reflection on how to adapt the glory of Omotenashi to 2020 lifestyle

When visiting Japan, how many of our foreign visitors enjoy the experience and learn?

Could the hotels gain popularity, guest reviews and build memories by simply providing a simple explanation of what a Japanese breakfast is?
In the last 2 days, I tried with Belgian and Mexican families, and guess what? In both instances they were happy someone would present and they tried it out!
Another option could be to close restaurants a bit later than 21.00 in key cities like Yokohama Hiroshima for example!!! That seriously puts off latin clients let me tell you.
Hotels may also put forward that they remain open later with cool options like ramen/beer. Udon/beer etc. Easy cool nice revenue and happy clients who will surely consume and share the tip on social media.
Let’s bring omotenashi to life again adapted to 2020 tourism boom!

Anime

Akihabara is famously known around the world for the electronics and it is very easy to find when you are going to Asakusa Shrine.

It is located on the Yamanote line, this is the circle line of Tokyo, a circle takes exactly 60mn, so you cannot go wrong, if you take it on the wrong side, dont worry, sit, relax and wait!

In Akihabara, you will find Bic Camera but also Yodobashi, that I prefer as it has a larger choice. My recommendation is to go earlier morning when it opens at 10h00 as it will be less crowded.

Akihabara is also renowned for Anime and a lot of Manga shops complete the landscape, it is a noisy and busy day, but worth it as this is a true Japanese experience

 

Peak hours – Shinagawa

Shinagawa is a business area in Tokyo that offers many advantages, it is central, it is smaller than Tokyo station and therefore easier to locate the Shinkansen platforms, there is less queue at the counter to activate a rail pass for tourists and in general less queue all together

On the other hand, if you wish to activate your Rail Pass, make sure you go from 9.00 to 17.00 only

and the station can be mega busy at peak hours!! watch out!! the station is set as a mega corridor and it can feel daunting to jump in the flow.

 

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Plastic world

When I relocated to Japan, I had never contemplated the fact that this country could not be very focused on sustainability.

My lifestyle changed drastically from there as all of a sudden, buying organic was no longer an option (could not read, not available), checking product origin was not displayed or in Japanese I could not read. All items are over wrapped. Bananas come in plastic bags, all products are wrapped once or twice, something 3 layers of plastic.

We officially recycle, I have 19 different categories at home but by far the package bag is the biggest every week !

Japan will need to address it as anyone else and removing straws is NOT a progress, rather a drop in the ocean

 

check this out – https://japantoday.com/category/national/not-so-fantastic-can-japan-end-its-love-affair-with-plastic?

Karoshi #2 – overtime

Overtime in Japan is a catch 22, when you think you are addressing it, something comes across that makes it worse.

In preparation of Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the government and the Mayor of Tokyo, Koike San, are taking things very seriously, asking companies to allow holidays, home work, different working hours. Some metro lines (Tozai being the worst) have a 200% occupancy rate on peak hours, having the huge flow of tourists during the Olympics will make things worse no doubt. However, we could be helped with the fact that Olympics fall in the summer close to the Obon week where many people take a week-break and kids are on holidays.

The governement also considered changing times for the period so athlets would avoid the heat a little

JR now offered to extend train operations until 2am (instead of midnight) and guess what? this could push overtime even further… what can we do?

Rice

The other day, wandering around Daikanyama, supposed to be a trendy upbeat tiny area, I found that very old Rice shop, offering so many different types from all regions of Japan, sold in pack or by the kilo

travel back in the time – slow food!