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miscellaneous Japan

Here are some of my miscellaneous observations about Japan.
  • Riding on trains, you'll see a lot of rice paddies and a lot of hanging laundry.
  • Queue behavior is more chaotic than I'd expected. (Presumably many Japanese people would argue that there is no queue in the places where I perceive one.)
  • In Japanese eateries, you always get a moist hand towel at beginning of a meal.
  • In two of the hotels we stayed in, the hotel keys come attached to big acrylic bars.
  • Dogs are pretty popular, espeially akitas.
  • Bicycles are popular, especially in Kyoto, where we saw, if I recall correctly, more than one bicyclist riding and taking her or his dog for a walk, on a leash, at the same time.
  • Credit cards are accepted in surprisingly few establishments. Cash is king, which seems weird to me, in a generally high-tech country.
  • Tattoos have quite a bad reputation, being associated with yakuza. In one of the Kyoto hotels where we stayed, no one with tattoos was allowed in the hotel pool. (Do I remember thewronghands mentioning that's a typical rule for sentō, as well?) Despite understanding the reason for the rule (and not having any tattoos myself, for the time being), I still find it hard to accept.
  • Ichiro is a really big deal, as are the other MLB players from Japan.

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pwinkler
Jun. 22nd, 2005 06:20 am (UTC)
Ichiro is a big deal here... the right field seats are completely full of Japanese fans. My old Japanese teacher talked about how Ichiro's father lives in the area she grew up.
thewronghands
Jun. 22nd, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
Yes, that's a typical rule, or so I have heard. It's quite sad, as I have tattoos (in Japanese, no less) and love baths.

I also love Ichiro, though. I have to find a local fan to go with me to a Mariners game!
saintrandall
Jun. 24th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
The tattoo thing is for sento, as well. And gym membership, in a lot of places, should you be wondering.
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