Technology and The Imperial Palace

On my recent trip to Japan, I stayed at the Akasaka Prince Hotel which is just down the street from Sun's Akasaka office in Tokyo. The real reason I stay there, however, is because it is also just down the street from Japan's Imperial Palace . The 4.8 km jogging course (6.3 km if you start at the Akasaka Prince Hotel) is one of the most famous in all Japan. Simply walk down the front driveway of the hotel, turn left, start jogging, and in a few blocks you come upon the palace course.

Surrounded by Tokyo hi-rises, the Imperial Palace grounds, and I say grounds because you never actually see the palace from the jogging course, are absolutely beautiful. Surrounded by a moat several hundred feet wide in places, if you ignore the traffic noise and the hi-rise office buildings you can almost picture yourself in Imperial Japan hundreds of years ago. This is a classic run for anyone who visits Tokyo.

The moat must have been a great defensive technology in its time. Of course rather useless today in the military sense, although it does keep the occasional Tokyo homeless person sleeping on benches along the jogging course from bothering the royal family. As a technology company, we at Sun need to always be careful that we are designing not just great technology, but great technology that meets our customer's current needs.

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