r/oddlysatisfying 12d ago Silver 3 Wholesome 1 Starstruck 1

Japanese national team’s locker room after win against Germany.

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u/d4v3k0r3sh 12d ago

Something like this actually happened to me. In high school I got a temporary job at an annual festival where dancing groups from all over the world got invited and show their local, often culturally based dances. I worked, with a lot of other students, at the big tent where all the groups could eat.

All food was served on real plates, but with disposable cups and other stuff. After the meals, as a group, we would go over all the tables and clean everything and collect dishes for the dishwashers. ... accept for the Japanese table: every day they would come to us with all the plates stacked up, cups stacked and ready to throw away and two people that were wiping the table with napkins. On top of it all, they thanked us for the dinner.

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u/DrSuperWho 12d ago

Sounds like most restaurant staff when they actually get to go eat at another restaurant.

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u/heartsinthebyline 12d ago

I’ve recently seen people saying they wish their tables didn’t do this, and it’s so confusing to me as a former server? I loved it when people stacked their plates to make it easier to bus the table.

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u/gtgtgtgyh 12d ago

As a former dishwasher please stop putting napkins in glassware and mugs

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u/handlebartender 11d ago

If you ignore my paper route my first 2 jobs were as a dishwasher.

The napkin thing was bad. What I found worse was those individually wrapped butter pats, with thick paper on one side and thin paper on the other side. So a used pat would have the butter side stuck to whatever.

Those fucking things would stick to trays, plates, etc. And often not even a good solid direct blast from the hand sprayer would get them off quickly.

They were the sand in the gears of my flow.

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u/SemichiSam 11d ago LOVE!

On my first job as a prep cook, the dishwasher was an old black man, who kept his area cleaner and more organized than I ever saw again. My first day, he schooled me on how to bring him pots, steam table inserts etc. He had a system to arrange them by priority. That was where I learned that there is no such thing as unskilled labor.

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u/hawg_farmer 11d ago

My first job was as dishwasher in a busy truck stop. An older line cook showed me how it's done. Prioritize some items and pay attention to the line cooks call outs.

I got where I could predict what was now a priority. We never closed for holidays either. Sometimes there were 3 of us in the pit. Barely keeping up and we were busting ass. That's when I figured out if every seat in restaurant was full we did not have enough tableware to go around.

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u/heartsinthebyline 12d ago

Never. They go on top of the plates!

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u/dragn99 11d ago

Designated garbage plate on top of the stack!

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u/Objective_Orange578 11d ago

I think it is because people don't know how to stack correctly so you can carry it without dropping items/breaking items. If you are a busser it is easier because you most likely have a bus cart.

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u/Comprehensive-Ad-618 11d ago

I was a bus person in the 80's in a French restaurant. It was unthinkable at ANY restaurant to go to the table with a tub. You had to balace those dirty dishes on your arm! We would compete to see who could terrace the most dirties on their arm! And so what about customers stacking, or putting napkins wherever?! Deal with it. That's your job. You aren't getting paid just so that others can have the privilege of gazing upon your youthful visage! 😆

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u/Froggy101_Scranton 11d ago

I always did this until I saw a whole thread of servers asking people NOT to do this and now I’m so conflicted and filled with anxiety about it lol

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u/crimson_mokara 11d ago

My compromise: I stack dishes that are the same size and shape first. If the stack is very short, I stack smaller plates on top of the same shape bigger ones.

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u/Jakooboo 11d ago

Also, cutlery on the top of the dishes rather than between each layer of the stack.

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u/ambientfruit 11d ago

What sort of monster puts them between the plates?!

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u/Jakooboo 11d ago

"This job would be great if it wasn't for the fuckin' customers." XD

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u/Dalganoth 11d ago

Consider it like this and how everybody has their own methodology and how they want the plates and cups and trash in a certain way. That's why I stopped messing with how I clean up going to a restaurant even after working in so many.

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u/[deleted] 11d ago

Having worked as a server at an upscale restaurant, stacked plates could be a sign of bad / slow service. So it was frowned upon by management. It is a fast way to get your plates picked up though if that's what you're after!

