Tadaima Japan went to Asakusa, one of the most popular tourist spots in Tokyo, to interview foreigners travelling in Japan. We asked questions such as: what kind of trip they’re planning on; what kind of places or things that they feel is unique to Japan; where they’d like to say about Japan to friends from their home countries, or to those who’ve never visited Japan. Here are some of the answers we got from our interviewees!

●The fancy Frenchman’s solo trip


TJ: Where did you visit in Tokyo?

-I stayed at a guest hotel and went to Shibuya and Shinjuku, and of course, Asakusa. I’m interested in the food, so I had ramen and sushi.

TJ: Where are you headed to?

-Mt. Fuji.

TJ: What’s the difference between Japan and your home country?

-Everyone’s so polite here!


●An Indian visitor looking for gloves

(He asked us where he could get a pair of gloves, and answered our questions when he came back with them)

TJ: What brought you to Japan?

-I came to see the Food Expo, and I’m staying at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel.

TJ: How’s Japan?

-It’s great, the service and people are very polite. I know a little about Japanese history after WWII and Hiroshima.


●Two Australian girls

Australian girls
Two Australian girls with TJ writer, Lisa

TJ: What have you tried in Japan so far?

-We went shopping (especially for makeup) and went out to eat!

TJ: Which part of Japan or Tokyo will you tell your friends about?

-Ueno Park and the Tsukiji fish market.

TJ: Where are you going next?

-We are going to the Kansai area, Osaka, and Hiroshima!


●A couple visiting from New York


TJ: Where have you been to so far?

-Tokyo, we only stayed for three days, and it’s our last day here!

TJ: Any problems that you faced during your trip?  

-There’s the language barrier of course, but transportation was easier than New. It’s also very clean here.

TJ: Where would you like to visit?

-Probably Kyoto, when should we go?

TJ: Probably during the fall when the leaves change color, or spring.

-I see, we’ll probably come back to Kyoto sometime this year.By the way, is it usually this cold, this time of year? We were hoping that the cherry blossoms would be in bloom…

●A French student studying Japanese in Nara

A French woman with TJ writer, Lisa

TJ: What brings you to Japan?

-I’m studying Japanese at a university in Nara, and will be here until this August(2016).

TJ: Where did you go in Tokyo?

-I did some shopping in Akihabara for some anime figurines and games! I also went to a sento (public bath)

TJ: Were you embarrassed going to a public bath for the first time?

-Of course I was! But my friend is a French sento ambassador, so I was fine.  She wasn’t at all afraid to be naked there.

TJ: You told us you live in Nara. What would you recommend to anyone who’s going to visit Nara?

-Probably Nara park, and feeding biscuits to the local deer!

TJ: Are you having lunch?

Daikokuya(a traditional Japanese tempura restaurant which has a long history.)


Thank you so much to everyone who answered our questions on this unusually cold, 5°C rainy day! We really hope they will come back to Japan for another trip with the thought of, “Tadaima!” In our next few interviews, we would like to find out more about, what places foreign visitors would recommend to others.


Do you know ‘Asakusa Shrine’ ?

How retro and exotic is that! ”Asakusa Chika-gai” is the oldest underground mall in Japan.

Nice, small cafes hidden in the alleys of Asakusa

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Writer / Translator

I love travelling and tourists! Where to next? Wherever it is, I hope to find a good onsen (hot spring bath), delicious drinks, and friendly people. I enjoy telling Japanese stories in English, and it fills my life with plenty of learning opportunities!