Every country has problems, some bigger, some worse. Even Japan, with its whole history of earthquakes, devastating tsunamis and taifus, is still a worthy country to visit, along the path of success, extraordinary culture, different traditions from all that we have seen in the Western world.
From my friend's point of view, as a person who had lived for years in Japan, my friend pointed out several reasons why she loved this country so much. Of course only his opinion even though many people may disagree.
1. The timeliness of NipponeseThe Japanese have a very timely reputation. And it also expands public transport: Buses and trains arrive on time and with that, you are not at risk of being late for meetings or meetings.
2. Japanese foodFor those who like Japanese cuisine, from the popular to the most sophisticated, will feel at home when you go to Japan. And even for those who do not enjoy Japanese food, there's no reason to worry, because you can find a restaurant with westernized food, or even prepare it at home.
3. Tradition is preservedJapanese culture is full of ancient traditions, where they continue to this day, honoring their roots through the festival (matsuris), beside the beautiful temples and Japanese palaces. Their way of changing the simple appreciation of nature at symbolic art festivals as in the case of Hanami, or Momijigari is very captivating. This makes the country rich and interesting, culturally.
4. Good service quality
Quality service and good service are part of the standard of living in Japan. Most people are educated, or at least wise. They are trained to learn how to treat customers well. That is why working in Japan, can be very stressful, however, considering its customers, Japan is heaven.
In general, it's really a country that cares to offer a service of good quality.
5. Work ethicsThe work ethic in Japan is precise and accurate and it may have contributed to this country. So far, Japan's economy is the second largest in the world, although a small country. Motivation, skill and actual behavior are amazing things. The Japanese always try to do the best and 110% dedicated.
6. SecurityIn Japan, crime rates are almost zero, compared with Indonesia. Thus, we are spoiled for having security 24 hours a day, not afraid to sleep with locked doors, or letting keys in car ignition or even drunk walking at 4 am, without risk of being robbed. Those who have children also choose to stay permanently in Japan by finding a safe place to raise them.
7. Take the hot tubThe Japanese style bath is very relaxing. Your body is completely renewed, warm, relaxed and healthier. For the Japanese, a hot tub is not just to keep the body clean. It is a bath to purify the body and soothe the mind, making it easier to accept new ideas. Considering the tub itself was taken out of the tub and had to be clean in the hot tub because the water was used by all family members before being replaced.
8. ReliabilityLiving in Japan is ensuring that things are working as they should. I do not mean that there is a perfect country, but I am sure we can rely more on government utilities, utilities and services, unlike Indonesia, with its reputation as a "corruption state" where the robbery is released.
In Indonesia, the regular Internet fall, packages or documents lost by the post office and public transportation delays, in Japan, such things are rare. There you can live day by day with the assurance that hope will be fulfilled. This is all the result of Japanese thought and attitude that makes all the difference so that everything works well.
9. Honesty and goodwill90% of things you lost in Japan will be refunded. In addition, just so you know how the Japanese are honest, there are very few who download music online, even with one of the fastest internet in the world. Downloads are viewed as crime equivalent to theft and therefore most prefer to buy CDs or digital music. It's amazing to know that someone is still buying a CD, because I did not take too long to embarrass me.
Another example of Japanese honesty, after the 2011 tsunami that left the damage and under the rubble, a lot of money and even gold bars, houses that have safes and ruin businesses. Based on what was found, the government returned about 125 million to their respective owners. Can you imagine this in Indonesia?
10. Compliance and sacrificeThe Japanese are known systematically and many are complaining that they do not know how to think for themselves. Over time, we realize that obedience is a conscious choice made by the Japanese, where they sacrifice their individuality for the sake of the whole society. In Japan, the "thinking group" won individuality and certainly with the idea that the country managed to rebuild the worst disaster.
11. environmentally consciousOf course, the Japanese also produce waste, but 99% of them are environmentally conscious compared to Indonesia for example. In Japan, recycling is legal and in all households, garbage is separated depending on your material. Citizens in every neighborhood have a habit of meeting to collect garbage from the streets and thus can keep the way of the communities where they live is always clean and organized.
12. If you care about their own livesThe Japanese are so used to the eccentricity that does not even pay attention to how people dress. Incidentally, often found in pajamas, shopping in Konbinis (department store). It gives the impression that they do not care about the others.
Perhaps that's why there are so many different subcultures like Visual Kei, Decorating Style, Yamambas, among others, that's what gives the roof. You can use the nonsense you want, anytime, anywhere. Wig, latex, fantasy monkey? Of course, you can use at home that no one will notice ...
13. Paradise for the brainWho is a fan of manga, anime and video games then you will surely feel at home in Japan. You will have access to the latest video games, game releases, electronics, outside manga and anime. This is too large a number of products intended for this type of audience. For girls who love "kawaii" things, then Japan is perfect: Many clothes, accessories and objects are easy to find.
14. respect the religion of othersPeople do not care about religion you choose. You can believe what you want and no one will make that annoying speech you're going to hell for this or that. Homosexuality and abortion are also choices of each individual and in Japan, people often do not interfere in their decisions.
