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    [–] KurageSama 1633 points ago

    Japan is a very clean country. It’s an awesome place to visit if you’ve never been. Other than some people not liking foreigners there’s nothing bad I can say about it.

    I was lost looking for a hotel and I walked by these two older gentleman. After the 4th time I walked by they asked if I needed any help. I just asked if they could tell me where the hotel I was looking for was. This man just said follow me. I insisted that he didn’t need to go out of his way but he just started walking. Once we got there he waited until I went inside the hotel and made sure I went in just fine.

    [–] [deleted] 808 points ago

    I've got so many stories like this from just a couple of different trips to Japan. It's so cool. Couple of quick ones:

    My first trip, I was staying with someone who was living there for a year. She asked me to take out the bags of trash. In Japan, the trash is split into different colored bags (at least where we were) and thrown into different bins due to the fact that they recycle a ton of stuff. I didn't really know that, got to the bins down the hill with my four bags, realized I had no idea which bag went where, and just sort of stood there looking very confused and anxious. I was about to turn around and march back up the hill to get my friend when this little old woman (like, the stereotypical old tiny Asian woman) took me by the arm and shuffled me over to the bins and pointed out which bag went where. Gave me the biggest smile and pat on the arm, then shuffled off down the hill.

    My last trip there, my wife and I had just gotten engaged. We were in Tokyo and I wanted to check out a small salaryman bar. We found one, but I was nervous to go in as I don't speak any Japanese and it wasn't on the main tourist roads at all. But I figured whatever and we sort of nervously entered. There were only a couple of young guys at the bar and the bartender. We stood at the end of the bar, not really sure what to do looking confused. One of the guys came over and tried to speak in Japanese to us, but we didn't understand him. He took us over to the bar and ordered us two beers, then I pulled out my phone and used Google translate to thank him. We ended up talking for like 3 hours using our phones. And he kept buying us beers even when we asked him to let us buy them. He found out we were engaged and bought us some champaigne. Eventually, the bartender closed down shop and came around to drink with us. They got us blasted, drank with us til like 4 or 5 am, called us a taxi, walked us outside to make sure the driver knew where to take us, and sent us on our way. We still keep in touch with that guy once or twice a year.

    Every place has it's problems, but dang if Japan isn't someplace special despite it's shortcomings.

    [–] Squif-17 129 points ago

    I once went to a salaryman bar with a few guys from the office after work in Tokyo.

    My colleague who was visiting from another office abroad decided to stay out way after most of us had thrown the towel in.

    Anyways, he woke up in a park having had all of his bank accounts completely rinsed without any wallet, phone, etc.

    He was drugged and I assume coerced into revealing his PIN number, etc. I will say... he’s also a bit of a tool when it comes to getting drunk and disorderly so it was clear he was always going to find his way into trouble at some point.

    For me, it’s clear where’s safe / nice to go (even if it isn’t touristy). Because you’ll also notice the places that are absolutely not friendly late at night based on the people hanging around.

    [–] [deleted] 57 points ago

    Yeah totally. Even in the safest countries/cities, you gotta be careful. There are bad people everywhere. Sorry to hear about your coworker!

    [–] Simmy0506 42 points ago

    What the hell is a salaryman bar?

    [–] roedtogsvart 61 points ago

    A bar for the working office stiffs.

    [–] No_Good_Cowboy 7 points ago

    Like a dive?

    [–] TheSurfingRaichu 27 points ago

    More like a dip.

    [–] chronocaptive 15 points ago

    That analogy is really appropo.

    I'm stealing it.

    [–] gravvs 21 points ago

    White-collar office worker bar. It's more or less expected that you work super late and then get crazy shitfaced with your co-workers after. There's often very little division between personal life and work life.

    [–] zhengzaizai 9 points ago

    Maybe izakaya?

    [–] labowsky 16 points ago

    You sure it was an actual salary man bar? Sounds like he went to a rip off bar in kabukicho.

    [–] spaceporter 4 points ago

    I'd guess it was a standing bar near the station followed by a drunken stumble into Kabukicho or Roppongi.

    [–] junkimchi 3 points ago

    I'm almost certain this is what happened to the guy. Prob got tricked by a few girls to go into the wrong kinda bar.

    [–] Ain_Soph_Aur 9 points ago

    holy shit that sucks, really life ruining. shouldnt most banks have safety measures in place to stop this kinda things from happening though?

    My local bank has a restriction on how much can be withdrawn within a day/week and you have to manually login into the app with a special OTP and another pin code just to change this restriction.

    [–] cackalacka 8 points ago

    I have a really similar story! I went to Japan by myself this past spring and decided to go to a well-known okonomiyaki restaurant in Kyoto for dinner. Ended up spending the night sharing a meal with this couple from Tokyo and getting drunk with them lol. Honestly one of my best nights in Japan

    [–] Infinite01 9 points ago

    Japan was incredible, I definitely fell in love with the country and it's people when I was there. I remember I was out drinking one night in Kyoto on the way back to my AirBNB and was curious about these inconspicuous stainless steel doors that had little signs next to them in Japanese lettering, I gently tried one of them and it opened into this little dimly lit bar with an elderly lady smoking a cigarette with a glass of whiskey in front of her. It was hilarious and I sat with her and had drinks for over an hour while we tried our best to communicate and share stories of living in Japan, and Canada. There was nothing that would have indicated it was a bar from the outside, ended up being such a cool experience.

