I studied in Tokyo from 2010 to 2014 and noticed a lot of cultural differences between Japan and my country so to deal with my culture shock, I started creating comic strips about them. I hope my comics will help more foreigners like myself understand Japan and the Japanese people better, as well as increase awareness about some changes in behavior we might have to make when we visit. These comic strips were selected from a collection of over 300 that I created between 2012 and 2015 and posted on my Facebook page. I also compiled these illustrations into two books: "Eva, Kopi and Matcha" and "Eva, Kopi and Matcha 2.0" which are available on Amazon and other eBook platforms (Kindle, iBooks, Google Books, Kobo).

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Amazing Clean Toilets

Amazing Clean Toilets

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Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

that cockroach tho...lol

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No Service Charge And Tips

No Service Charge And Tips

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Laily F. Noor 2 weeks ago

A lot of hidden prices in US

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#3

Eating Noodles

Eating Noodles

Slurping noodles to eat in Japan is perfectly fine and it is said that they will taste better too.

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Cat got fish :D

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#4

Station Masters

Station Masters

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misteriosa 2 weeks ago

Why are people in other countries naked?

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#5

Picking Up Your Own (And Others) Trash

Picking Up Your Own (And Others) Trash

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Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

Japan has always been a very clean and generous country.

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#6

Baths

Baths

Japanese enjoy taking hot baths too, especially hot spring baths. (monkeys are there for humor, you won't get to dip with any, sorry!)

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Jeff 2 weeks ago

Dang it! I wanted to drink a toast with a monkey!!!! :’(

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#7

Japanese Service

Japanese Service

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Kjorn 2 weeks ago

i love silence

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#8

Toilets

Toilets

The toilets are always wet in Malaysia and there's always no toilet papers.

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Daniel280456 2 weeks ago

If you're in Malaysia, just stand in the doorway and pee inside.

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#9

Fruits

Fruits

Anybody bought the expensive Japanese fruits before? Like the melon or the insanely priced grapes...

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K. LNU 2 weeks ago

When I was stationed in Japan, it was explained to me that Japan is an island with limited resources. Much of the produce and meats are brought from other countries; or grown specially for the market (like the square watermelons) ... thus the high cost of some foods!

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#10

The Last Stop

The Last Stop

If you fall deep asleep on the bus in the US, it may be your last stop...

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Luis Milian 2 weeks ago

I live in the US and I approve to this

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#11

Vending Machines

Vending Machines

There are vending machines almost everywhere, even at places where life-forms doesn't seem to exist.

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

That's what I noticed the first time I came to Japan. I was walking on a street between empty field and there you had a vending machine in the middle of nowhere, nothing else.

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#12

Celebrating Christmas

Celebrating Christmas

Strangely Japanese celebrates Christmas not with turkey and ham, but with KFC...

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D. Pitbull 2 weeks ago

Oh. OH!!!! Maybe this explains my mother-in-law!! We kept insisting "Do you not want something... more? We will get you any---" - "No. KFC." .. okaaay...

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#13

Curry

Curry

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Nabilla Syifa 2 weeks ago

Haha! We indonesian can't eat if its not spicy

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#14

Clean And State-Of-The-Art Japanese Toilets

Clean And State-Of-The-Art Japanese Toilets

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Tony Moon 2 weeks ago

I have to agree with everything about this portrayal.

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#15

Smartphones

Smartphones

You can't turn off camera shutter sound on Japanese smartphones due to privacy and upskirt photo taking.

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Twenty øne doggos 2 weeks ago (edited)

Actually, that sounds like a good feature, they should do this with other phones.

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#16

Tattoos

Tattoos

If the tattoo is small, it can be covered with plaster to enter into the public bath houses or swimming pool.

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

The reason is not that the person is thought to be a Yakuza. The reason is that you can't forbid only Yakuzas or they would get mad. In order to work around that, since they all have tattoos, this excuse was used. So if a Yakuza gets mad, they can say it's the rule, nothing against them.

