The first day of stuff at Y! Japan is over. We ended the day with a nice welcome reception/party that just ended a bit ago. And I had a few Japanese beers, which is always a good thing.

The day went well. The network flaked out once, but it was fixed pretty quickly. I'm getting a chance to meet people that I've only known by name (if at all) from various other offices, including Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and even London.

Very cool.

And food is good too. I really had forgotten how much flavor there is in Japanese food.

Oh, and the funniest thing that happened today--I was chatting with one of our international engineers and he told me that he'd been reading my blog since before he started at Yahoo. I don't know why that surprised me (I know of a good number of folks at work who read this junk), but it probably had something to do with the fact that it was happening half way around the world.

Okay, so it's not "ha ha" funny. Sue me.

I've begun posting pictures from the trip here. I'll add to them as the week progresses. Some of them suck, 'cause I haven't had chance to filter or rotate them quite yet. One of the best so far is this one. From the Y! Japan offices, you get to look down on the Excite billboard. Heh. That's fitting.

Oh, Rasmus has posted some pics too.

Posted by jzawodn at October 20, 2003 04:19 AM

Reader Comments
# Mike Hillyer said:

Ha! See, I told you the food was the thing not to miss!

on October 20, 2003 07:15 AM
# Gajin said:

What's Japanese for "beer"?

on October 20, 2003 11:44 AM
# jr said:


Wait, no, that's only for fake Australians in Boise.

I've found "biiru" (BEE-ru) works pretty well for me, regardless of how many I've had beforehand.

on October 20, 2003 02:29 PM
# Ben Sluvak said:

haha, actually "Fosters" is Australian for "Canadian" (it's made in Canada!).

on October 20, 2003 03:37 PM
# jasun said:

Can I have some of the food please?

If it has not already gone!?

on October 20, 2003 08:45 PM
# Chris said:

Just spotted this. Looks like a great excuse for a praty!
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top Internet portal, Yahoo Japan Corp, said on Tuesday its net profit doubled in July-September from a year earlier, boosted by steady growth in its online auction business and brisk demand for Web advertising.

on October 21, 2003 04:22 AM
# Peter Grigor said:

You know, while you're in Japan you can say that "Sue me" stuff, but don't get too accustomed to it because you'll have to come back here eventually. (And that type of talk will get you creamed over here :)

on October 21, 2003 04:11 PM
# Mike Hillyer said:

Yeah, like when in Japan I stayed at the city hotel (pronouned shitty hotel). Needless to say I would not stay at a shitty hotel in the States... ;)

on October 21, 2003 06:35 PM
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