Hey Japan! What’s good?

Living in Japan is like living everywhere else. Life is what you make it, indeed! And everybody’s experience won’t be the same. There are some great things about Japan as well as the not so great. No matter how long you have lived here, you can always find interesting and exciting things to see and do, and places to go. Whatever your interest, cuisine, manga, history, nature, electronics, you name it. There is an activity or place that will cater to it. I guarantee it! If you are considering visiting Japan, come on over. You won’t regret it. I’d recommend Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Tokyo (of course), Hakone and Kamakura.

7 Good things about Japan

  1. It is safe — Japan is a very safe place to live. And while it may not be as safe as it was twenty years ago, it is still one of the safest countries in the world.
  2. It is clean — From Tokyo to Fukuoka, cleanliness/neatness is visibly seen throughout the land. The Japanese take pride in keeping their roads, buses, trains, homes, stations and so on, clean.
  3. It has an efficient transportation system — I have been to many other countries. And I find the Japanese transportation system to be one of the best in the world. They run on schedule and on time, and are super clean. You won’t find any graffiti or defacing of the trains, buses or taxis. There is no haggling to find customers or a taxi. The taxis line up orderly at the taxi stand and wait their turn for the customers.
  4. Healthy food — Japanese food is both healthy and light. And the portion sizes are ridiculously small. But you get used to it. They use very little salt and oil in preparing their dishes. And vegetables are eaten with every meal. It is not uncommon for foreigners to slim down while in Japan. I myself can attest to this. You lose weight effortlessly just by eating more healthily.
  5. A1 customer service — Asia is known for their superior customer service. If you have ever flown on JAL, ANA you will know what I am saying. The service you receive in the hotels, department stores, shopping malls etc is superb. They take pride in providing a first class customer service. This is something that the western world could learn from them.
  6. High tech toilets — if you happen to visit some shopping centres, theatres, homes etc. you will find some amazing high tech toilets that sprays, self-heats (especially useful during winter months), flushes automatically, and so on. They are not cheap however and cost up to USD$700.00!
  7. Convenience stores and vending machines — you will find them strategically located all over Japan. The convenience stores offer a myriad of products and services. From sending and receiving faxes, printing documents, shipping packages to buying groceries and paying bills. It is a one stop shop — an excellent concept/idea. Some are even opened 24/7.

Japan may be your cup of tea. If you are thinking of visiting, come and enjoy the beauty, experience the culture and mystique of the land of the rising sun! I guarantee you will have endless tales to share with your family and friends on your return.

What do you find great about Japan? Feel free to add to the list.

That’s it folks. Thanks for reading.