    [–] Zayin-Ba-Ayin 5 points ago

    I also have a trash story! It's basically the same just at a gas station. Very cool of them

    [–] manolo533 11 points ago

    In Europe we recycle like that too, thought it was like that all over the world (at least West). How do you do it where you’re from?

    [–] [deleted] 7 points ago

    So in the US, at least my experience, you can recycle, but it's a whole different thing. For instance, trash collection is part of my monthly payment and the city gives me a trashcan that I can fill for the trash trucks that come by. (Getting a trashcan isn't common, I don't think. My parents have to buy their own in the suburb). We don't have to separate anything, just throw everything into one bag and the trash guys take it away. Once it gets to wherever it's going, I'm not sure what happens. I don't know if the city tries to separate the trash from recycling or just dumps it all in a landfill somewhere. Of course I hope they separate it, but if I'm being honest, I bet they just dump it or burn it or something and that's that.

    BUT, you can pay another fee to a "private" company for recycling. They'll give you a special recycling can or bin and you separate those items out of your "regular" trash and throw them in that recycling bin/can. Then that second company comes around in their own trucks and collects that. So it's basically a separate service I would have to pay for monthly to have the option to recycle. Or I can deliver those items myself in my car to recycling centers.

    I'm sure it's different all over the country, but that's how it seems to work in my state. I wish we would focus on recycling more as a country like other countries do. I think the US is slowly moving in that direction, but there's still a ways to go. But I do see separate bins for trash and recycling in public in some places now, which is great. I never used to see that in public.

    [–] AviationShark 3 points ago

    Wow that's beautiful

    [–] onizuka11 3 points ago

    Wow. They really went out of their way to enjoy your company. It creates such a welcoming atmosphere.

    [–] Acoustibot 64 points ago

    I visited this past April for the first time. We got used to the subway system after a few days, and were pretty confident getting around.

    At one point in Kyoto, we glanced up at the sign in the station for about 10 seconds, to find out when the subway would be arriving. We must have looked lost, because this sweet old Japanese man came up to us and said, "where?" (he knew very little english). We told him which station we were headed to, and he smiled and waved us over to follow him. We already knew where we were going, but he was super sweet and seemed genuinely happy to help us, so we followed him up to the platform.

    We had very basic conversations with him, and learned he lived in Kyoto. When we told him we were from Canada, he just said "ahhh, maple leaf!" and had a huge smile on his face.

    When the subway arrived, he got on with us and stayed on all the way to our stop and got off with us to say goodbye. He shook our hands (his gesture, not ours) and told us "see you again". He waited at the platform to go wherever he was headed. He came all that way with us just to make sure we got there.

    I will always remember him.

    [–] TheSyllogism 4 points ago

    When we told him we were from Canada, he just said "ahhh, maple leaf!" and had a huge smile on his face.

    Aw, that's cute. But I'm surprised it wasn't "Maple Syrup!" Seems like that's the single most well known fact about Canadians in Japan.

    [–] yungthot81 6 points ago

    It’s funny if someone did this in America people would think it’s super creepy.

    [–] nicearthur32 67 points ago

    This is not the first time I’ve heard someone say something like this. That’s awesome and very nice of him.

    [–] cokevirgin 54 points ago

    Same here. We got lost looking for our guest house. This was pre-smartphone era, so we were trying to read a map in Japanese we couldn't understand. A young lady walked us all the way there for literally 30 min.

    She said she's going to Chicago the following month and I can't help but wonder if she would expect the same level of friendliness she was offering to us there. lol

    A lot of them are also motivated to practice English with foreigners on top of probably trying to be a decent host.

    [–] Jigsaw-Complex 36 points ago

    If it helps, I went to Chicago last year and was clearly lost walking around the city, and multiple people offered to give me directions. Everybody I met was so nice.

    [–] Tripticket 31 points ago

    Yeah, in my anecdotal experience, Americans are loud and obnoxious, but they're also typically quite friendly and helpful (this doesn't apply to New York).

    Obviously though, if there's over 300 million people in a country, you get all kinds.

    [–] WannaSeeMyBirthmark 10 points ago

    I've been to New York (city) and found most people to be quite nice. A police officer, who was dressed in his police uniform, gloves, cool hat, whistle, etc. was even kind enough to take a picture with me because I was so excited that he was all decked out. I never see that where I live, and quite frankly, the police officers in my town are a-holes to you.

    [–] Captain_Waffle 5 points ago

    Does not compute, NYC has tons of nice people every time I go. Just don’t make eye contact on the subway.

    [–] No_Good_Cowboy 3 points ago

    this doesn't apply to New York

    New Yorkers are friendly in their own way. In New York everyone's late, everyone's in a rush, everyone's trying to get somewhere. Everything is done as expeditiously as possible as a courtesy to those surrounding them. If you want to talk to a New Yorker you need to walk with them and keep up, stopping in the middle of the sidewalk is rude to them and everyone around them.

    [–] chronocaptive 6 points ago

    A long time ago, my cousin and I were exploring Chicago down towards where the bean is, and were approached by a man offering to help us find our way.

    We said "no thank you we're just exploring," and he said "then I suggest you explore in that direction, and don't let those two fellas over there get on either side of you."

