Japan

The Way You Hang Toilet Paper Reveals Your Character, According to Science

The Way You Hang Toilet Paper Reveals Your Character, According to Science
Curiosities
month ago

The timeless and somewhat whimsical debate surrounding the ideal orientation of toilet paper — whether it should cascade over or subtly hang under — has managed to persist across the ages. At times, it even sparks heated conflicts within families. Interestingly, the manner in which individuals choose to position their toilet paper roll, either over or under, can offer unexpected clues about their underlying character traits.

11 Ways Bathroom Etiquettes Are Different in These Countries

11 Ways Bathroom Etiquettes Are Different in These Countries
Places
month ago

Talking about using the bathroom might not be exciting, but like sleeping and eating, it’s something you do every day. While you can control how you handle your bathroom needs at home, it’s not always the case when traveling, especially to other countries.

What If All the Planets Moved Between Earth and the Moon

What If All the Planets Moved Between Earth and the Moon
Curiosities
2 months ago

You’re on a plane heading to an important astronomy convention when you see a large figure outside your window that eclipses the whole Sun. You spit out all of your coffee, and everyone in the plane stares outside in shock. You then notice that it has rings like Saturn. You were supposed to fly to Japan, but you’re forced to land in California.As soon as you land, you look up in the sky and see some more giant planet-like structures floating around in the sky. Everyone is taking pictures and trying to figure out what’s going on. Suddenly you notice a huge ball of fire crashing down near the airport. Everyone scrambles for safety, and luckily, it ends up in the middle of the runway with no one around. The bad news is that there’s no more runway for planes to land.

This Cat Doesn’t Drink and Leaves No Pawprints

This Cat Doesn’t Drink and Leaves No Pawprints
Animals
2 months ago

Let’s get into the “purrfect” world of felines. From the sand cat that can go for weeks without drinking water to the first cat that went to space. Here are the 10 interesting cat facts for you to enjoy and be informed about.

Atlantic Ocean Is Growing and Pushing Pacific to Disappear

Atlantic Ocean Is Growing and Pushing Pacific to Disappear
Curiosities
2 months ago

In 2016, scientists decided to visit the widest part of the Atlantic Ocean, between Africa and South America. It’s kind of lonely there. They went days without seeing a single plane or ship. It was mostly just dolphins and whales swimming by. They were in the middle of nowhere, so why?They were floating right above one of the most important geological spots on Earth, the mid-Atlantic ridge. It’s where two monster tectonic plates meet. Tectonic plates are massive jigsaw pieces that are constantly moving, even though we usually can’t feel them. They form Earth’s crust and, in this case, meet beneath the Atlantic Ocean.

Gwyneth Paltrow Explains Why She and Her Husband Sleep Separately

Gwyneth Paltrow Explains Why She and Her Husband Sleep Separately
Relationships
3 months ago

Many married couples in Japan sleep in separate beds. Surprisingly, sleeping separately can breathe new life into relationships. What’s even more intriguing is that Gwyneth Paltrow shares this belief, considering separate sleeping arrangements as a vital ingredient for a joyful and enduring marriage.

10 Things That Are Considered ’Normal’ in Other Countries but May Seem Odd to Us

10 Things That Are Considered ’Normal’ in Other Countries but May Seem Odd to Us
Places
3 months ago

There are over 190 countries spread across the globe, and each of them has its own unique cultural code. Although stereotypes may familiarize us with certain cultural aspects, there are many facts that can only be truly grasped through firsthand experience in a new country. We prepared a compilation of intriguing facts from various countries around the world, bringing the knowledge to your fingertips.

The Reason Why You Shouldn’t Touch This Creature If You Ever Stumble Upon It at the Beach

The Reason Why You Shouldn’t Touch This Creature If You Ever Stumble Upon It at the Beach
Curiosities
4 months ago

Sea cucumbers play a vital role in various marine ecosystems, acting as efficient cleaners by sifting through sediment to extract nutrients. Resembling their namesake, sea cucumbers exhibit a cucumber or sausage-like shape, varying in size from less than an inch to over six feet, depending on the species. Not only that, but in Indonesia, Japan and China they hold great value as a culinary delicacy.

12 Curious Facts About Countries in the World You Probably Missed Out

12 Curious Facts About Countries in the World You Probably Missed Out
Places
5 months ago

It is often the case that when visiting a new country, people do not make an effort to learn about the local customs and way of life. However, this can be a mistake because things that are considered normal in our own culture may be viewed as unusual or even offensive in other countries. By gaining this knowledge, travelers can avoid awkward or humorous situations and make their trip smoother.

21 Travelers Who Encountered Eccentric Traditions Abroad

21 Travelers Who Encountered Eccentric Traditions Abroad
Curiosities
6 months ago

Traveling is an excellent means of immersing ourselves in another country’s customs and traditions. It enables us to gain valuable knowledge about how other cultures function, what they prioritize, and what makes them unique. Nevertheless, being in a foreign country is not always a smooth ride, and there may be times when we encounter unfamiliar and unexpected situations that can be way outside our comfort zone.

