Friday, September 12, 2014
As I sit in a moment of silence, I realize how much of a difference there is between Japan and America. My first impression of Japan is its efficiency when dealing with recycling and the generosity of those around you. Everywhere on the streets of Nagoya are vending machines full of water, juice, coffee, and green tea. Next to each of those machines will be a trashcan for aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Now, as I mentioned in my previous post, Japan separates its trash according to plastic, cans, burnable items, batteries, and non burnable items. Because of this, things might get a bit difficult for tourists who often eat or drink while walking. Which, by the way, you will barely see anyone in Nagoya eat in public areas other than a restaurant or food court. Out of respect, you also try not to eat in public nor do you litter the streets of country that is not your own.
I have spoken about the generosity of people here before, but this is something I cannot stress enough about Japan. For example, a friend and I were walking around the food court looking for a seat. However, in such a crowded place it was nearly impossible to find one. A minute had passed and a lady ran to where we were located and told us there was room to seat two people next to them. Also, there was an elderly woman who got her food and was directed to a seat by one of the workers. Little things such as this make me wonder how traditions such as this begin to deteriorate as time goes by.
Sunday, September 13, 2014
Today was meant for seeing what Nagoya city is truly made of and to get a taste of how to travel via subway. The subway system of Japan is not to be taken lightly; after a few trips you will get used to which stops are yours and which will take you to a different train line. In today’s case, I had to get on the Tsurumai line at the Shiogamaguchi subway and get off after the ninth stop going towards Fushimi. Next, I got off at the next stop to go to my final destination, Nagoya Station. Before I go into detail, let me explain to you what the JR Nagoya Station is. This station is one of the largest train stations in the world and occupies about 410,000 m² of floor space. Many say Nagoya Station is a town within a city, and this is quite the true statement. Locating a map will be your best choice to find anything; however, you must first locate where you are on the map and realize that there are at least fifteen other floors besides your own. Also, did I mention Nagoya Station is a shopping center that has everything you will ever need? Nevertheless, I am sure I will be back here soon and get more of an insight on the downtown area of Nagoya city. Until next time!