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!

Mega Golden Week

I recently posted around the mega Golden week upon us in May and the emperor and wanted to expand the relationship with work that Japanese people have

Many people are now moaning about this long week because

  • flights are expensive and you cannot travel abroad as wanted
  • they are full anyway for those who could afford or had booked long time ago
  • the domestic travel will be an issue as traffic will be hectic, trains full, hotels expensive
  • being away for 10 days in our global economy means we may miss deals, come back on a huge backlog of work
  • childcare and schools will be closed so housewives will have a lot of extra workload with no activities to offer

Just today, a friend told me that his company decided to open that week and work as normal not to lose business





Japan has even got a law for recruitment (that they are considering to dismiss). every year there is a huge cycle around employment

Students visit fairs and consider companies to integrate one year before they graduate, they get their contracts and are pampered for the whole year up to the event. all contracts start on April 1 of each year. that day, major corporations integrate thousands and thousands of new employees and run big conferences, and induction trainings of all sorts. the 1st week of April in Tokyo is a long line of young men and ladies in their black suit walking to offices and meeting rooms

it is also the start of a new school year and you see new young pupils initiating their living of commuting with the metro on their own

Recommendation to enjoy Japan

I found this very nicely design blog with good tips for slow travel – totally accurate for Japan. I thought I should simply share – vanilla papers thank you / arigato gozaimasu.


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.