Our first night’s hotel, Narita Excell Hotel Tokyu, had a nice little garden in the lower level. They also have an outdoor pool but it wasn’t very well maintained.First stop, Sensoji Temple in Asakusa (also called: 浅草寺, Sensōji, Asakusa Kannon Temple). This is Tokyo’s oldest temple which came about when two fishermen fished up a statue of Kannon. The temple was bombed in WWII but has been rebuilt to what it is today.
Inside you can throw coins into a kind of wishing well. According to our tour guide, the kind of coin you threw in mattered: 5 or 50 is for destiny, a happy marriage; 10 or 100 is for general luck, good travel, etc.
Outside there is a big incense burner for those praying outside. It is said that the smoke from the incense have a healing power so you will see many people fanning the smoke towards themselves.
Right by the temple is Nakamise Street where you can pick up some souvenirs or try some Japanese snacks. Tiger told us there are done snacks that you could only fund here but we didn’t know which ones so we only tried what looked good.
This day we also learned a bit about the Japanese job hunting process when we drove by a few people wearing “cheap” suits. University students job hunting all wear the same thing: a cheap suit and white shirt. Everyone is on the same level. You don’t wear an expensive suit until you go up in the ranks and once you have gotten the job, you do not wear the same suit you wore to the interview again.
Another interesting thing he mentioned – that I’ve actually read online before is the work culture:
“In America, when the bell rings you can leave. My American friend gets upset if he cannot leave at 5:30; but not in Japan. If you are a manager, you can leave when the time comes but if the work is not done, the rest of the team cannot leave until it is finish. If the manager does not leave, worker cannot leave or it shows disrespect. But we are a helping culture. We all cover each other. We like to drink. The good paying salary (managers), need to take the team out at least once a week. The last train on Friday is full of drunk people. This is a good culture (builds team bonding.)”
I’ve read somewhere before that Japan gets to take naps during their work day. But then I read somewhere else that they get to take naps because of the ridiculous amount of hours they must work. I will skip taking a nap for my regular hours thank you.