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#17

Getting Off The Train

Getting Off The Train

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OreOs 2 weeks ago

I feel that Singaporeans generally let passengers get off first, those who dont are usually the older people who may be ignorant or impatient with a sense of entitlement or tourists/foreigners.

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Kids After Finishing Their Food

Kids After Finishing Their Food

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BloodSiren22 2 weeks ago

I feel so bad...

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Active Elderly

Active Elderly

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

That's so true! In see old people here and they're more active than me!

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#20

Seven Wonders Of Japanese

Seven Wonders Of Japanese

The 7th wonder can be found on my FB or blog.

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

I don't think you took the train in the summer ... I can assure you they are and look sweaty in the work suits.

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Train Etiquette

Train Etiquette

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Carol Emory 2 weeks ago

Now this happens in the USA and it's very annoying. I've been at restaurants and had people at the table next to me with their smartphones cranked up loud so the kid who's hardly touched his food can be entertained.

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#22

Sayonara

Sayonara

"Sayonara" means goodbye but has a sense of finality to it, so don't use it to your clients!

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Carol Emory 2 weeks ago

Say "Mata ne" instead. It means "See you later."

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#23

Stairs

Stairs

There is a great number of staircases and very few escalators and lifts at smaller train stations.

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Laily F. Noor 2 weeks ago

That's how you stay slim in japan

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#24

Impressive Customer Service

Impressive Customer Service

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J.B. 2 weeks ago

Whatever you call is, Japanese customer service is golden.

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#25

Office Toilet

Office Toilet

I went to a Japanese company for an interview before I decided to leave Japan. When I went to the ladies toilet, I saw a nice wooden locker cabinet mounted on the wall with small compartments. I know Japanese are very particular about hygiene but to see a locker for toothbrushes and sanitary stuff is a whole new world for me...

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nanashi 2 weeks ago

this is a good idea actually

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#26

Designated Smoking Area

Designated Smoking Area

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Jeff 2 weeks ago

Second one is also the US

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Sushi Rice

Sushi Rice

Somehow sushi rice will fall off when you eat outside of Japan...

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DemPugs 2 weeks ago

I heard sushi chefs spend like 7 years just working on rice so it kinda makes sense.

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Japanese Speak English

Japanese Speak English

Based on the real story at a sushi restaurant...

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Lala_nene 2 weeks ago

Most of Japanese have an inferiority complex about English pronunciation. We (I am a Japanese) think that it is impolite to speak in poor pronunciation.

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#29

Kids In Trains

Kids In Trains

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Carol Emory 2 weeks ago

That's in the USA too...people letting the kids run wild on public transportation.

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Hairdresser

Hairdresser

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Hans 2 weeks ago

Anyone else who always says "all right" independent of boiling hot or ice cold water?

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Bus Drivers

Bus Drivers

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Stina Kolling 2 weeks ago

I always say hello & thank you to every bus driver everywhere no matter where I live. They're real people too, and they deserve to be acknowledged.

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Muscle Training

Muscle Training

You'll get to train your muscles in Japan because there's a lot of stairs, not many escalators, and lifts! So imagine all the luggage you have to carry up and down while transiting to the airport to train stations and in-between hotels...

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Monica Michelle 2 weeks ago

This makes me nervous going with my wheelchair

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#33

Hiking

Hiking

I really feel like melting recently...

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

Same in Japan of you do it in summer.

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#34

Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Station

It is a place where Google maps fail and all hope is lost to find the specific exits...

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

Shinjuku station is the worst ... I always get lost ... You can even enter from a gate and leave from another ... Once you enter, you need to leave at another station (and so take the train) or go see the station staff to let you out.

