Japan knows how to surprise.
Japan to Europeans at all times was considered a country full of mysteries. Its inhabitants were able to combine fidelity to the ancient traditions and the development of advanced technologies. But most amazing is their routine. We collected 17 of things from Japan, which for Europeans would be unusual.
1. Shoes for toilet
The people of Japan are very scrupulous in matters of personal hygiene. In the cities daily wash the sidewalks and trash cans inside and outside. Before you take a bath, Japanese wash thoroughly under the shower. But the most surprising phenomenon are toilet Slippers. They are in every home and are near the door to the bathroom. Replacement shoes are designed to prevent the spread of germs that live in the bathroom, on residential premises of the apartment.
2. Japanese mayonnaise
Japanese mayonnaise is nothing strange, and its composition is almost identical to what is sold here. But the habit to use it is very different. In the land of the rising sun eat mayonnaise ice cream, pancakes with mayonnaise, and chips with mayonnaise sauce.
3. Women lifters
In Western countries, meet people, accompanying residents and guests in the elevators. This is due to the economy. But in Japan such a profession still exists. Most often in elevators are young girls attractive appearance, dressed in uniform. They welcome guests and thank them for their visit.
4. Sleep in the workplace
In Western countries it is not customary to sleep at the workplace. Moreover, caught in this occupation the employee receives a reprimand from his superiors, and if the incident persists – will be dismissed. But in Japan, Napping at the workplace is not only allowed, but accepted. In the land of the rising sun, this action is called “inemuri” and reflects the approach of the Japanese to time, allowing you to do several things at once. The boss has a positive attitude to employees, practicing inemuri in the workplace, considering that they are so involved in the work process that I can’t fully sleep.
5. Strange flavors of ice cream
The Japanese are real perverts in terms of food. Their taste preferences are difficult to understand for tourists. Only in Japan you can try ice cream with the taste of charcoal, horse meat, octopus, seaweed, squid ink, chicken wings, fried oysters and budgies. Of course, on par with such ambiguous flavors, there are familiar to us: cherry, banana, vanilla, watermelon and others.
6. The forest of suicides
Forest Aokigahara located at the foot of mount Fuji, has a very bad reputation and the people called the forest of suicides. It is unlikely that someone from the Japanese decide to have a picnic or simply take a stroll in this forest, but to settle scores with life there comes about 100 people a year. The trees in this forest grow very close and practically never the wind, from-for what in the neighborhood is totally quiet. Perhaps it is this silence and attracts suicides.
7. The variety of flavors of Kit Kat
The Japanese decided not to be limited to odd flavors of ice cream and went further, reaching the popular chocolate bar Kit Kat. In this Asian country, you can see and try the Kit Kat with the taste of wasabi, baked potatoes, soy sauce, sake, green tea and ginger.
8. A large-scale Bicycle Parking lot
As the country for many years is suffering from overpopulation, bikes have become the most convenient and favorite transport of the Japanese. But bike Parking in Japan is hell. Due to the fact that the bike is used daily by about 20 percent of the population, to find a free Parking spot just unreal. The worst that can be search his iron horse on a large Parking lot near a shopping center or station.
9. The Isle of masks
In 2005, the masks have become a kind of uniform for the residents of Miyakejima island. There is an active volcano, Oyama, which for 13 years the pair emits a poisonous gas, making the air poisonous.
10. Capsule hotels
Capsule hotels already exist in many cities and countries, but was invented in Japan. The first such hotel appeared in Tokyo in 1979. A typical capsule hotel room is a horizontal cell with a bunk and a folding table. Despite the specific design, the hotels are popular with busy businessmen who can’t go home and the drunks.
11. Manual for the blind
In Japan, care for people with disabilities even if we are talking about a trifle. That only is the manual, and embossed Braille on the cans with drinks. So the government and private entrepreneurs have shown that people with disabilities can live a full life.
12. Vampire fangs
Vampire theme in Japan is very popular, and girls just go crazy from sharp fangs. Therefore, the beautiful half of the country is ready to spend thousands of dollars to build artificial sharp fangs. By the way, they are in the land of the rising sun are called “area”.
13. The original umbrellas
The rains in Japan are often accompanied by strong winds. In this rain, from the usual umbrella of little use. Therefore, the inventive Japanese have come up with original umbrellas, like a transparent capsule, which reaches almost to the floor.
That’s what is certainly worth a try, as it is a Japanese whiskey. He has long gone beyond the country’s borders and sold in many Western countries. Connoisseurs of strong alcohol note the excellent quality of the drink, and the Japanese brand Suntory’hibiki’s recently received the award for “best whiskey in the world”.
15. Stand for the head
The Japanese are renowned workaholics. In this country, people buck in full, to the extent that die in the workplace. Because of the many hours of the day residents are using any moment to sleep. On sale are even special devices that allow to create conditions for sleeping in public places. For example, a mobile stand for head, allowing you to doze off standing up in the subway.
16. The dog out of the microwave
Japan is also famous in the world for their strange inventions. Why are only charming dogs-warmers, which before use need to be heated in the microwave!?
17. Vending machines
The rhythm of life of the Japanese will not allow most of them a long time to walk around the shops. Therefore, in the country at every turn there are vending machines, a range of products which are extremely broad. Just imagine for a few minutes you can buy in the machine, a tray of eggs, fresh milk, meat and even wearing underpants.