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Sun 2012/02/05 11:31 JST
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More life in Tokyo through photos. Photos taken throughout today on the Sony NEX-5N with Zeiss Sonnar f1.8 24mm lens. This snap taken at Gotanda [五反田] during lunch. The Rollerblades have been an incredible time saving tool. Have only fallen over once in my life on blades but when I did there was blood everywhere! I'll dig up the photo I took after the fall ^^;
How many of you are into blading?

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Zooming back in time to the morning. Every time I hit "send", I see a new mails appear in the inbox ><
How many mails do you need to deal with every day?

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Heading to lunch in Gotanda.

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At most roadworks, there would either be a human, a picture or video of a human or one of these waving a mini light saber to alert folks of the work ahead.

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At the best burger place in Tokyo - Kua'aina. They take a while to prep the food as its prepped on the spot but is worth the wait.

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The fries are absolutely gorgeous.

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Most food places in Japan dont have salt n pepper on the table. I remember when I first came to Japan - when I asked for salt, they would bring out a small plate of it ^^;

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Lunch done and time to head back to base the scenic route.

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Doutor - a chain of coffee shops over here. Smokers can puff away in the same area where food is prepared - apparently illegal in the UK but not here.
I remembering ordering a sandwich at Doutor once - could only taste the smoke and not the beef. I love Japan but my only gripe is that smoking is still allowed in restaurants - and most places dont have a non-smoking area.

If I'm eating out, I'd try to peek in the windows like a suspicious person looking for smokers or packs of cigarettes on the table ^^; Most of my Japanese friends and clients smoke but it does my asthma in ToT

Is smoking banned in restaurants in your neck of the woods?

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Gotanda is a business district with a load of offices which is also why there are a ton of restaurants in the area to feed everybody.

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Cigarettes in Japan are apparently the cheapest in the world.

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The river that runs though Gotanda.

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There is not a great deal to do in Gotanda but if you want to see a slice of life in Japan then get off at Gotanda station on the JR Yamanote line and go exploring.

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Will let you know who this chap is in a later episode.

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Meetings at Shiseido?! Mirai Makeup?!

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Passing by the HQ of Disney Japan. I used to work here consulting when I left Microsoft many moons ago.

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A very typical toy store would usually only stock stuff for the younger generation which is why you wouldn't really find figures.

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In an event of a huge quake, this road is closed off. Not sure why this one in particular.

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Rillakkuma sells donuts.

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Love this shop - full of character and is all lit up at night.

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A roadworker cleans up after himself. When I was back in the UK, roadworkers would leave their mess for others to clean up.

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Back to base. Its so dark in the office that I call it the dungeon.

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Sunlight hardly gets in down there but when it does it gives a nice n relaxing mood.

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Tea time with Popura-chan.

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Moekana is going to the printers this month and should be with distributors by March.

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Chris is still alive and well in Saitama working hard on the PHP > Ruby on Rails migration of Mirai Gaia.

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This is just a mockup printed in the office. There are many ways to play Moekana to help you learn Hiragana. Karuta, Shiritori, Concentration and Stack em Up. Will talk about them more later.

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Yakisoba for dindins.

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Papico for dessert.

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I cant type Korean without looking at the Hangul keys. I usually stick Hangul stickers on my Japanese keyboard but they fall off after a while ><
Need a touchscreen keyboard which I hope Apple bring out. I know there is an app that allows me to use my iPad as a keyboard but not sure if that supports multiple language input.

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The figure shelves get a tweak. Can you spot whats new?

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Figures and plants go well with each other.

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Very cold in Tokyo of late meaning that the aircon is on all day heating up the room. Tis very dry so the air moisturizer helps a lot - 2 liters of water lasts a day.

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Looks like I'll be travelling a lot to Asia this year. Confirmed are Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Hope to fit in the Philippines too.

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FaceTime meeting with KenLee about the next mobile project that we are working on. He is the engineer for MiraiClock3.

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