NTT Docomo Visit

Friday May 21, 2010

NTT Docomo is truly the company of the future. With some of the leading technology of the future at their hands. Being at their company was a great experience. They took our group through a virtual tour of what their company could do through technology. For example they had this cool system where you could virtually dress your child in a outfit you picked at a store while they’re at home through a touch of a button. How it works is when you get in the store they scan your hand and take down your information then you are connected through the system. This invention could save so much time and less trips back to the store. Also I saw how you could use this rhythm motion detection with your hands to unlock doors, turn on TV, and turn lights on. All you do is connect this gadget to your hand of your choice follow the rhythm pattern that is for each object and tada it works. Overall I just loved this company their are leading the cell phone market in Japan.

Below is the top selling NTT Docomo phone:

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Top selling phone

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Welcome Back to Tokyo

Thursday May 20, 2010

Today was a more chill day. We are leaving Osaka at around 1:00 pm to head back to Tokyo. We boarded the JR line and took a few a different subways to get here. Once back we just decided to get some food and call it a day because we have to be up and out tomorrow at 7:30am. It’s crazy how fast and quick and easy it is to get place to place from the subway. I believe it’s much faster than trying to drive around or catch a cab. Plus you get places quicker from traveling underground. Catching the Subway on this trip is a first time for me. A new experience that I will always remember. It’s funny because I’m usually not good with directions but I find myself getting better and better due to this trip and having to find our way around the different towns.

Not Cheap to Live in Japan

Wednesday May 19, 2010

I’m learning that everything here is costly. It cost almost $7 or more a day to get around Japan. Their gas is so high I figure that is the reason why so many people don’t drive. Most people just get on the subway or take a cab. It cost money to do just about anything. I love Japan but I could only live here for a short amount of time because this country is to expensive. I find myself spending at least $30 a day on food alone. There is so much to see and do around here that you just want to spend a ton of money. But it would be money I don’t have. It’s cool how they dress here it is so different than the states. Most of the females dress like dolls and their fashion is out of this world.

japanese girlsI’m pretty sure to put together there outfits wasn’t cheap.

But overall I would not pass up the opportunity to be here because it is truly a experience of a lifetime.

Climbing the Mountain

Tuesday May 18,2010

For the first time ever in life I climbed a mountain. We took a wire train up to Mt. Shosha. It’s hard work I don’t know how people can do it all the time. But I must say although my body ached it was a great new experience especially since I got to experience a new culture along the way. The group I was in took the scenic route so we truly saw the beauty that Mt. Shosha has to offer. From our view we could almost see the whole town. Once we finally made it to the peak their was several different little exhibits mainly of different Buddha’s. At the end of the day I was proud of myself that I made it all the way up the mountain because believe me it was hard work. But it was a experience that can’t be replaced I mean cause who can really say they went to Japan and climbed a mountain not most Americans can say that. So yea today was thrilling.

6th Day in Japan

Monday May 17,2010

Today is our first full day in Osaka. We had to wake up at 7:30am so we can catch a train to Hiroshima. Once we arrived in Hiroshima. We took a big boat to a small little island on Hiroshima. I had the opportunity to see lots and lots of deer they were all over the place. Hiroshima is their home and they just walk around with you. It was kind of gross to see poop everywhere. But luckily I dodged it so there wasn’t a problem. We walked all around to we finally made it to the temple which was high up the hill. It was real beautiful. Truly a eyeopener for me.

hiroshimaLater that day we went to Hiroshima Peace Museum and Memorial. I learned so much more about the atomic bomb that hit Hiroshima August 6, 1945. I had no idea really all that took place during this tragedy. I got to see clothing items, hair, fingernails, lunch boxes, back packs that were all left behind and were due to the atomic bomb. So many people lost their lives that day. That is why we must fight for world peace and put a stop to nuclear weapons. R.I.P to all those who died on that tragic day.

5th Day in Japan

Sunday May 16, 2010

Today was the MSU Alumni Annual Luncheon. It was real nice we got the opportunity to meet Alumni some who had the same major as us. We also meet up with the other study abroad group who is also in Tokyo the supply chain management group. So we all got to interact together. It was tons of food and open bar which was real cool. There was a short presentation that took place and we sang the fight song which was fun. We had the opportunity to show our school spirit. It was nice to have the chance to  mingle with our peers and Alumni. At the end we took pictures of the whole group.

My study abroad group after the luncheon was on our way to Osaka for a few days. So we had to carry some of our luggage with us to the luncheon so we could leave straight for Osaka. It took us about 2 hours to get to Osaka. We arrived to Osaka later that night. We stayed in a beautiful shopping district full of stores to explore.

4th Day in Tokyo

Saturday May 15, 2010

kids

Today was cool. We visited the temple. It was a cultural shock for me. I saw men in kimonos and diapers. The temple was very extravagant. There was so much stuff going on.  On the way to the temple there were several shops everywhere. The people participated in cultural rituals. I saw kids banging on drums giving thanks to their ancestors on their way to the temple. Also I saw a group of men and women carrying ritual things to the temple. They were all dressed in ceremonial outfits and special shoes for marching to the temple. On the way to the temple there were all sorts of vendors that sold everything you could imagine and more. I found lots of souvenirs for my friends and family. I was a little disappointed at the fact we couldn’t actually go inside the temple since we had done all that walking to get there. But it was cool the experience of it all and to say the new cultural experience.

Later that day we went to see the Sumo wrestlers. They weren’t as big as I expected them to be. It was cool that I got to see them in real life then just watching them on television or movies. There are a lot of rituals that go into to Sumo matches. They take a lot of breaks to read off and show these scrolls to the audience. The matches don’t really last long they are usually over in 15 seconds. If it’s a real intense match then it will be over in 30 seconds. At the match I tried this new to me flavor of ice cream which was cappuccino.  At the time I thought it was chocolate to I began to eat it.

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