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What are some of the things you like most about living in Japan?

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Being a total outsider.

4 ( +12 / -8 )

Japan is relatively clean, safe, well organized (we see this in Tokyo, Osaka and other big cities; five, ten, twenty million people, the level of efficiency is excellent), and people mind their own business.

Incredibly rich culture, there’s always something new to learn.

Toilets everywhere.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

I have two, My most liked is the Onsen, No 2 the Japaneses culture EG. when I see school children walking home from school enjoying playing around in the snow, which is rarity in the western culture and it bring back memory of the fun we had when we had no such danger that exists in todays western culture.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

The toilets!

S

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Young kids out playing all day without supervision. Most of my best childhood memories come from those lazy summer days. I was happy my kids could have them as well. My brothers kids back home -all play is supervised play. I think that is quite sad.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

The service is top notch, the cleanliness and orderliness of the surroundings is impeccable, and public transportation is reliable. Plus, as someone who loves to bike, the country is cyclable.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Food, onsen, and nature are my top 3

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Clean toilets, conbini services, online shopping (no porch pirates), CYCLING, skiing & snowboarding is still very affordable, trains accessible almost everywhere and driving is so easy (tho the racist process of getting the license is awful).

Oh and yes, onsen.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

some things - like most

You make me fear. Most implies that it is only one liked thing, the most liked one, not some and also not many.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Beautiful mountains and forests. Just about every mountain you can see will have paths to the top. Excellent mountain roads for cycling. Well maintained camping areas deep in the mountains. Amazing fishing in rivers. A lot of natural areas to explore. I'm from Australia and sometimes it feels like everywhere that isn't a national park is farmland that you aren't allowed to enter. I love deep inaka, far away from Tokyo or Osaka, where traditions still continue. People are friendly and will invite you to their homes. If my parents invited random people in their 20s around for dinner or to go drinking I would find that extremely strange, seems more normal here.

Cheap alcohol and you can drink anywhere. I love drinking beers down by the river in summer. If I did that back home and the cops saw me there'd be trouble. Restaurants can be cheap and the servers leave you alone. I feel safe enough here to take trains and walk around at any time of day or night.

And one of the most amazing things: just about anyone with a job can afford to rent a place of their own.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

It a very difficult to put a single one first. Living my wonderful life with my spouse.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Toilets everywhere

Yes! Especially the Washlets! And the fact that outside of Tokyo, no one has an issue with you using them freely. And they are super clean. Second cleanest toilets after Dubai.

Another thing is the drinking style in Japan. You just sit lazily at a table and shout Sumimasen and the staff come and take your order. Trying to get staff's attention in the west can be a pain. Nomihodai as well. Private rooms (Koshitsu) and a place where you can remove your shoes (Zashiki)

Onsen.

Mountains. I am a mountain lover as is my wife and we love exploring tiny hamlets up in the mountains of various prefectures.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Sorry. forgot to add the following:

Most important is the abundance of old traditional martial arts dojo (which is what originally brought me here decades ago)

No tipping.

24 convenience stores that sell everything you need 24/7

6 ( +6 / -0 )

The fact that nearly everyone is Japanese.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

General lack of aggression and machismo. Nice people with a fundamental sense of respect.

We live in the countryside, so mountains, fresh air, super affordable land. Loads of great roads to cycle on without idiots in sports cars or a 4x4 haring round blind corners.

The chance to design and build a house (twice!). Completely unaffordable in the UK.

Snow, autumn colour, new greenery in spring.

The ability to let my kids walk (miles) to school or their mates houses without people telling me to worry about paedos.

Great internet (given that its the countryside)

Cost of living that is low enough for us to have three kids and most people to not use food banks. In Japan, we get extra benefits for child #3, in the UK you get nothing (i.e., the benefits stop at child #2).

9 ( +10 / -1 )

I liked being a foreigner who can speak Japanese. It opens up conversations pretty much anywhere I go in Japan, with some pretty interesting people, and because the majority of them have never really talked to a foreigner beyond 'my name is Shota' and 'konnichiwa, Jim desu', they are often very interested in being able to talk to someone who can engage them on conversations about politics, religion, business, and cross-culture stuff etc. It's usually their first experience directly hearing comments like this, rather than something filtered through a translator.

Of course, sometimes, such as when I just wanted to catch a taxi home after a long day at the office, I didn't necessarily want to have a conversation, but more often than not, I enjoyed the interactions with people.

I also love the hotsprings, the food, and the fact that people are generally polite. You don't get a lot of a$$holes in Japan by default.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

Not going to lie, the food was a big draw for me.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

If only I'd been asked this question before! haha. This is the kind of question you get good responses for from people who have been living here a short time. After having been here so long not having been home much in that time, it's hard to objectively say. Unless convenies back home have changed a lot, I think I can safely say the convenience stores here are still bar none the best (save for ATMs and some other nit-picky things). Service for the most part at most shops is decent and staff very well-mannered, and places are pretty clean (not quite as clean as some posters make them out to be, but still).

4 ( +4 / -0 )

The lack of alienated immigrant populations committing crimes.

Blue sky in winter.

24 hour access to alcohol.

One in three of the population is not obese..

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

You can drink anywhere outside, the women generally look and dress nice and you can find a toilet pretty easily.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Too many to mention..

Kaitenzushi, yakiniku and family diner like Joyful, etc cant remember how much family time we spent with the kids here.

The cars, big fan of their kei cars and family wagonsha.

The electronics, very durable and good quality, love kotatsu in the winter

Karaoke, video games (big switch fan, fun times with the kids)

many drop in sport circles for just a few hunded yen

anime, manga

Uniqlo and Shimamura

100 yen shops like Daiso, Seria

safe , clean, good service

ETC

Okinawa, stunning beaches, great culture and nature

paypay and the likes

-merkari, bought tons of used stuff still in good quality for fraction of new price

-don xiqote

-nitori

-vending machines

good quality fresh fruits, somehow the fruits just taste better than back home

-SA/PA, service area parking area...gotta love the rest areas where I can shop, eat...

-the list goes on and on....

1 ( +2 / -1 )

It's not often I agree with Strangerland, but... yeah, what he said.

Plus - onsen under falling snow.

The snow.

Generally high level of public safety

Fascinating history and culture

Izakaya

Karaoke boxes

Tonkotsu ramen

Geographic variety

Tetrapods

2 ( +4 / -2 )

The cost-of-living is pleasant.

Food is delicious.

People are nice and friendly.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

One in three of the population is not obese..

What part of Japan are you living in where only one in three are not obese?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Oh yes, some of you already mentioned this. The people. In the US and Europe, you can get punched/attacked for just looking at someone in the eyes…; generally speaking, that will never happen in Japan with a Japanese person…;

in Japan, people still remember the meaning of honesty and politeness…, they will bring your food to your door without licking it or stealing pieces of it and they will give you all the attention in the world when you’re in a store or in a restaurant…;

people are too aggressive in the West… this aggressiveness… the lying and the rudeness… in the West, this is automatically part of our daily lives. But this is not the case in Japan…; some people criticize honne and tatemae but (I don’t care about thoughts, I mean, they’re justthoughts, so) I like/prefer the non-confrontational side of Japanese people.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

The first couple of things that come to mind are great and affordable healthcare and lower taxes without filing Japanese taxes. Other than that, great train transportation, healthy foods and a safe country (compared to my country).

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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