I Love Japan

I received this write-up in my email and thought we could share about the cleanliness & culture of Japan! We love their food, beautiful country and polite culture so much.

1 - Did you know that Japanese children clean their schools every day for a quarter of an hour with teachers, which

... led to the emergence of a Japanese generation who is modest and keen on cleanliness.

 

 

2 - Did you know that any Japanese citizen who has a dog must carry a bag and special bags to pick up dog droppings.  Hygiene and their eagerness to address cleanliness is part of Japanese ethics.

3 - Did you know that hygiene worker in Japan is called "health engineer" and can command salary of USD 5000 to 8000 per month, and a cleaner is subjected to written and oral tests!!

4 - Did you know that Japan does not have any natural resources, and they are exposed to hundreds of earthquakes a year, but do not prevent her from becoming the second largest economy in the world? -

5 - Did you know that Hiroshima returned to what it was economically vibrant before the fall of the atomic bomb in just ten years?

6 - Did you know that Japan prevents the use of mobile in trains, restaurants and indoor

7 - Did you know that in Japan students from the first to sixth primary year must learn ethics in dealing with people -

8 - Did you know that the Japanese even though one of the richest people in the world but they do not have servants.

The parents are responsible for the house and children -

9 - Did you know that there is no examination from the first to the third primary level; because the goal of education is to instill concepts and character building, not just examination and indoctrination. -

10 - Did you know that if you go to a buffet restaurant in Japan you will notice people only eat as much as they need without any waste.  No wasteful food.

11 - Did you know that the rate of delayed trains in Japan is about 7 seconds per year!!

They appreciate the value of time, very punctual to minutes and seconds


 12 -. Did you know that children in schools brush their teeth (sterile) and clean their teeth after a meal at school;

They maintain their health from an early age -

13 - Did you know that students take half an hour to finish their meals to ensure right digestion When asked about this concern, they said: These students are the future of Japan

 


 

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    1. Wait ah . I scroll up read first what us it about. Nanti simply comment out of topic

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    2. Oi Meow,
      Don't hantam commen first before reading the post.

      Later you kena pijak tail, I dunno ah. LOL

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    3. i read one item and put one comment.. so good boy!! Thambee never cheat one..

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    4. You guys made me laugh and laugh like orang gila. This SK better please me with all his comments since I sweated my head to comment in his like a good uncle too!

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    5. That's y I chup first yhen baru scroll up see post to comment la. Later kena scolding malu oi....

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    6. Small Kucing keeps up to her pussy cat status! She will jump up and sit on the pillar to watch other comments coming in before spring into actions.

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  2. Yes!!! I fully support No. 1. Must implement in the schools here and not hire cleaners.

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    1. Ummm...No. 10. Who was late for the gathering that night? Hehehehehehe!!!!!

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    2. And no.9.

      Kiasu parents here...if no books, no homework, no exams...they will straight away move their kids to another KINDERGARTEN!!! BLAME THE PARENTS for the way our education system is what it is - so examination-oriented!!!

      I know some, the tests and exams in school are not enough - they even set their own papers for their kids to do!!! Absolutely ridiculous!!! Doesn't make their kids any smarter, not one bit!!! All like brainless robots, zombies - good only for scoring in exams as they are so well drilled in doing that.

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    3. on no 9, I agree wholeheartedly with STP.

      why are so kiasu need exams even for a 2y.o. entering kindie?

      Blame parents then only blame business minded individuals raking in money by opening up so many centres that are exam oriented to cater for kids that can barely walk yet.

      My son went to a "low class" kindie at the age of 5 and he maintains his no 2 position so far. No tuition too.

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    4. I agree with you wholeheartedly too. I have heard enough from my wife about kiasu parents. They have no wisdom and that is so sad lah!

      Lina has been very realistic and practical with spending money wisely. It is the quality that counts and your son has matured so well. We are like his proud uncles watching him grow up handsome and smart. Get ready when his peminats start to appear like mushrooms!

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    5. Yikes 2yokiddie hv exam???? Die lo. .

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    6. Meow I tried hard to hear what you are purring!!??

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    1. Good morning SIS. Got haze today?

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    2. Very moody now, haze is still here, don't know when will go away...

