cleanliness

5 Reasons That Make Japan a Clean and Green Country

Japan remains to be one of the cleanest places to live in despite having some of its own environmental issues. One of which is the problem they face when it comes to putting away garbage such as the situation in the Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). However, overall, it is a pretty clean country. It has…

Why Are There So Few Public Trash Cans in Japan?

In many countries, public places such as city streets and local parks have a large number of trash cans that are easy to spot where you can easily dispose of your drink container, gum wrapper, or sandwich wrapping. However, one thing that soon becomes apparent to many travelers after being in Japan for any length…

Oshibori (Hot Towel) and Hospitality Culture in Japan

If you ever visited a middle to high class Japanese restaurant, you most likely would be handed a pack of white hot towels in a basket before they serve you any drink or appetizer. In most cases, people do not have any idea what to do with it and would look to others for some…

Japan and Sweden – Kindred Spirits

crossed-flag-pins.com When I lived in China, I observed that Chinese people share a lot in common with the Italians: both have a passionate love affair with eating (in substantial quantities), both are social people of the garrulous and vociferous sort, both have a strong emphasis on the importance of family and a love of children……