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Marcin Wichary
Things that surprised/amazed me about Japan, an ongoing thread. (More likely UI than food, but you know this already.) It’s my first time here. Please comment away and/or point out my cultural insensitivities!
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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1. A very friendly immigration officer and I laughed together, and when I said “I don’t really know where I’ll be staying,” he actually applauded it.
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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2. Very nice and clean train from the airport, with power sockets, and vending machines onboard. Tons of solar panels passed by on the way.
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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3. The ATM had a mechanical keyboard.
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TokyoSpark Feb 1
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if you run into any difficulties DM me
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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4. I bought a personalized subway travel card like a pro. From a vending machine!
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TokyoSpark Feb 1
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wait until you try a touchscreen version where the number pad changes orientation every time you use it
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TokyoSpark Feb 1
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good for busses and stores too
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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5. The (Tokyo) subway shows an animation as you arrive at a stop, with the position of your car and a diagram of the station. It feels garish, but really useful.
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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6. A horizontal light switch that I must have now.
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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7. My hotel room is on the 13th floor, which I love.
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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8. The toilet seat raised itself as I opened the restroom door and FREAKED ME THE HELL OUT.
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
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9. Public transit kiosks allow you to look at your itemized travel summary and even get a printout of it.
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
Replying to @TokyoSpark
Stores?
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
Replying to @TokyoSpark
Thanks!
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
Replying to @olga_woj
Did you just call me Japanese then.
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
Replying to @mwichary
10. I think I am supposed to walk on the left side of the sidewalk, and I *think* someone sneered at me loudly when I originally failed to do so. (But also, I am really tired and stressed out after a turbulence-happy flight, so perhaps I’m projecting.)
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
Replying to @mwichary
11. The fare gate closed on me in a rather gentle way when I tried to walk past it without inserting the ticket. (Contrast: San Francisco BART gate that slammed itself into my thigh and gave me a bruise *after* I paid my fare.)
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Marcin Wichary Feb 1
Replying to @mwichary
12. Most time spent checking in was getting a debrief on a naked public bath in my hotel on the 10th floor. Should I do this. Y/N
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