JAPAN

There is not much new I can say about Japan that haven’t been said before. The first shock I had was when I arrived to Tokyo Station. An endless flow of people moving with expressionless faces and determined purpose. In contrast I looked like a wandering child, lost and confused.

I could write all day about Japan and still wouldnt be close to describing all what I experienced as a first time traveler. However instead I would make a list of the findings, r thing I found interesting or meaningful to me:

Their food is the best food.

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This is from a local near Otomachi Station.

Even the most basic ramen was supperb but I guess that is only because I like asian food in general.

The beer was a little expensive but the quantity was always more than enough. That glass of beer was only 500 yen.

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Breakfast at Denny’s.

I rarely had time to eat breakfast (I had to travel great distances in metro) but when I had the time I was pleasantly surprised with what you see above. Beans, mushrooms, and a bunch of other stuff make for an excellent breakfast.

Hell even the food that they sell while you wait for your train is good. Its also fun to figure out what the hell you are eating.

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Cheap bento box is adorable.

Also it is easier to pay when they don’t force you to add tips. Unlike other western cities where you basically get banned off a restaurant if you don’t tip well.

They blend seamlessly nature, culture and technology.

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Akihabara at night.

It was pretty common to see sights like the one above and then in a little alley a Buddhist temple. It was great walking down the street and see these little old houses with ancient stone structures.

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This could be between two random houses in downtown Tokyo. It is actually a shrine in Yasaka
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One of the many ponds inside Sento Imperial Palace.

Of course, in contrast with these, you get a lot of people obsessed with technology. Almost everyone at the metro was staring at their phones. Unlike in Mexico when they use it to check social media, Japanese people, even older ones, play small video game on their phone.

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There were places like these around all japan. Inside it was going inside a casino in Las Vegas, a lot of noise, lights and smoking.

People are nice to foreigners (Unless you are an american)

I dont really have graphic support for this, but one thing I noticed is that they are not very fond of american people.

One screen inside one of the game in Studio Universal showed what should not be done once you are in the ride. They showed a white fat dude smoking and eating. The rest of the people were Japanese of course. They also blamed american if there was trash on the streets (a rare sight).

On the other hand I had a quite good experience being myself from Mexico. All the staff from every restaurant treated me well. The guys at the metro were very friendly. Even those who didn’t know a little bit of English tried to help me on whatever thing I was looking for.

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People mind their one business and they don’t really pay attention to foreigners. This was in Hiroshima.
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I tried my skills in one of those music games and I got a D on super easy. Which is super lame.

I think I covered some big ideas I had about Japan but I think I will keep talking about my trip in future posts.

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