Time for another short break in WEBmikey posting, since I'll be spending a few days in Hawaii soon! My pals Matt and Kumiko will be getting married in Honolulu, and I'll be there for the wedding, plus spending time hiking, eating, snorkeling, and lying around on Waikiki Beach. It's my first visit to Hawaii, so even though it's a short trip, I'm really stoked!
A couple of interesting Japan news items: Congratulations, Hanshin Tigers! The Tigers are Osaka's team, and they won the pennant for the first time in many, many years. I saw some great news reports with everyone going nuts in Osaka, even girls crying and saying "This is the best day of my life!" Yakyuu (baseball) fans in Japan are amazing!
I also saw that the Hikari Shinkansen (bullet train) was recently retired. The Hikari was the older series, but still looking sleek and cool - I traveled on this model both times I visited Japan. It's kind of neat I got to ride that kind of train earlier this year - I didn't even know it was going away (to be replaced by a cooler, faster model, of course!).