For this second part, I was thinking to share with you the things I fell in love with in Japan. Writing down what impressed me and what I didn’t die for, it was fairly easy to see that there were far more positive things But enough with this introduction, let’s get it started!
1. Their transportation system
Me, impressed for not only the train (shinkansen) has arrived on time, but our car was precisely where it was expected. Good job, Japan!
2. That they serve water with every meal
Whether you sit down for a meal or simply a coffee, you will always receive water or green tea (ocha). This is like a fundamental right to me and would love to see it everywhere in Europe 🙂
3. Their mindfulness about others and when designing things
No Smoking Area in Himeji. Outside.
When they are sick, they use a protective mask to avoid spreading the germs. You can be in a dress or a tie and all arranged, but if you are sick, you wear a mask. Mindful, isn’t it?
Now, about packaging and daily objects design mindfulness, you’ll have to trust me. Or experience it for yourself hard to catch in a picture, but, really, they are putting meta-thoughts when designing.
4. Their attention to details and quality
When you hear “Japan”, you should immediately think of “quality”. They put a lot of care into everything they make, and that is easily reflected into the products themselves. For now, I will refer to pottery, which is something, I found only there, they are famous for. It is literally a paradise for those who like such stuff, especially since they play with colors, materials, motifs, shapes.
Let’s say I could have bought ALL OF THE pots, bowls, cups, plates that I have seen :p
5. Their “relationship” with cleanness
You always get a paper towel, whether you stop for a coffee or dining (as lots of other products, this particular one was called Fuji, for the respect they have to the mountain). Oh, and you barely see garbage bins on the streets, yet it looks tidy. In Japan, cleanness is at home! 😉 [The desert in the photo is some ice speciality with green tea taste and jelly.]
Tasty tuna and salmon sushi we had in a very small restaurant, where the chefs where right in front of us and preparing on the spot all that we wanted 🙂 Thanks to Mimoza, a friend met in Amsterdam, who took us there!
7. Their very silent cars (even when not electric!)
Ok, this one is hard to show in a picture 🙂 you need to experience it yourselves! Truth is we had a couple of times when we were prone to be in danger simply because we haven’t heard the engines… yes, even when not electric!
P.S. Did you spot the deer? 🙂
8. That people don’t talk on the phone while using the public transport
Although they don’t talk on the phone when using public transport, they do play a lot with it.
9. Their clean free of charge public toilets
Not only they are clean, free of charge, but they are also everywhere. Almost always full of technology too 😛 [but those stories are for another post ;)]
10. Their environmental friendly attitude
Not only they apologize, but they also explain why paper towels are missing. Found this lovely, both because of their respect for nature, but also care to explain to those using the toilets.
11. Bonus! The people we have met
Last but not least, I have liked the people we met, who have been more than eager to show us around and explain us stuff: Mimoza, Hideki, Yuki and his friends and Yoshi. Thanks to you, our trip was greatly enriched! ありがと ございます [arigato gozaimas]