If you’ve had the chance to flip through my previous posts, you may already know that East Asia has cornered the market on many of the world’s superlatives— among numerous other (read: weird) possibilities, escalators, advertising and flight delays all come to mind. Texas, quit your slacking.
Singapore’s airport has gardens, a pool and a movie theatre, Hong Kong’s has a trail and Jakarta’s elaborately detailed banisters. If anyone knows what story/legend this particular banister is based on, please let us know!
Japan, a country known for efficiently cramming things – and people – into small spaces compensates for its lack of…land area with giant signs and advertisements. Want to bowl? Seek out huge bowling pins on roofs. Need to buy a lighter in the shape of a gun, kidney beans and tweezers? Look for unfinished roller coasters. Can’t decide on which book you next want to read? Don’t get any, and instead, take a picture of the exterior of the bookstore itself. This one was taken in Narita, not far from the AEON mall.
Another vote for Japan: not only is the average naan that size, but they are generally quite good too. Just don’t eat it on the street over there, for you might face the wrath of a lowered eyelid.
Care to add anything to the list?