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    3. It is getting worse today and next week. Have you bought goggles and Oxygen tank?

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  4. Not only TM loves Japan, SiS also loves Japan, hehe...

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  5. No. 1
    I have heard friends regaling stories about how their kids refused to even clean their own room because "they are not the maid"
    When one grows up with such mentality, do we think that these types of parents will even allow their kids to clean up classrooms?
    I have a friend who created havoc at her daughter's school telling the headmistress her child must not EVER sweep the classroom.
    Who cleans up after us?
    Foreign workers.
    Then, we look down at these same foreign workers for doing things we are unwilling to do ourselves.

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    1. I have no maid, I'm the maid and I force my kids to be the maid of their own, nyek nyek.

      I always encourage my girl to perform her class duty. I tell her repeatedly that I don't mind to wait for her after school when she's on duty.

      Now mommy also needs to clean her workplace weekly - sweep, mop and so.

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    2. Lina, those kids must have been spoilt rotten by their parents! The parents didn't use enough canes! Anay had maid until 12 years old and then took over the maid's role. I swept and mopped our 3 storey house, did laundry and went to buy vegies from wet market. My older siblings had better life!

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    3. Wah anay so capable at such young age.

      Maybe private school no neex clean classroom la but national school hv to clean leh...

      Last yime year end we have to bring sand paper to sand the desk surface ciz sometimes got conteng there .

      Now I think nno need sand paper but still hv to clean the classroom daily la. Sone school hv to bring things to decorate classroom .

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    4. The Japanese school kids have to scrub their toilets as well and sweep & mop whole school. Goodness!

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    5. err....scrub toilet we no need la...but we had pertandingan kelas terbersih and terkotor each week. The ones who terkotor for the whole week will have to wash toilet and kutip sampah around the school compound. .

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    6. I will support if my girls' school implements cleaning toilet by students. Because their toilets always have shit every where, when the students clean the toilet themselve, they will know where to shit and how to flush.

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    7. Aiyo!!! You just gave me goose bumps! I suddenly thought of the public toilet on Mount Jiuhua..... shit everywhere!!! Oh goodness! bluergh!!!

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  6. I love Japan too!!!

    Besides no. 1, I roughly know about the rest from a lot of research or news!!! =]

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    1. They are so well disciplined and polite until the world is amazed with them! Salutes!

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  7. 私も日本が大好きです! Watashi mo Nihon ga daisuki desu! I also love Japan, VERY MUCH, and I love Twilight Man for writing such a nice post about my adopted country.

    (♡´∀`♡)☆♪。・:*:・゚★,。・:*:・゚☆

    As far as maids are concerned, when I came to Japan 8 years ago, it was the first time in my life that I had to clean my own toilet. Nowadays I think that's one of South Africa's biggest problems: wealthy and middle-class people don't clean up their own poo, and very poor people don't realize that you don't have to spend your whole life in a toilet ...

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    1. You always made my eyes green with envy at all your posts! What a lucky gal you are to have this good fate to reside in Japan!!!! Enjoy everyday yeah!
      Now you enjoy the freedom being independent there without maid. I think having a maid is like slavery! LOL

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  8. Japan has two natural resources: water and people.

    Oh, and English teachers. :D

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  9. #1.. i think this is a good way to educate and to bring up the children.. no wonder the japanese have high level of awareness towards cleanliness and hygiene.. cool!!

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    1. Uncle SK needs to learn how to operate the washing machine *evil laugh*

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    2. children are taught to handwash their shoes and laudry lah.. operating washing machine is later stage!! :D

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    3. I used to have a Japanese neighbour in Penang and watched their mum upbring the 2 sons. My mum always compared notes and gave me stress!!!

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    4. They always mentioned their children are their future....

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    5. They even teach the children - knowledge about earthquake, what are the safety measures they can follow.... They are taught since pre-school. Imagine how young there are?

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    6. Now uncle sk know hiw to wash using brush...next step washing machine lol

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    7. Oh yes, I always saw documentaries showing the kids practiced and hid under their desks in the event of disasters.

      This Uncle SK is like a spoilt brat lah! Need to get a maid to be his wife instead!

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    8. he got Kamala to pamper him of course la

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    9. SK Thambee needs to find a good wife!!! We must help him!!!

