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2015/02-w4 03-w1-2 Moments February 2015 week 4, March 2015 weeks 1-2

Moments, February week 4, March weeks 1-2 in Toronto, Tokyo, Osaka, Tokyo
Toronto, Ontario, Tokyo (Haneda, Kiba, Ookayama), Osaka (Fushimi), Tokyo (Harajuku, Shinjuku, Toyama, Waseda)

Pearson gate E77
Pearson gate E77. Short escape from chilly Toronto for rainy Tokyo. No courtesy upgrade today, so will sleep vertically against the window wall. Enjoyed chicken pho with vegetarian broth in Maple Leaf Lounge, multiple refills die to small bowls. (Toronto Pearson Airport Terminal 1) 20150224
Haneda arrival gate corridor
Haneda arrival gate corridor. Speedwalk fronted by windows in makes the long trek in daylight from international arrivals to the immigration hall less tedious. Airline terminal formerly just domestic fights, now includes Air Canada from Toronto. Easy walk to monorail, much closer to central Tokyo than Narita airport way out east (Tokyo Haneda Airport) 20150225
Kiba Park Bridge and fountain plaza
Kiba Park Bridge and fountain plaza. Rainy walk to Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo on a different route from past trips. Path from Kiba station north through park leads to landmark Kiba Koen Ohashi bridge, over Kasaibashi Street and the Sendaiborigawa River. (Kiba Park, Tokyo) 20150226
Scholarly after-lunch discussion
Scholarly after-lunch discussion. Beyond formal presentations, privilege of relaxed time for conversation of speculative ideas about the future. Wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds add to a rich dialogue. (7th floor, 9 West building, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama, Japan) 20150227
 Symposium on Service Systems Science
Symposium on Service Systems Science. @JimSpohrer saying Moore’s Law for Service Systems may be found in Smart Service Systems with Cognitive Assistants, at the 8th annual symposium hosted at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Full day of lectures by experts, some regular participants in the invited workshops. (Tokyo Institute of Technology, 9 West Building) 20150228
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum. Learning about varieties of rice used, and how sake is made. Small samples at end of tour still more alcohol than I’ve consumed in a year. Rainy day deterred outdoor sightseeing. Rode shinkasen bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto, day of touring, then continuing route by car to Osaka. (Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum, Fushimi, Japan). 20150301

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2008/03/05-06 Informal meetings at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Ookayama

Jim hosted us for lunch, and Satomi took us for shabu shabu on our visit to Tokyo Institute of Technology.
In advance of a formal workshop on services at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, we took an opportunity to have some informal meetings on systems science. Jennifer had flown in from the UK, Gary flew in from Kentucky, and I flew direct from Toronto.

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The trees on campus were barer than when we had visited last August.

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Jim treated us to lunch at a nice restaurant in Ookayama.

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