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I don’t understand Japanese

Like I said before somedays it just doesn’t work.

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Why do I study Japanese

Actually I have no idea why I decided to go to Japan ;-p

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Park Hyatt Shinjuku

as seen from Sendagaya
This is a the Park Hyatt Hotel in Shinjukul.  I’ve been told it’s the most expensive hotel in Japan.  Actually the hotel starts at around the 38th floor.  Below that is offices.  I don’t recommend you stay there though.  I visited once and the staff was very rude and snobby.  Basically if are not staying there they don’t want you there.  Because they were such dicks I will never stay there.

You can see that the top of each tower has an atrium which of course have gorgeous views.

Companionship Quotas

Don’t get defensive. This is not a criticism. Just an observation.

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The cost of suicide in Japan

Today I found out in Japanese class that when the trains stop, say because of an accident, it costs them on average $50K a minute in lost ticket sales. If it takes 30 minutes to fix that’s $1.5 million dollars.

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Portable Kareoke

I don’t quite know what the point is but NTT DoCoMo has a portable Kareoke machine. It’s about the size of CD player. It plugs into your phone and your TV and some speakers and a Mic. You have a catalog from which you select songs. They get downloaded over your cellphone to this machine and then played back.

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Desiging User Interfaces

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Apologizing

Check out this article about the differences between apologizing in Japan and in America.

I didn’t see much about the accident but when I did see the US representatives they hardly seemed sorry.

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FOMA

FOMA = Freedom of Mobile multimedia Access. It’s NTT DoCoMo’s name for W-CDMA service which starts here in Japan in May, less than 2 months away.

I was in Shinjuku today wondering around and I stumbled upon the DoCoMo tryout center. They had some of the FOMA phone models on display. 384K to the phone, 64K from. Fast enough for reasonable video.

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