November 8, 2007

Tokyo around the corner

Category: Academic,Debian,Tech,Tokyo — Biella @ 5:58 pm

So this Sunday I am off to Japan along with a few other members of my department for a week long visit. I am going to attend a conference being hosted by the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. The number of faculty members housed under this initiative is simply impressive and I look forward to meeting many of them and learning how they are conceptualizing and moving forward with the interdisciplinary study of digital society.

I have not had much time to think about the trip outside of 1) how do I get to my hotel 2) preparing for my presentation but I will have a little free time on Tuesday, Thursday morning, Sunday morning and a few evenings to see some sights and see some people.

With the help of Junichi and others, we are organizing a gathering with Debian developers as well as the local and some visiting Creative Commons folks on Wed night, the 14th of November. Do come around if you are there and interested (and you can leave me a comment or email me at biellaATnyuDOTedu too.

While I basically am going to be like-a-lemming and follow my colleagues who have made some plans, if you think there is something Not To Be Missed in Tokyo, do leave a shout out in my comments or ping me via email. I would appreciate it!

1 Comment »

  1. Hey there. My Tokyo faves:


    If you eat sushi, there’s a food hall on the top floor of OIOI Department Store that is fabulous, including sushi aburo — seared with a blowtorch. Fabulous. They don’t speak English, but you can point on the menu.

    Right next to OIOI is Yamashiroya: five stories of toys and action figures and tchatchkas — great gifts, and glimpse into Japanese pop culture.

    And Ueno Park is lovely.


    The National Museum is great.

    If you’re only going to hit one department store, I’d recommend Mitsokushi.

    I’d avoid Shinjuku and Harajuku


    Comment by David Kahane — November 12, 2007 @ 11:46 am

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