iPad purchased, Japanese addresses explained

On Saturday I walked into work and received a nice surprise.  My boss’ wife and daughter went to a donut shop and picked me up some goodies:They were delicious.

We also got some free ramen today.Can you tell where it’s from?
Y o u    m a y   b e   t h i n k i n g ,
“Didn’t Michelle and Mike get a gift around Christmas time because they bought
cell phones?”  If you are, then you should wonder what we bought this time.
That’s right.
I’m proud to introduce the newest addition to
the Bennett/Rossman household: our very own iPad.NOW let me say I think iPad’s are stupid.  I saw a guy in a bar with one shortly after they came out and decided he just looked like a total tool/idiot because of it.

NOW let me explain that Tokyo is fucking difficult to navigate.  Mike got an iPhone at home in New York – a square, well-planned city which we know pretty well – just for the added convenience of GoogleMaps and the ability to look up anything (restaurants, random actors from old ass movies, etcetera).

In Tokyo (and all of Japan), there’s no such thing as an address – not in the American sense.  The way a Japanese address works is by narrowing down what area the building you’re looking for is in. So, unless you’re lucky enough to find the one building in all of Japan with its full address listed, you’re much more likely to be wandering around and hoping to find a map.  And, when you do find a map, you won’t readily understand where you are on it and the place you want to go will be just out of its limits.  That’s been our experience so far.

Now we’ll also be able to look up places to visit on TimeOut Tokyo, get train times from Hyperdia, and perhaps blog in real time?

Leave a comment if you’d like our iPad’s e-mail address. I’d have offered up our cell phone’s e-mails, but we get charged for those.  Thank YOU, unlimited data plan for iPad! 😀  I’m really so excited.

A word about Japanese addresses
The Park Hyatt (hotel from Lost in Translation) is located at
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1055.As you can see from my MS Paint skills above, the purple line represents the first number, 3 – the large area the hotel is in.  It gets more precise with the 7 which narrows it down.  The Park Hyatt’s a large, well-known building without much immediately next to it, so I can’t tell you the rest of the address.  But, you can see how it’d be difficult to find things in the area next to it, in say 4-9.


About Michelle

I lived in Japan for a year & a half teaching English. Now I'm blogging about learning to cook in NYC.
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One Response to iPad purchased, Japanese addresses explained

  1. Klarika says:

    Those donuts ARE SO CUTE!!!!!!!! and I want your ipad addy.

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