January 11 thru Friday, January, 15 - weekdays when I got out of the plant site

The project is going well and it is a typical Amazon adventure - very hard working people focused on quality and an aggressive deadline.  It's fun.  Here are some of the things that I saw this week outside of work.

 

Skytree Tower, Tokyo - January, 2016

 

 Tokyo sprawl from the top of the Skytree Tower at night.  There are 38 million people living in this wide area.  It is a horizontal city, like my home in L. A.  Although there are a lot of tall buildings, most of the region is mile after mile of low buildings filled with people who have learned how to get along well with their neighbors.

 

 Shibayu crossing.  Tokyo is incredibly clean.  There is no trash on the streets and no trash cans either.  When you buy something to eat, you either finish it at the restaurant or, if you take it with you, you carry the wrappers home with you.  Everybody eats most of their meals out.  There are hundreds of restaurants everywhere.  The food is very good and inexpensive.

 

 

Tokyo Skytree.  Because the city is so clean, there is very little food around for birds and consequently not many birds.  Interestingly, there are loud speakers in lots of public spaces that are playing pretty bird songs.

 

 

Puppies for sale in a glass case.  This picture shows a Japanese attitude towards their animals that is very different from how Americans relate to their pets.  Although the Japanese love their pets, they treat them as subservient and anthropomorphize much less towards them than Americans do.  Here these puppies are displayed for sale in a pretty glass case similar to how jewelry is displayed.  There is a definite distinction between humans and animals that underlies how they view nature as well.

 

 Child petting a cat - January, 2016.

 

 

Mike at Ginza, the enter of Japanese excess.  In the 90's, when the Japanese economy really took off, this street became the most valuable land in the world and sold for millions per square meter.  Even though the frenzy has subsided, it is still a center of fabulous wealth.  Some of the buildings have a footprint of only ten square meters  (about 30 feet by 30 feet), but are thirty stories high.  

 

 

A crowd of shoppers outside a temple.  Everywhere there is color and frequently music like the old Nintendo video games.  The artwork is flat and bright, providing a cartoon-like affect to the city landscape.  It's pretty cool.

 

 

 This is a screenshot of the Hyperdia app, a government sponsored application that I've been using to navigate the train system.  There is a train station within a ten minute walk from every point in the city.  You enter the name of the closest station and where you want to go and the app maps out the route.

 

 Haiku investors grave.

 

 

Weird food that can be fried.

 

 

Close up of the weird food that can be fried.

 

 

Toyota Prius display in my hotel in Yokohama.

 

 

Where I run in the morning in Yokohama.