As the Japanese take a rather relaxed approach to town planning, finding your way to someone’s house, a restaurant, or bar can be a tricky endeavor to say the least. More often than not a map is a necessity, as are numerous telephone calls, as you inevitably find yourself going round and round in circles.
Because of this, using landmarks is essential. Now in this department I’m quite fortunate as I live near a school and a well-known karaoke complex, so people usually have no trouble finding my humble abode. Yet I’m nowhere near as lucky as the people that live in an apartment building I came across yesterday. First off they can say, â€œMy place is above the opticians.â€
Or to make things really easy, they can simply point out that they live below the giant gorilla.