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
Community Member
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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#5

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
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
Community Member
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.

OreOs
Community Member
1 year ago

Its common to see people forming lines during peak period sooooo the comparison is unfair

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Kevin Pguh
Community Member
1 year ago

I have to disagree with this one. Singaporeans give way for people coming out. Most of those pushers are either elderly or foreigners (Tourists and workers).

Austin B Cornett
Community Member
1 year ago

In Indonesian they always let let the passenger get off first as well,

Eva Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Has anyone ever been on the Shanghai subway? Oy!

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

Shouldn’t this be common sense everywhere. Let the passengers off first and then get on.

Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

It SHOULD. But.... It's a tough world we're living in.

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sarwo ajie perdana triputra
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait, what? That's not like the singapore i've visited 10 years ago.

BloodSiren22
Community Member
1 year ago

Things change i guess.

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Jia Kia
Community Member
5 months ago

So true in that Singapore one....

Roniel Randelman
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so true. I recently went to Japan and when you get off the train Japan, you let people get off first before you go on. There's an unspoken system that everyone follows.

Red
Community Member
1 year ago

and the train stops DIRECTLY at the designated areas where the entrance is going to be :O

Meri Kassner-Gomez
Community Member
1 year ago

In New York City too. It’s always a zoo!

Rhonda Wandler
Community Member
1 year ago

Anywhere I was in Singapore the foot traffic moved like orchestrated traffic. You have to remember it is the 2nd most populated city in the world.

Jia Huiz
Community Member
1 year ago

Not true. When I was in Tokyo, people literally was pushing past me to board the train when I was trying to alight. I was with my 30weeks tummy and holding a toddler. Never had that issue in Singapore.

Ueda
Community Member
1 year ago

It depends really on when you take the train... In Tokyo for example, taking the train during peak hours is absolutely not like that. It's brutal and people will stop at nothing to get on the trains...

Erica D B
Community Member
1 year ago

The added detail of the white flag cracked me up

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
1 year ago

The do part like it is the red sea. never saw anything like it !

Glynis Lailann
Community Member
1 year ago

This applies in Hong Kong too.

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
1 year ago

w0w japan

Asha D'Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

singaporeans are extremely polite and allow you to exit first.

htbq
Community Member
1 year ago

not exactly true.

Yeni Hermayanti
Community Member
1 year ago

please do see wkwkwk land commuter line on 5 p.m

kurisutofu
Community Member
1 year ago

But be careful not to be too slow because patience has its limits.

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#18

Kids After Finishing Their Food

Kids After Finishing Their Food

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BloodSiren22
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel so bad...

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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
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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.
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
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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
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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