Welcome to Asami Family Home Page '2020/2021

 

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Welcome to Asami Family Home Page 2020/2021 edition.

This page is updated roughly once a year around Christmas season to share our family's well being and activities with you.

2020 has been a strange year, which we do not care to repeat. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we spent most of the time at home going nowhere. Nothing much to report to you this year around. Well maybe just a little bit.

Luckily, the family has not contracted the disease and we are all healthy so far.

Below is the link to whatever little photo album we can share wit you this year. Please pay a visit.

Japan Trip

Family Gatherings


Memorial ceremony for Asami family


Memorial ceremony for Shoji family


Family Party

Overview of the Year

January last year, both mine an Akiko's father passed away. We had their funeral back then, ahd this past Janyary we had a 1st anniversary memorial to perform. We took all family to Japan for it. We were able to complete the ceremonies and met our relatives and freinds. The timing of which was very lucky, as the virus was beginning to spread over the world.

We were able to attend both ceremonies and had good famiy gatgherings while we were there. We had some good fun there. The lock-down began shortly after we came home to U.S.
Now that we are not sure when the borders will open, we do not know if we can get back for the next memorial, which was supposed to be in January 2021. There's really no hope for that now.

Sure, we had a few family gatherings - in the immediatel area, in the course of the year (don't tell our governer!) but they were rare and far in between, and kept distance, wore masks.

Let me know what you think
Opinions, Feedback, Questions Welcome
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Yes, we do wear face masks!


Family game scene



Japan Trip:

As stated above, we had a trip to Japan to attend memorials for both of our fathers.
It snowed on Akiko's father's memorial and was cold, but many of the family and friends gathered.
My father's memorial, a few days later, turned out to be a fine day. My mother, who is living in the care home in Yokohama, was also able to attend.

Outside of those busy family schedule, we were able to meet some of our friends and also had some fun.
We usually stay around Tokyo and Yokohama areas, but this time we decided to take a trip to central northern shore of Kanazawa. It was a crazy idea since Kanazawa is a cold country and it was in January. It was indeed cold and breezy, but luckily it didn't get cold enough to show. It was an area of Japan we haven't been to; the city was fantastic, the views were beautiful, the history was awesome and and the food was great.

Please see some of the photos of our trip by clicking here.

Working from Home

Marvell has closed the Irvine office in late March, and remains closed up to now. They are trying to phase in the re-opening, but the way the pandemic situation looks, it would be hard to imagine this happens any time soon.
Meanwhile, Tak has been working from home all these time. The second floor studio is now his office. We had Zoom and Slack setup prior to the pandemic, we are able to access company's computing resources. So we were able to work to achieve goals as we projected, but we certainly miss human interactions.

Akiko, meahwhile, is working as store clerk at a stationary store in Costa Mesa. The place has not been as crowded now, but I am still worried; she is OK so far, and there is no infected person in the store as of now (there were some report of some people infected in other stores in the same complex though). The store is operating in a shortened schedule, but not closed.

Tennis!

No. Most things thinnis were canceled this year. No BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, No UCLA tennis (the season canceled just before the big USC match), no Newport Beach Challenger event, and the tennis club was closed till May.
I was contend to hit a ball agains nearby school house wall to keep in shape (it didn't help much).

But due to my work from home situation, I have been able to keep 3 days per week playing schedule since late May. Two of the days on weekdays after work, but no communting helps in that regard.
The regular schedule helped me getting back to shape, and feels I'm playing the best tennis since before the knee surgery.

We just hope that we can get back to Indian Wells next March.

Family Gatherings

Since our kids moved out (they live in Buena Park, vacated by my parents moved back to Japan), the two of us occuply this house in Mission Viejo. No close infectious contacts there.

But now and then, like our birthdays or some holidays like Christmas, we still gather to have a fun day.

Here's some pictures of the party; nothing really extravagant here.

The bad news is that our favorite sushi bar is "temporarily" closed recently, so we can't enjoy his masterful cuisine any more. This is torture.



2021 is Year of Ox

Click to learn about Chinese Zodiac

 


Tak participates in Japanese group meeting


Tak's Things (Ham Radio...)

Most of Radio things were canceled this year, too.

No contesting, no Field day. Not even Ham Fests.

Some of the technical project continues, but all via tele conferencing. The project has been delayed badly due to various circumstances, but we recently finally fabricated one of the electronic board assembly, and expecting to leap forware early in 2021.

A good thing is, because of the pandemic across the Pacific, the technical group in Yokohama Japan, is hosting the meeting in Zoom. So suddenly I am able to attend the meeting on regular basis, not just when I am in Japan.

These are extremely knowledgeable and dedicated individuals with common interests. I'm lucky to be with them.
The time difference is such that they fall at late night for me, so I stay up till I get too sleepy.

Tne radio station W6SI has a new rig this year!

     

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