60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

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Recently I saw an interesting Chinese post on internet listing up the 60 habits we form in Japan that completely won’t work well in our home countries. The list is gold! Everything on the list hits the nail on the head! Must share it with you all. 😀

You don’t believe me? Ask your friends who have lived in Japan whether they have these problems or not. :p

 p.s Please note that everything here is based on my perspective as a Malaysian. The world is big. We can’t apply 1 theory to the whole world. Bear with me ya 😀 

60 Habits Formed From Living In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

60 Habits Formed From Living In Japan That You Must Change In Your Country | 日本生活で身に付いた外国では通じない習慣60個

(Please note that the list no1 – 60 are not written by me. Only the Intro and the conclusion are my writing. Refer to the original article here. )

1. Forgot how to lock the door. Even though remembered afterwards, I don’t care. In Chinese we say “People do not take any articles left by the wayside and that doors are not bolted at night”, and that is Japan.

60 Habits Formed From Living In Japan That You Must Change In Your Country | 日本生活で身に付いた外国では通じない習慣60個

2. Think all policeman are kind and friendly. They joke with you and even would lend you money to take taxi.

60 Habits Formed From Living In Japan That You Must Change In Your Country | 日本生活で身に付いた外国では通じない習慣60個

3. Have no idea what a counterfeit money is because there is no such thing in Japan.

60 Habits Formed From Living In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

4.  Never lock my bicycle when stopping by somewhere for errands. Things never get stolen even I leave my belongings on the bicycle.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

5. Drink the tap water whenever feel thirsty.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

6. Never count the change I got from the cashier. Anyway, there is never shortchange.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

7. Bow to everyone even strangers. In Japan, it’s common to be bowed.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

 

I described how study abroad in Japan is like in my previous vlog: Study & School In Japan ^^

8. Never double check the quality of the purchased product on the spot, even laptop. There is no fake in Japan.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

9. Never look around while crossing the road.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

10. Barefoot once got home.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

11. Never ask who it is before opening the door.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

 

12. Don’t know how to throw garbage. Combustible or Incombustible? Even have to check the calendar to know what kind of garbage is allowed to throw today.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

13. Became a fan of vegetable.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

14. Started to think that piracy is illegal.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

15. Lost curiosity towards restaurants. All restaurants look the same in Japan. Similar menu, similar price.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

16. Put umbrellas on the umbrella stand outside the house. Never mind. Nobody would steal it.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

17. Don’t know how to choose good quality vegetable. Everything looks good in the super market.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

18. Can’t bargain anymore. Every price in Japan is fixed.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

19. Don’t know how to open doors except my home because all doors are automated.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

20. “Sumimasen” became a common saying.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

I mentioned this in my vlog “Japan, Why U Macam Ini?! (Why Are You Like This?!)” before. 😀 Youtube Channel: Shenlimtv

21. Forgot how to quarrel. Japan is too peaceful.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

22. No need to bring toilet paper while go out. Every public toilet has toilet paper.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

23. Got used to carrying two wallets. One for bill, one for coins.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

24. Never worry there is no elevator while going out with baby-car.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

25. Have blind faith in weather forecast. If it says it won’t rain at 2pm, I will go out with no umbrella at 3pm.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

26. Never worry about the short amount of the purchased food.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

27. Tend to believe that sea food is cheaper than meat.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

28. Strongly feel that littering and spitting everywhere is an evil behavior.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

29. Never worry to be discriminated by accent.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

30. Never worry to get thought strangely by others for just-playing-no-buying in a toy shop.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

31. Think that a clean city is a basic human need.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

32. Think that every corner or public space should have vending machines.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

33. Abandoned the belief of “cheap-things-are-all-bad”. Because 100 yen shop things are really cheap but excellent!

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

34. Believe all shops’ sales are real.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

35. Be surprised at the news about accidents.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

36. Think that making mistakes is strange.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

37. Think that all food is safe and clean.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

38. Got used to waiting for public transportation according to the schedule.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

39. Feel normal to meet an old man in good spirit.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

40. Believe advertisement is true.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

41. Even though nobody sees it, still nod while talking on phone.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

Usually Japanese nod and say “Hai, Hai…” on the phone. :p Youtube Channel: Shenlimtv

42. Get off the train automatically to make way for the people behind when the train is too crowded.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

43. Press the floor button and hold the open button naturally for other passengers in an elevator.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

44. Never sound the horn while driving; never ring the bell while riding a bicycle.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

45. Never worry even though the bag zip is open. Even leave it at the seat while away to order starbucks coffee.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

46. Speak Japanglish while speaking English. (watch my previous video lol Youtube Channel: Shenlimtv)

47. Stand by left hand side at the escalator, letting people pass by right hand side. (Osaka is opposite side)

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

48. Keep the trash in our bags and throw it at home.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

49. Always carrying handkerchief and portable ashtray.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

50. Wait until the light turns green even though there is no cars on the road.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

51. Line up for everything.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

52. Feel normal to be bowed by public servants.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

 

53. Put mobile phone and wallet at the back pocket, leaving half of it shown to people eyes.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

54. Sit at the park randomly.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

55. Polish shoes once every half year.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

56. Never check if there is toilet paper in the toilet because most of them are electronic toilet.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

57. Never smoke on the street. Find a smoking area to smoke.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

58. No need to wash the vegetable properly. Sometimes even cook it without washing.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

59. No hurries even though the earthquake is happening.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

60. Taking train, going to work, paying bill, everything is punctual.

60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country

 

 

Today’s Naruhodo!

I have lived in Japan for 6 years and I agreed with all above 60 habits! Every time I went back to Malaysia, I couldn’t help but keep doing some of these habits and what I got was strange eyes from surrounding.

However, we can say that most of these habits can only be acquired under a well-developed society, for instance a safe environment with low crime rate.

Throughout the years, I always got questions like “Shen, why did you have to go Japan for study? It’s the same studying in Malaysia.” 

Yes, It might be the same in terms of studying a certain field of knowledge, but you won’t get to form any of these habits if you don’t live in Japan. And some of these habits, can really make us a better human being when it comes to building a better society. (Some are not necessary though :p)

How many habits in the list have you acquired from living in Japan? Share with us. ^^

A Chinese Malaysian, Blogger, Vlogger on YouTube, Tour Guide in Japan. He believes 1 day his videos can bring Japan and Malaysia together. マレーシア華人、ブロガー、YouTubeクリエイター、日本にいるツアーガイドです。いつか自分の動画は日本とマレーシアを繋げる架け橋になると信じています。 Read more ABOUT him.