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5am. 12 hours to go, station is awake and already trains rolling in.

>>16789028
For me, a whole bunch of things:
Many stereotypes are true, Japanese are (generally) very orderly and tidy people, not a spot of litter, chewing gum or weed to be seen and I've saw no pushing and shoving in crowds.
The railwaymen do their job and act in a (mostly) professional way, often neatly dressed, politely bowing and getting on with their job.
Girls really do wear yukatas!
School children really do have long days, I often see them boarding trains or arriving at 6am!
Speaking of which, Japan does seem as safe as they say it is, no way would a single high-school girl be wandering by herself at 10pm where I live.
Japan is the land of the otaku, I've seen so many people take photos of the trains over the years, not just the special event trains like the steam train, but the humble commuter trains are popular as well. And while I haven't seen any cosplay characters walking down the platform, there have been a few mascots and characters on the trains.
Japan does not throw good stuff out. Ancient rust-buckets that people would complain about or outright avoid here are well used and even an attraction (see above). It seems Japan takes the "If it ain't broke" philosophy to heart.

A few things don't seem to be all that true, not from what I've seen in Aizu at least:
All Japanese salarymen working to 11pm is not entirely true. Yes, there are always many people, including school-children, who come in to the station late (10pm-ish) and I even see at least a dozen on the midnight train, but for the most part the biggest crowds, salarymen among them, seem to be between 4 and 6pm.
The Japanese people are not as publicly reserved as some would have you believe. I've often seen and heard naughty schoolboys mucking around, giggly schoolgirls and housewives gossiping loudly and excitedly, children and salarymen alike lively talking and laughing, especially during the weekends. But they are never raucous or crude, I've never seen rude people like bad drunks or people tossing cans onto the line, something that's a common sight at my local train and station.

Plus, there seems to be a button in a box at the side of the platform that conductors can push to play the departing music. I thought that was cool, I would be sooo tempted to Ding-Dong Dash.

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>>13989874
The Aizu festival, a big traditional festival a couple of kms down the road from the station at the castle.
http://www.tif.ne.jp/lang/en/sightseeing/topic.html?id=44&category=5

>>13987022
>Also noticed that these threads are more active during the winter / snow season.

You get a lot of maidens in kimonos during summer, especially weekends, which is always a treat. But I guess everyone is just busy with their own stuff during the summer.

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So many kimonos and packs of loud-mouths today, there must be something going on this weekend as well.

So far I've only seen two couples (boy and girl with girl in kimono) out of hundreds, everyone else are separated into sexes like pic related. Is romance that dead in Japan that no-one even goes to summer events for a date?

>>13828853
>Dem legs in short shorts.



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