Japan is probably the best place I've ever been, as a tourist. To live there is a different story. First their culture is very sexist (though that is slowly changing). Secondly, if you are not Japanese it is very difficult to integrate into society. Third, there is alot of pressure to conform; there is a Japanese proverb which says "the nail which sticks up gets hammered down". Fourth, it's culturally very dissimilar, and often frustrating, to a Westerner. They focus a great deal on manners, which is great on the surface, but in practice it means you often don't really know what is going on in a given situation. One is also judged by their manners, which can become insanely subtle and obtuse. And then there is the crazy work ethic, which means you work all the time, for most of your life, with very little time for yourself. This is why "salarymen" go out and get trashed with their friends and sleep in capsule hotels in train stations.<quoted text> I never got that from either French people or Japanese, however every English cept a few are arrogant as hell, and have that superiority complex. Though I have met a few English girls that were really sweet.
I really like German women they sound so damn sexy!:)
But all the French I ever met were really nice people and so were the Japanese, and they say if you visit Japan, you don't want to leave.
But as a tourist, or to live there part-time, it's fantastic. You've never been anyplace cleaner. There is almost no crime. Mass transit is clean, efficient, and pleasant. In fact just about everything is. And parts of it are quite beautiful and soulful. It's also not as expensive as most seem to assume. It's no more expensive to visit, even Tokyo, than a major US city. And the food there can be super healthy. And of course Japan is the source of all cuteness. Cute cartoon characters pervade the culture. I once had a Japanese friend explain that there is a pervasive infantilism in Japan because people don't really get much of a childhood, and so they yearn for one as adults. That was kinda sad to hear. But it is what makes things like Maid Cafes possible, and those are FUN!