18 Things That Clearly Show How Unique Japan Is

It’s no secret that Japan is already living in the future. And although it’s home to robot waiters and bullet trains with speeds up to 200 miles per hour, it’s the little things in its inhabitants’ daily lives that truly make Japan unlike any other country in the world. From sinks that are attached to toilets to use less water to their obsession with glasses, there are some incredible facts about the land of the rising sun that can make you super excited to visit this country.

We at Bright Side have searched the Internet to find some fascinating facts about Japan that you may not have heard of before.

1. “A relaxation drink in Japan, the opposite of an energy drink”

2. “A pancake from Japan”

3. “3D coffee art from Japan”

4. “Found this when I was in Kyoto.”

5. Some people in Japan wear glasses merely as an accessory.

6. You can buy a tsunami evacuation pod at the store.

7. “Japanese toilets often have a button that plays white noise/water sounds so other people won’t hear your business.”

8. “A vending machine in Japan that sells solder and resistors”

9. “Manhole covers in Japan are masterpieces.”

10. Okunoshima is a small Japanese island occupied by hundreds of wild rabbits.

11. Many restaurants display food replicas in their windows to attract customers.

12. “This is an example of training work for a bank in Japan. You have to perfect the art of writing numbers.”

13. Sinks are attached to toilets to save water.

14. “Eating your popcorn in the lobby of the movie theater counts as an eat-in restaurant (10% tax), but eating your popcorn inside the theater counts as take-out (8% tax).”

15. “This shopping center in Japan has free refrigerated lockers for your perishables so you can keep shopping after you get your groceries.”

16. “At Narita International Airport (Tokyo), they give you free origami instead of candy.”

17. “This Japanese gum I have comes with little pieces of paper inside for you to spit your gum into when you’re finished with it.”

18. “The Japanese platform, 9 3/4, has ticket gates.”

Which fact surprised you the most? Do you know any curious facts about Japan that you’d like to share with other Bright Siders?

Please note: This article was updated in October 2021 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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