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The country where the customer is truly king

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From high-tech toilets to disposable umbrellas to multi-service mini-supermarkets, Japanese daily life is facilitated by attention to detail and the willingness of manufacturers and traders to offer an outstanding service.

Customer focus is rooted in Japanese culture,” said Kazuhiro Watanabe, a consumer trends hunter in the Nikkei BP group. “Here we advance our desires, this value is transformed into object, behavior or action”.

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And foreign visitors also benefit from this “omotenashi” (Japanese hospitality) that Tokyo intends to further strengthen for the Olympic Games of 2020.

Non-exhaustive flourish during a typical day in Tokyo.

 

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The alarm rings. Head to the toilet. The archipelago is famous for the sophistication of its toilets, with jets of washing, heated bowl, artificial water to cover any annoying noise, etc.

The public toilets, always clean and impeccable, are often equipped with a seat to lay down their infant for relief.

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No time to eat breakfast, you’re heading to work. On the way, buy a snack at the “konbini”, multiservice mini-market open day and night where one can also, among other things, pay his electricity bills or get socks and spare shirt.

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At the worst, there will always be a canned coffee (hot or cold) thanks to the 2 million vending machines of beverages that mark the streets of all the cities and towns of the country.

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It’s raining! no problem, transparent umbrellas under 3 dollars are available almost everywhere. Before entering the office, you slip it in a plastic bag provided at the entrance to avoid turning the premises into a wading pool. At the reception of the town halls or museums, it can be left to a padlock deposit.

Besides these daily conveniences, Japan is full of unusual objects. A book-pillow to work at work, a shirt fan for the days of great heat or unlike heaters to slip into his pockets or stick on his clothes during the glacial winters (“kairo”), a refrigerator that indicates that the door has remained open …

“This type of objects have existed for a long time, I think the Japanese like to invent useful and unusual utensils at the same time. They are very strong in improving existing products, rather than in creating a concept from scratch, “says Watanabe.

So Japan ideal country? Everything is so under control, the client is completely taken care of, “we do not let him do what he wants, it’s the other side of the coin,” Watanabe said.

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The most beautiful pictures in the annual “National Geographic” competition

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National Geographic magazine has launched its annual 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year, setting the deadline for submissions on November 17.

The winner of the grand prize will receive $ 10,000 and professionals and enthusiasts alike can participate in the competition and win the prestigious prize by offering a unique view of wildlife and landscapes.

A series of competing images were published through National Geographic, as well as on its official Web site and on its official accounts on social networking sites. Photo taken from several regions around the world using high-tech cameras, as well as aerial snapshots of aircraft, helicopters, and drones.

The following is a collection of photos in the National Geographic Contest for the best nature photographer of 2017:

National Geographic / Florian Ledoux

National Geographic / Stefan Thaler

National Geographic / Wojciech Kruczynski

National Geographic / Florian Ledoux

National Geographic / Magali Chesnel

National Geographic / (Nick Johanson

 

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The finest microscopic photos ever!

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Surrounded by a strange and hidden world of wonderful objects and shapes, can only be detected using a microscope.

To honor the beauty and the scientific importance of microscopic images, the ” Nikon Small World ” competition was launched. The awards were awarded to researchers and photography enthusiasts who took a collection of the most impressive photos ever.

The top 20 entries were selected on the basis of technology, subject matter, and image aesthetics, displaying more than 2000 photographs taken around the world.

The following are some of the most beautiful pictures of the winner:

 

Pollen germs

Dr. David A. Johnston / Nikon Small World (Pollen germs)

 

Two eggs of the butterfly Maestra

David Millard / Nikon Small World (Two eggs of the butterfly Maestra)

 

Catarina Moura, Dr. Sumeet Mahajan, Dr. Richard Oreffo, and Dr. Rahul Tare / Nikon Small World (Colored cartilage tissue is like a Christmas tree)

 

Steven Simon / Nikon Small World (Close-up of the 3D credit card logo)

 

Levon Biss / Nikon Small World (A variety of bees radiates as the minerals)

 

Christian Gautier / Nikon Small World (Structures of sea cucumber)

 

Jean-Marc Babalian / Nikon Small World (The picture won the third place prize, representing a colony of vulva algae, a multiracial race of green algae)

 

Dr. Bram van den Broek, Andriy Volkov, Dr. Kees Jalink, Dr. Nicole Schwarz, and Dr. Reinhard Windof (This image won first place, showing keratin structures in skin cells)

 

Tracy Scott / Nikon Small World (Colony of fungi in soil)

 

Dr. Csaba Pinter / Nikon Small World (Licorice insects)

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The strangeness of the lost tribes! (photo)

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Photographer Tariq Zaïdi, who lives in London, took pictures of the hairstyles of the isolated tribes in the countryside of Angola.

Zaidi obtained the photos during his tour of the southern African country in search of “lost tribes.”

Through his footage, the photographer sought to show the lifestyles and customs of people living in these isolated rural communities.

There are prominent features in the images are the hats and exotic hairstyles adopted by women and how they represent their status within their groups.

Tariq Zaïdi

Zaidi found that women are very proud of the hairstyles and traditional clothes they wear.

Tariq Zaïdi

Hairstyles can take hours to get to the final look because of the many details they include, including hair curls with straw, and goat-like hair with some other additions to decorate.

The rapid development of Angola thanks to oil has raised many fears that isolated tribal communities are at risk of vanishing.

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Tribes and different ethnic groups tend to gather in certain areas of the country, preserving all their customs, languages and history.

There are in Angola more than 90 different ethnic groups, located on the border with Namibia and Botswana from the south and east of Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north.

Tariq Zaïdi

Among the communities that appeared in the images: Hemba, Mwila, Mukoroka and the Mukos tribes.

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