Halfway Remarks

Since my arrival in Japan, now over a month ago, any time I observe something I think I might forget, I quickly jot it down in my phone’s notes app. The following are some unedited notes and then a retrospective commentary.

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Second Week at HekaBio – Thinking about Health

I spend most of my days in the HekaBio office on Google. I look for published clinical trials, injury and disease incidence statistics, and attempt to assess the market size for different projects HekaBio is working on. Business and medical professionals surround me, all of whom make efforts to involve me in important meetings and discussions from which I gain new insight into the inner workings of a health venture.

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The First Few Weeks

My first few weeks in Japan have been full of contrasts: architectural, environmental, emotional, commercial. On the train from Kansai International Airport upon my arrival in Japan, in a desperate fight against jetlag, I turned my attention to the Osaka skyline. Modern, metallic buildings full of gyms, malls, and offices shattered the low-lying fabric of more traditional homes interspersed with rice paddies and family gardens. This incongruity seems to be noted by most people visiting Japan for the first time. Upon closer reflection, is not too unlike the contrast between the pre-revolutionary war era and modern architecture in a city I am much more acquainted with: Boston. That said, the unfamiliarity of the architecture made the juxtaposition much more apparent to me.

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