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