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Shil Guptaさんのログブック(旅行記)「Trip to Japan」

Trip to Japan

2013-06-01 - 2013-08-155 Episodes
Shil Gupta
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Shil Gupta
  • 20s / male
  • Japan
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Japan

This was my first trip to a country where I didn't speak at least the rudiments of the language. While I could read katakana (one of the four Japanese scripts, mostly used for writing words borrowed from foreign languages), I couldn't say much. I only knew the words for about twenty different foods, one form of "thank you", "good morning", "goodbye", and "I don't understand". I couldn't say anything as complicated as, "Where is the train station?"

I had been told over and over again that the Japanese were very polite and very formal. I'd been told that the Japanese were also very reserved and frequently racist. The mental image that I formed from that was sort of the English butler: using exquisitely formal (and cold) rules of correctness to stay very distant.
That isn't what I found at all. In my (mostly commercial) interactions and watching people in the train station, I didn't see much difference between Americans and Japanese in terms of warmth. In fact, the word I would use to describe Japanese society is "nice". People genuinely wanted to be helpful.

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Day 12013/06/01

代々木公園 (Yoyogi Park) Japan

代々木公園 (Yoyogi Park)(日本)|Trip to Japan(Shil Guptaさん) - 02

his time I could speak more Japanese and read Hiragana and Katakana, which I couldn’t at all the first time. It felt like such an achievement to be able to read a few signs, and translate items on menus.

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Day 682013/08/07

代々木公園 (Yoyogi Park) Japan

代々木公園 (Yoyogi Park)(日本)|Trip to Japan(Shil Guptaさん)

Mid June is the rainy season, and our trip finished on the 10th, but we were really lucky as there was no rain at all! It was 28 degrees every day and, as is traditional for someone pale like me, I got sunburnt on the first day.

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東京駅 (Tokyo Sta.) Tokyo-to, Japan

東京駅 (Tokyo Sta.)(東京都, 日本)|Trip to Japan(Shil Guptaさん)

One of my favourite places in Tokyo – well-known as an otaku paradise! It’s full of shops selling electronic goods, anime figures and merchandise, and arcades with video games, pachinko, claw machines and purikira (photo booths).

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Kimono ワイン&グリル Tokyo-to, Japan

Kimono ワイン&グリル(東京都, 日本)|Trip to Japan(Shil Guptaさん)

The gardens are a great place to escape the city. Most of them are free to walk around, and you can see various outbuildings, including an old samurai house.

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Day 762013/08/15

新宿 (Shinjuku) Tokyo-to, Japan

新宿 (Shinjuku)(東京都, 日本)|Trip to Japan(Shil Guptaさん)

There are several observation decks around the city, but the one in the Metropolitan Government Building is free. It’s open till late, so we went along after dinner, following miles of tunnels from Shinjuku Station (there’s an amazing network of tunnels and shopping centres linked to metro stations in Tokyo, which highlights the density of the city – 6-8 floors above ground and even more going on below!). T

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