History has a way of creating awkward realizations for future generations. I admit that the colonization history I learned from school has made me avoid the idea of going to Japan and immerse myself into their culture. My boyfriend on the other hand, loves Japan so much he could change his name to Gundam or Daiso anytime.
Long story short, we spent Christmas season in Japan. I set no expectations but I was curious. Then here I am, couldn’t even find the right word to describe how much I love Japan….like so much I’m willing to change my name into Hachika, or Uniqla.
Here are some of the many reasons why I fell in love with Japan and why you will too.
1. Japanese people are incredibly kind
The thing that really made me fall in love with Japan were the people. I couldn’t get over how amazingly, ridiculously kind everyone was, and I’m not yet exaggerating. Throughout our one week stay, all of our dealings with the locals have been pleasant ones- that has to mean something.
Their kindness and hospitality have instantly struck a chord in our hearts – right from day one.
…. the subway officers who tried their best to help us understand their map directions even if they can’t speak English properly
….a lady in the cashier section even came out of her cubicle to assist me even though there were customers waiting
….the stranger inside a ramen restaurant who even drew on his table napkin to give us a clear direction of the route to Don Quijote
….a guy walked us all the way to an address because he spoke no English but made sure we got there
….and the many locals who got out of their way to guide us on Tokyo’s complicated train map
These were just a few scenarios of all the kindness that we have experienced.
2. Vending Machines
In Japan, you are never too far away from a vending machine. This means you are never too far away from energy drinks, hot drink, melons, fried chicken, fresh eggs, books, disposable cameras, books, umbrella and even underwear! Life is made so much easier eh, and they are going all touchscreen too.
Hail to the kingdom of vending machines!
3. Talking Toilets
and just like that, the regular toilets struck me as barbaric…The Japanese were born to make everything cool.