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Flight was easy, only about nine hours and we got in about 45 minutes early. Took the Narita Express from the airport and managed to find my hotel without too much trouble. Weather is a bit humid, though I seem to be getting used to it. Ventured out to find the VeriSign Japan office which is about a fifteen minute walk from where I'm staying. Ended up surprising people since they didn't expect me until Friday, but turned out alright since it was their once a month "pizza and beer" party. Got a bunch of maps printed and then ventured to Shibuya to meet Deni, a friend from high-school, for dinner. Turns out a few friends are currently in Tokyo, so trying to setup dinner with everyone next week.

Friday met Joi Ito for lunch out in Roppongi which required some subway and JR navigation. Hardest part though was actually finding the restaurant once I made it out there. Seems Joi got a picture of me mid-sentence. :P Some crazy fountains and the Mori Building which I guess has a nice view out over the city.

Afterwards, ventured back to the office for some meetings through the afternoon and early evening. That night they hosted a dinner party for a variety of new employees as well as one person who was leaving the company. Had my first experience with shoe lockers; was pretty nice not wearing shoes. Food was wonderful, a nice assortment of sashimi, cabbage and bacon, beef tongue (tastes like ham), a sauce for each type of food (did you know there is different soy sauce for sashimi and maki rolls?). Afterwards ventured with some co-workers to an "American Style Bar", though I was certainly the only American the Texas Bar in London is more authentic.

Today went to the Apple Store since I forgot my iPod charging cable. Pretty much the same as others, though found some cool things not in the US. Was impressed by the number of different drinks the stores carry and the $1.30 each tangerines. Subway system is crazy, can't make sense of the station maps, but I was doing better than another American couple I saw who couldn't figure out how to buy a ticket. Still just choosing a random exit to leave a station and then hoping for the best once I find the street.

Went over to Akihabara and found crazy electronics stores. A fully aisle dedicated to mice and underwater camera housings. At this point the store's security guard told me to stop taking pictures. Saw crazy street dancing (video), before the police came and kicked her out. Got some bubble tea and then found a shop in an alley which sold unlocked cell phones. So now I'm the proud owner of an unlocked Nokia N73 which is quad-band GSM and 2100Mhz CDMA along with a 3.2 megapixel camera, video conferencing, etc etc.

In other news, technology still sucks. iPhoto keeps crashing, VPN doesn't stay connected, the Treo sucks, FaceBook limits you to 60 photos per gallery, resizes them too small, and no easy way to link to all my public albums, I'd have to pay Flickr to just upload one day's worth of photos, LiveJournal's photo hosting hasn't been touched in at least a year, bleh.

Need to figure out what I want to do tomorrow, might try to go see a parade tonight, and then Monday I fly to Seoul for the day.



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Jul. 14th, 2007 09:48 am (UTC)
So you stay at the Roppongi Hills Grand Hyatt? I guess it's fabulous and actually 1 minute walk from my ex-apartment. How's the weather? I saw the news saying the huge typhoon is approaching to the East. Beware!
Jul. 14th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Staying at the Marunouchi Hotel right across the street from Tokyo Station.

Not sure about a typhoon, though it was raining today. I think I looked really silly, beyond just being non-Japanese, since I was walking around in cargo shorts and a fleece with no umbrella.
Jul. 14th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
+1 on technology

I blew through my Flickr limit about 6 months ago, and refuse to pay for yet another internet service. Have switched to Scrapbook and find it frustrating, but at least there's no limit.
Jul. 16th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
Wanna pick up some electronics for me?
Jul. 17th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
What do you want?
Jul. 17th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Jul. 17th, 2007 09:36 am (UTC)
Welcome to Japan! Have fun!!
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