Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui




I made AiRScouter, a secret weapon to fly drones safely, available to my Mavic.


Production notes

Using AiRScouter WD-300A


When taking aerial shots or movies with a drone, I sometimes lose track of it while looking at a monitor. I usually fly it by myself and decided to use a head-mounted display for one eye named AiRScouter to solve such an anxiety. By using this, I can check images on the monitor without taking my eyes off of the drone, so the operational safety is greatly improved. Although the display is very small, I can watch not only images but also a telemetry information such as its battery level, distance, and altitude.


But there was a problem. The AiRScouter connects to a transmitter or a monitor connected to the transmitter using an HDMI cable and mirrors the image of the monitor onto the display near my eyes. It can be used with Phantom4 Pro+ because its transmitter has an HDMI port. But it cannot be used with Mavic series. It was a big problem for me, so I tried EZCast 2.4G HDMI dongle receiver that was sold for 2,699 yen on Amazon, and I was able to use it without any problems. An iPad or an iPhone connected to the transmitter and this dongle are connected via Wi-Fi, so around the transmitter became tidy.

Inserting the EZCast directly into the control box of the AiRScouter interferes with the power USB port next to the HDMI port, so I use a 10-centimeter HDMI extension cable (DOSAN brand) . That's a little bulky, but it can't be helped.


The power cable terminals of the AiRScouter and EZCast are both USB Type-A, so I use a mobile battery (MOXNICE brand) that has two Type-A USB ports.


I got a hard case for the Air Scouter and some small items related to it. I also put an adapter for attaching an iPad to the Mavic's transmitter and an HDMI cable for wired use in the case.
TRUSCO Protector Tool Case Olive M TAK13OD-M


Academy Award-winning film “Parasite”



I went to see the Korean film “Parasite”, which won the 92nd Academy Award for the Best Picture as the first Asian film.



Although I have watched several Bong Joon-ho’s films, especially in this film, I was so amazed by his original script. No one can write one in this way. He included different essential parts in a two-hour film naturally. I think that this film expanded the possibility of films.


No utter villains appeared, but there were family love and hope in the film, and that was really great as an entertainment. The film is deserved by Palme d’ Or award and Academy Awards.


By the way, here are ten of my favorite Korean films in random order.


Christmas In August
My Brother
Memories of Murder
A Moment to remember
The Man from Nowhere


I am afraid that these are a bit old films because I haven’t watched Korean films for the last few years.
Anyway, there is “Bong Joon-ho’s “Memories of Murder”. I remember the impact when I watched it for the first time. I heard that finally the criminal of murder cases that the film used as a model was identified last year. A fruit appeared in both films, “Memories of Murder” and “Parasite”. I am wondering about it. (H.S)

Easy delicious yogurt with mixed dried fruit


Beauty and health

It is not easy to eat fresh fruit every day. But dried fruits are convenient as you can keep longer. Dried fruits contain condensed various nutrients and more dietary fiber than fresh ones, which are one of healthy ingredients.


So we should eat them positively but they are a bit hard to eat, if there is a negative point. Then, why don’t you mince, mix them with yogurt and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator? It becomes very delicious next morning.


Because the dried fruits absorb water from the yogurt and they become soft. Also, excess water of the yogurt is removed and it becomes creamy like a fancy dessert. This is exactly win-win, isn’t it? You can eat quickly after taking it out of the refrigerator, so it is convenient for breakfast. (H.S)


Topped with dried cranberries. Mix dried fruits at the bottom and eat.


Recently dates have become popular, which are good. They are nutritious and rich in minerals.


I recommend this yogurt by Koiwai Dairy Products Co., Ltd., which doesn’t have a sour taste and is creamy, so it is delicious on its own.

Manager Tanaka's restaurant



Ms.Tanaka (left) and Mr.Kasahara (right) are business partners.


I went to "Manager Tanaka's restaurnat", which opened last year (2019) in the downtown area known as Katamachi near our office. The restaurant's name may sound a bit unusual. In fact, Tanaka had served as a manager of a local adult softball team for many years and provided meals to the players. She has cooking skills and continued to have a dream of opening a restaurant. So did the team's head coach Kasahara. And they realized the dream together as partners.


On the counter, there are prepared dishes using indispensable ingedients for local dishes of Fukui such as fried tofu and satoimo (taro). In addition, Tanaka cooks various special dishes if you order something not on the menu. I had a meal while having a light drink. It was comfortable and I was able to relax, even though it was my first time to go to the restaurant. It was perhaps because of their warm personalities.


The small restaurant has seven seats at the counter and a table.


Speaking of Fukui's local cuisine, I have to touch on "simmered pickled daikon radish."


I ordered Thai-style fried rice. A slight flavor of nampla was good (but Mr. Kasahara doesn't like it much).


Its appearance and sign


Souvenir recommendation of Osaka “Freshly baked cheese cake by Rikuro’s”



Recently, when I go to Osaka, I buy the freshy baked cheese cake by Rikuro’s home. They bake cakes at each shop respectively. Customers wait in lines of the shops but it’s no wonder because the freshly baked cheese cake is only 725 yen (with tax) for a 18cm whole cake.


Rikuro’s cheese cake is moist and fluffy, and even those who don’t like sweets can enjoy it. Raisins at the bottom of the cake accentuate the taste.


Who is Rikuro?

Rikuro Nishimura (1933-2007)
Rikuro was born in 1933 in a mountain village of Awaji Island, Hyogo Prefecture. When he was 16, he apprenticed to a confectionery wholesaler in Osaka. Two years later, he started working for another confectionery maker to master skills for confectionery making. He became independent from the company when he was 23. He founded “Chidori-ya” in 1956. In 1984, Rikuro mark was born as a branding iron when he sold freshly baked cheese cakes at the opening of its Kita-kagaya shop. Afterwards, his shops’ name was unified into “Rikuro’s”. Their cheese cake is loved by many fans. He is a founder of Rikuro Co., Ltd., which has eleven directly managed shops in Osaka City. (H.S)


The freshly baked cheese cake
The photo is from their official website.

[Video of branding the cakes with a hot iron]
When they are finished baking, a bell rings. The cakes are jiggly.