MIM class of 2011 hit the ground running (no joke!) since arriving in Tokyo on Monday evening. After a 12+ hour travel day from Portland, Oregon most were happy settling on an authentic Japanese ramen dinner on night one, exploring the vicinity around the Takanawa Grand Prince Hotel near Shinagawa train station and then calling it a night.
First thing Tuesday morning MIMers were ready to go with approximately three-and-a-half hours of lectures by guest speakers Mr. Shigeo Yamada, former board member and Vice President of House-Hold Products for the KAO Corporation (now retired), and Mr. Eichii Tanabe, Senior Vice President and Treasurer for Mitsubishi Corporation.
The second half of Tuesday was a free day. MIMers spent the day exploring Tokyo, of course! One of the things MIMers noticed is that it is extremely easy to get around this city by foot and train. Although it can be a little overwhelming for those who cannot speak or read the language, once you study the train map it is quite easy to navigate and get where you want to go.
Yesterday, Wednesday (keep in mind the time difference in Tokyo as you read our blogs), MIM headed out to Nissan Oppama Plant and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Yokohama (a two hour drive from Tokyo) for factory tours. All of our business guest lecturers, factory tour hosts and interpreters have been so gracious. It has been a wonderful experience so far. MIM is loving Tokyo!
Here are a few photos of the MIM-Tokyo Experience! Enjoy!