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u/JvilleJD 11d ago

If you stack the same size plates and only have trash and utensils on the top plate, that should never be an issue. It's the different size stacks that would be the issue I think.

But everyone does have their own method, so I can see their side.

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u/Jakooboo 11d ago

I think it really depends on the "stack." Think of your home dishwasher, if you've got one.

In my house, I'm the only one who loads it "the right way" and it pisses me off when someone thinks they're helping. I've only ever worked BOH, but yeah, same deal.

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u/wohho 11d ago

I do this as an American. Maybe it's a Midwest thing but my parents taught me that it's rude to leave a mess at a diner. Stack your plates and cups, put your silverware in the top cup, garbage goes on top of the highest plate or bowl.

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u/oalm82 11d ago

except instead of accept

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u/UncleKeyPax 12d ago

They left snacks for the cleaning crew

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u/Marshall_Mattress 12d ago

Made origami as well

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u/cocobear13 11d ago

THOSE CRANES!!

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u/Motorcruft 11d ago

Thank you, I didn’t understand this post until I saw your comment.

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u/Due_Secretary_2338 11d ago edited 11d ago

Qatar won't like that can't let the slave I mean workers eat otherwise they get ideas

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u/Turtles2507 12d ago

This shouldn’t be unusual. Showing respect like this should be the norm.

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u/KeyStep8 11d ago

Agreed. This is such a sweet gesture and it's sad that this kind of stuff is rare.

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u/Straightup32 12d ago

I’ll give it to the Japanese, they’ve got some pretty good values instilled in their society. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I heard that they have their children clean their own schools. It apparently teaches children to respect public work spaces. This is innovative thinking of it is true

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u/duckface08 12d ago Starry

It's true! I currently work at a Japanese high school and there is about 15-20 minutes after school dedicated to cleaning. Even the teachers all pitch in to help take out the trash and the vice-principal will go around and vacuum the office floors once or twice a week. Literally no one is too important to clean.

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u/crimson_mokara 11d ago

It really helps with life skills. So many US kids don't even know how to sweep.

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u/mapoftasmania 11d ago Silver

Any Principal who tried to install those practices in the US would be fired. America’s kids are entitled because they have entitled parents.

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u/walrussss 11d ago

I make my kids pick up our classroom when we leave for the day. However, I’ve been subbing this year (long story) and I asked a 5th grade class to pick up their stuff off the floor (pencils, scraps of paper, books, etc) so the custodian doesn’t have to pick up after them and some kid said ‘that’s literally their job’. I wanted to slap him. What an entitled little shit.

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u/TrixnTim 11d ago

I was an elementary teacher for 15 years. In the mid 80’s through the 90’s. Every afternoon my students cleaned the room spotlessly. Washed their desktops. Swept the floors. They actually loved it as it brought closure to their day and they felt they were helping the custodian. I still work in schools and keep my office spotless. Nothing for the custodian to do. On daylight savings I came to work and he had changed my personal wall clock next to my desk. Simple kindnesses go a long way.

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u/JvilleJD 11d ago

I loved cleaning the chalkboard weekly for some reason. It felt like a great task and reward. Plus our teachers would let us draw the lines back on them if we were good.

It was fun as a kid lol.

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u/StokedWestCoast 11d ago

Same lol. Spending the last 15 minutes of the day getting to talk with your buddies while cleaning the class room was much more fun than spending it learning about multiplication

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u/Ok-Environment-7970 11d ago

I went to a school in a rural area and we all pitched in to clean. We used to get into fights over who would wash down the blackboards. Yes this was an America. And there's nothing more cathartic than washing down a Blackboard.

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u/sunbear2525 11d ago

I’m sorry, but clapping erasers was the best job, hands down.

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u/Ok-Environment-7970 11d ago

Not when you were wearing a black coat.

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u/houndstooth_moi 11d ago

Or when you had allergies and/or asthma.

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u/MalevolentRhinoceros 11d ago

I feel like that's a good time to break out "Well, since it's your job to do homework, here's a little extra."

I'm sure it wouldn't go over well with the parents (and I'm not sure it would even teach the kid what was wrong with his attitude), but it would be so, so satisfying.

