Living in Japan: 5 admirable things

The first time I set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun isn’t a hazy memory. It is as clear as the sky today. Thoughts are hovering above me as I hear the birds chirping at the moment. This kind of weather can help me pen my thoughts down easier.

I can’t believe how fast time flies. It feels like it was just yesterday that I shed tears as my poor body shivered with cold in a blue mini dress. Yes, I dressed that way without thinking how cold spring was at the time I landed here. For a girl who grew up in a tropical country where the weather is mostly warm and hot, spring in Japan was like walking around inside a giant fridge. That’s how I was welcomed. I was given a chilly welcome, not a warm one. 😀

In my 9 months of getting to know Japan, it’s undeniable that there are things that have given me “aha” and “wow” moments. I’ll randomly list them down here.

      1.”Manners maketh man.”

This was the very first thing that impressed me. Japanese people endeavor to uphold good manners. I’ve been to places like malls, restaurants, cinemas, stations and the like, where I mostly see and experience people’s favorable behavior. One good example is when in the theater. No matter how crowded and empty it gets, not a single noise will bother you. I can’t help but compare it in the cinemas back home. Especially when it’s a romantic film, expect to hear cheers, screams, and claps in every exciting scene. It’s totally different here. People seem to enjoy the movie in the most silent way. Because of this, I’ve learned to value whispering. I also tend to enjoy the films without any sort of distraction.

     2. Proper Disposal of Waste

It’s amazing how every household religiously segregate their garbage. My husband taught me how to be considerate like I have to wash and dry the PET bottles, cans, and food containers first before disposing them. Another thing is, wrapping up smelly rubbish would be a kind thing to do. Each house is given pamphlets about the schedule and the appropriate way of garbage disposal and people are just nice to follow. I’m proud to say that I’ve learned this the hard way and behold, my garbage bin doesn’t look like one. 🙂

    3. Neat and equipped Toilets

I guess, this is somehow connected to number 1. Because Japanese people don’t want to bother other people, they manifest it even in the restroom. They can manage to keep the toilets tidy and always equip with hygienic stuff like seat paper towels, seat cleaners, and so on. Not to mention the technology, which is commonly called as washlet. I’ve become so fond of it that I asked my husband to get one for our place. And now, I can’t let a day pass by without cleaning our restroom.

    4. Smoking Areas

Smoking in public is certainly discouraged here. Thus, there are designated areas for people to puff on. Good thing is, even in the restaurants smoking zones exist.

    5. Silence! Silence!

Another thing that’s one way or another related to number 1 is the silence in the neighborhood. I’m a sucker for quiet places and I’ve never been so happy living in such a place. Back home, I’d wake up to the wailing babies, loud music, barking of the dogs, and screams of the neighbors. I’m not quite sure if this is true to the other places here, though. I sometimes feel like I’m the only person residing in this apartment building. 😀

 

So far, these are just a few of the good things I have learned in my 9 months of living in this beautiful country. They don’t only amaze me but they inspire me to be a better person. I’m sure there will be more to discover, admire, and learn. (✯◡✯)

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24 comments

  1. They must be shocked when they come here!! When I was a teen, I had a pen pal from there. Beautiful hand writing. I still have the letters. Wish our culture was a little more like that. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my blog – it was nice to see you.

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  2. Good points, and I think you can add at least 50 more admirable things in next posts, if not more.
    A funny paradox though: a few years ago, there was an interesting exception about the toilets. Most of them were as clean as they could be, except for those in Shinjuku station, that were probably the worst I’ve ever seen in my life. I never understood why, it was so un-Japan, if ever that word exists. 🙂 It’s been a while since I haven’t given them a new chance, though I believe that embarrassing point might have been fixed with time.

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  3. I largely agree. The one thing that did surprise me was how prolific – and tolerated – smoking in public was. The idea of designated smoking areas is fine, but in confined spaces it can be hard to stop the smoke getting up the noses of cranky non-smokers like me!

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  4. I miss Japan so much. Besides America it’s the only other country I really love. I am fond of England and New Zealand, England I have visited as well, but nothing can really beat my Japan experience. I felt so safe even though I was in a big city, and the politeness of everyone I met floored me. Such a different culture! Though I mean it as a sincere compliment.

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