Some sections of the highway have these huge walls which curl inwards to reduce the amount of noise for the poor residents that live nearby. I remember a time when I used to live in Earls Court back in London - was right by the highway that leads to Heathrow airport - noisy as hell. Do you live near noisy roads too? Do you throw bags of poo at the cars in anger at the noise?
Before you enter a restaurant, you may see signs like this. Dont use your mobile, no pets, no salespeople, no 10000 yen note exchange, no smoking for the under 20's and no admittance to the under 20's after 10PM. Folks under 20 are considered children here.
Passmo is a chargeable card that enables you to use the trains, buses and also pay for goods and services. This poster explains that when you go through the ticket barriers, the barriers will bleep at you. The number of bleeps means different things so for example 3 bleeps means that there is less than 1000 yen left in your card.
Surprisingly enough, the Japan is still very much a cash oriented country which is why many establishments still don't accept credit cards. But more and more establishments are accepting payment by electronic card payment such as Pasmo and Suica. If you are visiting Japan, pick up a Pasmo or Suica from the train station and charge it with 5000 yen or so. You could go for a Japan Rail Pass which is much cheaper if you are going to travel all over Japan but is a pain because you cant use the ticket barriers - you need to show your pass to the guy at the barriers first.
When I left the UK there was no such technology and I didnt notice any a few years back in Seattle. Is electronic card payment popular in your region? What types of payment are available?
Folks who visited Japan may have wondered about these things set outside an optician - its a device to clean your glasses using ultrasound or something - cant remember as I find that they don't work for me but seem to be popular with many.
Once upon a time I got fedup of wearing glasses and wanted to have Lasik lazer surgery but have heard so many horror stories from people I know. One chap had blurry vision, vision that looked like he was underwater etc etc. These stories then made me realize that I should be happy with what I have. Have you had or considered surgery to improve your vision?