Steve Jobs’ final visit to Kyoto

Steve Jobs was the public face of some of the biggest tech innovations of the 21st century. But privately, he was known for his passion for Japanese culture. He was particularly fond of Kyoto and over the course of 25 years, he got to know the ancient Japanese capital well.

This is the story of Steve Jobs’ final visit to Kyoto in 2010, just one year before the Apple founder’s death.

Steve Paul Jobs, February 24, 1955 - October 5, 2011

Saeki Kentaro for NHK World:

When it came to Kyoto, Oshima Hiroshi was Steve Jobs’ man. Oshima worked as a chauffeur and a tour guide for Jobs on four trips, the last in 2010, just one year before the Apple founder’s death. Jobs would arrive with a vague idea of what he wanted to see but left the specifics to Oshima.

Over the years, the two grew close and Jobs gave Oshima his home address and phone number, urging him to call if he ever had the chance to visit the US…

On the final day of his last trip to Kyoto, he took his family for lunch at the renowned restaurant Sushiiwa. While his wife and daughter ordered the course menu, Jobs asked the owner for recommendations.

“He asked me for seasonal sushi,” remembers Ohnishi Toshiya, owner of Sushiiwa.

Ohnishi started Jobs off with flounder sushi, then squid and shrimp. When he served toro, the fatty part of tuna, Jobs suddenly went quiet. Ohnishi asked if anything was wrong.

“He asked me what I was going to serve next and I told him I hadn’t decided. He told me to keep serving toro until he asked me to stop.”

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  1. “In the past, men were recognized to have reached adulthood at the age of 15,” per Japanese notions (posted in article).

    Here in America, we’ve concluded that when 27 yo, one can still remain on the parental health insurance plan. Commencement of adulthood starts at age 30, or so…or as soon as one tires from gaming in the basement.

    1. That was “in the past,” like the Greater East Asia Coprosperity Sphere. Today, Japan has child labor laws comparable to the United States.

      You are correct that young Japanese do not “remain on the parental health insurance plan,” because Japanese citizens and expatriate foreigners all get universal free health care.

      1. “Universal free health care” is a garbage scam, moron.

        Canadians, UK, etc. citizens with means come to America for healthcare. The rest of these poor souls in countries with “universal free health care” get lowest common denominator “care” and die waiting in line.

        Wake up!

      2. The point: 27 year olds shouldn’t be connected to their parents in any such way…regardless of health care structure. They are f’g 27 yo.

        Also, it’s a devolution that should be concerning and NOT solved with more govt as babysitter…a situation that govt actually created and the bedwetters embrace.

        Yeah, talk to some Cannucks about how good their experience is with “free” healthcare. You get what you pay for and, if one is close to a major event, what you “pay” may not fulfill the need.

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