Updated April 11, 1997
The webpage was opened to honour my hosts and their great hospitality
during my scholarship visit in December 1994 to Tokyo and NRIPS
|Thanks (a lot)||Domo (arigato gozaimas)||Tack (så mycket)|
|Do you speak English?||
|Talar ni engelska?|
Before going to Japan, I was told that people in the streets of Tokyo are shy and difficult to speak to in English.
My experience was the opposite. When I opened with my very poor Japanese (Sumimasen, Ei'go ha'nasemaschka), people probably felt that their English was much better than my Japanese. So, they made me understand in one way or another.
To find your way as a pedestrian in Tokyo, that phrase is very useful. Particularly if you have a street-map to point at.
Bring a compass to use when you come up from the subway.
Keep a card in your pocket with the address to your hotel written in Japanese.
|Good morning||o-haiyo(-gozaimasu)||God morgon|
|Good afternoon (Hello)||Konnichi-wa||God middag|
|A toast ('bottoms up')||kampai||Skål|
|please (help yourself)||dozo||varsågod|
something to drink
Hope you will
enjoy your meal!
When dining, you should serve beverage to your neighbour and wait for her/him to serve yourself.
It is impolite to pour up for yourself and drink before others have anything in their glasses.
Would you like to
roll your own Sushi?
Even if you don't, I do recommend Japanese seafood!
After my few days in Japan, I became very fond of it.
In fact, I chose seafood when returning on the plane, though the Steward offered delicious meat, too.
For Swedes in emergency need of Sushi, there is Sushi-Akuten
from my profession
(traffic safety research)
are being posted at the bi-lingual Homepage of
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VETA is a Swedish acronym for
Science and Experience in Traffic safety Work
In the VETA research society
we support drivers
by providing knowledge
rather than blame
Accidents are unintentional like diseases
Prevent them accordingly!
The correspondence with my dear friends in Japan was lost when I left the Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute
(Just a couple of weeks after my return from Japan, I switched from being an employee at the VTI to work full time with the development of the
and its education of traffic safety professionals in scientific research.)
Therefore, I have posted on the web some of the pictures that seemed to be lost in mail. Nevertheless, they are still available in computer media:
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