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  10. Now only i know a bit more about Japan... I know that they are very courteous... Always greeting when we enter the shops..

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    1. Their sales persons are the most polite in this whole world.

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  11. #2.. i think this is social responsibility lah.. unlike many Malaysians would bring their dog to shit in front of the neighbour's house and then quickly run away~~

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    1. Wakakakakaka.....this happened in my neighbourhood and sparked off quarrels between them. Now the anti-dog house owner put big signs outside his home!!! I should take a photo and blog it.

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    2. Even the dog owner will throw rubbish to neighbours' house and always make dunno.

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    3. Not dog only la...cats also.

      Just the other day someone pressed my door bell ask me git bela anjing or not. Coz someone bela dog n duno wat bath water kena their hse. I suspect my indian neighbour la but dare not say. Later I kena kns .

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    4. Meow - Why didn't you say you house got 3 cats????? It could be kaldip's whale baths that splashed over!

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  12. In the rest of the world, you check whether the train is late by looking at your watch.

    In Japan, you check whether your watch it correct by looking at the train's arrival time.

    (^0^)

    I'm hijacking the comments, but you wrote about my favourite topic!

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    1. Hijack away Ru.

      We Malaysians have no qualms at hijacking others' space. :P

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    2. Rurousha - I am amazed by the way you described the train's timing accuracy compared to wrist watches!!!! Cute!

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  13. #3.. very professional and highly qualified "hygiene engineers", wow!! i think i also wanna work there lah, and the japanese never look down on but respect all the professions!!

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    1. Shoooo! Thambee should migrate to Japan and Anay will visit you every year with thosai and mutton cheez curries ok.

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    2. High Pay huh?
      BUT their standard living costs are very high.

      TM, he can't migrate to Japan ler, visit ok lar. Or else, get married will be another problem. hehehe.... very expensive.

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    3. SK Thambee can survive there, no sweat. Any kawaii gals would love to get him laid & married!!

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    4. SK Thambee is a husband material, all the Kamalas and Lathas in Chennai queued 10km in their bestest saree just to catch a glimpse of Thambee!

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    5. Muahahahahaaha....Kamalas and Lathas!!! lathas??? SK is very handsome like Sherman Khan!

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  14. #4.. japan is always an amazing country and the people is always an amazing nation!! mention japanese and i guess many people would salute and respect them.. :)

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    1. Yes lah.... I wonder if their armies were so polite during the WW2?

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    2. That is why I also love Japan as you guys do!

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    3. We were born at the right era.

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    4. Annay's trying to imply that he's young or the other way round? mueheheheh! :p

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    5. Weiiii you wanna call me old stick again like Kuku Bird? I said we were all born after WW2.

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  15. #5.. 10 years after the bombing and back to track!! that's very fast, i think if that happens to our bolehland, the officials will be the first to abandon the place..

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    1. The same goes to South Korea after the bitter wars. They rose very fast and strong!

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  16. #6.. oh yeah, that was what impressed me when i was in Tokyo.. they are so disciplined and the train is ever so quiet, unlike those hear you always hear people shouting in the phone "HARLOW HARLOW!! CAN HEAR AH?? CANNOT HEAR YOU LAH!! I AM IN THE TRAIN, CALL YOU LATER, CALL YOU LATER" :D

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    1. How nice if I could visit Tokyo soon! I would enjoy it more than Osaka.

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    2. Will go to Japan later, in my dreams....

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    3. Now tell us, where did you visit in your dreams last night? Ajinomoto factory? Wakakakaka

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    4. So when is everybody coming here? You have a friendly local foreign guide ready to entertain you with CHEAP (but VERY good) restaurants (Tokyo doesn't have to be expensive) [ask Lina] and wacky temples and perfectly tranquil gardens. Oh, and visits to cemeteries, and the best maid cafés in Akihabara, and ... wheee! ... Sky Tree! :D

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    5. Ru, I want to visit all the maid cafe, and BUTLER cafe (desperately)!

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    6. Wah! This Ah Hua is so kinky woman!
      Rurousha we will remember your offer ok!!! We will be there to disturb you!