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u/Richierich_rpd 11d ago

My middle school cafeteria you had to wash your table where you sat, and if you made a mess you had to sweep it up. I liked that policy.

Then my highschool all you have to do is throw away your plate and their us still lazy ass kids that dont do it.

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u/Makyura 11d ago

It's your job to do well on your tests, why don't you get 100% on everything dumb dumb.

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u/Aegi 11d ago

But he's correct, so did you explain how even being correct that's not a reason to not help people when you have the opportunity to?

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u/fun-guy-from-yuggoth 11d ago

Well, my taxes pay for those schools. That means i'm the boss of all school emoyees. /s

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u/Comprehensive-Ad-618 11d ago

Exactly. Also: ' My child is a large portion of my ego, so how dare you criticize my child (me/ my lack of parenting) ?! /s

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u/noobsy007 11d ago

Agreed, the view of parenting in the US has definitely shifted from the parents to the job of schools, particularly with how teaching in US schools is viewed.

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u/mcsassy3 11d ago

Am I the only one that grew up in the US and attended classes in elementary school where we wiped down desks in the morning, put out chairs and swept the floors, took out trash and put the chairs up on the tables at the end of the day?

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u/spacekatbaby 11d ago

I remember being taught how to sweep in work and I laughed! I know how to sweep. They said go on then. I did. Turns out I didn't know how to sweep. True story.

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u/JvilleJD 11d ago

Push brooms can be tricky to use correctly, not joking at all.

My son still has a tendency to not check the brush angle when using a regular broom. Those bristles are cut at an angle for a reason.

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u/Demand_101 11d ago

I'm Canadian, but I remember only learning how to sweep in school, grade 3. It wasn't like part of the lesson or anything, we were just cleaning up after a craft and I was sweeping the floor and another kid made fun of me because I was just pushing things with the broom (not a push broom). The teacher showed me how to do it the correct way lol I was definitely doing chores at home at that point, but apparently not sweeping.

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u/fun-guy-from-yuggoth 11d ago

So many US kids don't even know how to sweep

Don't we have people for that sort of thing?

/s

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u/tehtreven 11d ago

So many US kids can't even SPELL broom.

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u/bondsthatmakeusfree 11d ago

Nuh-uh. I can spell borm.

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u/ryry1237 11d ago

No, it's spelled roomb-a

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u/panspal 11d ago

Idiots, it's B-R-U-M

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u/Maelstrom_Witch 11d ago

Brewm.

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u/mrjiels 11d ago

Swoop swoop thingymabob

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u/Starting_Fresh1 11d ago

That’s easy. I can spell b-r-e-u-m

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u/bondsthatmakeusfree 11d ago

wait. shit. brom?

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u/heep1r 11d ago

Even the teachers all pitch in

I think this is key. Removes a lot of the master/servant feeling that could prevent kids from accepting it as a normal thing.

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u/TheReverseShock 12d ago

No one is beyond pushing a broom.

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u/littleyellowbike 11d ago

I'm an electrician and the number of fellow electricians who get shitty about being put on broom duty is honestly hilarious, like they're insulted or something. Bro, it all pays the same. They wanna pay me $40 an hour to sweep the floor? I have no problem with that.

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u/Maelstrom_Witch 11d ago

Just had a similar convo with my master carpenter husband. He did the “milk run” and dropped off stuff at a bunch of sites. If I ran that business there’s no way I’d have one of my most skilled peeps dropping off ladders & paint, that’s a waste of money! But he gets paid the same regardless & his back gets a day of rest.

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u/TheLazyD0G 11d ago

Im sure the boss agrees with not using his most skilled peep for a milk run.

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u/Sinaty 11d ago

Or maybe he is secretly an awesome boss who saw his best employee needing some rest without losing out on pay and this was his way of doing that

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u/JvilleJD 11d ago

Those are the best bosses. They know when to give some type of break or breather for their employees.

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u/madatthings 11d ago

This is actually incredible

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u/MarilynMansonsRib 11d ago

It's a good mindset. You're taught to leave things neat and tidy for the next person because you want them to leave it neat and tidy for you.