15. There is no discrimination between classesWestern society is well divided and defined by class systems such as A, B and C. The psychological, sociological and philosophical implications of money (or lack thereof) in our lives are embedded in us from an early age. However, in Japan, 90% of Japanese consider themselves middle class and do not discriminate against others because they have a lower purchasing power.
It is interesting that its economy class will not influence effectively their social life at all in Indonesia, the differences between social classes, interfere with nearly every aspect of our lives. To think that in Japan is different, really makes the country much more pleasant to live.
16. Bicycle, a means of transport used by all!In Japan, the bicycle is a transport used by people of all ages and from all social classes. At the same time we see workers pedaling, we also see students and even men in suits. More proof that regardless of their class or social status, the Japanese show that simplicity is part of its major features.
Moreover, cycling is good in Japan, unlike in Indonesia that the streets seem to have been hit by a meteor shower due to the amount of holes. In Japan, the streets are smooth and perfect to drive his tricycle two wheels, but there are some rules and regulations that must be met for the cyclists but can lead to fines or arrest, in more serious case.
17. Kombini - Convenience Store
It's amazing how things are done in Japan to give more convenience to people's lives. The convenience stores are scattered everywhere. Sometimes in one street can have two or more stores, which are called "Konbini". Open 24 hours and needless to say , breaking a galhão those hours in beating hunger in the dead of night.
Moreover, apart from food, drink and cigarettes, combini, they sell almost anything, rather, from batteries to underwear like panties and underwear. The four major networks are combini: Family Mart, 7 Eleven, AM / PM and Lawson, but can also be found in most parts of other cities such as Ministop, Circle K, Daily Yamazaki, Coco store, Everyone.
18. Jidou Hanbaiki (vending machines)
Really are another of the things in the world and quite make life easier for people. It has in all over the place, in front of combinis within the factories, on the streets, in front of stores. Once you get used to the blessed it is hard to do without them. Too bad in Indonesia and feasible to put these machines, which in Japan, selling everything you can imagine ( Take a look here .)
19. Guard Volumes at train stations
Another item that greatly facilitates people's lives are the guard volumes, especially at train stations. In Japan, people often travel a lot by train and so it is common to carry luggage.
These Guard Volumes function as Jidou Hanbaiki: just insert a few coins, the door opens, you keep your shopping or luggage, locks and take the key with you. Just do not forget to take back your stuff.
20. Ease of sleeping in publicSleeping in public is something very common and even has a name in Japan: Inemuri .
It's amazing the ability of the Japanese has to sleep anywhere, either on the train, banks of squares, cafes or restaurants.
No matter the place that we will see many of them with his head, giving a nice a nap.
If you do in Indonesia, will probably wake up without the wallet. Or, they will simply find that you are drunk or is homeless.
21. Things done to the Asian people
Unlike Indonesia, which is a mixture of races, Japan has a single ethnic group, if the Asian where people share similarities in their physical characteristics. It made a world of things done only to people of slanted eyes.
For example, in Japan we can find bender specific lashes for small eyes, glue to manually make dobrinha eyes, contact lenses to make larger eyes, among other products. It may seem silly to some people, but can not help but find it interesting and enjoyable to live in a country where things are made just for you!
22. dualities and contradictions
Japan is one of the most complex countries and carries more opposing dualities. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that attracted us so much to him. But the most intriguing and exciting is to see how he is perfect in achieving balance between modern / traditional, sophistication / cheesiness and simplicity / complexity. Somehow, it all exists simultaneously without one interfering with the magnitude of the other.
23. Respect for the elderly
An inspiring thing in Japanese people is the respect they have for the elderly. Also been able ... as the elderly is the most populous in the country. Respect goes beyond being just because of age. It's a matter of being wiser and more experienced. Because of this, there is up to a day intended for them, Keiro no Hi , the second third Tuesday of September.
24. The incredible Japanese children
In addition to being "kawaii," I can not understand what the formula used for these children are so behaved and polite. You can go to the grocery store, ride a train, walk the Depato that hardly see a child playing on the floor, making tantrum and giving scandal. Must be some substance in the water ... can only be !!!
25. The glow of neon lights
If you are like me who loves the bright facades of Pachinkos , the glare of neon lights and giant TVs that act as billboards on top of buildings, then you will find its place in Japan, especially in the centers of large cities. Everything smells technology and chaos, in a good way of course.
26. Japanese music (J-Pop)
Even if you do not like Japan's music, can not help but notice how they value their music. Unlike Indonesia, where many people fail to appreciate the good Indonesiaian popular music to listen to songs in English, without even knowing what the song is about.
See, I'm not criticizing those who enjoy international music, because I also like and I hear a lot of songs. I'm just pointing out that there is interesting to see how they respect the native music. So much so that even a 3D holographic singer is able to be successful and attract thousands of people on his show as Hatsune Miku.
For those who love the nightlife, then you'll love knowing Tokyo . This city never sleeps: The bars are open 24 hours and the streets live always crowded. Impossible to feel alone in this city so populous. The capsule hotels , discos, karaoke bars and internet cafes cater to a society that actually do not have to go home to sleep.
