Here are some more random reasons to love Japan:
1 – Designated smoking areas
I can not stand people who smoke while they are walking in the streets. In Japan, there are smoking areas in all public places.
2 – No tipping culture
There is absolutely no tipping in Japan – restaurants, hotels, taxi drivers all do not accept tips and some might get offended if you do so. Their philosophy is to provide the best service and expect nothing in return.
3 – Public places are always clean
Have you ever seen a cleaning worker get on his knees to scrape off a piece of gum on the floor? No matter what their job is, they take it seriously and do it with passion. People are constantly cleaning in train stations, public bathrooms and malls.
4 – Attentive to other’s needs
“Oh no, I don’t have a spoon in my hotel room, how am I going to eat my yogurt? Just when I thought that, I was relieved to find a spoon in the plastic bag. I can’t remember how many times they have forgotten to give me utensils for take-outs in NYC.
5 – Plenty of places to sit and rest
Japanese people don’t seem to mind getting on long lines. It makes it easier when you have a place to sit while waiting.
When you are feeling tired, you will always find a place to take a break.
6 – Cushioned train seats
Not only bullet trains but local trains also have soft seats! How do they keep them in such a good condition?
7 – Convenience and efficiency
It is all about being efficient and convenient in Japan. This is just one example – when you are ready to order, simply press the button to call the waiter. Both parties win – customers can take their time to think about what they want to order and waiters can go on with what they have to do until they are called on.
8 – Privacy
I love these booths/cubes at restaurants.
When you are dining alone and you don’t really want to eat in front of a stranger, it is nice to have these partitions too.
9 – Free tissue packs
Companies pass out packs of tissue on the street as a form of advertisement.
10 – End of day discounts
In supermarkets and the food section of department stores, obento and sushi boxes go on sale 30 minutes before closing time. It is interesting to watch as the staff change the price of the items and customers gather around to get their bargain.
Half price?! That is $10 for a box of sushi. Why not?