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2007/08/13 Sumida River cruise

An opportunity for a Sumida River dinner cruise led us down to the see the Rainbow Bridge and Odaiba, at and after dusk.
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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2007/08/12 Odaiba, Panasonic Center

Odaiba was developed in the 1990s with tourist attractions for the Japanese, including a large Panasonic showroom.
With one Sunday open for sightseeing, Gary, Taina, G.A. and I hopped on the subway, then the monorail for Odaiba. This area, developed in the 1990s, has become the site for many tourist attractions — more oriented for the Japanese than for international visitors. The monorails curve around the various attractions, underscoring the vast area covered on these islands. The buildings are spaced far apart, and the parking lots — the largest that I saw in Japan — seemed to be full, for the holiday weekend.

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The Fuji Tv building isn’t obviously a broadcast centre … which leads to a question of what a broadcast centre should look like.

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