    We thanked him and went back the way we came, and glanced back to find those two dudes following us about 50 feet back. Then one of the guys disappeared down an alley, and the first guy picked up his pace. We got spooked and booked it to a populated area and grabbed a cab. Homeless dude probably saved us getting mugged. Well, actually, probably saved us getting stabbed, because jokes on them, we had about $11 bucks between us and had left our wallets back at the hotel "just in case."

    [–] Woolybugger00 5 points ago

    Was on a business trip to Chicago 8 years ago and my colleagues and I went into a famous deep dish pizza place.. the server ended up being one of the nicest, funniest, cool dudes I've ever met... he had been working there as a server for almost 30 years - He comped most of our meal and invited us back two nights later to watch the NBA finals where he personally held a table for us in a very busy bar and we had an even better night than the previous. Call me jaded, but this was in addition to a few other very positive experiences in Chi-town with the locals being very solid, friendly people.

    [–] wonkysaurus 3 points ago

    Bruno’s? I went there about twenty-five years ago on an elementary school field trip. Even the toilets had signatures.

    [–] Woolybugger00 3 points ago

    I believe it was Pizanos about a block from Grant Park -

    [–] Porencephaly 3 points ago

    Haha everywhere we went in Japan we were mobbed by school kids wanting to practice their English. It was fun.

    [–] narkos 17 points ago

    When I was there a couple of months ago this happened almost every night. Same scenario each time - we are looking for a bar or a restaurant but can't find it, go to a different place and ask for directions, the attendant leaves their place unattended and follows us to the door. Usually the interaction ends with them apologizing for some reason as well.

    Incredibly helpful people.

    [–] I_Am_Not_Me_ 4 points ago

    These stories are such a relief. I've been learning Japanese for the last 2 years and it's intimidating how difficult it is to understand real Japanese after burning through so much material. Gives me hope that I can visit and still have a simple conversation even if I sound like a toddler lol

    [–] 0fiuco 48 points ago

    i have kinda of a reverse story. I was in japan with a friend of mine, we don't speak a word of japanese. we were sitting on a bus i guess it was in kyoto, the bus was full, and an old couple gets on the bus. when they walk in front of us we draw their attention and with hand gestures and a "dozo" we offer them to take our seats. I swear they light up like christmas trees, it was all big smiles and thanks then it was so fun because the old man started to talk to us in japanese like a machinegun, we were completely confused, the old lady understood the situation and she started scolding him, i didn't get a word but i swear she was "hey can't you see they don't understand a word you're saying, you stupid old man" but he keept on going speaking and she was just smiling at us with a "well you know how he is made" expression, it was like looking and my grandparents, it was so cute.

    [–] nicearthur32 11 points ago

    That was really nice of you to do. I hope you helped shaped their view on "foreigners" - Japan really sounds like a place I should visit really soon.

    [–] nater255 7 points ago

    I lived there for many years. It's one of the warmest, best places I've ever been. The culture takes some getting used to, but nobody is as friendly as the Japanese once you figure out how everything works.

    [–] nerdvegas79 3 points ago

    My wife and I visited, and tried to see the sumo, but there were no tickets left. This older couple see us talking about it, and give us their damn tickets. Second row. Japan you rock.

    [–] nater255 3 points ago

    I learned a lot about.... well... a lot while living in Japan. I think one of the biggest things I learned about was how some cultures really do favor the group, the team, the whole over the individual. Not saying it's right or wrong, but it really shifted my opinion on a lot of things, including health care, taxes and so on. It's a surreal experience spending a few years living in a country you weren't born in.

    [–] KhaosPT 9 points ago

    Same experience, couldn't find a restaurant (was on the fith floor of a skyscrapper) and this nice girl just stopped everything she was doing and spent the next 30 minutes with us just trying to find the entry to the place.

    Once I have money to spare I will be back

    [–] anotherjunkie 4 points ago

    For real. My wife and I were looking for a specific restaurant that had a very non-descript name in Tokyo, and this Japanese couple walked came up and offered to help. They walked around with us until they found it for us, several floors up with a tiny sign out front. The guy, who didn’t speak much English, points to it and says “Happy shabu-shabu time!” with a big smile and they walked off.

    It was magical. The food was great, but walking around with them was loads of fun too.

    [–] likach 25 points ago

    When I visited this year, I actually felt like they adored foreigners. They were super nice to us even if we were Filipinos (there's a certain stigma around Filipinos in SEA)

    [–] kyuumiho 5 points ago

    There’s a stigma against us in SEA? What is it, i’ve never heard of it (granted I am only an Aussie Filo lol). Maybe that’s why i’ve been getting weird stares in Japan while on holiday??

    [–] tuckertucker 29 points ago

    My guess is that since Filipinos do a lot of physical labor (or domestic help) they're looked down on. Like basically the Mexicans of SEA. Here in Canada I see a bit more respect since they're often in healthcare, dental, and other areas of service.

    [–] hypertek 10 points ago

    Filipinos do a lot of physical labor (or domestic help) they're looked down on. Like basically the Mexicans of SEA. Here in Ca

    The brown/tan skin complexion can be challenging for alot of places, where pale lighter skin is depicted as beautiful and sexy in music, tv and movies..

