Japan: Shopping In Metropolis
Perhaps every tourist, who in Japan goes into the souvenir shop, must try a lot to don’t buy all goods that shop offers. Tourists are attracted by coloured fans, ceramics, kimonos, traditional Japanese woodcuts reproduction, thousands of objects with cute formulas, and of course the ubiquitous Hello Kitty.
It is not easy to resist. A luggages that take such an adventure tourist home, usually weighs much more than is permitted for transportation by air.
In Japan however you can buy also other things besides gifts. During the time when men work and are not home, knock their wives sneak peek of what the new came to fashion stores. In the afternoon, then they added yet teenagers, which ended school. Shopping districts are really busy.
Probably the most famous store in Tokyo stands in Sibu. It is called House 109 and there are dozens of shops located with the most varied fashion, as you can imagine. On the one hand, there are serious models for corporate secretaries and staff, on the other hand, it is there for the taking and clothing for teenagers, a variety of street fashion. Look to your right - shop full of lace clothes, glittering skirts with ruffles and pink shoes. You look to the left - a black leather jacket studded with iron nails, skirt with chains and heavy boots. And before each trade two clerks on stepladder that dressed in business models in which they work, shouting into the ether, exactly what goods are on sale. And if it is possible, they shout more loudly then clerk from a nearby store. You may think that it is not possible for a few minutes after shopping have no headache, but the Japanese are handling it perfectly. They tripe among the aisles and shout euphorically, when they will find some especially nice outfit. Sometimes between them can be seen a stray man who crept behind his girlfriend. Such a spectacle would one not to be missed, even if you wanted to buy anything in the end.
Those who take shopping seriously and are partial to a luxury brand, in turn, should not miss the Ginza district of Tokyo, which is its luxury shops, cafes and expensive high prices announced. Set if the Japanese company Ginza, then you need to count it. Tourist who perform at the Ginza subway and looks around, immediately felt that he was in a place where you buy coffee three times more expensive than anywhere else. Businessmen who have passes, walking in tailored suits, women boasts by luxurious jewelery. The streets are full of shops of world-class brands and everything somehow shines more than usual. Passes through the streets of the red taxis and sunken, small streets is scarce. Every second person is phoning. Those who are not on a call, at least faces important.
If you plan to buy colourful clothes, with popular music CDs and posters of Japanese singers that you would get in Harajuku, you wrong in Ginza. But if you want to enjoy a little while of luxury and have a coffee at one of the most expensive avenues in the world, then you are looking for a better place is difficult.
Tourists are quite often happens that after arriving from Japan unpack a suitcase of items they have bought in a fit of enthusiasm for Japanese culture and that will never stretch, from the chassis. What belongs among these things? At first, it is kimono. Czech public certainly does not respond to a woman dressed in kimono as calm as the Japanese public. (The traditional Japanese footwear Czechs react better because it reminds them of flip flops.) Even today, a tourist in Japan may become quite common to meet a woman who just walks dressed in kimonos. But be careful. In most cases, this is not a geisha!
The second thing that usually ends in back packs is a transparent plastic umbrella, which in the summer in Japan can buy on every corner, because there's often raining. But be careful! At the airport, the security quite often think, that these umbrellas are nothing more than a deadly weapon because do not really stick them in the trunk. And if I do not buy plastic umbrella, be sure to fall in love with a lacy umbrella that Japanese women wear to protect themselves from the sun. And if you get neither umbrella nor umbrella, definitely puts you Ceramics, cute purses in the shape of a cat head of reed hats, crackers with seaweed or at least tea ice cream. But you could hardly take it home.
Text/photo: Anna Jarchovská
Tokio. City where are living side by side school children in the old-fashioned uniforms, fashion ladies, who spend the morning by shopping in stores, in the parks and all sorts of corners of the city slacking youth skaters with coloured hair, girls with false eyelashes and twenty centimetres high heels, the dogs wears in mini kimons and of course ubiquitous businessmen.
