Travel to Japan

Travel to Japan

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I’m so glad that I finally went to Japan. Sightseeing was fun, however, I realized my physical limitation. I walked many kilometers at a fast pace every day. My calves are still hurting.
I’m glad my brother’s entire families are thriving and doing well. It’s good to see people I have not met before – such as my niece’s kids Yuuki & Atsuki, my nephew’s wife Nana and two kids Yura & Kanata. I remember I met Auntie Kiyoko & cousin Shigeko over 40 years ago.

I wish to express my utmost appreciation and gratefulness to my brother Kanji and his wife Kazuko. I stayed at their house from March 22 to 27 and April 2 to 5. Kazuko prepared 10 kinds of side dishes for breakfast every morning. Brother Kanji helped wash dishes at home.
I forgot to say to them “May I help you?” or “How can I help?” — I am too damn lazy, shame on me.
We went out many different restaurants for dinners so I can experience different cuisine.

I just love being pampered. In Japan, people are shy, so you initiate “ask help.” Due to my bilingual, I got all the help I needed from strangers in Japan. Thanks, everyone!

What I noticed in Japan:
1) Cleanliness – Everything is spotless. It’s Japan
2) An automated external defibrillator (AED) in many places. Just in case.  Sudden Cardiac Arrest
3) Kei-cars, the minicars (the engine must be 660cc or smaller ) sold almost exclusively in Japan. They could go around and do their daily chores with this car.
4) Ultra high tech in Rail system among others. Yet, very people-centric.
5) see/hear vocabulary “reform old house” in Japan.
That sounds very strange to my ears. I jokingly thought that these houses are criminals and need to be put them in halfway house (reform house, a reform school for juveniles etc.,) LOL  
I am used to seeing/ hearing “remodeling, renovation” in the good old USA.
Reform = to adapt to modern changes in social, political, and cultural life.
Restructure = to effect a fundamental change in (as an organization or system).
Remodel = “restore to a good state of repair.” “to change the structure or form of something
Renovation = is the process of improving a broken, damaged, or outdated structure.
Refurbishment, on the other hand, implies a process of improvement by cleaning, decorating.

Also, Japanese people use many English vocabulary but they say it wrong. For example “buffet” (English pronunciation is bəˈfā where Japanese pronounce it Byuffe)

Have you ever wondered why the Japanese wear those masks? 
I had to ask my niece Megumi because she was wearing a mask all the time.
#1: She suffers from “Hay Fever.” She is allergic to cedar & cypress tree pollen. 25 million people (20% of the population) currently suffer from seasonal hay fever in Japan.
#2: Either you are sick or not wanting to get sick.
#3: Avoid Annoying People in public
#4: Too lazy for make-up.
#5: Fashion.
Click Link YouTube Video: Photos That Prove Japan Is Not Like Any Other Country

Travel to Japan  March 21 – April 5

🙂  Tokyo (Ueno, Asakusa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ueno)

🙂  Yokohama City (Chinatown, Marine Rouge Dinner Cruise, Sankei-en Garden, Minato Mirai)

🙂  Nagano prefecture (Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenkoji Temple, Sake tasting tour, Matsumoto Castle)

🙂  Gunma prefecture (Mizusawa Kannon, Ikaho Hot Spring, Mt. Haruna and Lake)

🙂  Commuter trains in Tokyo
Safe, convenient riding environment. Equipped with full-color LED displays, showing train information

😦   Years ago, I was furious about NBC Sports announcer.   😦   What she said was, ‘Japanese toilet is a hole.’ I couldn’t believe what she was saying. Way before that my house already had a Western-style toilet.  🙂

🙂  People are kind, considerate. Everything must be perfect, and high-quality.
I think the big fault of Japanese society is that women have no equality in the workplace – particularly Civil Servant job.

🙂  It’s a mystery to me for a few days.
“Please do not throw trash” however, I didn’t find any trash bins nearby.
You Recycle: Combustibles – Plastics – PET plastics – Alum cans – Glass bottles

🙂  My family in Japan. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and generosity.

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