LIFE & RESIDENCE
The idea of bento (obento vs.bento is a matter of formality, 'obento' is more formal) is nothing unusual — boxed lunches exist just about anywhere. The main difference in Japan is how widespread it is, and how ingrained it is in the culture. Packing lunch happens everywhere, but it's an entire class of meal in Japan, partly because of the amount of time people spend away from home at work or school.
In the past few months, there are probably more people watching videos on their smartphones and tablets. I’ve personally spent about 20% more time watching videos on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.
If you’re new to Japan, there are many quirks and unique experiences here that might be surprising to a first-timer. One of the reasons for this is that Japan is, yes, very different from a lot of other countries. Another, for western visitors, is that it might be your first time in a wildly different culture.
Living abroad is exciting, but inevitably adapting to a new culture and language has its own stresses and strains. One of the best ways to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing is to get regular exercise, and of course your diet is important too.