Ociel and Jeff, two of Joe's close buddies from Loyola Marymount, happened to be the first official visitors for us. We all hit it pretty hard, given we only had about 72 hours before they had to head back to China. For them it was as much a chance to forget about work and relax as it was to see a foreign country, so we did the sightseeing in Kobe, Kyoto and Himeji during the day and left the nighttime for random izukayas, karaoke rooms, shochu bars, etc. It was go, go, go, and extremely memorable.
Geishas in Kyoto
Near the port in Kobe.