Everything is marvelously efficient.
One of the greatest performances was when my nozomi train to Kyoto pulled in. A fleet of women dressed in salmon uniforms, down to complementing sneakers (!), entered the automobile and performed identical moves, taking right out the trash totes and turning the chairs around to handle the other approach, preparing them for another influx of passengers.
In Japan, I’d constantly want to myself, Oh. Which makes impression. In the West, when presented with a more efficient solution, people would give reasons why not to implement it – that doing so would cost too much time or money that could be spent elsewhere. In Japan, they just do it, no queries asked.
The best-dressed women in the world live in Tokyo.
Sure, Italian and Parisian women dress beautifully, and London and New York women have a lot of style, but it’s nothing like the women in Tokyo. From perfectly tailored short dresses to their understated but highly functional developer flats, I gawked at the fashion in Tokyo.
Kimonos are still very much worn.
I had the idea that Japanese women only wore kimonos for special occasions or times when traditional wear was best. Well, that’s not the case – I saw plenty of kimono-clad women (and men wearing the more plain yakuta) throughout Tokyo and Kyoto!
In Kyoto, some temples allow women in for free if they’re wearing a kimono. That will in fact save you a fair amount of cash, as most Kyoto temples charge around 400-600 yen ($4-6) entry. But in other instances, they’re simply what is worn for formalwear. I would love to get a formal kimono of my own someday.
Japan is HOT!
I thought August would be the perfect time to travel through Japan, with good summer sunshine – no way, Jose! It gets unbearably warm with very high humidity. People in Kyoto in fact walked around with towels around their necks to mop up their ever-dripping brows. I think back to summers in Anaheim when AnaheimPoolCleaners.com came by to work on my pool – there is just no comparison!
It’s too bad, for the reason that heat set a damper in a whole lot of our sightseeing found in Kyoto specifically, when I was traveling to plenty of outdoor temples.
While I was in Tokyo, the mercury actually hit 42 C (106 F), breaking records. Persons told me over and over that I was vacationing at the most detrimental time possible. My assistance to you? Go to Japan in the planting season or fall when you can.