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Giving Way To Those Who Really Need To Use The Lifts

Giving Way To Those Who Really Need To Use The Lifts

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

Not too true. It's more the order at which you arrived. If you line up for the elevator before a wheelchair comes to wait behind you, it's pretty rare that the person decides to let the handicapped person to first. The person would just enter first and try to take as less space as possible.

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#36

Introducing

Introducing

We only network with a plate full of food in our hands.

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Jeff 2 weeks ago

Food is good because it not only fills out stomachs it brings up the talkativity in ourselves and others around us........

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#37

Accurate Weather Forecasts

Accurate Weather Forecasts

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

I was and still am so amazed at how the weather forecast is so good here!

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#38

Convenient Stores

Convenient Stores

I often go to convenient stores to buy bento, snacks, cakes or vegetables when I was in Japan. Sometimes I will pass by their adult magazine section and wonder if I should play a prank by browsing through it and see the reaction of customers and staff. But I wasn't brave enough and abandoned the idea...

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NotMe 2 weeks ago

I don't think they woul've cared, honestly xd Either way, I think they come taped so you can't actually browse through, if I remember correctly.

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#39

Cyclists Are Considerate

Cyclists Are Considerate

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

No... In Japan too, they're not that careful and there are many accidents hurting prior walking on the sidewalk.

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Promotion

Promotion

Japanese companies do not let employees specialize in one skill but instead be a Jack of all trades. So even if the employee graduated from an engineering school, they will place him in sales. During the promotion, they may even transfer a sales assistant manager to Human Resource!

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Carol Emory 2 weeks ago

This is called spreading out your resources. That way if say Johnny who is the manager of sales suddenly has a heart attack and can't come back to work for a while, Steve in human resources can fill in for him.

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Safety

Safety

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Laily F. Noor 2 weeks ago

...or in singspore, insted of leaving your bag, you can just put tissue pack on the table to "book the table"

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#42

Comic Conventions

Comic Conventions

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NotMe 2 weeks ago

Comiket is for doujinshis so that's why. Maybe AnimeJapan is a little more "neutral" and closer to the Comicon concept?

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#43

Recycle

Recycle

Though it's good to recycle...

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Miklós Nagy 2 weeks ago

Isn't it's just burnable and not burnable?

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Takeaway

Takeaway

I heard that no take away of leftovers from restaurants and buffet was allowed because of a major food poisoning that happened some years ago. Caterers and restaurants did not want to be liable if anything happens. Bento is ok because they have an expiry date and storage instructions on the packaging

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Laily F. Noor 2 weeks ago

That's why I always bring tupperware

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#45

Final Decision

Final Decision

Although Japanese love to have meetings to gain a common consensus, they also may decide important things among themselves and simply let the employee know their final decision without discussing with them.

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

In a meeting, I learnt at the same time as everyone who will be the new team lead. It was me ...

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#46

Amazing Japanese Women At Shibuya

Amazing Japanese Women At Shibuya

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Katarzyna Pawlus-Ono 2 weeks ago

Fashion out of Tokyo, in regular cities, is actually really plain

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#47

Name Cards

Name Cards

Based on my friends' real stories. Quite amazing that the CEO has to approve name cards too!

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kurisutofu 2 weeks ago

No ... Most of the companies do it like in any other country.

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#48

Diagonal Crossing

Diagonal Crossing

The diagonal crossing will no longer be the same again!

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Carol Emory 2 weeks ago

There are some places in the USA you can do this. Around UNCW and in south Seattle at the Boeing Plant.

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#49

Drawing Session

Drawing Session

I was surprised when I attended a life drawing session in Tokyo and all the artists flipped their pages as soon as a break was announced. Perhaps the Japanese do not like to show off their work and prefer to keep things to themselves...?

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Dann999 2 weeks ago

They don't like to brag and humiliate other people

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#50

Dashing Rickshaw Pullers

Dashing Rickshaw Pullers

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Daniel280456 2 weeks ago

What do you want them to do in Singapore ? Get cosmetic surgery, on a rickshaw puller pay ?

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