Japan: What do I do when I get there? 😱

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Yoneko Shiraishi

“I’m going to Japan. What can I do when I get there?” I have been asked many, many, many times. Yes, I even get messages from strangers asking me this. I wish I were joking, but no, I am not.

Japan causes fascination and “obsession” in everyone. I mean, I do not want to brag (well, maybe I will brag a little) but here you have it all. I mean you can rock the world here, baby..!!! If you are willing to work hard, be friendly and respectful (yes, I am looking at you @LoganPaul), then people will welcome you with “arms wide open” like the song. You know, the song “arms wide open” from Creed. Nobody? (crickets sounds) God, I feel so old.!!!

Anyway, as I was saying, you can have it all here, are you into anime, video games, and J-Pop? Then this is the “tengoku” (paradise) for you. Are you into fashion? Then you definitely should go to Harajuku and Shibuya, the fashion center of Japan (maybe, the world but I don’t want to sound too pretentious) Are you into Michelin restaurants? We have several, and as we would say in American English, we have a bunch of them. Are you more into shopping? Then go to Ginza, where we have the most luxurious brands you can ever imagine. Are you into history, I mean you are into history? Then Kyoto is the perfect place for you.

Japan is a wonderful place, where you can find anything, I mean literally anything at any time. Don’t believe me? Well, then I invite you to go to your closest “konbini” (convenience store) and check for anything you might want to buy. My own husband, yes, ladies and gentlemen-pause for effect-while I put a hand on heart, my own husband didn’t believe this. But when we got lost in another town, we went to a “konbini,” and without faith, he asked for bath salts, and to his surprise, the shop worker told him “sure, what kind would you like, sir?” I was glowing with happiness because I proofed the man wrong..!! I am kind of dancing in my chair, but I am sure you guessed that.

When you come here, just relax and enjoy. What did you say? What about the language barrier? Well, you shall not worry, because Japanese people are working really hard on their English abilities, and believe me if you give us a beautiful wide smile, when ask us to give you directions, we would gladly give them to you. You just have to say, please and thank you.

Yoneko Shiraishi is a writer, who loves sharing posts about life, and love. She also works as a consultant

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