29 Things That Exist Only in Japan

There are many countries around the world that are famous for certain specialties. Japan is probably one of the strangest. It is known as the land of the rising sun, but it can also be called the land of singing toilets, the land of blue traffic lights, or the land of vending machines.

In fact, Japan is a unique country, different from the rest of the world. Japanese farmers grow square watermelons, where people park and close their umbrellas before entering a building, and there is a whole chain of restaurants across the country that serve only canned food. In short, there are many things that make Japan a completely different world. Get ready to explore!


 1. Cubic watermelon. In the 70s a graphic designer invented them to fit in the refrigerator and cut more easily. Japanese farmers grow it in special containers to shape it. Because they are so expensive, people do not make them into food, but as a decorative item.

2. Ramen noodle bath. The UNISON Spa Resort in Hakone offers guests the unique experience of being surrounded by a tub of pork soup and ramen noodles. While this may seem crazy to many, the Japanese believe that soaking in such a bath is good for the skin because pork broth contains a lot of collagen.

3. Strange odors of kit-wind. Chili Peppers, Wasabi, Sweet Potatoes, Grilled Corn, Soybeans, Salted Watermelon, Mango, Green Tea - This is just a shortlist of Kit-Kat flavors you can try in Japan. Which will you try? Let me know in the comments!

4. Fake food. Specialists make this kind of food out of plastic or wax, which looks and tastes like real. Many restaurants use fake food to display their popular dishes on the windows and attract hungry customers. These duplicates are usually much larger than the resources they mimic.

5. Island of rabbits. In the 1940s, scientists brought several rabbits to Okunoshima Island for some experiments. Later, however, the animals were released and began to breed. Now the island is full of them, attracting a lot of tourists.

6. Purification machines. Taking a photo in a booth is nothing new, but Japan added its own exciting twist to the experience. Also known as Purikura, its photo booths allow you to edit photos on the spot by adding different backgrounds, funny stickers, or text. Additionally, you can send pictures to your cell phone.

7. Human traffickers. Metro and train stations are very busy during rush hours. That’s why station staff and part-time workers have to go through the routine of pushing people onto trains to accommodate as many passengers as possible before the doors close.

8. Umbrella parking. Before entering a building, you can "park and lock" your umbrella as you would a bicycle. Now you can be sure that if your umbrella gets wet no one will pick it up and bathe on the floor. Many government buildings, offices, and hotels have this type of coat rack.

9. Millions of vending machines. There are over 5 million in Japan! Mainly they save time for people who work late, which is very common there. Also, Japanese vending machines are not just for snacks and soda. You can buy basically anything from live lobsters to underwear at these machines.

10. Largest resident in Tokyo. In 2015, Godzilla was granted citizenship in Shinjuku District, Tokyo. Authorities produced a special certificate indicating his new residence and offered him a job: Godzilla became a tourism ambassador. Later, in 1954, they set up a Godzilla head 171 feet high in Toho, the movie studio that produced the original film.

11. Train delays are news. Accuracy is very important there and train stations try their best to avoid delays. If a train is 5 minutes late, the railway company may have to issue a delay certificate to railway workers and passengers who have missed a major appointment. If the delay is more than an hour, the railway company can issue an apo apology to the press.

12. "Silent" karaoke. This is a special microphone with an angle that fits in the mouth. It silences most sounds when you sing. It is designed for people who do not want to wake up their neighbors and who are ashamed to sing their favorite songs in public.

13. Sipping decently. Slurping is considered harsh in many other countries, and in Japan, it is a way to show your appreciation for the resource. If you do not zip the noodles when you eat them, the chef will think you do not like the food or it is cold.

14. Facial Napkins. When you eat a hamburger, it is never pretty, because your mouth is covered in ketchup or mustard. The owners of a fast-food restaurant came up with a solution by serving hamburgers with specialty napkins. They cover the faces of guests who feel a little ashamed of causing trouble while eating.

15. Water conservation sinks. They are located just above the toilet tanks. The idea is simple: first, you wash your hands on top of the sink, then it goes straight into the tank, and finally, you flush the toilet when your business is done. So, save water by using it twice.

16. Strange mayonnaise, Japanese mayonnaise has no special recipes or ingredients. But they don’t eat it with salads, meats, and sandwiches; In Japan, people often use it as a topping for ice cream or pancakes.

17. Sleep in the workplace. In Japanese culture, sleeping in the workplace or closet is considered a hard-working person and shows great commitment to their work. That's why the room is so common that no one thinks it's a bad thing. Some even act!

18. The smallest escalator in the world. You can find it in the basement of More's department store located in Kawasaki City. The escalator is only 5 steps high and 33 inches high.

19. Canned restaurant. Eating canned food may not seem like a delicious dish. But there is a whole chain of restaurants across the country that serve only canned food. They are very popular as consumers can choose from over 300 items from around the world.

20. Puppet town. The town of Nagoro had a population of 300, but now has a population of less than 40. Yukimi Ayano, a local artist, made more than 300 life-sized dolls, many of which resembled their inhabitants; They are located in different states of operation. For example, the village school has a full classroom of theirs, which was closed a while ago.

21. Number 4. Japanese culture It is common to omit the number 4 because it is considered very unfortunate. That’s why some buildings don’t have the fourth floor, shops don’t sell cutlery sets for 4 people, and at some events, the number of guests is 4.

22. Blue traffic light. They use blue instead of green for traffic lights. The reason for this is hidden in their language: historically, both colors had only one word. When traffic lights first appeared in the country, they were as green as anywhere else. But that green was still called blue. To get things right, the government decided to use the blue of green as possible.

23. Cleaning classes. Japanese children learn to clean in many schools because it is part of their education. They sweep their classrooms and hallways and clean the bathrooms. Teachers believe that this is the best way to train responsible citizens.

24. Football train. Take the Subway Tourist Train for the most comfortable visiting experience. The train has a foot bath made from aromatic cypress wood and is filled with hot spring water that can relieve joint pain. So on the way from Nagoya to Unoyama Onsen, you can soak your feet and enjoy the beautiful views.

25. Future toilets. The bathrooms in Japan are very high-tech. To use one, a person must know what all those buttons are for. There are many functions such as seat heating, spraying hot water to clean the user, and playing music.

26. Crazy ice cream flavors. Japanese love weird food combinations. That’s why finding an ice cream with horse meat, cactus, charcoal, squid ink, garlic or chicken wings won’t be a problem here.

27. Space-saving parking spaces. Because Japan is a densely populated country, they do not like to waste space. That’s why their parking spaces have an intelligent system. They are designed as multi-level garages.

28. Hotel run by robots. In a Nagasaki hotel, robots make up a large part of its staff. This is called henna, which translates to "strange." Human-like androids meet guests, clean rooms, fill luggage, make coffee, and smile. However, real people work there to recharge the robots and monitor how they perform their functions.

29. Coffee friend. It is common for most people around the world to enjoy their coffee and food alone in a cafe. But, in the land of the rising sun, you can get a big plush room to sit next to you in a cafe, so you don’t have to eat alone. Hey, if you're learning something new today, please like it and share it with a friend!

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