Views of Japan

Views of Japan you won't find in guide books!

I’m sure it will come as a shock to many visiting Japan to find that many public toilets don’t have doors. As you can see in the image above there is a screen, but it only hides your head. People walking past can clearly see you do your business as you squat at the toilet. The toilets themselves don’t have doors on them.

I’m sure it will come as a shock to many visiting Japan to find that many public toilets don’t have doors. As you can see in the image above there is a screen, but it only hides your head. People walking past can clearly see you do your business as you squat at the toilet. The toilets themselves don’t have doors on them.

Samurai Sentai Shinkenja show for the kids at Olympic Shõnan Shopping Centre in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa. My kids love Shinkenja. My eldest son used to be scared of all the grotesque kaiju, but now he loves them.

The acrobatics and chanbara (theatric swordplay) are always top notch in Japanese kids shows. Australia doesn’t have anything of this nature. In Australia, kids characters just walk around in costume handing out flyers or talking. That’s about it. In Japan they put on dramatic shows with a story, good plot, and lots of action. They also get the kids very involved by having them cheer for the heroes and boo the baddies. 

Driving along behind a rice harvester. The white lines on the edge of the road delineate where pedestrians are required to walk. There are no footpaths. 

On the right side of the photo there is an open gutter along the edge of the road. These gutters are up to a metre deep and carry irrigation water to the farms. It amazes me that no one ever falls into these! 

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Driving along behind a rice harvester. The white lines on the edge of the road delineate where pedestrians are required to walk. There are no footpaths.

On the right side of the photo there is an open gutter along the edge of the road. These gutters are up to a metre deep and carry irrigation water to the farms. It amazes me that no one ever falls into these!

Flickr: http://flic.kr/p/mTcFhV

This is a two way road over a little narrow bridge in Hiratsuka. There are hundreds of these little narrow bridges. It is a wonder nobody ever has an accident! 

When you see a car approaching from the other side, courtesy dictates that you wait and allow them to cross before you then go on across. I’ve seen people on both sides patiently waiting for the other to begin crossing, which can be quite funny sometimes as neither wants to inconvenience the other!

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This is a two way road over a little narrow bridge in Hiratsuka. There are hundreds of these little narrow bridges. It is a wonder nobody ever has an accident!

When you see a car approaching from the other side, courtesy dictates that you wait and allow them to cross before you then go on across. I’ve seen people on both sides patiently waiting for the other to begin crossing, which can be quite funny sometimes as neither wants to inconvenience the other!

Flickr: http://flic.kr/p/mTbRUt