I definitely had a past life in Japan! I'm writing this from Japan and thinking..."Dang why is everything so "perfect"? Of course this is only the second city I've visited in Japan. I do have my favorite cities of course. I encourage everyone to visit all the cities to see which one fits you best. You can usually tell right off the bat if a city is your vibe though. I'm going to try and get to as many Japanese cities as I can while in Asia though. The handy bullet trains are a great way to see them all, esp in Fall when the leaves are turning and the temperatures are cooling. I'll do my best to get some new camera tech to share the Fall beauty on my blog. :)
P.S. Don't be a spongebob mocking meme if you don't agree with something that I write on my blog. This is my blog, my experiences, and my sharing is caring posts. Don't be an ass if you don't agree or believe something that I share. Be respectful is all I'm saying. :)
* Polite - Japanese people are really polite. Sure there are some stories of ignorance here and there, but I do feel that all ignorance can be cured with a little patience and education. I've found the Japanese to have a great sense of humor so far. I've laughed with taxi drivers and store workers thus far. I also received a free Japanese Fan as a gift at an accommodation. I'm not used to the bowing yet though.
* Jobs are Done Right - A store worker cracked me up when I was helping her bag some items. She gave me that testy "mom look" like "Girl if you don't let me do my 1 job". hahaha The Japanese pride themselves in their work. It doesn't matter what work it is...cleaning bullet trains or making sure your items are perfectly taped and in the right bags with similar items. In America, people often just want to get the job done as fast and easily as possible. They don't care if you bag your own items or self checkout. haha The "You had one job" statement joke doesn't apply to the Japanese. They get their 1 job done right the first time! Meticulous!
* Clean & Organized - I'm a bit of a Germaphobe so I feel at home in Japan. I've been amazed twice at the cleanliness of their accommodations so far. I'm sure they aren't all perfect, but so far I've seen clean streets, clean accommodations, slippers in plastic, signs that remind people how to treat spaces, recycling containers, and organized store items.
* Accommodating - Many Japanese accommodations go beyond any other country in providing you with everything that you can imagine. Their toiletry kits come with everything! It doesn't matter if it's a budget hostel or a luxury accommodation! Most American plugs work with Japanese sockets as well.
* Quiet & Privacy - I've always liked that the Japanese are a bit introverted. Many people are a little extroverted and introverted. Privacy is appreciated when you're tired and just want to relax in a city. Quiet streets, quiet visitors, and quiet locals are all appreciated in Japan. You will get a good nights sleep in most places! I've yet to hear one car honk at a driver yet! Patience is a virtue! The quiet can get to some visitors though after awhile. I personally like it though. You can always have a good laugh with store owners and taxi drivers if you need it. You can also hit up a Meetup.com group if you need some chatty time.
* Safe - I haven't felt unsafe in Japan's cities. I often stay where the foreigners and locals have a good balance. It's great for having a bit of your comfort zone and being around locals. You'll have locals that know enough english around you to assist if necessary. Walking at night is also pretty safe if you need to make a convenience store run.
* Easy Basic Language - The words for Hello and Thank you can go a long way in any language! Japanese is pretty easy in that regard. It will come easy for anyone!
* Ninja Warriors - I don't mean to get all hehehe girly about Japanese men, but I did see a group of some "ninja warriors" jogging around in one Japanese city. I don't know if they were part of a sport's team or what. They were cute though...mmmmkay. ;) There are also Japanese experiences in pretty much every city that allows you to learn about their martial arts.
* Nature - Parks, Japanese gardens, etc, etc
* Cats - Cat Cafes, Park Cats, Cat Islands, etc. One woman did a survey with me at one Japanese city and gave me a little white cat gift for participating. I'm starting to think that the Japanese just carry around little gifts to give to people for their time and/or accommodation stays?? One foreigner mentioned the same when they assisted a Japanese couple out. They got a little bag of candies. Maybe this is part of Japanese culture to have little goodie bags with them as an Arigato thank you.
* Creativity - Even the graffiti that I've seen (was a great thing to see actually) in one city was nice. Cities in the South are a bit more laid back than cities in the North. However, you will find creativity in fashion to art in every city. Museums are everywhere as well! Japanese architecture is art in itself. It's around every corner mixed in with convenience stores, apartments, parks, etc.
* Bike and Walking Friendly - I don't ride bikes that much. I don't mind walking though. I haven't seen a lot of hills so far. The walking is pretty easy to do. You will see bikers everywhere though. There's something calming and relaxing about cities where people just bike everywhere, esp when they have high speed transportation. It's cute.