Do as the Japanese Do

Going to a Don Quijote is an essential part of any genuine Japanese life. So if a tourist wants a shopping experience “on the real” and not just the typical tourist type, he/she should definitely find the shop. It’s an experience unlike you’ve ever had shopping at strip malls or discount shops back home.

From the special jingle which greets you at the door, to finding your way around (it takes some time to get your bearings as you try to work out which items are on which floors, especially if you don’t read Japanese), to navigating through the cramped helter-skelter treasure trove, you’re in for a unique adventure. You may even feel like the fabled cavalier who is the store’s namesake as you wander around the bizarre jungle looking for your loot. Just make sure you don’t stay too long. Much like the Louvre in Paris, it’s easy to wander around for hours and lose track of time.

And if you’re in Osaka, be sure to check out the rooftop ferris wheel. The Don Quijote in Roppongi also has a rooftop rollercoaster, which has been delayed indefinitely due to local resdients’ protests.

Things to Know Before Taking off to a Kyoto Trip

Have you ever thought of going on a Tokyo trip? – There are many things you need to do before you take off to Tokyo and we are here to show you 10 of them. If you think that this will be just like any other trips you’ve been recently, it’s definitely not. Every person in this world needs to visit Tokyo at least once in their lifetime. Here are the 10 things you need to know for the Tokyo trip:

The hospitality there is on the highest level. This is a part of their national tradition and it’s called omotenashi. Many of the employed people aren’t expecting from you to give them tips. Not only this is not expected, they won’t accept your gratitude and kindness.

While every city in the world has an unwritten rule of walking on the right side, Tokyo residents walk on the left side. It’s a really crowded city and if you have decided to visit it, try walking left if you don’t want to get lost. There is one exception of this rule and that is when you are on an escalator. You need to stand left, but walk on the right side.

  • Smoke inside, drink outside

Your Tokyo trip will be full of surprises. One of these surprises is seeing people how they drink on the outside of the bar and smoke inside. If you smoke outside you risk being stopped by a street patrol. You will even notice signs that show you where the smoking is forbidden.

  • One ticket for everything

If you are using the public transport, you will need only one ticket for everything. Every system the public transport uses requires its own ticket, but Tokyo has rechargeable Pasmo and Suica cards. As soon as you arrive, you can purchase this from any ticket machine.

Tokyo has many historic buildings where you can find your peace and enjoy. Many people go there in order to have a moment for themselves and get away of the crowd.

Sento, which is Japanese for bathhouse, are the public places where people attend when they don’t have time to go home and have a bath or don’t have bathtub. All public baths have one price and that is ¥450. It doesn’t matter if the place is historic, modern, old, etc, the bathhouses have the same price.

Wherever you go all you will hear is ‘welcome’. Of course, you won’t hear them say it in English, but you will always hear they say Irasshaimase. This is the polite way of saying welcome.

If you heard many people say that the sushi in Tokyo is the best they ever had, they are not wrong. Whether you snap a free ticket to enter the Tsukiji market or eat somewhere else, you will taste the best sushi you have ever tasted. After this, you will not want to eat sushi somewhere else.

  • Don’t search for free Wi-Fi

This is still in development, try carrying a pocket Wi-Fi transmitter.

Your Tokyo trip will be full with bacon. You won’t even imagine where you will find bacon. When you want to eat a sandwich without a meat, don’t be surprised if there is a slice of ham or bacon in it. Meat means beef there.


The Exotic Kana and Kanji Japanese Tattoo Art

The Japanese tattoo art is not really a new phenomenon neither it is a fad. It has already been practiced since the early years. Even the most traditional kinds of Japanese tattoos are still adapted until today. That is not a surprising thing at all! Even the western countries like Europe and America are adapting these styles of tattoos to decorate their body. Others consider the Japanese tattoo art as their way to express a message to someone or a group of people. For a thousand years that passed, Japanese follow various styles of tattoo. There were tattoos used to identify a Japanese prisoner. Some are permanent designs. There are also other arts which are likened by the gangers and prostitutes. Among the people who belong to the working class, the group of laborers and artisans practiced tattooing art before.

