נוימן חיינר אדריכלים | Japan – Part 2

Japan – Part 2

Tokyo, Japan, first day in the big city. Initial insights and observations part 2.

The order has no significance!

1. Bicycles are the thing! Simple, accessible, the gears. Easy lock with no need of complimentary objects. There is no threat of theft. The backpacks are kept in the basket rather than on the back, pleasure.After three days in towns with bicycles, we went out to find them in Tokyo.

2. To my surprise, I noticed that a large majority of Japanese drive in small boxes on wheels, with no bonnet (nor frontal storing of the engine) and lacking aerodynamics and any sort of appeal. Specially Daihatsu. In Tokyo this was different, more appealing sports cars, and standard family cars, like at home.

3. Bathrooms: I thought I saw everything in Japan. Toilets that wash (themselves and others), singing toilets (chirping birds or flowing rivers), heating toilets. Today I also has a toilet cover that lifted itself up, activated by a sensor.

4. Bathrooms, continued: All clean, and all with toilet paper.

Always leaning down in the front. In 70% of the times it also folds into a triangle at the edge.

But the cleanest of all public bathrooms, are those called ‘eastern style’ – hinting at importers.

5. Despite the weather forecast, we’ve been lucky to keep the umbrellas shut so far.

6. The Japanese are probably the most polite people in the world.

In the photographs:

Pedaling in the streets of Takayama, a lovely town in the Japanese alps.

A typical control system for a toilet. Many functions. Found everywhere, including train stations.

17cm were measured. How do you get out of the car? I suppose that though the back.

Rush-hour.
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