Little Things (1)

So, I’ve been in Japan for almost three months now. Since i come from a country that doesn’t have seasons, it’s really nice to see things slowly changed here.

The first time I came here, it was the tail of spring. I noticed colorful flowers were everywhere. In a pot in front of houses, in a park. And to me they look brighter than when I see them in Indonesia. I don’t know. Maybe because the surrounding was in the color of pastel & the sun was friendly so those flowers looks brighter.


People here walks faster than people in Indonesia. Like they’ve been chased by something. Is this because the changes of seasons makes them more aware that things change, fast. Since every season only lasted for 3 months.

In Indonesia we only know  rainy & hot season. But the temperature barely changes. The sun is always shines, bright, even in the rainy season. Maybe it won’t be seen for two days during rainy season, but it’s always there. And the daytime has never been longer or shorter in any season.

People here also have unspoken law about queuing on the escalator. You must not standing next to anyone, one step only for one person. And you must stand on the left side, to make room on the right side for people in a rush. (In Tokyo & surroundings they will always walk or running on right side of the escalator. I heard people in Kyoto walks on the left side and stand on the right, just the opposite from Tokyo )

Escalator (ps. nice pants, and socks, and shoes, sir!)

Elderly are plenty and they are very independent. You’ll see them on the supermarket, or walks on the park by themselves. They usually carry a shopping bag that also used as  mobility aid. I guess the statistic are true, saying that Japanese people having the highest average life expectancy in the world. (I just checked on Google it’s around 83 years old. Compare to Indonesia around 70-74 years old)

Elderly at train station
Elderly at train station

Litters are rarely seen on the street.  Not a candy wraps, not used tissue, nothing. A layer of dusts maybe, or leaves near the park, but  nothing else. And trash bin also rare. Noticeable trash can probably those are near or built on vending machine. And it’s only for can and PET bottle. Other trash? I don’t know. I guess people carried them on their bag. I know I do, since if I littering somewhere, it will get noticed easily. (Convenience store has their own trash bin too, for paper cup from hot coffee they sold, also for plastic and for paper)


… (to be continued) 


4 thoughts on “Little Things (1)

  1. Interesting. Even building to building there can be differences. I worked for years in a building where people were very brusque: not holding doors, not saying hello unless they knew you already. Where I am now, people are much more likely to hold doors and smile at strangers.

    In New York, people stand on the right side of escalators and hurry on the left (unless somebody stands on the left, blocking them — then they get cranky). You can always tell the natives, too, since they mostly walk much more quickly than the tourists.

  2. @Anthony: Is this ‘big-city’ things? I never noticed this in Jakarta, or maybe Jakarta is not ‘big-city’ enough 🙂 but for sure we don’t queueing on escalator >_<
    (I heard New Yorker love riding bike in the city, there's a lot of bike too here (I was mean to write about that on blog post number 2 btw 🙂 )

  3. I was thinking mostly of escalators in the subways, not escalators in general. I think people hurry especially on subway escalators because they are rushing to catch a train.

    There’s a bike thing in NY right now where there are bikes available in racks, and you can (for a fee, of course) take one for a period of time, either biking around and returning it to the same rack or leaving it at another rack elsewhere in the city, Apparently this is quite popular in some cities in Europe.

  4. Well that make a sense, since we don’t have subway (yet) in Jakarta. But here in Tokyo & surroundings, the escalators things also applied in the malls/shopping center.

    That’s interesting! Now i want to visit New York & riding a bike around the city. I hope it’s not too expensive 🙂

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