Another week – another business trip … and this one was bringing me back to Japan. Given the timezone difference and the much cheaper flight ticket, it was a quick decision to fly in on Saturday already. This way, I … Continue reading →
We were lucky enough to (successfully) close the workshop on Friday afternoon. This allowed us (i.e. the three travelers from Europe) to check out some of Tokyo’s main sites. We first made it to Meiji Jingū to have a look … Continue reading →
During the week of course work was the priority; we nevertheless had some good opportunities in the evenings to get to see a bit of town and also (thanks to our hosts) had a superb introduction into the variety of Japanese food – from the well known sushi and sashimi to shabu-shabu (Japanese-style hotpot with thinly sliced beef), tempura, unagi to the diversity of Hokkaido cuisine.
Already a couple of times during this year work had brought me (back) to some interesting places – and now it was back to Tokyo.
This time – having learned my lesson from the Singapore trip – I already made it to the destination (i.e. into Tokyo Narita) on Saturday evening, essentially to allow for an additional day to adjust for the timezone difference (which in retrospect this was a good decision, as I barely slept in my first night and was tired all day on Sunday).
On Sunday the weather clearly showed that a typhoon was nearing – it was raining all day with rain and wind getting heavier in the course of the day. I had a very early start, making my way by subway to the Zojo-Ji temple; from here I continued to the imperial garden. With the weather conditions deteriorating, I decided to visit the national museum of modern art. For lunch I met back with the rest of the folks at the hotel (two more colleagues from Europe plus our Japanese host). For the afternoon we were basically left with indoor options – while the others went for some relaxation, I ended up in a shopping mall for a look around.
This morning we had the opportunity to visit the Daisho-In temple and get a closer day-light view of the Itsukushima-jinja shrine. Later in the morning we made it back to the mainland and continued to Nara. In Nara we had … Continue reading →
After our visit to the A-bomb memorial we left Hiroshima and took the ferry over to the island of Miyajima. This islands hosts, what is easily one of the most photographed attractions of Japan – the famous floating Torii.