In the American culture, it is not a common thing to wait for anything. We have this "immediate gratification" culture that makes us look very impatient (because we are). It seems like no one in America likes to wait on anything. You see people freak out over a 45 minute wait at a restaurant. Waiting is just not our strong suit.
But in Japan, that's pretty much all you do is wait in lines. You've probably seen online about lines in Japan for electronic goods or restaurants. This is very common in Japan, and nothing out of the ordinary. Japanese people will wait for a very long time if they have to, and they'll do it without making fuss. I'm a pretty patient person, so I didn't have trouble blending into the waiting culture in Japan. So for those of you who have trouble waiting, this may be a bit of a culture shock for you.
|Waiting in line for a casual restaurant.|
I had a Japanese friend who recommend to me the restaurant pictured above. I decided to go for lunch and had to wait for a bit in line. In Japan, a line to a restaurant means something very important. Not the obvious such as it's crowded, but that the place is going to be good and worth the wait. This notion is not wrong. I was very pleased with my meal that day. I even waiting in line for my favorite ramen shop in Kyoto, and it was worth it! Definitely keep your eyes out for lines in Japan when it comes to food. The locals usually know what's good.
|Waiting in line at Tokyo Disneyland for the Winnie the Pooh ride.|
So when you go to Japan just be prepared for lines and crowds. You knowing all this in head of time, before going to Japan, will make your trip more pleasant since you got a heads-up. And for people who have been to Japan you can just reminisce on all your queue adventures.
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