Boss sent me to Japan on the company dime!
I received a call from my boss on a Thursday afternoon saying that the person who was supposed to be speaking at our Japanese seminars had taken ill, and could I be on a plane for Tokyo on Saturday morning?
Now I'm not big on flying so the thought of ~12hr flight freaked me out a bit, but before I knew it I was jetting over a barren ice land on my way to Tokyo.
I was starting to get worried that I might have boarded the wrong plane, but eventually we made landfall on the Japanese coast.
Narita is a very modern airport, but it does still have some old world charms. Luckily I went before I left. :)
This was only a week long business trip so I didn't get a chance to take as many photos as I would have liked, and there was never any time to stop and compose a shot, but here are some of the highlights. While in Tokyo I stayed at the 'Tokyo Dome' hotel, which is at the center of a small amusement park called 'Tokyo Dome City'.
Not surprisingly, this is also the location of the actual Tokyo Dome (Big Egg), where the Giants call home.
The view from our distributor's office in the Akihabara section of Tokyo. The only other really big cities I've seen are Chicago (and Toronto...), but Tokyo seems to be on another level. Downtown appears to stretch out to the horizon. I bought a sweet pair of noise canceling headphones at Yodobashi Akiba!
In the evenings I had a chance to walk around the immediate vicinity of the hotel. I didn't think I could get lost since my hotel is the tallest building in the area, but after ducking through a few alleys looking for a palce to grab a pint I realized that my hotel was no longer visible! I was worried that I'd have to suffer the dishounour of hiring a cab to lead me the probably 2 or 3 blocks back to my hotel, but I decided to just keep wandering instead, and managed to find my way home!
View from my hotel window.
Wish I'd had time to actually learn how to use the camera before I left. Blurry photos ftl...
Saw some sweet rides, but unfortunately I didn't always have a camera ready.
I did manage to do a little bit of sight seeing. Made it to the Sinsoji Temple, which is actually only about a block away from one of the Tokyo subway stations.
I didn't have a clue what this was until I got home and googled it. It's the Asahi Beer Hall, and the beer itself is great. SuperDry!