For the third time, we go visit Japan and one of its largest castles. In Matsumoto, Nagano prefecture, the castle which is called Crow Castle is located. Unusually though, it doesn’t stand on a hill, isn’t surrounded with rivers, instead it is on a flat land. It was built in the middle of the 16th century, the era when Osaka catle was built. Hideoshi Toyotomi also played an important role in its history.
We stay on the other side of our planet this week. We will see another monumental Japanese castle.
When I traveled to Japan, as my work required me to do, I didn’t have enough time to see landmarks. However, I had one day to explore the Japanese capital, Tokyo.
When I got to Japan during my work travel, I haven’t too much time to explore it. I lived in Yokohama but I couldn’t miss near capital, Tokyo.
My work has brought me to Yokohama this year, 2013. It is a large harbor city located on Tokyo Bay. In my free time I managed to explore parts of Yokohama on the sea. But from the rest of the city I have seen only nice Yokohama Park.
My work brought me to Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, about 30 kilometers from Tokyo on the west coast of Tokyo Bay. The place of my work duties was located in Red Brick Wirehouse (Yokohama Akarenga Sōko), a beautiful historical building on a shore right next to the harbor.
Once I got an opportunity in my work to travel to a dream land, to Japan. Dream land because it has been already eleven years since I started practicing aikido and thus learning about its culture. And it fascinates me.
How does one of the greatest and most important Japanese cities look?
One of the strangest places in the world, Hashima Island, is located not far away from one of the most important Pacific ports, Nagasaki. What happened to the place that had one of the highest population densities in the world and today is a memorial of thousands of dead miners in its coalmines.
There are things, for those the Japanese are extremely proud. Because Japan for a long time its history did not maintain almost any contact with the mainland and developed in such seclusion, there also developed, except a specific Japanese culture, customs and language and kind of sense of their own uniqueness.
How the Friday and Saturday night life looks like in Tokyo? Completely different than in the daytime. It could be said that this is a completely different city.The streets are lit up, signs and billboards come to life through colourful neon glow lamps. Girls dress skirts about ten to fifteen numbers shorter than normally, use the strong layer of makeup, glue the false eyelashes and going to clubs.
Japanese history is not very discussed topic. De facto people don’t talk about it much. If you try to speak about history, most people think of the events of World War II. The rest remember samurais, bold warrior with katana, samurai sword, and geishas, who are still in the subconscious of people subsumed as prostitutes unfortunately.
What is the main difference between Japan and the Czech Republic? Surprisingly, this is one of the most common questions that I can hear. As if there wasn’t any answer. As I like to say, in Japan, everything is different. Even the air there is different than the one which we are accustomed. And it's not just a different air, what Japanese nature offers us.
When travelling around Japan, tourist became easily witness of many strange or comical situations. Among the most classic, that everyone known could be - getting lost, of course, waiting for the train on the platform that is cancelled, or disillusionment over public toilets.
Some of us think that the Japanese somehow mask their feelings, they lock them somewhere deep inside. That they just keeps bowing and smiling, they behave artificially. They are "programmed" to well and worked hard for your business, family, and for Japan. And that might not even have any feelings. On it there is only one answer.
What do you imagine when you hear words - Japanese food? I know of someone who would have imagined raw fish and rice. Many people mistakenly believe that the Japanese were nothing more than these two foods don’t eat. And the idea of spending weeks on raw fish and rice is then often forces to bring on a trip to Japan packaged with salami.
Tokyo metro, intercity trains, Shinkansens. Warren of stops and tunnels, hundreds of stations and thousands of Japanese who were swarming among the turnstiles, platforms and trains. When tourists imagine this, they are not ready for singing.
When you see it on a map it looks rather unremarkable, an archipelago in east Asia. Yet it is a country of amazing history, traditions, nature, and it is an economic powerhouse. You can expect anything before your first trip to Japan. Be sure that the country will surprise you anyway. Perhaps even more than you think.