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Life in Japan: 12 Daily Activities in Real Japan

Activity is the most important source of life for humans that can shape the character of a country.


In this article, we will provide some interesting information for you to read about the unique life of Japanese people, from urban and rural lifestyles to what common activities Japanese people usually do to be known to the world because of it.

Life in Japan & the Daily Routine of the Community

The average Japanese population lives in urban areas such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Kawasaki, Osaka and Nagoya. Most workers in urban areas have high work management and a very strict work ethic. By living in urban areas, Japanese people use public transportation to fulfill their daily activities, especially to go to the office.

The famous public transportation in Japan is the high-speed train or shinkansen which has a speed of up to 300 km/hour which allows people to feel at home with these facilities. The train usually leaves at 7 am because this is in accordance with the working hours or hours of Japanese people's activities in meeting their daily needs.

There is some information that we get from about daily activities or Japanese society which is generally done based on each individual's experience. According to Masahiro Yusuke, the life that Japanese people do as Japanese citizens is to start their morning activities with a cup of coffee or if there is a delay, usually go to a Japanese restaurant.

1. Vending Machine
The life of Japanese people cannot be separated from technological activities. When you visit Japan, don't be surprised if you see a vending machine facility along the way. There are so many vending machines in Japan that sell food to cold or hot drinks.

2. Tatami
Traditional Japanese houses usually have tatami or small mats used as seating.

3. Prioritizing Quality
Japanese people in buying something famous will be demanding so don't be surprised if they put quality over price. That applies when they buy vegetables and fruits, they will choose the best and still fresh so don't be surprised if the supermarkets there only sell the best quality, if there are fruits or vegetables that do not meet the standards then it will not be worth selling or the price will go down and less fans

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4. Belief in the Sun Goddess
Like everyday life in Indonesia, so is the life of Japanese people. Rice is the staple food of Japanese people, they cook rice using a rice cooker called a rice cooker. Some homes in Japan do not have an oven or dishwasher. The Japanese also don't use special dryers because they believe that the sun goddess, Shinto Amaterasu, looks directly down at things that don't dry out, so you shouldn't be surprised to see lots of clothes on the balconies of Japanese houses hanging in the sun.

5. Take off your shoes
According to Japanese custom, people are required to take off their shoes or sandals if they want to enter the house. Usually shoes and sandals are placed in the genkan or the entrance area and care must be taken not to step on the genkan barefoot as it is in Japanese custom to do so.

6. On time
Every minute is so precious to the Japanese that it is a Japanese habit to be disciplined. Before you plan to work in Japan make sure you know the rules there because for delays or other business matters, being late is something that cannot be tolerated anymore.

7. Take Public Transportation
Most Japanese people spend their time using public transportation because the most popular is the shinkansen. In Japan, trains are very crowded, especially on the way home from work. Because the trains are so crowded, there is a unique profession that specializes in handling excess passengers or known as oshiya where officers help push passengers into the train forcibly.

8. Sleeping in Public
When you visit Japan, you don't need to be confused anymore when you see this unique custom. napping in the office or on public transport is normal and acceptable in local culture. In Japanese it is known as inemuri or sleep on duty, which means this is a sign of subtle perseverance or as a sign that you are a hard worker.

9. Lunch Box / Bento
Japan is famous for its lunch box or commonly called bento. Bento not only applies to schoolchildren, but working adults are often given bento. If lunch boxes in the world are generally only food, in Japan, bento boxes are usually made in various shapes and cute characters.

10. Exercising in the morning
According to the information we got from, Japanese people still like to do their morning routine by doing light exercise. The most popular sport is gymnastics. There is a TV station in Japan that specializes in broadcasting morning sports programs under the name NHK TV station.

11. Read a book
It's natural that in Japan many people stand long to read a book in a bookstore. They really appreciate the work of writers from their own country, so it's not surprising that many of the books they often read are novels, manga comics and others.

12. Don't Dispose of Garbage Carefully
While in Japan, you will learn a lot about discipline including not littering. Japanese people usually take their trash home with them when they travel because there is something you need to know that in Japan there are not many trash cans! So when you visit Japan make sure to take your trash home with you, trash cans are usually only provided at certain places like McDonald's or other stores.


Japan is one of the developed countries that is growing rapidly in terms of economy. Economic progress is supported by the activities of the people who are active in work, because being too focused on the world of work often makes Japanese people feel bored. No wonder if when they have free time on holidays, they usually do their favorite activities or hobbies. The following are hobbies that are usually carried out by Japanese people according to

1. The hobby of Japanese people, especially those who live in urban areas, is to fill their spare time by playing Pachinko or other arcade games.
2. Anime in Japan is very famous all over the world, many people spend their free time watching their favorite anime on streaming platforms like Netflix.
3. Traditional hobbies are also still practiced by some people in Japan, such as relaxing in hot springs or what is known as onsen. Besides onsen, Japanese people also play a traditional game called board go or igo in Japanese. This game is similar to chess where players need a strategy to better control the opponent's territory.

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