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I left Tokyo on Monday night to come to Hawaii.  I have noticed quite a few differences since I arrived this morning. (It is still Monday  night.)

First of all, the weather is nice and warm, unlike very cold and harsh days in Tokyo last week.  Though it is breezy in Hawaii and you need sweater or some type of jacket at night (people from here are in T shirts!),  the mild weather warms you up, I feel.

The state of Hawaii has suffered from poor economy and many people have two jobs to support themselves, the atmosphere is upbeat and positive, it seems.  People are very friendly, and  I feel even more so than last year.

Because this is a long weekend (Presidents’ day on Monday), many families are around and they enjoy good times.  Disney Resort which opened a few months ago nearby seems to have attracted so many people.  (They were taping the live TV show, and there was a LONG line of people waiting to get in.)

The pace is much slower and you can almost feel difference in the air.  People say something funny and we laugh, too.  Immigration officer at the airport wanted to know  where I live etc. and we ended up talking about jogging in Tokyo!  The air, people and the pace seems to be more relaxed than in Tokyo.

Naturally I feel more relaxed as I have no deadline coming every day and my days are not filled with  meetings.  The fact that I am a visitor (i.e. not from here) makes me feel freer and more relaxed, too.   Despite the lack of sleep due to the relatively short flight -6 hours- and time zone,  I feel relaxed and refreshed even on the  first night.

Getting away from it all helps, if you can. If you cannot, you can play the game (which I will describe next time. So stay tuned.)

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    • Pla
    • February 21st, 2012

    Dear Ishikura-Sensei,

    I am following your twitter since last year when I researched for MBA program in Japan.
    Now I chose to study Japan-focused MBA at UH. I am glad to hear that you are in Hawaii.
    はじめまして。

    Best regards,
    Pla

    • Yoko Ishikura
    • February 23rd, 2012

    Hi, Pla, this is Yoko Ishikura. Thanks for your comment. I am delighted that you are studying at UH. Hawaii is very nice. Good luck!

    • Pla
    • February 23rd, 2012

    私はタイ人です。 At the end of the program, I will have chance to internship in Japan for about three months. I am looking forward to have working experience over there.

    Best regards,
    Pla

    • Yoko Ishikura
    • February 27th, 2012

    Pia, good to have an opportunity to do internship in Japan at the end of the program.
    Best of luck.

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