Japan, speculations and observations, part 3.
1. We were here 24 years ago, and from first hand I can tell, the Japanese changes very little: They became taller (some of them, and even grew fatter). Speak slightly more english, but advertise significantly more in english. They seized to calculate with beets, and have moved on to calculators. The prices have decreased greatly. They have freed-up: for example, when asking for 600 Yen, and receiving 1100, they are capable of giving 500 Yen change in coins, without being startled for a long time.
And still, they are very different from all I know.
2. Apparently, quality Kimono costs as much as a car. Those we see worn on the streets are probably rented for special events. It seems that the events are more common in Kyoto than in Tokyo.
3. Most days are sunny, but a half hour of rain is common for this time of the year. Women use both umbrellas, and UV umbrellas – I’ve checked, they are not the same item. They carry both all day.
4. Quick entrepreneurs are welcome to open bicycle rent shops in Tokyo, OR (preferably by tomorrow). On the other hand, a daily volunteer tour group could, and should, be started in Israel, a wonderful and efficient idea.
In the photographs:
A group of children desperately trying to give us directions. With no success.
Umbrellas, Tokyo Stock Exchange.
A rain umbrella, I know because it had just rained
A UV umbrella, I know because there was slight sunlight
There is a difference, I just haven’t found it.