I sit here at Narita airport, waiting to board my flight. The Red Carpet Club has beer dispensing machines that automatically tilt your glass to reduce the foam while filling. Genius. Almost as genius as my hotel room toilet that had heated seats. I don't know why those aren't standard issue in cold states like Colorado.
A few nights ago Adrian took us to Shibuya, a ward in Tokyo that is best described as being likes Times Square. Lots of shops and restaurants, and big tall electronic screens. You might recognize one of the intersections from my photos as being in "Lost in Translation". There are cross walks coming from multiple angles and the intersection is just full of people when it is time to cross the street. We had a really great Korean BBQ dinner, where they just have raw meat sitting out and you pick what you want and cook it on the grill that is built into your table. We had a great time at that dinner, and wandering around Shibuya afterwards.
On our last night in town NEC hosted a Chinese style banquet for all the SCOPE attendees. The food was good, and then we went out for drinks afterwards. We started off at a standard beer joint near the restaurant, and then headed down to a 50s rock and roll bar in Roppongi. This place was made to look just like a post WW2 japanese bar, and the dudes in the band had Elvis style hair. Pretty good singing, and you could request just about any song from the 50s. We had a great time closing this place down.
All in all, I had a great time in Japan. I hope I get to come back and explore things some more when I'm not working during the day. Check out the Full Photo Set.