Nerdtour 2012: almost done

So, today is my last day in the apartment in Monzennakacho, I’m going to miss this place. Doesn’t seem likely that I’ll ever be back, unless I win the lottery or something. At any rate, I may sign back on in Narita before I fly out. If not, my next … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: A Typical Tokyo hotel…

room entrance

The first night in Tokyo, I stayed at a hotel, partly to unwind and rest from the trip, and partly so I could keep the stuff I’m hauling around close to the apartment I’m going to move into. All campaigns succeed or fail on logistics, and I was determined that … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: Day 1, and lessons learned (the hard way)

So, okay, technically it’s Day 1 and 2, but I don’t feel like counting the day that I travelled here, although it was semi-eventful, in that I navigated the Narita airport support system as well as the Japan Rail system, at least to a small degree!

Nerdtour 2012: Touchdown!

Oh, man, what a flight! I definitely think going without sleep helps on long international flights (of course flying first class doesn’t hurt!) because I was too tired for even my basic take-of and landing fears! I slept enough during the 13 hours from Dallas to Narita to arrive alert … Continue reading

Nerdtour 2012: T-minus 35 days and counting, some thoughts…

Inou Tadataka

Only 35 days till I leave for Japan! I’m making some final plans, getting things lined up and ready to go. There’s a lot more information available online for trip planning in Japan than there was, even in 2010, especially in the area of figuring out costs. With the exchange … Continue reading