Lost in Translation? Not in Japan!

Lost in Translation? Not in Japan!


We all heard about the kindness of strangers but you will never experience it in the same way anywhere in the world as you would actually in Japan. During my 1 week stay in Tokyo my brother and I ended up in the over crowded Shibuya district looking for a good restaurant by our friends. Now anyone who has been to Shibuya will know that finding a specific restaurant is tougher than finding a needle in a haystack. We were lost and what’s really worrisome in Japan because you are always worried that your request for directions from strangers will actually get lost in translation.

We had no choice only to stop someone that already looked to be in a rush. We asked him about the restaurant and he didn't know what we were saying until we showed him the name on our phones. He had didn't know where it was or how we would get there. Most people would apologize and walk away but for sure not this stranger. He started to walk around asking people about where is that restaurant once he figured it out he walked us to it. Only in Japan people treat tourists like guests to a home. So really don’t worry about the language issuse if in Japan the people there know actually how to break those walls.

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