Yesterday I flew out of Tokyo to Beijing after my first trip to Japan. The trip was a three day event focused on meeting potentially key eCoupled customers. At the same time, the Wireless Power Consortium was meeting, so many coworkers were also on travel for that reason.
It snowed a few days prior to our arrival and as a result, the air was drier than usual, allowing us to see Mt. Fuji from the hotel. Apparently the ability to see the mountain from Tokyo is rather rare.
On day 1 we took the train from Tokyo to Osaka. This was about a two and a half hour train ride, on a very fast train. The alternative was flying, but by the time you get to the airport, mess with boarding and get out of the airport, there’s just no point. Fred and Mike were guiding us, and they knew all the details of ticketing etc. so things went smoothly.
On our trian ride, we went closer to Mt. Fuji. The down side was that I was then trying to take pictures at 150mph.
On day 3, they day we were leaving, we woke up in the wee hours of the morning (3am) to go to the Tokyo fish market and tuna auction. I took a bunch of pictures, but none of them can capture how huge and busy this was. There were several city blocks packed with people selling everything you could possibly pull from the ocean. In addition, there was a huge warehouse area where the tuna were being inspected and later auctioned off. And, to think, this goes on every day of the week with the exception of Sunday.