I like to take pictures of everyday activities, perhaps to remind me later of the ordinary. In 1996 I went to Japan while I was the test manager for MSDN. I stayed in a local business hotel in Chofu, where I suspect I was the only woman in the hotel who wasn’t visiting male guests and the staff spoke little English. The wait staff would look at me in terror until they realized I spoke and read Japanese well enough from my time as a student to get by just fine. Each morning I woke very early and would walk to the Microsoft building. I would be the first person there and turn on the lights. I wish I could have worked in Japan at some point in my career…

Here are the, admittedly very rough, photographs I took with the same Pentax I bought in Japan in 1983 as I walked from the hotel to the office.

Busy street in front of the hotel and near Chofu Station. Photo by Norah Hogoboom

Busy street in front of the hotel and near Chofu Station.

Chof, Japan. Photo by Norah Hogoboom

Right in front of the hotel.

Chofu, Japan, 1996. Photo by Norah HogoboomTraffic was always a bit scary, not as bad as  Shinjuku, and far better than Beijing in 2012, but still heavy.

Chofu, Japan, 1996. Photo by Norah HogoboomBicycles were still as prevalent in 1996 as 1983.

大正寺 (Taishoji), Chofu, Japan, 1996. Photo by Norah Hogoboom

大正寺 (Taishoji)

Here is a link to a video on YouTube published in 2014 of this pretty little temple.

大正寺 (Taishoji), Chofu, Japan, 1996. Photo by Norah Hogoboom

大正寺 (Taishoji)

Chofu, Japan, 1996. Photo by Norah HogoboomA street a block from the Microsoft building.

Microsoft Building, Chofu, Japan, 1996. Photo by Norah Hogoboom

マイクロソフト

I am pretty sure we don’t have this building anymore.