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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

When I set Shirakawa-go, the village in the Gifu prefecture declared World Heritage by Unesco, as the first destination in my long trip, I was searching for a "true Japanese spirit", if such a thing can ever exist (Japan has been a set of shifting regions perpetually in war against each other since the beginning of time).

I must admit I think I found it, but it's a bit different from what I expected.

But first thing first, before going, I wanted to see if I was able to find some substitute for my glasses. My friend Yoshi helped me out, and tried some pre-made glasses, but I have a peculiar view problem which isn't particularly heavy, but is hard to correct. For example, I could actually drive without glasses, but it would be a nuisance for me rather than a danger for others.

The "Megane Plaza" (megane means "glasses") seemed a good place to find something better, and the guy at the counter analyzed my old glasses and told me a new copy could be readied in 30 minutes. I couldn't believe it, but he did even more; since I told him those glasses were old and I wanted to change them already, he suggested me a fast check, and we discovered that I actually needed a different correction. The complete visit was free with the glasses, and it took about 10 minutes. All in all, in less than an hour I had my new glasses, much better than the old ones both in their look and in their functionality -- actually the old ones could have been damaging my sight. Also, I spent about 140 pounds, which is a relevant amount of money, but significantly less than what I could have spent for the same service in England -- and which I was in need of anyhow. It looks like the "daikichi" I was bestowed with at the Atsuta Shrine is working quite well!

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