Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Osaka

Most international conferences that I attend usually include a half-day excursion and thus it was that I got to visit Osaka.

The tour gave me the impression that Osaka is really just a very large city. We had a fairly unscenic cruise on the river and about the most exciting thing about this was the fact that the boat’s roof could lower so that it could fit under bridges.

 

Then we made our way to Abeno Harukas, which, at 300m, is Japan’s tallest building. We got amazing views from the 60thfloor, although the summer’s humid haze gave it a degree of drabness.

The panoramas revealed the extent of the city and you could see the sea as well.

I enjoyed the aerial view of things a little closer.

And then there was the blue cloud creature. Because Japan.

The excursion finished up in a nearby restaurant district where we had a Japanese dining experience seated on the floor at low tables. There was waaaaay too much food (and it felt bad to be unable to eat it all), but it was very nice and a fun experience.

The sun was starting to set as we left, making the lairy lights of the little restaurant district more visible, and then it was dark by the time we had finished the 1 hour trip back to Kyoto.

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