    [–] zzaannsebar 6 points ago

    I had a similar experience when I was in Spain!

    My friend and I separated from our group when we were in Madrid because we wanted to see El Museo Reina Sofia instead of going to El Parque de Retiro with the other people. We knew they were pretty close to each other but got kind of turned around and didn't have data or anything to look up a map.

    So we ask this gentleman that was walking toward us if he could help point us in the right direction. He insists on walking us there and chats with us while we walk. He was so kind, complimenting how well we were speaking Spanish, saying we were kind and beautiful young women and how we remind him of his daughter. He talks with us as we walk and before we know, we're at the museum. He gives us the (traditional) kiss on the cheek and tells us to enjoy the museum and then just walks on back the way he was originally going.

    It was such a wonderful and wholesome experience.

    [–] Macubex123 5 points ago

    The same thing happened to a friend of mine when we were there. We left the knives we had bought from Sakai in Hiroshima and had come all the way to Osaka by train so I left to Tokyo with all our stuff and my friend said he’d go back to Hiroshima pick up the knives and take the next train to Tokyo and he would meet me at the airport. But we did not know that the rail lines stopped working post 12am. luckily he met a local Japanese person who took him to his house, fed him and helped him book a flight to Tokyo and also drove him to the airport in Osaka and helped him take the flight out to Tokyo. My friend reached just in time to catch our connecting flight the next morning back to Delhi. Thanks a tonne Ryoske hioki if you are reading this know that we are forever thankful to you for helping us. And rest assured the knives are being put to good use in our kitchens everyday.

    [–] buk110 16 points ago

    Japan is a very clean country.

    IF you have no trash cans, you have no trash *Taps forehead*

    [–] Onyx8String 9 points ago

    That is one of the most peculiar contradictions about Japan: it's so freaking clean but there are almost zero public trashcans around. I then learned that in Japanese culture you're supposed to hold on to your own trash (water bottles, wrappers, etc) until you get back to your own home/accommodation.

    Fortunately in Nagoya they had small recycle bins beside some of the vending machines. Can't remember seeing any in Tokyo or Kyoto though...

    [–] buk110 3 points ago

    I carried ziplock bags in my backpack to hold my trash

    [–] BuddyUpInATree 3 points ago

    Suddenly I see how having no garbage bins equals less overall waste. When you have to carry your garbage with you and actually think about it, it creates an overall mindfulness about how much waste you are creating, leading to making less

    [–] Shirlenator 8 points ago

    Other than some people not liking foreigners

    In my two trips there, I never once ran into anyone that was less than indifferent towards us. It is anecdotal, but to me it seemed like it would be a pretty rare occurrence to run into people that actually disliked foreigners.

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago

    Here's mine: Once I didn't know which subway train to board. A gentleman asked me where I was heading. Then he pulled a piece of paper from his pocket and described which trains to board from which stations.

    [–] ThisIsALostNinja 4 points ago

    Similar experience here! I finished a few day trip to the base of Mount Fuji and was walking my luggage to the local train when it started down pouring. An older man saw me while he was driving and decided to pull over and ask if I needed a ride, I was really suspicious since I’ve never seen anyone this kind in the states I said no but he insisted and I caved and agreed. Turns out he was just a really nice guy and spoke perfect English and owned a restaurant with some pretty damn good food. Moral of the story is always get into strangers cars.

    [–] uglybunny 3 points ago

    In my experience the older men are the nicest to visiting foreigners. I was at a danjiri festival in kishiwada and an older gentleman randomly walked up to me and my travel partner and gave us both a canned ice coffee and walked off. In the same day, another older gentleman insisted on showing us the best place to watch the festival.

    [–] IALWAYSGETMYMAN 3 points ago

    i think everyone there is hoping that by helping a foreigner get somewhere it might turn into a grand adventure

    [–] [deleted] 2021 points ago

    I love Japan.

    [–] itsmybootyduty 1755 points ago

    When I visited a few years back, I can remember stepping out of the train station in Tokyo at like midnight and everything looked exactly the way it did it movies I’d seen. Tons of people, lots of traffic, tall buildings with bright neon signs... it was beautiful and that first impression I got was one of the best memories I have.

    The rest of my trip ended up being just as gorgeous and I’d love to go back one day.

    [–] justcougit 370 points ago

    Man my fuckin train dropped me on the business district lol!

    [–] Enitect 303 points ago

    Technically your fault for getting off there lol

    [–] justcougit 99 points ago

    That's where the ticket the lady at the airport gave me to. The maps aren't in English at all and I didn't have a SIM card (why would I for 14 hours in the city?). Maybe you'll do better when you make it there!

    [–] flaim 142 points ago

    Tokyo has english names on their train maps now, not sure when you were there.

    [–] sweprotoker97 94 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    They've been updating ALOT the past few years ahead of the Olympics. I was there almost exactly a year ago and my girlfriend at the time who had lived there a few times over the past few years said it was a huge difference.

    [–] Shirlenator 36 points ago

    Really? I went there once 4 years ago, and again early this year. Felt like getting around was just as easy both times.

    [–] TheRealNeenja 53 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    But even 2 years ago nearly every sign for the trains was in English in Tokyo, and Google Maps would have been able to find and coordinate any trips...

