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If several people reply to this in the social event section I can post details and fix time. Maybe Friday 15th is better than later in the month.

You can suggest a place but before we have been to the Hub bar in Akihabara, cheap Thai restaurant in Kanda, and a few yakitori places in Ueno.

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I put back a photo gallery (fewer photos) of old OCJ events. Maybe it will give people ideas for events. In December I will add photos from 2014-16 etc.

You have a point, andy.
The colour of the leaves is much better when wet! 
I will go tomorrow, nozomi.
Yes it is going to rain... but if you look it says scattered showers and 1mm rain/hour - that's a very small/tiny amount.

Wear a raincoat or take an umbrella.

As I always used to say, the colour of the leaves is much better when wet!  ;)

9pm Japan time.

The forecast was just updated 9pm - showing no rain... well less than 1mm!!!
It’s totally up to you.
Hi, nozomi😆

it might rain tomorrow.😅
Are we going even if it rains?☺️☺️☺️
With a small stove and a pot, hot spiced wine is great for this trip by the river.  Even if a bit wet it is still a good trip.

Most important things are; sugar, oranges, lemon, cloves, cinamon. The rest are optional.
The large PET bottles (1.5+L) of cheap wine are good for this - darker red best. For 3-4 people you will need at least 1 large PET bottle - it goes very quickly. Usually we use 2 large bottles for about 4-5 people... you will be surprised.


Mulled - hot spiced wine  (for 1.4 L)

    2 clementines or oranges

    1 lemon

    1 lime (optional)

    200 g sugar

    6 whole cloves

    1 stick cinnamon

    2 fresh bay leaves (optional)

    1 vanilla pod, halved length-ways (optional)

Handful of raisins are nice too, also sliced apple - can eat after drinking.


Peel large sections from your clementines, lemon and lime - avoid white pith if possible
Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.
Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg.
Throw in your halved vanilla pod and stir in JUST ENOUGH wine (!!! not all the wine!) to cover the sugar - a little wine only!

Simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil.
Keep boiling for about 4 to 5 minutes or until thick.
The reason I'm doing this first is to create a wonderful flavour by really getting the sugar and spices to blend well with the wine.

When ready, turn the heat down to low and the rest of the wine.
Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it's warm and delicious...drink. Do not boil!

Weather (looks like a few showers and very small amount of rain)
Social Events (members - please post!) / Going back to France, gear for sale!
« Last post by marcb on Tue Nov 14, 2017, 08:57 PM »
Hello everyone,

Getting ready to fly back to France, I have a few outdoor gear items I am considering selling:
(might have room for them in the end, but since I do not use them very often...)

(rather urgent since I am leaving next Monday!)

1/ OR primaloft-type insulated jacket, a bit like this one
size M, got it on super sale for 8000yen but it turned out to be a bit tight in the shoulders for me. Plenty warm.
Goes for 4000yen.

2/ Montbell 100-weight fleece jacket size L,
An excellent fleece, but I eventually got the version with a hood that I like better. Going 2500yen.

3/ two pairs of microspike-type crampons (not Kahtoola brand but similar, probably a bit cheaper) size L (fits boots 26-28cm and shoes 28-30cm).
I later realized I prefer either lighter 4-points or full on 10-points so did not use them that much. I've seen people climb Fuji-san in early June with these though. Can't remember how much I paid for them. Lets going for 2000yen a pair.

4/ Captain Stag (the cheap type) oxygen can for Fuji-san, unused.
Goes for 0yen just come and get it.

5/ A can of bear spray I carried during my trips to Hokkaido, unused :P. Hard to find in Japan and expensive. Can't fly but TaQBin will get it anywhere in Japan (I used TaQBin to travel without my backpack from Hokkaido, cheaper than paying the luggage fee if you are flying low-cost!). Selling at the more reasonable american price, 3000yen.
(if needed, lesson on how to use it included in the price!)

 I live near Kagurazaka and work at Takebashi, since I have a ton of stuff to do before I leave I'd prefer meeting not too far from either of these.

Answer on this topic if interested!
Expecting several people on easy Okutama walk for autumn colours and sake brewery this weekend.

If you are a free member you must pay the 500yen event fee for each event.

You should do this before the event if it is confirmed. You can also do on the train or at the meeting point (on phone) if there is a signal there... at a station for example.

How to pay the event fee

Log in OCJ and go to your profile page. In the menu under 'Actions', select 'Paid Subscriptions'.

There will be one there for '1 Event Paid'. Click that and continue to PayPal to complete 500yen payment. After complete, you will see on the website you belong to a new group '1 Event Paid'. This will display for 4 days.
You need to do this each time you attend events in the outdoor section.
You can also upgrade to paid member the same way (1,000yen/year and events free).

See image:

I would like to join !
Thanks Nozomi san !
 Sounds great!!! :D
 I would love to join   ;)
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