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First Home Leave

It’s Obon Week in Japan, so I went back to San Diego for a week. I flew from ITM to NRT and then took a direct flight from NRT to SAN on JAL. JAL is using a 787 plane between NRT and SAN but the configuration of the business class is an older one. The seat doesn’t lie flat. It was okay but wasn’t comfortable to sleep in. I lay down for a few hours. The flight was under 10 hours. I got in to San Diego around noon and took Lyft home.

On Wednesday, we went up to Napa for a night. We flew up to Oakland and drove to Napa. We stayed at the Silverado Resort and Spa. The room at the hotel is like an apartment but old. We went to two vineyards (Raymond Vineyards and V. Sattui Winery) for tasting. We went to Raymond because the hotel gave us a coupon for 50% off. The interior of this place is very interesting with a circus theme. The wine was good as well. V. Sattui is one of my favorite vineyards, and I especially like their Riesling. We ended up buying a case of wine from them. For dinner, we went to Bistro Don Giovanni (Italian). I found it on Yelp. The food was good.

I came back to San Diego on Thursday night and flew back to Osaka on Friday. On the flight back to Osaka from San Francisco, it was pretty empty. Back to hot and muggy weather in Osaka.

Taylor Guitars Factory Tour

Many people including myself didn’t know that Taylor Guitars is located in El Cajon – just outside San Diego.  They offer a free, guided tour of the Taylor factory every Monday through Friday at 1 PM.  You don’t need to make an appointment.  You just have to show up around 12:45 PM and check-in at the receptionist desk in the lobby.

The tour lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.  It was very informative.  They took us through the whole guitar production process.  The guide was someone who is working in their marketing department.

Here are some of the photos from the tour.  I used the tilt-shift technique.

Taylor Guitars Factory - Front pieces





Taylor Guitars Factory - Factory floor
Taylor Guitars Factory - Bending machines
Taylor Guitars Factory - Buffer machines