Japan Is A Unique Place And Here You Can Find The Most Unusual Things

Japan is a modern-day marvel filled with amazing technology and innovation but also a fun and childlike atmosphere. The Japanese have a love of anime and manga that is so strong it influences every part of their daily life. While this lighter side of Japanese life can be seen everywhere, these friendly people still love order and high-tech living and its this marriage of modern and cute that makes Japan an amazing place to visit. Here are some of the most amazing things that you can only see and experience in Japan.

Weird Scarecrows

What originally started in the tiny village of Nagoro has quickly spread to other villages throughout the country. Everywhere you look in these villages you can spot strange lifesize dolls that are completely unique and detailed. YOu may find these dolls in busses, at bus stops, in classrooms and even outside homes. While travelers find the peculiar dolls to be quite cute, their creation isn’t as cute as you will think.

These dolls were originally created to replace living people who had moved away or people who had died. The dolls look exactly like the people they have replaced and many people living in these villages will treat the dolls like living people. Imagine moving away from your home town only to be replaced by a doll. this bizarre tradition is unique to Japan and in some villages, you can even take a tour to see all the dolls.

Unique Shaped Fruit

Japan has a funky side and no more is this evident than the uniquely shaped fruit on sale. Everywhere you can find square watermelons or heart-shaped tomatoes and the farmers who grow these fruits take incredible pride in their fruit. Over the years fruit has become a status symbol in Japan and often times certain fruits can cost more than the most expensive cut of beef. Not only are these fruits more delicious than anywhere else, but it is also customary to give them as gifts.

These special shapes are not just nice to look at, it is also more cost-effective to transport square fruit and they have been designed this way for more practical reasons.

Cosplay Heaven

Imagine stepping onto the morning train only to see a bunch of anime and manga characters looking back at you. Well, this kind of thing is business as usual because cosplay is extremely popular in Japan.

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Cosplay Heaven

It is so popular in fact that young people often hang out in bars in outfits of their favorite characters and some of them wear their costumes 24/7. So whether it is on the train or on the street its quite common to see someone pulling off a legendary piece of cosplay.

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Mascot Fun

Many cities all over Japan have created their own city mascots and these cute little guys are almost like the brand for each city. The mascots are normally anime/kawaii creations of certain animals and they often have bright colors and cute faces.

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The city’s population is incredibly proud of its mascots and becoming a mascot is a very high honor. You can see images of a city’s mascot everywhere, from buildings to city bullet trains, and very often you can spot a mascot wandering around the city, spread joy, posing for pics and riding the bullet train.

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Christmas Time

Christmas is a little different in Japan because many of the population are not exactly religious. While you may see more and more people putting up a Christmas tree in their homes in this day and age, traditionally Christmas was celebrated with light shows and displays and no mention of the religious aspects.

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For many Christmas has become like a second valentines day and many displays will be oriented towards love and romance.

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Saying Goodbye

Nowhere else in the world are the people so friendly that even the airport workers wave at you when you arrive or leave. Often airport workers are seen on the tarmac waving hello or goodbye to planes and their passengers. Each time a plane takes off, the workers who are on the gate will ensure that every passenger is sent off with a wave. It is also not unusual for someone to wave at you as you pass on the bus.

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Throughout the country, people are extremely friendly and polite. For any traveler that has ever flown out of a Japanese airport, then you know that all of the airport workers on the tarmac pause and wave goodbye. This is a sign of respect, and it makes travelers feel like they were truly welcome in the country. This is something other countries could definitely adopt.

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Riding in Style

Japanese dog owners are often concerned about their doggies having to walk on dirty sidewalks, so visitors can often see happy puppies riding in their very own custom strollers. So next time you look into a stroller execting to see an adorable baby, don’t be surprised if a happy little dog stares back at you.

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These doggy strollers are so popular that they now come in all sizes for large and small dogs and cat strollers are slowly becoming popular in the larger cities.

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The Family Bike

With heavy traffic and high pollution, Japanese commuters have decided to go green and today you can find more bicycles on the road than ever. These bikes are used by adults and children, and while some are pedal-powered, many are electric. These bikes have become so popular that in the cities the family bike has replaced the family car.

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These family bikes include three seats; two for children and one for the rider. Both of the children’s seats have plastic bubbles that incase them to protect them from the elements and weather. The seat in the front has also been specifically designed for a baby, with the backseat being designed for a toddler. So next time you are in Japan don’t be shocked when a family rides pasts you on one of these clever bikes.

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Specialized Vending Machines

Japan is known for its eccentric vending machines where you can get just about anything you can think of. Everywhere you look you can find rows and rows of vending machines instead of stores and you can buy anything from clothing to freshly picked vegetables.

