Be­ing Late.

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Al­low plenty of time and turn up on the dot. Or risk the lock up. Konichiwa will get you across the line but us­ing it out­side the hours of 11am and 5pm is a touris­tic give­away. A good morn­ing Ohayo Goza­imasu or Kom­banwa in the evening and tra­di­tion­ally shy na­tives may sur­prise you in English. Per­fume or af­ter­shave in restau­rants and pub­lic trans­port are not on. Lo­cate the garbage bins and pub­lic toi­lets in­side con­ve­nience stores. Pro­vide des­ti­na­tion ad­dresses (in Ja­panese) and phone num­bers be­cause, yes, even they get lost in the big-T. Tipping is of­fen­sive. Se­ri­ously.

Jay­walk­ing. Alien­ation. Ru­de­ness. Mak­ing a mess. Tor­ment­ing taxi driv­ers. In­sult­ing peo­ple. The usual theme parks.

Take chil­dren to KidZa­nia and don’t look back. Kids get to try on 120 ca­reers and a per­son­alised credit card. Structured fun, in­sight into a pos­si­ble fu­ture, lessons in earn­ing and spend­ing. It’s the gift that keeps on giv­ing. kidza­nia. jp/tokyo/en/ Don’t try to do and see it all. You’ll be back. For sure.


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