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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Things I have noticed in Japan

Things I have noticed in Japan:

  • Bike helmets not worn.

  • Many people do not lock up their bikes.

  • Umbrellas are used as a shield from the sun.

  • Leggings and jazz pants are rarely worn by women. It is common to see conservative pants and skirts and blouses worn instead.

  • People line up politely to enter train and subway cars rather than push way on as we do in USA.

  • Public restrooms have both Asian and Western style toilets.

  • Bathrooms in hotels are almost as small as bathrooms in a trailer or motor home.

  • Big bottles of shampoo, body wash, and conditioner are provided by hotel. Pump soap and air freshener is also provided.

  • Hotel also gives patrons a new toothbrush and toothpaste and a hairbrush every day.

  • Beds are hard.

  • Bathroom slippers and insoles and a robe are provided by hotel.

  • Cash is used most of the time instead of credit or debit cards.

  • No tipping!

  • Cars are driven on the left side of the road and the driver’s seat is on the right side of the car.

  • Public restrooms (called toilets) are very clean and there are no towels to dry hands.

  • Toilet paper roll holders include a toilet paper cutter!

  • There is a certain elevator etiquette: If you are the first one in the elevator you are in charge of the buttons. Before exiting the elevator that person waits for everyone to exit and is the last to exit. The person closest to the exit takes over the buttons after that.

  • Wet umbrellas must not be taken into buildings and are put in special umbrella holders at building entrances.

  • There is no trash receptacles on the street and no trash is left on street either. It is clean everywhere!

  • No eating or drinking is done while walking on the street.

  • Washcloths are not used in Japan.

  • There are bugs in the trees that make a scary sound!

  • People wear face masks that cover their noses and mouth if they are sick.

  • Denny’s Restaurant is in Japan!

More observations to come....

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Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author.