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This Hui Lau Shan mango pudding was worth the 12 hour stopover in Hong Kong.  I had three, talk about pigging out!
In contrast, the NTT Cmode vending booth was just fantastic!
A huge gambling arcade in Japan, just like Vegas The noise in here was incredible; they pump white noise The wierd and wonderful Japanese drinks at the local supermarket We get caught in a crazy thunderstorm, it absolutely poured Another view of Shibuya junction, not as busy as the last time I was here! Sharpy poses with Hachiko the faithful dog Another view of Shibuya at night Amusing typos are everywhere! Sharpy likes the idea of having a Eating in traditional Japanese style, mmm The start of the ubicomp demos with a system that tracks people using 360-degree FOV cameras A cool Sony tablet PC with a high-res screen The Similarly, IBM had a pretty crap demo vaguely involving PDAs as remote controls In contrast, the NTT Cmode vending booth was just fantastic! The vending machine lets you use your mobile phone to pay via IR, QRCode or RFID built into the mobile phone Ali Tse gets jiggy with the heads up displays This demo used train RFID cards to give you directions automatically, actually incredibly useful The view of Tokyo at night from Rappongi Hills skyscraper And here's where we were Sharpy is looking really grumpy, could he be hungry? He cheers up at the local sushi conveyer belt, problem solved! James looks sated... ... and we can see why!  Mmmm, sushiiii... Bright and early, KDDI is giving away camera phones to let us play with QRCodes Ali Tse immediately tries to scan in one of his 10000000 tissue packets, unfortunately unsuccessfully More amusing signs at the local Japanese supermarket We go to watch Sumo wrestling, and check out the grand trophy My cameraphone isnt good enough to capture how awesome the actual sumo was, but Al's pictures will be along soon I hope! We were there on day 4 out of 40, so it wasnt too packed out, but the crowd was still cheering noisily Outside, we hunt for the Sumo Wrestler Bento Box! All of the famous sumo wrestlers have their own banner and contingent of fanbois It is also very tied into their religion, as the surroundings of the sumo arena show Wandering around the dessert district of the city later This Hui Lau Shan mango pudding was worth the 12 hour stopover in Hong Kong.  I had three, talk about pigging out!