28. Private high tech electronics
Despite the traditional bathroom floor still it is widely used in Japan, a high tech toilet is not considered luxury and most households already have this type of toilet. Among the main characteristics of these vessels are heated seat and electron showers for washing the private parts.
Imagine waking up in the night, at four o'clock on a cold February morning to poop. It is absolute heaven be able to sit in the warm ... Surely make you happy any ass. Another thing is that used toilet paper can be played directly on the vessel to be carried along with the discharge. This helps keep the bathroom always with a pleasant smell.
29. Delivery System "Takyubin"
In Japan there are several Japanese carriers that offer this delivery service orders or letters. The best known is the kuroneko, Sagawa and Pelican. This system is cheap and super handy, because we can send orders to the convenience stores, which as we know, exstem the mountains in Japan. This type of service, as well as the Japanese Mail, are very efficient and come quickly, most often in next day after shipping.
30. shops 100 yen (Hakuen Shop)
The 100yen Shop are equivalent shops to R $ 1.99 stores in Indonesia and are really amazing. There we can find everything we need to equip a kitchen, in addition to garments, cosmetics, stationery. Besides being cheap (most things cost only $ 100 Y), goods are relatively good quality. On the shelves we find from food ties and panties. It is a place that I have more longing.
31. Japanese SuperstitionsJapan is full of interesting superstitions that people actually take seriously. Things like "Hatsu Yume (First New Year's Dream) will come true or" If you whistle at night, a snake will appear in your bed while sleeping, among others. It also has the superstitions with numbers and the ages considered unlucky .
32. Ganbatte! (Good luck!)If you have a Japanese word that fascinates me is this. Ganbatte or gambatte can be translated as " You can do it !" Or " Do your best !". It is a commonly used phrase to encourage and encourage someone else and Japan, a person who tries and tries her best, is very respected.
It is an important concept that helps explain how are the Japanese and how they face the difficulties. We can see the magnitude of this expression especially on the way facing great adversity, as when there was the Great Earthquake and the 2011 tsunami .
33. Mottainai (waste)Mottainai is another important concept to understand the way of thinking of the Japanese. Mottainai could be translated as "waste", not only physical, but also figuratively, referring to patterns of thinking that lead to waste of emotions, talents, dreams, etc.
As Japan is a densely populated island nation, it has limited natural resources, which made the Japanese culture kept the focus on quality over quantity. Unfortunately, this concept has been weakened in recent years due to modernization, where people are replacing the disposable quality.
34. Japanese inventionsJapan spends billions dollars a year in scientific and technological research. Therefore, it is not new, nor wonder, what good Japanese inventions , with the latest technology, are in the media every day.
There are still useless inventions, called chindougu , part of Japanese culture and although they seem silly, are mostly creative or at least funny.
35. The KaraokeThe Karaoke originated in Japan in the 70s and became one of the most traditional forms of entertainment in the country, which ended up being spread throughout the world. Karaoke, literally means "empty orchestra" and Japan has large dimensions and a unique character, never seen in another country. In the 80s, private cabins (Karaoke Box), soundproof, have become a popular form of entertainment for all ages, especially for meeting with family, groups of friends or co-workers.
36. Cradle of many Martial ArtsJapan is known for giving rise to dozens of martial arts . Besides the medieval martial arts, which still resist in Japan, as Yabusame , there is still the most widespread as Judo, Karate, the Kendo , Kyudo and Aikido .
All these arts help not only to empower the individual for a fight, but also help to empower you for life, where many teachings are applied, such as discipline, respect for the opponent, self-confidence, etc.
37. Geishas And SamuraisIt is impossible not to associate Japan with Geishas , which are traditional Japanese artists and the samurai , the famous feudal Japanese warriors.
The two are inextricably linked to the history and Japanese culture. It is up to them the entertainment art, in addition to skills in various traditional arts.
Already the samurai, many martial arts originated in your lifestyle, like Bushido, the code of the samurai, which literally means "way of the warrior.
The Geishas and Samurais virtually no longer exist, but are often depicted in movies, music, anime and manga.
38. Purikura (purikura)Purikura are booths that print photo stickers and are a real hit among Japanese schoolgirls. First appeared in 1995 and has since created a very strong bond with the Japanese young people who often have the habit of riding a huge frame, only with Purikura adhesives.
39. The tradition of giving giftsOmiyage means remembrance and exchanging gifts is a common custom in Japan. Therefore, it is so common to find shops selling all kinds of souvenirs, such as sweet and simple ones objects. Other unusual gifts such as fruit, beers, coffee, biscuits, among others, are also often offered as Omiyage. In Japan, there is still a Ochugen Oseibo and tradition, which is an exchange of gifts between families, friends or neighbors.
Ochugen and Oseibo occur during the summer (early July) and winter (mid-December) respectively. Gifts can also be exchanged between businesses and customers, students and teachers, etc. Some people also take the opportunity to give this to someone who is should some favor or has provided some help in recent times.