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Specialized Vending Machines

These machines are loved for their convenience but the products within them are also great quality. If you are really hungry but don’t have time to sit down for a meal you can have a hot meal served to you from a vending machine. You can get pizza, a delicious bowl of noodles and even fresh sushi. YOu have to admit that is all pretty cool.

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Noise Pollution

Construction sites are noisy, that is a fact. The noise produced from them is a form of noise pollution, and this can affect people’s health. In Japan, all construction sites have their noise levels monitored.

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This ensures that people are not negatively affected by the crashes and bangs emanating from within a site. As well, once a certain time hits, all construction activities that are too loud have to cease for the evening.

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Crossing The Street

Crossing the street at night has also been made very easy for pedestrians. Everything is painted in white luminescent paint. As well, there are a plethora of flashing lights in place to make sure that everyone can see where they should be crossing.

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Crossing The Street

This special light show is not only incredibly safe for everyone using the roads, but they are also beautiful to see and some are incredibly inventive and unique.

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Keeping Warm

Japan is very cold in the winter but luckily both the people and the animals have found an amazing solution to keep warm.

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Keeping Warm

In certain parts of Japan, you can find natural hot springs that are open to the public. These springs are filled with mineral-rich healing waters and even the local animals love to take a dip to warm up.

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Napping

The work culture in Japan is very different when compared to the one in North America or Europe. Many Japanese find themselves tired at work, as they work much longer hours than many other countries.

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But the Japanese are firm believers that planned naps are a great way to refresh yourself, so much so that companies often schedule nap times for their employees. Employees are encouraged by their companies to take naps while on the job, and even on the train people nap. Sometimes you can find people napping standing up!

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Mr Kanso

You would never walk into a restaurant and expect to be served food from a can, but curiously all over cities like Osaka and Tokyo a new restaurant chain that specializes in this have sprung up. These restaurants were opened by a popular canned food company called Mr Kanso and the food is so popular that people are willing to eat this food in a restaurant.

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When you enter these restaurants you can browse the aisle and pick out something you like and then a waiter will serve you at your table where you eat what you have selected. As strange as it sounds these restaurants are incredibly popular.

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Where Robots Run Free

Japan is a very advanced society and many of the country’s top companies manufacture high-quality robots. These robots are already so popular that you are likely to run into them everywhere you go. For instance, at the famous robot hotel, the entire hotel is run by robots.

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These animatronic creations are varied with some being more unusual than others. For instance, the receptionist at the robot hotel is actually an animatronic T-rex.

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Ohaguro Staining

We agree that when you see this you may be a little freaked out because we must admit this looks kind of scary. Traditionally, men and women used to stain their teeth black because it was believed to be a sign of beauty.

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As time passed and the country modernized this practice mostly feel away with only certain groups still doing it. Today however many people have begun adopting the practice again so don’t be surprised if you see a long of young people with black teeth

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Animal Cafes

Animal Cafes are taking over Tokyo and these unique locations are also popping up all over Japan. t an animal cafe you can sit down for a cup of coffee and a pastry and also interact with a variety of animals.

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Animal Cafes

From teacup pigs to owls, these cafes have all sorts of animals. One of the most popular in Tokyo is the owl cafe where you can sit with a baby owl on your shoulder, there are also several lamb cafes where you can handle baby hedgehogs and the cutest little lambs.

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Not Just For Kids

Japanese kids and adults love anime, kawaii and manga so much that genuine products and character merchandise have become as desirable os designer clothing and bags.

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Not Just For Kids

In fact, stuffed animal and pokemon backpacks that were originally designed for kids became so popular that even adults began wearing them. Even these Japanese schoolboys are not too proud to trap on a stuffed monkey backpack

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A Gaggle of Elvises

In western countries, it can be quite intimidating to see a group of motorcyclists with their leather jackets and high powered motorcycles, in Japan however it can be a different story. You see Elvis is so popular that local moped clubs like to get together and dress as young Elvis and ride the streets together on their mopeds and scooters.

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They are so committed to this that often the feature incredible Elvis hairdos and outfits. One of the most popular Elvis clubs is the Black Shadow motorcycle club and often they can be seen congregating dressed all in black with perfectly quaffed hair.

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Black Bread

There are many different natural foods in Japan that might look strange but are very good for you. This black bread appears to have been completely burnt, but it is actually fresh bread. The black color comes from bamboo coal.

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Sometimes the bread is also colored with ink from a squid. These loaves of bread are full of nutrients, and while it might be weird to eat something that looks burnt, the taste makes up for the color.

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Low Crime Rates

Japanese people hold honor, responsibility, and honesty in incredibly high regard. TO commit a crime is incredibly dishonorable so the country has very little petty crime and often people can be very relaxed with their belongings.

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So don’t be surprised when you see backpacks, smartphones or even bicycles left out in the open and unprotected. Just be careful not to trip over them!

