Category: Travel

Tokyo: Day VI (sayonara)

Here I sit at 成田国際空港 (Narita International Airport), awaiting my slightly-delayed flight back to San Francisco. After clearing security* and immigrations, I grabbed a bowl of delicious tenpura udon, chatted over lunch with a military wife on her way back to the U.S., did a butt-load of shopping, and am


Tokyo: Day VI (homeward bound)

All my bags are packed
I’m ready to go
I’m standin’ here in Tokyo
I hate to wake you up to say “I’m heading to Narita and should be home relatively soooooooon…”

[ahem] Sorry.

Anyhoo, I’ve been scouring the room to make sure I don’t leave anything behind, when what


Tokyo: Day V (p.m.)

The entire office went out tonight for a very nice Chinese/Japanese sort of meal in Azabu. I even drank a little bit of beer. Those who know me well understand the significance of that. The booze flowed like water, but I stuck to tea after the initial 乾杯 (kanpai). The


Tokyo: Day V (Sony meeting)

The long-anticipated meeting with Sony has been accomplished. It took place at SCEI (Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc.), home of the Playstation and PSP.

The inside of the ground floor lobby was amazing. It looked like one might expect Kato Kaelin’s guest house to look if he were crashing with the


Tokyo: Day V (typhoon watch)

As you can probably see, typhoon #4 appears to still be on track. Thankfully, it looks like its effects will largely miss Honshu, pelting us only with wind and rain. If Ol’ #4 doesn’t hammer the mainland too badly, my flight should still be good-to-go for tomorrow. At any rate,


Tokyo: Day V (lunch)

Broke for lunch and walked past the famous Meiji Jingu baseball stadium, home of the Yakult Swallows. Stopped at a place that is famous for “old-style” ramen and had a bowl of menma ramen (ramen packed with bamboo shoots). I’m glad I didn’t order the large bowl, because the regular


Tokyo: Day V (a.m.)

Day 5: The morning of my last full day and night in Tokyo.

Being in Tokyo again has been blur… a blur of trains, pictures, blisters, elation, exhaustion, cute little girls in their sailor outfits, delicious food, loneliness, language, and shopping bordering on the hedonistic. But like all marathon sex


Tokyo: Day IV (p.m.)

So… what have I accomplished today? For starters, the meeting was Sony wasn’t today… it’s tomorrow. So I got to spend all day in my monkey suit for no reason. No biggie. At least I got to meet the folks from the office and have a fantastic lunch. At the

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