Jul 21, 2017

An indication of just how safe Japan is!

My husband sent me a link to this story today, which really made me grateful for living in Japan and the safety I feel here.

Someone borrowed this person's bicycle without asking - but upon returning it, they wrote a lengthy note explaining about how they really needed the bike, and to please forgive them and accept this token as a thank you. It was a watermelon (and you know how pricey those babies can be here!)

It got me thinking - have you ever had an experience that really gave you that "wow!" moment about how safe/polite/respectful Japan seems to be on the whole?

When we first moved here I remember seeing kids of only about 5 or 6 years old on the train alone, and thinking to myself "oh my gosh, are they lost? Where are their parents?!" because you simply couldn't do that back home where I am from. I've also had plenty of people I know that have left iPads, iPhones and so forth on the train by accident - and they've always been returned. I feel like anywhere else in the world, that would be a case of "sayonara expensive electronics!"...but not here!

I would love to hear your experiences!



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along! I try to update my blog daily - and my husband also writes on City Cost as "genkidesuka"!


  • helloalissa

    on Jul 21

    Wow, interesting story. I've heard bikes are frequently stolen in our area, so most people use an extra lock. I don't worry about much because my bike is really cheap. I think it still depends on the person, but I'm usually impressed by safety and cleanliness in Japan, and sort of expect that now. I have had a wallet stolen before... from my pocket or it possibly fell out, but after asking around and reporting it to several places with Japanese friends, never got it back. I have also lost my wallet in a fairly deserted park, then found it where it was lost around an hour later. phew. I'm not very responsible from the sound of this comment...

  • genkidesu

    on Jul 21

    @helloalissa oh my gosh! i don't think i've ever heard of anything being stolen near me. well that's a lie - we used to live on a military base and stuff used to happen there regularly, but that was on a guarded military facility...i used to say that i felt safer off base than on base, because in the local area people would stop you if you dropped 10 yen!