A small look into Japan

Went to a really nice Japanese traditional restaurant and the chef greeted me at the entrance on his knees. As always, customer is king in Japan.

Service is the best in the world here in Japan however if you go to a
traditional Japanese restaurant( The kind that costs 50 to 100 dollars a
person), it’s beyond excellent. Almost spooky.

Talked with this man and he was a super guy and later I found out he’s also a super Japanese chef.

I can’t post every pic of the dishes I ate but I can tell you the taste
and quality was the way it should be-excellent!

Here’s some daikon soup (Japanese Radish soup)
The key points of an excellent Japanese dish is taste, presentation and a high quality plate/bowl.

Here you see Geta (Traditional Japanese shoes.) Very uncomfortable.
The chef used these everytime he went outside.

Japanese Kabuki

Here is a pic of a kabuki rock star! Can you believe this guy has groupies following him around? You can buy his posters and hang them around your home if you like.

If you ever make it to Japan, you may want to check out a Kabuki play.

Kabuki plays are usually about big events or the everyday life of people in the Edo period (1600-1868) This is one of the most traditional things to check out here in Japan. (I like Sumo)

Mostly old people like Kabuki or young cultured people.

Kabuki is a family business for men that has been passed down for around 400 years. Most Kabuki families are very rich. About 50 years ago these people were looked down on because they ‘re in show business but now, things are booming and no one looks down on Kabuki actors. They’re all stars now.

Kabuki actors start training usually from the age of two or three years old.
The posses and the way Kabuki actors move are very controlled, precise and deliberate. Remembering all the moves and dances takes years because the body has to be conditioned along with the mind. This training is for the voice too, they speak and sing in a very distinct way. Training is kind of like mastering Aikido or Karate, doing things over and over learning and making new distinctions that will get you closer to mastering each part that makes up the art as a whole. This is what really excites me about the Japanese. Hell I got the attention span of an ant but feel its gotten better and believe it has a lot to do with living in Japan.

Hip Hop in Japan

Japan Hip Hop is a very big business. We have a sub culture in Japan called B-boys and this is the group that drives the hip hop economy.

In this pic you see a young man around 19 years old. He is a B-boy. He also sells hip hop clothes for a living.

Japanese B-boys buy low riders from America for 20 to 100 thousand dollars a pop! They love hip hop music, clothes, cars, jewelry, and everything that comes with it other than “gang banging” or other dark sides of hip hop. No B-boy in Japan clams to be “hard!”

I’ve been to hip hop clubs in Japan and these guys can dance just as good as any hip hop star back in the States.

This Jacket is very popular in the Japan hip hop world. I like it but for 315.00 dollars, I’ll pass.

Bonsai tree

Here are two award winning bonsai trees! There was an outdoor bansai show today and I had to get pics for you to see.

Talked with the owner of the trees, he said both trees are well over 100 years old. I could not believe it.

Most of the Japanese people into growing bonsai are middle aged or older.
The man that owns the trees you see got them from his grandfather. I guess it’s his duty to take good care of the trees and make sure they win prizes.

The name of these trees are Sastuki. This means in Japanese the fifth month of the year.

I bought a bonsai that was 15 years old but it died. I gave it a hair cut and got carried away, cut too much I guess.

See how thick the trunk is? Japanese people that are into bonsai can look at this and tell you about how old the tree is.

I did a fast Google and found many bonsai forums and sites made by none Japanese. Seems like people all over the world are fascinated with these miniature trees.

Also found an interesting ebook on How to grow a bonsai at
Bonsai-Gardener

It’s Only JapaneseTouchup Paint

Japan has the best customer service in the world and this is one of the reasons I love it here. In Japan businesses have an expression, “The customer is God.”

The following is a prime example of how high the level of service is in Japan.

I needed touch up paint for my car so I went to the local Toyota dealership. I think it’s no big deal to do. Run in, buy a 6 dollar can of touchup paint and be done.

Well I pull into the dealer (Not the one I bought my car from) and go inside.

The following is the conversation I had.

Me: Hi, I need touchup paint for my Toyota.
Staff: Sure. Can you show me the car?

Me: Ok. It’s blue and it’s right out front.

Staff: Oh, is it that pretty blue one?

Me: Yes

Staff: Is it ok if I take your paper work from the glove box okakusama (valued customer)?

Me: Sure.

We go back into the dealership

Staff: I need to make a copy of your paper work. Please have a seat in this waiting room with a nice color TV and a very comfortable chair. How do you like

your coffee?

Me: A little milk please.

Staff: Here is your coffee. We are very sorry. We will have to order this paint for you. Please let us call you when it comes in next week. Is it ok?

Me: OK.

Staff: Oh, thank you so much Okakusama (valued costumer.)

I spent 20 minutes there and they knew, by looking at my paper work I bought my Toyota from another dealer. It did not matter I was only spending 6 dollars on the paint, a customer is a customer.

Now the last time I went home to America, I walked into a coffee shop for coffee and the staff looked at me like, “Not another costumer!” I felt like they were doing me a favor waiting on me.