If you are studying Japanese and even if you are not, I am sure that you have dreamt of living in Japan before. Some people say Japan could be the most unique country. Let’s try to find it out here. Here are five reasons why you will find that living in Japan is amazing!
Tokyo has been named the world’s safest city, followed by Osaka which came in third place according to the Safe Cities Index 2019 report by The Economist. One of the lowest global crime rates, access to healthcare, and quality of safe food and water made Tokyo the safest of 60 cities around the world for 3 years straight. For example, in the case you lost your mobile or wallet on the street or on public transport, you are very likely to get it back. Usually, when someone finds lost items, the person will handle it to the nearest train or police station which will make sure to find the original owner and return the items safely. Have you ever fallen asleep on trains or buses?, well... you can do it without worrying about safety reasons here in Japan.
There are more than 50,000 convenience stores in Japan, and most of them are open 24/7!. Bento, Onigiri rice balls, snacks, sweets, alcoholic beverages, and all the other delicious food Japan has to offer are available to you anytime you are craving these… but it is not only about good food and drinks, you can also get cosmetic products or magazines whenever you want. Some restaurants or supermarkets in central cities are open 24/7 as well. You will never go hungry in Japan!
Across Japan you get to enjoy a variety of super tasty food not only from Japan but also from all over the world. More than 670,000 restaurants in Japan are waiting to entertain your stomach!. Fresh sushi, rich-flavored ramen, tender and juicy Kobe beef… You will need your lifetime to experience all those amazing restaurants in Japan. Best of all, Japanese food culture is not only about variety but also about high quality. For this reason by the time of writing this article there are 226 restaurants with Michelin stars in Tokyo, more than anywhere else in the world. ;)
You can find both breathtaking historical architecture and modern high-tech buildings at the same place in Japan. Most of Tokyo’s amazing heritage was destroyed after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and World War Ⅱ in 1945. However, they have been rebuilt and still stand stronger than ever. Japan is full of innovative ideas, such as bullet trains or smart toilets, yet Japanese people value tradition and their long and treasured history.
There are heaps of different kinds of festivals in Japan. Countless local festivals “Matsuri” are held annually by the shrines or temples to celebrate their historical event and honor the gods. Especially in summer, you get to see many Matsuri with extraordinary parades of “Mikoshi” portable shrines, taiko drummers and traditional dancers. And furthermore, “Hanabi” fireworks are a huge part of the celebrations. Japanese artistic fireworks are well known worldwide because of those impressive colors and dynamic sound. Combination of modern pop culture and long-standing tradition in Japan is something you cannot find in any other country. Even just for travel, we highly recommend you to visit this beautiful country where you will be able to experience the uniqueness of the ancient and modern world at the same place.
A final message from a native Japanese teacher, if you are seriously thinking about living in Japan temporarily or permanently, learning the Japanese language is the best you can do to help you enjoy and make the most of your time. When you master your Japanese language skills, you will be able to do and enjoy all of these experiences to the fullest! If you are interested in learning Japanese, with Japademy you get access to the best Japanese Online Courses and Japanese Online Lessons.