Our Experience:

Japan

Friendliness/Attitude towards foreigners

  • Super helpful at train stations

  • Helpful but not really friendly

Cultural Differences

Cultural Differences

  • Not walking while drinking or eating

  • Wear medical face masks when sick 

  • Batsu=crossed arms/you are doing something wrong

  • Modest dress -no cleavage

  • Germ phobic- very sanitary

  • No personal space on the subway

  • Not walking while drinking or eating

  • Wear medical face masks when sick 

  • Batsu=crossed arms/you are doing something wrong

  • Modest dress -no cleavage

  • Germ phobic- very sanitary

  • No personal space on the subway

  • Not walking while drinking or eating

  • Wear medical face masks when sick 

  • Batsu=crossed arms/you are doing something wrong

  • Modest dress -no cleavage

  • Germ phobic- very sanitary

  • No personal space on the subway

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Food

  • Each restaurant tends to specialize in one kind of cuisine like sushi, noodles, etc

Our Favorites

  • Fresh tofu with an assortment of sauces

  • Kobe beef cooked on coals at our table -Yakiniku

  • The Izakyah in NIkko; sauteed mushrooms & chicken skewers

  • Making Maru sushi and tempura in Osaka

  • Fresh tofu with an assortment of sauces

  • Kobe beef cooked on coals at our table -Yakiniku

  • The Izakyah in NIkko; sauteed mushrooms & chicken skewers

  • Making Maru sushi and tempura in Osaka

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Drinks

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Favorites

  • Milk tea

  • Peach water

  • Mandarin orange iced tea

  • Sparkling sake 

Avoid​

  • Fermenting Sake

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Highlights

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Lowlights

  • Hot humid weather

  • Our hotel room for 2 people in Tokyo which resembled a closet of 12 square meters for $100 / night