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~*~ Company Visit~*~ Japan Rail East

On our company visit to Japan Rail, we had the opportunity to see many up and coming ideas for trying to make the subways more efficient.  Japan Rail is building a testing center and we were able to walk over and view the building.  At the testing building, there will be a subway car with a gate just like the subways to do their testing. Even though the building was not completely finished yet, I thought it was cool that we got a glimpse of the work in progress.

While we were in the testing lab, we all were able use the route finders to help us find a quick and efficient way the airport when we left from the hotel on our last day in Japan.  It calculated the duration of the trip, the total fare, and how many transfers we would have to make. They said that this would be a free service and I think this would be very helpful in finding your way throughout Japan! Also, there were TV screens that would monitor the stations in case someone fell down the stairs, or left suspicious bags in the subways. There was also a map of where the train would be at a certain time, and a more up to date design of the map.  These diagrams became very useful in the subway cars when we would be traveling to our destinations for the day, because it would let me know what stop we were currently at and which stop was approaching.  Also, in the lab was machine that helps you find your way throughout the subway stations, and it could point to where you needed to go.

One thing about the Japanese culture is the need to be on time to. The trains were very efficient and on time for the most part and when trying to board a train, you saw many people rushing to get on, even when the door was closing. This did not stop the doors and they continued to close! One thing that could be helpful in keeping passengers safe when trying to board these subways is probably a sensor to know if someone is in the doors.  But I suppose this is why most of the time the trains are on time, because if it were to delay and keep opening when it is detected that someone is in the door, the train would never leave! I learned about why there were different types of Pasmo’s/ Suica cards and basically it’s the branding. Also, I learned that to build a car is very expensive. I believe 1 million dollars a car!

I really enjoyed this company visit and like always, we were given beverages and iced coffee.  Many of my peers really enjoyed it, but personally I’m not a fan of coffee of any form so I gave mines to my professor!

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~*~ 1..2..3 Strikes you’re out!! Tokyo Baseball~*~

While in Tokyo, we got to experience one of Americans favorite past time, a baseball game.  That night at the Tokyo Dome, the Tokyo Giants played the Blue Jays  and the stadium was filled with lots of people.  There were two bands in the stands and a section where the fans spelled out the name “Giants”.  At this baseball game, people were able to bring in their own drinks and have the people place your beverages in cups for you to enjoy. I must say, while going through security, the guards were very friendly and lenient. The lightest security I have ever seen! Then we received complementary Pokey Sticks as well.

At the game, I was craving  hot dogs which I usually get when I go to a baseball game at home, and luckily they had them! I was so hungry, I ended up buying two of them and they were delicious.  When ordering a hotdog, a mustard and ketchup pack came with it that was connected together.  When you clamped them together, both squirts out very neatly. I thought this was very efficient way of dispensing your mustard and ketchup! I really enjoyed the game as we chanted along with the crowd, even though I did not know what they were saying, but it was fun! They had cheerleaders and the mascot came out to dance with them.  We had orange towels with the teammates names and  numbers on them and we swung them in the air after a good play was made. At the end of the night, the Giants won and we all had a good time after a hectic day of getting there!

Inside Tokyo Dome Baseball Game

Tokyo Dome Baseball Game

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~*~Company Visit ~*~ NTT docomo

NTT docomo

Another company we had a chance to visit was NTT docomo. At this company, when we first walked in, there was a special greeting welcoming us to the research and development center.  Then we proceeded to the conference room where we learned a little bit more about the company.  After the presentation, we headed to the video room and watched a short informational.  Then we headed off to the technology lab.  In the lab, it was very hands on and in the first exhibit two of my peers had a chance to test out some more AR Solutions by looking through some glasses, with a camera on them, onto a book and have a 3D image of a nearby park appear on the TV screen. A very interesting piece of technology that allows you to zoom in and out of a certain area.

Another exhibit we saw at NTT docomo is the exhibit where purchases that you made previously are recorded to let you know if you bought that item before.  It also helps you pick out clothing items for your chicken and for that special occasion.  We had a chance to play the video game Tekken. This brought back childhood memories of playing video games.   Then we all had a chance to  test out this cool ring.  When you stick your finger in your ear, the vibration allows you to hear sounds.  There was also this watch that controls functions such as opening locks and turning on lights with the rhythm to whatever you like.  Also, there was a piece of technology that you hold to your head as you plug your ears and it allows  you to hear sounds.  This company happened to be one of my favorite places to visit.  I enjoyed  testing out all of the new technology they presented.

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