I am at Seattle-Tacoma airport. A Boeing 777 is going to fly us to Tokyo’s Narita airport. There is also Haneda airport, closer to the city. I see there was another tremor of 5.8 that shook buildings in Tokyo this Saturday morning there. The layover time for the flight from there to Hong Kong is 3 hrs so I hope everything will be OK. I’m not used to earthquake tremors! (Is anyone?) I actually need a little extra time since United couldn’t issue my Tokyo-Hong Kong boarding pass – I have to get it in Tokyo. (The connecting flight is is on ‘another’ air-line : Continental. So given that Continental and United are merging, they still have some merging to do! I can also check out some of the souvenir and book stores at the airport. Maybe I will find a Japanese-language Tintin book to add to my collection (classic European comic strip book from the 30s now translated in 50 languages). I can also look for a book with the Doraemon character that I have seen on sweatshirts that my China colleagues wear. Doraemon is an earless robotic cat (!) who travels back in time from the 22nd century to aid a schoolboy Nobita Nobi. The character is a Japanese cultural icon and was riginally a manga series which later became an anime series and an Asian franchise.