Nov 15, 2016

Japan Society As Amusing As It Can Be #nomadicyatri

When we hear the word japan there are certain things which run into our mind like gadgets, cars and shinkansen. There are many things which people living outside Japan may not know and they can be amused by knowing them. So here, I am listing few things which might surprise you but exist only in Japan.I have been here around 4~5 years and I am summarizing my experiences in this post. The points here might be good, bad or neutral, so feel free to comments your own experiences to provide me more output to judge expectation vs reality.So here you go :)

Safety: I personally feel that Japan care about the people who are living here.Girls, womens are safe, laws are strict so crime rate is very low. Enjoying night life upto any time is good and moving here and there alone is also considerable at any time.

Schooling: Schooling in Japan is very different from other part of the world.For the first few years children are taught manners and before giving them actual subjects. Students are very hardworking, you can see kids wearing school uniform on saturday and sunday and doing extracurricular activities.Students need to clean their washroom and classes by them self.In school rooms there is no heater and air conditioner.I asked few of friends and they told me that in Japan we teach students to live life in tough environment to make kids more stronger with time.

Public services: Public services are one of the best in the world and always on time as per schedule.Trains are bang on time and will give you a delay certificate(yes it’s true you get a certificate !! ) in case the train is late which is very rare.Public services including everything like bank , bus services, post services etc are very arranged and very helpful.Special mention to the toilets which are problem in many countries but here they are ultra clean even in the busiest train station.

Salaryman: New to Japan? then let me explain you, salaryman is the term used by japanese to define full time working employee.The trademark of salaryman is that they love to wear suit and have drinking party occasionally.Now you might start to think that, what about womans, so womans pronounced as office lady(OL).Salary man is a status symbol, and everybody want to acheive it one time in their career.

Last train buddies: Every friday and saturday nights, late night trains are full packed and you can smell wine whiskey beer and all. Some are dwelling here and there and some are just just sitting on the floor.You will always find buddy to talk if you are drunken too.One thing I should appreciate that whether they are sleeping or drunken, they all will get off on correct station.

Jinglish: Japanese people have their own english accent called Jinglish. Some time foreigners too, try to speak Jinglish with locals because here people prefer Japanese for communication. For example God will become Godhoo, Piers will become piasu, love love will become rabu rabu and so on. I am sure that you will like the video shown below, just be sure see upto the end.

Golden week and silver week: This concept you will find only in Japan, that holidays are named as golden and silver.Welcome of cherry blossom with 2~5 days holidays in May is called golden week. In japan there is special period to remember all your ancestor called obon holiday and some time if there is consecutive 2-3 days holidays , it’s called silver week.This year 2016 if you took 2 days paid holidays , you got total 10 days holidays and that’s why it was called mega golden week by travel services.

Cycling: If you are health conscious and you are living near by your company in the circle of 2~3 mile then the best way to commute is via riding bicycle. Roads are good and safe. The points you would like to remember while commuting are:

          Japan has some strict bicycle rule like you can not drink and drive with cycle.
          Bicycles are a bit inconvenient during winter and rainy days as winters are very cold here and it can rain upto long hours.

          Everything is oishii: Everything oishii(delicious) even water.When you invite someone on dinner the first word you will hear about your food is oishii and your Japanese is jouzu(excellent). One thing is quite noticeable if you see Japanese TV show, and host who tastes your dish will start praising with oishii, oishii,oishii mecha oishii (tasty, amazing and super delicious).What I feel that they do these thing to motivate people for making good food and foreigner to speak better Japanese which is somehow good.

          Food: First time to Japan, get ready to eat most of the dishes with chopsticks like noodles, daily lunch etc. In a japanese lunch you will find a main course dish, salad and a soup bowl.There are many restaurants and cafes which provide you healthy food with calories written on the menu.If you are eating Chahan(Fried rice), get ready to eat with soup spoon.Parties are super crazy here and the craziest part is that after finishing party, people still want to eat more and they will specially move to ramen shops.

          Matcha flavour: Japanese green tea is very famous around the world and here they have even particular days to celebrate tea ceremony with professionals tea presenters. Kyoto and other places can give you opportunity to take part in tea ceremony with the traditional way.You can see macha flavour coffee in starbucks, biscuits, chocolates and other stuff which people buy for souvenir.

          Social networking services(SNS) lover: Are you already friend with many Japanese on SNS, then you will notice that there are two types of people the first ones, who will never disclose their identity by their original display picture{DP}(always have cartoon character on their DP) and second who are ok with their DP but only on their corporate account.People love replying by emoji smilies in their chat conversation, cartoon characters or by GIF and sometime video describing their emotions.

          Japanese Wedding: Thinking to join some Japanese wedding party? then be sure to pay at least 30,000¥~ while getting entry in wedding hall and you must confirm your attendance otherwise no entry.There is a kind of nijikai (second party) where you can join by paying only 10,000¥~ and enjoy the party till late night.

          Tourism: Tourism is one of the big industry in Japan revolving around Fuji, Sakura, Sumo and heritage sites.Fuji is always pride for Japanese people and everybody stop and click Fuji san’s (as it is called in Japan) photos, whether from sky or near by fuji five lakes.Cherry blossom is very beautiful in Japan and people do parties while drinking and talking under sakura tree.Coming to Sumo, the game originated from Japan and is being held round the year. Japan is always a place to see the mixture of rich culture, historical sites and even modernization. 

          Hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to comments here or follow me at #nomadicyatri for different articles about life in Japan :)


          Cookievagabond

          Cookievagabond

          Myself a nomadic soul exploring the globe with my dream of letting my foot mark on every place on earth.Most of the posts are about travel and life in Japan. Stay tune on every Saturday for upcoming post :) and don't forget to catch me on my website :P https://cookievagabond.com


          4 Comments

          • SalarymanJim

            on Nov 16

            Those Japanese wedding parties sting, don't they. 30,000 yen! When I first came to Japan and attended a couple of weddings for Japanese colleagues who worked at the school I was at at the time, we were given special 'gaijin' rates; 10,000 yen. Makes me laugh thinking about it now. Great call on the cycling. Much better to get to work that way if you can. Avoid those crowded morning trains.

          • Cookievagabond

            on Nov 16

            @SalarymanJim Yes weddings are like that here, its not like in our country, just gift some items from bucket list :), traditions are different everywhere and some how long time practice. I like cycling and think, its good for me who is just sitting in office whole day without exercise (Poor Computer Programmer) :)

          • SalarymanJim

            on Nov 24

            @nomadicyatri Lol! Me, too. I spend a lot of time strapped to a desk!! Actually, I think if you've got the money, there's a lot to be said for the Japanese system of giving money at wedding. It's so much easier, even compared to picking items from a department store list. Maybe you should start doing some exercise in your chair. Little stretches and the kinds of things they tell you to do when you're on long-haul flights.

          • Cookievagabond

            on Nov 24

            @SalarymanJim Ya need to have some neck exercise :)