Sunday, August 02, 2009


First a quick note: I've not had Internet the last few days, so a
number of posts are sitting in my out box, and will all come through
at once.

Sitting on the plane back to Hong Kong, some closing thoughts on my 6
days in japan:

• the people are among the friendliest I have ever come across.
Always willing to point you in the right direction, or help with many
of the more peculiar customs.

• while food was about on par with most other big cities in terms of
price, transportation is much more expensive. This really hit me in
Hakone. Also, the fact that there are multiple companies serving the
same city doesn't really help all the much in terms of ease of use.

• the food was amazing: I had the best beef, the best sushi, and the
best things on sticks of my life. The dining culture is also very
social which makes a great meal even better.

• while train travel is enjoyable, in Japan it is purely utilitarian
- designed to get you from A to B as quickly as possible - the romance
is certainly not preserved.

• walking through most of Tokyo and other parts of Japan, I get the
sense that this is what we thought the future would be like 20 years
ago. There are lots of neon lights, overcrowded streets, and
everything feels slightly worn down - very much reminds me of

• I leave with a sense of wanting to come back - Tokyo was an
enjoyable big city like many others, but Kyoto gave a taste of
"Japanese" culture which I would enjoy seeing/learning more of.

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