As some of you already know, Jason and I are headed to Japan in June. For two weeks. Needless to say, I am super excited. And nervous. I have been overseas one other time, in 2005, when I went to Italy for almost 3 weeks. However, I was extremely prepared for that trip and had studied the culture, especially the art and architecture, before leaving. My knowledge of Japanese culture is limited to my reading of the book, Memoirs of a Geisha. Okay, it’s not that bad, but seriously, I know next to nothing about Japan. Then why choose that country, you may ask? Well, we actually have a friend who lives there right now, thus making the trip actually affordable (not having to pay for accommodations for more than half of the time).
In light of this, I am asking for tips, advice, information, etc. Anyone been to Japan? Anyone have a list of “must sees” for Japan? Anyone have an idea of what to expect?
While searching for all things travel, I came across this column discussing tips on how to avoid being a stupid American overseas. I love #4 “Not Eating at the Local McDonald’s and Hard Rock”–while in Italy, I managed to avoid both of these eating establishments, although most of the group did not. And I agree with the columnist–Hard Rock t-shirts from exotic locales haven’t been cool since the 90s. Anyone who has been overseas, especially with college students, can relate to these tips!
Sushi, anyone? Guess I better brush up on my chopstick skills.