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Gishi no Mokusou

Alex Forencich's contemplations on Life, Engineering, and Japan


Archive for September, 2010

Sugamo is a nice, quiet district in Tokyo. It’s widely known in the rest of Tokyo for it’s large population of older people. I decided to run around yesterday and take a few night shots of the city. It’s not full of crazy lights like Shibuya or Shinjuku, but there are still quite a few opportunities to get some nice shots.

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Today, me and Richard went back to Akihabara one more time before leaving for Sendai. I neglected to take any pictures of all the little electronics stores earlier, so I took a quick snapshot as I left the station. It really doesn’t do it justice, though. Someday I’ll have to go through and take pictures of all the vendors inside with a nice wide-angle lens. It’s really quite impressive and I’m willing to bet nothing like it exists in the US.

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Yesterday, me and Richard visited the Tokyo Game Show (東京ゲームショウ) in Chiba (千葉). It was quite an interesting experience. Pretty amazing. Essentially, the show is a forum for video game developers to show off their games to the Japanese market. The show lasts three days and only the second two are open to the public, the first being limited to commercial interests. Almost 200,000 people attended the show in 2009.

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Sep 16

Yesterday I went on a trip to Enoshima (江ノ島), a small island on the Pacific Ocean (太平洋 taiheiyou) in the Kanagawa prefecture (神奈川県). By train, it takes a couple of hours to get there from Tokyo. I left Sugamo with a group of friends from the EAP program, taking the Yamanote line from Sendai to Shinagawa. There, we met Mari, a Japanese student from JWU, and then took the Yokosuka line (横須賀線) through Yokohama all the way to Kamakura station (鎌倉駅).

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