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First Day at Work

Posted on 2005/10/25 04:36:35 (October 2005).

[Monday 24th October]
Today was my first day in my new job, which went fairly smoothly. Spent most of the day setting up my PC basically. I've got a decent desk, the office seems pretty good, and perhaps most importantly my "co-workers" seem like a nice bunch of people.

To mark the occasion, I went out in the evening to my favourite spot in Tokyo - Quercus Bar. Watanabe-san wasn't there unfortunately, but instead I was looked after expertly by the ever entertaining Irita-san, and also enjoyed a chat with my favourite bar fly Osawa-san.

The whisky was good too! For a change I started off with a beer - amazingly they have Old Speckled Hen. After this I went for Watanabe-san's own bottling - a Quercus branded 27 year old Glenglassaugh, which was very heavily sherried. It had been released specially to mark the bar's birthday this month (four years...?). Next I had a really superb Caol Ila bottled by Blackadder - it was like being beaten about the head with a peat shovel - fantastic. I then finished off the evening with a Clynelish, which Irita-san rather expertly described as "yaki ringo" - by which he means burnt apples. I couldn't have put it better myself.

I find myself counting my blessings that I have discovered a place like this in Tokyo - where I can just turn up unannounced, all by myself, and seemingly guarantee to have a really good evening of it. Getting into whisky has really opened doors for me!

Comment 1

Any hangover ?

Posted by Sheri at 2005/10/25 08:03:35.

Comment 2

Not really - actually it seemed to help me sleep - for the first time since I landed I slept solidly from when I went to bed, until when the alarm went off in the morning.

Posted by John at 2005/10/25 13:22:50.

Comment 3

Unfortunately you'll be in America during my stay, but next time I come to Japan you must take me there! Anyways are the co-workers Japanese or there is some gaijin? Any pictures of the cubical? COME ON I need more details...

Posted by Lox at 2005/10/26 13:53:18.

Comment 4

So far I haven't encountered a single other gaijin in the whole building. During my interviews I met a guy from the HR team who I think is Russian or something, but haven't seen him since I started. They get foreign (mostly American) staff visiting quite often, but it seems hardly any are based there permanently.

Posted by John at 2005/10/26 14:12:19.

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