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Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012
VIEWS FROM THE STREET
Tokyo: What are your three favorite things about Japan?
By JULIAN PETERS
•The food in Japan is great too, especially the way that it is influenced by the cuisine from other countries.
•The people of Japan, once you have got to know them, are wonderful and open.
•Eating out is not expensive and the quality of the food is very high.
•Massage is so popular here and we can have all kinds of massages. My favorite is Chinese.
•Tohoku was where I spent my first six years in Japan, and I still consider it my Japanese hometown.
•The public transport is incredible and I can go anywhere I want and never be late.
•The determined spirit of the Japanese people. This is called gaman.
•Anime and J-movies. They carry a strong Japanese identity and other countries enjoy them, and they aren't political.
•Records. I collect vinyl, and Japanese people really look after and protect their possessions.
•Fashion. Styles and trends are so open and much broader than in many other places, and they are readily accepted without criticism.
•Matsuri festivals are a great example of neighborhoods coming together and enjoying food, dance and music.
•Black hair — the consistency of the beautiful black hair of Japanese people.
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