Culture gaps - The differences between here and Japan are amazing. As I was there for only 10 days and working long hours, here are a few of the quick observations I made on my phone whilst in Tokyo and Yokahama…
Transport, it’s never late
Shopping, 2-3 times more shops
Friendly and safe
Collectivist focus on community
Individualist focus on ourselves
Roads are narrow
People are short
Car roofs are high?
Corporate men wear pink
Cars are not bright colours
Appliances are pink
Take shoes off
Cartoons are everywhere
School kids everywhere
Red lights allow three cars through
Honking your horn is illegal
Porn is pixilated
Vending machines everywhere
Legal drinking is 20
Rubber machine gun?
10 nights in Tokyo
Chopsticks, children’s ones
Toilets, need instructions
Buddhists, wisdom and virtue, not belongings
Teachers swap classrooms not kids
3 earthquakes a day
Never fill your own glass
Manhole covers ar decorated
Money is sanitised
The trains are fab
People are polite
Carry umbrellas for the sun
Cycle on the road
They have good posture Your appliances don’t work (even with adapter)
You need an unusual adapter
They bow all the time
Everybody abides by the rules
They drive on the left
There are trees where ever possible
They like Jazz
There is no dog poo or chewing gum on the floor
There are turtles in the park pond not cans
Disaster warnings everywhere
They give you new slippers each day
They nap at cafes
Dogs are decorated
Everybody is a size 8
They are trendy
There is no aggression
No talking loud on phones, no pointing
Relaxing music and bells play everywhere
Taxis have lace headrests & electric doors
They still love snoopy, little kitty is everywhere
You don’t need to lock your bike up
You do not cross the road unless you see the green man
There are clean toilets everywhere
The shopping mall seems to have expensive perfume pimped though the air con
They give you an egg timer with your tea
They present your change on a tray with two hands and a bow
If you park your car in the city, they take it away and you pay ¥15000 yen penalty and ¥18000 for legal fees
Drink driving 300,000 per person!
Walking whilst smoking is banned.
They put their washing straight on hangers
Girls hold handkerchiefs on the handles of train carriages.
Question - So why is there no litter? No graffiti, no chewing gum? Is the punishment really harsh or do they just respect the rules and environment? Yep, it’s respect!
This widely known solitaire card game gives you a chance to put on your thinking cap. The name comes from the gaps left in the layout once play begins. Here’s how to play:
Object: To end up with four 12-card rows; each one should be a complete suit in sequence from 2 through king.
The cards: A regular 52 card deck is used.
The layout: Deal out the whole deck in four rows of 13 cards. Then take the four aces out of the layout and put them aside.
To play: You may fill any space with the next higher card to the card at the left of that space. For example, if a space lies to the right of the 10, take the J from its present position and fill that space. This will leave a new space where the J was.
Fill an empty space at the left end of a row with any deuce. A space behind a king cannot be filled. But if you’re able to move that king behind its proper queen, the space may open up again.
When all four gaps are behind kings, card movement is blocked. Gather up all cards in the layout that aren’t in their correct sequence behind deuces. Shuffle up these cards and the four aces, then deal the cards to fill out the four rows. Remove the aces as before and proceed with the play. If this layout gets stalled too, you’re allowed one further redeal.
Tips: Usually three or four plays are possible at the start of a game once you remove the aces, each opening up a series of further moves. You may see that some plays will soon lead to a useless space behind a king. To follow each line of play can be perplexing at first, but you’ll get better at it after playing a few times. It helps to identify a card you would like to move and work back to see what other cards need to move before you can move that card.
Variations: A number of players handle the redeals by omitting the aces and leaving a gap in each row behind the last correctly positioned card. If a row has not yet been started, leave a gap at the left for a deuce.