Six Things I Miss About Japan
I stayed in Japan for just eight days and I’ve been back in Jakarta for just three days, already there are things I miss about Japan.
- Orderliness. Everything is so neat and in order. The law is really abided there. Of course, not all people obey the rules, but it is comforting to know at a vast majority of the people do.
- High-speed Internet access. I still long for our rented apartment’s blazing Internet access. Everything on the Web feels as if they were on the Intranet. I never have imagined that I’d experience download transfer speeds of up to 1.2MB/sec, My Goodness!
- Punctuality. I’m often derided by my friends for striving to be punctual. For example, I try to be ready for a meeting about 5 minutes beforehand when the other attendees leave their workstations exactly at the time of the start of the meeting. So, Japanese punctuality is heaven for me.
- Automation. Everything is either automatic, electronic, or both. Fast, secure, hassle-free and of course free from human intervention – and corruption.
- Spring-time temperature. It was around 19°C (66°F for you guys on the other side of the scale) when I was in Japan. Very cozy. No wonder all those Japanese can go to work on a bike, wearing full suit. Something you can’t do in Jakarta without precipitating like a swine.
- Earnest and hospitality of the Japanese people. They are amazing. They really mean their work. They are also so kind and helpful.