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
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1 year ago

that cockroach tho...lol

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#2

No Service Charge And Tips

No Service Charge And Tips

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Laily F. Noor
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Cat got fish :D

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#4

Station Masters

Station Masters

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misteriosa
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1 year ago

Why are people in other countries naked?

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Picking Up Your Own (And Others) Trash

Picking Up Your Own (And Others) Trash

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

Japan has always been a very clean and generous country.

Community Member
1 year ago

Indeed, I'm always impressed at how clean the streets are even without trash bins.

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misteriosa
Community Member
1 year ago

I know we are discussing Japan here, but on the side note, I always thought Singapore was superclean, especially with such high fines for littering.

Sveta Smirnova
Community Member
1 year ago

In the past Singapore was cleaner than now. Nowadays they have started again the campaign on litter. In Japan, we have learnt and practised cleaness since very young age.

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laserbarn
Community Member
1 year ago

But Singapore is well known for strict penalties for littering (as shown in the picture), so I thought for sure that no one must be doing it there. Someone even told me that you could eat off the pavement, that's how clean it is. Is that not true?

Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm not sure that Japan & S'pore make a good contrast in this case. Yes - there are cultural differences: Japan has a strong code of social responsibility whereas S'porians take a much more 'Kiasu' (驚事 - not my problem) attitude. But S'pore's strong laws compensate for that cultural difference. I think a better contrast would be between Japan and India, or even USA (wait till the lights come on at American movie theatre on a Saturday nite. The floors and seats are disgusting).

NurAkmar Almahdi
Community Member
1 year ago

I agree. Despite the fine, people still litter in Singapore, as long as they don't get caught. The mentality is that, there's cleaner to clean. Sad fact about the people in Singapore.

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Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

I pick up others trash here in NYC and I grind my teeth. Sometimes not so much if it's a bottle that I can recycle and get money for. I find others throw away the stupidest things. I've seen perfectly reusable tupperware in the garbage can. And just yesterday someone threw away a towel that I kept for myself. I've found plenty of "treasure" that I've taken whether I've seen in on the street or in an actual garbage can.

Florencia Renedo
Community Member
1 year ago

And you are comparing to Singapore! Imagine most other countries...

Lala_nene
Community Member
1 year ago

You don't know the mess of next morning of Halloween in Tokyo. It looks like the inside of a dumpster.

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
1 year ago

The Singapore side applies, unfortunately, to the USA. No matter how we preach and scream and roar at kids about not being litterbugs, there is still trash ALL OVER THE [bleep] PLACE!!!

Joshua L
Community Member
1 year ago

It's mostly the fault of the companies that went the route of cheap/disposable. Wasn't the case when they used to pay you to return your cans and such. The companies then pushed it all back on the people and didn't have anything in place to make up for massive increase is trash. By the time infrastructure came into play (IE, more trashcans) people already was in the habit of just tossing crap anywhere. I think we're getting better about it, but it's still an issue of how manufacturers approach disposable products and their ability to break down to no further to the crap that's out there as we continue to leave waste everywhere. (Doesn't help all that trash ends up in the damn environment either way and not able to be broken down.) Adam Ruins Everything explains it all very well.

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2WheelTravlr
Community Member
1 year ago

I think the big difference is that in Japan people are taught from a young age to clean up after themselves (and others), this gives them ownership in the cleanliness of their surroundings. Simply making littering illegal and fining the few you catch doing it doesn't give the public any ownership in keeping things clean - the mentality of "someone is paid to pick this garbage up" runs rampant.

Jessica A
Community Member
1 year ago

This is how I am no matter what and all of my friends think I'm nuts

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
1 year ago

So, people litter in Singapore, even though the fines are very high? Are they not enforced properly? I always thought Singapore is very clean.

Jia Kia
Community Member
7 months ago

That guy is going to pay a huuuuuuuuuuuge fine, as a singaporean I know that, but some people just don't care about the law, we got beautiful trees though.

Bobby Clemente
Community Member
1 year ago

Singapore is very clean and not many people do that.... or it'$ FINE, FINE, FINE. $top lyin'!

Philip Gregory
Community Member
1 year ago

But let's ask this question: why the HELL AREN'T there any garbage cans? Answer: one incident of a bomb in a garbage can, and they were banned for life. Typical Japanese knee-jerk illogical reaction. Come on Japan, give us back garbage cans.

Philip Gregory
Community Member
1 year ago

Japan is incredibly clean, but not because of the workers picking up after people but because the general population has been taught to clean up after themselves.

Alejandro Suarez
Community Member
1 year ago

we saw that in the Brasil World Cup on 2014. Unbelievable.

Paul Dixon
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh come on - in general this may be true but japan has slowly got worse over the years (although sadly this may be the influence of foreigners).

Rhonda Wandler
Community Member
1 year ago

We were in Singapore for a month and did not see a speck of garbage. I don’t know why you would represent it like this. I’ve been in 19 countries living for month long stays to 6 months and Singapore is second only to Scotland in my recommendations.

Mazikeen Lebron
Community Member
1 year ago

so true

Alicia Wright, Ph.D., M.A.
Community Member
1 year ago

The image of Singapore, rightfully should include The UN~UNITED STATES. I have resided in MANY COUNTRIES, { particularly on the European Continent, } and experienced mostly clean environments. When i was a child, the U.S , was noticeably cleaner than today. Currently, the rubbish~bins are ignored by too many❗It is literally DISGUSTING😝❗I will carry about my rubbish, until I locate the PROPER RECEPTACLE. This is unfortunate, indeed. Postscript~ I almost forgot about "persons," utilizing the LITERAL STREETS FOR THE EXPULSION OF BODILY WASTE.😝😠😡😾😝

Donna Walsh
Community Member
1 year ago

Ooo i do not agree with this one Singapore has got to be the Cleanest country I’ve ever seen I’ve seen a lot of other countries while in my 20 yrs in the us NAVY

Loki Laufeyson
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel so bad for the guy who's cleaning in the Singapore pic.

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

We should all take a leaf out of Japan’s book when it comes to this.

Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller@yahoo.com
Community Member
1 year ago

I pick up my own trash but if I wanted to clean up after somebody else I'd have kids.

sequoia hawes
Community Member
1 year ago

why does japan look evil?

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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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year 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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#18

Kids After Finishing Their Food

Kids After Finishing Their Food

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BloodSiren22
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1 year ago

I feel so bad...

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#19

Active Elderly

Active Elderly

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kurisutofu
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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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#21

Train Etiquette

Train Etiquette

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Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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.
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

this is a good idea actually

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#26

Designated Smoking Area

Designated Smoking Area

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Jeff
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1 year ago

Second one is also the US

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#27

Sushi Rice

Sushi Rice

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

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DemPugs
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#28

Japanese Speak English

Japanese Speak English

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

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Lala_nene
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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