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... houses fell into disrepair until the government provided grants in 1976, to assist in the maintenance of the villages. This has also helped maintain the local building traditions, and a local preservation society decides on which buildings are in most need and helps organise a "yui", when a 200 strong team work together to thatch a roof in one day. Despite all the help, there are only about some "gassho-zukuri" houses left. In ultra-modern ...
... to "beautify" you. If you've seen the picture for yourself on facebook than I think you'll agree the effect is a bit lost on caucasian males.
A small note on the Shinjuku district: this is the Tokyo I had in mind when visiting Japan. It's FULL of people everywhere, neon signs and life all over. No order, no calmness just pure city chaos, I really need to come back here next weekend on my return to Tokyo and give this place a proper look.
... looking from what i know!
Today confirmed what i knew about Japanese: they are not very fit and ready to walk! After getting the city map from the tourist information and telling the lady we wanted to walk everywhere, she looked horrified. I also noticed that Japanese don't walk up the escalator ever and generally speaking walk very slow.
... line-height: 15px; font-size: 13px; font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif; ">Also saw my first Japanese albino! And a wild deer, very different looking from what i know!
... Statue of a Man Playing a Grand Piano on a Roof: That is all.
Outdoor Stairwells: This was also something I just noticed about Japans apartment buildings. All the stairwells are exposed to the elements. I am sure there is good reason for this but its very odd to see.
Stop Chimes on the Shinkansen: At every stop we were greeted by a really elaborate chime system that sounded like ...