(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!
Tons of solar panels passed by on the way.
(But also, I am really tired and stressed out after a turbulence-happy flight, so perhaps I’m projecting.)
(Contrast: San Francisco BART gate that slammed itself into my thigh and gave me a bruise *after* I paid my fare.)
But FROM A DISTANCE.
Also, is it stretched type all around? 0_O
What do I need this for, though?
In general, only 50/100 look like they’ve been designed together.
(As you can see, it took me a while.)
· good relationship luck
· nuclear accident investigation
· language reform
· emperorship of Japan
· WWII (the visuals were about Japan’s reconstruction)
(Related read about noise in Japan: japantimes.co.jp/life/2014/10/1…)
Does this road signage say “watch for children 7:30-8:30”?
*turns to camera three, does a very slow salute*
(Also, thanks for following this thread!)
Examples: tactile presentation of the train configuration, and lower handlebars. Also, each elevator has a second set of buttons for people in wheelchairs.
(And I saw a bunch of things on the way I couldn’t take photos of. :·( )
(However, the sort order of soundtracks defeated me.)
I needed to go to the restroom today. I found one in the subway, behind fare gates. When I tried to leave, the gates closed on me, saying I should seek assistance. But I didn’t know how to.
Comically, of course, that train ended up being some non-stop express.)
Clever, but a bit overwhelming from my perspective. However, if you’re used to UIs looking like that TV guide or subway above…
(Also, an amazing place name in that second photo.)
I wore my Crater Lake slippers on the way for good luck! But also memorized the etiquette three times over: sentoguide.info/etiquette
Here’s “big bathhouse,” the first try:
(My initial reaction was probably the same as ancient people seeing an eclipse. The smudge on the right is me trying to understand the phenomenon.)
Google Translate says both buttons (which I assume are for manual advancing) say “push,” but they look slightly different?
Also, I liked the convention “grayed out text = stations already visited.” It helped me once I got it. Does it mean each line is always shown in the same order?
(Which explains the money cover above.)
Also, vending machines don’t seem to be gross here! Which is becoming kind of an overall theme.
That’s a wrap, everyone! I don’t think I am ready for anything more.
(Unless it’s zero-bit, always lit up to brag how often trains run here.)
(I read this top to bottom: Friends abandon you when you have a kid, your kids grow up, eventually you die and they take over.)
The line of gingko trees held a surprise.
It’s a bunch of city blocks that look like this. I don’t think I know how to explain how much of an assault on senses this was.
If I was a kid, I think I would just live here. This would be my Terminal.
…SONY’S FIRST EVER WALKMAN!
And yes, this does appear to be a magazine about spreadsheets?
(I drew the complicated one on my trackpad. It says 解体工事: demolition work. February 4 is Sunday = no construction.)
(Fun moment elsewhere: A nice lady tried to help me when lost, and I said “subway” and then tried to visualize it with my arm going underground, after which she asks “metro?” and I’m like “I’m European! Why on earth didn’t I say that?!”)
(However, this is not typical. I just learned, post factum, that by visiting this hotel I put money in the pocket of a person who’s looking like Japan’s Trump: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshio_Mo… :·/ )
(Also, not an expert, but I haven’t seen this type of PlayStation before.)
Of course not me. Jesus. It took me like 20 minutes to work up the nerve to press Oscillate.
(There must be a name for this kind of a situation, as it happens to me all the time…)
(Last photo: women’s bathroom.)
You’ve seen a lot of them in my photos already. It’s those distinctive (usually yellow) lines. They seem to be EVERYWHERE.
I think parallel lines tell you to go, and dots to be careful?
(But also: electronic mail?!?)
(Also! I love the typography there with West, Dusk, Dawn, and East in English alongside all the kanji.)
I used it to get a drink wonderfully named Pocari Sweat (thx, @Racoon1300).
This is just one tiny part of one floor, just aisles of iPhone cases… and I’m stopping only because Twitter has a limit of four photos.
“Please do not push this button unless fire emergency occasion.”
There’s a kernel of truth here, but it’s all very fickle.)
(It says 止まれ, or “stop.” 🤦🏻♂️)
The 24hr clock still makes me so happy.
It’s weird watching someone play without seeing what they see. Also, there is a LOT of screaming going on.
(There are a few more games in here.)
(Funnily enough, I learned of mechs not from Japanese sci-fi, but from Stanisław Lem’s “Fiasco,” my favorite book of all time.)
(Seeing a non-English speaking country adopting English can sometimes be so playful in unexpected ways. I’ll have more examples later.)
I am now going to Hiroshima – a place that means a lot to me – and I need to be more in my head there.
I’ll be back here, and in Tokyo, in a few days. Will continue this thread then. In the meantime, this bunch of verboten wanderers will keep you company. さようなら!)
I. It was snowing as I approached the half-destroyed Industrial Promotion Hall dome early in the morning. It seemed like the most peaceful place on earth, and it broke my heart.
Fortunately, we didn’t get in trouble.)))
(Google Translate tells me the last option says, and I quote, “it will be bad.”)
This sort of blew my mind.
(I listed them all for future search purposes, not because I don’t trust you to name them!)
(They also alternated between languages, in case you were wondering.)
I loved this. Whoever made it and the Medium underline guy should hang out! They live in the same kind of universe.
