I had the privilege of getting to travel to Shanghai for a business trip this winter, and it was definitely a culture shock. The primary goal of my trip was to train our Shanghai support team on some of our tools at work. It was a very long trip, almost 4 weeks, so there was definitely a lot of opportunities and challenges. But, it was an enlightening experience and I had a very productive, educational, and memorable journey.
This weekend, we had some down time from our busy work week, so along with our Japanese teacher, Teri-san, we visited the historic area of Kyoto, Japan.
Of all of the amazing things I’ve seen on this trip, probably the sexiest thing for an engineer in Japan is the Shinkansen (the Japanese bullet train). Of course, I’ve been 250 kmph before, but never on land. I can’t even begin to describe what the world looks like when it’s whipping past at twice the take-off speed of a 747.
Paris is the “city of lights” but Tokyo gives it a run for it’s money. While not as charming, Tokyo is every bit as colorful, not to mention orders-of-magnitude busier. Even at 3am, you can look out my hotel room and see an endless sprawl of light. Here are some shots I got.