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Japan tourism ministry had tried ways and means to attract more tourists with hope and expectations to cash in on the tourist dollars many other nations are competing for.

But there have been long standing issues with free WIFI and language.

Japan is one of the few or last monolingual nation.

Majority of the 127 million residents don’t speak English!

A lot of the young people know English but they may not speak it!

Somebody did come up with ingenious ways to communicate.

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David Z

 

City Life, Coffee Connections, Explore and Discover, Photography

konbini (コンビニ)

Japan is being conquered by convenience stores and more to come

Doors are open 24/7

Even in the most remote area where there are no public schools and government facilities rest assured you will find at least one konbini (コンビニ)!

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A good option for travelers and visitors to get food and ration on the go.

 

David Z

 

City Life, Photography

Bicycles

The most common mode of private transport in Japan apart from cars.

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Inside Japan the retail prices of any brand new car regardless of models are really affordable relatively. Whats is costly about car ownership are parking fees, inspections fees, regular maintenance and cost for recycle.

Bicycles are the best alternatives for private use.

Furthermore public road designs cater to  bicycles usages.

By the way, there are interesting rules “Don’t drink and cycle”!

We know “Don’t drink and drive” refer to consumption of alcohol and driving vehicle, this “Don’t drink and cycle” means no consumption of alcohol and cycling!

Well there are those do don’t observe such rules but if accident do happen, this can become  serious problem.

Overall, cycling is an effective transportation tool in Japan.

 

David Z

 

 

City Life, Coffee Connections, Events, Explore and Discover, Food, People, Photography

Universal City Walk Osaka

This Universal City Walk is just outside Universal Studios Japan theme park.

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Even if you are not visiting Universal Studios Japan theme park, there are lots of restaurants, cafe and shopping to enjoy here outside the park.

Can be a nice place to hang out with friends for a cup of coffee!

Enjoy!

David Z

 

City Life, Events, Explore and Discover, Food, People, Photography

Takoyaki たこ焼き

This is by far the most famous Osaka street food or the people here call it “snack food”.

Every visitor to Osaka will want to try it. Not just foreign non-Japanese visitors, even locals from Tokyo or other prefectures will want to have a taste of it.

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Not cheap as a “snack food” but worth a try.

Enjoy.

 

David Z

 

City Life, Explore and Discover, Photography

Architectural photography – Umeda Sky Building

The Umeda Sky Building was probably the most recognizable landmarks around Umeda before the completion of Grand Front Osaka which is walking distance from it.

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The original plan was suppose to be double in size and build of what it looked like today.

This building project was started in the 80s but revised due to  Japan economic bubble burst of the 1980s.

It was completed in 1993 with half of what it should be. Back then it was indeed very posh and futuristic in design.

David Z