reversion to Japan. And, the existing castle ruin was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.


By the way, the key differences between the Shurijo Castle and ones in mainland Japan are that it has no castle tower and its stone wall is curved. In other words, the Shurijo Castle was one to entertain diplomatic missions from China rather than a fortress. (H.S)


Photo taken from the window of the plane before landing at Naha Airport


Shureimon gate 


Seiden, a symbol of the Shurijo Castle
It is said that the building was modeled on the Forbidden City in China.


The King's Throne, the most popular photo spot inside the castle


The whole castle from the back viewed from the observation area


The town of Shuri viewed from another direction of the observation area


The T-shirt shop on the Kokusai-dori Street is just like Okinawa.


Okinawan folk song live show in a bar "Utahime" on the Kokusai-dori Street
This is an Okinawan folk song called "Tanchame" at my request.

In fact, the yellow flowers "Buta-na (Cat's ear)" are useful.

Cat's ear


I think it is beautiful to see the little yellow flowers are blooming all over. The name of the flower that is similar to dandelion is "Buta-na (grass that pigs eat)".


It is so-called a weed, but it is eaten as a herb in Europe where it originated. The leaves and stems are edible, and you can also make herbal tea like "Dandelion coffee" using its roots. So it seems like a very useful plant. It's a pity that it is treated as a weed.


By the way, its French name is "Salade de porc (salad that pigs eat)" and it is the origin of the Japanese name "Buta-na".


The picture below is taken immediately after mowing in this place. The picture above is just two weeks later in the same place. I mentioned "It's a pity that it is treated as a weed" , but the "weed" grows too fast and strongly.


Starland Sakadani
This is the place where I practice drone. The mountain in the background is Mt. Arashimadake, one of "One Hundred Mountains of Japan".

The Japanese film "The Journalist"



I saw the film "The Journalist", which criticizes the current government. I don't think that this kind of film had been created in Japan.


The subjects of the film are an accusation by a female journalist Shiori Ito and Kake Gakuen scandal, which can be said that it is a controversial one that depicts the dark side of Japan in real time.


When I saw the scene that a bureaucrat of Japan's Cabinet Intelligence Investigation Room, Sugihara said, "I am a person on the government.", I questioned what he said. I wondered that just what "on the government" was, and the government and the citizens were enemies in the first place.


While seeing the film, I tried to figure out the meaning of the words that a journalist Yoshioka's father who had died left, "Believe and doubt yourself more than anyone else."


A Korean actress Shim Eun-kyung plays Yoshioka. Previously, her image was a merry girl because she played a younger sister in a Korean TV drama. But I was happy to see that now she became quite a charming woman. The quiet scenes with she and Tori Matsuzaka, who played Sugihara, were impressive. When the film ended, I thought it was really good that she played Yoshioka.


You can enjoy the film as a good piece of work regardless of your political beliefs. It made me realize that swallowing coverages and that thinking process comes to stop is the worst thing for Japanese people who have been pointed out that they are peace-addicted. So, I really felt that I should collect information as much as I can and think anything for myself first. (H.S)