It's like the golden rule, but extended to physical space.

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u/MrsTurtlebones 11d ago

My 6th grade teacher near Seattle made us do this! He didn't want the janitor to have to clean our room, which was the last one distance wise. The teacher is probably about 80 now, and he had some forward-thinking ideas back in the 70s. Hats off to Mr. Mirante!

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u/666dollarfootlong 11d ago

We have this same thing at my workplace here in Finland, apparently it is adopted from a Japanese system.

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u/mista_r0boto 11d ago

This is a really smart practice to build servant leaders and win together culture.

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u/jigglewiggIe 11d ago

Really reflects how in the west we lean towards individualism, and in other parts of the world they think about how things affect the group as a whole. If we tried to make American 3rd graders do that I don't think it would go over well.

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u/Gang36927 11d ago

I remember seeing the difference between NYC subway and somewhere in Japan subway after flooding. NYC is dirty brown deathwater and Japan looked like a swimming pool, almost inviting.

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u/Just_A_Little_Spider 11d ago

to be fair, NYC hasn't actually cleaned the subway tunnels since Rockefeller was kickin about, they just bricked up and backfilled the tunnels that got too decrepit for a simple "patch and repair" job.

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u/Maracuja_Sagrado 11d ago

When I did Master's course in Japan, the professors would also join us in the many cleanups we had to do with the laboratory team of students, which happened at least twice per year. It was an agricultural field of research so there was always a lot to clean and organize after an experiment or a semester. Sometimes they were more busy coordinating the students with the tasks we had to do, but whenever idle they were never above standing side to side with us, grabbing a sponge and scrubbing. So yes, this is true.

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u/Sakura580 11d ago

Yes. Not only do they clean their schools but they also serve their own school meals. It teaches that no one is above serving, just like everyone should be respectful of public space and leave it clean. This video shows Japanese kids as young as 2nd grade serving classmates freshly prepared lunch. Japanese Kids Lunch

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u/Duckbilling 11d ago

next thing you'll be telling me very young Japanese children run errands and ride the subway by themselves!

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u/ProsperoII 11d ago

They also usually have a moment during the year where schools go off in public spaces/parks and do a huge clean up of the area and remove any kind of junk they would find.

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u/SaltyDogFU 11d ago

Left a bag in a taxi in Tokyo. Got it back 2 days later. Model citizens.

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u/forced_metaphor 11d ago

It is true. They also have the children serve the lunches and teach them gardening so they understand nutrition. Also, detention is not a thing. I was writing a story set in a Japanese school and realized to my chagrin that half the stuff I wanted to put into the story didn't exist in Japan.

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u/Matzndt 11d ago

When I was in in elementary in Denmark, we had to clean our own school as well. I thought it was normal everywhere.

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u/AdhesivenessCivil581 11d ago

My brothers wife is Japanese. He loves it there. The trains and subways are spotless . The drivers wear white gloves. Maybe we should stop giving such huge tax cuts to billionaires and spend some money on cleanup and high speed trains. America falls so far behind and we're to vain to notice it.

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u/spikey114 11d ago

While we can spend more on cleaning up, it will only help up to a certain amount. It's a cultural difference. There are much more people littering/dumping here than in Japan. If you left a empty bottle on a train in USA, how long will it take for someone to pick it up or wait until a janitor comes ? In Tokyo it took about a minute of bouncing around in the train for a random stranger to pick it up.

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u/Raestloz 11d ago

While we can spend more on cleaning up, it will only help up to a certain amount. It's a cultural difference.

People who struggle to barely live naturally can't be arsed to help. America's ironic philosophy of "pulling yourself by the bootstraps" means people are less inclined in helping anyone, or anything else purely because there's "nothing in it for me" and "someone of lesser social status will do it"

People are more likely to help if they don't see the harm, even if there's no benefit. What's the point of bothering to clean, if it means you're late to work, or it makes you dirty in the process and get yelled at by your boss?

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u/zvug 11d ago

Buddy you wouldn’t be saying any of this shit if you knew what work culture is like there.

It’s literally Valhalla here compared to that, and they still have no problem cleaning up after themselves and others if they have the chance.

