Sometimes the reality of living in Japan eludes me. It may be due to the high level of Japanese culture embedded into life in Hawaii, but I often feel as if the distance between both cultures is much smaller than I had originally believed.
One BIG difference between Japanese and Hawaiian culture is punctuality. Everything in Japan is on schedule and being on time means showing up 10 minutes early. It is safe to say that "Hawaiian time" is definitely not an option if you want to be successful while living in Japan. Another example is Tokyo's mass transit system. The trains are almost always on time and if there is even a 1-minute delay people will start to worry. It's easy to see why a small country like Japan is able to achieve high levels of productivity. They move as if there isn't a minute to waste and quite honestly, there really isn't!