Trip to Japan: Day 1

This is the second post in a series of posts about my trip to Japan. In this post, I’ll talk about my experience in Tokyo on Day 1.

This post is a continuation of this one.

The Hotel
I’m staying at the Hotel Okura, a beautiful Hotel. Okura is conveniently located, the Roppongi shopping district and Mozilla offices are close. The service is outstanding, the bed is comfortable and the the curtains open and close at the touch of a button. The Okura offers High Speed wifi free of charge(Did I mention how much I love free wifi?). Most of the employees speak or understand English, so communicating with them isn’t difficult.

The Mozilla Japan Space

The goal of this trip was to get to see the Mozilla Japan space. I got to the Office at around 11AM after Gen Kanai picked me up from the Hotel. I got a warm welcome from everyone at the office and it was good to see Yuka Takagi face to face finally.(Yuka worked really hard to get me all the documentation(Visa support documents) I needed for the trip. The space is quite small, but it has an interesting story behind it. The office has Open Source furniture, which means that the plans can be downloaded , enabling you to build something similar. The workspace can be changed using the polycarbonate panels any time. More about this can be found here.

I wish I spoke Japanese, because I could tell that most of the people at the office were happy to see me, but they could not communicate with me. I think all understand English, but are more comfortable speaking in Japanese. I had a good time at the Mozilla Japan space, I made new friends, met new mozillians and got to take a picture with Foxkeh(this was a highlight for me).

The next post will be about everything else I’ve been up to. Stay tuned