Among the uniqueness and modernity of Japan, following things make me, sometimes, miss this country.
- The Japanese, actually, really know that to keep themselves away from trouble is less interaction with stranger, especially gaijin (foreigner). However, they are very helpful and friendly. For instance, every time I encountered my neighbor at her house, she always greeted me and nodded, even she didn’t smile. Also, there have been many times I asked about place or street to random people, then they didn’t only tell me how to get there (in Japanese), but sometimes walked with to make sure I was on my way.
- The toilet in this country has enhanced my standard of hygiene. I am kind of person prefer to use water than only toilet paper in bathroom, and Japan provides both of them, there is always tissue and its stockpile in the toilet. I really like the bidet toilet with warm water during winter.
- In spite of the fare, I’ve never been disappointed by its transportation system and traffic. It’s in time, safe, traceable, and comfortable. I haven’t seen plastic/ metal for bus and train seat. Besides, the officers are so informative and helpful. I’ve lost my ticket train once, and he nicely allowed me to walk out. In fact, I don’t even remember whether I have heard horn on the street.
- The seasons never let you not to be fashionable and beautiful. Clearly, the fashion police is not necessary to judge the Japanese whatever-I-want-to-wear style. It’s interesting to watch something not normal in your country is very normal in Japan. For example, the men with hand bag and women obsessed with blush on are normal views in this country.
- No tipping culture is so wonderful. There is always change, even ¥1 for any cash you pay. What the most interesting for me as Indonesian was no administration fee for bank account, even I could leave ¥0 balance. As well as, the money itself is always in good condition. Seems the Japanese do not fold and streak their money. One time, I was reminded by an officer at a station when she looked my rolled banknote.
- The internet access is super fast. That’s why traveling in this country is not really challenging.
- You won’t be hungry and thirsty because vending machine is everywhere. It’s not surprising to find the machine on the way hiking up a mountain.
- Functional small stuff such as change tray at cashier to put money and receive your change; wet towel in restaurant to clean your hand; free tissue given for free nearby traffic light; and change machine in a bus.
- The security feeling of wandering around at night. As female loving solo traveling, I had been in this situation a lot and, never felt insecure.
How about you? What makes you missing Japan?