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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What is your impression of Japan?


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Serge Mouangue, 33
Designer (Cameroonian)
There's a big contrast between the density and the quietness of Tokyo. The density is the same in Hong Kong, but it's not as calm. Tokyo is very calm considering the density of the population here.

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Janine Cepak, 32
Mom/student (Australian)
It's such a difficult place in terms of it being a place to express yourself — people have to conform here. But when they do express themselves, they really do it, they let it all out.

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Chris, 25
Engineer (German)
Tokyo isn't necessarily what you'd call a "nice" place to be, but it's really impressive. Everyone's really polite. You never bump into anyone, but at home you always do although there are far less people.

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Cori Beyer, 26
English teacher (U.S.)
Because Japan is a small country and there are so many people, it's amazing how well people get along with each other, and how they work together to achieve whatever it is that has to happen.

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Liz King, 26
Teacher (Canadian)
I really love that it's such a mix of traditional and modern. For example, walking in Ginza you can see older women in kimono with a huge Dior sign in the background.

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Jude Saunders, 23
English teacher (British)
Etiquette has made a big impression. For example, people don't make eye contact. Also, at the table people pour drinks for each other, they don't leave chopsticks in noodles, etc.



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