Having a great time here with Burns… this was the perfect last stop for my trip… sunny beach and great people. Tomorrow I definitely have to go out and explore the rest of LA 🙂Here are some pictures of the bike ride and the beach with Burn’s friends and a video of some parts of the bike ride.
Almost over the jet lag… ended up staying awake for something like 30 hours… met up with Burns for his famous “innocent” beer… ended up going to Santa Monica pier where live music was being played and people were hanging out on the beach… followed by two or three other bars. Very interesting scene!
Still awake! Stayed up during almost all of the entire trip watching movies and reading… the view going down the west coast was amazing – clear blue skies… and now at Burn’s place right on the beach! Struggling to stay awake so went our for a quick bike ride – very nice to have the sun and the ocean so close again! Was a little tired of all the urban settings 🙂
So… at the Tokyo Narita Airport waiting for the plane for LA.Crazy crossing the date-line… leaving here at 5pm and arrive in LA at 11am of the same day!! Jet-lag is going to be tough 🙂
Yesterday I took the “day off” and just went to Akihabara to browse the electronic gadgets and play some video games.Today, thanks to Gian Pablo’s tips (friend from ITP) I went to the following:– NTT ICC – an amazing space with ITP-like projects. Pity there it you are not allowed to take pictures! But the building itself was great… actually almost every major building here is a feat of architecture, design and engineering:At the NTT ICC center, some projects worth I particularly enjoyed:— KAGE – a series of cones on the floor that produce an image both on the floor … Continue reading “Museum day in Tokyo” →
This is wierd… as you may know there was an earthquake in Japan today… 6.8 magnitude with epicenter on the northwestern Tokyo region… I did NOT feel it at all!! I saw on the subway that many lines were delayed and service was suspended on some lines because of an earthquake. I felt nothing.Max and Anais both felt it and said that they could see the top of buildings swaying and the lamps and curtains moving… as if you were in a boat in a storm… I guess I was in the train and did not recognize it as a … Continue reading “I missed the earthquake!!” →
Today I went to an area called Odaiba – a futuristic shopping and entertainment district. Some amazing buildings, lots of shopping centers, and many very interesting museums. I took some pictures and videos of:– The ride on the unmanned rubber tired tram (Yuirkamone) and the interesting buildings along the way. – Fuji Television building with a sphere inside its structure.– National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) where kids learn about everything from superconductors, nano-technology, advanced medicine, space exploration, robots and much more – amazingly interactive and informative museum.– Panasonic building with an amazing display of the electronics of … Continue reading “Tokyo – Odaiba” →
Came across this blog http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/ and found it quite interesting. Was talking about all the small differences in culture, signs, behaviors and so on that a Japanese would probably not be able to point out to us Westerners simply because it is so normal for them. This blog though seems to be able to show all of the little quirks that makes this country so interesting.
Today I went with Max and Anais to an incredible museum – the Edo-Tokyo Museum. I have never seen a museum with so much information in my life. It was actually exhausting to see and read everything but extremely interesting. A complete history of how Edo (Tokyo’s old name) became Tokyo… the typical houses, customs, trading, evolution and a series o reconstructions. Fires, earthquakes and floods constantly devastated the city throughout history. One interesting fact was that Osaka was the production city and Tokyo was the consumption city… This museum is a definite spot that every tourist should go to … Continue reading “Edo-Tokyo Museum” →
This video is on the Kiyomizudera Temple – the one with the dark passage way… on the way down I went through a beautiful cemetery.