Covered by Mabel Yee, AlanRaj, Sofia, Ash & Dennis
1)Singaporean talk on trains, Japanese trains are usually quiet.
2)Eating/Drinking and Walking, a strict taboo in Japanese Culture, this is why there are dustbins(dust-boxes) near vending machines and food areas but not a single one found on streets.Eat or Drink, recycle your trash, then move on.
3)Smoking in Public, Even though many areas in Singapore are smoke free, smoking on pedestrian walkways are also frowned upon. Japan has dedicated smoking corners in almost all their Train stations and public areas, thus not having a need to light up elsewhere.
4)Recycling! after a welcome party on the first day at the Singapore Polytechnic, Singaporeans threw all trash into a single bag. The next day however, the Singaporean students were surprised to see that the trash had been SORTED into individual bags ready for separate bins for recycling. This is Japanese Culture through and through, in Japan, While Alan was staying in a apartment in Omuta, he did it the Singaporean way and shocked Richard the day before he left. EVERYONE recycles in Japan. It is a way of life.
5)Noodles, especially soba (buckwheat), are slurped somewhat loudly when eaten. It has been said slurping indicates the food is delicious.Do not get alarmed when your Japanese guest slurp up their Fishball noodles or Ban Mien.
Picture from : www.backpackers-miyajima.com
6)Sashimi does not mean only raw sliced fish.In Singapore, this is the only/main variety of Sashimi you would find in popular restaurants, however in Fukuoka Japan, Raw horse meat is a popular entree. Sliced thinly and eaten raw, it is called basashi.
7)Singaporeans have gotten used to public displays of affection. Kisses and hugs are common. But this is a stict NO WAY! in Japanese culture as it is considered rude to show signs of affection toward a loved one in public.
8)SIMILARITY – Never stick your chopsticks upright in your rice. This is an old Japanese custom and is what is done when food is offered to the dead. This also applies in Singapore.
9)Unlike Japan with 4 seasons, Singapore has two, its called Rain or Shine.
10)Singapore Water is safe to drink from the tap, but Japanese do not do that. It is normal to see Japanese Buying bottles of mineral water for cooking or drinking during their stay. Singaporeans however when thirsty, reach for a cup and the tap.
11)You would never pay $2 for an apple in Singapore, while it would be common in Japan.
12) No dancing in Japanese Clubs! In Singapore Clubs, too many people how do you even dance?!?!
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13)Foodcourts in Japan are infamous for subpar/awful food however Singapore Food is celebrated and you get the best in our foodcourts/hawker centres. I would avoid the brand name Kopitiam though.
14)Reservations, you have heard about these in restaurants, but what do you do when you live in most crowded and small city in the word. You use Tissue Paper! What now?!?! Yes, you use Tissue paper to reserve seats at hawker centres/food courts during rush hour. You place tissue paper at a seat you like, go order your food and your seat will not be touched until the time you arrive. Don’t try this is Japan Singaporeans….
15)We Singaporeans complain ALOT. Some Singaporeans are already complaining why this article is so long.
16)Want to make love? Fancy chasing ur love into the hallway or into the kitchen. Hear this, You’re not allowed to be naked at home!! Its a law in Singapore! If anyone sees you and lodges a complaint, you mati(die in Malay) already.
Picture Above is almost similar to what we had in Kurokawa.
17)You will be naked in the Onsen or Sentō. Not really your cup of tea? Buy a small cloth, usually available from the counter. While at Kurokawa Onsen near Mt.Aso, while in the bath, baring everything enjoying the Onsen with my hosts, i realised that i could look clearly onto the pedestrian walkways and shops, a little squeamish standing up after that.
18)Kancho in Japan Okay, Kancho in Singapore Not Okay. Nuff Said
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And thats all folks.