What you’re saying is not the reason for this cultural decision.

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u/PopularPKMN 11d ago

You can't just spend more money and expect people to change. It has to be a cultural change

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u/Jazzmannnnn_x 11d ago

America and the UK could really learn from Japanese society

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u/jtotheizzen 11d ago

Yes! And the students help serve lunch too. All adults and kids pitch in!

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u/FreeLyss 11d ago

Not just work spaces but all public spaces. I saw a video on TikTok of the Japanese fans cleaning up the stadium after a World Cup match. It was posted by qatarliving if you want to see it. He talks to some of them and they said they never leave trash behind.

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u/forced_metaphor 11d ago

Ninjas vanish without a trace, except for piles of folded laundry

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u/BearDave 11d ago

It what happens with a less diverse society. People can more easily think of themselves as a part of a singular group with less divides and when the society actively reinforces this instead of "celebrating differences" its very easy for almost everyone to come together and do generally good things.

That said it also comes with a huge swaths of issues. Individuality is often quashed, shunning is very much a real thing and social outsiders within this system often resort to suicide at a much higher rate than elsewhere. Bullying and a more hierarchical structure are more naturally embraced and allowed to flourish.
There are very few places in this world outside of military structures where you will need to address people of different ranks and statuses differently and Japan is one of those places. Its engrained into the society and language as a whole, even just how you speak the language shows your status or what you consider your relative statuses.

I talk about this not to say Japan is good or bad, but to point out that Japan is a good counterpoint to "diversity is always good". Diversity is sometimes good, and having a less diverse situation can bring benefits all its own, though its not faultless and plenty of times those homogeneous groups will bring downsides all their own.

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u/HoneyInBlackCoffee 11d ago

They've got some pretty terrible values as well, so I guess it balances out

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u/AlejoMSP 11d ago

Back in Colombia we used to do this as well. Clean our own classroom. There would be a selected team of kids daily who will stay back after everyone left and for one hour sweep and mop the floor, clear the garbage and clean the blackboard. I couldn’t believe they didn’t do that when I came to america at 14 yrs old.

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u/Jucox 11d ago

There is ofcourse the flipside that not fitting in to the societal mold is disgraced, which makes any kind of change in their society hard. Stuff like gay relationships and trans people etc. aren't really accepted.

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u/dizzy_dama 11d ago

Sports facilities operate the same way. At a lot of driving ranges for example, everybody works together to sweep up all the balls at the end of the night. This keeps costs down which make it more accessible to a wider range of people. I truly respect that they’re more community driven than profit driven.

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u/Wolfenberg 11d ago

A society only works when based on a good system of beliefs and values. This is why the Japanese deserve admiration.

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u/chocolatechoux 11d ago

Innovative, sure. Effective? Eeeeh. I was in China and they told us kids to clean the school too. It meant we had to go to school early and included Saturdays. Just made me feel like the school was too cheap to hire cleaners and wanted to exploit us as much as possible while making us used to working long hours. Some of the tasks, like cleaning a hallway that was flooded after rain (bad architecture, hallway had no drain) just felt like punishments.

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u/SushiMage 11d ago

Hey man don’t interrupt the reddit-brained masturbation of japan. Nevermind that it’s incredibly imaged-based and that’s actually the root of these type of public acts. Heavy image based society is a thing for east-asian cultures as a whole.

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u/stoph777 11d ago

I was in Panama recently and people just throw their garbage everywhere. Same in Thailand. I wish other countries would pick up in this behavior.

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u/-the_doc- 12d ago edited 12d ago

That’s class

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u/DrSuperWho 12d ago

Isn’t it refreshing to see human beings being thoughtful? 😊

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u/Petite_Tsunami 11d ago

It’s so rare it’s a turn on now

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u/HornyTerus 11d ago

u/Petite_Tsunami is turned on. oh no...

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u/SinoScot 11d ago

Don’t worry, it’s not like it’s a u/big-tsunami. Then we’d be in trouble..

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u/stinkbonesjones 12d ago

My exact thought!

They left it like they found it like everyone should.

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u/possibly-a-moron 12d ago

Yea, these guys are nice!