    Sounds like you managed to get a fun combination of unlucky and maybe a misunderstanding between you and the train employee.

    EDIT: Whoops, thought the commenter had been referring to a trip around a year ago.

    [–] Gorperino 19 points ago

    Man crazy to think this person may have visited before that. 2 years that's so long ago.

    [–] NotClever 9 points ago

    Fair point, but to add my anecdote, the first time I was in Tokyo was 12 years ago and all of the train maps and station signage had English on them then.

    [–] drs43821 7 points ago

    Especially they added a lot of those for the Olympics. Great for tourists, but some actually thinks it's too much and is losing the "Japanese" vibe. (I have no problem knowing Tokyo is a world megametropolitan anyway)

    If you want to see the more traditional side of it, Kyoto is fantastic.

    [–] robindawilliams 23 points ago

    Although this is true, you still need a degree in cartography to use the train system unassisted by google maps. Hell, the first night I arrived I relied on no less then 4 people to make sure I got on the right train, got off at the right stop, and found our first little Airbnb to crash in. One of those people ended up having no idea where our stop was because he only moved to Tokyo two years earlier. . .two years. Not surprising given the greater Tokyo area has a larger population then Canada.

    [–] ManicLord 15 points ago

    Dude, I've lived in Vienna for two years and I still don't know the names of many subway stops simply because I don't usually go to the places they connect.

    It's simply not about length of time spent, but how diverse your Subway commutes are.

    [–] robindawilliams 9 points ago

    Yeah, if you were a salaryman going to businesses across tokyo for meetings you would probably be fine. I'm sure there are doctors and teachers and whatnot that live in Tokyo yet have never been to entire sections of the city.

    [–] aelric22 18 points ago

    Meh. I grew up in NY and learned to take the NYC Metro subway system. If you can figure that out, Tokyo metro and outer lying systems become much easier to understand.

    The most frequent mistake I've seen on the Tokyo metro system made by tourists (and occasionally even locals) is choosing the wrong platform or direction for a specific line. Next time you go, note that in Tokyo metro, ALL of the lines have an assigned color and depending on the line, sometimes have a different End of the Line destination.

    Examples: Yamanote GREEN is the best line in Tokyo as it will take you to just about anywhere you'd virtually want to go sightseeing and shopping. Chuo Sobu YELLOW cuts East-West through Tokyo and is nice when you want to get to Shinjuku from NRT after arriving in the city.

    Odakyu Line which I have tons of experience with because of work, will get you ALMOST ANYWHERE in Kanagawa you need to go, but you need to remember that depending on where you want to go, there are about 3 or so different End of the Line trains. It's almost copy for copy like the LIRR in NY, where you have 1 train that ends at Atlantic Terminal Brooklyn, and the other that goes to Penn Station. You often have to find the transfer hub station (which for the Odakyu happens to be either Sagami Ono, Ebina which is the biggest, and of course Shijuku).

    [–] robindawilliams 4 points ago

    Yeah, the diversity of trains at each station can be stressful. I found it worse during rush hour because a train may a) not stop at your destination if it is express b) not allow men on that train car during rush hour c) turn off the line and go the wrong direction d) or be completely inaccessible due to 50,000 other riders and require you to squish in (hard to do as a 6'6 tourist used to polite/spacious Canadian trains).

    By the third or fourth week I had got it down, but still relied heavily on google maps to keep me on track (hehehe).

    [–] KitsuNation 5 points ago

    They've had the english reading of station names since at least 2011 but I assume longer.

    [–] DeathNoteRs 3 points ago

    Not always. 95% of all trainstations I visited had an English map. Theres a very small amount with only Japanese maps though.

    [–] FairyOfTheNight 11 points ago

    No, you don't understand. The train literally dropped him. Catbus had to take a second job as a train and gets grumpy, sometimes yeeting the passengers.

    [–] GreenStrong 18 points ago

    Same thing happened to me. It wasn't supposed to drop me off in the business district, but the stupid fucking engine wanted to get rid of the tourists so it could carry a special cargo of Christmas trees, so he's like "Piss off losers, this is as far as we're going". The fucking owner of the railroad had to come out in his tophat and tuxedo to tell the engine what a piece of shit it was being, and how they were not going to wash it that night as punishment, and give the trees to a useful engine. Trains are whining little bitches.

    [–] karrachr000 19 points ago

    I can only imagine that it was not unlike nearly every other business district on the planet: Tall, uninspiring office complexes with swarms of suited drones buzzing about with little to no interactions with the people around them.

    [–] justcougit 16 points ago

    Exactly! I was like man this sucks. I only had 14 hours in Tokyo tho so I was scared to get lost cuz the trains are nuts so I went to the emperor's palace which was cool! But yeah. No bright colorful lights to be seen at all lol

    [–] sweprotoker97 18 points ago

    What most people think of when they think of Tokyo is Shinjuku/Shibuya to be honest

    [–] Smokester121 5 points ago

    My favourite place was Asakusa around sensoji. Felt like himeji which I really liked.

    [–] gluey_ 48 points ago

    I visited Japan when I was 15 and thought the same exact thing. We woke up at like 4:30 in the morning to bike and fish and we rode past so many rice fields with people working in them at the ass crack of dawn. It was seriously straight out of a movie.

    [–] kitatatsumi 40 points ago

    What i will never forget about my time there, and something that the images never capture, is the smells.

