March 12th, 2009

artlebedev poster, 2006-03-17, 2189

perception

The perception that I have is that it is generally easier to get around Tokyo without any knowledge of Japanese than it is around France/Strasbourg without much knowledge of French. For one thing, whereas the French feel at ease speaking French with those who don't understand it, in Tokyo the metro announcements and directions are done not only in Japanese, but in English, too.