At narita airport about to board the long 11 hour flight to Detroit… Just wanted to say thank you to all my friends in japan for such a productive and friendly stay here. This place is amazingly freindly and respectful… Ive been bowing and getting bowed out for so long that i think i'll miss the freindly bobbing and bending when i go home. I really do love coming here.. And hope to come back soon…
Ahhhh.. We're boarding now.. Gotta fly.
,ore from the other side.
Night all, nite sam
Productive last day at amagi.. began wiht a 5 mile run up and dwown the moutnain road with Luis and CHristian.. then all day of meetings. with a short brake for lunch and one hole of golf on the cute little green out back…
By the time we got back on the bus for the 35 hour drive back to tokyo we wwere all pretty exhausted.. we hijacked the bus to stop at a convienince stor for ‘supplies’ (lots of beer and dried squid to eat).. it was quite a feeding frenzy in the store with Rolf and Tuji-san leading the check out..
it was a pretty well stocked sore. They even carried ‘Vermont Curry;.. a pupular dish in Japan.. no one knows why it’s called ‘vermont curry’ thoguh.. it does have pictures of apples on it.. go figure.
We made one smore sop on the way home at a rest stop that had the largest , most complex codfffe vending machine the world has ever seen !
We got to the hotel about 9:30, a nice older place…
we quickly checked in then Simon, Ben and I waleled over to a suchi place in the bus station across from the hotel that those guys know well.. You gotta love a place where even the bus station sushi is better than our best suchi bars at home..
we were swapping food stories when ben, who lives in china. whipped out his phone and showed us the duck beak sup he’d had a clients cafeteria the other day..
dinner was great and quick..
then back through the empty bus station to teh hotelll
for a few more hours of work meetings.. .. these have been some long days.. but overall .. a very good trip
OK.. more form the road tomorrow, thanks for everything Japan.
nite all, nite sam
Spent the day in meetings today inside the Amagi IBM site.. it was just as well as it was raining and a bit streany nost of the day I did get out with my freind Luis for an ealry morning run on the steep mountain road. THere were deer everywhere !
I came back to find these two wonderful pictures of last nights prm back home… So nice to see the kids all dressed up and having fun…
The work day was interesting and fun.. a little challenging because of the language barrier. I really like the teams from both out occupancies.. We took time out from our discussions to take a picture… .
I also took short break to work on ‘eraserhennge’
Freaky thing was that my old IBM commercial was running occasionally in the lobby with Japanese subtitles.. Pretty funny to see it there !
AFter dinner I went out to get some air The air was pea soup thick with fog.. very cool and mysterious
OK.. jet lag is taking over..
time for dreasm..
nite all.nite sam
Greetings from the top of a mountain somewhere near Amagi Japan.
Woke up early so I could Facetime with Gabe who was going to the Senior prom with Raya tofday (aka last night in Vermont) . technology is so cool that I could call them standing in a park near mt mansfield and see how they looked. .. and they looked great.. !!!
It was a 3 hour bus drive here from Tokyo.. the first part was through urban japan.. after a stop to get a bite.. we started climbing through the winding mountain roads/ Not easy when you had day old sushi and a candy bar for breakfast.
The mountains are beutiful.. all in the shadow of mount fuji..
it’s (evidently) a gfreat place for parasailign as there were a zillion of these things hovering overhead as we drove.. very cool !
Nothing cures motion sickness like a quick lunch of raw squid.. seriously delicious even on a queasy stomach.. byt the start of our meeting I was as good as new.
after lunch I took advantage of the 30 minute break to take a peacful walk in the surrounding woods. It’s cool and shady up here in the mountains.. a welcome releife from Tokyo which is already pretty hot (about 75 degrees)
after our meetings and a really delicious dinner we were told to go put on our bathrobes and jump n hot water with our esteemed clients.. WTF ? oh well, why not. the bathrobes are comfy and pretty sporty..
the bath was great and relaxing (as witnessed to by the bllod pressure mahcine just outside)
now I have some code to write.. and hope to wake for an early moring wunr.. so I’ll end here.
More tomorrow.. Nite all, nite sam