What belongs on a “Japan Bucket List”?

About a year ago I posted about a “food bucket list” — foods to eat sometime in your life. Since then, I’ve added a handful of those 100 foods to my “eaten” list. I still have at least a handful to try, though.

Today I found another bucket list: a “Japan Bucket List: 8 things you need to do to really understand Japan”

What do you think of this list? Have you tried all 8 things? Do you agree that these 8 experiences are key to understanding Japan? Would you add anything to — or subtract anything from — this list?

I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I’ve only done half of the things on the list. I’m planning to increase that number to 5 next month, though.

But climbing Mt. Fuji is something I don’t really have a desire to do. Seeing the crowds swarming up and down the mountain, it doesn’t look appealing. But if they do start setting limits, maybe the conditions will improve.

photos from: Asahi, AsiaOne and CNN

Why do we say “bucket list”? Check the dictionary.



2 thoughts on “What belongs on a “Japan Bucket List”?

  1. Hi Haruka,

    Thanks for your reply. I hope this site will give you lots of things to think and talk about.

    I’ve done the same four things as you, actually. And I agree with you about the difficulty of seeing maiko and geisha. I saw maiko walking in Kyoto, too. They’re so beautiful and delicate! Actually, though, I talked to a woman the other day who had the chance to watch maiko perform. Next time I talk to her, I’ll ask her how difficult it was to arrange.

    I think adding “omikuji” — I like your explanation “fortune telling paper strip” — to the list is a great idea. Yes, I’ve done it many times. I typically get just “lucky”, but I’ve gotten “very lucky” a few times … and worse quite a few times, too. I like looking at the “ema” — the wooden blocks that people write to ask for good luck or good health — too. I took a picture of a very unusual one a couple of years ago. Ask about it anytime!

    Good luck this semester!

  2. Hi, Ellen.
    In this semester, I’m taking a GLIP class which focuses on speaking. So I’d like to get knowledge from your blog.
    I read this post. Even though I’m Japanese, I’ve done only 4 of them. (Take a dip in onsen, Go to a hanami party, Experience a Shinto Festival, and of course, Stay with a Japanese family.)
    When I went to Kyoto as a school trip, I saw a maiko walking. However, I think, for Japanese, to see Geisha’s performance is difficult to approach because, as the article states, we need a recommendation to call them into a tatami room. I sometimes watch their performance on a dorama, but I don’t know how actual it is.
    And I’d like to suggest add ”Draw an omikuji (a fortune telling paper strip)” on the list. Have you ever done? I think the number of people who have ever done that is more than those who climb Mt.Fuji in Japan.

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