04 Nov What makes Japan unique?
Unique gas stations
In Japan, the pipes that deliver gas to the cars hang down from above. This helps drivers avoid a situation where they can’t reach the gas tank on their car.
The chair that holds your bag
A bag that always falls off the back of your chair when you hang it there is one of the most annoying things in the world. Japan has solved this problem by simply inventing a chair with a special notch in it. Ingenious!
Trains with foot spas
The toilets in Japan do more than just serve their basic functions. They quite literally do everything: help people with disabilities, clean themselves, and even heat themselves up. It seems the only thing they can’t do is make you breakfast, though perhaps the Japanese are already planning that as their next step!
Hotels for those who really want to get enough sleep
Cats mean coziness and warmth, and the Japanese know it. That’s why they opened dozens of cafes that are filled with large numbers of cats.
Japan is famous for being a country full of vending machines. The most common kinds are for drinks, but there are also vending machines for hot foods, candy, ice cream, cigarettes, books, newspapers, umbrellas, and even adult goods.
Limited edition Kit-Kats
Japan-limited Kit-Kats are another very popular souvenir among foreign tourists.
Free tissues handed out on the street
Seeing people hand out tissues for free on the street is a common sight in Japan. Companies put their advertisements inside the tissue packaging so people take them and learn of their products or services.
Unmanned vegetable stands
In the Japanese countryside, you can often see unmanned vegetable stalls where all you do is leave some money and take the produce. Because it’s a sales method that involves a lot of trust in everyone’s good consciences, many foreign tourists are surprised at the sight.
When rain is coupled with strong winds, regular umbrellas are basically useless. The Japanese handled this uncomfortable situation with their typical grace.
Sleeping in the office
While in the 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 are working hard.
The world’s shortest escalator
The world’s shortest escalator is located in the basement of More’s Department store in the city of Kawasaki. It has only five steps and is 33 inches high.