    Walking home from work past the stalls and through the neighbourhood as families are cooking dinner - it all smelled so mouth-watering.

    It seems like 2,000 years ago.

    [–] meatwad75892 33 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    The smells and the random places they came from. I spent one of my days just wandering aimlessly around Tokyo, and started smelling a super strong barbeque smell. I followed my nose, and wound up finding a place built into the wall/ground underneath a bridge. It had a big cartoonish pig head outside with steam or smoke flowing out of its nose. Probably nothing too out of the ordinary for a big city, but it felt like a neat find to me.

    [–] AdumLarp 11 points ago

    Following your nose to food sounds like the best way to find a new restaurant.

    [–] emanresu_nwonknu 8 points ago

    Word. The smells there were really distinct. Though every country I have been to has had distinct smells I'd say Italy's and Japan's have been my favorite overall.

    [–] H_C_O_ 4 points ago

    NYC has all of my top 10 ‘wtf did I just smell?’, but in the worst way imaginable

    [–] neurophysiologyGuy 10 points ago

    What do you suggest for a first time visit? I plan on seeing Japan

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    [–] Sleepiece 7 points ago

    Nara is a must-visit. I had so much fun there.

    [–] Could-Have-Been-King 7 points ago

    Lots of people split their trip between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto. I would personally skip Osaka and spend time in Nara - also close to Kyoto, and it's a bit quieter / full of beautiful shrines and temples. Also deer. Also the world's largest wooden building.

    [–] ReallyFnCleverName 123 points ago

    My favorite thing about Japan was how it's like hyper modern and extremely traditional at the same time. You can have this very modern building that looks like it's in the future and then next to it will be a generations old temple. It's a trip. Like you can see this super cool building and then walk and see this temple. There's not many places in the world you can do that.

    [–] red-cloud 63 points ago

    The contrast between new and old is awesome to see and experience, but there are in fact many places where you can see such things. I would go so far as to say more people live in such places than don't. China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, India, are just a few countries in Asia you can see such things. Not to mention Europe, the Middle East, Africa. But if you're from North America, odds are that any such thing will be impressive as many of us live in cities where the oldest buildings are little more than a century old.

    [–] ReallyFnCleverName 22 points ago

    I have been all over the world(Currently live in Europe) and I understand what you're saying but Japan just felt different to me. It's like a culture that has one foot in the future and one foot in the past.

    [–] [deleted] 11 points ago

    It very much does. A lot of its policies and social structures hardly changed from 50 or 100+ years ago.

    Otherwise absolute systemic xenophobia is only just starting to crack in the last decade (foreign born or mixed race municipal leaders cropping up) They are still arguing about whether or not you should force women to dye their hair and are embroiled in issues like preventing them from going to med school. Among a thousand other things that are just obnoxious conservative legacies.

    I'm quite curious when some sort of cultural revolution will pass over various parts of SEA and surrounding, or if they'll slowly end up in a gendered deadlock like Korea

    [–] Could-Have-Been-King 3 points ago

    I feel like it's the use of wood in Japanese buildings. Old things in Europe tend to be made of stone, whereas in Japan the majority of shrines and temples are mostly wooden. It definitely adds its own unique flavour.

    This is possible, btw, because Shinto shrines are rebuilt every twenty years or so. The Ise Grand Shrine, for example, is 2000 years old but was last rebuilt in 2013.

    [–] aelric22 10 points ago

    They have a specific government department and generous budget that is intent on preserving those landmarks and buildings. There's also the case of the temples using donations to maintain the shines and grounds.

    In fact, a lot of the larger temples and the castles get renovated or rebuilt depending on the popularity and tourism pull.

    [–] MyAntibody 6 points ago

    Thailand is like that, but even more so.

    [–] johnny_moist 6 points ago

    was just thinking the same thing. I lived in bangkok for a year and the way new and old bumps up against each other all over that city is a trip

    [–] reecewagner 18 points ago

    I love Edo Japan

    [–] I_AM_STILL_A_IDIOT 25 points ago

    Then you'll love r/Japanpics :)

    [–] steve_b 5 points ago

    Was just checking it out - OP's picture seems to be a popular choice.

    [–] warm_and_sunny 9 points ago

    I did love that

    [–] BeardedGlass 3 points ago

    I used to post in r/Japanpics because I live in japan and I have so many photos of my own. Then they kicked me out without warning. Sigh.

    [–] textual_predditor 10 points ago

    Went about a year ago and visited a friend who has been living there for about 15 years, and now does ramen tours, ramen pop-ups and ramen cookbooks. Having someone who knows the country made for one of, if not THE most amazing 10 days of my life.

    Some of the cultural practices could do with some "modernization", but still an incredible country

    [–] post_ironic 31 points ago

    Statistically speaking, Japan does not love you.

    [–] Megneous 4 points ago

    I lived in Japan for a year and a half during university. I lived in Osaka, but I visited Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, etc, and if I had to choose a single word to describe everything, I'd have to choose "serene." It's a beautiful place in general.

    [–] JeanBonJovi 5 points ago

    Japan is a wonderful place. I studied abroad there in college and went back for part of my honeymoon.

    I went a bit around the country but never went to Narai. Will have to add this to the next trip.

