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Zoned Out – Day 6

Zoned Out – Day 6

Today in Kyoto we had cloudy humid weather, light traffic around town and a radiation reading of — oh, wait, Kyoto isn’t even in the “zone”.   Every day in the Japan Times, on the second page I think, there is a map of about 1/2 of Japan with concentric circles radiating out (ha!) from Fukushima.  Today’s reading for Tokyo was .064 microseiverts per hour.   Today’s reading for Sendai was .074.   Today’s reading for Nagano was .041.    Today’s reading for Shizuoka was .040.   And that’s as far west as the circles go...
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Clear Instructions: It’s Just Different Here

Clear Instructions: It’s Just Diff...

We like to tell our clients that they will be able to find signs in English in most of the train stations in the central part of Japan.  And, for the most part, that’s true.   What we can’t promise is that the English will be very useful in finding your train…
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Everything including the Kitchen Sink: It’s Just Different Here

Everything including the Kitchen Sink: I...

OK, so I know there’s been a lot of concern about H1N1 throughout the world.  Hand sanitizer as a hotel guest welcome sign is the new “in”.  However, we never thought the Japanese would take it to such lengths.  This interesting platform necessity was spotted in Matsumoto JR train station.   We really couldn’t figure out who would use it and when.
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A Little Trashy: It’s Just Different Here

A Little Trashy: It’s Just Differe...

I can hardly write this one up without going into paroxysms of laughter.   In a hotel to be unnamed, we encountered the world’s smallest trashcans, if they weren’t so entirely useless, they’d be cute.  These were on the floor and I think may have held a Q-tip or two, but not much more.
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Workaholic: It’s Just Different Here

Workaholic: It’s Just Different He...

This is our busiest time of the year, so not much time for posting blog entries.  However, here’s a typical situation in Japan where someone is unclear on the concept:
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Signal Dilemma: It’s Just Different Here

Signal Dilemma: It’s Just Differen...

It’s not hard for Americans to find things and situations in Japan that are puzzling. The language gap alone gives plenty of fodder for misunderstanding. But usually standard traffic signals are fairly similar the world-over. However, we ran into this conundrum on the streets of Kyoto. Apparently, the blind have a different button that they have to push for a signal to safely cross this street (with only one way across).  Now we sure couldn’t figure out how they would KNOW that there was a different box for them (since it wasn’t making any noise and we...