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Kyoto – The “New” Land

I was too busy preparing for my presentation at Hitachi Construction Machinery’s headquarter that I couldn’t have time to write about my amazing trip to Kyoto – ┬áthe former capital, as well as one of the oldest cities in Japan. Kyoto, to me, was magnificent, in the way that the city was beautifully surrounded by […]

Tierra to Kobe

Today began with a tour of the Tierra works factory. This was the last HCM facility that we were invited to see. This establishment had very distinct and diverse characteristics. There were many workers that ranged from local Japanese workers to foreigners from places like the Netherlands or South America. Our hosts, as always, were […]

That Is My Ninja Way

Greetings! After traveling from Tokyo, we arrived in Minakuchi. It is in the countryside, so it is very different from Tokyo. I like it. Anyway, we were taken to our hotel by some employees from Hitachi Tierra, that we will be visiting tomorrow. Then they took us to a ninja house. It is the only […]

A Weekend in the Mountains: An Onsen Adventure

We started our day by leaving our hotel in Ueno, Tokyo for the train station. We dragged our luggage to Ueno Station, stored our belongings, and got on the train for the mountains. As we moved out of the city, the landscape transitioned into an expanse of rice paddies and traditional homes, with the mountains […]

Kusatsu Onsen & Tsukiji Market

Yesterday was an absolutely great but a little tiring day. We had a great traditional breakfast which consisted of a another broth with vegetables and mushrooms that I got to cook eggs in! I love having that fire at the table and cooking things in the soup. It’s a lot of fun! Anyway, we traveled […]

A Traditional Side of Japan: Shima Onsen

Today we traveled awhile in order to visit Shima Onsen in Gunma Prefecture. The trip has proved to be well worth it too. In case you are unfamiliar with onsen, it is a hot spring. It is similar to a hot bath with 100x better of a view and super clear, fresh water. Anyway, we […]

Ueno Park & More Hitachi

This morning was a nice change because we didn’t have to go to do any work. Instead we explored Ueno. Jenny, Sarah, and I went to Ueno Park. The park is absolutely huge and beautiful, and I can only imagine how gorgeous it would look during spring time with all of the cherry blossoms. I’m […]

More Fun Firsts

We had more trips today to other factories in Ibaraki Prefecture, Hitachinaka and Rinko Works. Our day included more presentations, factory tours, and Q&A sessions. At Rinko works, we got the pleasure of seeing a completed excavator. Normally they do not completely assemble the machines because they are difficult to ship; however, they had finished […]

To Hitachinaka and back to Tokyo!

The group went to so many different places today it feels like it was two days smashed into one. First, we started out by taking a bus to Hitachinaka and Hitachinaka-Rinko production plants. Between the two, we saw medium, large, and extra large excavators on the production lines as well as a few dump trucks. […]

Hitachi Limited, Tsuchiura, and Karaoke