Things in Japan that won't make sense in the States
Japan v America
Sometimes we all get a little "culture shock" when visiting a new country. Although Japan is a highly modernized country, there are still some customs that may not make sense to a foreigner. Lets take a look at some of those customs that you may not be used to being from the States.
- Melons are very expensive (like 300$ per level of expensive) A fresh Melon is a very expensive delicacy in Japan
- You have special shoes for the bathroom (in someone’s house) And also slippers for the rest of the house as well
- Slurping your food is a good thing in Japan Unlike the West, slurping your food shows that you find it delicious
- KFC is literally how you celebrate Christmas (with Christmas cake too) You would have to pre-order your chicken dinner up to one to two months in advanced.
- Japanese Schools don’t have janitors It's the responsibility of the students to keep the schools clean.
- It’s okay to fall asleep at work (for like 5-10 minutes, not hours)
- Girls in “ganguro” which is a style of putting heavy, skin darkening face paint on.
- Love Hotels are a thing
- Accidentally pay extra for your train ticket and be stopped at the destination station by the attendant with a refund
The List (continued)
- Incredible customer service is a standard
- Bathe naked with strangers
- Buy beer/cigarettes from a vending machine
- Eat Japanese inspired pizza, pastas, and other things that you wouldn’t find in any other country "Mayonnaise-Corn Pizza"
- Curry Flavored Soft Drinks
- Get free tissue packets on the streets
- Reliable, to the second, public transit
- Maid cafés, owl cafés, cat cafés, really any kind of café with a theme
- Drinking on public streets/trains
- 6-7 different types of recycling bins lined up