They DON’T all look the same!

You know how some ignorant people will say that ‘all Oriental people look the same’? Well I am not and have never been one of those.  I Have been aware of the differences between Chinese and Japanese for as long as I have understood there was Karate and Kung Fu. So how is it, will … Continue reading They DON’T all look the same!

Pictures from Day 2…

I have been in Japan since Wednesday evening, and it is now Saturday morning.  For my readers in North America the time shift is simple… this morning in Japan is yesterday evening for you, and this evening in Japan will be this morning for you.  I think… I have been promising that I would start … Continue reading Pictures from Day 2…

My (Second) First Full Day…

Today (Friday) was my first full day of work at Rakuten… or at least it was supposed to be.  I went to bed at a reasonable hour in order to be well rested for my morning presentation to many of the stakeholders of my upcoming project.  Things do not always go according to plans, and … Continue reading My (Second) First Full Day…

A Stranger in a Strange Land…

Have you ever walked through a grocery store and not known what anything was?  I had that experience this evening.  Although there are pictures on a lot of things, the only items (aside from fresh fruits and vegetables) that I could clearly identify were Frosted Flakes, Coke Zero, and Cote de Rhone.  It might have … Continue reading A Stranger in a Strange Land…

Japan: Day 1

I arrived at the hotel thoroughly exhausted yesterday, which I suppose is to be expected.  Fortunately the check-in process was smooth and simple, and I got into my room within five minutes. If I had to pick a single word to describe Japan so far it would be Efficient.  Certainly it is clean and everyone … Continue reading Japan: Day 1

The Adventure Begins…

In the words of Adrian Cronauer (Look it up, kids) It is Oh-Six-Hundred Hours… What does the Oh stand for? ‘Oh my G-d it’s early!’ I am now sitting comfortably in the Maple Leaf Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and there is plenty of time to sit and wait before boarding the plane for … Continue reading The Adventure Begins…