Recently visited Japan on a holiday to experience a different culture, traditions and food.
Explored the country via the Japan Rail bullet train. We visited Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nagano and Takayama.
It is amazing at the high speeds that the train can travel at.
It really changes the way you experience the country.
There seemed to be a few hours between cities and the train was very comfortable and seamless travel between areas made it easy to commute and see most of Japan.
A few things that surprised me about Japan:
- Language was a barrier for us to connect with locals.
- Orderly fashion that people move around in especially in the train stations.
- Ordering food via a vending machine that would print out a receipt which would go to the kitchen immediately.
- So many people, all of the time!
We tried out Airbnb Experiences using the mobile app and found that a great way to connect with a local and learn a few of the traditions and great places to see/ eat.
Had a great session with a photographer who took some photo’s of us in Tokyo, and also a Shodo Master (Japanese calligraphy). Learnt how to use brush technique that was traditional, calming and artistic. Definitely a unique experience that I would highly recommend.
I was also surprised by the level of service design around.
People actually stayed in lines that were placed on the ground.
Colour codes and arrows made it easy to help guide us in the right direction.
So many other events happened around the experience of the country, I would recommend a trip to experience the vibe. The people are friendly, and willing to assist a weary explorer (even if they don’t speak the language).
Contact me about our itinerary on our trip, happy to share.
I made a video using the OSMO mobile 2 Gimbal, it can be seen here:
If I were to sum up Japan in 3 words it would be, ‘Traditional, convenient & disciplined.’