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    7. Oh Ru thank you so much in advance. Lina already being part of Nihonjin ... close eyes also know where to find great food.

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    8. Hmm where's Lina chyan?...
      When I started blogging not long ago. Another blogger introduced Lina's blog to me. From there, I was so surprise that this Mare kanojyo with her kazouku visit Japan all by themselves. At first I thought she is a nihonjin.

      Yeap, Tokyo doesnt have to be expensive. Want to know more ask Lina.

      Lina wa caya sama lu!!!

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    9. Sorry. I'm not tour guide.

      Ask your travel company when you book your tour lah :P

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    10. You're all invited! Twilight Man and I are planning a wild train party. I know Lina will gatecrash! :D

      Yvonne, you and I have a date at a butler café. I know Lina will gatecrash that one, too. Heh heh.

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    11. You know me too well, jungle woman. :-D

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    12. You 2 Jungle Women are making me shake heads with wild train parties. That one needs Hamsap SP to manage it. Yvonne knows Butler Cafe!! She is not innocent at all. She wants to be carried and spanked while sipping Expresso! Wakakakaka

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  17. #7.. i think we have similar subject which is Moral?? but then i bet our Moral are just for the sake of teaching and get good marks during exams only lah.. the kids always behave differently from what they answered in the paper..

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    1. 7 - Did you know that in Japan students from the first to sixth primary year must learn ethics in dealing with people

      I am impressed by this point the most.

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    2. Ethics studies - This sounds like Thailand too.

      Where have we gone wrong here? The kids are so scary to their parents and teachers these days!

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    3. Ethics are very important for them. I guess they learn about and how to respect friends, elderly, kids and many many levels. Even at work, adults never stop learning ethics until now - Bow to friends/colleagues is about 45 degree, bow to elderly/top management - is 75 degree.

      Even their communications between upper level and lower level are totally diff. They differentiate it very clearly, not like us... tidak apa saja.

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    4. 75 degrees?? Did you measure them? I thought it is 45 and 90 degrees.

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    5. You've GOT to watch these videos on YouTube. It's by a Japanese comedy team that pokes fun at Japanese customs. It's the funniest thing I've ever seen on YouTube. Here's one about the fine art of bowing:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqZcEwHBAk8

      At 2:35 they illustrate dogeza (土下座), kneeling on the floor.

      There are several episodes, about sushi and chopsticks and origami. Utterly hilarious. Watch them all! ^^

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    6. Thanks for sharing, I giggled throughout the whole episode, am gonna watch more and make myself happier :D

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    7. Please watch the sushi video, it's super hilarious! And I learnt to bring my own wet tissue when I patronize sushi-ya next time.

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    8. I will watch it tonight! I want some good laughs so badly. The haze is making me cry!!

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  18. #8.. oh, this i super duper like!! the parents take care of the children themselves, it is supposed to be that way right??

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    1. I think this is Oriental culture and not practiced in the West.

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    2. I think it means, being a wife and a mother should be responsible for their own kids. We as mother is most closest friend to them.

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    3. It makes and create a healthy family background.

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    4. You should read the latest news about the current generation of sons who are not getting married anymore. They are too comfortable being pampered by their mums and moreover the jobs offered these days are on contracts only. So they don't feel safe to get married.

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  19. #9.. our examinations start from kindergarten to primary school to high school to college to uni!! i think a quarter of our lives are spent in studying for exams!! i dunno if kids nowadays have exams even in their nursery schools??

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    1. My girls took exam when they were only four years old.

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    2. my son happily didn't until he was standard 1. We try to walk the talk. :-D

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    3. During Anay's time got no exams in kindergarten lah....all singing and dancing only.

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    4. LOL...my exam report card lotsa red one LOL....

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    5. What a silly cat to get red marks in kindergarten!!! You were standing on 4 legs???

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  20. #10.. this one i am slowly doing it now, not because i am having the japanese mentality but it's due to my old age!! wakakakaka, cannot eat much now already lah.. :D

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    1. What old age you talking? Anay still pile up the plates at buffet. Eat now and worry later at Fitness First lah. Muahahahahaha

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    2. During my previous trip to Japan,7yrs back. Every morning the breakfast is provided by the hotel. Well is buffet style right? We keep taking but can we finish all? While I was having my breakfast, I saw an uncle, eat politely and slowly. Tentatively finish all whatever he takes. Then when he wanted to take another bowl of rice, he use back his own bowl to take the rice. I think M'sian,will often put the empty n dirty bowl aside and take another new one. Cos our mind always thought, later they will come and clear the table.

