Konnichiwa Nippon

Travelling

Japan has always been one of those countries high on my places to visit and I knew it was a place I couldn’t miss.  Just thinking about the food, I’d have enough to get my mouth watering.

We will be leaving for Japan in May and it’s Spring! I wish I can live in Japan for good! Oh no how I wish I could. To be honest, I can’t wait for Japan. I lie if I say I don’t. I heard/read how amazing Japan as a country. How people amaze with the technology, scenery, culture, food, people, fashion, etc…

Some says it is an experience. It surrounds you. Every moment of every day is filled with new discoveries and cultural difference and utter delights. I can’t describe it beyond that, but everyone who has been knows exactly what I’m talking about.

If there were a word to describe Japan as a whole, it would be reverent. This is a nation where every action displays a culture of deference, respect and obedience. It encompasses daily life.

Reverence of food – The food here is prepared and delivered with such deep respect and meticulous care, even in fast food joints. Anything else would be anti-Japanese. I didn’t have a single bad meal in Japan.

Reverence of manners – Japan has a longstanding reputation of politeness. One place where this was most evident was on trains. Whenever a conductor entered a car, he would enter and exit the car with an energetic yet crisp bow before attending to passengers.

Reverence of nature – Nature receives the utmost respect here, and you’ll often find that everything from architecture to food plays into an overall respect of the natural environment of Japan.

Reverence of rules – Japan is a rules-based culture. There are lots of written and unwritten rules – the Japanese wouldn’t dream of throwing recyclables in the trash, or acting rude to a stranger, or dressing like a slob. The list of taboos here is extensive. Really? I bet every countries have that, no?

Enough for now I think. Will be continue with my little journal afterwards. Check it out!

Here are some photos. Enjoice!

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xoxo,

S-Tee