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Okayama Eki

Okayama Eki
12 Nov 2009 09:37:42

I was thinking about topics for us to discuss (besides newly announced figurines) and suddenly stumbled upon an interesting fact.

This summer I was incredibly lucky to spend a month in Japan. It was my first trip there, and my relatives were crazily nervous. But phone calls cost a fortune, therefore I used my 'keitai' (mobile phone) mostly as an alarm clock. Luckily I found a free Internet connection in my small apartment. So I used to write short photo-reviews on Live Journal in order to calm down my Mum. Off course I wasn't able to expose all the photos - and only now I've realized that many of my friends still haven't got a chance to see through the rest of them.

So, I'm going to upload some here. Mb you'll find something interesting too :)

Let's start with an 'eki' or station.
When you first come to a unfamiliar town in Japan, you might actually find you don't have a desire to leave the train station. Especially when the town isn't really big and you are a noobie 'gaijin'. Because all useful things are located here - all kinds of shops, restaurants, cafes... Aya, and hotels and a bus station. And if you turn around the corner - well, you never know.

Here is Okayama station.












This curious fountain had quickly become our favorite meeting place.





School girls :) I wonder, why their skirts length looks different? Cause the uniform is the same.



Popular shinkansen. That's how they call a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan.



Capable of up to more than 300 km/h.



I took it once in order to get to Kyoto.


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usagi_joou (Russia)
12 Nov 2009, 12:32:23
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Show us more! More! More! XD
This is extremely interesting, an everyday life of faraway countries. Moreover, I have a personal reason.
I'm really into anime, manga, figures and Japanese language. But, strangely, when I think of it, I realize that I don't want to go to Japan or meet Japanese people.
Obieteru no ka? Maybe I'm scared of this big difference between our mentalities and lifestyles? They're like aliens to me, unfriendly ones..T_T
But that's really strange and somehow not right to learn Japanese, digging in manga and doramas and not wanting to know this culture better. So if you and other bloggers would "advertise" Japan for me, show me that there is so much more to know there, I may overcome my fear and prejudice.
It may sound somehow pretentious, but that's how I feell T__T
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
Glory
Glory (Russia)
13 Nov 2009, 23:03:46
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Oh... that's really strange. Excluding 'jishin' (earthquakes) and Yakuza quarters, Japan is the safest place in the world :) Shop staff or passer-bies will never offend you. Well, but if you are talking about making friends with a Japanese person - it depends only on you and your 'passion'. People can be sociable or rough, it doesn't depend on their nationality that much.
The rain beats hard at my window
While you so softly do sleep...
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
15 Nov 2009, 09:56:22
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weeeeel. I guess you should add a "delete" button in the edit mode^^*
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
15 Nov 2009, 09:57:02
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That's not what I'm concerned about. People from other countries are raised with different mentalities, they understand differently what's right and what's wrong. You know that "что русскому хорошо, то немцу смерть".
I fear that my genuine Russian frankness, impatience and even my gaijin looks may raise prejudice against me and vice versa - genuine Japanese reserve and their understanding of politeness may make me feel uncomfortable.
I really hope that all this just needless fears. I would like to fall in love with Japan^^*
A strange topic to discuss on a figure site desu ne^^*
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?
Glory
Glory (Russia)
15 Nov 2009, 13:01:15
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Do you feel such uncomfortable about all foreigners? I think the difference between us can not overshadow our humanity.
The rain beats hard at my window
While you so softly do sleep...
usagi_joou
usagi_joou (Russia)
15 Nov 2009, 22:30:58
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No, Japanese only (more specifically Southeast Asia people). They are really different from Western, Christian people.
And I really hope you're right about humanity^^
I'm too old for this shit, ain't I?

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