Hello everybody, it’s me again. Today’s post kind of boring because not much happened. It’s almost entirely text so if you don’t feel like reading it you can just skip to the obligatory picture of the dinner at the end of this post.
Lately I’ve been talking almost entirely about how amazing Japan and mostly the travel so far is, thus people have been asking me if there aren’t any negative things. Well, there are and I thought I’d write a post about it. It’s not much though, I actually had to sit down and think about things that are obnoxious here. I think that most of the stuff is stuff that happens in every country, so it’s not really only in Japan.
Let’s start with something annoying. Imagine you’re walking down a road, in front of you there are two people. The pavements here are really narrow most of the time so you can’t pass them. This in itself is not a problem, as long as they keep moving. They will stop at one point though and there is no way around it. It’s a law of nature and is bound to happen. At first they slow down. For inexperienced footwalkers this might not seem like a symptom of you’ll-be-stuck-here yet but the experts between you are already looking out for the next crosswalk to escape this fate. If you do not take action at this point and instead decide to proceed following them, you will end up stuck behind them. Usually about 20 seconds later they stop. Just like that. As if their batteries just depleted. They do not continue moving under any circumstances, at least until you awkwardly said ‘excuse me’ in broken Japanese to slip past them. I would understand the whole thing if there was something to look at but they do it everywhere. Sometimes they even speed past you just to stop moving right in front of you a minute later. Basically no day passes where this doesn’t happen multiple times.
Another thing is asking for help. They would never refuse to help you, leading to situations where they rather say something wrong instead of not helping. This can be quite a problem if you’re trying to find out where to go because you sometimes end up having walked into the complete opposite direction just by following their guidance. My advice here is to just ask multiple people, that are unrelated to each other. This way you’re bound to get some right information. Hopefully.
And I think that’s it. For real. Those two absolutely unimportant things are the only ones that I could think of. Of course there might be more but I didn’t encounter anything in my time here. I’m sorry if I teased you with a delicious rant post in the beginning but there ain’t anything to be annoyed about.
People also often ask me about social interactions here. I don’t really know what to say about that though. I guess they are like social interactions everywhere else? Meeting people here is quite difficult I think. It seems that Japanese people aren’t too spontaneous and prefer pre-arranged meetings. Luckily I knew that before coming here so I still got to meet a few incredibly nice people all around Japan. Apart from that, the normal social interactions for travellers here seem to be smalltalk and helping other travellers who can’t speak Japanese around. In my case I even received help once. I think I told you about the American in the train to Fukuoka already though. Apart from that I don’t really know what to talk about concerning this subject. Specify your questions please so I don’t have to think too much. I don’t like thinking, it hurts my head. Ouch.
Now let’s move on to a different topic called “what did I do today”, there won’t be much as you can see by judging the length of this paragraph. I did nothing. The reason for that being my leg, which started hurting yesterday on my way back from Rainbow Bridge. Spending the day in bed made it better though so I can hopefully do something tomorrow and on Monday. By the way, for those of you who don’t know: On Monday evening I’ll already be heading back to Germany. Life is terrible.
I will end this rather short post with a picture of my dinner.
|Curry in Japan. Delicious. The waiter didn’t really know whether to speak English or Japanese with me so he kinda did both with led him to say “Thank you very ました。*” once I left the restaurant.|
That’s it for today, expect more tomorrow
*ました。 ma-shi-ta is the polite past tense.