STEP Dinner

Today Chie and I joined the Japanese National STEP Committee for a dinner at the Lions. It was a lot of familiar faces from when I worked with STEP in the ISO so it was fun time meeting them again, even though some of them I have met a few times since I left the STEP community.

Oku-san was there as well. I have had quite some contact with Oku-san recently as I have helped him investigate SymbioCity, which is an initiative of the Swedish Trade Council to share knowledge, competence, and solutions about building sustainable cities. Knowledge and competence that Swedish companies have developed during last 30-50 years and applied in various projects around in Sweden, one of most successful so far being Hammarby Sjöstad.

Anyway, back to the dinner… It was OK food and fun company. Though I was a bit tired after a long week.

Old STEP People Party

Directly after work I met with Chie and Kishinami-sensei outside the Shinagawa-station to take a taxi the Hagoromo restaurant in the Ginza/Shimbashi area. It was a rare opportunity to meet Kishinami-sensei as he live and work in Hokkaido.

Chie had gathered about 12 people that have worked with Kishinami-sensei to support STEP (STandard for the Exchange of Product model data) development in Japan. A work carried out under ISO (International Organization for Standardization). And that is how I am involved with this group of people.

We had a 6000 YEN course, including free drinks for 2 hours. Though we manage to stay there for 3.5 hours and then we got thrown out 🙂

Anyway, it was a fun time to meet with mostly old faces. And also some new faces. I had a chance also to talk with Suzuki-sensei who shared the same lab with Kimura-sensei when I came to Japan in 2003. Though he moved to Komaba campus not long after that.

Once we had been thrown out we continued to High-Ball for some drinks. Then Chie and I took Kishinami-sensei back to his hotel where we finished the evening on 39th floor, with some drinks and some chocolate. In summary, it was very nice evening.