Japan: The Lecture

Japan: the lectureLast week, I gave a lecture on Japan. The audience was diverse – from students to elders. The knowledge of Japan varied too.

This is the summary of my lecture.

Trip

I travelled to Japan exactly 5 years ago. I was there from 15 to 28 September 2011. Several months after tsunami and Fukushima tragedy. It was safe, I’m still in good health. 😉

I have travelled solo from Tokyo via Takamatsu on Shikoku to Fukuoka on Kyushu. I often travelled by Shinkansen train (over 200 km/hour) as I had the JR Pass.

Notes from Travels

The lecture was mostly about Japanese culture. But travelling-wise, I shared some stories too.

Shops

Konbini 7 Eleven
Convenience store. Photo by Yuya Tamai on license CC-BY 2.0

Konbini stores, like 7 Eleven, are traveller’s friends. Self-service and long opening hours. By the cashier, you will get spoons or straws for free or your food heated up.

The staff was really helpful. And best of all, upon paying nobody asked for smaller notes or said there was no change.

Trains

I love trains in Japan. I have written several posts about them already. You can read about Narita Express (from Narita Airport to Tokyo) and local trains. I have yet to write about Shinkansen experience, but for now, I’ll show you two photos.

Wifi

There was a problem with access to wifi.  All my hotels had the internet, but only two had wifi. I rarely had access to wifi in the cities.

Cards

Credit or debit card wasn’t too popular in shops. When I was buying my camera in a large electronics store in Shinjuku, I couldn’t pay with the debit card either. I had to go to the other side of the street to 7 Eleven and get in a long line to use ATM. O.o Use cash in Japan.

Cinema

CinemaGoing to a cinema can be surprising. It may appear that the day has more than 24 hours! The proof is on this timetable from 15 September 2016. Some of the films that are screened so late are Ghost Busters, New Godzilla, Suicide Squad and Your Name (anime).

As far as I know, the additional hours appear only for the TV/radio/screening programme.

Culture

The lecture was focused on culture. I will write more about it on my Polish blog. Here, I want to show you two types of theatre. All kabuki performers are male. All Takarazuka actors are female.

Kabuki

Takarazuka

I would love to see both kabuki and Takarazuka plays when I go to Japan next time. 🙂

 

Thank you for coming and a great discussion.

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