This is my second year living in Japan. I arrived in April last year as a student of one of the universities of Honshu Island and have had a lot of new and life-changing experiences during my stay here. Japan has made me learn many things, not only academically from university but in life in general as well.
So this article is a penny of thoughts about the things that I learned mostly by living in this country. Maybe these apply to you too.
The first thing that amazed me when I had only just arrived in Japan is how healthy the old people are here. They still walk fast, and sometimes I see them exercising in the park. This fact is truly incredible, although this country has an ageing citizens problem. If you come from third world countries maybe some of you are aware that many people there die in their 70s, 60s, 50s, or in some cases even 40s because of health issues. But here in Japan, 60-year-old people are considered young! So it is necessary to learn how to keep a healthy style from them, and among other things, to watch what you eat and keep everything clean.
I know that sometimes Japanese people can appear to be crazy workaholics. But on the other hand, their habits also affected me to start to work / study seriously, professionally and harder too. Believe it or not, your hard work in the end will be fruitful. Some people say that Japanese schools give good grades easily. I believe it is because the people are also hardworking and accurate too, so the good results come from their hard work.
I come from a capital city in my country. As a city of a growing country, it is also in the progress of development. It is truly affected how the young people behave and here in Japan I learned something new. I don’t live in Tokyo, but I do live in one of the bigger cities in Japan. I learned how to be humble and down to earth, most importantly living my life to its fullest. I like to see how people have a good quality of life, but they still act like regular people. No showing off, no competition, and no euphoria for being acknowledged by other people. As an example, no young people in my country ride a bicycle. They don’t like it and, of course, prefer driving a car. But here everybody rides a bicycle no matter who you are.
So thanks to Japan I am continuing to learn a lot and I hope I can stay here longer!