Trip to Osaka

Harry Potter Castle in Universal Studio 環球影城內的哈利波特城堡

Osaka Castle 大阪城


The Science Museum, Osaka 大阪科學館

Date: 15 - 19 March 2017

Venue: Japan, Osaka

By: Elizabeth Fang (S3A)

On the 15th of March, we began our journey to the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan. The whole journey was incredible and every one of us got the chance to learn and explore about the country more. Everything in Japan is unique in its own way, from language and cultures, to the development of the country.

On our first day of arrival, the tourist guide introduced the way Japanese people speak. He told us that they speak quietly and he was right. The Japanese speak much softer than we do, politely and graciously. We found that the streets of Japan were very quiet compared to other shopping streets in Hong Kong such as those in Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui. The Japanese believe that speaking loudly is a sign of impoliteness. I also noticed that Japanese people tend to bow when they express apologies. I once bumped into a young Japanese lady. Even though it was my fault, she slightly bowed and said some Japanese which I didn't understand. I was surprised how the Japanese emphasized the etiquette. I remember when we were leaving the Panasonic Eco Technology Centre, the lady who introduced the centre to us waved and said good-bye to us incessantly even after we got on the bus. It was only when we could no longer see her, she stopped waving.

? We visited the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Memorial Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution on the second day of our trip. The 3D movie and models described what happened during and after the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The guide explained that many people were killed or injured and lost their homes in the earthquake. No one wants the tragedy to happen in any part of the world. However, even if we cannot stop natural disasters from coming but we can minimize the loss it brings. In Japan, there are strict regulations over the shockproof of buildings to reduce the casualties from Earthquake.

PETE (Panasonic Eco Technology Centre) 樂信環保科技中心

The motivation of the government to educate the public is strong. It was surprising to see that everywhere is so clean in Japan even if it is hard to find a public garbage bin on the streets.
It took me around fifteen minutes to look for a garbage bin even on one of the busiest roads in Japan! However, the Japanese did not litter. Instead, they produced less litter and carried the litter until they saw another garbage bin. Sometimes, I could only find recycling bins but no garbage bin in sight. I remember the time when we went to a Starbucks in a shopping mall. We could find the rubbish bin neither in the mall nor in the Starbucks. It turned out that we needed to separate the paper cup and the plastic straw for recycling. The Japanese also recycled old or damaged electronic equipment such as air-conditioners, refrigerator and the washing machine. According to the lady from the Panasonic Eco Technology Centre, it was the company's responsibility to recycle used equipment of its own company. Furthermore, I noticed that even commercial trucks, such as those used in construction, and dirt hauling, were kept meticulously clean.

The trip to Osaka ended wonderfully with our visit to Osaka Science Museum and Shinsaibashi. We bought souvenirs for our friends and ourselves to share the experience and to mark our journey.

Kebeko Shinsai Memorial Park