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

Community Member
1 year ago

:P

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Pan Narrans
Community Member
1 year ago

Heated toilets always make me think someone left *just* before me...

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

if i ever see a cockroach the size of a toilet...

Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

... I will not make it to the commode..

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Black Rose
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1 year ago

I can really say that this is true. I travelled this year to Japan and everything is so convenient! I travelled during winter so the heated toilet seat is so comfy. Every toilet is really clean and smelled good. Not to mention, people are really respectful, honest and friendly.

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
1 year ago

When I visited Germany I was so impressed on how clean their bathrooms are. They have attendance to keep them clean. You do pay a very small amount but it's so worth it.

Raminta Urbonavičiūtė
Community Member
1 year ago

sure sure, everyone is disgusting except Japanese...

Helen Wood
Community Member
1 year ago

i been japan, never saw any toilets this good...

Nomen Nescio
Community Member
1 year ago

not in public toilets, particularly in parks

KittyPiano3
Community Member
1 year ago

I just realised the Japanese toilet has a BUTTERFLY

Paul Dixon
Community Member
1 year ago

Living in japan for 8 years. This is not true. If it's in a shopping centre it'll be clean, but go to a train station and chances are it won't. Heaven for bid you get a squat toilet - people miss them.

Remliel
Community Member
1 year ago

USA and MX have terrible public restrooms.

Robin Ellison
Community Member
1 year ago

When living in Japan, we only heated/cooled the room we were in at the time. No central heat/air. Having a heated toilet seat was pure comfort in the winter. We brought back two of these seats when we came home. I love the heated seats!!

April Simnel
Community Member
1 year ago

I know of one toilet in NYC like the ones in Japan, and it's *awesome*.

Valerie Lessard
Community Member
1 year ago

big flush and small flush is normal pretty much anywhere

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, I am impressed with photo from Japan, In Canada and the U.S.A there are some very disgusting bathrooms that I have seen !!!

Philip Gregory
Community Member
1 year ago

Do you mean inside department stores, where most toilets in all countries are clean? Try the toilets at a train station in Tokyo. Just as bad as anywhere else in the world. Oh, and NO HAND SOAP ANYWHERE. I have seen people take a shit, walk right out of the stall, and never go anywhere near the sink.

Dawnfire
Community Member
1 year ago

True

Mazikeen Lebron
Community Member
1 year ago

nice

Clinton Yew
Community Member
1 year ago

you forget the solicitation messages

Weyeswoman
Community Member
1 year ago

First visit to Tokyo two weeks ago. Toilets were amazing. I am in mourning over loss of cleanliness, convenience, pampering. And I am at home!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

At a theater in Mexico City in the late 70's - the toilets didn't flush and were literally overflowing with shit. People just keep using them. One of the most disgusting things I've ever seen. And yeah, there were cockroaches and flies everywhere.

Jim Lowe
Community Member
1 year ago

Go to eBay and search for Toto Washlet. We've had one of these for years and love it.

Master Markus
Community Member
1 year ago

"Other countries" is a massive generalization when it's often the specific place the bathroom is in (i.e. restaurant versus bus station) rather than the country it's in, and I'm sure Japan is the same.

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

OR in Japan, they just have an ugly hole in the concrete that is stained! I know I had to use them while visiting a friend.

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 year ago

wrong! cockroach don't like dirt

Vincent Jay
Community Member
1 year ago

When I visited Tokyo once, I was standing in front of the urinal and had a little old lady janitor elbow me aside, so she could clean the urinal. How bizarre.

Ottmar Straub
Community Member
1 year ago

one is too clean - one is too dirty - to be too clean means to be dirty to environment and to be too dirty means to be too dirty to oneself

Rahul kumar
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice thing I will try this at my hospital http://www.bluevenusplasticsurgery.com/

htbq
Community Member
1 year ago

its not always like this in japan. some public toilets are nasty. there are still squatting toilets. very rare that i come across a toilet with all that tech at once.

Kiahna
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I’m moving to Japan.

Raminta Urbonavičiūtė
Community Member
1 year ago

sure sure, everyone is disgusting except Japanese...

Nyan Nyan Nyanko
Community Member
1 year ago

Yep. This is true. These are the public toilets in Japan.

Katherine Googins '21
Community Member
1 year ago

The toilets in Korea tho 0.0

Bob Beltcher
Community Member
1 year ago

We have this in America. It's just going to cost you $10,000.

Jim Lowe
Community Member
1 year ago

Not true Bob. Go to eBay and search for toto washlet. We've had one for years and love it.

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Luala Dy
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1 year ago

so .. what "other country" this is? because in mine toilets don't look disgusting ....

y janah
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoever found seat warmer should be nominated for Nobel prize.

Lyop
Community Member
1 year ago

Cockroach looks happy af!!

daven patel
Community Member
1 year ago

at least there is newspaper to wipe with

Tim Bijlsma
Community Member
1 year ago

Japan is responsoble for millions of death and they really dislike gays and other adian nationals. Plus the original japanise are kind of like the Eskimos. Also killed off. The Japanese you know are Korean.

Tim Bijlsma
Community Member
1 year ago

Responsible.for.millions if death with the Chinese people

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Frank Christiansen
Community Member
1 year ago

This must be drawn by a Japanese artist with prejudices about other countries.

TYG3RZ0777
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1 year ago

YOU should look at MY school's toilets, then look back at your comment

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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
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1 year 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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1 year ago

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

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