S: Greg's Trip to Japan, 2009
4: University of Tokyo Gardens
5: My new friend Bjorn
10: The lovely Kobe waterfront market
11: Kobe is a really beautiful and relaxed city.
14: The International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2009
15: Me, Professor Fischer, and Nabil Simaan at the conference
16: New Conference Friends!
17: Also kitties!
18: Me and a couple conference friends hit a midnight noodle bar....no plates! You eat right off the griddle | These Japanese people bought us drinks and wanted to know about our work
20: Presenting my paper | Taking a walk afterwards
21: I am sad because my umbrella is covered with little blue hearts | Do I look jaunty? I felt jaunty....
23: Mount Fuji from the bullet train, two flavors
24: Tokyo at night, and hand-washing area in front of Meijin
27: The wall of prayer: Prayers were written upon wooden planks, which were ceremonially blessed and burned weekly. Prayers written in English generally went like this one
33: The Royal Gardens in Tokyo
34: I don't know what this monstrous creature is, I'm just glad it was dead. | The day was incredibly overcast
36: Shinto Buddhist Temple in Tokyo
39: Priests fill the drawers with horoscopes, and the cans tell you which drawer to open | Large market next to the temple compound
40: Gorgeous construction of the temple | Building shaped like a giant bowl of noodles | The best meal I ate in Japan. $11 total!
42: Kiyo Chinzei and his surgical devices | Me and one of the most brilliant MRI compatibility scientists ever
43: The Japan Museum. A breathtakingly enormous building
44: The Japanese museum. You can see how enormous it is! Also, two Americans I met
45: The national sumo championships! A back alley in Tokyo
47: Me posing with a class of school children. This might have something to do with my guide telling people I was with the sumo tournament...
50: Breathtaking views from atop Mt. Fuji. Relax, I didn't climb it there was a bus to the top | Breathtaking view of me. No no, take you're time, get a good look.
51: The ferry to Hakone, a beautiful city on a lake on top of a mountain.
53: Beautiful Hakone. The four days I spent here were the best of the trip
54: Riding to the top of the volcano. A volcanic hot spring behind the resort. View from the top
56: Some of the beautiful foliage. The flowers in Hakone were truly amazing
58: The mist covered mountaintops of Hakone. I will never be able to take a picture that does its beauty justice
61: Beautiful temple on the water. Steam drifting out of the side of the volcano Example of the woodwork boxes Hakone is known for
67: Goodbye Hakone, from the top of the mountain. Hello Tokyo harbor cruise! No one spoke English, so we communicated via charades
69: This ridiculous building is part of Japans "New City" A whole city designed to take advantage of new technologies | Sign showing the entrance to the Tuskiji fish market (pronounced Tskeegee)
71: Amazing bicycles all over Japan. Dried fish vendor in Tsukiji Crazy wall in a Tsukiji coffee shop
72: Last day in Tokyo before heading to Kamakura, my last stop. Love the Japanese picture warnings!
73: Kamakura: Home of the tallest buddha statue in the world. Known as the Daibatso of Kamakura, it is both as breathtaking and as much of a tourist trap as it would seem
75: Yellow Fellow shown for scale