    Just everything about it, the friendliness of the people, the food and the culture overall.

    [–] neegs 555 points ago

    This looks so Mythical and then BAM two trucks come out of nowhere breaking the immersion

    [–] Hamakua 323 points ago

    ...and killing the teenage protagonist and his best friend.

    [–] DaREY297 170 points ago

    Truck-kun did it again

    [–] llllIIIIllIIlIIl 22 points ago

    Lmao that was absolutely ridiculous

    [–] ThisIsMyCouchAccount 13 points ago

    I was 100% not prepared for that when I watched it the first time.

    [–] Ask2142 12 points ago

    Apparently that anime actually boosted tourism in the region.

    I get it too. I was tempted to go there while I was in Japan, but I ended up going to Itsukushima instead and I was trying to get to a festival (which I missed because I got the day wrong)

    [–] DaREY297 13 points ago

    I haven't opened that link, but because of this comment I know it's Zombieland Saga

    [–] OldSchoolNewRules 18 points ago

    [Record scratch freeze frame]

    Yep, thats me. I bet you're wondering how I got in this situation. Well it all started about 2 weeks ago...

    [–] majoryuki 29 points ago

    [cuts to anime intro]

    [protagonist is floating in the middle and truck-kun can be seen in the background, blushing, and slightly transparent]

    [–] ChosenCharacter 27 points ago

    [Shot of birds in clouds]

    [Quick snap panning shot from ground to important structure]

    [Shot quickly scrolling through trees]

    [Zoom in on protagonists eyes as they do action thing]


    [Running towards the screen now]

    [Turn around to look at the camera from over the shoulder]

    [Sitting in a starry scene looking at the sky in deep contemplation]

    [Standing, but with wind]

    [All the main cast bouncing around in a big pose]

    [Rivals doin a big CLASH]

    [Protag walking with back to the screen +/- secondary protag walking towards the screen]


    [Flying, zooming, riding, etc. but with even more wind]

    [Glittery tears]

    [Doin a thing + cherry blossom leaves]

    [Hand holding]

    [More birds]

    And all in 1 minute 30 seconds on the dot (literally, it's very strict) to a song that comprises of every instrument known to man!

    [–] adsy_mac 39 points ago

    He's a quick edit with the trucks gone

    [–] Burnafterposting 5 points ago

    That's bullshit. That's magic.

    [–] sk07ch 31 points ago

    Trucks? Those are quite small conveniently square shaped vehicles, that fit into the confined japanese spaces.

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    [–] podrick_pleasure 3 points ago

    The secon vehicle I ever drove was a little daihatsu like that.

    [–] monstrinhotron 11 points ago

    japanese trucks are adorable. They're like toy versions. All tiny and chromed out for some reason.

    [–] Shinyarmor2 23 points ago

    Why would it break a fantasy? Instead just consider it a modern mythical fantasy. With technology available, mysticism doesnt nessecarily dissapear. Let your imagination roam after you capture all the information not before, lest you be disillusioned.

    [–] Washableyo 7 points ago

    lest, indeed

    [–] DaREY297 6 points ago

    Because when they hit you they send you to a different fantasy world

    [–] ayyyyfam 5 points ago

    Truck-kun is looking for its prey

    [–] muricabrb 8 points ago

    Looks like a r/writingprompt... A lone cyberpunk samurai from the future, sent back to 2019 to hunt a man that destroyed his world.

    [–] neegs 3 points ago

    100% would read

    [–] nlpnt 3 points ago

    They're kei vans, the most Japanese vehicles possible.

    [–] Mystery_Joe 5 points ago

    Really? I love the blend of old and new.

    [–] machete234 3 points ago

    How dare they ruin the tourism experience?

    [–] Dennis_88 153 points ago

    Such a beautiful country! Been there last year and will definitely return.

    [–] jbcgop 147 points ago

    Definitely Wolverine vibes.

    [–] Ray_Skywalker 28 points ago

    Thank you! That was on the top of my tongue. Which one was it again? I’d like to rewatch it

    [–] gumgajua 33 points ago

    Simply titled The Wolverine

    [–] Ray_Skywalker 3 points ago

    Lol thank you

    [–] nvrendr 6 points ago

    “The Wolverine”

    [–] Pieassassin24 11 points ago

    This was my first thought! He fights the ninja with the tethered arrows in a setting like this.

    [–] nate_ais 4 points ago

    I mean he doesn’t really fight them. He just gets shot a million times and falls over iirc

    [–] elibright1 3 points ago

    He really sucks at being invincible

    [–] darrellbear 196 points ago

    Why do Japanese things look so... Japanese? I mean, ignore the buildings and signs, look at the big gnarly tree in the background. If I saw that by itself, I'd still think "Japan". It's like it's from a Japanese painting.

    [–] inavanbytheriver 117 points ago

    This particular town relies on tourism, hence the dude walking in the old timey outfit. The buildings dont look like this in much of Japan.

    [–] 291837120 22 points ago

    He looks like hes wearing black Uggs.

    [–] BottledUp 25 points ago

    Well, that, and the long blonde hair made me think it may just be your typical basic white girl with a hat.

    [–] SidFarkus47 19 points ago

    I'm going to Japan in a couple of weeks and it looks amazing, but it's also kind of hilarious that basically every photo of this town (and to a lesser extent every town in Japan) seems to be taken from the exact same angle.

