3 Surprising Culture Shocks for Indians in Japan

February 06, 2021

Are you interested to learn about Japan? You have reached the right place!

In recent days, many Indians have immigrated to Japan for employment or higher education. To address this, many Japanese schools are established in India to train individuals to adapt to an entirely Japanese speaking environment.

Wait!! have you ever wondered what Indians noticed AFTER settling down in Japan?

Several things amaze Indians even after having a decent Japanese language education back home.

  • 1. The most evident culture shock experienced by the Indians, in Japan, are the unspoken rules of time. Japanese people are known for their punctuality. In fact, little we know about their unspoken rules when meetings/events are conducted. Not only do they reach the location on time, but they also make sure they are present at least 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled time. Late arrival!!For many, it does not bother us much, as we are used to a 5-minute delay—sometimes longer than that. But for the Japanese, time is invaluable, and it is considered highly disrespectful if one arrives later than the agreed time!

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    The very popular picture of train conductor bowing down to the passengers for causing a delay. On the occasion of a delay when you need to prove that you are on a late train, you will receive a small certificate from the train companies to show your boss or teachers that your train was late. How cool is that!

  • 2. Potable water – Japan is one of the only fifteen countries in the world with properly established potable water. Unlike ours, Japan’s tap water is ‘drinkable and safe. Although the water supply comes from dams and rivers, the water is made very reliable with the facilities being well-maintained throughout the year. As water is very safe for direct consumption, approved by the Government’s standards. It is observed that anyone could sue the company for causing any tap-water related issues.

  • 3. Speaking of clean water, Japan can be very boastful about its cleanliness. According to Buddhist thoughts, cleanliness is godliness. Wherever you go, it is very pika-pika (shiny in Japanese). Although there are no heavy fines for throwing out garbage into the streets, people have a general courtesy to maintain a clean public space. If you are somewhere outside and you have something to dispose, make sure to keep it with you till you find these bins:


It is very evident that Japanese are conscious of how they could dispose of their garbage. The truth is, they do face the problem of plastic consumption. But generally, to lessen the burden of the public workers, segregation of garbage is practised. Kids are also taught at a young age about cleanliness. In fact, Kids take part in school cleaning tasks during their lunch break. after school hours. Interesting, right?


These mentioned above are only few of the exciting info on Japanese. More would feature in the days to come. Stay tuned.