Off late I’ve been thinking if I was of Japanese ancestry in my previous birth. No, I don’t have slanting eyes or poker straight hair(I wish I did though, sigh).
I am a spotlessness freak in the literal sense. I have OCD when it comes to order and cleanliness. I am very meticulous about time. I don’t like being kept waited. I am a perfectionist. I have a please and thank you in every sentence of mine. I can survive of sushi and tempura 365 days of the year. I prefer Japanese food to Indian food any day. Isn’t this enough proof?
Jokes apart, a month ago I was amongst the company of 20 Japanese people who were visiting India for a laughter yoga course. It was a pleasure to spend time with them and watch them, there is so much to gather from a Japanese, their simplicity, humility, kindness and gratitude. We had taken them to the famous Rajdhani restaurant to taste Indian cuisine and something I observed was they finish what is served on their plate, they do not waste food. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw their plates spotlessly clean after a meal. Their tissues were not folded back neatly and placed next to the plate.
I was startled when I was told that Japanese people are amongst the most stressed out people in the world. When you look at them, you can sense calmness but deep within is a different picture to paint.
At the end of the day there were many lessons to take home from them. Their simplicity, respect for others time (something which is rarely practiced in this side of the country), gratitude towards everybody big or small. Visiting Japan is definitely on my wish list and I cant wait to go explore this wonderful country and culture. Yes, at the end of the day I was communicating in sign language as I didn’t understand Japanese and they didn’t understand English but it was fun. Sayonara.