What do you like about Japan?
I like a lot of things about Japan.
First of all, it’s really safe.
In France, there are a lot of robbery and aggressions in the street,
especially if you are a woman.
Of course, these things happen in Japan too,
but in France it’s more likely to happen and it’s really anxiety inducing.
Also, streets in Japan are really clean,
so it’s a really pleasure to walk in the street or take the public transportation.
I studied a year a Paris, and trust me,
Paris is a really beautiful city, but its streets are not as beautiful lol
Finally, I really like the peacefulness that there is in Japan.
Even if Tokyo is really lively, there is always temples or gardens to distress.
Shops open really late (even on Sundays which is really inconceivable in France!),
so it’s really convenient.
It give you the liberty to do absolutely everything
(groceries, going to the gym, going to a café...),
even if you finish your work late.
Among them, like many foreigns I think,
I really like konbini!
It’s super convenient and you can find a bit of everything !
Cafés are really a thing too.
In France, you can only have coffee in a café lol
I stereotype a little bit, but you cannot find food and sweets like in Japan.
Also Japanese café are really cosy,
so it’s really convenient to chat there with a friend or to read (or write) a book.
On the contrary in France,
cafés are mainly for people who love smoking and drinking beer or coffee,
so it’s not really my thing.
And to tell the truth, I’ve never really been in cafés in France,
but I go to cafés in Japan almost one time per week (before COVID-19).
What do you don't like about Japan?
I don’t like the tatemae.
I know it’s a part of the culture, but I think many issues at work
and in private life could be avoided if people were more themselves and honest.
Also, people will be more happy, I guess?
I don’t think it’s a good think to wear a mask.
It makes difficult to trust other people and to create good relationship
(whatever it’s for work, friendship or romance).
I also don’t like zangyo,
and the fact more generally that people choose there career over their personal
and family life.
In France, we are told to have balance
in our life to be happy, so being devoted to much to a company,
even if for many people the company is as a second family,
was a bit difficult to assimilate.
To be continued!
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