Category Archives: Transportation


The most important work of literature to come forth from Italy was without question “The Divine Comedy” – an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century. Understand, Dante was not the Jon Stewart of his day. “Comedy” … Continue reading

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Getting it Completely and Utterly Right: Welcome to Kyoto

This afternoon I left work early and caught the 16:30 bullet train to Kyoto.  I had a reserved window seat in first class for the trip.  What takes 8+ hours by bus takes 2.5 hrs by bullet train.  Wow.  I … Continue reading

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Subway Co-Conspirator

My favorite game in Tokyo has been “Count the Gaijin” on the subway, and until yesterday the number has consistently been “0”.  All of a sudden, they are popping up!  I have seen 4 in the past 24 hours.  Strangely, … Continue reading

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I Get Around

My company found me a business apartment for my extended visit.  I am living in the neighborhood called Shirokane in south Tokyo.  This is a residential neighborhood with many gardens and parks.  Nothing touristy about it.  Which is nice, and … Continue reading

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Arrival and First Impressions of Japan

About 2 weeks ago I was offered an opportunity to work for a month in my company’s Tokyo office and 2 days ago I boarded my flight. About a third of the way to Japan, I was suddenly overcome by … Continue reading

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