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How to be a respectful traveler in Japan
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How to be a respectful traveler in Japan

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I am sure you will already have a good general image of what Japan is like, manners-like. I bet you are picturing the figure of an employee bowing in front of you, or the many kind smile on the faces of polite women. Behind the stereotype, I think the most important thing to remember about Japan is that it is a country that follows the rules and the etiquette, so if you are considering to visit it you should follow its rules to.

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Meeting Itako Nakamura
Documentary, Field 2012, Field Journal

Meeting an Itako: Nakamura-san

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The arrival in Mutsu after a week in Tokyo can only be described as a shock. Visual, first of all. The trip entails three train changes, that give the feeling of slowly leaving modernity behind; once you get of the shinkansen in Hachinohe (roughly three hours from Tokyo), you get on a local train, romantically smaller and older, until finally get on the last, tiny two-coaches train that will finally lead you to Mutsu.

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Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara
Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara
Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara
Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara
Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara
Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara
Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara
Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara
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Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara

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La splendida residenza di Osamu Dazai a Goshogawara

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Okazaki for Beginners
Field 2008, Field Journal

Okazaki for beginners

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As far as I could perceive at that time, Okazaki is a medium-sized city, laying on wavy hills and crossed by the river Yahagi. Being used to the italian and european cities, the first thing that came to my mind was to find the city center, a sort of core (the most historical, or the most populated, I don’t know…) where the ordinary city life would be articulated: this is a mistake I did several times, even later in my trip.

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first days in Okazaki
Field 2008, Field Journal

First days in Okazaki

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I received instructions to call the school once in Okazaki, in order to have the school shuttle to pick me up. Let me repeat it. I had to speak at the phone (a huge effort for me), in Japanese, after what was more than one whole day without sleep (around 36 hours). I guess truly young people don’t have problems with this; I had. Mostly with the three things combined.

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hiroshima
Field 2008, Field Journal

Hiroshima mon amour

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Among the trips that most left a sign in my eyes and (romantically) in my soul, I must mention my four-day trip di Hiroshima. If I remember correctly, I took advantage of Obon festival celebrations, during which school was closed, to plan four days in the city I always dreamt to visit.

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