Japan: World Of Entertainment
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.
To Shibuya, Roppongi Hills, or to Shinjuk. The conservative school uniforms with pleated skirt and sailor collar suddenly disappear, it seems.
There are many ways to spend an evening in Tokyo. If we should count all the clubs only in Roppongi Hills, at the place, where the tourists and foreigners come to entertain, we wouldn´t get the result. Clubs open around 8pm, but only these older than 18 can go inside. If you get in some of the crowded bar, you can dance, drink or as a right tourist observe the ways how the Japanese contact each other. It uses to be very funny. Then of course don’t wonder when they will try to contact. To girls can happen that will appeal them Japanese, dressed as Michael Jackson is and he will try to take seriously the fact that they will turn in their mobile photos to prove that the home has a very well trained chihuahua. In this case is good to be ready with photo of Berne dog, who you keep at home in the garden. But sometimes it is enough to show the wedding ring.
All who are younger twenty years old must entertain different way. But young people do not mind. Sit at bus stops and subway creating own fun. They listen music and discuss life. Those who managed to outwit the machines for cigarette are smoking. And because just stand around and do nothing would be boring, watching the world around them. A very well entertained. Especially when they pursuing business people who are drunk coming back from duty, collective glued, beer and trying to cram drank colleagues in storage space for luggage.
Young people, who do not profess dance or just standing on the corner, prefer to spend the evening with good food. And if they are properly crazy and have no fear, not choose an Italian restaurant or traditional Japanese sushi bar, but they go into the company, which is called very aptly, namely Jail. Here is after spending a few minutes in a haunted castle waitress (dressed as a prison warder) paid in handcuffs to a cell. Locked in a cell customers can enjoy prison food such as risotto straight from the pot, breaded chicken cartilage or alcoholic beverage served in test tubes of different colours. And if there lasts close to midnight, he misses the invasion of zombies, who peep into the darkened duties and with the help of ghostly music, screams and scares phosphorescent colours just eating customers.
During the day, the Japanese enjoy mostly in Asakusa district, at a place where you can enjoy an ice-cream crazy flavour even to the Japanese. If you have a taste for ice cream flavoured with cow tongue, nowhere else in the world probably do not get it. Asakusa but worth a visit even if you do not have a similar taste delicacies... This is an entertainment district, where she still works about forty-five geisha, companions, who by their intelligence and knowledgeable senior man having fun. In addition, there are a lot of festivals each year, one can also buy traditional sweets or visit the park full of various attractions.
In Tokyo, of course, not occur only bars, restaurants and crazy Asakusa. Here we can certainly visit a number of museums and galleries, or visit the theatre or concert. Here is a lot of fun for everyone and depends only on what you choose.
Text/photo: Anna Jarchovská
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.