No tipping in Japan

Dannychoo talked about tipping in Japan compared with tips in the USA a while ago. In Japan you don’t need to tip, it’s easy compared with the United States system where you have to be always calculating tips. They should include the calculation in the receipt! I hate that even when you pay with credit card you have to be calculating the tip.

In Japan the “tip” is supposed to be included in the price. Once, I forgot one yen from the change, and when I was crossing the street I saw the guy from the shop following me to give me my yen! I learned the lesson. You could think that not having tips would make the costumer service worse than in other places, but it’s just the contrary. Costumer service in Japan is the best in the world. They treat you like a king, they are always doing reverences to you, smily faces everywhere, they always ask you about everything before proceeding, they use honorific language to talk to clients etc. The best customer service and no tips, I love it :)

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Evacuation zones

Japan is a country where any kind of natural disaster can happen: tsunamis, earthquakes, typhoons… But they are also very aware of their problem and are “very” prepared in case of danger. For example, after you register in your city hall they give you a a big manual with detailed instructions about what you should do in case of emergency. One of the most important things you have to know is your assigned evacuation area in case you have to leave your home. Around Shinjuku, you can even find the evacuation maps on the streets, here are some of them:

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Nishi-Shinjuku evacuation areas.

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Some japanglish.

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This is an “interactive” map, where you press the buttons and it shows you the best escape routes.

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Alcoholic spa

Yunessun is a well known spa located in Hakone. It’s an interesing spa because they add common drinks to the baths/ofuros. The most well know are the wine and the sake baths, but there are also ofuros with beer, green tea or even coffee. I would try the green tea one, but I don’t know if I would like the one with coffee.

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Picture from Mdn)

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Green tea bath.

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Coffee bath.

Access information here.

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Teriyaki hamburger

At Japan’s McDonalds there is a hamburger that is not offered in other countries, it’s the “teriyaki” hamburger. It was not an original McDonalds idea, it was invented by Mos Burguer more than thirty years ago when they tried mixing hamburger meat and “teriyaki” sauce. The “teriyaki” sauce is generally made with soy sauce, sake and honey.

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This is a “Mega teriyaki”.

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Shibuya photowalk

Two weeks ago I went with Fumi, Joi Ito, Jim Grisanzio, Jim O’Connell, Uchujin, Zebrio and iMorpheus among others to take pictures around Shibuya. We called it Shibuya CC(Creative Commons) photowalk and uploaded many of the pictures we took. Here there are two of which I consider the “best” pictures took:

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Photowalk

This last picture I think it is the best picture we took, it was taken by Joi Ito with his Hasselblad.

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See all picturesHarajuku and Shinjuku photowalk.

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Tits milk

“Tits/boobs milk” is what it’s written in Japanese in the flag next to an ice cream place in this picture:

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The ice cream made from “tits milk” was pretty good :)

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