Month: September 2017
Wash your body before entering a bathtub.
Ensure that you’ve washed your body outside the tub first. This is a golden rule especially in public baths and hot springs. It is part of the Japanese culture which started a long time ago.
Don’t enter homes with your shoes on.
As a sign of respect, make sure you take off your shoes when entering people’s houses. This might be needed when entering particular shrines and temples, restaurants, and traditional inns as well. The key is to observe the Japanese—if they’re removing their shoes and leaving them on the right side of the entrance (called a genkan), then you should do the same. Bonus: A genkan is usually a level below the rest of the house, where you remove your shoes. Don’t take them off outside the home.
Never talk loudly in trains.
Whether you’re on the phone or not, avoid talking inside trains. You won’t break any law, but you’ll be considered rude because you’ll be disturbing those around you. Make sure you speak in a soft voice or a regular, normal conversational tone. Don’t shout!
Stand on the correct side when riding escalators.
If you’re in Tokyo, you should stay on the left side. If you’re in Osaka, you must remain on the right. Once again, the key is to follow what others are doing.
Receive a gift with two hands
If you’re about to receive a visiting card or a gift from a Japanese, never receive it with one hand. This is a bit unusual for them. Make sure you use both of your hands, bow, and say “arigatō.” It’s common to exchange visiting cards in Japan, so take a good look at the card when receiving one. Doing so would mean that you value the card. Also, don’t get offended if they don’t open the gift as soon as they finished saying Thank You. Japanese don’t open presents until you leave him or her. Do the same thing.
Want a clean and clear environment? Visit these cities asap!
Singapore City, Singapore
Singapore is known for being one of the most advanced cities on the planet. The city has a high profile way of life and has one of the cleanest and healthiest atmospheres you’ll ever encounter.
Despite it being a modern city, Singapore maintains the cleanliness and safety of the environment by following the (clearly effective) standards they’ve set. People in this town also live a healthy lifestyle. They’ve taken cleanliness into the next level that you can’t even spit on the streets or else you’ll be charged in the state.
As expected from the Japanese, they have one of the cleanest cities in the world too! Japan has gained popularity because of its technology, but it’s also famous for keeping their environment clean and safe. They probably use lots of pressure washers in this place!
The waste management system in Japan, as well as its continuous improvement, is impressive. Japan is exerting a lot of effort for an eco-friendly environment, and the Japanese are also advocates of green environment. What more could we expect from the people who developed the concept of Kaizen?
Dubbed as the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai is a waterfront city that is popular for its industrialization and multicultural metropolises. It’s even an ultimate shopping destination and is one of the cleanest cities you’ll ever visit. Aside from the cleanliness of the place, you’ll also enjoy the beautiful sceneries, and the Chinese delicacies served in its finest restaurants.
Mawlynnong Village, India
The last one on our list isn’t a city, but it’s worth mentioning. Located in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state in India, this village has been awarded as the “Cleanest Village in Asia” last 2003 by Discover India Magazine. Tidying up is part of their tradition in this village, which means even toddlers and grandparents participate in maintaining the cleanliness of the community. Hopefully, though, more and more people will treat the act of cleaning as a ritual just like these Indians.