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A wedding party on a ship in Tokyo Bay

It took God six days to create the universe and he rested on the seventh. Whew. It took my 12-inch MacBook about 70 hours to upload 60,000 photographs to Google Photos that will now take me an eternity to sort through.

Among them are ones I found on my company’s server after a long-dead shortcut icon (or so I thought) took me to dozens of folders I thought had been erased an age ago.

you’ve got mail

Google mailbox

Everybody has got a Gmail account, but how many people can say they have an actual, physical Google mailbox? I saw this at Bic Camera, where Alphabet is pushing hard to cut off Amazon and its Alexa gadgets from the Japan IoT market, which is still lagging behind the U.S. one. Japanese rooms are tight and cluttered: Why have to speak when you can just reach for the nearby switch?

I’ve also added some random postage-related shots that have been hanging around a while now, like lost letters:

A mailbox somewhere in Setagaya Ward



The 1,000-day countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games started on Oct. 28.

An aerial view of construction of the New National Stadium showed more than 20 cranes at work mainly to install the stands for spectators.

The stadium is expected to be completed in November 2019 and will serve as the venue for the Opening Ceremony the following year. (The Asahi Shimbun)