Japan Journals

Interesting Differences between Japan and the USA

A July 2004 trip to Japan by Shannon Schiner

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Quote: The USA and Japan are both interesting places. Each has unique aspects that probably seem strange to a foreign visitor. Here are a few of the more striking examples that I found during my trip to Japan.

Interesting Differences between Japan and the USA

Overview

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Japan is an amazing country with an interesting history, gorgeous landscapes and modern cities. Of all of the places I have been to in the world, it is truly one of the most pristine. Although it doesn't appear to be very large, at least on a map of the world, there is enough to see to keep your interest for an endless amount of time. During my trip I focused on temples, shrines and museums in some of the main cities. However, I would love to return to see some of the more natural areas. One of the main things about visiting Japan is being aware of some of the cultural differences...it is a formal society with some interesting aspects.Quick Tips: SHOES! You almost always have to remove ...Read More

Toilet Technology

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It is a cold day and the last thing you may want to do is rest your bare bum on a freezing cold seat to take care of business. Don't worry if you are in Japan. They have, amazingly, found a way to heat the seat to exactly the right temperature. That's not all, though - they have also perfected a way to cover up those embarrassing bathroom noises with the sound of rushing water or soft music. All you have to do is sit down and the music begins! Of course, you can imagine my surprise the first time I sat down and the seat was warm, actually a bit too warm (played with the thermostat), and the sound of rushing water came blasting out from beneath me. To be honest, I couldn't believe it, and I al...Read More

Vending Machines

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Of all of the places in the world with vending machines, Japan is by far the most advanced. You could quite possibly survive strictly using vending machines to purchase all of your essentials! Normal things like soda, water, cameras, film, beer...Yes, BEER in vending machines. That's not all, though. One day, feeling particularly thirsty for something citrus (due to my orange juice habit at home), I decided to solve the dilemma by grabbing a canned beverage from the nearest vending machine. A few coins later I was holding a very attractive can with lemon decorations. Yummy, lemonade. Although the lemonade tasted a bit odd, I didn’t really give it too much thought. Until I started feeling di...Read More