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.
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