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u/TheHumanPickleRick 12d ago

Good on them, I'm sure the cleaning staff enjoyed their break and snacks! Must be a welcome change.

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u/Jucox 11d ago

That is ofcourse if the cleaning staff got a break, the world cup is still happening in qatar so y'know...

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u/yzrguy 12d ago

Sparking joy!

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u/DrSuperWho 12d ago

It absolutely does

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u/VEXEnzo 12d ago

This kind of respect that Japan has is something everyone should learn. The world would be a better place

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u/GoldenWizard 11d ago

The culture demands elder respect, personal accountability, and discipline, so good luck getting that to catch on anywhere else. The rest of our societies are just degenerate dens of filth and entitlement.

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u/IAMHideoKojimaAMA 11d ago

We get it, you're a weeb

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u/prickles_and_goo 12d ago

This right here is why I believe so firmly in Japanese engineering in general - it's literally shameful to put out a subpar product.

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u/AkazaAkari 11d ago

Game Freak has entered the chat

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u/zuccoff 11d ago

Japanese people have a lot of respect for hardware engineering but software is seen as a mediocre field for some reason

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u/Smathers 11d ago

Iv only ever owned Honda cars and motorcycles

A+ machines that will run forever with minimal problems

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u/TheWorldisFullofWar 11d ago

Game Freak went all-out on B&W and they got shit on for it so they went evil afterwards.

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u/DrSuperWho 12d ago

Kaizen

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u/mxgye98763_rt678 11d ago

Gemba

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u/exyccc 11d ago

Poka....mon

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u/Its_a_Mini_Mystery 11d ago

Poke-a-yolk on top of that uni-don and enjoy the delicious, unctuous bite of savory heaven… What were we talking about again?

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u/darkkite 11d ago

not software dev

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u/rohmish 11d ago

One reason I have a love hate relationship with Sony. Their products have always been quality. And I don't mind paying more for it. My previous Sony laptop lasted 9 years and was far better and repairable than my Dell. My only problem with modern Sony is their boneheaded corporate decisions. Can't use Bluetooth headsets on ps5, can't buy Sony phones in Canada anymore, etc. The products are great, have I abused my Xperia XZ using it as a literal hammer and much more. Things I wouldn't do with my current phone. They are also the only people making a phone with sane design of no random hole punches on screen.

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u/amateur_ateverything 12d ago

No one’s going to mention the flock of origami they left as their calling card?

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u/FromGreat2Good 11d ago

It’d be hilarious if they left Godzilla figurines. I’d love that.

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u/douggold11 12d ago

Can the Japanese national team visit my house?

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u/wahchewie 12d ago

Dan Carlin: the Japanese are just like everybody else. But even more so.

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u/SamuraiSlick 11d ago

Haha, I was thinking of that Carlin quote too. (technically, he bastardized it from a rabbi who is talking about the Jews.)

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u/amcclellan1123 11d ago

AND they left some origami?! Ain’t no way we deserve the Japanese man, some extremely genuine people.

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u/halfbakedmachination 12d ago

In Japanese schools they teach kids respect by making them clean the classrooms, halls and yards every day. Sticks with them.

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u/Livid-Relationship-2 12d ago

It's respect and discipline. Something the US has lost.

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u/FangedFreak 11d ago

Not just the US, most of society nowadays has (UK here)

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u/daveyp2tm 11d ago

Yep. (UK here and currently living in Japan short term)

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u/pimorules 11d ago

We had it in the first place?

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u/Alienziscoming 11d ago

Yeah, what? Lost? Wasn't this country started by a bunch of farmers cheating at war over refusing to pay taxes?😆

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u/GeneralEagle 12d ago

I 2nd this. Working with Japanese people, some of the most caring people. FYI shigeru miyamoto bday is today. God father of Nintendo and the gaming industry.

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u/MnemosyneNL 12d ago

I wish more people were like this. It's so little effort to just clean up after yourself and it makes the whole world a better place

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u/ThisKid713 11d ago

That’s what I always think when I get criticized for cleaning up my stuff at a restaurant. People always tell me it’s someone’s job to do that and I always tell them that it doesn’t mean I can’t make their job easier.

