Join Date: May 2001
Location: land of the incompetent
My youngest brother has been living in Tokyo for 8 years now. I've visited him once. It's a strange country, I'm not sure I could live there. Tokyo's completely different from the rest of Japan though. Unbelievable, the modern buildings you see in Tokyo. According to my brother, the average year of construction of the buildings in Tokyo is 1996!!! I loved Tokyo, but I'm not so sure what to make of the rest of Japan. The temples are beautiful of course, but once you've seen a few, you've seen them all. Each city has some amazing buildings, a few lovely parks, but the houses didn't appeal to me at all. I loved the traditional houses but very few people live in such houses. The majority lives in small, cheaply built houses (because of the earthquakes), all the wiring is on the outside which makes the streets look very crowded. The houses are all packed one next to the other so a lot of the windows face walls that are only a metre away (hence those Japanese blinds).
What I did love were the Onsens! If you ever go to Japan, visiting an Onsen is a must! There are some truly spectacular ones, beautiful resorts hidden in the mountains. And then the bathroom in the resort we went to, oh my! I had such fun. Japanese bathrooms are the best, if I ever build my own house, I want a Japanese bathroom. They make a seperation between a wet and a dry zone. The wet zone is usually like a huge shower with a bath in it. There's a mirror in there, a stool, etc. So basically you can take a bath and let the water flow over the edge, men shave in the shower, no need to worry about getting anything dirty as everything there can be rinsed. For women, with the stool there, shaving legs is a whole lot easier too.
In this particular resort, the wet area in the ensuite bathroom had a huge bath surrounded by large windows. There was a bench with water flowing over it, then this shower. It was amazing and huge!
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