11/22-11/24: Kobe/Osaka/Mt. Koyasan

Wilton being my first visitor to Tokyo also brought with him 3 huge U-Haul boxes about 70 lbs. each, filled with snacks, household goods, cleaning items, more clothing from my wardrobe at home, snowboarding gear, pots/pans, electric blanket, thoughtful gifts from family, and even zhong (my all-time favorite filled with sticky rice, yellow bean, egg […]

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The secret to making friends: baby carrots

The biggest discovery I made at work was the key method of attracting attention and starting up much needed conversation in a very serious, focused work environment. The trick: having a ziplock bag of baby carrots on my desk. As a part of my trip to Costco a few weeks ago, I got a big […]

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11/10 Weekend Activities: Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo Dome City

Koishikawa Korakuen 小石川後楽園 is one of the oldest and most beautiful Japanese landscaped gardens in Tokyo. Mitsukuni Mito constructed this garden to be a beautiful mix of traditional Chinese and Japanese landscapes with a pond, bridges, a man-made hill, stones, and a variety of plants. 300 Yen for entry. Very close to Iidabashi station. The middle […]

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Hiking/Outdoor: Mt. Takao san

Mt. Takao san 高尾山 599 meters (1,965 ft) tall, located within 1 hour of downtown Tokyo. I went with my co-workers Sonam and Geoff. Our projected half day hiking turned into a full day adventure. Lots of hiking routes up and back down as you can see in the picture below. We ended up hiking […]

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Running sights: Odaiba & Edogawabashi

My last running meetup followed this path (7.3 miles) : Shimbashi station > Rainbow Bridge > Odaiba Marine Park > Odaiba aqua city > Daiba station. It was a bit muggy but it was nice to see the south side of the city. Thank goodness it didn’t rain – I seem to never have an […]

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Good Eats in Tokyo

You may have been wondering…where are all those crazy, useless food pictures that Jenn usually wastes blog space to post?! Fear not, I have so many photos of the different types of food that I have tried, that I need a separate entry dedicated to food and only food. Upon our arrival to Tokyo, our […]

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Weeks 3 & 4: Oh glorious boxes, how I have missed you

The last week has been marked in history of Jenn finally receiving her long awaited boxes held hostage at the Tokyo port for 1+ month after landing in Tokyo. I no longer need to desperately mix and match UNIQLO clothes and wear the same limited pairs of shoes I had. I hugged each box upon […]

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Week 2 Edition of Only in Japan…

After the second week of work and being in Tokyo, there are some random things that I’ve learned about this country and had to share: That annoying iPhone shutter sound you hear when trying to take a secret photo of a funny sign or moment at work…well, it’s restricted from disabling in Japan. Why you […]

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Konnichi wa! Next stop: Tokyo, Japan

There is a bit of a gap from my last blog entry in Hong Kong but to recap: Finished my last class at HKUST in August 2013 Accepted job offer with Fast Retailing to start working in October About Fast Retailing: http://www.fastretailing.com/eng/about/business/aboutfr.html Overview of Business Segments: http://www.fastretailing.com/eng/about/business/segment.html Spent time with family and friends in Los […]

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Week 1 of Work at Fast Retailing: Let the Circus Show Begin

My first day of work was October 1st, Tuesday. Boy, did I have a lot of surprises awaiting me. 1) Orientation which lasted two days was completely in Japanese. Since I started with a few other MBA graduates who were also hired as a part of the Global Next Generation Leaders program, we each had […]

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