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u/SecondRateHack 12d ago

As the comedian Jim Gaffigan says, it appears the Japanese are just better people than the rest of us

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u/srirachagoodness 11d ago

Japan has a lot of fucked up culture problems, but this right here is… divine. It’s certainly an example of one of the things they do right.

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u/sk3pt1c 11d ago

Yeh i wouldn’t go that far

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u/GarnishedSteak100 12d ago

It’s also the same after they loose. Japanese people are very very good people.

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u/Afireonthesnow 11d ago

I feel like I would really love to live in Japan but I'm hella white and don't want to come across as some weeb or anything. I heard their work life balance can be intense though, but the cleanliness, discipline, respect for others and respect for nature, the food etc just really all align with me a lot.

Though obviously I know a stereotype of a culture doesn't define every person, city, experience etc. But I very much wish this level of respect was seen in America. The amount of hatred we have for each other, the amount of selfishness and disregard for people "under" us, disregard for nature just wears on me every day. I'm learning to hate America even though I love the land in America, you know?

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u/JayGogh 11d ago

I’m hella white, have no idea what a weeb is and pay effectively no attention to manga/anime/Pokémon/etc. Been here 12 years. My attitude aligns with yours. Come. You’ll do fine.

Just know that these threads are kinda odd simplifications. And cultures are complicated.

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u/killermojo 11d ago

Currently in Tokyo. Currently looking for ways to be here longer than 30-90 days at a time. How'd you do it?

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u/SushiMage 11d ago

Not just work life balance. It’s a socially conversative society lol. It’s incredibly stressful and rigid. Respect for others is mainly because it’s image-based not necessarily from moral altruism. All east asian countries (taiwan is relatively looser) are heavily image based even if it’s manifested slightly differently in each.

I'm learning to hate America even though I love the land in America, you know?

America has problems but it’s better to live here than Japan especially if you weren’t raised in japan. I am telling you, once a lot of foreigners take off their weeb-tinted glasses and the novelty of being in a foreign country wears off, most of them see. You really have to love japan on a deep level and not on a superficial weeb level like most to actually live there long term.

The amount of hatred we have for each other

Lol this exists everywhere. Japan’s overt politeness just hides it. Interactions are more robotic. You never truly know how people feel about you unless you’re super close. It’s isolating and there’s a reason they have issues with loneliness. You can rent families there.

Don’t get me wrong there are cool aspects to the country and it has an interesting history. It’s just disappointing but not surprising reddit is superficially jerking off the japan despite not actually understanding the country and it’s culture on a deeper level. That’s to be expected of this site though.

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u/frostysam 11d ago

Anyone got the picture they deleted it

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u/markedbeamazed 12d ago

So clean. It's like they care about other people and how they look on the world stage.

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u/GoldenWizard 11d ago

Looks like they mopped the floor with the German team

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u/distant2soul 12d ago

What was the German one like I wonder

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u/GoldenWizard 11d ago

Sauerkraut everywhere.

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u/JayGogh 11d ago

And Scheisse.

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u/Super_Vegeta 11d ago

What exactly is oddly satisfying about a clean and tidy room?

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u/Jake_the_Snake88 11d ago

Nothing. The sub has lax moderation and anything is posted here. Across reddit, people tend to upvote posts they like regardless of fit for the sub.

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u/odo-italiano 11d ago

This is how everyone should act. Leaving things as good as, if not better, than you found them. Too many people have the attitude of, "Someone else will clean it."

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u/time_thug19 12d ago

We can all learn a thing or two from Japan.

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u/Camillej87 12d ago

I want to see every locker room after this as a comparison.

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u/GoldenWizard 11d ago

France’s locker room had baguettes and berets strewn about willy-nilly.

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u/ThatItalianGrrl 12d ago

They left origami 🥺

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u/Dumm_Bruh 11d ago

Japanese just built different imo

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u/Mondub_15 11d ago edited 11d ago

This is why Asian countries dominate America. They value discipline and respect.

Edit for clarity: “us” changed to America.

