PTW Japan Trip August 1997

Here are all the snapshots I took during my trip to Japan. Some of them are more remarkable than others. Shown on this page are small thumbnail images; click an image to see the big picture. They're in chronological order, whether that makes sense or not.

Here's the hotel in Osaka. (Oops, several days have already gone by and I didn't take any pictures. It must be Wednesday by now.) I'm set up to work on my email on the laptop on the coffee table. When I took this I had in mind to get a corresponding picture of my very nice desk and office chair at the Westin Tokyo, but apparently I didn't remember to do that.

Here's the Qualcomm ASIC sales guy for Japan.

Here's me in my suit at one of the companies we visited. The hardware to my left (your right) is a printing whiteboard. Behind me out the window you can see the windows on the next building here in industrial Osaka.

Here's a view inside a train station. We saw a lot of this.

Still waiting for the train.

Getting thirsty waiting for the train. Here is a Japan-Rail style vending machine.

Two of my traveling companions, in our comfy chairs on the bullet train from Osaka back to Tokyo. On the left is Daisuke, our applications engineer in Tokyo and invaluable translator for this trip. In the shades is Rick, who now leads the group within our software group that is responsible for supporting ASIC development and licensees.

Two more of the crew, Livingstone (applications engineer concentrating on Korea) and Toby (systems engineer).

A random view out the window of the bullet train.

One of our audiences, a group of engineers from Panasonic if I remember correctly.

Art, I assume. This thing was articulated to swing in the breeze. Each leaf is about 20 feet long, I guess. This was hanging from the roof of an open patio near our hotel.

Tunnel leading into a train station from near our hotel. Moving sidewalks on both sides, because it's a rather long tunnel.

More train tracks.

Here's a bullet train going by.

Night lights in Tokyo, in the Akihabara electronics shopping district.

Street band outside the subway station in Akihabara. This is a South American band playing Andean music. They were pretty good; we stood and listened for several songs.

Here's a typical advertisement on a subway train. They aren't subtle.

Rick and Toby zoning out on the subway. We did a lot of that.

The lobby of our hotel, the five-star Westin Tokyo.

Flowers in the hotel lobby. That table is a good six feet across.

Stairs in the hotel lobby. The rails are polished brass.

Some sort of fitness symposium for high school kids taking place in the open area (under the hanging art seen above).

Here's a warning sign seen on a subway. I think it means "keep your extremities clear of the automatic closing doors".

This is the (first) main entrance to an ancient shrine we visited. Behind this first entrance there are rows and rows of vendors of miscellaneous merchandise. The actual shrine is behind another, similar entrance at the other end of the marketplace.

One of the buildings at the shrine. This is actually a reconstruction; the original building was bombed out in WW2.

Simulated stream in a tiny garden at the shrine.

This gizmo out in front of one of the shrine buildings is for burning incense. The faithful stand over the giant ashtray and inhale the smoke before entering the shrine. This is supposed to be a kind of purification. The main shrine building also has a fountain for handwashing. The black box between the ashtray and the stairs is for donations. It has metal baffles built into the top, so you can throw coins into it freely but can't remove any.

A small outbuilding on the shrine grounds. This one protects a very old sculpture made of adobe.

A random retail district we stumbled into. A lot of Tokyo (at least the parts we visited) looks like this.

These spiny green things are food, in a grocery store. Don't ask me what they are.

Fish in the grocery store. You-clean-'em, I guess.

More retail.

We picked a restaurant at random in the above retain area, and this is what we got.

Now we're on a riverboat tour. This is a view of a bit of industrial Tokyo from the river.

Some sort of small commercial boat on the river. Fishing, I guess.

Cranes on top of a skyscraper, seen through the roof of our tourboat.

The top of a suspension bridge we passed under. My little camera's lens is a little bit too long some of the time; this is the only good angle I could catch.

A thing in the river. I don't know if it's Art or functional.

Two large skyscrapers with a skybridge joining them.

More scenery from the river. I think the green stripe down the middle of this picture is a CCD artifact from the extremely bright sky between the buildings.

More scenery.

A mural on the wall of a sewage plant, with the slogan "Sewerage keeping your city and rivers clean". This struck me as funny somehow. Perhaps it was because the whole neighborhood stank of raw sewage.

This is the gate to a large Japanese garden we tried to visit. Note that the gate is closed. We arrived 15 minutes after closing time.

Rick leans against a sloping wall, at the closed gardens, while we contemplate what to do next. We have walked a goodly distance from the train station to get to the gardens; we either have to retrace our steps or get creative and find another way to get back to the hotel. We ended up following some local businessmen, on the assumption that they might be headed for a train station. This worked.

Oh, this is actually Hawaii. This is what you can see of the U.S.S. Arizona, a battleship that was sunk in the battle of Pearl Harbor.

Inside the memorial at the U.S.S. Arizona.

This Digital Computer Control Panel was in a museum associated with the U.S.S. Bowfin WW2 submarine exhibit. Unfortunately it was too dark inside the sub to get any pictures.