Google Maps is becoming the ultimate tool for going anywhere. But even more importantly, it’s becoming the ultimate tool for “reviewing” anywhere. I’m one of those people that likes to obsess about reviews on restaurants and places before I go. So when I went to Japan in September of last year, I was very happy to see that Google Map reviews of places was in high gear. Not quite as intense as America, but doing a good job nonetheless.
But then I noticed it. Many of the reviews were in English, despite them being in Japan. This is great for all the foreign tourists who can’t speak Japanese and are just there to have a fun time.
So this got me thinking. What if we did the opposite? Review all the places we love to go to where we live: In Japanese.
This will accomplish a few things:
1. Making Japanese reviews are short and easy ways to practice your writing.
2. You are helping out all the Japanese tourists who visit where you live. I’m sure it’ll warm their hearts to see reviews in Japanese by foreigners.
3. You may make Japanese friends who are visiting where you live. Since your reviews are connected to your Google+ profile, they may very likely be curious what foreigner wrote this review, click on your profile, and add you to their circle.
So I gave it a shot, and here’s a random example of me reviewing a New York restaurant in Japanese. Nothing special. Just simple and too the point.
What do you think? Want to try it out, and bring your home closer to Japan?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.