25 Things found in Japan that will simply amaze you
Japan is such an amazing country that you’ll be surprised how etiquette literally rules the culture of every environment. So many amazing things have originated from Japan, most notably anime and manga. The impact these creative art forms have had on the world is massive. Some of the most popular animes like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure are available all over the world with hundreds of thousands of fans watching and buying merch like the figures on Solaris Japan. While anime is a big part of their culture, there are lots more quirks and characteristics that make Japan so unique from the rest of the world. Travelling, work, shopping, and entertainment are all governed by rules of proper social behavior which make Japan so ingenious that it would be awesome of such protocols were followed in every country. From Vending machines that supply you with almost every commodity, you can think off to public utilities not seen anywhere else on earth.
If you’re travelling to Japan, here are 25 amazing things in Japan that will amaze you at how well the country is disciplined in its social behavior.
1 Drink cans for the blind
The Japanese are so preemptive about public convenience that they have also invented Beer cans for the blind. In this way a blind man will know what exactly he is drinking, Drink cans have names written in Braille on the top.
2 A chair that holds your bag
One of the most common things seen across the world is people hanging their bags over chairs at public places or restaurants. Japan has invented chairs where the bags don’t slip off.
3 Trains with foot spas
Where else can you hope to experience a foot spa on a train but in Japan? Suburban trains come with hot water baths so you can soak your feet and distress yourself while travelling.
4 Tissues are handed out for free on the street
For your public convenience, Tissues are handed out free on the street so if you have catch cold or the sniffles suddenly in Japan, There’s no need to worry about Tissues.
5 Multi-functional toilets
Toilets aren’t just for basic functions in Japan; They have multi utility functions where disabled can clean or heat themselves apart from several other useful features.
6 “Poppers” Bubble wraps for distress
How thoughtful can you get? Now you must have experienced what a calming effect popping bubble wraps can have on you. Well in Japan, bubble wraps are provided for free so that people can de stress themselves from the tension faced at work. Try out a bubble wrap and see how you feel.
7 Automatic taxi doors
The Japanese are fixated with automation which is why the majority of taxi in the country have automatic doors where you will never need to bother about opening or shutting car doors.
8 Hotels for those to sleep
Japan has a great public feature called capsules for men or women who can’t go home in time to sleep. You can rent on of these capsules if you’ve had a late night at work and sleep it off till morning. Sleep capsules are also convenient for single men who don’t really want to rent a room far from work.
9 Musical roads
An amazing thing found in Japan is driving on certain roads in the country. You can hear a musical melody playing which is a real pleasant actor while travelling. This is a great way to beat a traffic jam in the process or even be entertained on any long drives.
10 Cat cafes
Japan has a number of cat lovers because they seem to somehow love the coziness and warmth of a cat. This is why there are a number of cat cafes in Japan where cat owners can relax over a meal or a cup of coffee while their cats just laze around.
11 Kotatsu: The heated table
This is a really neat contraption. The Kotatsu is table with a blanket which is heated to a comfortable warm level from below. IT was first developed in the 14th century and can be seen commonly in Japan. Snuggling under these devices can really make a person experience the most pleasant feeling.
12 The chance to sleep at work
Among the amazing things found in Japan, can you even contemplate sleeping on the job? Well? Japan recognizes the importance of siesta and a human being’s common urge to sleep. The practice of sleeping at work is regarded as ‘Inemuri’ which translates as ‘present while sleeping’. So you can even take a nap next to your boss and he won’t mind because he may be snoozing too.
13 Weird parking lots
Parking is a huge problem in Japan because of it being a confined country by virtue of less space and a 127 million population. This makes parking in huge demand which is why you’ll see weird parking stacks such as these.
14 Vending machines for everything
While it isn’t uncommon to see vending machines in a city stocked with beverages, candies, etc Japan instead has vending machines for just about everything. Besides soft drinks and cigarettes, you’ll find vending machines selling newspapers, hot foods, books, umbrellas and even adult goods.
Love hotels are very popular in Japan and some parts of Asia. These are private places where couples can go for a tryst without the fear of someone barging in on you. Japanese love hotels come with different themes like carousels and water slides in the rooms that are designed like spaceships, cars or trains. All for a healthy fantasy romp. And get this!! You dont come face to face with a receptionist. You pay a vending machine and collect the key from the window.
16 Face Masks
People in Japan love wearing face masks. This is common when there is a high pollen count in the atmosphere. Even people riding trains will be seen wearing face masks to protect against pollen, dust and germs. The face mask is almost a fashion now in Japan.
17 Unmanned vegetable stands
There is a lot of trust between people in Japan. This is why around the countryside you will see a lot of vegetable stands stocked with vegetables but no sellers. The prices are already marked so you just have to take your vegetables and place the money in a box. Many foreign tourists are surprised when seeing such a sight.
18 Otooshi in restaurants
Otooshi in Izakaya or traditional restaurants is a welcoming snack that is served free of cost to customers to munch on while they wait for their orders. Otooshi is another way of the restaurant making customers feel they are being cared for.
19 Rice paddy art
Rice paddy art was started in Aomori prefecture in 1993 to revitalize the town’s popularity. Rice paddy art is made from different types of rice that when planted in designs will reveal an art theme. It is a great way for people to produce anime characters through the art form which is now practiced in 100 places in Japan.
Well at first glance you may think this is just like any other mayonnaise. But, while the rest of the world and the US use mayo to flavor salads, burgers and sandwiches, the Japanese use it on their ice creams, potato chips, noodles and pancakes.
21 Weird flavored ice cream
While you may be used to your fruity, berry and chocolate flavors, the Japanese have a very different idea when it comes to ice cream flavoring. Some of the popular ice cream flavors in Japan are charcoal, horsemeat and octopus.
22The world’s shortest escalator
If you thought Americans are lazy well get this!! The world’s shortest escalator is located in More’s department store in Kawasaki Japan. The escalator has only 5 steps and is just 33 inches high.
Well as depressing as it sounds, facts are facts. This forest located at the base of Mount Fiji, is called “Aokigahara” which translates as Suicide forest. It is 4 square miles in area and has thick dense tree cover that blocks wind and is eerie and silent. It has been named so because for some reason it has become a common spot for suicides. About 100 suicides per year are reported in the forest.
24 Bizarre Kit Kat
Everyone the world over loves Kit Kat but if you come to Japan you may not exactly like your Kit Kat. Typical Kit Kat flavors in Japan are weird like potato, soya sauce, and wasabi. In fact, they are the most popular flavors in Japan.
25 Thigh Pillows for lonely hearts
Among the bizarre things in Japan are typical lap pillows like these shaped like a woman’s thighs? They are perfect for the lonely men who wouldn’t mind a fake girlfriend to cuddle up to at night.