Smart & Cheap Japan Travel

The Natural History of Why Tokyo is Better than New York | April 24, 2010

I just came back from a short trip to the States, and while in New York I visited the Museum of Natural History. No, not all my travels are to Japan.

Apart from the shockingly enormous dinosaurs, I instantly was triggered, naturally, by the section on the evolution of Japanese culture and people. Just for the record, I do feel somewhat bad about skipping over the other Asian culture displays. It did pay off, however, as I was reconfirmed and reassured of the uniqueness of Japanese culture.

Read the text on this one:

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum 1

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum: Unique Japanese Style

Here are some more displays on Japanese culture, architecture, and more:

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum 2

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum: Japanese Samurai Culture

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum 3

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum 4

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum: Japanese Cycle of Life

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum 5

Japanese Culture Natural History Museum: Japanese Traditional Housing

Ultimately, what I have learned from the Museum of Natural History is this:

A. The suggested price is actually a suggestion, and that 16$ is a valid suggestion if you are a New Yorker or from Scandinavia. Otherwise, don’t feel guilty about paying (much) less. Hey, New York – all the museums in Washington D.C are free of charge. For everyone.

B. New York is beautiful, but I still defend Tokyo and the greater Japan as the preferred fun, interesting, cheap and smart travel destination choice. By the way, Toto’s toilet museum is free of charge in Tokyo. Now that’s what I call budget travel.

C. This has nothing to do with the museum, but walking around the place made me hungry for Japanese food. So I just want to point out that New York has respectable Japanese restuarants – not all of them are owned by Chinese. Specifically, I can vouch for the “Sappporo” restuarant that is cheap and authentic. I believe it was located on 49th, between 5th & 6th Avenues.


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