It was my own experience in China. During a recent business trip, when I entered a small eatery for a quick dinner, I was the only person who asked for a menu and food ordering service. Later on, again, I was the only one who asked for a bill as the other simply walked out of the restaurant right after finishing their dishes.
If you feel tired of your current working and living environment, you should probably be moving forward. Getting out of a comfort zone has never been easy for anyone and that is why it is common to see people around you grumble and work reluctantly at the same time. However, a determined mind with a passionate heart to follow your dream life could possibly pull you out of the state of inertia. Moreover, an appealing location out of your locality is even a strong force of attraction. What about Thailand?
Culture shocks could happen when you come to a very exotic country. Though air travel has turned frequent and the modern-day communications become efficient through the internet, culture shock could happen especially when visiting Japan.