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p1000814.JPGp1000816.JPG After spending two days in Tokyo, I am now back in New York City, doing the teleconferencing with Europe and meeting with people in NYC. It has been almost nine months since I was in NYC (my favorite city) last time. Every time I come to NYC, I feel energized.
  It is a place where you see so many different people, each of whom seems to lead life in their own unique way. You see a mix of business people well dressed in dark suits and tie, tourists with suitcases and those who are from all over the world to work there. Diversity and dynamism is the name of the game here, I feel. 

   This is the city where incredible things do happen. I ran into one of the alumni of ICS at the Starbucks yesterday morning after a few years. I was waiting on the line to get my Latte after I jogged around the Park. I recognized his face, while he recognized my voice! (I was in running gear with a cap!)
  It turned out that he works at the office nearby. We talked briefly and I was so happy to see him doing very well.
  What is the probability of my running into the ICS alumni (there are still few hundreds of them in the world!) in the Big Apple? I wondered.

  When I come to think of it, I ran into one of my seminar students at Aoyama Gakuin University where I used to teach at the grocery store in Palm Desert, California, after so many years! Probably I am such a lucky person. (My seminar student I ran into in California and I talked about the idea of buying a lottery ticket together, as we may beat the low probability of winning it!)
  Running into the alumni and finding out that they are doing very well made my day.

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    • Hiroshi Hatano
    • September 15th, 2008

    This reminds me of three occasions. When I landed on Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta in May 1998, I ran into a classmate of a business school in the airport cafeteria. There is a coincidence that I was at SFO to leave for NRT in November 2004 and I met my brother-in-law getting on the same airplane to Japan. The most pleasant and coincidental surprise is that when I ran into my business school professor in Asakusa in August 2005. I look forward to the next coincidence when I travel to USA.

    • yishikura
    • September 16th, 2008

    Dear Hiroshi, thanks for your comment. It is quite amazing where we run into people we know! Sometimes, it is easier to meet with people overseas than in Japan.

  1. I’ve met people in New York that I haven’t seen in 20 years. I guess everyone goes there at some point, so if you hang around long enough you’ll find people you know by chance.

    • yishikura
    • July 20th, 2009

    Dear Alfred, how true! It is one more attraction of visiting/being in the big city in the era of ICT!

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