A proud native of the Second City, producer Jenny Lawton joined Studio 360 in 2007. Since then, she's produced the show's American Icons specials on the Disney parks and I Love Lucy, lots of stories in the Aha Moments series, and a portrait of the Japanese tea ceremony from Kyoto. She also serves as the managing editor of studio360.org and coordinates the show's internship program. Jenny started recording interviews as a Watson Fellow in India and Spain, researching the origins of flamenco dance. She cut her teeth in journalism at Chicago Public Radio, where she filed stories on culture, politics, technology, and the environment for WBEZ as well as NPR's Morning Edition and PRI's The World, among other programs. Jenny was awarded a USC-Annenberg/NEA Arts Journalism Fellowship, and lectures about radio and sound design at NYU and her alma mater, Kenyon College.
Monday, November 10, 2008 - 01:58 PM
After 14 hours on the plane (and nearly 2 hours on the "Limo Bus"), 360 Team Japan is officially in Tokyo. We're staying in the heart of Shibuya, the hip and happening "ground zero for youth culture." (so says LP, and we're happy to confirm!) Neon, crowds, aesthetic delights overwhelm (think "Lost in Translation"), especially culinary delights: as our fixers David and Shizu explained, while New York City has about 9,000 licensed restaurants, Tokyo has somewhere around 65,000. Tonight, we picked a traditional restaurant (tatame mats, woodwork, rock garden) 11 floors above the throng. (Check out our flickr page to see our absolutely heavenly first meal.)
But the combination of jet-lag and culture shock is sending this gaijin to bed early (not bad after being up for 24 hours) -- after riding our hotel's elevators up and down a couple more times.
- Jenny Lawton