Japan: What You Won’t Hear From Your Travel Agent with Stephen

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What’s it all about?

Japan is an increasingly popular tourist destination. Its festivals, cherry blossoms, temples, gardens, shopping, bullet trains, food, and powder snow attract visitors of all ages. As we get closer to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan is gaining more international attention.

Travel brochures abound feature all the usual images of modern-day Japan, a mix of old and new and to some extent this is an accurate portrayal.

But there is far more depth and intrigue to Japan than travellers will see in beautiful glossy pictures, or during a short stay.

What will we cover?

Let us introduce you to numerous aspects of everyday life in Japan, and show you a few things about this fascinating country that many tourists will not see or learn about.

How many tourists:

  • stay in a love hotel;
  • purchase underwear from a vending machine;
  • buy a freshly-cooked sweet potato from a street vendor;
  • know the procedure for taking a bath in a hot spring (onsen) or private residence;
  • play pachinko;
  • get to understand the meaning of the long fish-shaped flags (koi no bori) flying on flag poles from late April into early May;
  • travel on the Yamanote line in peak hour

Join us as we learn of the wonderful and intriguing aspects of daily life in Japan – the country to our north that went from almost nothing to world superpower twice, in the space of little more than a century. It is still the world’s third-largest economy, and its society is the most homogenous of all the advanced economies on Earth.

What you learn at this session might just add a further dimension to your next trip to Japan, or help you decide that you are ready to pack your bags and explore.

Who will be teaching?

Stephen Peterson

Stephen Peterson has spent nine years of his life in Japan. He married, raised a family, set up two small businesses, made numerous friends, travelled around, and had a thoroughly enjoyable time there.

Drawing on this experience, he wants others to learn more about Japan beyond the glossy travel brochures. This will be through a powerpoint presentation of photos, supported by Stephen’s commentary.