How the trip went itself will be in another journal!
Expectations meets reality (Yami POV)
Japanese people are quiet, shy and stiff?
NO! The only place this would apply would probably be on the trains, were people are expected to be quiet due to so many people sleeping on the trains!
BUT GOSH JAPANESE PEOPLE ARE LOUD
I totally got the impression from YouTubers and the like that Japanese people would be quiet like mice on restaurants and cafés--- BUT THEY ARE NOT.
They are laughing, they are cheering and they talk with such joy and speed.
Both me and my mother started to cry on the first day here because we never seen or felt so much joy around us. Everyone looked SO happy.
They made us Swedish people look like quiet mice in comparison ahaha!
Japanese people don´t smoke?
THEY DO! A LOT! Surprisingly--
Almost every Café and restaurant have a "smoking" and "non-smoking" area.
Same with the hotels. While in Sweden Smoking is forbidden in most eating places. Japanese people are so keen about their health so it really surprised me to see so many smokers in the cafés! It smelled horrible ugh!
Once when we saw a really cute café with really appealing food, both me and a japanese lady was on our way in--- and quickly went out waving our hands.
THE STENCH GOSH.
Thankfully more and more cafés are taking the smoking areas away!
I wouldn´t mind it, if it didn´t affect me!
Can´t they at least have a door between the smoking are and non smoking?
Because it didn´t matter much if you were in the non-smoking area when all the smoke still flew over to your side!
Also smoking was more common among men, while in Sweden smoking is the most common among women.
Japanese people are prude?
Yes and no!
While you would see girls wearing the shortest of skirts and shorts EVERYWHERE and tigh highs--- which is considered "sexual" here in the west--- it was not there!
EVERYONE HAD IT. Even small young girls.
But showing cleavage or that your boobs are existing--??? NOPE
Not okay it seems.
NOBODY of all the millions of people I walked by, had a cleavage. Most people was covered up to the neck even though it was so warm!
EVERY clothing I own had a low low V cut and shows plenty of cleavage.
So I got a lot of whispers about me as they probably assumed I didn´t understand ahaha.
I had to borrow my mothers pink shirt (that looked like a dress on me and you can see me wearing it while shopping at Liz Lisa) because it had the least lowest cut around the boobies! TAT;;
I did my best to find clothing more cultural acceptable but it was so hard because my body shape was way too curvy for the japanese clothing style.
Most skirts didn´t manage to go up over my hips, and the shirts buttons exploded at my chest area. Or I couldn´t even drag them over.
I managed to buy ONE set of clothes that JUST fit me but gosh it was hard--!
And I´m not even that curvy---
A tip for all girls that wanna shop Japanese clothing--- BRING YOUR SMALLEST BRAS. Unless you have A size in boobs you will have problem getting the stuff on you ahaha ♥
Oh, and no low cut shirts. People will stare. And whisper, a lot.
Also just wanted to say that the reason the girls can wear such super mini skirts here is because basically EVERY dress and skirt has built in silky shorts beneath!
Hence the reason I think everyone feels safe going around in such things!
Japan barley has any nature?
NOPE! they have TONS of nature! Tbh I have never seen this much nature in my LIFE and I live in the wood areas of Sweden!
Gosh, it was so packed with trees and green it felt like a fantasy world!
And tress was so HUGE, like I said when I saw them "Look like Totoro trees".
BECAUSE THAT WAS HOW HUGE THEY WAS!
The movie really did not exaggerate!
Everything was beautiful, so green, and looked like it had been there for thousands of years! It was extremely impressive!
If you are not much for the city life, and like to explore nature of different countries-- Japan is definitely a place I can recommend! ♥