August 10, 2008

Last day = Shopping spree!

This is my last day here in Tokyo, so I have to do all my shopping now! After a night in Roppongi and Shibuya, my body and mind are telling me to stay in bed, but I have seen to many nice things to go home empty handed.

So I went back to Shinjuku and Akihabara to buy some nice cloths (including two Kimonos!) and electronic articles. I find the prices here to be most pleasing, as they are about 60% of the Norwegian ones!

There was one exception though; I wanted to buy a video camera, but Japan is using NTSC and Europe is using PAL.. And then there's the language; my Japanese is far from fluent (read: absent). The domestic versions where all NTSC and Japanese, except Canon's that has English menues. But without PAL I'm not buying. To satisfy my needs I had to buy an international model, which of course cost 60% more.. Then the price difference was no longer worth the hassle of a potensial warranty problem, sending the camera back for repairs etc.

Anyway, digital still pictue cameras are easier to find as only English menu is important. So I picked up a few slim ones.

And now my headache is starting to wear off.. Finally! I still recommend Roppongi, though

All together, this week has been awsome, and more pictures will come (in better quality).

August 06, 2008

Tokyo and the clean spot

After four days in Tokyo there are a few things I noticed;
  • everything is very high-tech
  • everybody is extremely polite
  • everyone is very busy
  • nobody speaks English (ok, some do)
  • everything is very clean
And, amazingly enough, it's that last bullet I'll talk about in this post. Because, the first thing I noticed was how few garbage cans there where on the airport (Narita), and yet, there was no garbage around.. And out on the streets, there's not a leaf on the road. There's not even any graffiti on the walls! Well, there was one, but that was Hello Kitty, so I'll let that one pass.

Then I came to my hotel (clean and nice as most hotels), and after 12 hours on a plane, I felt the need to go.. I thought I noticed something different about the toilet, but I just figured it was a Japanese design; and that it was. Quite different from what I first imaginged though; the toilet had a control panel on the side, and the ring was preheated. Very nice indeed! It also had a, dear I say interesting, feature for the rear...

However, even when you design a fancy toilet with preheated seat and adjustable tushiwash (that's right), you have to think about the consequenses of misuse and/or malfunctioning!! Personally I don't think putting up a sticker with a warning; "To reduce the risk of electrocution or fire, do not splash water (or urin) on the main unit, control panel or power box.". Is it just me or is something terrible wrong here? "To reduce the risk of electrocution..."

Time for some toilet pictures;

The toilet with soft close lid, preheated seat and a sprinkler (two actually) for your behind (with adjustable pressure).

The control panel from which all good comes.

This is when the engineers should hear the bells ringing.. If you have a problem with people getting electrocuted, it is time to find a solution to remove it, not reduce it..

August 03, 2008

First day in Tokyo, Japan

A couple of days ago, I was told that I was likely to have work-related travel to Tokyo, Japan. Kind as I am, I gently accpeted (read: was very, very happy). It has always been a dream to visit the high-tech country from which all that is good comes from! So, I booked the flight and the hotel, and I am now in Royal Park Shiodome Tower, with some Japanese brew and and a snack I don't know what is..

I have just finished a lambstew, with vegetables and rice, and I'm on my way out to take a look around.

Anyway, I thought I should share my view on Japan (literally) and so, here is a few pictures.

View from my room in the 30th floor

More of the view from my room (center of picture; Tokyo Tower)

View from restaurant at the 24th floor