What’s Rich?

What’s Rich?

In Singapore, there are many skyscrapers because this country is very small. So, they have to stack rooms like they are Lego Blocks. This way, they are able to make the number of people living in a certain place bigger. Can it be considered as dilution of land? By the way, Skyscrapers are usually costly but many people want to live there. However, the situation is a dilution of land, further more it is also a dilution of rooms. Come to think of it the most luxurious house is equal to a tent. This is according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau ‘back…

Gods Fight

Gods Fight

I was asked by a foreign friend: “Japan has many Gods, why don’t you fight them?” I agreed with his question. One thing I can say for sure is they were not friendly. On the contrary, they were indifferent from each other. You know, Muslim’s God is extremely severe. They have strict rules. For example, don’t eat pork, you have to do starvation and so on. If an another God said to Muslim’s God “eat pork, eat it everyday”. I’m sure that they would get into a fight. Overall, Japan’s Gods have no power. If there are million powerless babies…

Strict or Loose

Strict or Loose

Have you ever heard of ‘certificate of delay’? I thought this was global standard before I have moved abroad. No way, it is pretty strange, Japan’s culture. You know, Japanese is strict about time. Therefore, if you go to work by train which is delayed, you should take a ‘certificate of delay’ from train company. Then you have to submit it to your office even though you were only 5 minutes! Do you think it too strict? Meanwhile, as you know, Japan’s company often make employees work overtime. However, something that is like a ‘certificate of overtime’ is not provided…

Hidden Value

Hidden Value

In most countries, people have to pay money for water at restaurants. Those who live in such countries know the value of water. Nevertheless, Japanese people don’t realize this value because water is absolutely free in Japan. I would like to introduce similar situation. Typically in Japan husband don’t say sweet words or express his love and affection to his wife. Why not? They think that having a wife is completely free. Let’s say they would have to pay for it. They would realise the value of wife. Imagine we had to pay money for the air, we would realise…

The that

The that

“Can you get that for me?”. “That is interesting, isn’t it?” These are an example of a typical conversation in Japan. It is hard to understand the expression ‘that’? But I will try to explain. Most Japanese have a skill of mind reading. It is called ‘Sontaku’ in Japanese. ‘Sontaku’ is very important in Japan. If a person is not good when it comes to ‘Sontaku’, he/she is said to be incompetent. Let’s check in a Japanese meeting. There are some things that might confuse you. Their expressions are vague, further more 99% of the expressions that they use starts…

Open lid

Open lid

In Japan, toilet lid opening is automatic. Most foreigners who see it say ‘Wow, this is great!’ Are you serious? Is it necessary to make it automatic? When I was a child, my house’s toilet was a pit latrine. However, it was enough for us. Well, sometimes while using the toilet, my slipper would fall into the pit. Anyway, I feel somewhat empty thinking about the automated system. Do you think so too? Because, I believe that we have many other things to do. I’m sure, they have developed too much, there is already nothing to do and they have…

The god of ordinary

The god of ordinary

Japanese think that ‘futsū’ is important. ‘futsū’ means normal, ordinary and average in Japanese. Also, ‘futsū’ has a great power in Japan. I will provide an example; women often say “I can not wear a mini skirt.” Please pay attention, this issue is not ‘a choice’, this issue is ‘a qualification’. Why not? She thinks that plump ladies must not wear it. If the woman who wears a mini skirt is chubby, it is not thought to be ‘futsū’. In short, it is not her own choice. It is like a compelling, or rather it is a silent pressure. ‘futsū’…

Law is mirror

Law is mirror

In Singapore, the following is prohibited by law; Throwing away garbage, spitting on the road and selling chewing gums. Hence, it is said that Singapore is ‘a clean country.’ I used to think so, too. However, I found out it is not quite true because I started living here. I would often see garbage, people spitting on the streets and many other dirty things. Come to think of it, this law would be similar to for example law about murder. Even though murder is a crime in every country in the world, it still happens. In short, there is no…

Rule is rule

Rule is rule

In Japan, talking on the phone is prohibited in the train. Actually, it does not have a definite reason. But you know, talking with someone else in person is ok. So, I have to say “It is just a rule.” Come to think of it, that is so strange. Why is there such a rule? Since when has this rule been decided? All Japanese are not able to provide a reliable answer. They say “The rule has been there for ages.” This is similar with ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’ This may be the reason why Japanese…

Each time, each place

Each time, each place

I have lived in Singapore. This country does not have four seasons. On the contrary, it has just one season. Here is always summer. I will compare Japan and Singapore. As well all know, Japan has four seasons. I think that Japan is a circle, Singapore is a line. Circle means it is dynamic and circulative while line means static and straight. Therefore, I often forget which month and day it is now. So, I feel that these days are like eternal. So I’m not getting any older and I will never die. I know that it is of course…

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