Omotenashi Country


After graduated from my highschool I came to Japan in 2008 and still continue my study here until now. So I already live in Japan for almost 7 years. Of course, a lot of experiences I already had in Japan. But the most thing that make me love Japan is “Omotenashi”. In dictionary omotenashi means “hospitality, treatment, reception, service,” but it suggests a deeper part of human consciousness. Here some omotenashi things in Japan are actually quite unusual for ASEAN country.

For example, when we enter convenient store, the sales will definitly say to us “Irasshaimase”, it means welcome. And they will reserve you as a king, even if you don't buy anything or just buy a cheap things for example 50 yen or 100 yen. And also if you finish buy something, they will say “Arigatou Gozaimashita”, it means “Thank you very much”. Actually sometimes I just come to convenient store not for buying things, but using their toilet. Even if we do this, they always threat us like a king. Sometimes it makes me feel bad for not having bought anything.

Another examples is Japan taxi. The first time I tried to get into a taxi and reached for the door, I was shocked when the door opened by itself. Likewise, when leaving the car, I automatically reached for the door to shut it, only to grab empty air for the door already had closed by itself. Not only that, the taxi driver will also put your big luggage into the car and also before driving the driver will show to us our destination by navigator, so it make us feel very comfortable and relief. That is maybe normal for a taxi in Japan, but elsewhere this might be very much unthinkable.

The last examples that we will definetly feel Japan omotenashi is toilets. Just the fact that toilets in Japan are almost everywhere, free to use, and of course clean.

There are much more situations in which you can feel the Japanese omotenashi, you just have to go there and experience it. The experiences I had in Japan were very real and are very special to me. I learned quite a few things during my escapades in Japan. I learned that we as humans, are all faced with the same problems and difficulties, though the form in which they appear may differ in direct relation to what culture we live in. Although Japan has high technology and one of developed country in the world, they still honour their culture.

By : Mardiansyah Mardis

My Experiences with Japanese People


Perhaps it is not the first time that foreigners including me have admired Japanese people. During these years, living and studying in Japan, I have learned and experiences many good things with them. The below paragraphs are just few examples for what I have encountered here.
“A schedule is a schedule, and no excuse to change it”. I remember a few years ago when I was a research student, my foreigner friends and I were supposed to have a final exam for our intensive Japanese course on Friday morning. However, typhoon was forecast for Nagoya on that Friday morning. Rather than delaying the exam to the next week, our professors told us that we were not going to postpone the exam until next week. If the typhoon really came in the morning, we would have the exam in the afternoon. No excuse to change the schedule.
Moreover, they are so honest. One day I withdrew the money from the post office located near my university. However, I accidentally forgot to take all my money from the machine. The moment I realized that, I thought my money must have been taken, and no way that I could get it back. Luckily, I decided to go the post office and ask a staff over there if there was anyone found the money left in the machine. Surprisingly, he told me that a Japanese lady had given him the money left in the machine, so I got my money back.
It always makes me smile when thinking about the aforementioned experiences, and feel gratitude for having passed the scholarship to study in Japan.

Date: 2015.2.5
VONG Rylida

Japan a Cambodian student saw


    I would like to write about Japan as a Cambodian student. Specifically about the industrial technology, education, and character of Japanese, also my country Cambodia and comparison would like to.

First of all, Japan technology and education. When I came to Japan, Japan progressed to the advanced industrial technologies are very surprised. Bullet train(Shinkansen), high advanced technology such as building ,a robot, the best in the world is Japan. And surprise is the automatic toilet. I, 8 years before (2006) American Field Service (AFS) that program in the homestay with a family of Japan one week. Went to the toilet at night, when suddenly opened the lid of the toilet. At that time, was really surprised. I thought Ghost is in Japan. However, proved and to observe closely what is automatic toilet. Still really great.

The following is about the field of education. The most important role to become industrialized country Japan is the talent of Japan. Education in Japan is highest in the world. I want to talk about the reasons why the education of Japan is good I feel.

First of all, a wealth of materials. Easy to read because in Japan, such as various materials in the world and literature translated in Japan, and easy to study. Studies in Cambodia, foreign language is needed and very large walls. It is unfortunately written in Cambodia language material, very little.

Second is the environment. In Japan, away from the urban areas of fully equipped environments such as personal computers and textbooks at school. In Cambodia, go to schools in the country and learning facilities not equipped enough. In the Office buildings, are not even. And there is barely even with roof, walls without. It is also, many textbooks well enough that three students read the textbook a book case. Government has implemented various measures, but it alone is not sufficient. Cambodia NGO and I think private sector cooperation is needed.

 I would like write the Japanese personality and characteristics for the Cambodian people. I would like to touch two things about good point of Japanese people.