When I was biking through some rural areas near Hiroshima, I was astonished not just that they were there – but that I saw one every few minutes.
(Although I can’t decide whether that’s good. On one hand, it’s easy to grab with whatever you ordered – but also sometimes I forgot, and I had to reach further down again.)
– hot green tea
– hot milk tea
– hot corn soup
I love Stanisław Lem’s books enough that I sometimes have a dream where I go to a bookstore and find a stash of his books that I somehow never knew of.
I failed in a few bookstores here, hopelessly lost. I started doubting if Lem was even read in Japan. Was *any* hard sci-fi?
I never looked for a ladder faster in my life. They were there, with Polish titles alongside Japanese ones! Apparently Lem *is* “big in Japan,” too.
And so, I got three, including a paperback of Solaris, and a hard cover of Fiasco, which is my favourite book.
It’s kind of incredible: this book that I have read so many times, appearing once again as a mysterious, unknown artifact.
There are toys that are all about train infrastructure, like this car that transports train parts. <3
I’d be exactly the kind of kid that’d get excited about “Midtown ticket counter.”
This is a particularly Marcin-shaped mystery. I know this clock from my childhood. From Poland.
Here, it was really easy to grab my card and the receipt via one gesture.
There are also many more automatic sliding doors around, even in little stores. Opening a “normal” door seems like a rarity.
(I went to a coffee shop really early and they didn’t put one out yet, and really scrambled, not wanting to do the transaction without it!)
As you bring it all to the cashier, they transfer them onto a plate or basket for you, or into to-go bags. PLEASE TELL ME I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG.
One is a list indicating the presence of allergens (milk, peanuts, and so on).
The other, and I miss it so much from Europe: the price with tax included! (Which is typically usually even the default here?)
I seriously have no words.
Here’s an example from the side of a (modern) bus and a (vintage) tram.
These displays show the interim stations that the train will stop at. You can immediately sense whether it’s a local or an express, but it also gives you more!
Look at “cars” here!
Here is an archive of a guestbook from a small museum. Japanese entries have been retyped, but English ones just copied and pasted.)
It’s a really interesting ATM in a number of different ways…
(Old 1970s and 1980s arcade games called that form factor “cocktail,” I think because you could put down a drink on your Ms. Pac-Man game?)
For example, in less populated areas, they are not connected, but the straight line is implied?
(I felt so uncomfortable taking that photo. In general, I feel I’m getting away with things, since my iPhone doesn’t have a forced shutter sound like Japanese phones do!)
(Bonus: more humanoid trash cans.)
The floor below 1F is B1. No F.
I basically use Google Maps here and rarely if ever know what street I’m on.
Read more: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_…
(Also, it was fun to spot one button with kanji amidst icons and all the Latin.)
(Good thing they didn’t go with “flammable” and “inflammable,” I guess? Har har.)
By the way, restrooms are everywhere! Malls, tiny convenience stores, minuscule train stations. EVERYWHERE. They are free and clean. It’s REALLY glorious.
Here, 1964 was the 39th year of the Shōwa era, 1993 the 5th year of the (still current) Heisei era. More: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_…
Of course “height” is going to be misspelled since it’s so inconsistent with “width” and other words!
Of course “here is not parking” seems like it’d make perfect sense!
(Although I like the idea of a “very button”!)
Walking through the otherwise completely incomprehensible bookstore with it was like having a lens with superpower, like glasses that made *information* naked. (If you know what I mean.)
(Otherwise I mostly feel like the attached surreal vignette I witnessed today.)
(From a phone booth. There are phone booths!)
(I wonder what HR has to say about *that* relationship.)
(By the way! I have done many since my first day: open air hot bath under the winter’s sky, and public town hot bath, and I’m now so good at it that I notice other foreigners’ etiquette mistakes. :·) )
(I’m not saying it’s *good*, but it has to count for something!)
As far as I understand:
(Bonus points if you notice a fun typographical detail in that last photo.)
Also, a random thing I learned: Fixies without brakes are illegal in Japan.)
(Although, I feel bad for split-flap displays that don’t change often.)
I tested it out and indeed! Alchemy.
(I saw other VOD machines and other trouser presses, too.)
Seemed…. vastly preferable than TSA employees shouting it in your ear.
At some point, I wondered why my transit card has a notch. It’s so that you can tell it apart from others with fingers!
So much better than an enigmatic “board center.” *cough*BART*cough*
(Other fav name: Eveningliner.)
…which I learned about the hard way (by boarding the wrong train).
(I’ve been told that when the train reverses at the terminal, all the seats are rotated automagically from the control panel, which would’ve been AMAZING to witness.)
First: Sitting in the cabin of the original 1960s Shinkansen train.
(And survived to tell my story.)
Which I am!
BTW this is not a photo of me. :·)
1. Discover something amazing.
2. Realize this amazing thing is EVERYWHERE, a baseline.
3. Discover an even more extraordinary version of that thing, in some places.
I’m pretty sure, however, all of the following fell under the second category.
“Guides you” comes out. I nod.
And below, the translation: “A pleasant journey.”
But one thing that surprised me most: it also made me *kinder*.
It might be a trip that will change my life; the possibility of me moving to Japan is now bigger than zero. I don’t know how much bigger.
I guess we’ll find out.
300/300. The green tea Kit Kats!!!