Pictures from Japan
I work for Panasonic and went to Japan on a business trip in January of
1997. Here are some pictures I took while there:
Entrance to Asakusa Temple, Tokyo.This is a
neat place to visit. I think you can buy almost anything in the stalls
surrounding the main temple.
Stalls surrounding Asakusa. Here I bought a
yukata (cotton kimono), a rubber Godzilla, a few folk crafts, and snacks!
Pagoda at Asakusa. This is a beautiful building
and very meaningful. The number of stories and the number of rings around
the spire all mean something, but I don't remember details now. I'll try
to add some later.
Daibutsu, or giant Buddha. This was very impressive.
We went inside but there wasn't much to see there.
Near the Daibutsu. This was taken near the Daibutsu.
Shown from left to right are Mika Ryukawa, me, Dave Sherrets, and Mika
Gomi. The apricots and some other trees were flowering at the end of January.
Kakegawa Castle We went to visit a factory south
of Tokyo in Kakegawa in the Shizuoka Prefecture. This was a very interesting
Rock garden. Down the hill from the castle was
a palace. In the center was this small rock garden.
Silly pose. My friend Ron and I couldn't resist
posing for the camera. Also features a nice distance shot of the castle.
Yokohama was the general area in which we stayed
and worked. Here is a view of it at night. The tall building in Landmark
Tower, the tallest building in Japan. It also has the fastest elevator
in the world. We had great views of Yokohama and Tokyo from the top.
Some people we worked with. From left to right,
Tomoko Hoshina, Akihisa Tamaki, Ron del Rosario, Tadahiro Arakawa, Tadashi
Ohmori, Toshio Kobori, Dave Sherrets, and me.
Tokyo Tower. This is similar to the Eiffel tower
in Paris. It was closed when we got there so we couldn't go to the top.
Imperial Palace. There was a beautiful park surrounding
the Imperial Palace. Unfortunately it is only open two days a year so we
contented ourselves with walking around the park.