Berkeley Lab

Thursday, 9/10/15

We left relatively early, because my dad had a couple meetings with various foundations in downtown Tokyo. It was raining, of course, so our umbrellas were out as usual. I went to the nearby Starbucks during that time. Something I don’t think I have mentioned yet, is that the Japanese love Starbucks. There are several in pretty much every city, so it’s not hard to find one. After the meeting, we took the subway to Chiba, which is a city between Tokyo and the Narita Airport. There, we met Dr. Reiko Kanda, who my dad knows, and she took us to see the president of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, Professor Yonekura. At the train station, we noticed several bakeries, and some had some very delicious looking cakes and pies in the window.

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In the evening, Professor Atsu Suzuki, from Tokyo University and former president of JAEA, took us out for a last dinner. We went to the Imperial Hotel, to a Tempura Restaurant. We sat at the counter, where we could watch the chefs prepare the food. I didn’t really know what to expect, so the type of food that came was a surprise, but I was excited to try it anyway. We had many different kind of vegetables, from mushrooms to a mild type of ginger, as well as different kinds of fish. A couple of things that stood out were what seemed to be the spine of a fish, and the head and legs of a shrimp. Even though I was apprehensive at first, the taste turned out to be not bad. For dessert we had different kinds of fruit, which seems to be very common in restaurants in Japan.

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