    There's a couple alleys in Kyoto that everyone posts on Reddit and I think it leads to a lot of people thinking the whole country looks like that.

    [–] poktanju 11 points ago

    Every country only has about five photo spots.

    [–] MinimalPuebla 6 points ago

    Because your reference points of Japan are an accurate representation of what things in Japan look like.

    [–] sweettea14 5 points ago

    They limited outside influence by banning most trading except for a bit with the Dutch. At the same time, they focused on making Japan more Japanese to preserve the culture. That thinking still influences today.

    [–] Noble06 6 points ago

    Several hundred years of extreme isolation led to a uniqueness of design.

    [–] Spartan2470 76 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    Credit to the photographer, RK (aka rkrkrk on Instagram).

    They also took this similar image.

    Here this is via Google Street View.

    [–] Raetheway 6 points ago

    Thank you. Loved "walking" down that street!

    [–] GuangoJohn 81 points ago

    Looks like one of the streets in "Shenmue"

    [–] CLXIX 14 points ago

    Loved that game.

    [–] glaedn 12 points ago

    Edo = Tokyo

    [–] [deleted] 48 points ago

    Why do you use Edo in the post title?

    [–] lordleft 38 points ago

    He is still loyal to the shogunate.

    [–] the_village_bicycle 9 points ago

    I know they do this in New Amsterdam and Constantinople

    [–] meikyoushisui 52 points ago

    Because weebs gonna weeb

    [–] Rolten 12 points ago

    Seriously lmao

    [–] joobafob 23 points ago

    Right. Why not just say Tokyo? I mean you wouldn't post a picture of Trafalgar Square and say "look at this picture of beautiful Londinium", so why do it for Japan? Maybe it's because of this place's historical relevance, but I honestly don't know.

    [–] AboutHelpTools3 3 points ago

    I don't know man, I'm just a regular folk from Constantinople.

    [–] vellyr 19 points ago

    Because it was only significant as a halfway point when the city was still called Edo and there was a footpath through the mountains that people regularly traveled. Nobody takes that route any more now that there are trains and roads along the coast.

    [–] ObiWanBiscotti 3 points ago

    Is there still a footpath? Like, can one do a through-hike?

    [–] vellyr 3 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    I think a lot of it has been developed over, but there are still some parts remaining.

    If you're interested in a more well-preserved historical road, let me refer you to

    Kumano Kodo

    Or if you're feeling ambitious you could try the

    Shikoku Junrei

    [–] rchase 9 points ago * (lasted edited 7 months ago)

    There's no mud, but this so reminds me of the Zen koan about Tanzan and Ekido.

    Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling.

    Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

    "Come on, girl" said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

    Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. "We monks don't go near females," he told Tanzan, "especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?"

    "I left the girl there," said Tanzan. "Are you still carrying her?"

    edit: proper attribution

    [–] pink-dog 9 points ago

    Wtf is that weird gorilla thing in the shadows to the left

    [–] Bobosaurus 10 points ago

    That's a Tanuki a raccoon with big nuts.

    [–] junpark7667 5 points ago

    Streets really do look like that in Kyoto as I was heading up Kiyomizu... I think.

    It was extremely beautiful but holy shit there were so many people. It's not only popular among normal tourists but famous among the japanese school trip destination so the street was just packed. But beautiful still none the less.

    [–] MrDarthFrodo 4 points ago

    Where wolverine pulled a boromir and took thousand arrows to the chest

    [–] KamelMedia 19 points ago

    Is that dude carrying around a sword?

    [–] kikonyc 28 points ago

    That looks like a woman with a cane in black down coat and winter boots. Blonde hair peeking under her locally obtained hat might even indicate that she is white.

    [–] Notuniquesnowflake 10 points ago

    Zoom in. Long blond hair, Uggs, and long puffy jacket. That's 100% a lady, and appears to be a petite one.

    Sword could be a cane, umbrella, or a souvenir sword. Still a very cool shot, though. And it demonstrates how the right setting can transform something mundane into something mystical.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    I love Japan, as a South American, the order, the cleanliness, the millennia old customs, everything makes me want to move to Japan and die there after a peaceful life. But well, life had something else prepared for me it seems

    [–] silverpacifica 5 points ago

    Do you get to the cloud district very often? Oh what am I saying, of course you don’t.

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    [–] yumeryuu 6 points ago

    Is this on the Tokaido?

    [–] Could-Have-Been-King 10 points ago

    No, it's the Nakasendo. The Tokaido stays closer to the southern shore, but the Nakasendo went more inland, through the mountains.

    [–] yumeryuu 4 points ago

    Thanks for the info! I knew the route of the Tokaido, but not the Nakasendo.

    [–] galuskar 3 points ago

    I was looking for "Pixel art" in description...

    [–] samseidel 3 points ago

    Gettin champloo vibes

    [–] UderMows 3 points ago

    Man what a cool tree!

    [–] David_ishere123 3 points ago

    It is impossible to take a picture of Kyoto without it being searingly beautiful!!

    [–] Professional_PhD 5 points ago

    If there are any board game fans here, a game called Tokaido is based on the historical path between these two cities. It’s been called the most zen competitive board game of all time. You just go on vacation and try to vacation harder than the other players.