2016 TRAVEL BLOG - JAPAN IN MARCH
Highlights from Japan!
(photos by a dear friend Sergio García)
英語 (eigo) = English in Japanese. Coincidence? Despite the language barrier, it is true that people in Japan are extremely more open minded and non hierarchal in who is respected.
Japan is filled with like surprises both silly and serious. It is booming with cutting edge fashion designers, dancers, artists, media icons, and innovators of just about any industry. My social time here was spent mostly in Tokyo meeting designers and PR people who epitomise the Japanese fashion industry on one hand, and learning the work of cultural and environmental conservationists on the other hand. The remaining weeks were spent meditating in the temples of small cities like Kyoto (where the first photograph of this blog post was taken), bathing in far-off islands like Beppu (an entire island of hot springs and boiling rivers), and Starbucks-hopping in order to find wifi (working at least a few hours every day in fashion and conservation).
A few words: if you only knew the following three words in Japanese, you would be pleasantly surprised by how much you understood...
All videos shot and edited on an i-phone application.
BEST THINGS ABOUT JAPAN
Everyone is welcoming and says yes to just about anything (even if they mean no)
Endless Mochi samples
Heated toilet seats (this is especially important because most indoors are cold see -->
The closest thing to a badword is calling someone an eggplant
Photo booths that turn you into anime characters
More selfie sticks used than anywhere else in the world (probably)
Beautiful temples, shrines, and vending mchines on every block
Cherry trees smell amazing and feature musicians, cute children and selfies underneath most of the time
Spending 100 dollars only costs $1 (US)
Everything is covered in sugar
Everything is mini - you may have to re-fill a tea cup eight times to equal 12 oz
Restaurants have fancy displays of fake versions of the food they sell
WORST THINGS ABOUT JAPAN
One must read between the lines, everyone is polite, for example "your son is really getting good at piano" = "shut the hell up when its 6am (or 6pm), I am trying to sleep"
Poor heating standards, extremely cold indoors
Ivory is still being manufactuered and sold both casually on the streets and in-store (there is a long way to go with the saynotoivory campaign)
Construction all year round (at least the contractors provide cookies to those who will suffer from sleep deprivation prior to construction)
Food probably all causes cancer due to radioactivity
Very crowded in most of the cities
Most streets aren't labeled which disables the directionally challenged
Everything is coated in sugar, but poor dental care
Everything in supermarkets comes in plastic
All trash is burnt into air pollution