One of those culture shock things that still gets me, even after all these years in Japan is the amount of waste Japanese society creates. It’s insane!
The Japanese are obsessed with receipts yet rarely ever take them. After every purchase, instead of asking “do you want a receipt?” they are just handed to the customer, who then places them in a special garbage basket sitting on the check out counter. The little bit of tree is passed from till to garbage for. no. reason. They could save a least a mid-sized Amazonian forest with the amount of paper that is used to first print the receipt and then right away, throw in the garbage.
The Japanese are in love with clear plastic wrap. Everything has to have it’s own wrap. After coming home from shopping and unpacking my one or two purchases I will have tons of clear plastic wrap that I have to take off each and every item. I get cleanliness but in Japan it is plastic overkill.
Running Taxis or the AC nap machines
As we talked about earlier, Tokyo summers are a sweaty, swampy mess. So when drivers want to catch up on their sleep, they park their car, leave it running and crank the AC. Any tree lined or shaded street in Tokyo will eventually attract taxi drivers who, after a long night of getting drunks home, want to catch some Zzzzzzzs while bleaching gas fumes and green house gasses for hours on end.
I leave in a pretty big building with hundreds of people living in its apartments. In the building’s garbage room it is a treasure trove of second hand goods. I’m talking bikes, motorbikes, TVs, furniture, everything just tossed out for garbage after someone bought the latest model. Japan does have recycle shops but most of the time things just get tossed out on the curb.
For other living in Japan guides, try these:
|How to become big in Japan||How to cycle in Japan||Getting the around the Japanese health care system||Making Friends in Japan||How not to be a hostess|