Well, I arrived back to Tokyo yesterday and am back in the saddle here in Shinbashi. The area is a business district of Tokyo famous for being "salaryman" central.
Every day I join the herd of suited Japanese men and office ladies going back and forth from home and work, with the occasional eating, drinking, singing or "clubbing" that Shinbashi caters quite readily for those interested. I've spent more than one all-nighter here with co-workers--there is nothing like some Japanese ramen at 3am except perhaps some Korean sundubu and soju.
Today, however, I am still feeling jet-lag from the trip to the States and so just kind of did my commute in auto-pilot, reading a book to pass the time. Actually, now that I think about it, I'm pretty much always on auto-pilot unless I decide to suddenly deviate from my normal routine. Unfortunately, there are only so many ways I can shake up my commute and none really more interesting than the other.
Do I like Shinbashi? Yeah, Shinbashi is first of all convenient to many of the hang-outs in downtown Tokyo. I have quick access to shopping districts around Ginza and Yurakuchou, along with their nearby parks. Roppongi and Akasaka are also nearby to add some foreign variety. In addition if I want to get on a plane from work, Tokyo station is a couple stops away for heading to Narita and Haneda Airport is even closer. With all the businesses here, it is also easy to network and make new contacts.
Anyway, I will be posting later this week before the New Year's holiday on what I'm looking forward to regarding logistics in Asia for 2006.