09 Jan No One Speaks English But Nothing Is Broken

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FUJIFILM X-Pro2 (14mm, f/5, 1/80 sec, ISO1250)

It was 11am and I was ready to leave my hotel in Osaka. Less than three hours after my plane landed in Japan. Since I had only this day for sightseeing I had no time to lose.

My first business trip to Japan. Only one week and full of meetings but this day was mine. I planed to visit the Aquarium but since my hotel was close to Osaka station and I had to go for lunch I decided to go to the Osaka station first. Of course I took public transport. How hard can it be? Well!

Finally I was able to buy a ticket and enter the right train. My station is named Fukushima. I think I can remember that. I proudly took a picture of my ticket that I bought almost without any assistance.

What I learned within my first couple of hours in Japan was that the people are extremely friendly and willing to help but also that nobody speaks English. But its not like in Tom Waits Tom Traubert’s blues: Nothing is broken here even though the taxis and some of the local trains look a little retro in the land of high tech. I’m sitting in the train and I still can’t believe that I’m finally here. The country that makes all the great camera gear that we

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