15+ Japanese School Rules That Surprise Even the Locals

15+ Japanese School Rules That Surprise Even the Locals
Places
6 months ago

Japan is a country with many surprises. Even the learning process there doesn’t start in the fall: Japanese students start school in April and take a break in March. But this is not the only aspect that seems odd when it comes to their education system.We decided to learn more about how the Japanese live. And at the end of the article, there’s a bonus proving that this country has a lot of unusual school rules.

12 Natural Phenomena Only 1% of People Have Seen

12 Natural Phenomena Only 1% of People Have Seen
Curiosities
2 weeks ago

You feel some rumbling from below. No, it’s not your tummy. It’s low and ominous. You look up and see strange lights hanging above the ground. They look like shimmering balls of light hovering high up in the sky. Your throat goes dry and you gulp. That’s what they call the “earthquake lights.”

10+ Attic Finds That Will Upgrade Your Wardrobe

10+ Attic Finds That Will Upgrade Your Wardrobe
Tips & tricks
3 weeks ago

Things come into fashion as fast as they go out of it today. In case you’re not ready to spend money on upgrading your style, there’s no problem at all. On the contrary, vintage items are making a comeback into modern fashion! You might wanna go and comb through the attic, and this checklist will help you find the best pieces to rock every day!

There’s Only One REAL Ninja Left on Earth

There’s Only One REAL Ninja Left on Earth
Curiosities
month ago

They are superfast, super smart, can defeat pretty much anyone, and only exist in movies and literature. Well, not really — ninjas are among us, at least one of them. Jinichi Kawakami [dzi-NI-ki ka-wa-KA-mi], a 73-year-old engineer, is probably Japan’s last true ninja grandmaster. He’s the 21st head of the Ban Clan. This family has ninja roots going back 500 years. And it looks like Jinichi will become the final one, as he doesn’t have plans to pass his skills over to a 22nd clan head. If you believe the Japanese folklore, the ninjas’ ancestor is a demon that was half man and half crow.

7 Unexplained Parallel Universe Stories

7 Unexplained Parallel Universe Stories
Curiosities
month ago

It was July 1954, a scorching hot day: a man arrived at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. He had recently landed from a plane flying over from Europe. There was nothing unusual about him at first glance: he was elegantly dressed, with no distinguishing features. He was just a simple man sporting a beard. He made his way to customs, just as all the other people surrounding him. The customs officer picked up this man’s passport. As soon as he started to browse through its pages, the officer immediately noticed something was wrong. The traveler reassured him: “Oh, I come from a faraway country, but this is my third time visiting Japan!” What was it with that man’s passport that was so unusual, that they thought he was a fraud? Or a spy? Or, most intriguing of them all, a time traveler?

Buy These 13 Products to Live Like You’re From the Future

Buy These 13 Products to Live Like You’re From the Future
Shopping
7 months ago

When we talk about the future, Japan comes to our minds. For example, they have emergency toilets in hotel elevators. And also, in their beauty salon, the stylists cover their clients’ faces with a napkin when washing their hair, so they don’t ruin their makeup and to help them relax. Let’s take a step toward the future with the products below!

16 Gestures Can Get You in Trouble Abroad

16 Gestures Can Get You in Trouble Abroad
Places
2 months ago

You’re dining in Paris, with a full belly of French onion soup and a mouthful of double chocolate soufflé. The waiter approaches asking how your meal was and, mouth full, you give a satisfied expression and make the A-OK gesture. You expect to see happiness on the waiter’s face, but he looks at you with irritation.

20+ Photos That Prove Japan Is a Country Like No Other

20+ Photos That Prove Japan Is a Country Like No Other
Places
8 months ago

We’re used to calling Japan the Land of the Rising Sun, but it’s so diverse, it has a lot of different names, like Eight (or Many) Islands, Country of Lush Ears, Country of Bountiful Reed Plain(s), and many more. Japan is so amazing and original that we never have a shortage of photos that can surprise us. And we have a bonus feature to share: about a woman people look at a lot in Tokyo.

If You See These Flowers in the Ocean, Get Out of the Water

If You See These Flowers in the Ocean, Get Out of the Water
Animals
2 months ago

Hello distinguished guests and welcome to Aquarium Bright! Here, you will get to see the most dangerous sea and ocean creatures. But don’t let what I said mislead you! It’s very well possible for you to come across one of these underwater animals during a walk at the beach. So, take a look at them carefully now, and you might just avoid a disaster.

10 Cultural Mistakes to Avoid When You Travel Overseas

10 Cultural Mistakes to Avoid When You Travel Overseas
Places
8 months ago

It can be tough navigating unfamiliar cultural norms, especially when you don’t want to offend anyone or ruin your trip. For example, in some Asian countries, it’s considered impolite to point with your index finger. To help you have a smooth trip, we’ve compiled a list of 10 cultural mistakes to avoid.

