Archive for October, 2007

German – popular in Japan

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

The German language seems to be quite popular in Japan. I guess English is getting more or less ‘boring’ as many people can understand English by now, therefore German or French seem to be languages which are kind of fashionable to use. E.g. for t-shirt prints, names of cafés and stores etc. Some nice shirts […]

Weird experiences in Japan: Maid café

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Akihabara is a district in Tokyo full of stores which sell electronic items of any sort you can think of. A lot of ‘otaku’ (term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime and manga) hang out there and ‘maid cafés’ originate from this area. As the name ‘maid café’ already implies, all […]

Toto – something typically Japanese

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

The first thing I did after I getting off the plane in Japan was to use the bathroom at Narita airport. What I found there was a ‘Toto’ toilet which – how I later found out – was simply THE one and only toilet brand used by seemingly 99% of all Japanese households, companies and […]