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Published: August 27th 2011
Japan, a incredible country with a dedicated people, full of rules, values, traditions and honor. Extremely organized, focus on the excellence of products and services, it turns Japan into one of the most powerful country in the world.
Osaka, that was the city we arrived in Japan, we didn't have so much time there, we were planing to Tokyo at night, so we just had time to visit the Osaka castle and to taste the local food, Takoyaki, small octopus dumpling, famous in Japan and originated from Osaka. After one night bus trip, we arrived in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, one of the most populous cities in the world, but the curious thing is even so much people there, normally they don't touch each other on purpose, just like everyone has own territory, and no one can't invade it, unless the very close one, that custom make the Japanese very respectable to each other, in my opinion, somehow that custom create a distance between the people, anyway, Tokyo is a huge city, anything is possible there, museum, fashion, local market, shopping, tradition, everything there is made by excellent service, that is the Japanese way to do the thing, even for
the public service, we were taking the Tokyo subway, but in some part of subway net we must go out the station, walk a little on the street, and then get in the station again, to make the connection we must pass by the right turnstile putting our ticket, and then the machine will return our ticket, we had done that way before, but this time we passed by wrong turnstile, and the machine didn't return the tickets, we talked to the guard and he just said to us to go back to another exit, but we had no tickets anymore, he just pointed the direction and nothing else, the communication wasn't well because they didn't speak well English, but it's ok, when we arrived the another exit, just about 10 meters from where we were, there was another guard with 2 tickets on his hand, the most impressive thing is we were 3 and only 2 of us passed by wrong turnstile, for sure the first guard informed the second guard that we need 2 tickets while we were walking to the exit, the service in Japan is really excellent.
Kyoto, where the nations signed the Kyoto Protocol, is
a pleasurable city, not so much people, but enough to make the city organized and offering such good services, another interesting there is about the timetable from bus points, the times are some kind of random, 11:23, 11:37, 12:06, etc... and that was the exact time the bus pass that point. One day we took the last bus from train station to the hostel, and we thought we could be back to hostel sooner because there are no transit on the street, but we realized that wasn't possible, because the bus driver do the regularity rally to be on the bus points as timetables. Japanese are very systematical.
Hiroshima, actually that was my goal, the place in Japan I really want to be, and this part of trip I am going alone, because each one of us wanted to see the different things. Hiroshima, a historical city because of the atomic bomb in the end of the second world's war, more than 60 years before, Hiroshima was completely destroyed by atomic bomb, and the only one building remained after bomb is the Hiroshima dome, even though the bomb, the city developed very well, and the people there didn't resent, at
When the people got bad ticket from temple, they just put there
least I couldn't feel it there, the thing I feel there is peace, calm and tranquility. Maybe I could understand better if I knew the Japanese language, because I went to the Hiroshima bomb museum, and I saw a teacher explaining the things to the child, that is a pity I couldn't understand what the teacher was explaining.
Japan has so many things to explorer for sure, each region of Japan has own identity, but we didn't have so much time for that. Anyways, the trip was enough to have the first impression, Japanese are very patriot in general, probably almost all of population, everywhere you go in Japan you can feel the kindness, commitment and obsession of quality, these customs take Japan to what they are nowadays for sure, but these values also put the Japanese into a huge pressure, I can feel the fullness of the people easily, but I can't feel the happiness in the same intensity, what are they really looking for? What is the balance point? It is always a good question.
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