What’s Taller Than The Statue Of Liberty

What’s Taller Than The Statue Of Liberty
Curiosities
2 months ago

The Statue of Liberty is 305 ft (93 m) tall and stands on Liberty Island in New York. It’s one of the most famous tourist attractions that The Big Apple has to offer. It was given to America as a gift from France in 1886. The statue was designed by a French sculptor called Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi.

8 Unusual Bans From Countries Around the World

8 Unusual Bans From Countries Around the World
Places
9 months ago

Each country around the world has its share of laws that may seem absurd to people who don’t live there. Some of these laws are “out of this world”, but others abide by their unique cultural norms and customs. However, rules are the only way for each place to run smoothly, and when you want to travel the world and experience different cultures, it’s advisable to know how each principality works.

Mysterious Red Skies of China Terrified Locals

Mysterious Red Skies of China Terrified Locals
Curiosities
month ago

Hi there! I invite you to look at some of the coolest phenomena mother nature has. I’ll start with the red sky. I admit that this scenery is kinda scary, as if it’s a scene from a movie. How can our blue sky turn red? Zhoushan’s authorities assured people that this abnormality wasn’t related to solar activity. This tint appeared due to the refraction of red lights from fishing boats. That day, the weather was foggy and cloudy. The light got reflected from the low-hanging clouds. When weather conditions are right, aerosol particles and droplets of other liquids in the atmosphere refract and scatter the light. In this case, the light source was on fishing boats.

Scientists Found Black Holes on Earth, Here’s Where They Are

Scientists Found Black Holes on Earth, Here’s Where They Are
Curiosities
month ago

Let me take you to a place that seems to be out of this world. Life inside this cave has been isolated from the outside world for about 5.5 million years! And it DOES show. See for yourself.Due to such a long isolation, the conditions inside the Movile Cave [mow·vuhl] are like nowhere else on our planet. A unique ecosystem is flourishing there — even though there is a severe lack of sunlight inside the cave, and the air is toxic.

Things That Are Common in Other Countries, Sound Absurd in Yours

Things That Are Common in Other Countries, Sound Absurd in Yours
Places
month ago

Hello, traveler! Are you ready for 80 days around the world? Can’t take that much time off? Well, how about 8 minutes around the world... But this is no ordinary tour! You’re about to hear some weird and extraordinary stuff about different countries! So, when you visit them for real, you can brag about your cultural knowledge to your friends and even pretend to be a local!

A Train That Shouldn’t Actually Exist

A Train That Shouldn’t Actually Exist
Curiosities
month ago

Tickets? Tickets, please. May I see your ticket? Our train departs in — let’s see... yeah, right now... and off we go, on the most scenic railway route in England. It’s 72 miles of track between Settle and Carlisle, with 380 numbered bridges. Yeah, count ‘em! The line follows the natural twists and turns through the Pennine hills. Hey, is anyone else getting some Harry Potter vibes yet, or is it just me?

16 Unusual Beauty Practices From Different Countries That Make Our World More Colorful

16 Unusual Beauty Practices From Different Countries That Make Our World More Colorful
Places
10 months ago

Although the idea of beauty is universal, it can appear in many shapes and forms. Its definition has often changed through history, and its standards can vary drastically across cultures and countries. In Western countries, straight white teeth, plump lips, and long hair have been the epitome of beauty for a long time. But there are groups of people and ancient tribes across the globe who redefine beauty norms. Using various inventive techniques, they break the mold and create their own rules. And quite often, their inventiveness becomes an inspiration for the rest of the world too.

How to Travel Without Offending Anyone || Guide to Tactful Tourism

How to Travel Without Offending Anyone || Guide to Tactful Tourism
Places
month ago

It’s your first trip to Egypt, and your new friends there invited you for lunch. The food seems a bit dull, so you decide to spice it up with salt and pepper. You don’t see it on the table, so you ask the host for it, and you notice everyone’s shocked. It turns out it’s a huge insult to the cook when someone wants to change the original taste of the food on their plate. The cook made it that way for a reason and wanting to spice it up means showing that the dish wasn’t good enough.

Meet Enzo, the Unique Golden Retriever Who Was Born With a Charming Birthmark

Meet Enzo, the Unique Golden Retriever Who Was Born With a Charming Birthmark
Animals
11 months ago

Birthmarks carry a lot of myths behind them. In Japan, for example, it is a common practice for pregnant women to be forbidden to look at fire or to look into flames. It is said that doing this will cause a “burn mark” on her baby’s skin. But when it comes to animals, we can’t explain these things anyway, so all we can do is just look at them and admire them. For this reason, we’d like to introduce you to Enzo, a special golden retriever with a lovely birthmark.

15+ Incredibly Useful Kitchen Products That People Can’t Stop Praising

15+ Incredibly Useful Kitchen Products That People Can’t Stop Praising
Shopping
10 months ago

Whether you’re on your way to enhancing your cooking skills or just turning on your mixer for the first time, keeping your kitchen up to date with the latest gadgets and devices is essential for an easy and enjoyable cooking experience. Amazon can provide you with all the clever essentials — from slicing to chopping, cleaning, sautéing, and seasoning — no matter your cooking skill level.