I experienced a culture of friendliness throughout Japan. The customer service in the hotels and restaurants were among the best ever (especially Westin Miyako Kyoto – wow!) and by the way tipping is typically not expected and may sometimes be considered an insult as it is their job to provide the outstanding service. There were […]Read more "The only 3 words to know in Japanese and 10 etiquette tips"
Tea is a way of life in Japan. Restaurants serve complimentary hot tea the way ice water is provided in US restaurants. Green tea is the most common, but I did experience hot barley tea a couple times. During a tour of Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, we stopped by a tea shop and learned […]Read more "Tea culture in Japan"
My wife and I planned our trip to Japan a year ago to have as close to perfect timing in order to experience sakura (cherry blossom blooming) season in Japan. Our first week in Kyoto ended up being a week too early. We walked through Philosopher’s Path and along the river and would yell with […]Read more "Sakura spotting this week in Tokyo"
Traveling throughout North America and Europe, just about everywhere you go, credit cards seem to be accepted. What I recently experienced in Japan was quite different. As high tech as Japan may be with high speed trains, futuristic toilets and taxis with auto open doors, they can be quite behind others with credit card usability. […]Read more "Credit cards in Japan? Nope"
Sushi is a popular food all over Japan, but it is a way of life in Tokyo. There are sushi restaurants everywhere and most of them are very good. Some are Michelin starred spots that may cost $300 per person and others can be conveyor belt sushi restaurants where a complete meal may cost under […]Read more "I’ve been eating sushi wrong my entire life!"
Welcome to Japan – a toilet culture. I thought I knew what to expect, hearing about some of the high tech toilets. However, I was not expecting the complete utter obsession with toilets. First at the airport, the hotel, but then the stores and public facilities – everyone of them had these high tech toilets. […]Read more "Toilet obsession"
Tokyo is the largest city in the world, yet it is also one of the cleanest. Surprisingly, there are no trash cans anywhere. So what happens to all the trash from 37 million people? Because there are no trash cans people simply take their trash with them and throw it away when they make it […]Read more "How is Japan so incredibly clean?"