Favorite Things About Japan (Part 4)

February 10, 2018
Some of you might say that I am an weeboo because I like Japanese things such as anime. It is much more than cartoon and toilets that can wash your button. And I have written already all about it. Recently I written an entry about few things that I
February 10, 2018
Some of you might say that I am an weeboo because I like Japanese things such as anime. It is much more than cartoon and toilets that can wash your button. And I have written already all about it. Recently I written an entry about few things that I want in my house. This article is a bit different. With their advancement in technology that everyone will envy to the deep heritage there is something whimsical about Japan people love. Yes, you guessed it… This is another list but these are the things we wished to have in our countries. And yet again, this are in random order.
1.) Trust- Leaving things unattended in America on a table like your $2500 MacBook while you use the restroom in Starbucks, you better belief it you are asking for it to be stolen. And it is not just your laptop or suitcase… you can leave your car unlocked with an iPod sitting on the dashboard and keys in the ignition and nobody will take it. In recent months there had been many thieves stealing deliveries from peoples porches. In Japan if you even had a security camera, people will not steal it. And parking of trustworthiness, law in Japan is touch. After watching documentaries about Japanese jail, you would not like it one bit… first of all you are being disciplined. And second you have to respond and obey to any order that is given, if you have to march in a group or go to work… you had to do it. Laziness would not be tolerated. I am very gentle guy, but if you murdered someone and you are convicted, it is automatic death. Japan is praised on being the safest country and nobody had a firearm, unless you are a farmer and boars keep eating and destroying your crops.
2.) Vending Machines- I remember we had an vendding machine in high school that sold ice cream or popsicles, and the rest were Gatorade, fruit juice or water. Majority of vending machines dispanse soda or chips. And only in Japan you can buy beer from the vending machine any time of the day. And underage drinking might not really exist in Japan, unlike in America. Even some vending machines have an heating element that dispances hot beverages. depending on your preferance. Vending machines make things a lot convenient and I wish we could have more of them in America.
3.) Kids- Children in Japan are unique. Not only they study hard, they are very independent. Schools do not employ janitors to clean common areas, because youngsters are being taught how to be tidy and not forgetting selfsefficiant. Children are being asked even to buy groceries or ride two trains to their school across big cities. This would not even be acceptable in America. American kids start to be more independent in teen years. But family togetherness is important. Teenagers tend to focus on studying hard, passings college entrance exams and getting good jobs. Japanese students have really high marks, kids always strive to do better. This kind of ties to the list in Part 2.
4.) Cleanliness- Not only Japan is clean and the recycling in on the different level. If you are replacing you washing machine or computer, dismantlers will take it apart and segragate every little part. And I don't think Japan has many landfills or at all. They trash is either burned or recycled. I don't understand how large cities with over 15 million people manage to stay so clean. In many regions we have some sort of hoarders and they are dirty. Unlike Japanese, they have some sentimental value of their belongings and when it time to let go of them, that particular item like toys or your grandad's rusty toolbox it is given a proper goodbye. Japanese are Shinto and belief that everything has a soul.
5.) Punctuality- Time is extremely important for Japanese or anyone with a busy schedule. I have my own routines in the morning, and even though I sometimes like to sleep in on the weekends, I get up and when I get dressed… Go-Go-Go! I want to take on the day. In Japan every second is valuable. In America where it is common for people to show up five minutes late, Japanese would find that very rude. Even I personally sometimes go nuts, when I am late or if someone wastes my time. To everyones amazement are trains, if your train bound for your destination arrives at 9:15AM, it will arrive at 9:15AM. If your train is late, you will get an written apology and explanation to your teacher or employer why you were late.
6.) Trains- While we are on the topic of trains. Japan was the first country in the world to adapt high speed trains capable of doing 260 km/h and with constant improvements to the lines trains are going faster, 320 km/h. Shinaknsen trains were introduced on October 1, 1964 and they never had an fatal accident. And mantaining the system is a extreemly immaculate work. Shinkansen ridership in 2017 had over one billion passengers. The original plans for the Shinkansen prototype came from the design of Kamikazee fighter planes after Japan put the dark chapters of the war behind. Many counies are asking Japan to use their knowledge or help building their own high speed train system. America is building and will purchase trains from Japan. Thailand and India are building their own with Japanese assistance.
7.) Tiny cars- I was many times in New York City and not too many people drive in big cities. Parking is hard to find and if you find a space it costs a fortune. And residents of big cities if they have a car, Americans like large vehicles. Small cars in Japan are called kei-cars and they have a size restriction. The engine is less than 700CC, but somehow they can still give an punch. And they are very popular because you can park them anywhere or you can fit thorugh narrow streers. Also they come in many body styles from a pick-up truck to a family car. Unfortunately I have seen only one driving on public road, and it was imported. Couple are on large university campuses or private farms. Kei-cars are not allowed on American road because they are very brittle when involved in an collision. Would I see myself diving one? Probably not… My kind of car would be a mid-size sedan.
What would you pick from the list? Personally, I would pick trains. Even though America has an love affair with there cars and prefer to sit in traffic transportation infrastructure needs a lot of updates. But trust would take a top spot. And rhe list is not done yet, there is so much more I like about Japan.