Dinner with Jessica and Jose

With pretty much mixed up of combination of feelings in Tokyo and lots of training class and work during the daytime, almost 5 weeks no writing blogging. Finally I got some motivation to add something here. I will try to write things in a reverse order since me landing on Narita airport. My elementary school teacher taught me that is called cut back. Ok, let me go head.

Now just came back from dinner with my current manager and colleagues. Although I felt somewhat uncomfortable because of alcohol, I have a very good time in my deep heart. We went to a Japanese restaurant and have a good plentiful Japanese food. We talked much and I learned a lot because what we are talking with is senior people, haha. The interesting thing is that Jose (currently my boss’s boss 🙂 is learning Chinese. So most of our talk is in Chinese and simultaneously translate it into English again for him. Here I would like to say a little more about my manager Jessica. She is so nice not because of everyone told me whilst I mentioned her, but the feeling when you talking and hanging with her and this feeling makes me very comfortable, of which I would like to build.
To be continued…

C++ training

I just finished four days C++ training. I was extremely impressed by the instructor’s deep insight into C++ knowledge. Before I join Morgan Stanley, I thought I had a pretty good knowledge of C++. After this class, I found that still have a long way to go!

Izu Trip

James Qu who is a Chinese and has been living in Japan for decades took us, the new tokyo comers to the east costal area – izu this weekend. As he speaks perfect, at least to me, Japanese, we didn’t have any trouble of communicating the locals during the trip.

Izu is located to southwest of Tokyo and right South of Mount Fuji. Noted for its beautiful coastal scenery and hotspring resorts, it is a popular site for Tokyo residence during weekends and national holidays.

We took the shinkansen from Tokyo (Shinagawa) to Mishima and rent a Toyota to start our izu trip.
© Zhu Xinquan. The car we rent

The meandering road made me sick in the car.

© Zhu Xinquan Look at these terrible roads in the mountain
Luckily, I recovered from the car sick and enjoyed a nice hot spring in Atami.

The view is absolutely fabulous.

© Zhu Xinquan The izu sea

When this dish was served. Believe me, the lobster was moving in the dish!! I wish that I had taken a video of it. I almost felt a bit uncomfortable as if I were able to hear its groan for losing half of its body, which I am going to eat.
© Zhu Xinquan
To be continued…

Tokyo Impression

After I spent a couple of days in Tokyo, I find a few interesting things here:

  • Clean than any big cities that I have ever been.
  • People don’t talk much in the public places such as the subways.
  • People don’t eat things in most public places such as the subway.
  • People are extremely polite to their customers. For example, the waiters and sales people in the super market.

You can see small creatures such as pigeons even in the downtown.
© Zhu Xinquan. The place where I live in Tokyo

Fruits are so well prepared or, rather grown up in a pre-determined shape. Therefore, the price is also eye-watering, 1500 JPY ( that’s roughly 100 CNY, or $15) !

© Zhu Xinquan. Goods are more expensive than Shanghai

Ebisu Garden Place

Morgan Stanley’s Tokyo office is located in the Ebisu Garden Place, a complex building with a host of restaurants and shops.


There are a few european style buildings.

In Tokyo, most of the sky-scrapers charge you some money to view the landscape of Tokyo such as Roppongi Hills. Ebisu Garden Place is an exception. You can take a free lift to the top of the Garden Place Tower where you can get one of the best scenic views of Tokyo.

It is connected with the JR Yamanote Line Ebisu station by the well marked “Yebisu Skywalk” on which I walk everyday to work.

[Update: 2014/01/02]

These clocks were removed from Ebisu Garden Place since Morgan Stanley relocated their office to Otemachi.