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Food is portioned out from fast-food to sit down restaurants. Drink sizes are smaller too. Instead of a restaurant sized cup, there are 6 oz glasses for water, and a 10-12 oz glass for other beverages.
-Better for weight loss
-I never know how much to order
-Smaller portions increase metabolism
-Spending “more” money for less food
-Harder to waste food
-No free refills
-Smaller soda servings are healthier
Overall, portion control is a good thing. I wish the United States would implement it. However, with the success of all-you-can-eat buffets and 72 oz steaks, I don’t think it will happen anytime soon.
-Japan is very orderly.
-Sometimes people don’t follow the rules.
-Following the rules helps me blend in.
-Eating on the go is frowned upon (as a busy college student, this is frustrating).
-I feel safe, even late at night.
-It’s helped me become more conscious of my body language.
-Different nonverbals get confusing
-Using nonverbals help alleviate the stress of the language barrier
-Used to tipping at least 30 percent
-Tipping is frowned upon
-Servers make very little per hour
-Servers make about $10/hour
-Taxes on almost everything
-Many tax-free opportunities for tourists
-Without insurance, trips to the doctor are extremely expensive.
-When I went to the doctor, I paid about $90 for the entire visit (including prescription medication).
-Without an appointment, waits at the doctor/hospital can last over an hour.
-A walk-in visit at a hospital in Japan only took 30 minutes (from paperwork to payment).
It’s my last week in Japan, and I know I will miss a lot about this country. I am so thankful for the kind interactions, affordable prices, and delicious food. I can’t wait to come back someday!