the man in my story and the GREEN machine. Photo by. Neni Marlina
Tokyo is a city with almost free from cigarette buds. That was the first thing across in my mind when I visited Tokyo in September 2012. I went almost bare foot from Tokyo – Harajuku – Tokyo and …Thank God, my feet were just fine, never stepped on any particular ‘hazards’. Then I studied that there are quite many signboards of ‘no smoking’ here and there. In addition to that, people obey the rules of those all ‘no smoking’.
here is more fact I can tell: I spot one particular shape of box in green painted which is located here and there among the crowd, i.e. intersection, train station…. what the machines are for. In the bus during my other visits to Harajuku, I noticed a man walking while smoking approaching that ‘green’ box, stood there a while until his cigarette was finished. …then put the cigarette buds inside the machine….and continue his walk along the Harajuku. AHAAA…that green box is cigarettes buds recycle machine!
Rules, regulation and other supporting facilities to advise people to throw the cigarette buds properly can be established by most governments, it is building the character of the citizen to obey the rules that matters. Yeap, Government and people of Japan apparently manage to solve that homework, I guess.
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Part I) WHERE IS ‘KATE HILL’ GOING?
After visiting Moscow two weeks ago, now I am visiting Tokyo. It is just seven hour flights from Indonesia. However, long distance flight to Eastern part usually takes us the late at night boarding …..and that surely I am NOT keen on. It is a direct flight and everything should be fine then. Just fine ….until I missed my ‘Kate-Hill’ trolley bag!
Clear and Clean, I told you I was alone, right.
I arrived at Narita International airport at around 8am, walking and enjoying the morning breeze of Tokyo. Almost alone (I wonder why? I am alone in this ‘ninth busiest airfreight hub in the world’, Wikipedia)….walking along the corridor, immigration check…taking some picts here and there, heading to the baggage claim…and I heard someone calling my last name with the weird accent.
I tried hard to understand his word, then with some helps of ‘wild gestures^^ I concluded that the officer asked me to the station which labeled “Baggage Loss”. NO, not NOW! I will have an important workshop and all my papers are with Kate-Hill..ehmmm (#KateHill is a famous brand originated from Melbourne. I am familiar with Kate Hill during my study in the Australian National University, Canberra. Kate-Hill is about bags, handbags etc. oh, just click here by the way: http://www.katehill.com.au/w1/i2/).
Next click, I will write on how I survive during my early days in Tokyo for an international workshop, without KateHill and all with her:)
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