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Japan – Part 7

Japan. Thoughts, wonders, insights, and speculations – part 7

1. There must be order: Large quantities of people walk on the left side of the street. Always. When looking up you can imagine the red lights attached to the swarm’s backs, and the white lights to their chests. Also on escalators (which are very common): you stand on the left, giving way for those who are rushing to the right.

2. They are so different from us that there aren’t many things I would’ve liked to learn from them, but there are a few things I would:

a. Aesthetics (I wish every architecture student could go and study a semester, or travel here).

b. Everything related to toilets (see previous posts)

c. Air conditioning: Everything is cooled (or heated) to a very pleasant temperature. It’s never too cold, which is amazing for someone that uses scarfs during the summer more than the winter.

3. There must be order, though sometimes completely twisted: addresses.

in most instances, streets don’t have names, but blocks do. The numbering is given in chronological order. The first building to be build will be numbered ‘1’, the second ‘2’, and so on. How can you find a building this way?

4. I’m back home, but I’ll have to continue.

In the photographs:

Zen Garden, complete aesthetic.

A street, not numbered.

There must be order: The entrance rug is cut in the rock’s outline.

Me, packed and covered.

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