November 17, 2018
Wow. What a freaking long video…about recycling. Kudos to those of you who watched the entire thing. You must be real recycling aficionados. True garbage otakus. Well, I hope this video lives up to your standards, because it’s just so long. And I still feel like we missed out on a lot.
But we did get most of it, I think. And even if we didn’t, the fact that this video is so long still gets the point across that Recycling and Garbage disposal in Japan are a big deal. I remember we were watching a TV show once in which Japanese people were asked how they would feel about more foreigners moving into the country, and majority of the people interviewed had no worries at all, except for one older man, who was worried that foreigners wouldn’t be able to adapt to Japan’s culture. Recycling culture that is. It’s very complicated he said, and oh boy is he right.
HEY YOU! FOREIGNER! Take the time to recycle properly when you’re here. Yes, it’s intimidating. We know. Even after almost three years in Japan we know. But we still try, while we’ve met some people that don’t try and they just throw everything in the garbage, which I think is a shame. I don’t know what it’s like in your country, but it wasn’t like this in Canada. When we went back to visit this summer we were shocked at just how much gets thrown into the bin, and how the garbage bags are huge. I would kind of miss recycling if I went back to Canada. I like feeling like I’m doing something sorta right, sorta. I hope it’s right at least.
Do let us know what recycling is like where you’re from. We’re interested to compare what it’s like. Is there something your country does better? Worse? I don’t know if there’s a perfect system for garbage, but I really like what we’ve got here in Japan, even if it’s complicated.
Otherwise, if you found this video somewhat entertaining rather than just informative, yet you find yourself still craving more entertainment, don’t worry: we didn’t dispose of our cut out clips. We washed them under the sink, separated the caps from the labels, and then put them together in a blooper reel below. Check em out!