40 Things I Saw in Japan That I Wish I Can Bring in Philippines

I was prettty impressed of efficiency and practicality of Japanese. Maybe this is what I really wanted to see, that’s why I really dreamed of going to Japan (than US, Europe). What makes the diffrence are advanced technology, efficient process and system, and of course, the “people”, Japanese are genuinely kind, practice self-discipline, compliant to country rules, they are neat and orderly, they take care of their environment and yes, they have BIG LOVE for their country.

1. Japan’s massive network and efficient train system (JR Trains, Subways, Bullet Train). You can travel by train anywhere in Japan. Imagine, if we have this in the Philippines, beaches in North and South will be just a few hours ride.


2. Always On-Time in short Bawal ang Late. Trains, like all Japanese are always on-time. You can check train schedule and fares in Hyperdia and Jorudan. Havey, walang sayang na oras sa traffic at sa pag-iintay.


3. All train cars has seat reserved for elderly, handicapped, pregnant women and women with children. I’m happy to see old people traveling safely and conveniently using public transportation around Japan.

4. Japanese gives way to passengers hopping off the train (I saw this discipline in Hongkong, Korea and Singapore). Napaka-simpleng disiplina, wag salubungin ang mga pababa ng train, hintayin muna makababa lahat, bago tayo umakyat, sana magaya nating mga Pinoy.


5. If you want to avoid the crowd, then you can ride green car train, you just have to pay more. Para sa maseselan, sa medyo sosyal at yamanin, at sa mga ayaw madikitan ng pawis ng ibang pasahero, magandang idea din ito para sa MRT and LRT.


6. Foods are served inside bullet trains. Di na problema kung walang baon, pwedeng bumili ng food sa loob ng train. Limited selections nga lang. Pero ayos na din para sa mga on-the-go.


7. Stand by left-hand of the escalator, right-hand gives way to those in a hurry. I saw the same practice in Hongkong, Singapore and Korea.

8. Really Quiet. Japanese don’t talk loud when inside trains/bus, they whisper or even don’t talk over the phone when inside public transportation.

9. Mobile phones should turn to silent or vibrate mode when inside the train.

10. Organized bus stops. Japan used bus number system. Sa lahat ng bus stops terminal, may schedule  at dahil walang traffic computed mo ang oras.


11. Traffic lights in every corner of the street. And traffic lights are strictly followed by drivers and pedestrians. Attention drivers (public transporr drivers). Discipline! Discipline!

12. Pedestrian lanes and bike lanes are available for everyone.

13. Pedestrians are the king of the road. You don’t even have to look around while crossing the street. Talking about safety!

14. Bikes are in. Motorcycles are out. You can bike with your children, bike with your pets, there’s a safe bike lane, accessible bike park rentals and bikes are equipped with locks. Biking reduced air pollution and is also a good exercise 🙂


15. All buses are tourist friendly. All bus has monitor displaying next stop, maps displaying bus routes, and English voice recording is being played in every stops.


16. Removing shoes/slippers before entering a house/rooms. A different slipper should be use inside the house, and another slipper inside powder room.


17. Electronic toilet bowl, you can wash anytime. Electronic tissue paper machine, all toire has hand soap, hand sanitizer, standard mirror and full body mirror and baby sit.


18. All train stations are equipped with elevator or escalator. Elevators are usually located at the back of stairways; elevators are reserved for elderly, pregnant women and those who carry heavy baggage.


19. Very clean city though you can find very rare garbage can, then I knew that Japanese keep their trash inside their bags and throw it at home. Let’s keep our country clean, wag naman tapon ng tapon kung saan saan.

20. You can find park anywhere, even in the middle of the busy streets of Tokyo. Sana magkaroon ng park sa bawat city or barangay.


21. Families bring food, have a picnic in parks. Ang saya lang. 🙂


22.Families can enjoy free street performers (magic, singers) in parks, train station, and shopping areas.


23. Trees and flowering plants are growing everywhere


24. Separate garbage cans for paper, plastic, others

25. Safe! Yes, you never worry to leave bags anywhere and walk alone late at night. I usually go back to hostel 12 midnight.Image

26. Ladies can wear anything; don’t worry about men, Japan law got all the ladies covered.

27. Wearing mask is normal. Wear mask if you have colds and flu.

28. Smoking areas inside a room.

29. Food Art…. Foods are beautifully served, whether you eat at low-end or high-endImage

30. Drink bar are available in some restaurants. Drink all you can soda, fruit juices, coffee and tea. Image

31. Unlimited hot and cold tea in all restaurants is served for free.


31. Drinking beer in public and any time of the day is normal. Beers are available in vending machine.

32. Japanese love ice cream. Ice cream stores are everywhere; they eat ice cream even during winter.Image

33. Japanese shared-bath is common, they called it “Onsen” – Japanese style bath. There are shared-bathroom for men and women.


34. Pachinko machines, Karaoke bar are always full.Image

35. Vending machines everywhere


36. Coin operated washing machine available in hostels


37. Coin-operated order machine available in some restaurantImage

38. Coin-operated lockers


39. Cute and colorful ads


40. Stock Market Channel solely dedicated to Nikkei, Japan’s stock market.


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