Are you Jewish and want to experience the Jewish-Japanese culture? Visit the Chabad House for Friday night and or Shabbat day meal! They provide wonderful food, an interesting atmosphere with a multi-cultural group of people. Meet Japanese, business people, tourists and many others at this fascinating house.
It is free, but tax deductible donations are encouraged (tax deductible in America).
Use a backpack not a wheelie bag
These are the things that we have to consider in this question:
1. wheelie bags vs. back pack in Japan - remember, it's Japan- not other places.
3. crowded trains
4. airport and around the country of Japan
Japan has many staircases. If you look at the tunnel routes of the shinkansen, it is crazy. You get lost inside the tunnel just figuring out where to exit! You don't read and write in Japanese. That's even adding to your challenge of carrying a wheelie! Because of those staircases, you will end up carrying your wheelie because you can't wheel anyway because of those staircases!
Having a backpack is easier! The train stations are always crowded in Tokyo! The people move fast and if you have a wheelie, you will be dragging it through the crowd!!!
Check out the pictures I took how the train station look like in Tokyo. It has so many branches under the tunnel. To get out from the tunnel, you have to go through stairs! Just imagine wheeling through the stairs! By the time you have snaked in through the crowd to get out, you will be catching your breath once you see the light coming from that shinkansen/train! I just love the food and shopping in Tokyo!
Yasukuni Jinja - Shrine
The Yasukuni Shrine is not an outstanding shrine except for the fact that 2.5 million war heroes are enshrined there. Among those are also 14 war criminals from WWII. In the past prime minister Koizumi has visited the shrine several times and is everytime evoking hatred from Japan's neighbouring countries Korea and China. This is the major reason for its fame.
How to get there: Take the Tôzai or Hanzomon subway line to Kudanshita station.
The Maid Cafe Craze in Akihabara!
again this is the main reason why we went on a soujourn to japan as my friend is an anime fan, well me i just love kawaii japanese girls hehehe. Compared with service at normal cafés, the service at cosplay cafés involves the creation of a rather different atmosphere. The staff treat the customers as masters and mistresses in a private home rather than merely as café customers. At Maid Cafes, the female employees dress up as french maids (occasionally, the maids may wear rabbit or cat ears for extra cute appeal) and refer to the customers as either Master (goshujinsama?) or Mistress (ojôsama?). Upon entering one of such stores, the customer is greeted with the customary "Welcome home, Master" , Okaerinasaimase, goshujinsama?), offered a wipe towel and shown a food/drink menu. Popular dishes include cakes (sometimes baked by the maids themselves), ice-cream, omurice , spaghetti, as well as drinks such as coca-cola, tea, milk or alcoholic beverages such as beer or, in some cases, even champagne. Other options include taking polaroids (either of the maid alone, together with another maid or with the customer and which are then decorated using coloured markers or stickers), playing card or video games or even slightly more unusual ones, such as being slapped by one or more of the girls. There exists a plethora of establishments catering to specific tastes and offering different services to customers. See my pictures below again this maid cafe was such an exhilarating experience that i will treasure for a long long time, who knows I might even go back here in tokyo next year! Banzai!
my favorite is @Home Cafe!
address is: 5th floor Don Kihoute Akihabara Building, 4-3-3 Soto Kanda, Akihabara, Tokyo
Tel no: 03/3254-7878
A few samples of personal importance.
Bow first, then shake hands if offered.
Some Japanese will try to cater to your customs, but most will not feel comfortable performing customs foreign to them (like shaking hands).
Do not blow your nose in public.
The Japanese consider this rude behaviour, which is why you will see a lot of Japanese sniffing, when you think they should be blowing. If you must, do it discreetly, and turn away from the crowd.
Pedestrians wearing masks are not keeping germs in - they don't want to catch germs from others.
With such a large population in such a cramped space, germs float freely - it's a precaution against germs and pollution.
Do not spike your food with chopsticks.
They're not skewers, and they're not fork replacements. If you have difficulty using them properly, ask for a fork. It's more polite to admit failure than to offend by poking things!
Do not pass food with your chopsticks.
Germs - no different than here - within a family unit, sure - you'd feed your kids with your fork, but you probably wouldn't pass food to your friends, would you?
The Japanese store employee is subservient to you. It is their desire - their wish - their culture - their JOB - to make you feel welcome, and to help you with whatever you need. In Western society, we feel compelled to buy if a salesperson is pushy, and feel uncomfortable - but in Japan, it's more important to ensure the customer is happy, than to force the sale.
The greeting ladies at the front of department stores will bow deeply for you - it is not necessary to acknowledge them, and they'll probably be bowed down until you're well past anyway, so they couldn't see you respond.
The common greeting in almost every store or service area is a basic "welcome" - sounds like Irashayimassay.
If language is a barrier, & you need to escape, just say Thank You (Arigato) & walk away.
Unless you're braver than I, look for Western toilets.
The Japanese toilets are like a urinal planted in the floor - I don't care for squatting!