You may have come across these types of lists when it comes to people, places, and/or things. I often prefer the lists that talk about things that someone may LOVE vs hate.
The "negative" lists always make me laugh when 9 out of 10 "complaints" are 1st World Problems vs Real World Problems. Yall know what I'm talking about. We know every country has issues.
Ex: Individual fruit wrapped in plastic from a Japanese supermarket or convenience store is NOT a problem. haha That banana is cozy in all its cute little layers. hehe Plastic seems to come up a lot with people though. I get it, but again it's NOT a problem. ;) Air Pollution is a much bigger issue is all I'm saying.
If you're looking to make a list of your own, try to focus on statistic categories that you can find at sites like https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/. It's a great run down of things that everyone loves learning more about. You should also take into account your budget. People with money and flexibility will always have a different perspective and experience in life.
Remember that EVERYTHING has a solution as well. People just need to do their research for the best alternatives that fit their particular foreigner needs and lifestyles.
On that note, here are the Top 8 Things that I love about the countries that I've lived in so far.
I can't really count MY though during the pandemic. The drugstores and international organic health food imports have been a surprising highlight though.
Despite being a digital nomad, my experiences can still be experienced by those who settle in for the long haul. It's just nice to try new locations every now and then for perspective. Some cities, islands, etc in a country allow for better experiences than other locations in the same country.
This list is mainly about food options because ehhh I've been overseas for awhile aka perspective.
1. Delivery Services - Everything delivers. Nuff said.
2. Food Portions - Big portions can make you feel like you're getting value, esp during those PMS weeks. You can always take a reusable container with you for leftovers...or get it delivered.
3. Ride Shares - You don't need to own a car in America to get somewhere. There's also delivery.
4. Comedy - America has some of my favorite comedians. Americans are pretty funny.
5. Authentic Cuisines - You can visit Epcot to local eateries and feel like you've been around the World. America is a melting pot of many different cultures.
6. American Chinese Food - You can still get a Panda Express fix in Japan though. I'm talking about more of the Chinese Ma and Pa restaurants that pop up. It's often a weekend food treat for many.
7. Vegan Food - American Vegan companies are now getting started in Asia though. It's nice to have options around the World for balance.
8. Halloween - Halloween is still a treasure to Americans. Luckily it's celebrated in other parts of the World as well, esp Japan.
JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA
1. Convenience Stores - I LOVE the tasty convenience stores. They really are everywhere. Japan has my favorite convenience stores and supermarkets though.
Delivery services and Costcos exist as well for stocking up convenience.
2. Homegrown - Both countries can be very "homey" in their meals. You can "taste the farm" in other words. There are a lot of pesticide free and organic prepared meals. The soups warm the heart and soul. My favorite soups remain to be from East Asia.
3. Nature - Both countries are beautiful when you get away from the city and people. Both have islands as well if you want different temperatures, air quality, etc.
4. Quirky - Both countries have quirky entertainment (music to variety shows to styles). It's much more "wholesome" as well in many aspects when compared to America, despite Kpop just being a mix of Jpop and American pop music. You may not understand what you're watching though if you don't speak the language. Youtube subtitles and translators are the solutions. Many young adults speak English these days though to avoid confusions.
5. Robots - Nuff said.
6. Work ethic - You can get some work done, esp in the northern cities. Co-working spaces are everywhere (coworker.com, Ginza's new Starbuck co-working space, etc).
7. Walking and Biking - If you love to walk and/or bike, you'll find a lot of people who do as well. Electric scooters are also around. The overall safety also allows for comfortable walking and biking.
8. Low Birth Rates - If you PREFER more adults and/or elderly around you, both countries are winning on that note. There's always cute pets in clothes, robot pets, cute amusement parks, cute plushies/stuffed animals, cute cafes, etc. You will not miss children. We can stop at Generation Z. Yes? No? The well-behaved ones are alright I guess. Just saying. hehe :)
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