Wow, it's been over two weeks since I returned back from my trip to ODS Tokyo. The summit was amazing, great talks by a lot of smart people doing really interesting things with and on OpenStack. I took some vacation a few days following the summit and met up with friends to explore Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto. These are just a small set of the photos from my phone, there are more on the digital camera that I'll have to copy off but I wanted to share while it was still fresh.
For starters, Japan is an amazing country to visit. Anyone who gets the chance I strongly recommend visiting! I found the food, atmosphere, and sheer breadth of history and tradition as well as the cultures evolution over time just breath taking. Every prefecture we visited was it's own little city bustling along.
This was my second time visiting, so I made sure to do more than just Tokyo. Eric and Julie kept us on track with a fast paced itinerary to experience as much as possible in the short time we had. Visiting shrines and temples, a lot of which have been standing for 1,000+ years, experience a largely similar yet strikingly different culture is always such a humbling experience and eye opener to different ways of life.
I look forward to planning another excursion to trek more north of Tokyo and see what those districts hold in, the hopefully, near future.