If every country in existence suddenly began to embody Japanese culture, the world would become a far greater place to live.
A pretty bold statement right? But, when you see what the famous technologically advanced land of the samurai has to offer, you’ll understand why it’s absolutely spot on.
You might think that you know what Japan’s all about, I mean just by looking around your kitchen I bet you’ll find half a dozen appliances and gadgets with ‘Made In Japan‘ written on the labeling somewhere. Plus, they’ve got the Shinkansen (more commonly known as the ‘Bullet Train‘) which let’s face it, is something I’m pretty sure anybody that has to commute via train to work wishes and prays makes its way overseas. Because well, there are few things more infuriating than waiting for a delayed train.
Just thinking about trains is making my freakin’ blood boil…
But, the country is about so much more than punctual public transport, futuristic microwaves, sushi and it’s obsession with Anime. It’s a whole different world in South East Asia and some of the norms of society in Japan might just surprise you.
Check out this list of reasons why Japan really is something else and see if you fancy moving there when you’ve finished reading!
1. Japanese football fans stayed behind after their FIFA World Cup matches to help clean up
Football hooligans are a hot topic at the moment, especially with the 2018 World Cup approaching fast. So, it’s refreshing to see that not all fans are looking to get drunk, trash the place and start unnecessary fights with rival supporters. The Japanese might still enjoy a drink or six, but at least they’re not a*seholes about it…
2. Hospital food is a little different over there
I already know these are just the standard meals served to patients, but I can’t help think I’ve paid a fortune at fancy restaurants for meals that look worse.
3. Children are taught to be grateful
There are no janitors or cleaners in most Japanese schools, instead, they get the children to all pitch in together to keep the facilities hygienic. This has short-term benefits as it educates them on showing gratitude towards the school. The long-term benefits mean that they will become more productive members of society. Kind of puts the little sh*ts that were in my class to shame.
4. It’s a very honest society
Just in case you don’t speak Japanese, the note reads: “I accidentally knocked over your bike and broke the bell. I am very sorry“. The gesture is obviously incredibly kind, but what’s even nicer to see is the fact that the person leaving the money was comfortable enough to do so without fear of passerby stealing it.
5. Whilst we’re on the theme of honesty
This shopping bag was accidentally left on the street. When the owner returned to look for it, they found that a stranger had propped it up against this tree untouched.
6. You can remain dignified at all times…
Public toilets often come equipped with buttons that play white noise or specific sounds to mask the sound of you pooping, so nobody else knows when you’re making your ‘deposit‘. Hopefully, they come with built-in air fresheners too…
7. Crowds are extremely organized
Don’t you hate it when you’re trying to make your way up a flight of stairs and you’ve got to dodge the people walking towards you, whilst there’s no discernable organized system whatsoever? Not in Japan…
8. They value your groceries
These are refrigerated lockers so that when you’ve done your grocery shopping, you can leave things like margarine and milk here and carry on browsing. I mean C’mon!!!
9. Even the freakin’ deer are polite!
Ok, it can’t just be me that’s starting to feel slightly insignificant. Even the animals have manners!
10. They wave goodbye to departing aircraft
That’s right, the ground crew working on the runways stop what they’re doing, stand to attention and wave off anyone leaving. I just welled up a little bit…
11. They care about your luggage
Rather than just throwing all the suitcases and bags into one big pile for the machine to slowly filter onto the conveyer belt, the staff organizes them by color making it easier and faster for you to find your bag.
12. They’re incredibly efficient
Many bathrooms have sinks on top of them so that you can wash your hands and then re-use the water for the next flush, wasting a lot less in the process. If only every country wanted to save the planet this much aye?
13. The Bullet Train feels like… nothing at all
This is a coin balancing perfectly on the window ledge whilst the Shinkansen travels at 150mph. Now that’s smooth!
14. No more awkward toilet scenarios
There’s nothing worse than opening a cubicle in the hope that it’s empty only to find someone sat there in panic, desperately trying to cover up. This screen in Japan tells you which toilets are vacant, so you can relax and poop in peace.
15. Expectations and reality are one in the same
I hate it when companies like Mcdonalds advertise a new burger which looks amazing in the ads, but pathetic in person. Well, they do things slightly differently in Japan.
16. Getting on/off a train isn’t an absolute bl*ody nightmare
Platforms look very different in Tokyo, people actually form orderly queues and politely allow people to depart before trying to board. Y’know rather than engaging in a mass brawl trying to force their way to a seat.
17. Trains accommodate all types of passenger too
This is a seat in the kid’s section of a public train, helping to keep them engaged whilst the parents have a well-deserved break. I feel no shame in saying I’d like a go in that seat too…
18. Trains are just generally freakin’ awesome, ok?
This company issued a formal apology to all of its passengers for leaving 20 seconds… wait for it… early. Are you kidding me!? Trains sometimes don’t even turn up in the US and you’ve no idea why.
And this hotel apologized to its guests for a 1-minute wifi interruption at 4 am…
19. There’s no messing around trying to cross the street either
There are hundreds of diagonal crossings like this in Tokyo, which means you can get where you’re going faster whilst still being safe.
20. They accommodate the elderly
ATMs have cane holders for older citizens. What haven’t they thought of?
21. They don’t want you to waste your time
This elevator has a sign on the outside that lets you know if it’s raining outside, just so you don’t have to make the trip all the way back up to the 23rd floor to grab your umbrella. How thoughtful!
22. They sell fresh produce… in vending machines
Alright, I admit this one might seem slightly odd to some, but do you ever fancy scrambled egg on toast on your lunch break but can’t be bothered walking to the shops? Move to Japan, life is just easier.
23. They sell conveniently shaped fruit
This a cube watermelon, shaped in such a way so that it will fit into your refrigerator with greater ease. Because, well why not?
24. They have literally thought of everything
These are umbrella lockers so that you don’t have to walk around indoors carrying one and no one will accidentally take yours home with them either. This is getting ridiculous…
25. They have designated smoking rooms on trains
Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the trains really are something else over there. This idea helps people itching for a cigarette satisfy their cravings whilst not disturbing any other passengers.
26. They look at the finer details
These are located all across the city and each one has a unique design to make them a little easier on the eye. Even they’re freakin’ manhole covers are pretty…
So, what do you think? Personally, I’m already starting to plan my next holiday in Tokyo. Who knows, I might never come home!
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