Traveling abroad and seeing a new way of life is nothing new in today’s world. It’s easier than ever before to hop on an airplane and see a new and exciting country that you haven’t been to before. Japan is one such country and it’s arguably one of the most unique countries in the world.
Whether it’s the sights and architecture or the religious and often praise-worthy way that people live their lives, Japan has always struck a certain cord with its visitors. So what makes Japan so special and why should you consider investing time and money in order to travel so far from anywhere you’ve been before?
Shinto and Buddhism are the two main religions that Japanese people are affiliated with. While there are more minorities and fringe religions to be met, these two are often considered the staples of Japanese culture. As such, the numerous centuries of religious influences have left a huge mark on the Japanese continent.
There are countless temples, shrines and religious sights to explore on the mainland and neighboring islands alike. Depending on your interest and availability, Tokyo offers the most diverse selection of temples and religious sights for tourists willing to learn more about the history and culture of Japan.
2.People and culture
One of the many reasons for Japan being the country it is is the people who live there. Japanese people are some of the most famous people in the world due to their discipline and mutual respect. They will never treat a visitor badly, often inviting them to their homes and treating them to a friendly lunch or a round of drinks.
This is because their culture is based on Shinto, a religion that promotes the connection with the past through present. Everything you do today will ripple through the future and come back to you in one way or another – or so does Shinto say. The Japanese people abide by these religious rules and through it they have created one of the safest and most welcoming countries in the world.
Japan is widely known as the birthplace of cosplay, fan-service and themed cafés. If you are familiar with the Japanese animated movies and TV shows (so called “anime”), then you will recognize a lot of these cafés when you walk down Japan’s streets.
Even if you had to contact one of the top translation companies to help you with writing and editing the translations for these anime, you will know what to expect when you see the cafés for the first time. The Japanese people love to idolize their favorite animated heroes, manga characters and fictional creatures to the point of adopting a lot of their fashion choices as theirs.
It’s not uncommon to see a group of school kids running around in anime character outfits around the street and playing make-believe. Themed cafés with subjects from a show you watched back home are a great opportunity when it comes to visiting Japan since they are very well established and welcoming to anyone who shares the same taste in anime.
The Japanese people are known world-wide for their light and high-quality cuisine. While it’s widely known that dishes such as ramen, noodle soup and sushi come from Japan, it’s also important to consider other foods that you can try. The reason why many tourists prefer Japanese cuisine over any other is because locals are very respectful and fond of their ancestor’s way of life – every piece of sushi or rice you put in your mouth has been prepared with outmost care.
Best of all, the locals will always encourage you to eat slowly and savor every bite, something that people in the west have long forgotten how to do. Japanese supermarkets on the mainland offer a plethora of high-quality food choices that you can heat up or cook back at your hotel and even these dishes are of higher quality than most restaurants and fast food joints are in the west!
5.Efficiency and punctuality
The reason why so many people praise the Japanese culture is the fact that it’s one of the most efficient countries in the world. You will rarely see a big Japanese apartment with excess space for furniture or leisure. People are used to living in small apartments with only the most necessary accessories to help them out.
Working throughout the day doesn’t mean they are grumpy and tired afterwards – Japanese people love to work for their country and make their life better in the process. This is why Japan is not only very punctual when it comes to public transport and events but also very inviting to anyone who wants to come and work there.
The so-called “Hanami” parties are the entire rave in Japan when spring arrives. This is because Sakura trees are widely known as some of the most beautiful trees in the world. The blooming festival can last for several weeks depending on the season and in those several weeks there are numerous celebrations and festivals all around major cities in Japan.
These cherry-blossom trees have been regarded as the most stunning blossoming trees in the world by anyone who had a chance to see them up close. It’s also one of the main reasons for visiting Japan in early and late spring, since there are pink shades of cherry-blossom anywhere you turn. If you have a family with children and are willing to make the trip just to create unforgettable memories, consider the Sakura season as one of the main reasons for visiting Japan.
Japan is one of those countries that don’t need a special introduction when it comes to visiting it. People all over the world are familiar with at least some aspects of its lifestyle and culture. This makes deciding whether or not to go there that much easier. If you think you are open-minded and want to experience a completely different way of life, give Japan a shot. More likely than not, you will feel like you have just visited a whole other world entirely.