Only in Japan!

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Let’s start this with a few observations.

Crocs is big in Japan, wouldn’t have thought… iPhone is everything. Everywhere you go, it is spotlessly clean. Rolling up your pants, exposing your ankles is the rage (dunno if this is just a summer thing – we were there in the sweltering heat of August). Many girls wear coloured contact lenses. Trains and train-lines are confusing in the big cities! There’s a huge variety of beers and other interesting alcoholic beverages to choose from. You’re not cool if you don’t have a handkerchief/face towel to dab the sweat of your face in summer.

In general, the Japanese people came over as much reserved, and quiet. BUT, they are incredibly friendly and helpful. The good level of English surprised us (remember we compare to Korea…).

Japan by FAR exceeded our expectations. Every preconceived idea we had was shattered. And although we shared many places with thousands of other tourists, it was still special for us. We spent two weeks exploring as much as we could see of the middle part of Honshu island. We started off in Tokyo, then Fujiyoshida, Matsumoto, Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Osaka. Continue reading