There are a lot of countries that are famous all over the world for some peculiarities. Japan is probably one of the most exotic ones. It is known as the Land of the Rising Sun, but it could also be called the Land of singing toilets, the country of the blue traffic light, or the country of vending machines.
Really, Japan is a unique country, different from the rest of the world. Japanese farmers grow square watermelons, people park and lock their umbrella before going inside a building and there’s a whole chain of restaurants all over the country where they serve only canned food. In short, there are so many things that make Japan a whole other world. Get ready to explore!
Square watermelons 0:17
Ramen noodles bath 0:35
Bizzare flavors of Kit-kat 0:58
Fake food 1:17
Rabbit island 1:36
Purikura machines 1:53
People pushers 2:22
Umbrella parking lot 2:42
Millions of vending machines 3:00
Tokyo’s biggest resident 3:23
Train delays make headlines 3:50
“Silent” Karaoke 4:16
Polite slurping 4:34
Face napkins 4:54
Water-saving sinks 5:13
Strange mayo 5:35
Naps at work 5:55
World’s shortest escalator 6:14
Canned food restaurant 6:32
Doll village 6:53
No 4’s 7:16
Blue traffic light 7:35
Cleaning classes 8:00
Footbath train 8:18
Futuristic toilets 8:41
Crazy ice-cream flavors 9:04
Space-saving parking lots 9:21
Robot-run hotel 9:33
Café companion 9:59
– The Yunessun Spa Resort in Hakone offers its guests the pretty unique experience of splashing around in a vat of pork soup and ramen noodles.
– Specialists make this kind of food from plastic or wax, and it looks just as delicious as the real one.
– Their photo booths, called purikura, allow you to edit photos right on the spot, adding different backgrounds, funny stickers, or writings.
– Japan has more than 5 million of them! Mostly because they save time for people who work late hours, which is a pretty common thing there.
– In 2015, Godzilla was granted citizenship in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward.
– Punctuality is a really big thing there, and train stations do everything possible to avoid a delay.
– While in many other countries slurping is considered rude, in Japan it’s a way to show your appreciation of the dish.
– Japanese people don’t eat mayo with salads, meat, and sandwiches; in Japan, people usually use it as a topping for ice-cream or on pancakes.
– World’s shortest escalator is in the basement of More’s Department Store, which is located in the city of Kawasaki. The escalator has only 5 steps and is only 33 inches tall.
– The village of Nagoro used to have a population of 300 people, but less than 40 residents live there now. A local artist, Tsukimi Ayano, made over 300 life-size dolls, most of which look like former residents; and they’re located in various states of action.
– It’s common for Japanese culture to avoid the number 4 because it’s considered to be very unlucky.
– They use a blue color instead of green for traffic lights. The reason for that hides in their language: historically, there was only one word for both colors.
– Japanese kids learn how to clean in many schools because it’s a part of their education.
– Toilets in Japan are very high-tech. To use one, a person should know what all those buttons are for.
– Since Japan is a densely-populated country, they don’t like to waste space. That’s why their parking lots have a smart system. They’re designed like multi-level garages.
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