top TEN part TWO

Last time I only got to 3 of 10 here’s some more of the best that Japan has to offer:

7. Sushi Train:  Its such a stereotype to go to Japan and eat lots of sushi. But its true. Sushi is almost everywhere, its fresh, and cheep! The best/ cheapest places to go are sushi trains. Maybe they are in bigger cities, but I never experienced the train before moving to Japan. If you’re not familiar with the idea of sushi train here’s the deal: the sushi chef  makes sushi in the middle of the restaurant, surrounded by a conveyor belt, when he’s done he puts the sushi on the belt, when you see something you like you pull it off the “train.” When you’ve eat your fill of sush the  waitress counts your plates, and writes your ticket. Each plate is usually 100 yen/ about a dollar. I can fill my self on sushi for about $5 yeah I know its awesome.

6. Bicycles, Everywhere!!!! I love riding bicycles, and I love places where other people like to ride. Cars are still the primary form of transportation, especially in rural Japan, but even out in the inaka where I live lots of people use the two wheeled travel option. Jr high school students often live too far to walk, and there aren’t many school buses so they ride in bike packs to school each day. Mothers also tote their young children around in specially made child baskets for bikes. I’ve seen a mother riding with a kid in the front and back baskets of a bike, that’s tallent right there.

5. Rice Fields: Rice fields are a staple of any Asian landscape or at least in my little idea of Asia. As densly populated as Japan is, Rice feilds still dominate the landscape. Even in Okayama they were everywhere, and now that I live in the country well, there’s even more. Rice feilds aren’t only found out in the country, they are even in the suburban areas in vacant lots, there is no wasted space in Japan. The fields go through a visual transformation with each stage of the rice plants growth and I thoroughly enjoy each one. Once the seedlings are planted the fields are still mostly water so they resemble huge reflection pools.

As the rice grows and starts to fill out the fields are a vibrant green. (vastly different from the desert landscape that I grew up in)

In the fall the rice matures and turns a golden yellow. The tops bow and sway with the breeze from the weight of the rice.

I’m such a big fan of the fields that it makes up for the fact that they are breeding grounds for mosquitos, and smell a little funky fresh at times. They are my favorite part of the Japanese landscape.


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