Safety first in Japan

Japanese people are very concerned with safety. One of the first Japanese words I learned after arriving in Japan was anzen (安全 ), the Japanese word for safety. A well-known example of this concern with safety is the method of 'pointing and calling', shisa kanko (指差喚呼), used by public transport operators in Japan. Japanese train... Continue Reading →

It’s the little differences

I love learning about foreign cultures. It fascinates me to see all the different ways people from all over the world come up with to do the same thing. That is why I am usually more interested in the little differences, rather than the more obvious, big differences. I think Vincent Vega, in the movie... Continue Reading →

Funny car

When walking down the street in Japan, you never know what you're going to see next. Like this oddly shaped car for example. I have never seen this shape in Europe. Although the design is striking, it hardly seems efficient (in terms of luggage space). Does anyone know what kind of car it is and... Continue Reading →

Ridiculously clean cars

One thing that's typically Japanese are the ridiculously clean cars. I have no idea how they manage to keep their cars that clean. It's not like all the Japanese are collectively washing their cars on Sunday. In fact I hardly catch anyone cleaning their car ever. But somehow all the cars in Japan are sparkly... Continue Reading →

Pimp My Ride Japan

When walking around in Japan, you never know what you will see next. Like a pimped out turquoise car for example.  The car just stood there by the roadside, blasting Japanese hip hop music while the owner was casually making a phone call a little bit further off.

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