3 months in Japan: what I discovered

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I recently moved to Japan in November for 1 year in order to discover the culture of my girlfriend! As I will go back to Europe for 2 weeks, I thought it was good time to think about what I discovered in Japan! I had the luck to be able to travel and discover a lot of culture but this was my first time in Asia! I live in Yokohama which is a city just south of Tokyo. Going from Yokohama to Tokyo is just a 30 minutes train ride! The Tokyo/Yokohama area is known to be the most top 1 mega city of the world!

 

Caution: This is my limited experience in living 3 months in Japan! This is a small attempt on describing what was new to me and what I loved! The best way to discover Japan is for sure to live their yourself!

 

Here are the thing that most surprised me during those 3 first months:

 

So the first point I want to underline is I live in a BIG city!

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With a lot of people!

 

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But everything is fine because Japanese people are well known for being organized and respectful! And this is true! They queue for for everything, they wait for traffic light…

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And because their is a lot of people and limited space, they play tennis on the roofs!

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And to save more space, they even stack their cars!

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So if you go hiking on a beautiful day in the nearest mountain of Tokyo, it looks like this!

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But when you finally make it, everyone enjoy watching Fuji san!

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And eating! In Japan, most of the time activities ends in eating something!

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Food is one of the number 1 interest in Japanese people! And they make awesome food! (this is actually a traditional breakfast)

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Cute food!

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And for sure Sushis! Which don’t have anything to do with the one I could eat in Europe or US.

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In Japan, people love also uniforms and costumes, for example for cooking grilled fish!

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Or visiting Walt Disney!

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Or more traditional places

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And when it comes to walk on tatami or inside anyone house.

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Don’t forget to remove your shoes and put on the slippers

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And relax and be zen

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The calm and silence can also been seen in the center of the city! Big parks and nature surrounded by sky scrapers.

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Japan have a really complex relationship with nature. It’s so embedded in the cities but also so powerful as known by earthquake and tsunamis..

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But don’t forget about the technology!

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Even until toilets which are heated, open and close themselves and even make sounds to cover your own ones..

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This is my small view of Japan at the moment. I’ll write more in the future as I love it!

I’m currently in Japan thanks to a Working Holiday visa of one year since there is an agreement between France and Japan. And this is awesome as I can visit, work here as much as I can!

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