Kanji Writing System in a Japanese Tattoo

Kanji is a writing system used in the country of Japan. Since this writing system is the most complicated among other writing systems, it is most often used in the Japanese tattoo art. It does not necessarily present an alphabet but this writing system is known to be borrowed from the Chinese people. The characters are rather small and self-contained. Basically, the use of Kanji in tattoo fonts looks appealing to some Japanese and other people because of its uniqueness. Let us say that you consider putting pictorial images in your tattoo. In that case, you can consider the Egyptian hieroglyphs. There are American and Japanese versions of which so do not be confused when deciding for the art to put in your body.

Chikanobu And Other Meiji Artists’ Modernity Adaptation Studied

This is just a short glimpse into the work of art created by Yoshu Chikanobu or Chikanobu Toyohara.

He is an individual who was able to see the major changes that took place in Japan.

He lived in Japan between the years 1838 to 1912 when the history of Japan is highly dynamic.

This is what happened to the Edo’s ending and the Meiji period which started in 1868 and was very revolutionary.

Turning Changes In Japan Into Art

One foot of Chikanobu existed in the old world and when the time comes, the other would be in the modern period.

In 1868, the Meiji Restoration was revolutionary. It was just like other nations that were overcome by other forces where you get negatives and positives.

The positive face applies to larger sincerity, as well as stratification that is challenged and treated as other factors’ host.

The disadvantage is that Japan subscribed to the imperial European idea and had itself the involvement in wars.

But for Chikanobu, together with other artists doing Ukiyo-e, they have seen it as a moment and the opportunity to turn all of these changes into art.

And as expected, modernity would question ukiyo-e together with the increasing influence of different themes in Western Art, in time.

Meiji Artworks Now Studied

Chikanobu did not only witness the period of the new revolutionary. He did not only see how the elites look to the Europeans. Nostalgia returned, too, by the time when the ‘80s was ending and the ‘90s was approaching.

For the people, obviously, they belonged outside any of the themes. The only vital things for them were adapting and surviving.

The artists for ukiyo-e during the Meiji period were often overlooked. However, times are beginning to change and Ogata Gekko, Chikanobu and other artists are starting to get their value in their own terms.

Now, the artworks of the artists during the Meiji era are getting studied more. The studies, too, are done not only by looking at their artistic merits. It was also for the study of the culture of the Japanese.

After all, the Meiji artists got to witness Japan changing rapidly and the visual images gave a glimpse into that world that is changing.

The well-known print series of Chikanobu called Court Ladies of the Chiyoda Palace or Chiyoda no Ooku and True Beauties or Shin Bijin give emphasis to stunning colors. They also show the period’s complexity.

Japanese to build a transit system in Bangkok

As part of Japan’s goal to expand its railway infrastructure exports to other countries in Asia, a Japanese association plans to build a transit system in the city of Bangkok, Thailand.

Toshiba, Japan’s multinational electronics conglomerate corporation and East Japan Railway have agreed to a deal that estimated a price of 40 billion yen or equivalent to US$405 million for building the urban transit system that will be located in Bangkok.

Japanese Railway Will Broaden Their Overseas Connections

The operators of the Japanese railway are already expected to be able to broaden their connections overseas. With this, it is planned that they will join forces together with the trading houses and heavy-industry manufacturers so they can promote for their inclusive services.

East Japan Railway Plans To Target A Deal Between Singapore And Malaysia

Now, the East Japan Railway aims to win the contract to also build the high speed train line between the two countries – Singapore and Malaysia.

The Central Japan Railway has already offered the technology for the Automatic Train Control System renovation on the super express train service in Taiwan.

For now, the Tokyo Metro is cooperating for the urban transit system in Hanoi.