Since arriving in Tokyo, there are so many everyday interactions and experiences that I have learned to love here. The Japanese hospitality, social etiquettes, and the amazing public transport system are obvious ones but there are a few other things that I see and experience that I absolutely love and very rarely see, if at all, in my hometown back in New Zealand. Check out only 5 of the many reasons to love the Japan life!
Yes, it’s true – the dogs here in Japan are very particular about what they wear and they, too, dress appropriately for every occasion! In fact, most have better fashion sense than me. It’s sad but very true. It’s a ‘tough’ life as a pup in Japan where their pampering far exceeds their trendy clothes. I often see them being pushed around in baby strollers, riding the local subway, sightseeing around famous temples, and enjoying the wind in their face inside the front basket of a push-bike. It’s true bliss for the pups of Japan and is something I take great joy in seeing every day!
This is a genius invention. Personally, I love everything about the high-tech toilets here, from the fake flushing sounds that drown out all the lovely noises that occur inside a cubicle, to its warm toilet seat function which is a heavenly addition in winter. However, my favorite function of all is the bidet washlet. Who knew a simple squirt of warm water as an additional feature to a toilet could be so satisfying? The Japanese, of course! On top of that, it’s even considered more hygienic too. I will most definitely have to try and smuggle home one of these with me when I leave!
There’s something unusually awesome about having specific work slippers. It’s the small things in life I love and this is definitely one of them. Wearing slippers at work gives me a warm, homey feeling that I’ve never experienced in any of my previous work environments. Most people (very, very generally speaking) do not particularly enjoy going to work, but by making the work environment that little bit more homey, it’s almost like working from home. Genius. Wearing slippers indoors and even having separate bathroom slippers is a Japanese etiquette that goes back for centuries as a sign of respect and to prevent dirt from getting on the floors. This is something I will definitely incorporate into my daily life when I return home. I don’t think I can ever wear shoes inside again!
Seeing the number of 60-plus-year-old men and women cycling past me every day on their push bikes always puts an instant smile on my face. I absolutely love how active the elderly are here. Whether it’s seeing them out and about late at night on trains, or hiking past me on my way up (what seemed like millions of stairs) to Fushimi Inari Shrine, or even running faster than me on my morning jog around the Tamagawa River easily putting me to shame. Nonetheless, it’s so inspiring and refreshing to see! I also love seeing more bicycles than cars on the roads in my local neighborhood. It’s no wonder the Japanese tend to live such long, healthy lives. They all seem so active!
Many people know that Japan is considered a place where customer service and hospitality are always at a very high standard and is one of the many aspects that make this country so lovable. One of those amazing services is the same day re-delivery service that local postal companies, like Yamato, provide. I’m not sure what the postal services in your home country are like, but back in New Zealand, if you miss your parcel, you can only schedule a re-delivery for the next business day or the other option is to head to the nearest branch to pick it up, which aren’t very convenient options, especially on a Friday. However, in Japan, you can schedule a parcel to be redelivered any day of the week in certain 2-3 hour time slots with the latest option for delivery usually being 6-9 pm. It’s brilliant and can all be done on the internet or over the phone! Easy-peasy Japanesey!
These are only 5 of the many reasons why Japan is so loveable! Like every other country in the world, there are cons to living here too, but the many pros far outweigh those cons. It is such a unique and wonderful place to live in. From the lovely people you will meet, to the hospitality, convenience, and all of the reasons above, there is no doubt that you will cherish many memories here if you get the opportunity to travel to or live in this beautiful country. If you do, enjoy and make the most of it!