Foreign people who have been Japan have various impressions — both positive and negative. An article in Madame Riri lists some of the positive things that visitors had to say about Japan.
1. Japanese are kind
Many foreign people who have been Japan say that Japanese people are kind and happy to help them when they get lost or are confused about how much something costs, and so on. In contrast, in Western countries, people are wary of strangers. Madame Riri theorizes that Japanese people’s kindness comes from a greater sense of public security.
2. Japanese are serious and hard workers
One of the stereotypes that foreigners have of Japanese people is that they are serious and hard workers. This notion comes from the long working hours probably. However, visitors are impressed at Japanese people’s ambition to enrol in classes after work to learn something, or study a foreign language as a hobby. Japanese people work diligently and apologize immediately if something goes wrong.
3. Japanese are reliable
Japanese people have a reputation for being reliable as business partners. Foreign people highly evaluate Japanese people’s work attitude, responsibility, adherence to deadlines and promises. Also, the trains and other transport facilities can be counted on to arrive on time.
4. Japanese are considerate
Many foreign people are impressed that Japanese people show consideration for others. This is especially so in the hospitality industry, for example, receiving “oshibori” (small damp towels for the face and hands), or being given yukata (informal cotton kimono) at ryokan (Japanese style inns). This epitomizes Japanese service for many foreigners.
5. Japanese keep a low profile
Japanese people are humble. While the Japanese mentality may be difficult to understand for people from other countries, the humbleness is one virtue that foreign people love about Japanese.