Kyoto – ISPS

After a wonderful but sobering time in Hiroshima I boarded the Shinkansen (bullet train) to travel to Kyoto and meet up with friend and colleague, Dr. Andrew Homburg (BC ’98) in order to participate at the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS).


I was also really happy to meet a new friend and colleague, Dr. Tim Farrell, of The University of Nebraska-Kearney.  Tim is joining us as 1/3 of our symposium presentation on Saturday.


The conference is being held on the campus of Ryukoku University in Kyoto.


The university is just next to an important temple:



After attending sessions upon my first day of arrival we searched for a place to eat and found a wonderful local place:




IMG_8232The top of the photo is Andrew’s whole squid (yuck!).  Nearest the camera is my lotus root with shrimp (yummy!).

After supper we stayed up working on our presentations a bit and then tried to get some sleep.

This morning, Andrew gave his first presentation and did an outstanding job.  Way to make Bethany proud, Andrew!


Later in the afternoon Andrew and I gave our first poster session for the paper we did together about the Real Men Sing festival at Bethany.  Andrew also had another paper he did on his own.



Tonight the City of Kyoto hosted a fabulous dinner for all the ISPS participants.  On a side note:  this place is crawling with some of the most brilliant minds in the business.  Every time you turn around there is someone whose work you have cited in your research, and they are at the top of the profession.

Here are some pictures of us at the dinner:


IMG_8321 IMG_8322 IMG_8323 IMG_8317Now it’s time for bedtime because tomorrow is our big presentation!  Afterwards we will take the train to Tokyo for one final night in Japan before flying home late on Sunday!




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