“The first month of the travel period – it is unbelievable how fast time went by. It seemed like yesterday when I started pre-course. Today, I am in Japan, trying to get to know more about this particular country.
Travelling with my team for six months was not my comfort zone. I hadn’t imagined being without them. Once I started travelling solo, I was so shocked and impressed. I realized how much I had enjoyed travelling with them, sharing every moment. However, then I started to remember how to enjoy also being by myself and Japan has been the best experience for travelling solo.
What makes Japan special?
It is incredible how technology is super high. People are very educated and respectful and the services are so comfortable.
I have found out many things about the Japanese perspective of life. I remember how one older man told me that Japanese people do not work for a living; they live for working. The work is the most important for them and they are afraid to be without money.
They told me how important it is for them to invest in their looks; they want to look similar, in this way others can accept them. Also, they are afraid of being different, or they are afraid of sharing their personal opinion, or how difficult it is for them to make friends, how they do not invest in their family because they do not have time to spend with families, or how the fatality is going so low because they do not have time to focus on having kids.
I had plenty of conversations about the advantages and disadvantages of Japan as an island country, about their history, their culture, their beliefs and more.
My travel from India to Japan, and the differences between
I was impressed by how different and beautiful Japan is. Many small details caught my attention. For example, they don’t have garbage bins in the streets. I tried to find a bin for a long time until I decided to keep the small garbage with me until I got home. Guess what? The Japanese are taught to keep the garbage with them – this is why they do not need garbage bins in every corner on the streets!
The contrast moving from India to Japan. In New Delhi, I noticed how many garbage bins they have everywhere. At the same time, there’s still garbage everywhere on the streets. In Japan, they do not have any garbage bin on the streets but is still clean and proper.
Importance of the family in Indian culture vs. Japanese
Also, I was glad to meet with a Japanese lady who has travelled to India, similarly to me, so I got the opportunity to find out her opinion between India and Japan. The first example she gave me was about the importance of family in India – it means a lot to them, but sometimes it keeps them from enjoying the smallest pleasures of life as well as they are kind and are always happy. What amazed me the most, was how she noticed Indian people always having a lot of energy. Even though they work in such severe conditions. She impressed me with her opinion of India and Japan.
I was also visiting one of the best universities in Tokyo. There, I had excellent talks with students, joined a karate training and found out more about its history!
In conclusion, I am grateful for India’s experience as well, and I would not be able to see Japan in the same perspective I have seen it!”