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).
01. Amazing Clean Toilets
02. No Service Charge And Tips
03. Eating Noodles
Slurping noodles to eat in Japan is perfectly fine and it is said that they will taste better too.
04. Picking Up Your Own (And Others) Trash
Japanese enjoy taking hot baths too, especially hot spring baths. (monkeys are there for humor, you won’t get to dip with any, sorry!)
Anybody bought the expensive Japanese fruits before? Like the melon or the insanely priced grapes…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!
08. Japanese Service
The toilets are always wet in Malaysia and there’s always no toilet papers.
10. Celebrating Christmas
Strangely Japanese celebrates Christmas not with turkey and ham, but with KFC…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…
11. The Last Stop
If the tattoo is small, it can be covered with plaster to enter into the public bath houses or swimming pool.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.
13. Vending Machines
14. Getting Off The Train
18. Kids After Finishing Their Food
19. Clean And State-Of-The-Art Japanese Toilets
21. Seven Wonders Of Japanese
22. Train Etiquette
23. Designated Smoking Area
24. Active Elderly
25. Office Toilet
26. Kids In Trains
27. Sushi Rice
29. Muscle Training
30. Impressive Customer Service
31. Japanese Speak English
33. Bus Drivers
34. Giving Way To Those Who Really Need To Use The Lifts
35. Shinjuku Station
It is a place where Google maps fail and all hope is lost to find the specific exits…Shinjuku station is the worst … I always get lost … You can even enter from a gate and leave from another … Once you enter, you need to leave at another station (and so take the train) or go see the station staff to let you out.
We only network with a plate full of food in our hands.Food is good because it not only fills out stomachs it brings up the talkativity in ourselves and others around us……..
37. Cyclists Are Considerate
38. Accurate Weather Forecasts
39. Comic Conventions
40. Convenient Stores
45. Amazing Japanese Women At Shibuya
46. Final Decision
47. Drawing Session
48. Diagonal Crossing
49. Name Cards
50. Dashing Rickshaw Pullers
Note: this post originally had 60 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.
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