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A Safe Space

Backpacks being left unattended is one thing, but leaving a phone unattended is the next level of feeling safe and secure on public transport. These people feel completely at ease, sleeping on the subway and leaving their smartphones out in the open.

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They aren’t even touching the phones. In a lot of other countries, someone would simply walk off with the phone, and nobody would be the wiser, but not in Japan.

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In An Orderly Fashion

In Japan linning up for services or transport is extremely important and everyone is expected to do it. Strangely though you will see special boxes painted on the ground in banks, at bus stops and even outside restaurants.

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While these may seem a little weird, they are actually there for you to stand in while you queue and that way everyone has their own special place and everyone’s personal space is respected. There is no pushing or pulling, and everyone gets to where they need to be.

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Human Contact

There has been a growing demand for people who live alone and feel like they need some comfort. If you have ever seen someone holding a “Free Hugs” sign and wandered over for a hug, then this will not seem strange to you.

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In Japan, there are businesses where you can pay someone to hug you or cuddle with you. This helps to keep loneliness at bay until a person can find a significant other who can do that for them.

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Braille Cans

Beer and other beverages are very popular in Japan. However, not everyone can read the labels on the cans. For those that are visually impaired, this is not a problem in Japan. Each can have braille lettering on the top, next to the pull tab.

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The blind can read what type of beverage it is, simply by feeling for the braille. This is an innovation that other countries can learn from, as everyone should be able to shop unassisted if they want to.

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A Guided Map

Grocery stores in japan are incredibly easy to shop at because often they include a detailed map of the store on the shopping carts. Larger stores and malls even have apps you can use to navigate the store and complete your purchases quickly. This is super convenient and if you use an app you can input your shopping list and the apps will calculate the most efficient route you need to take through the store. The apps also include detailed directions to cheaper items and items on sale.

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Number Confusion

One thing that may not make any sense is the numbering system for houses and businesses in Japan. When you get the directions for business or house, you may walk up and down the street looking for the correct number in the sequence of houses.

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The problem is that in Japan, buildings and homes are not always numbered sequentially, which can lead to a lot of confusion. Just ask a local if you find yourself lost.

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Everything In Its Place

Going out for dinner is also a unique experience. Floors can often get dirty, which is why there are specific baskets for purses. After patrons arrive at a restaurant and are seated at a table, their server will come by with a basket that can be placed on the floor or off to the side of the table.

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This basket is for any purses or other odds and ends that you don’t want to place on the table and that you don’t want on the floor. This keeps the restaurants organized, and everyone’s belongings from getting lost or covered in dirt from the floor.

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White Covers

Everything in Japan is kept neat and tidy. Taxis are no different. Travelers will always know they are in a Japanese taxi because all of the seats will be covered in white seat covers. These covers keep the seats clean and show customers that the taxi itself is clean.

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Nobody wants to sit down in a dirty taxi, and hope that their clothes stay clean. Cleanliness is always the number one priority in Japan, which you will find when you walk along the litter-free streets and take public transport, which is free of graffiti. For the traveler that prizes cleanliness, Japan will be like a dream.

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Staying Honest

Catching public transport like the subway or the train is all about being honest. There are no gates that come crashing down from the ceiling or walls that spring out to stop someone if they don’t pay for a ticket.

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The transport department simply expects all of its citizens to purchase a ticket, beep themselves through the machine, and board the train or subway they bought their ticket for. For the most part, everyone is honest and pays.

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A Special Handle

Everything in Japan is about efficiency and accessibility. We have all gone shopping only to find ourselves with cumbersome items that are hard to transport back home. The supermarkets in Japan found a very simple solution for this.

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If something is difficult to carry, the attachment of a special handle makes it easy to transport. That way, nobody has to worry about breaking an item while carrying it to their vehicle or onto the subway.

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Getting Ready For Work

In Japan, you can buy anything from the local supermarket. For instance, in the big cities in Japan, it is common for businessmen to attend meeting all night and often they go straight from their meetings to the office to start a new day.

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So at this popular store, you can buy fresh shirts that have been washed and pressed and ready to wear. They also sell miracle hangover cures just in case those meetings involved sake and karaoke.

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Transparent Public Toilets

In Japan, you can buy anything from the local supermarket. For instance, in the big cities in Japan, it is common for businessmen to attend meeting all night and often they go straight from their meetings to the office to start a new day.

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They are part of the Tokyo Toilet Project launched by the Nippon Foundation nonprofit organization in cooperation with Shibuya Ward to construct public toilets at 17 locations by the summer of 2021.

They are part of the Tokyo Toilet Project launched by the Nippon Foundation nonprofit organization in cooperation with Shibuya Ward to construct public toilets at 17 locations by the summer of 2021.