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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2008/03/04 Hakozaki park and offices, Tokyo

After a morning visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, I rode the metro west one stop back over the Sumida River to Suitengumae. While I was looking for the office for a business meeting in Hakozaki, I found a mom-and-pop beef bowl restaurant for lunch. I noticed that some people took their lunches to the park for lunch.

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From the park looking east, the river must be behind the office tower. The area is pretty much all high-rise.

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Just to left is a plaza, with a few coffee shops and a travel agent. More office towers are visible in the background.

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After my meeting, I noticed the gardening at the front of the building, and down the walk. Very orderly.

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At the office, I was amused at stickers with the equivalent of a smiley face inside the elevators. I was told that customers had given feedback that everyone seemed too serious inside the building. Thus, employees were reminded to lighten up a bit, and smile!

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