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    3. You sure observed a lot during your many visits to Japan Angeline. When are you going back? :-)

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    4. She just went there in her dreams last night. LOL
      How many times has Angeline visited Japan? Must over 10 times!!!

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    5. I went lesser. Just two weeks a year. Definitely need more visits to become expert like Angeline. Booohooo

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    6. Sobs.....I never been to Japan, how I wish I can make it to go there soon. Pray hard.

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    7. Don't worry, the flights and hotels in Japan is dropping again. My friend just told me that he booked MAS to Osaka with 3 nights at 5 Star Hotel for only RM1500!!! Yannie can go lah!!

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    8. Lina merepek lagi ni. U went to Japan more than me.

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    9. I have 2precious visit to japan oni. But I dunno when I can go again... that is why observing is best thing to do... remember all sorts of merepek thing lor... but so long already... some memories faded away.

      Wait for people to sponsor. Muahaha

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    10. No need lar bodek one... just wait and earned our own money. For the meantime dream again :P

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    11. What is holding Angeline from going shopping and eating in Japan? You have ATM hubby!

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  21. #11.. huh!! this one puts Malaysia to shame!! accumulated 7 seconds delay in a year!! aiyoh, just look at our KTM, at least 7 minutes delay for every train, can even go to 70 minutes late!!

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    1. Wakakakakakaka!! I love our trains!!! They are like snails. Our KTM sounds like Keretapi Telah Mampus.

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    2. Japan has bullet train lor...

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    3. We will probably never have it here!

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  22. #12.. hmmm, i think the schools can actually look into this huh?? i remember the dentist in our school toured around the school to teach the students how to brush our teeth last time.. but just occasionally, which didn't have much effect..

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    1. We are not as discipline as the Japanese.

      The Japanese lady in my office bounced happily into the washroom after lunch daily with her toothbrush.

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    2. I also have toothbrush in my office drawers. Only to be used after eat garlic!!!

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    3. Yannie only rinse mouth with pipe water then using my own tongue to brush my teeth. Hehehehe!

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    4. Kakakakakakaka....Tongue baths expert!

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  23. #13.. this i gotta complain!! during school we were only given like 20 minutes break time.. and my high school has like close to 5000 students all having break at the same time, imagine having to brave through the queue to buy something to eat, and to find a place to seat.. usually we only have 5 minutes to eat in average and the bell rang..

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    1. that is why bekal or bento is good. Raimie eats packed food.

      And he eats those food allocated to poor students because the "poor" students usually felt too cool to eat free food and shun them. Raimie's teacher always ask him to eat rather than have to food go to waste.

      My boy doesn't mind looking poor.

      He is not stealing. Just that he is raised not to be wasteful.

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    2. I am shocked to hear that Thambee's school had 5000 students during break!!!! You bluff me kah? This is shocking lah! How to eat dei???? You should have packed roti chanai and rolled them inside your pocket to school.

      Lina's son is so good lah! I would also eat the free food in school when got left overs. It was Roti Benggali with Kaya and Air sirap manis. Shiok lah! What did Raimie eat?

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    3. I prefer my son to bring bento to his Std1 next year.

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  24. Hehehe, what I wanted to say, SK had said it clear above.

    I really impressed by my Japanese colleagues. They are super duper polite, the guys, yes, and I feel I'm more rough than them!

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    1. The ladies are so ladylike and soft spoken, all the men in my office extend their help to them.

      Nobody offers help to me. I'm so fierce like harimau betina! Kakaka! *my heart is actually crying*

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    2. I agree with Yvonne, Japanese men are so polite and nice, Japanese girls are so soft spoken and gentle. Even Yannie like them very much.

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    3. Your Japanese colleagues sounds like Japanese Tofu! Soft and white! Nice!

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    4. "Japanese girls are so soft spoken and gentle." Wait until you meet Japanese obachan or older (retirement age) women! They are super-scary: rude, bossy, loud, selfish. I think after six decades of being nice to men, Japanese women just explode. :D I'm certainly planning on doing just that!

