Comments on: From Remote Control Toilets to Konbinis: Japan First Impressions http://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/ travel wide, live deep Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:08:19 +0000 hourly 1 By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-1462445 Thu, 14 May 2015 12:00:36 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-1462445 The courtesy ever-present in interactions with Japanese people is something I’ll never forget.

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By: Patrick Harnetthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-1462441 Wed, 13 May 2015 21:26:21 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-1462441 Daniel – I agree, but those impressions were not on our first, very short visit – probably took the second trip to get that. In particular, the collective good of the society, in little things from how people queue for trains, or simply help each other. Sure there are a lot of people that are rushing around, but we have also found some very genuine and friendly people where we have made the effort (and had the luxury) to make return visits to cement those relationships.
One of the things we enjoy now is being able to introduce new people to the range and depth of “little things” that they might otherwise miss on a trip to Japan :)

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-1462416 Mon, 11 May 2015 12:32:12 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-1462416 Thanks, Patrick. Those were certainly similar to our memories of the cities. But I think there was something deeper and at the root of the Japanese psyche that I still recall when I think of Japan and a Japanese experience. And that was as interesting, even if not more so, than the physical and infrastructural aspects of traveling in Japan.

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By: Patrick Harnetthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-1462380 Fri, 01 May 2015 05:41:15 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-1462380 First impressions are a while ago now, but the multi-level structure of the cities was one of the more impressive features where we stayed in Tokyo first – basement, street level or over-ground – it really paid to take note of where you were.

After lots of travel, we still love the trains, people and the ability to have a great time with the local people we meet :)

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By: » An Introduction to Japan The Hipmunk Bloghttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-601001 Tue, 05 Feb 2013 09:02:30 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-601001 […] convenience, fuel them.” For the rest of their 15 first impressions head over to the Uncornered Market blog. Fun stuff!-Jodi […]

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-498658 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:57:17 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-498658 @Srivathsa: We love India (and have written a lot about it), but I can understand how different you found Japan. Definitely a different sense of organization between the two cultures. Surprisingly — and I just looked into this — population density in India and Japan are not that far off (954 vs. 836 people per square mile).

Thanks for such a thoughtful comment and for sharing your experience in Japan.

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By: Srivathsahttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-493452 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:10:55 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-493452 Just got back from a 7 day vacation in Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima) with my family. You’ve captured the essence of Japan very well. Going from India, we were just blown away by how courteous, polite and civilized the Japanese are. People went out of their way to help us when we asked for directions.

The public transport was just amazing though pricey by Indian standards. It was easy to use (even the Tokyo subway), clean and punctual. No one frowned when we fumbled with our money or our passes. The driver would patiently wait till we finished. Walking was a real pleasure after the sidewalks of Indian cities.

On the Braille bit, apart from the sidewalks, there was Braille on the elevator buttons, on the railings of staircases (at the ends) and even on the toilet control buttons. The attention to detail was incredible and everything seemed to be designed with people in mind. What a change from India where it is the survival of the fittest.

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By: Daniel Nollhttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-452160 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:06:14 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-452160 @Lidia: That it is.

@Kaori: I love hearing this. Your comment makes me think two things:
1) Normal is in the eye of the beholder
2) Visitors always have a way of a showing us a different perspective of home.

Great to meet you this past weekend!

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By: Kaori Myatthttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-451629 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 22:46:30 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-451629 Great to see other prospective view…I grew up and all were “Normal” to me. I was so attracted by western culture and unnoticed all beautiful parts of Japan… I recognized anew…of Japan! Thanks!

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By: Lidiahttp://uncorneredmarket.com/japan-first-impressions/#comment-448303 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:46:24 +0000 http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/?p=11220#comment-448303 Japan is such an amazing country, especially because its culture is so different compared to western cultures and it is so very exotic in its differences.

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