Tokyo Weekender Magazine: Top 10 Reasons Why I Miss Japan
I just finished reading an article written by Benjamin Freeland, a Canadian who lived in Japan for 7 years, in the latest issue of Tokyo Weekender Magazine (Vol 40 No. 6).
Well, we are still living in Japan, after about 1.5 years of a 2 year international assignment with my company, but I can relate to most of the reasons listed by the author. I have actually blogged about several of them.
Benjamin’s personal list of ten categories which he “believes that Japan stands head and shoulders above the rest of the world” are:
- Public Transportation – Fast, extensive and always on schedule
- Bathing – Unique onsen (hot spring) experience
- Postal System – Punctual delivery and convenient
- Stationary – High quality, inexpensive and ridiculously cute
- Money Management – Use of envelopes, hanko and plastic trays, plus no hidden taxes and no tipping
- Toilets – Quality and quantity of clean public toilets, space-age contraptions in private houses and modern buildings
- Convenience Stores – Very convenient and accessible, including services such as bill payment, package delivery
- Family Restaurants – Offers high quality entrees with all you can drink cappuccino and teas at low prices
- Social Cohesion – A nation of joiners of clubs, classes, community associations, matsuri (festivals), etc.
- Presentation & Aesthetics – From mouth-watering food replicas to advanced gift-wrapping
When we finally leave Japan to return home to Canada, I may write my own top 10 reasons, but not yet since that milestone is still many months away!