Beginning of the rainy season


Yesterday, the Kinki region entered the rainy season. It started raining hard in Kyoto.

The rainy season started 21 days earlier than normal, the earliest since statistics began. I was hoping to enjoy the fresh green season a little longer.

The coriander flowers in my vegetable garden have already started to bloom. The season is shifting from spring to summer.

I hope that the onset of the rainy season will help reduce COVID-19 infection.
posted by toons at 19:42 | diary


Aoi Matsuri parade was cancelled!


The parade of Aoi Matsuri, one of the three major festivals in Kyoto, has been cancelled today.

Every year, I used to go and watch the gorgeous "Rotou no Gi" parade in the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

Looking back at the photos from three or four years ago, I can see that there was a huge crowd of tourists and spectators. As expected, if we do such a situation now, there will be a COVID-19 infection cluster, so the cancellation will be unavoidable.

It's still a shame, so I'll show you photos from 2017 and 2018. She is the heroine of this festival, "Saiou Dai".

# 2017

# 2018
posted by toons at 12:31 | diary


Got new MacBook Air M1!


I've got a new Apple laptop!

- MacBook Air (M1 2020) Gold, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD

This is the latest model with the Apple M1 chip, launched in autumn 2020.


Actually, the first one I received was in Space Gray.

I had a trouble with the purchase process, so I returned it and bought another one. The Space Gray looked sleek and sophisticated, but it gave me a rather dark and negative impression.

In this era of COVID-19, I decided to go for the Gold model to brighten up the atmosphere to stay home! The color is very subdued, more like pink gold or bronze than a pure gold.



The packaging is very simple, as is typical of Apple: just a brochure, charger and USB-C cable.


I took it out of the box, opened the top cover, and it suddenly turned on and started activating!

I was a little surprised, but I guess it's just like the iPhone. It's very friendly to first-time Mac users. However, if you haven't prepared a WiFi environment in advance, you may be in a panic.


I'm currently using a rather old MacBook Pro, and I was thinking that its successor would be the same Pro model.

I thought the previous MacBook Air with the Intel chip was too underpowered to be useful.

However, the MacBook Air with the M1 chip has very high performance, and apps launch instantly and are available right from sleep. It's just like using a mobile device like an iPhone.

I was also surprised to see that the device does not get hot at all despite the lack of a cooling fan. Since it is fanless and SSD, it is completely silent, making it the perfect machine for audio environments.

With my current MacBook Pro, even with the cooling fan running, the palm rest gets so hot that I feel like I'm going to get cold burns, so I've installed a PC cooler pad under the laptop. I was quite annoyed by the fan noise that kept running all the time.


At first, I installed Xcode 12.5, Apple's software development environment. Upon launching the app, I was prompted to install Rosetta. For some reason, it seems the Intel code!

I built a previously developed iPhone app code and tried to run it in the simulator. I was surprised at how fast it was, even though it was emulating Intel code, whereas it took much longer on my MacBook Pro.

I've only just started using it, but so far I'm very pleased with the processing performance of the MacBook Air with M1 chip. The quality of the product and the cost performance are also excellent.
posted by toons at 16:24 | PC


Magic hour


The evening sun looked purplish, so may be partly due to the yellow sand.
Looking towards Nishiyama from Oike-dori in Kyoto.
posted by toons at 20:52 | diary