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Time flys…here, it is the last day in Japan…isn’t that sad?

After one month, I really think I like Japan even more than I did before. This is a fascinating place with fascinating people. It is not only advanced in modern urban culture, but abundant of treasures from its own tradition that passed down generation by generation. All the ancient buildings and other national treasures are preserved so well that one can not even tell they have gone through hundreds of years and through natural disasters and wars. And more than that, it seems the honesty and loyalty of samurai in the past are still existing in Japanese spirit and help to build a country of fairness and equity.

You can actually tell that Japanese people do enjoy their lives everyday from their fashionable dressing, from the food they eat and from the smile on their faces. You will never feel insecure anywhere. All the stores you step in, people greet you with warm and friendly faces. That is the image of Japan. What a nice place!

After all, I am so glad that I made such nice friends in this one month. We travel, study and live together just like a family. That was probably the most valuble thing I got from these transient days.

I hope I can come back again, with all these sweet memories…

We went to meiji mura yesterday…i was really tired after the trip so i went to bed early…that’s why i didn’t post yesterday :P Meiji was the time that Japan brought or borrowed industralization and modern civilization massly from the western countries. It seems all of a sudden, the life style, values and social system were all westernized in some way. However, personally i think the most valuble thing that meiji era left for us is the ponder of how we can combine what we have in the orient with the advanced western ideas. We can see from the buildings with western-style inner rooms and Japanese traditional roof or abstract sculptures of samurai using the technique usually found in Europe, that Japanese people, especially engineers, artists and politicians really tried hard to adopt those ideas from across oceans and make them local. Now it is the time of globalization. There is nothing limited by the boundry of land and sea. Therefore, it is fairly easy to take things from others, but how to utilize these things to the maxium, is the real problem that we need to solve.

When i was eating my eel and rice today, i noticed that Japanese food was incredibly relied on sugar and protein, rather than any other things. It seems they mainly have steamed rice and noodles for meal and don’t have many variaties. They do eat fish a lot but they don’t have much vegetables or enough vegetables. Fruit was kind of absent. I am just wondering how can they get vitamins from this diet.  Maybe what i had in Japan everyday is different from what Japanese people actually eat, but even in the supermarket, i didn’t see many vegetables or fruits. As vitamins is kind of fatal to one’s life, there must be a way that they can get them, maybe from outside their diet.

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