      (Lina told me I could hijack away, so I am.)

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    5. Ru, you made me laughed like mad lady here. Obachan are real scary, ne? Lol!

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    6. Really. Really. Really. Scary. Do not fight over anything with obachaan especially the ones who are bent over and can't seem to stand straight anymore. You are supposed to make way for them.

      But what do I know? :P

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    7. Obachans!!! They sound like our grandmas here too. I didn't know they have such old tigress in Japan. I guess Rurousha stumbled on them in the mountains. I will look out for them on my next coming trip.

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  25. The Japanese are very expressive, they talk and include many actions to support their exclamation, sadness, confusion, etc. I find it very cute. Unlike the local bosses, they are monotone and boring.

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    1. I've love Japan since teens and now I'm scared I'll fall for its people.

      Seriously, Japan is a beautiful country with beautiful people and souls.

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    2. The people are cute like cartoons when they talked. Ah Hua should visit Japan by next year.

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    3. "Japan is a beautiful country with beautiful people and souls." Especially the English teachers in Japan! :p

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    4. Almost choke reading this. Bwahaha

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    5. Batuk! Batuk! Batuk! Muntah! Muntah! Wakakakakakakak

      Rurousha's got thick skin like bean curds! Kakakakaka

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  26. BTW, did Anay quote the source of all these 13 items?? later the author charge you for plagiarism lah~~ :D

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    1. Hey you scare me lah....I should quote your name okay?

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  27. Anay dei....
    Where are you? Replying to comments later or not? :P

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    1. Here I am replying the comments. I didn't expect so many visitors like Ah Boy had predicted. He so smart lah.

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  28. One thing I picked up from their culture, which is to bow at everyone I meet, a gesture of saying hi / greeting / appreciation.

    There's nothing wrong to bow and show some respect but some people are hesitated to do so.

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    1. Yeah they bow a lot but I think the Koreans bow more! Anyone can correct me???

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    2. I've never been to Korea, but we bow *all the time* in Japan. I'm so used to bowing, I even do it when I go back to South Africa. I get so many funny looks in SA! :D

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    3. I think both countries people bow a lot.

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    4. Actually I also nod my head often too since I had to say Sawadee Kap all my life from small.

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  29. I give my 100% support on hygiene and cleanliness. I would love Japan too. I must go to Japan next year to observe their culture.

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    1. I fully support no examination year for young students. Ethics is definitely more important.

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    2. Punctuality is very important too. As I see it, Europe is very punctual too. Not like our country, always malaysian time.

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    3. Wenn has to visit Japan as top priority in the travel list. You will love it. Everything and everyone is beautiful.

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    4. I agree with Wenn, ethics is important...

      If your results is very good, your ethics is not right, then haiz....

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    5. Wenn has seen the world more than any bloggers I know. I guess she knows ethics are most important.

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  30. I thought Telekom Malaysia <3 Japan!

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  31. haha, i was planning to share this too~ XD

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    1. You can cut and paste to your blog too.

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  32. WATASHI MO NIHON GA DAISUKI DESU - I ALSO LOVE JAPAN - hehehe....

    TM and all, oyasuminasai - good night!

    Matta Ashita - See you tomorrow.

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    1. Wah! You slept at 1.32am!!! Thank you for your comments.

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    2. I wanna continue to dream again..

      I want to dream about shirakawago..... lina what you think about this place?

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    3. Shirakawago sounds like ancient villages! That makes perfect places to dream. I bet Lina has slept there!

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  33. I LOVE JAPAN TOO! NO DOUBT ABOUT IT! :)

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  34. Nihongo de wakarimasen desu

    Eigo de onegai shimasu
    :-D

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    1. Merepek! うそだよ!:D

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    2. I am lost at these 2 ladies yakking in Nihongo.

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    3. Uso ja nai Ru. Hontou baka. Lol

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    4. I m lost too, I hope lina and Ru not jibe each other.

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    5. I know Baka is mad!!!! Lina pointed out Ru is mad!!!

