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From Value One, Spring 2010 No. 28
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Shanghai, City of Clamor and Congestion
Shanghai is located at about the same latitude as Kagoshima Prefecture, and 18,150,000 people live on the Yangtze River Delta's alluvial plain. Just under 100,000 or so Japanese are said to reside here; it is apparently the largest number of Japanese in one city worldwide. Even for a megalopolis, the large number of people, just over 14% of Japan's population, living in an area a bit larger than Gunma Prefecture is still amazing. No matter how many people are getting off the subway or elevator, people start boarding as soon as the doors open, and nobody seems to pay it any mind if you bump into him/her on the street. Also, people speak loudly on cell phones no matter where they are.
This caused me stress when I was first transferred here. However, now I have become fully accustomed to it, and it does not bother me so much. The biggest difference between being aware of China's growth while watching it from Japan and what I actually sense while living in Shanghai is the feeling of speed and dynamism. I think that Shanghai is truly a powerful energy in the midst of clamor and congestion. And then, I have recently felt that that energy is quite hopeful, which also peps me up quite a bit.
 

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Written Communication
Even Japanese who do not speak Chinese can avail themselves of a special technique: Chinese characters. We can communicate with Chinese people by writing. I, too, communicated by writing when I was first transferred here because I could not speak Chinese. However, you need to be very careful because some characters that are used in both Japanese and Chinese sometimes have entirely different meanings. For example, the characters for letter in Japanese mean toilet paper in Chinese.
Massage Paradise
Shanghai is a massage paradise. There are massage parlors everywhere throughout the city. Prices run the gamut, but an hour's foot massage at one of the reasonably priced massage shops patronized by Japanese is 50 to 80 yuan (around ¥700 to ¥1,100), and an hour's full body massage is 60 to 100 yuan (about ¥850 to ¥1,400). At the shop I go to, it is 118 yuan (approximately ¥1,700) for two hours total, one hour each for a foot and full body massage.
Many masseurs and masseuses are migrant workers from Anhui and Henan provinces, and their wages are apparently around 20 yuan (¥280) per hour's massage during a 12-hour shift, with four days off a month (and they apparently can live at their shop's dormitory for free). Average monthly earnings are 1,500 to 2,000 yuan (¥21,000 to ¥28,000), with remittances sent to their parents back home, and everyone works very hard.
Shanghai Tourist Landmarks
Regarding places to see in Shanghai, there is Yuyuan Garden, a famous classical garden; Shanghai Museum, one of China's three major museums; and the Bund, where culture flowered spectacularly during the period of foreign concessions. New tourist spots that are attracting attention are the result of urban development work that was done in preparation for Expo 2010 Shanghai China.


Xintiandi
This retro yet modern district features rows of 1920s-style stone buildings (row house residences) and reproductions of the appearance of the French concession. Restaurants, bars, and shops line the streets, and there are numerous popular shops that offer chinoiserie items that please tourists. The site of the first National Congress of the Communist Party of China, where 13 members, including Mao Zedong, formed China's Communist Party, is a famous tourist landmark here. 88 Xintiandi, a popular design hotel, is also located here.
   
Tianzifang
Tianzifang, a narrow 200-meter alley, is called "Shanghai's SoHo." This art street has clusters of photo studios and ateliers, and with the cafés, restaurants, bars, and clothing and sundry shops that have opened recently, it has become an area of Shanghai that is popular among young people and travelers. The area has a unique ambience because it was created by refurbishing Shanghai's old-style row house residences. There are already 17 shops owned by Japanese.
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