As the Japanese take a rather relaxed approach to town planning, finding your way to someone’s house, a restaurant, or bar can be a tricky endeavor to say the least. More often than not a map is a necessity, as are numerous telephone calls, as you inevitably find yourself going round and round in circles.
Because of this, using landmarks is essential. Now in this department I’m quite fortunate as I live near a school and a well-known karaoke complex, so people usually have no trouble finding my humble abode. Yet I’m nowhere near as lucky as the people that live in an apartment building I came across yesterday. First off they can say, “My place is above the opticians.”
Or to make things really easy, they can simply point out that they live below the giant gorilla.