I woke up early again around 6:30 with the sun and worked on blog posts in my room and then I headed down stairs to hop on the internet to upload pictures. As a group we are meeting at 9am each day to go over what we are doing for the day. i didn't get all of my pictures uploaded before then. At the meeting, we had a nice discussion of the our project and our first assignment. Our project is to design a mixed use building with retail, commercial, and about 100 residential units. Our fist assignment is to pick a site for it that is within walking distance of Nishioji train station. and then we have to analyze it which is our first assignment which is due next Monday. For site the analysis we are in groups of three and we have to diagram all sorts of existing conditions like vehicular and pedestrian traffic, where the best views are, where restaurants and popular spots are in relation to the site and a whole lot more.
I got back to the hotel in the late afternoon and was exhausted. I now know why the Japanese are thin, Most of the subway stations here don't have escalators, so it's a lot of steps up and down. I was exhausted so I laid down for a nap that turned into 12 hours of sleep.
I recorded a lot of video today, but I don't have time today to get anything posted.
Pictures Day 2