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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 –  the 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 […]

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 […]

Hitachi Friends and Fun

I gotta say, this day was one of the bests so far in Japan. Wow, what a night! We started off our day with a lovely visit to Hitachi LTD. They introduced their values and goals as well as some of their technologies. It felt like we are VIP there because they showed us some […]

Last Day in Shinjuku, First Day of Work

Today was quite the full day. It was the very first day we began our research at Hitachi Construction Machinery Headquarters. Although I did not take any photos, there was definitely important things to say. I felt a little nervous because I was not quite sure what to expect, but it was totally different from […]


Hello Japan! I don’t even know what I should say when I’m feeling so excited. It is unbelievable to be here in Tokyo right now. Japan’s giving me a lot of first experiences. It is the first foreign country I have ever been to. On the plane ride here, it was my first time on […]

Do I Smell Bad?

I’ve decided that I’m copying excerpts from my daily journal entries for this blog to give me more time to explore and get things done for class. Keep in mind that we are one day ahead. So if it’s Thursday in the U.S., it is Friday here in Japan. Friday August 20,2010