11 Important Things You Need To Know About Japan

Life in Japan
“Happiness can make you feel home”.

If you’re thinking of moving to Japan, there are many things about living in the Land of the Rising Sun that you must know before living here. The Japanese Culture is so much more than sushi, cherry blossoms & anime. Japan has a population of 126,507,477 based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data. Explore the four seasons of Japan.

I have been living in Japan for a year now. I like living in this country but there are advantages and disadvantages of course. It all depends on your preferences. It’s you who’ll decide for it, It’s like jumping off Kiyomizu’s Stage. That means you have to make a big decision in life whether you want to live in Japan or not.

Here are the 11 things you need to know about living in Japan

The food in Japan is absolutely delicious and healthy. They really have a well-balanced diet such as eating fresh vegetables & fruits from the farm, more fish and have some fermented foods with a small serving of rice. Traditional Japanese usually avoid eating processed food nor overly sugary foods as well as too salty. I remember when I first tasted their shortcakes during my first travel in Japan, I couldn’t help myself but eat them a couple of times. I got addicted to it. Now that I started to live in Japan, my skin has amazingly lightened up and that’s the power of eating the right food every day.

Japan is one of the cleanest countries in the world. Most people don’t throw their trash on the ground. For them cleaning in everything is the best. That’s why at a very young age, children are trained to clean their schools, how to use the toilets and clean up after eating. Most of the large cities in Japan are incredibly clean including their public toilets/comfort rooms. They have even heated toilet seats during winter. It’s very impressive. I feel like I can stay in their toilet for 2 hours. LOL! It’s very comfortable, but since CoVID-19 is still hitting the country. It becomes cleaner even more. Sanitizers are everywhere especially when you enter some supermarkets or malls.

I usually call their convenient stores as “Super Stores” because it’s a very essential part of their community since they go there whenever they need to buy something especially if you’re in a hurry. You can even pay your bills, withdraw money, send money, buy bento for your lunch or dinner, and get some small packed of cosmetics and beauty products pretty quickly. Most of their convenient stores are located everywhere.

Japan is a very safe country. This country remains the world’s lowest crime rates. I can even walk alone at night without any fear because in Japan they don’t have gun ownership law and is considered as illegal, but of course, you still need to be careful as a woman some people might harm you whenever they got drunk or depressed. I think that’s pretty common wherever you go.

Japanese Public Transportation is very clean, so comfortable and very punctual. They have different kinds of trains like Shinkansen or the bullet train, JR Trains, Private lines that connect Kyoto and Osaka in just a few minutes, and Japanese subways. Another transportation is taking the bus. The only problem with their transportation is that some of their signage, time schedules and announcements are in Japanese. If you live in the countryside just like me, you really need to have a car or a bicycle to make your life easier.

After staying in Japan for 3 months. you will be issued a Japanese Residence Card. This card is going to be your official ID in Japan, and it is required by law to be carried with you at all times, consider it as your underwear. It should be present as always. You can use this card when you apply some mobile plan or when you to go to the hospital. If you bring this with you, it would be a great help to your everyday life in Japan.

Japan is prone to natural disasters such as typhoons and earthquakes. There are 1,500 earthquakes hit Japan every year because the country is located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, upon which 90% of the world’s earthquakes take place because of these disasters, Japanese people were able to create “Earthquake-Resistant Buildings”, which includes seismic engineering for buildings. They really have to be alert and ready at all times, so when this disaster happens. They tend to bring their Disaster Prevention Bag to help them survive. Inside this bag are the following: masks, medical kit, helmets, food, water, flashlights and so on. There are also some earthquake disaster-support vending machines that provide drinks free of charge in case of emergency. These disasters are new to me, we can’t escape this, so we have to be ready and pray for God’s protection.

The water in Japan is very clean and delicious since their national water infrastructure is great and purification facilities are well-maintained, so the tap water is so fresh and pure. It’s safe in your stomach. When I’m so thirsty, I just get a glass of tap water in our kitchen and drink right away. It tastes really pure and fresh,

I fall in love with the country’s high-tech toilets, I was very amazed by their technology it’s so cool. Using this high-tech toilet is quite confusing for first-timers. During my first experience, I really spent far too long trying to figure out how to flush. Lol! I found out that some panels have flush buttons, also there’s an automatic flush sensor. All you need to do is to show your right hand to the sensor then it will automatically flush, aside from that you can also press the music button if you’re constipated, just got diarrhoea or even embarrassed at the thought of being heard by other people. It’s very interesting, isn’t it? Try it when you visit Japan. It’s worth a million experience.

There are a lot of vending machines across Japan since it’s a very safe country. You can find them in every corner or inside the building or even in the countryside. It’s pretty convenient. You can buy cold and hot drinks anytime.

If you want to stay in Japan for good, then studying their language is very important especially to be closer to their culture and allow you to communicate with the local people and gain deeper knowledge about Japan since learning the Japanese Language provides more job opportunities not only in Japan but across the globe. If you want to get a better job here, then you must study the language well. Communication is the hardest thing in Japan. Most Japanese People don’t speak English, so help yourself, my friend.

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