crazy things you will only find in japan
Bizarre Parking lots
. As a relatively confined country, Japan is home to over 126 million people. Consequently, spacesaving is one of the major issues the locals have to deal with and parking is no exception. If you drive to a shopping mall, youll probably come across a parking lot similar to this picture.
. As far as ingredients go, the Japanese mayonnaise is not that different from what we use in the U.S. or Europe but its the prolific use of it that makes the Japanese mayonnaise strange to Western people. While Americans typically use it on sandwiches and hamburgers, the Japanese use their traditional Kewpie mayonnaise to flavor things like ice cream, potato chips, spaghetti sauce, noodles, and even pancakes.
. When rain is coupled with strong winds, regular umbrellas are basically useless. The Japanese handled this uncomfortable situation with their typical grace.
. In Western countries, lift operators are almost extinct. Department stores and hotels dont use their services any more to save the expenses. But in Japan, this awesome service is still available.
. The super umbrella may protect you from the rain but what are you going to do when it gets cold? Forget blankets, Japan has this adorable pug to heat you up. Stick in the microwave and Voila! Out comes a toasty hot dog.
Sleeping in the office
. While in Western world, falling asleep in the office is considered extreme impedance, earning the person ticking off from his boss, or worse, Japanese business culture allows the employees who work hard the so called inemuri napping on the job. Some people even fake inemuri, so that their bosses believe they
. Japanese are famous for their strict hygiene habits and sanitary precautions so it should come as no surprise they have something like toilet slippers which are used to minimize contact between the unclean toilet floor and the clean floor of rest of the house.
. Have you ever heard of Japanese whiskey? You should try one. Available pretty much everywhere in all possible sizes, Japanese whiskeys are rapidly gaining worldwide recognition for their quality. Suntorys Hibiki brand has recently won multiple Worlds Best Whiskey awards.
Subway chin rest
. The Japanese work really hard, no wonder they sometimes tend to snooze in the subway. To have their heads comfortably supported, they may use this special gadget.
. Japanese women are going crazy for accentuated teeth known as the yabea, which involves spending hundreds of dollars on cosmetic procedures in order to attach minifangs to their canines
Ice cream flavors
. The Japanese unusual tastes are generally wellknown but still, there are certain things which leave Western people just astounded. Would you like your ice cream flavored with horse meat, cactus, charcoal or octopus?
Easy ear explorer
. Do you have times when you feel an urgent need to see inside your ear? This Japanese invention will make your dream come true! Thanks to this invention, youll know exactly where those big lumps of ear wax are hiding. Talk about mining for gold!
. At first glance, most Japanese vending machines arent much different to those found in Europe or America. What makes them so remarkable however, are their abundance and their bizarre contents. You can expect to find them everywhere from ancient temples to the top of the Mount Fuji, with a wide selection of goods ranging from fresh eggs and crepes to batteries, umbrellas and even underwear.
. Yes, you read it right. Baby mops. Just let your toddler clean the house while he/she crawls around. This onepiece outfit with builtin mops on the arms and legs is another invention by creative Japanese inventors.
Eternal Poppety Pop
. Most of us love the relaxing feeling of popping bubble wrap, right? The Japanese took this popular enjoyment to another level. They created something similar to never ending bubble wrap, a toy that constantly fills and refills bubbles in a sheet of bubble wrap.
The worlds shortest escalator
. The worlds shortest escalator is located in the basement of Mores Department store in the city of Kawasaki. It has only five steps and is 33 inches high. Who said the Americans are lazy?
A Creepy Suicide forest
. For most people, a forest is a place where you go to jog, walk, observe the wildlife or just relax in some other way. Well, not always. Officially called Aokigahara, the Suicide Forest is a 4 square miles forest that lies at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. The forest has such a dense tree distribution that it literally blocks wind, making it an exceptionally quiet and eerie place that for some reason has become a popular spot for suicides. Sta
Outrageous Kit Kat flavors
. You know Kit Kat, the chocolate bar? Though we know Japanese people eat some weird things, it
Pillows for lonely men
. For the gentlemen who lack a spouse or a significant other, there is this amazing lap pillow available. At least, this fake girlfriend will never argue with you.
Pillows for lonely women
. There is no discrimination for the meet when it comes to loneliness, so a woman version of the pillow is also available.
Braille on beer cans
. If you buy a can of beer in Japan, you might be surprised by the strange imprinted symbols on it. But dont worry, it
Bikes Bikes and More Bikes
. Weve already mentioned how Japan is a tight country with limited parking and driving space. This is what also makes bicycles the most convenient method of transportation. As a result, the country is full of sights like this outside of train stations, shopping centers and other places where masses of people gather.
. Washlets or, as many people tend to say, crazy Japanese super toilets are electric toilet seats with a water spray feature that cleans your bum hole and genitalia. While the Japanese are totally used to this zesty feeling, foreigners getting a shot of water up their butts are usually startled to say the least.
Island of gas masks
. Located southeast of Honshu, Miyakejima is an island featuring an active volcano, Mount Oyama. Since its most recent erupsion, in 2005, it has constantly leaked poisonous gas, requiring all residents to carry a gas mask at all times. Raid alarms go off if there is a dramatic increase in the levels of sulfur in the air.
. A Capsule hotel is probably the craziest Japanese invention ever. Introduced in 1979, these hotels have accommodation for a variety of customers ranging from traveling businessmen to drunken people who wouldnt make it home safely.
The world s most expensive tuna was sold in Japan
. Tokyos famed Tsukiji market auctioned a 593 lb. tuna for over $735,000.
Japan has an island full of rabbits
. Okunoshima, an island located in Japans Inland Sea, is the home of thousands of freeroaming rabbits.
Japanese women used to dye their teeth black
. In ancient Japan, women blackened their teeth with dye as white teeth were considered ugly.