Japan is a country which surprises all of us with their technology and innovation towards different fields. After Hiroshima and Nagasaki disaster the way they came back on track and rebuilt their country to make it one of the richest and most traveled countries in the world. The autumn of Japan is just mesmerizing and its tourism is one of the most sought things by foreigners. In terms of technology, Aerospace, economy, and many more advancements they are the world leaders. Let’s see some of the incredible feats that they have achieved.
These are some amazing facts about Japan which will blow your mind.
1. People sleep standing in trains (with vibration alarm in mobile phones). Once alarm rings, they will get ready to get down. The trains are super punctual.
2. Most of the houses in Tokyo will not be locked outside. The sliding door facing streets would be kept closed (The outer doors are made of wood and mostly unlocked with easy access to sandals, umbrella etc).
3. The train station master on being asked will give a “Train delay slip” for the passengers if the train arrives late.
4. Japanese trains are equipped with earthquake early warning system which can trigger alerts to other trains too.
5. Porn books and beers are sold through a vending machine. Also, some ATM machines will remain closed in the evenings/late nights.
6. Some vending machines are capable of taking snaps of vandals who attack the machines and sending them to the police. Also, a single vending machine serves hot/cold beverages with increase decrease buttons on sugar/cream.
7. There are coaching classes for guys on ‘How to date’. Also, teenage girls would wear unusually high heels.
8. There are many ‘Love Hotels’ where couples come to make love. This may be due to lack of space, privacy and small wooden houses which can shake or vibrate.
9. Once you enter the hotel the manager will ask you, How many hours do you need? Also, you will be given a key replacement option in case you lose your room key anyhow. The replacement charges would be Yen5000 from 9 am to 6 pm. Yen7000 if it’s from 6 pm to 10 pm. After 10 pm it would be Yen12000. This is the transportation charge for the hotel person to come and open the room.
10. No public garbage cans you can find there. The shop vendors will accept garbage from you. People do not resell their used household items. They keep their used household items in the street corner which gets picked up by the garbage disposal van.
11. Greatest food invention that made Japan succeed was cup noodles and You will find the vending machines everywhere. Also, almost all age groups love comics (Manga).
12. Every Japanese name has its representation in two Chinese characters. These two characters were embossed on a small round rubber seal in the size of a penny (called Incan in Japanese) which was used as a signature on bank cheques /official documents. No handwritten signature needed.
13. You can find amazing automatic underground (Robotic) parking of bicycles in some train stations.
14. The manner in which they have their noodles with a slurping sound. The noodles are meticulously served hot (kept exactly one minute on a timer) in a bowl full of watery gravy. The technique of eating is to catch a bunch of noodle ends with your chopsticks and put it in your mouth and suck the rest from the bowl. When you suck the hot noodles, the air cools the noodles which give out a slurping sound. The cook would feel bad/insulted that he has served cold noodles if you don’t slurp (sound) and eat the noodles.
15. Japanese cuisine will have “sea weed” ( Nori in Japanese) which will be like dark green paper. Nori will be slightly sour and will have to utilize to roll many food stuff. They are specifically cultivated and undergo shredding and rack-drying process that resembles paper-making.
16. Trains run in four levels in Tokyo (above the surface, on the surface, one level below and two levels below). One of the train runs on Tyre-tube.
17. Many Japanese marry in Christian way in Church and bury the dead in Buddhist way as both are faster and without elaborate ritual (Need validation). Also, the tombstone and place of burial you have to purchase which runs into 10,000+ dollars. The advertisement for such burial tombstone is on the inside of almost all the local trains.
18. Once Japan had severe rice crisis and had to import rice from Thailand. The rice was not sticky like Japanese rice. Hence, the government ordered National Panasonic to make rice cookers that can make it sticky.
19. Gambling is illegal in Japan, but pachinko (a form of pin ball game) is regarded as an exception and treated as an amusement activity. Pachinko parlors are widespread in Japan, and they usually also feature a number of slot machines (called pachislo or pachislots); hence, these venues operate and look similar to casinos. Although awarding direct money prizes for pachinko is illegal, it is possible for parlors to reward players with golden tokens which you can involve in selling for cash at nearby exchange centers.
20. In offices there when you give any print command then you will find that the page already has printed something on one side of it. This is actually done to save trees which are really a cool initiative.
21. Language: The Japanese language got to write in Japanese alphabets and Chinese characters. These Chinese characters called “Kanji” has stroke order and can represent a word or a feeling etc. The strokes can reach up to whopping 25 (for comparison, the English alphabet ‘A’ has three strokes ). Many young generations Japanese cannot write in Kanji (by following the proper stroke order) as they are too dependent on the computer. Whenever they type Japanese in the computer, the computer changes the Japanese words to Kanji. Hence, they can read but cannot write on paper.
22. The Japanese language does not have the letter “L”. They substitute “R” for “L”. So, if you want to tell “I love you”…say “I ROVE YOU”. They understand standard and basic English sentences.
23. The deity of rice is worshiped and two Fox statues are often seen to stand guard over the entrance to Inari Shrines.
24. You won’t find too many ads for Gillette and all kind of razors because Japanese don’t grow their beard properly.
These are few scintillating facts about Japan that will give you the surprise of your lifetime. The people from Japan are very dedicated, intelligent and very punctual at their workplaces. Read all of these and follow us for more exciting stuff.