I'm back from five days in Tokyo just in time to be crushed by the end of the term, which was not designed to accommodate spending four days in Tokyo. Nothing to do now but try to do three weeks of work in two days and not get too worked up over not finishing.
The primary purpose of the trip was to visit two long-time Media Lab sponsors, Toshiba and Toppan. The upside of going to see Japanese businesses was that we were able to see parts of both companies that are usually impossible to see, like Toshiba's design and research centers. The downside, of course, is that we had to spend a lot of time hanging out in Japanese businesses, which are notoriously unexciting. In fact, I think Japanese business culture considers excitement impolite.
While I may change my tune while I'm cleaning out my desk after the first of the year, the trip was a rewarding experience. I took quite a few photos, which will go into the huge pile of other photos that I've intended to post for over a year. For now, let me just leave you with some immediate (maybe not lasting impressions) taken from the trip: