Finding Switzerland in Japan

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    Abstract

    As a non-speaker and non-reader of Japanese I went to Japan fully expecting to be confused. However, the only confusing moment I experienced had nothing to do with anything Japanese: when I stepped off the train at Hakone Station, I suddenly found myself in Switzerland! I was greeted by this large image of Disentis/Mustér, a town in Kanton Graubünden/Grischun. I thought the original German spelling of “Rhätische Bahn” was very striking in a place where the last thing I was expecting was a reminder of Europe – seeing that I was after an authentic Japanese experience away from global Tokyo.
    Original languageEnglish
    Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
    PublisherLanguage on the move
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2010

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    Keywords

    • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
    • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)

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