Richard Hicks

Richard Hicks came all the way from UK.   He is a sales engineer of Dowdeswell, a plough manufacturer in Warwickshire, UK. This is the 4th time I see him.  Twice in UK and twice in Japan. I am happy to have friends not only on Ham Radio but also on business like this.

When he arrived in Japan, he seemed to be exhausted with the long flight and was suffering from a jet lag. He said he couldn’t sleep at all on the airplane even though his seat was in premier economy class.  Yes, he is right.  I flew the same course as his which is from Birmingham to Paris and Paris to Japan. As we get old it becomes difficult to sleep in the economy class on flights. I usually take business class but occasionally I have to compromise to spend long hours in the economy class which tiers me a lot.

The next day he came was a national holiday in Japan and my boss Kazuo and I took him to a national park which is located about 100 kms northeast of my town, Memuro. We went their with our wives and daughters on a brand new Ford Explorer that Kazuo has just bought a couple of weeks ago.

The weather was nice and we enjoyed the scenery.

The photo above was taken at a lake named “Onneto” which is well known for its beauty. The girls are my daughter Noa (front) and Towa Kazuo’s daughter. The background mountain is an active volcano named ” Me-Akan” and “O-Akan” which means ” Female Akan and Male Akan”.

The volcano provides very nice hot spring and we took a bath in them.

Richard didn’t know that we Japanese enjoy bathing in those Spa with “naked” and he was surprised to know he can use only a small towel to hide his front. 🙂

But it was an enjoyable time for him to dip himself into the hot natural spring.

He will be with us until 18th October.

Today, we have to visit a farm around 6:00 AM to see how the Dowdeswell Plough works on the field.


About Leo JJ8KGZ
Born in Hokkaido Japan. Name; Hiroto Tsukada I'm an enthusiast of a communication utilizing CW, Morse Code. An amateur radio operator since 1992. Have 3 children. An importer of Agricultural Machinery. Love traveling.

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