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    6. Bananaz also know Japanese but in Hokkien version.."anata wa lu choe lu, watashi wa wah choe wah, wah boh chup sell lu." *you are you, I am I, I no care you* hehe ;),

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    7. Lina and I love insulting each other. We're both jungle women, so we have no manners. :D

      Bananaz, your Hokkien Japanese sounds very lekker! ^^

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    8. Wakakakaka...Only Rurousha would not hesitate to speak like a tribal warlord! Kudos! Get your spear stick & smear your face before jumping on the spot like a Maasai warrior before Lina Lunda jumps in to scream lunatic with you! Bananaz would faint with asthma.

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  35. I love Japan too and the kawaii girls!

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  36. Wow, interesting facts about Japan! Arigatou gomaimasu, for sharing these facts with us~

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    1. Actually I think Japanese are very well educated and polite, really salute them!
      I love Japan too! ^^

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    2. You seem to have good experience with their people and culture too!

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    3. What on earth does gomaimasu means???

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    4. Kikikikikiki....I think she wanted to say Gozaimasu!

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  37. I'm visiting from Suituapui's Blog! I really like your blog as well! This post was very interesting and I learned a lot! Neat stuff!

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    1. Thanks for coming over... Gosh! You have over 10 blogs! Which one should I read???

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    1. Yes. That was SO obvious in the days (months?) after that big earthquake. I cannot imagine any other country, any other people, that would've reacted so calmly, so stoically, so selflessly. My respect for Japan went stratospheric in those days after the quake. (Not the government - they're assholes, like all politicians - but the ordinary people.)

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    2. LOL!! Rurousha's fire lava mouth! Seems like we also have politicians who are damned assholes too! The Japanese kids are so lovable and selfless beings!

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  39. Worked in a Japanese firm before, 12 times late we lose our bonus and became boneless.

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    1. Sounds like Texchem Group!! No? I was there too.

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  40. We have to recite our early morning office 'mantra' sharp at 0900 hrs with all staff including the boss standing in a circle and someone would be chosen at random to lead. (Lucky it's not in Japanese but English). If that lead person missed a word or a line in the 'mantra' he/she would have to repeat the 'mantra' for 3 consecutive days. Even after 3 decades can still remember the mantra vividly. Fast forward a bit with the mantra ending here with [..observing decorum, PUNCTUALITY and rules]. Those days we were hell drivers so as not to become boneless.

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    1. I saw such morning "prayers" too in Japan by the shop sales personnel!! So funny yelling and swearing before clapping to get started. What a motivation!

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  41. My daughter was in Kobe for her training and Bananaz commented the surroundings were so clean in her pixz. She replied even the shop owner would sweep the compound of the other shops next door which we do not get a chance to see here.

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    1. I saw that every morning when I go out for my morning run on my few visits there, Bananaz.

      Us here would complain about the rubbish we dumped indiscriminately and ask authorities to settl without doing anything. There, shop owners go sweep pavement in front of their shops.

      They got gotong-royong organised often too, in housing area. That's what I learnt from my friends living there.

      we gotong royong here if got newspaper coverage only kot.

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    2. Bananaz, not just the shop owners, but the home owners in my neighourbood, too. Sweep sweep sweep.

      When I lived in South Africa, I treated garbage as garbage. Now that I'm in Japan, what do I do? I WASH MY GARBAGE BEFORE I THROW IT AWAY! I'm NOT joking. We're supposed to clean bottles and cans and stuff before we chuck it away.

      Where else in the world do you wash your garbage?! Crazy place. I love it. :D

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    3. Errr woman. There is this one man who lives in Mslaysia who does that. He lives with me.

      He even rinses those 100-Plus bottles before sending them to be recycled. O_O

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  42. I'm still hijacking the comments thread here and I haven't even responded to recent comments on my own blog.

    Twilight Man, this is YOUR fault! Horrible man.

    Though I did respond to your question about the homeless. ^^

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  43. Interesting post that will generate a lot of comments I'm sure. I used to work in Japanese companies for years, & also had a short stint in Tokyo for about 6 mths, studying their language.

    I love eating & shopping in Japan & visit Tokyo almost every year :) It's sad that Japanese are using mobile phones in their trains these days & you can even see people eating inside. Lol! Wish the younger generation are more disciplined.

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