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Japan Trip Day 2: Electric Boogaloo

So Day 2 of the Japan research trip. We started off going to a famous cafe called Paul Bassett in a shopping center near our hotel. We were all still recovering from jet lag so the food was well needed. Afterwards we went to a fair that Hitachi Construction Machinery was running. For those of you who don’t know , researching Hitachi is the entire reason we’re here in the first place. My partner, Stephi Drago, and I are looking into HCM’s clean energy initiatives and their environmentally friendly products. I’ll spare you the pictures of hybrid diggers because that really isn’t what your interested in.

After that we went the Edo Tokyo Museum, museum showing Japan progress from when Tokyo (also known as Edo) became the capital of Japan to the present. IMG_20150530_124714You knew this going to be interesting when right outside there was a decoration for a Buddhist temple with a demon head on the top. Inside it was amazing. There were full scale buildings built inside the museum. IMG_20150530_125755Behind me in the picture was a full scale recreation of Japanese store. Many of the exhibits were interactive as well. They were mostly strength tests seeing if you could lift 26 pounds of (fake) fish like Japanese villagers used to or life a box full of gold. I’m not one to purchase anything from gift shops but there was really neat things. One of  my favorites was a golden key with a fortune cat on it.

Later on we took a tour bus around Tokyo. We saw Imperial Park and went around Tokyo Bay. We got plenty of pictures of Tokyo Skytree: a large spire that was built to enhance Japan’s television broadcasts. it is one of Japan most iconic landmarks. We even got a view of a popular Kabuki theatre.

And those of you wondering…yes we felt the earthquake. We were in a small restaurant at the time when it suddenly felt like we were back on the airplane: things were slightly shaky. Honestly, I did not even realize it until I saw some of the lamps swinging back and forth. It was nothing to major, but it was the first time I experienced an earthquake. There was little to no damage. The only thing to take note of was that some trains lines were delayed and many of the elevators in Tokyo did not work. We didn’t know that is the quake was such a issue until the next day. Thanks to my family who asked if I was alright, I appreciate it.

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