- Lines. Always and everywhere
Japanese always create the lines. Everywhere you go, you will find a line waiting for something. Are you waiting for a subway on an empty platform? It doesn’t matter. You should stay in a right place and don’t you dare to wait in other spot.
- Stairs with the arrows
Just in case if you forget which side you should use to go on stairs in a correct way. I have never seen any rebel Japanese who went down on the stairs where the arrows showed to go up. Rule is the rule and no discussion.
- Ticket machine in a subway
Let’s be honest. If you don’t know Japanese, there is no possibility in this world to know which button you should press. There is no English version and the menu isn’t intuitive. First time in subway is tricky. Oh wait – the second, and the third and…every time is tricky in Japanese subway!
- Make up fixing. Everywhere.
If you have ever thought that women spend a lot of time in front of the mirror, then you should see it in Japanese style. Doing a full make up in the subway, at the train station or anywhere else is common. The size of the mirrors they have in their bags is not. They are huge ;)
- Green tea ice creams, cookies, chocolate
If you think that a green tea is only for drinking, then you need to go to Japan. A green tea flavor is very popular in all kinds of desserts. If you can imagine any dessert, you will find it with green filling as well. Green ice cream, green tea pudding, green tea cake? Whatever you can think about, it’s in Japan.
- Smartphones in subway
No further comments needed for that one. Are you going to take a subway? Don’t forget to take your smartphone. Otherwise you will look weird just sitting there.
- Models of food and drinks in the restaurants
In case you don’t know what to order in a restaurant, you can always show it on the life-size food model. There is a model for everything, even for the black tea, in case you forget how does it look like. Japanese are well prepared.
- Laundry machine
Laundry time? Good luck with that. It’s impossible to understand a word. Better buy a double pair of everything ;)
- Black cables everywhere
If you’re dreaming about the blue sky from the postcards of Japan – forget about it. Right above your head you can find a thousands of cables and it’s a standard in Japan. You won’t be able to see much more than that.
- Bills without the numbers
Do you want to know how much should you pay for a dinner? Well, don’t be so curious J Be prepared for the bills without the numbers. It’s not so rare to get a bill like this.
- Trains for women only
It might be surprising that in such a modern country there is a division for the cabins for women and men, but in Japan it is a norm. Pay attention where you go, and of course, don’t forget to wait in an appropriate spot!
- Small kids alone in the subway
I have never seen so small kids coming back from school alone. They might be 4 years old, but still there is nobody to take care of them. Japan is very safe, but still, you feel weird seeing small kids around.
- Food like from a fairy tail
You can’t be bored in Japan, especially with the food. If you don’t feel like eating a regular meal, you can always find something crazy and colorful, like a Hello Kitty sushi. Even if your day isn’t good, at least your meals will be fun.
- Hilarious roadwork equipment
Why should one produce gray, sad and very professional construction equipment, when it can be a pink bunny helping with road works? If you can have a pink bunny, then always take a pink bunny. Even though you are 30 years old professional construction worker.
- Thinking about the details. Always.
Japanese really care about the details and are very predictable. You can expect any useful and convenient help in the weirdest places. For instance, a small hook for the umbrella next to the urinal. You don’t want to put it right on the floor, do you? Japanese will resolve your every problem.
Do you have other observations about Japan?