Japan is renowned for its exceptional customer service. However, what are the genuine impressions of visitors to Japan regarding this aspect, and what aspects surprised them the most?

The term ‘Omotenashi’ embodies the essence of Japanese hospitality and is frequently used to describe the country’s customer service. We sought the perspectives of American, Italian, Indian, and Chinese men about their encounters with Japanese hospitality and the aspects that truly caught them off guard!

(The following content is based on the personal opinions expressed by the individuals interviewed.)

Everyone in the electronics stores are such professionals. Why do you guys know so much?! (American)

“It’s amazing, at any large electronics store, the staff will tell you everything you need to know, no matter who you ask. A little while ago, I wanted to buy a camera, and ended up asking quite a lot of detailed questions. The staff called someone who knew more about cameras, and they stayed with me for 30 minutes while I picked out a camera! I’m definitely a fan of that store!”

Interesting, but there are big electronics stores in other countries too, aren’t there knowledgeable staff there as well?

“I think in most other countries, if the store clerk isn’t knowledgeable on that particular subject, they’ll just say ‘I don’t know’ or ‘we don’t have that’! I think it’s only Japan where the staff are so friendly and know so much.”

I thought it was normal for the staff to answer all your questions! But when you think about it, it’s pretty amazing that all of the staff members can give you a concise and professional answer just like that. I had never thought that the Japanese idea of ‘otaku’ or ‘nerd’ would be connected to hospitality.

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It’s crazy that buses and trains don’t even come a minute late! (Italian)

“The trains and buses always come exactly on time! In Italy the trains are always late, and there are a lot of strikes. It’s almost impossible for me to imagine them coming on time every day! On top of that, they will apologize if the train is late. It made me laugh to hear an announcement about them apologizing for being one or two minutes late!”

I guess if it’s only a minute or two… But really when I’m in a hurry, even just a small delay makes me pretty angry! I guess that’s mainly because we’re used to everything being on time here. I should be grateful that they arrive on time every day.

The hot water comes out straight away! (Indian)

“Hot water came out straight away! Maybe it’s not exactly ‘omotenashi’, but it’s not a regular thing in India. But, I did get a bit burnt… haha!”

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