Sundays in Tokyo

Every day is an adventure here but Sundays allow you to see a bit more than usual as people have quality time with themselves, their families, friends, pets, and can dress as they fancy. What do you think of this one?

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Yokohama

Here is the 2nd largest city in Japan, in fact, you cannot really see the limit between Tokyo and Yokohama as they both grew so big that it is now a huge metropolis.

Door-to-door, it takes me an hour to go there. Many metro lines in Tokyo become suburb train lines and quite a few go to Yokohama, I usually take the Namboku metro line that continues to it.

Yokohama is know for

  • the shopping malls
  • the bay
  • the amusement park in Minato Mirail
  • the stadium for large events
  • Chinatown

It is closer to Haneda than Tokyo is for most areas.

 

Election Day

Last week, October 22nd, were the general elections in Japan. Although a typhoon was going across the country that day, many people paid a visit to the poll.

On that Sunday morning, I was very impressed and even stressed out as a general announcement came over Tokyo. Since the announcement was made in Japanese, I was unsure whether it was about the typhoon security measures and what to do. Fortunately, the end of the call expressed in English that this was a reminder that people should go to vote!

All cities are equipped with public speakers to conduct drills in case of earthquakes and over disasters, very impressive for me but also quite stressful

 

Dealing with Japan

What an interesting read about cultural differences and ways of doing business and integrating. Highly recommended, 38pages so it takes a while but I took it in steps to let it sink and it is worth. Japan communication

Kanazawa market

Everyday life, food and people, are the things I am mostly interested in when visiting a country, of course the history, the monuments and museums are great but a country is defined by his people and society.

When visiting the Kanazawa Omicho market, … look at the size of the oysters!!

 

The moment after the typhoon

As a European, typhoon don’t mean much to me, we have not got these events, we don’t know what happens during a hurricane/tornado/typhoon

After a season of typhoons, I start to get a small view (small, very small). One thing I noticed is how nice the weather is just after and how the atmosphere is suddenly quiet, clean and the weather nice.

Last September, I got stuck for 3 hours in a shinkansen on my way to Hiroshima, waiting for the typhoon to pass by. We could see torrential rain around us in the train. However, the moment, it was gone, the train went full speed again, and one hour later, I arrived into a calm city, everything in place, all clean, good temperature, beautiful weather

Japan has fantastic infrastructure and is equipped to anticipate those events, it makes a huge difference if we compare with not so advanced countries or not so equipped nations, I must admit.

Another thing is that the sky is absolutely gorgeous the day after the typhoon, really impressive