A bit about the Japanese baths and a walk along the main street of Tokyo
Japanese public baths Oedo Onsen Monogatari located on an artificial island of Odaiba. Japanese like bathing procedures, their public baths called Sento, but there are certain customs, so I visited the complex, I would rather attributed to the tourist segment should be followed, but with Japanese features. Before the procedure, all receive a kimono, which you can choose the coloring.
After receiving a kimono, you can go to the locker room. The baths have a joint area, where men and women go, dressed in a kimono, a place where just going bathing, bathing in thermal pools and they all go naked, divided into male and female.
To bring the camera in the Japanese bath is strictly prohibited, so the SLR had to leave in a locker with things, but the soap dish was able to wrap up in a towel, and go through the "sesuriti". The baths several pools with mineral water of different temperatures, and there is an open-air pools.
The very same procedure of washing the Japanese occurs in a large room, divided into small cells, washed one person in each cell, or, for example, a parent can wash the baby.
The Japanese and so obliquely looked at "crank with a camera in the bath", to photograph them I did not dare, and the main subject had to choose myself. In Japan, there is some law on the inviolability of privacy, well, for example, if we go in the bath to any person to take a picture and it is likely to get in the face, and Tokyo can call the police, and the consequences can be very unpredictable.
Here you can buy clean underwear and socks for very reasonable money after water treatment, moreover it sells it's not a man but an automaton. Machines-sellers - this is real Japanese theme. They are everywhere.
is already being "clean," you can walk outdoors on site, walking along the bottom of a small swimming pool with artificial stones.
Pleasure is very doubtful, for me - so much hurt to the feet, but Japanese children like.
Japan is now active in the struggle against organized crime, namely, the Yakuza, so people with tattoos entrance to the Japanese bath is ordered. The peculiarity of the Yakuza members is that their body is covered with large tattoos. Although foreigners can not in any way be considered a yakuza, the rules are the same for everyone, and people with large tattoos are not allowed in the bath at all, but offer little to glue special adhesive.
drinks vending machines. The theme is also quite interesting, in my opinion, endemic, because I have never seen anywhere else, so you can buy not only cold water, lemonade, and cold beverages, but also hot coffee.
After the bath, I finally settled into the hotel, and after went for a walk in the evening Tokyo.
The Japanese give a lot of time, "human security". Here, in all public places defibrillators installed, so you can try to "not lose" the person before the ambulance arrived.
Tokyo - Japan's largest city with a population of about 13 million people. Japan I would call a country of masks, walking through the streets, you can see a huge percentage of people wearing white medical mask. And as in the famous song, they have this "five reasons". The first reason - spring allergies many people, Japanese people believe that the mask them from that save. The second reason is that the use of the mask protects in contact with other people from diseases that are transmitted by airborne droplets. The third reason is that the typhoons come to Japan often bring dust from China's Gobi desert, which can get into the lungs of man. Laugh laugh, but my lens on the camera after three days of filming in Japan, was covered with some sort of sticky dust, which had to be removed is not an ordinary pencil, and already a special cloth. The fourth reason - radiation dust from the accident two years ago at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. And the fifth reason is that many Japanese are so hidden, not wanting to show his face.
If you usually traveling through the countries of Southeast Asia, I have no problems moving taxi, be it Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines, in Japan, a taxi costs a fortune - 1 kilometer to the counter 300 yen, equal to about $ 3 + "fair" for landing in the car. To move around Tokyo is convenient to use the underground subway or city train. Two very similar mode of transport with a difference only in the fact that the first carriages go by, and the latter above the ground. This is an incomplete map of the urban trains of Tokyo, in the center of the ring line goes, I just lived on her Shinagava station.
The Japanese consider uncultured talking on a cell phone in public transport, and is therefore usually sit buried in their gadgets, considering them his "evil birds".
Metro and trains cover almost the entire city and from almost any location to walk to the nearest metro station or train no more than five minutes. Bahn marked abbreviation "JR", which means "Japan Railways".
Long gone Soviet time, when the country was closed and what appeared in the developed countries, to come to us in 10 years, now we are together with the rest of the world are waiting for "iPhone 5" and look in the cinemas "Django".
The first night I went to Ginzu - the main shopping street of Tokyo. Until two years ago the events about this street could be said as in the famous song "Tokyo by night. City full of life ". But now, alas, the lights went out because of the energy savings, t. To. The Japanese are now trying to not use AESy. After the unfortunate events at Fukushima, the Japanese have preserved a great number of nuclear power plants across the country.
Tokyo - a very populous city, huge crowds of people pass on transitions of wide streets, a little unusual compared to Moscow, where the population is also rather big.
Saturday Night Ginzu cover for the main stream of cars - "pedestrian", but few cars still drive through it, it probably can be explained only by those who lived or lives in Tokyo. In Moscow, I immediately thought that this strong this worlds - the owners of "scabs" and "flashers", and in Japan here do not know.
In the Ginza is already seven-story store brand "Abercrombie & Fitch" - one of the world's best (IMHO) apparel brands. Pumped press - symbol of the company - looks impressive, and even hired a Japanese boy who posed at the entrance to the store. However much I went to the gym, and I tried several times and threw, never seen similar dudes there were only fat guys, trying to squeeze out the maximum number of kilograms of lying. And they went years and aesthetic effect was not achieved, as for myself, I never understood why they swayed.
Current and Ginza "Tokyo buy Knight is not a full City Of Life". They say that here in the Ginza used to be a huge amount of neon lights and screens.
And once again machines. The device with a great name Otsuka sells hot and cold drinks. Beverages under which the blue bar - cold, and under which the red - hot. That's right, walking through Tokyo can be easily drink hot coffee break, even without going to a coffee shop.
Ginza - the central street of Tokyo and, consequently, very expensive. Trying to find somewhere for dinner, I came across a restaurant with an average score of 100 dollars per person, which I can not afford. And suddenly I saw a diner that lousy kishila young Japanese, there was nowhere to turn, cheap seafood and sake, what else is needed for happiness. And so it turned out dinner at close quarters, but not mad.