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2007/08/13 Sumida River cruise

After a full day on the Rendez workshop at the Shibaura Institute of Technology, we deserved some leisure time. A relative of one of the secretaries in Yoshi’s office runs a river cruise from Asakusabashi, down the Sumida River to Odaiba. The group of us climbed a wooden shack by the waterfront to enter the riverboat.

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As it turned out, none of our Japanese guests had ever been on such a cruise before. We all shared this as a new experience. At one end of the long table was the karaoke — which we didn’t use — as well as dispensers for sake.

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The meal included sashimi, tempura and sake. The sauce for the tempura was served warm. Here, Yoshi offers some sauce to Jennifer.

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By sunset, we reached our destination in Odaiba, and climbed up on the top deck for a look at the Rainbow Bridge. This seemed to be a popular spot for dinner cruises … and we were certainly on the smallest boat!

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Looking the other direction, we could see the amusement parks and shopping centres of Odaiba.

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Much of my business travel is booked pretty solid with work, so I don’t get to see much other than hotels and offices. Everyone once and awhile, however, I manage to steer the agenda so that colleagues can get to know each other in a more relaxed context.

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