When in Tokyo...

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◖Streets don’t have names and build­ings are num­bered in the or­der they were built. Google Maps is your friend; or ask some­one for the near­est land­mark. ◖Traf­fic is heavy dur­ing the day and the trains, though crowded, are faster. How­ever, avoid Shin­juku Sta­tion (the world’s busiest) in the morn­ing and even­ing peak hours. ◖Hav­ing ex­tra busi­ness cards is essen­tial, as you’ll be giv­ing them (with two hands) to ev­ery­one you meet. You’re not ex­pected to bow; it’s bet­ter to step for­ward and ex­tend your hand im­me­di­ately to head off con­fu­sion. ◖While meet­ings can be long and seem un­pro­duc­tive, din­ner and drinks is when the walls go down and the real busi­ness gets done. There’s of­ten a sec­ond party, which can turn into a karaoke ben­der. Re­cover with genki drinks (con­tain­ing caf­feine, B vi­ta­mins and turmeric) from con­ve­nience stores. ◖Saké glasses are easy-to-pack sou­venirs. You’ll find a good se­lec­tion at Nak­a­gawa Masashichi Shoten (yu-nak­a­gawa. co.jp), a craft shop in Kitte mall, next to Tokyo Sta­tion. ◖Women in Tokyo have the se­cret to al­ways look­ing pol­ished: sa­lons of­fer­ing in­ex­pen­sive make-up and blow-dry ser­vices at ma­jor train sta­tions. Bi­hada Lounge at Shi­seido the Ginza (stg.shi­seido.co.jp) has English-speak­ing staff and a handy pic­ture menu.

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