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This is the journal of my 2 year trip to Japan. "Why are you going there?", people ask me. I usually reply, "To learn about intelligent robots". But I'm thinking of using a better one, "To get these damn robots out of my mind!" -- Ricardo Carnieri

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Monday, June 28, 2004

OK, here are a few comments on the ATR workshop trip.

I got up really early, and left for the university by bike even though it was raining. Wakuda’s car is a station wagon, Nissan, old model. He likes “world music”, and had several Cuban and Indian Cd’s. Now he has a Ze Ramalho in his jukebox, ‘cause I forgot it!

Before the workshop we stopped at Nara for some sightseeing. We went to Toudaiji, where the Daibutsu (great Buddha) is. Absolutely fantastic. And seeing the deers bowing to receive treats was an interesting experience too. Someday I’ll put the video online.

ATR has research on neuroscience and robotics, among others. At the workshop we had talks by: Atkenson, from CMU; Kawato, ATR; Chaminade, ATR; Hodgins, CMU; Cheng, ATR. I especially liked Kawato’s presentation, because it is more focused on neuroscience. The reception was great: good Japanese food and interesting conversations. I also met Kenji Doya from ATR, who works with neuromodulation.

Hon san came back to Nagoya with us. We played the letters game in English (maybe we can make a Kanji version?!). Eh aquela que o primeiro fala “F…” dai o segundo “Fa…” dai o terceiro “Faz...” e assim por diante, e quem terminar a palavra perde (負ける).

I slept very little because I had to go to an elementary school in the morning. I’ll talk about that visit later.

See ya folks. 旅行の写真はあとで送ります。
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Hello my friends, Just thought I'd write something before I leave for the workshop. Thought it is raining, but I rode my bike anyway; a little dangerous though, because I was using my umbrella. Whatever.

This is my first trip with Japanese friends; from the lab, actually. Wakuda-san and Kajima-san. They are interested in brain stuff too, so this workshop (at ATR) might be interesting for all of us.

Nagoya is becoming very hot, even though it is still the rainy season.

Para os amigos do Brasil, como foram as festas juninas? Sei que la em casa foi legal, 18a edicao ou algo assim! Legal que o Vina, Marcel, Valente e familia foram. Tomem um quentao por mim.



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Monday, June 21, 2004

This weekend Carlos and I went to Kyoto. I have simply no words to describe it. I could talk about Kinkakuji, Nijojo, Sanjusangendo etc, but I decided only to show that which impressed me most in Kyoto.

That would be Ryoanji ("Temple of the peaceful dragon"). This is where one of the most famous rock gardens is. But what really caught me was the wash basin with the inscription: 吾唯足知

Actually, the kanji are not written like that. They are arranged in a circular fashion, with the radical for mouth (口) in the middle, into which the water falls.

The translation would be something like "I learn only to be contented", or "I just know satisfaction". It seems that this is an important concept in Zen philosophy.

Ware tada taru wo shiru.
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Monday, June 14, 2004

Um filminho: fim de noite, voltando pra casa. Tsugi wa, Sakurayama, Sakurayama...
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Sunday, June 13, 2004

Algumas fotos da ultima saida sabado a noite.
Clique aqui para ver as fotos

Sem comentarios sobre a barba, por favor.



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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Hoje cansei de estudar no laboratorio, entao sai para passear. Num lugar obscuro da universidade, ao som de Nou, encontrei um estudante fazendo malabarismo e resolvi puxar conversa. Logo estavamos os dois e mais um amigo jogando bolinhas coloridas para o alto; eles sao muito melhores do que eu.

Depois vieram uns amigos deles e juntos fomos jantar no shokudo. Alguns nomes, para eu nao esquecer: Ishida, Matsuoka, Ishikawa, Mizushimo.

Tanoshikatta.
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Monday, June 07, 2004

OK, respondendo a pedidos, algumas fotos...

Ainda nao tive tempo de por no blog, estou transferindo para o site do laboratorio. Mas por enquanto acessem aqui:

http://photos.yahoo.com/ricardocarnieri

Quanto ao MSN, nao esta funcionando direito. Yahoo eu uso as vezes.
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Saturday, June 05, 2004

Eu sei, eu sei, nao escrevo faz duas semanas. Mas eu estava muito ocupado! Serio mesmo!

Estou estudando kanji como um louco. Descobri um metodo que funciona para mim, agora estudo uns 40 por dia. Mas, como consequencia, sobra pouco tempo para a aula de japones e para o laboratorio. Shikata ga nai.

Um amigo brasileiro notou que meu portugues ja esta ficando estranho; traduzo coisas do ingles ao pe-da-letra. Imagino como estarei daqui a dois anos! O ingles tambem tende a piorar devido ao sotaque dos japoneses.

Esse fim-de-semana tem o Meidai sai, ou Festival da Universidade de Nagoya. Hoje eh o dia mais importante, acho que tem apresentacoes de dancas e costumes de outros paises. Talvez eu ensine uns japas a jogar truco.

O laboratorio eh dividido em grupos: o grupo de nanocoisas, o de microrobotica, o de biocoisas e o grupo que nao se encaixa nos anteriores. Eu estou nesse ultimo. Coincidentemente, eh o grupo dos mais malucos. Fomos jantar esses dias perto de Motoyama; como eu era convidado, soh precisei pagar 2000 ienes. Baratim.

Joguei GO com um brasileiro esses dias. Joguinho simples, mas complicado. Tambem toquei, ou tentei tocar, didjeridoo, ou sei la como escreve.

Agora tenho uma camera digital. A menor que encontrei, bem pratica. Logo faco um album para a diversao de todos. 今から勉強しなければなりませn。

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