Uploaded on Nov 22, 2008
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I decided to take a trip to Nintendo's headquarters in Kyoto and check things out. And while I was there, I took this video.
As I said in the video, there's nothing interesting about the building itself, other than the fact that it's Nintendo's headquarters. A big wall surrounding the building doesn't help anything either.
However, the fact that there is a tennis court on company grounds, where I assume the company employees play tennis, is very interesting though.
Also, the kanji I didn't know, 株式 by itself means "stock" (as in the stock of a company), but when combined with 会社 (company)...
株式会社 means "public company" or "corporation". In other words, 任天堂株式会社 on the nameplate means Nintendo Co., Ltd.
When I was looking at the building before I started to record, a company employee came out, so I asked him if I could go in, but he said I couldn't. (Though I hope he didn't think I was talking about entering the building.) The conversation went something like this：
私： ええと、 すみません。 入てもいいですか？
私： （私の手で「X」になっている） だめか？
任天堂の会社員： （笑っている） そうですよ。
...Which is basically:
Me: Um, excuse me. Is it OK to enter?
Nintendo employee: I'm sorry, that's-
Me: (Forming an "X" with my hands.) I'm not allowed?
Nintendo employee: (Laughing.) That's right.
Me. I see...
Company employee: (LOL)
Now, I COULD HAVE waited until later when the employee was gone to go inside the gate anyway, but like I said (and showed) in the video, there was that small guard building there. And I don't think there would have been much else to see. I also didn't really want to "gaijin smash" Nintendo.
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