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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Things I Now Know 'Bout the Japanese

I've lived in Tokyo for about 8 months now and I have, by far, learned quite a few things about the Japanese that distinguish them from other peoples. Here goes:

One: Unless you cause them physical harm or unduly disturb their peace, they will allow you to do whatever pleases you.

(Drunks just sleep wherever they want without anyone disturbing their trip to dreamland.)


Two: They like making things small, but still usable.

(Tired of the thousands of huge trains that they use for daily commute, these kids and their parents enjoy rides on small trains in a park.)


Three: They have strict quality standards for anything bound for human consumption.


(Read: Not fit for drinking. Seen at a rest area going to Mt. Fuji)


Four: They just don't run out of ideas to make life more convenient.

(This is Roomba: A cordless robotic vacuum cleaner. Complete with sensors, it cleans an entire area without any human intervention).

And Five: They conscientiously practice garbage segregation.

(Flyers advertising illicit services must be thrown in this box. They are deemed too dirty to be disposed alongside regular garbage.)

34 comments:

Turismoboi said...

hey cute ung vacuum cleaner na un hehe!

BlogusVox said...

This story tells how efficient the Japanese are: GM ordered spareparts to be made by a japanese factory. GM's QC demands that there should only be 5 damage per 100 spareparts. Japanese manufacturer think this is crazy. But to please their customer, intentionally include 5 damage spareparts for every 100 to abide with the work order contract.

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

@blogusvox,
natawa ako dun sa spareparts order.tsk. tsk.,bakit pa kailangan ng 5 defective units kung pwede namang wala...ha ha ha.(anu yun joke time).

pero pards mukhang maganda dyan,pwede matulog ng walang nawawalang wallet pag lasing ka.:)

carlotta said...

kawawa naman yung tubig nadisqualify pa hehehe :D

The Gasoline Dude said...

Waaahhh! Gusto ko 'yung vacuum cleaner!!! Magkano??? *LOLz*

Parekoy, hindi naman mukhang Japanese 'yung nasa unang picture na natutulog. Wala lang. Hehe. = P

Kelan ka punta Singapore?

totomai said...

nice observations there atty. im guilty with regards to your 1st point haha. :-) naranasan ko na din matulog sa daan dito

Abaniko said...

I wonder how many indecent fliers are being handed out in public. And what's indecent for them? I assume they cannot throw a Plaboy magazine in there. Bcause it ain't a flier.

Tornadoes28 said...

Yes, the Japanese are famous for inventions to make life easier. However, the Roomba vacuum was not invented by the Japanese nor is it made by a Japanese company. The Roomba is from an American company which was started by two American's from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

However, the Japanese are probably the leaders in robot technology.

r-yo said...

turismo: gusto ko nga sana bumili nung vacuum cleaner pero sa liit ng lugar ko, katamaran na talaga pag di ko pa kaya linisin ng walis. hehe

r-yo said...

blogusvox: uy, joke time. he he

r-yo said...

ever: actually, madami pa akong pics ng mga nakahilata sa kalsada. nasira lang laptop ko. and i'm sure lahat ng mga yun me wallet pa paggising. :-)

r-yo said...

carlotta: oo nga e. kinulang yata sa height requirement. corny ko! :-)

r-yo said...

gasdude: actually, anyone can sleep anywhere - pati foreigners, he he. mahal kasi bayad kahit sa capsule kaya kahit saan na lang. :-)

mga first week siguro ng January. sana...

r-yo said...

abaniko: maghanap ba naman ng playboy. he he. madami kasi pinamumudmod na flyers lalo na sa gabi. the box is there para me mapaglagyan yung mga nabigyan. pero why not a regular garbage box, i have no idea. :-)

r-yo said...

tornadoes: thanks for the info. I just saw the roomba being displayed in Akihabara and I assumed it was invented here.

r-yo said...

toto: sa kalsada daw. papano ka naman makakatulog doon e matagal pa ang last train umuuwi ka na! :-)

Allan Barredo said...

maraming beses na akong nakakita ng lasing na natutulog sa kanto o sa mga hagdan ng eki :D, minsan kung may police dinadala na lang sila sa precinct para dun matulog :)

Anonymous said...

puro good things lang 'yong alam mo sa kanila..?

yong pagiging weird nila d mo pa napipifeature?

tsaka ung pagiging selfish at sinungaling...

for them money is very important than conscientious people...

it's painful to know that you admired them for their hardwork but they will give you hell...I never expect but it happens...

i once knew before japanese businessmen... i thought they are responsible as i am...i made a mistake...when trouble comes they will leave you..they will bully you...they acted weird...nagtatatakbo....and after you acted independently,work it out or should i say the perfect word fitted "you survive the challenge that comes along your way" they will hate you......

r-yo said...

allan: oo nga, lalo na dito sa roppongi. sa sobrang kalasingan, ginagawang hotel ang sulok ng eki. andito ka pa ba? :-)

r-yo said...

anonymous: i commiserate with you on the sad experiences you've had with the Japanese. But please bear with this blog because this is just where I write MY own experiences in Japan. If you think I've focused mainly on the positive, it's because I haven't had bad brushes with them. But if you've been reading me long enough, you would have known that I too have made accounts of the "ka-weirduhan" that I personally experienced. please check my previous posts. :-)

BlogusVox said...

R-yo, ever, totoo ito, hindi joke. Ang Quality Control (QC) kasi of any manufacturer allows a certain margin of error on any product. Sa case ng GM w/ regards to its spareparts manufactured outside its plant, it allows a 5% "dud" for every shipment. Ang Japanese manufacturer naman interpreted it to the letter, kaya they shipout 100 "good" spareparts and add 5 "duds" to comply with the contract. Ganyan sila ka efficient! : )

the donG said...

hahaha... number two is really funny. they really do like making small things useful.

Aerrox said...

You have a very nice blog sir! clear and crisp photos and the theme so clean! now you make me more eager to by a new camera! T_T

Asian Traveler said...

Ah, Japan is one of my dream destinations even though they are identified as the source of all things weird and bizarre. I'm just fascinated with their culture.

I've also made a few Japanese "girl" friends back to my college days. But I have lost touch with them. They were exchange students sent here in the Philippines and our section - "Nihongo class" took good care of them.

r-yo said...

blogusvox: oo nga naman. baka mademanda pa sila for breach of contract heheh

r-yo said...

dong: and the quest continues. andami pa nilang pinapaliit dito. :-)

r-yo said...

aerrox: thanks. i hope you'll continue visiting. and go buy that camera. :-)

r-yo said...

asian traveler: so you speak nihongo? you really should visit japan! check me out should i still be here then. :-)

Sexymoi said...

weow... natuwa naman ako dun sa indecent fliers hahaha...

acey said...

gotta love the japs, man. hehehe!

Gypsy said...

Hey I think that robotic vacuum cleaner is so cool!! I wonder how it works...

the spool artist said...

galeeeng! hahaha... nakakatuwa talaga ang sense of inventiveness ng mga hapon... and its great to see the real japan unfold right before your eyes!

paetechie said...

i love the fifth part...should be practiced everywhere

Filipinos, too, practice segregation, but not at home nor trash bins, but at dumpsites where poor people search garbage for anything that can be re-used or sold to junkshops...problem is that many pinoys just don't care about the environment and treat any place outside their home as a big garbage dump...tapon dito...tapon doon

Ely said...

Tama si Marcos, disiplina ang klangan. Yan ata meron sa mga Japanese na medyo kulang tayo. Ang lapit lang naman ng Japan sa Pilipinas, sana madaan dito ng hangin ung disiplinang meron sila...