Saturday, October 24, 2009


Don't put salt in your coffee.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lab meeting on Oct. 21st, 2009

1. Tanks this week: MK
2. Lab meeting - every Wednesday PM2:40~
3. MISE seminar - every Wednesday after lab meeting~
4. Writing class - every Wednesday PM5:00~
5. Explanation about usage of the sequencer on 5th floor - on 22nd PM2:30~
6. Diving at Manza on 23rd (Friday) - JDR, MK, TF, HS, YM
7. When you use MISE diving equipments, please inform lab members by using the blackboad.
Especially about camera, please ask JDR!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Update coming home from Costa Rica

Hi! JDR here with a small update:

1. Costa Rica was great - Prof. Jorge Cortes was a great host. Hopefully we can do more work in the future, and perhaps even set up some kind of agreement.
2. US bases in Okinawa need to be re-examined!! They provide economic help to Okinawa, but in some aspects they are not welcome - noise and pollution. Also, admittedly admission policies and privacy of personal information are not very good eother - just ask CA. Here is hoping the new government does NOT approve Henoko and moves Futenma out of Okinawa.
3. On the other hand, the new Japan govt. has evidently cancelled the JSPS Wakate S program for the next year (forever??). Another boo!

Ahhh, if only science and research was not influenced by politics...

See you soon!


Friday, October 16, 2009

See you soon!

FS finished his JSPS program and left Okinawa on Oct. 7th. (but he will come to Okinawa for Kume-jima project in November.)


Arigatou for 2 years!
We are the team even if we work at different places!

Good luck in Florida ; )

From MISE in Okinawa

Photo- FS's first camp in Okinawa

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lab meeting on Oct. 14th, 2009

1. Tanks this week: Marie
2. FS's desk - for now it is for third years.
3. Third years' seminar & master's seminar will be combined. - every Wednesday at 16:20~
4. Please pay money for MISE T-shirt to TF.
5. We did lab (352) clean-up!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

update from Costa Rica

A brief update on things here in Costa Rica.

1. Staying at my host's place, a prof here called Jorge Cortes. He has a nice house with a swimming pool and sauna - needless to say I am relaxing when not working. No internet at his place, so only when I am in the lab here at CIMAR.
2. Went to the Caribbean coast from the 8th to 11th, stayed at a place called Cahuita - check GoogleEarth. Very nice place, great food (great food everywhere here!), but no diving as there were waves. So did some snorkeling, very bad visibility, but got 16 specimens. Not bad considering the conditions.
3. Went to the Volcan Poas today, hiked around at 2700 m. Cool and cloudy, it is a cloud forest. Was very nice for a change.
4. Talk tomorrow at the Universidad de Costa Rica, even announced in the paper! I hope many people come.
5. There are animals everywhere here, I have seen: monkeys, raccoons, sloths, iguanas, frogs, butterflies, and of course zoanthids.

Anyway, some work now, then souvenir shopping. Talk tomorrow, and then museum work Wednesday, and leave Thursday. Hope everyone is genki.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Welcome party at Oku

We had a welcome pary for third years at Oku (northern part of Okinawa) on Sept. 26th~28th.
Three third years (TM, HS, and TN) attended.

We enjoyed diving, eating, beautiful stars, card game, talking, etc....

On the first night, we tried to dive in Oku. However, it was difficult to enjoy diving because of the strong current. On the other hand, west coast was quite good condition and we could enjoy stress-free diving on the next day.

I hope everyone had a good time.
Welcome to MISE!

Today's pic; weird sea urchin ' Colobocentrotus mertensii ' from Zatsun.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Lab meeting on Oct. 5th, 2009

1. tanks & cleaning: YI
2. seminar for graduate students - probably with Suda lab
3. seminar for undergraduate students - every Wednesday (for now)
4. Fred's desk - Does anyone want to use?
5. mid-term presentation for master 1st students will be held around Oct. 26th~28th.