Japan Daydreams is an excellent little Japan blog, by Cravatfiend.
It’s text-heavy, but you’ll definitely want to read it: it’s well-written, insightful, and even plainly hilarious at times.
(Also she makes me feel less creepy about being trip-research-obsessive.)
Dreaming of Japan. So many of us do it. Maybe it’s the history, the modern culture, the language, the anime, the fashion, but something about Japan hooks in so many people from around the globe. From that point on, whether we’ve traveled there or not, we’re stuck with Japan daydreams.
I had carefully planned and saved for my first trip to Japan for 4 years while studying and working part time. By the time I got there I thought I couldn’t possibly have planned more, but of course that beautiful country threw as many curveballs at me as possible. I was thankful for some of the planning I had done, but the unplanned parts turned out to be some of the best. I had the wonderful visit to Japan I’d always wanted, so surely I should be content, right? Not so for the Japan lover. The new and unexpected things I saw just taught me how much more I wanted to see. ….
If you’re visiting Tokyo for a short time and want to visit Tokyo Disney or can’t decide between Disneyland and Disneysea, do check out Cravatfiend’s Tokyo Disney posts:
…When you ask any employee any question, you are burdening them with your request until a solution is found.
If you ask a grocer where the cereal is, they will drop everything and personally escort you all the way to the cereal. If they’re out, they might get a manager to phone other stores to locate some for you.
Not something to avoid, but something to be aware of. People on the job will bend over backwards for you more often than not, even if your request has nothing to do with their job.
They will never say “Cereal? Aisle 3.” while stocking a shelf and not even looking at you. So know exactly how to ask for what you want and who you’re asking it from. Keep some “outs” handy to free someone if they look too troubled at your request.