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May 21st, 2014:

A bad air day

This is what the air looks like when the Air Quality Index is 250. I will be wearing a mask today.

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Hail

We got a brief hailstorm on the way home from work today. I took this video from inside the shuttle van as we were driving past a small city park. Luckily for us in the van, we weren’t out in it. Other people weren’t so lucky. My bald head would not like to be hit by those big chunks of ice.

The hail stones were the size of large marbles. The storm didn’t last very long, it turned back to rain in just a few minutes.

Strawberries

This is how many strawberries you can buy for ¥10, or about $1.60. I had to clean them up and discard some bad ones.

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The berries themselves are quite sweet, but they’re very soft, so I think that they would not have a long shelf life, and would not travel well. These are very local strawberries.