I am in the middle of a business trip to Japan.  This is my 19th time in Tokyo.

I’m a little bit homesick.

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I took the following photo on the subway last night.  A young woman was wearing a pair of shoes that looked a lot like the shoes that Dorothy wore in “The Wizard of Oz”.

I was waiting for her to click her heels and say “there’s no place like home….”

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I took this photo on the streets of Tokyo the other day. The black object on the top of the screen is a decibel meter.  The decibel display is underneath.

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It is remarkable to me that the streets of one of the biggest cities in the world are so quiet.  People speak in hushed tones to each other.

The people here are completely silent on trains and buses.  The announcement on those trains and buses says something about not speak, “so that you do not annoy the other passengers”.

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I took this photo this morning on my walk to work.  It is a photo of several bicycles leaned against a bicycle stand.  What’s missing from the photo?

Bicycle locks.

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This bicycle stand was directly across the street from Tokyo Station, one of the busiest train stations in the world.  Imagine seeing a bicycle without a lock across the street from Grand Central Station, or 30th Street Station.   I don’t think that that bicycle would remain there very long.

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Hal