60 Habits You Formed In Japan That Will Never Work In Your Country
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
(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.
2. Think all policeman are kind and friendly. They joke with you and even would lend you money to take taxi.
3. Have no idea what a counterfeit money is because there is no such thing in Japan.
4. Never lock my bicycle when stopping by somewhere for errands. Things never get stolen even I leave my belongings on the bicycle.
5. Drink the tap water whenever feel thirsty.
6. Never count the change I got from the cashier. Anyway, there is never shortchange.
7. Bow to everyone even strangers. In Japan, it’s common to be bowed.
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.
9. Never look around while crossing the road.
10. Barefoot once got home.
11. Never ask who it is before opening the door.
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.
13. Became a fan of vegetable.
14. Started to think that piracy is illegal.
15. Lost curiosity towards restaurants. All restaurants look the same in Japan. Similar menu, similar price.
16. Put umbrellas on the umbrella stand outside the house. Never mind. Nobody would steal it.
17. Don’t know how to choose good quality vegetable. Everything looks good in the super market.
18. Can’t bargain anymore. Every price in Japan is fixed.
19. Don’t know how to open doors except my home because all doors are automated.
20. “Sumimasen” became a common saying.
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.
22. No need to bring toilet paper while go out. Every public toilet has toilet paper.
23. Got used to carrying two wallets. One for bill, one for coins.
24. Never worry there is no elevator while going out with baby-car.
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.
26. Never worry about the short amount of the purchased food.
27. Tend to believe that sea food is cheaper than meat.
28. Strongly feel that littering and spitting everywhere is an evil behavior.
29. Never worry to be discriminated by accent.
30. Never worry to get thought strangely by others for just-playing-no-buying in a toy shop.
31. Think that a clean city is a basic human need.
32. Think that every corner or public space should have vending machines.
33. Abandoned the belief of “cheap-things-are-all-bad”. Because 100 yen shop things are really cheap but excellent!
34. Believe all shops’ sales are real.
35. Be surprised at the news about accidents.
36. Think that making mistakes is strange.
37. Think that all food is safe and clean.
38. Got used to waiting for public transportation according to the schedule.
39. Feel normal to meet an old man in good spirit.
40. Believe advertisement is true.
41. Even though nobody sees it, still nod while talking on phone.
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.
43. Press the floor button and hold the open button naturally for other passengers in an elevator.
44. Never sound the horn while driving; never ring the bell while riding a bicycle.
45. Never worry even though the bag zip is open. Even leave it at the seat while away to order starbucks coffee.
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)
48. Keep the trash in our bags and throw it at home.
49. Always carrying handkerchief and portable ashtray.
50. Wait until the light turns green even though there is no cars on the road.
51. Line up for everything.
52. Feel normal to be bowed by public servants.
53. Put mobile phone and wallet at the back pocket, leaving half of it shown to people eyes.
54. Sit at the park randomly.
55. Polish shoes once every half year.
56. Never check if there is toilet paper in the toilet because most of them are electronic toilet.
57. Never smoke on the street. Find a smoking area to smoke.
58. No need to wash the vegetable properly. Sometimes even cook it without washing.
59. No hurries even though the earthquake is happening.
60. Taking train, going to work, paying bill, everything is punctual.
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. ^^