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u/CrazyinFrance 11d ago

As someone who lived very close to this culture & have multiple friends working there, I have to say there is a big downside to this that contributes to their high suicide rate. It's one thing to be nice and go out of your way to be considerate for others. It's an entirely different atmosphere when you're fully expected via social and peer pressure to be this considerate at all times. It can get really repressive.

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u/Rebel_bass 12d ago

This does spark joy.

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u/UncommonTheIdk 12d ago

They even made an origami (or however you spell it💀)

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u/Moon283 12d ago

Yes I was lookingvat that too. They made an origami bird that brings good luck when gifted!

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u/Wyevez 11d ago

Next World Cup is at my house!

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u/uptwolait 11d ago

Oddly Intensely Satisfying!

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u/maxiharda4 11d ago

japanese people are so kind fr

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u/Ok_Commission_8564 11d ago

I will always root for Japan till the day I die even vs my home country.

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u/FewMagazine938 11d ago

Sooooo...what are we looking at? 👀

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u/BlackHeartBlackDick 12d ago

Momma raised them right

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u/nlamber5 11d ago

I think the difference here is that it’s not just mom. It’s the whole village working together

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u/GoldenWizard 11d ago

It’s a culture devoid of entitlement and founded on personal responsibility and respect for others.

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u/Life_Of_High 11d ago

I flew to the Philippines connecting through Japan and security was very apologetic in having to check one of my items manually. They methodically opened the item, setting aside items in an organized manner. Once they were done checking, the security official packed my item back up, folding as necessary, then handed it back to me in the same condition in which it was previously given to them.

Contrast that experience versus Newark airport where I was once checked after coming home from Panama and treated with hostility by the TSA. Basically barking orders, (come here, stand here, open this, who are you, where are you coming from etc etc.) All of my belongings dumped in a pile on a table while security was rifling through my things. Once they found nothing, they just walked away from the mess they made leaving me to put all my things back into my suitcase.

One small interaction was just a totally different experience in Japan. Even though I was only connecting through the country, my experience definitely left a lasting impression on me in terms of decorum/respect for complete strangers.

Side note, all of the airport vehicles and equipment were all parked in 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 etc. configurations in what would resemble a neat parking lot. I wish I spent more time there, maybe one day!

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u/p1um5mu991er 12d ago

It's good to care

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u/mildlynaughty_ 11d ago

They even left cranes! I’m curious to what state the other locker rooms are in? 🤔

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u/dansker333999 11d ago

Hahahaha gotta love the need for order

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u/getyourcheftogether 11d ago

The monsters, the locker room isn't in alphabetical order

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u/blanketbeans 11d ago

The origami though! So lovely.

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u/DoomWad 11d ago

If Germany had won, there would be feces all over the walls. You know, probably.

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u/FriedRamen13 11d ago

🙂 This picture will probably get more attention than their win. Congratulations Japan for the win and for being considerate!

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u/inzaghip 11d ago

The Japanese cleaned up both off and on the pitch

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u/Comprehensive-Ad-618 11d ago

I love the Japanese. Americans have ALOT to learn from them.

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u/LiCHtsLiCH 11d ago

It is fascinating that a sense of national identity, social contribution, manners, and a sense of propriety can be outlined in a single photo. Perhaps it doesnt do it justice.

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u/klagaan 11d ago

It's just the respect.

Not about knowing how to sweep or wipe, this apply to everything in Japan.

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u/sietre 11d ago

Do you think mindsets like "oh the cleanup crew will handle it" stops us from being more like this?

Like we know there's someone who is getting paid to do this for us, so let them?

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u/melania239 11d ago

Now I want to see how other teams leave the locker room.

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u/dolosloki01 11d ago

Those classy motherfuckers...

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u/Rock-J- 11d ago

Why is everyone is making such a big deal about guys cleaning up after themselves? /s

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u/Dry_Satisfaction_623 11d ago

I was so utterly impressed with the Japanese when I visited Tokyo. People are so respectful of others. You don't hear people playing music from their phones on the subway. People don't jump out in front of cars crossing the road when they're not supposed to. I didn't see a single piece of litter anywhere. And when you're paying for something, people actually act like they appreciate your business.