A glimpse of Japan

Chinese always have a mild hatred for Japanese: in TV series, movies, advertisements, Japanese are usually depicted as stupid, cruel, lustful and unruly. I didn’t see any movies that shows Japan and Japanese people positively. In fact, China has a term calling Japan and Japanese people: “Xiao Riben”, literally “Little Japanese”. Chinese often talk about Japanese people with contempt. However, based on 10-day visit in Japan, I think Chinese should not be that proud.

The first impression of Japan: neat and clean. You do not see any trash bins in the streets; you do not see any trash either. In Japan you have to bring your garbage back home. You clean up your own mess. And back home, you have to categorize the trash. Japan is a country keen of recycling resources. Plastic bottles have their own bins. In some small places in Japan, only trash in a certain category will be received, i.e., on Monday you can only take your plastic bottles out but not bio trash; on Tuesday you may throw away bio trash but not glass bottles.

It’s quiet. People don’t talk to each other on the bus or subway; if they do, no one hears them. On buses and subway carts, no-talk-on-the-phone signs are quite common. On the road no cars honk. People walk as fast as people in China, but you can feel the difference: it’s more peaceful in Japan.

Everything is in order. People obey rules. No one crosses the red light, be there traffic or not. We went to a city name Takayama and early in the morning  we took a walk around the city. The streets are almost empty, with a few pedestrians, no cars on the street. However, people still wait until traffic lights turn green. On elevators people stand on one side and leave space for those in a hurry. In bus stops people line up and nobody jumps a queue.

People are polite, most are friendly. You may not get used to it when people bow you all the time: in supermarkets, in shops, even on the street. Still in Takayama, a girl tries to cross the road when she noticed a car is approaching; she paused; the driver signals her to go first; the girl bowed to the driver and crossed the road; the car continues moving. You will never see this in China. The car won’t stop in the first place. On the contrary to movie depictions, I found most Japanese friendly. On the streets if you ask for directions, many will take you to your destination if it’s not far away. When my girlfriend is moving out from her student apartment, it was raining. The apartment administrator offered to drive us and our luggage to the metro station by his own car. I doubt this happens in China.

Of course we met a lady who discriminated us in Shirakawa-Go. We ordered food and she asked us to pay first. All others pay after they had food. She might have encountered customers not paying for food. What happened to her may not be pleasant, but how she treated us made us unpleasant as well. But the experience in Japan was extremely positive. I’d encourage every Chinese to go visit Japan. Things will be better if we understand each other better. People should learn from each other and treat each other as equal parties. I believe people in China and Japan are both nice, they are just taken advantage of by those asshole politicians. Well, screw them!

留学小结-敷衍版

时光如梭,一晃我已经出国三年了。 三年前我一个人拖着两个行李箱挥别母亲前往北京国际机场的一幕历历在目,转眼间我又开始收拾打包行李,准备开始新的征程了。

三年前我收到欧盟EM项目的录取通知,有幸拿到全额奖学金来瑞典皇家理工大学和芬兰阿尔托大学攻读安全与移动计算的双硕士项目。当我踏上北欧土地的那一刻起,我就爱上了这里——这里优美的环境、友善的人们、天堂般的夏天都让我如梦如痴。

三年里,我除了学习,还参加了各种活动以开阔视野。我跟同学好友一起游览欧洲、参观博物馆,一起谈天说地、谈理想、谈人生、谈未来,一起做饭、包饺子、开聚会、分享自己的厨艺……这三年中,我最大的收获反而不是学习上和技术上的,而是交了许多一辈子也不会忘记的朋友,对自己对世界有了一个更客观更深刻的认识。

三年里,我拿了两个学位,找到了一份满意的工作,还当了一把“科学家”;我还七天急行一千公里,一路风餐露宿,从赫尔辛基骑单车到拉普兰拜访圣诞老人;我跟朋友旅行至欧洲大陆的最北端,顶着北冰洋吹过来的寒风在悬崖不远处安营扎寨……这些都是我一辈子都不会忘却的记忆。

可是三年了,这里毕竟不是我的家,家里还有父母期盼的眼睛;而我也有了更远大的抱负,不安于现在安逸的生活。所以,我辞掉工作,回国跟朋友创业,实现自己更大的理想。我坚信在欧洲游学的经历一定会给我帮助、启发和灵感,而我在困境之中回忆起这些,也一定能充满激情和力量。

北欧,谢谢,再见!

挪威的森林

公费旅游归来,挪威很棒,感觉很好,尤其是看着高的咋舌的物价而自己不需要掏钱的时候。

听导游说,三十年前那里山上全是光秃秃的一片,照片上的这些树都是后来人工种植的。没办法,挪威气候严寒,你能指望这些树长得多快?

挪威的森林里面没有树妖,但我倒是遇到了一个巨人怪:

注意我T恤上的人像,是不是跟我旁边那人很像?其实他们就是同一个人。T恤上还有一行字没照进来:the last living troll. 所以我现在的任务就是去扮巨人怪吓唬小孩儿。

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