First, our Cambodian people highly respected Japanese firmly protect the signal. “The Cambodian people do not keep signal?”That will have doubts, I feel, indeed Cambodians also protects the signal. But the Cambodian people defend the signal only during the day. Car and motorbike can't stop at night the signal is red, by Japanese becomes red, even late at night, pedestrians and cars are stopped. I think really great.

Second, it is that everyone go anywhere in Japan, also going to gather many people. Such shop or post office, subway, waiting for order everywhere everyone lined up much more calmly. Not to panic despite the insufficient water and food in shops above all, 2011 East Japan earthquake-stricken areas, the Japanese had lined up quietly in front of a convenience store. I was in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh University teachers also picked up the story in class, "from now on, everyone learn variously from the Japanese. ' That had been the advice.

 I would like to mention about the doubt, is very sorry. 2 times a week, at the University with first year law students had lectures. Met him at the library one day, when I smile at 'Hello' and was greeted. However, he ignored me, was seen by far. At that time, I was really surprised. Why is this? You want to let your opinions is full. When met outside the classroom but once I know that in Cambodia the same class, he is foreign to greet with a smile. Not to ignore the voices.

 Would like to say about the unique culture of Japan, particularly interesting. It is when the "cheers". In Japan, such as a drinking party, and "cheers" first, continue to drink until the last. However, if Japan is to attend party of Cambodia, and a little tired?. It is with Cambodia way many times is "cheers" too many times. For example, after a first here, after about 10 minutes, also participants of different "cheers". In other words, will keep drinking the liquor and cheers several times, while the "way" of Cambodia's is.

We have discussed about Japan and the Japanese felt like more than that. Finally I want them a little, compared to Cambodia. Because Cambodia is developing countries has developed various areas, including education for first of all, in terms of development, is in industrialized country Japan is against various Japan far behind. For this reason, these developing areas is a significant concern for the Cambodian Government and people.

About the character, has the Cambodian and Japanese are unique personality. For example, as already mentioned, only one time is when the party to cheers of the Japanese, but Cambodian people to toast many times. In addition, are waiting patiently calmly side by side that Japanese customs is very nice, take a look at to the Cambodian people want to learn.




Honestly, until now I really like the popular cartoon from Japan, Doraemon. I think Doraemon is not only highly entertaining cartoon but also a symbol of Japanese society character. Doraemon teaches us humanity, friendship, loving care, and everything is possible, visionary.



The first question, why was Doraemon always on NOBITA'S side? It reminds us that there are people who are willing to help us any time we need them. What is humanity definition? Gaff explained that the humanities are the stories, the ideas, and the words that help us make sense of our lives and our world. The humanities introduce us to people we have never met, places we have never visited, and ideas that may have never crossed our minds. By showing how others have lived and thought about life, the humanities help us decide what is important in our own lives and what we can do to make them better. By connecting us with other people, they point the way to answers about what is right or wrong, or what is true to our heritage and our history. The humanities help us address the challenges we face together in our families, our communities, and as a nation.


Everything is possible

Doraemon is just an imagination that is captured in a cartoon. Although it is not real, but if someone wants to make it happen then Doraemon cartoon character can make it true. Doraemon is the title of a popular manga written by Fujiko F. Doraemon has a magic bag and filled with objects of the future. Doraemon comes from the 22nd century. Doraemon is a robot created to help Nobita’s family. The character of Japanese society like Doraemon’s character. The spirit of creating new findings are very strong character of Japanese society. In fact is, Nagoya university as the world's best universities are always finding new technologies to support human life.



What is definition of visionary? Vision is a person who has clear ideas about what should happen or be done in the future: a person who has a powerful imagination Doraemon often invites Nobita to see the future. It means, Doraemon wants to teach Nobita that work will greatly affect the future life. The same thing also looks visionary character of Japanese society. For example, small children have been taught how to act to protect the environment, preserve water resources. This is done so that future generations can still enjoy the environment and water resources as well this time.


Surprising things I faced in Japan


In August 2013, I first landed in Osaka where I was oriented about Japanese society and rules as part of my scholarship program. There are a few surprising things I experienced there. First, taxi doors open automatically. That is really convenient for both customers and taxi drivers. Second, I really like Japanese to line up to wait for the train. Obviously, they are polite and disciplined, and I have never seen argument even though there are very crowded. Although they do nothing wrong, Japanese always say, “Sorry (Sumimasen in Japanese)”.
The most unexpected thing is there are vending machines absolutely everywhere. Before I came to Japan, I was told this country is high technology, but I could not imagine people can find drinks on every corner. You can spend money anytime you want.
Talking about Japanese people is quiet interesting. They are unique. It’s very hard to understand what they are thinking about. For example, they say “Yes” while they do not agree. In addition to this, Japanese prioritize their work rather than family. Most people I met, they do not have dinner with a family during weekdays. According to my Japanese teachers, it’s unusual to say “have a nice weekend” before you leave the office on Friday, and no one ask you “how’s your weekend” on Monday morning.

Pak Chanlino Dec.02.2014


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