My first moments in Kobe – ISMIR 2009

After a 26 hours of travel from Nashua to Kobe Japan  via Bostin,  NYC,  Tokyo to Osaka  I arrived to find an extremely comfortable hotel at the conference center:

The conference hotel is the Portopia Hotel.  It is quite nice.  Here’s the lobby:

And the tower:

I went for a walk this morning to find an American-sized cup of coffee (24 oz is standard issue at Dunkin’s).  This is the closest thing I could find.  Looks like I’ll need another source of caffeine on this trip:

Thanks to Masataka, Ichiro and the rest of the conference committee for providing such a wonderful venue for ISMIR 2009.

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