I always remember the small, somewhat insignificant things when travelling around and visiting places. I wanted to share some of the silly, more trivial things I love and miss about my Japan trip.
I don’t know about anyone else but I love convenience stores. I find something very fascinating about visiting convenience stores in other countries. I don’t care about the ones we have in the U.K. but visiting ones overseas is always a fun little adventure for me. I like seeing how things differ from what I have at home and I love to see all the different kinds of goods that Japan sells in comparison to the U.K. During my trip last year we would visit stores like Family Mart or 7/11 each night before heading back to the hotel. We’d buy drinks and snacks and I found the warm glow of the convenience store at night after a long day of exploring so cosy. This is probably a weird one but I still love it nonetheless.
The trains in Japan are incredible. As I mentioned before I’m from the U.K. where any form of public transport sucks. Buses are never on time, nothing is particularly clean and tidy and it’s just shameful how appalling it all is. Japan is like a breath of fresh air in this respect. The trains as well as any form of public transport is impeccable. They are always exactly on time and it’s something I wish the U.K. could do a lot better. Public transport is also very quiet in terms of people talking and being on their phones and such. This is nice as again it can be very loud where I live and people are much more respectful of the people around them over in Japan. I also love the cute music they play in the train stations. Many of the stations around Tokyo have a sweet little tune that plays and it just made me happy to hear it as it was so cheerful and sounded like something out of an Animal Crossing game or something.
My trip to Japan got me hooked on donuts. No joke. I’ve spent my entire life not liking donuts because they always tasted weird and greasy and just generally icky. During the trip we stopped in Mister Donut in Ikebukuro between an intense anime shopping spree in Animate (sorry parents who had to put up with me gawking at everything). I ended up trying a donut called the old fashioned and I couldn’t stop eating them the entire trip. Has anyone trip away ever got them obsessed with a certain food and then you just want to go back for more? Or is that just a weird thing I do?
Japanese manners is something I think anyone who visits Japan will love and appreciate. Everyone who visits including myself will probably tell you that their manners are amazing and for the most part it’s true. Although no country is perfect the Japanese have great manners and many were very kind and helpful. I remember when we were in Tokyo in one of the stations we were looking for something and an older man came over to us asking if we needed help. After explaining where we wanted to go he proceed to take us there himself. I found that such a lovely gesture as he could have just told us where to go but instead he chose to take the time to take us to where we needed to go. Many people who work in shops and restaurants were also very friendly and would often ask where we were from and it was just lovely.
These are just a few of the more simpler things that I love about Japan! It amazes me about the things I really miss most from trips abroad.
Until next time thanks for reading and I hope you’re having a great day!
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