Japan, a country made from an archipelago off the coast of East Asia, is well-known for its unique and proud culture. The Japan culture may seem quirky to some, but this vibrant and prosperous nation can certainly teach others a thing or two about innovation, imagination, family values, and respect for others. These Japan facts seem so far from the Western culture we're used to that some of their traditions might seem exotic to us.

We here at Bored Panda have compiled a follow-up list of the weird and wonderful Japanese culture practices that make them just so Japanese. You can find part 1 of the amazing facts here, and if these posts don't make you want to explore Japan tourism immediately then there's always the gorgeous scenery, delicious food, fascinating history, skiing and more!

Scroll down below to check out the list full of interesting facts for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Japanese Team Leaves A Spotless Locker Room With A "Thank You" Note In Russian Despite Their Heartbreaking 2-3 Defeat To Belgium

Japanese Team Leaves A Spotless Locker Room With A "Thank You" Note In Russian Despite Their Heartbreaking 2-3 Defeat To Belgium

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Iris Jans
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2 years ago

Great team on and off the field, eternal respect from this belgian!

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#2

This Hand-Written Letter I Received From A Mail Order Off Amazon

This Hand-Written Letter I Received From A Mail Order Off Amazon

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SanchaTheSeeker
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2 years ago

Tomodachi (ともだち)means friend

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#3

This Fountain In Kanazawa, Japan Displays The Time

This Fountain In Kanazawa, Japan Displays The Time

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Ben Smith
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2 years ago

Well that's pretty damn cool

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#4

A Hotel In Tokyo Has A Reception Desk That Is Run By Robot Dinosaurs

A Hotel In Tokyo Has A Reception Desk That Is Run By Robot Dinosaurs

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nanashi
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2 years ago (edited)

plus points if the dinosaurs made noises as you confirmed your details. (also, Hen na Hotel = weird hotel lol)

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#5

Most Organized Luggage Pickup You’ll Ever See. All Upright With Handle Facing Outward For Easy Pickup

Most Organized Luggage Pickup You’ll Ever See. All Upright With Handle Facing Outward For Easy Pickup

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Steelz
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2 years ago

Now this is what they mean when they say "Exceptional Customer Service"

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#6

Rice Paddy Art Is An Art Form Originating In Japan Where People Plant Rice Of Various Types And Colors To Create Images In A Paddy Field

Rice Paddy Art Is An Art Form Originating In Japan Where People Plant Rice Of Various Types And Colors To Create Images In A Paddy Field

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Zenozenobee
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2 years ago

I wouldn't even be able to draw on a sheet of paper what these artists can design with crops... this is impressive

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#7

Went In To A Police Booth In Tokyo To Get Directions To A Place 3 Blocks Away, The Officer Made Me A Detailed Handdrawn Map To Make Sure I Find It... Just Wow!

Went In To A Police Booth In Tokyo To Get Directions To A Place 3 Blocks Away, The Officer Made Me A Detailed Handdrawn Map To Make Sure I Find It... Just Wow!

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago

When I arrived in japan the cops where so helpful when I asked, took me all the way to my Airbnb and made sure I got in OK...I honestly dont think there's much for them to do in japan! XD

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#8

This Sign In Japan Shows The Proper Seating Etiquette

This Sign In Japan Shows The Proper Seating Etiquette

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

Stickers like this one should be spread worldwide in public transport

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#9

In Japan, Beginner Drivers Use A Shoshinsha Mark - Green And Yellow V-Shaped Symbol That New Drivers In Japan Must Display On Their Cars For One Year After They Obtain A Standard Driver's License. There Is Also A Fukushi Mark Used To Denote Elderly Drivers

In Japan, Beginner Drivers Use A Shoshinsha Mark - Green And Yellow V-Shaped Symbol That New Drivers In Japan Must Display On Their Cars For One Year After They Obtain A Standard Driver's License. There Is Also A Fukushi Mark Used To Denote Elderly Drivers

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MBZ MetalsmithArtist
Community Member
2 years ago

This is such a good idea- gives context to why someone might be driving too slow or making rookie mistakes. If I saw an informational sticker like these I'd definitely give them wider berth

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#10

Unattended Grocery Store. Just Pick What You Want And Leave The Money In The Jar

Unattended Grocery Store. Just Pick What You Want And Leave The Money In The Jar

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varwenea
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2 years ago

Even throughout the devastating tsunami, the Japanese politely stood in line to pay for what they needed from shelves that were rapidly emptying, bought only what they needed, never looted any empty stores and even left money behind for items they needed/took. What an impressive culture.

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#11

Flight Delayed In Japan. Airline Employees Bow To The Passengers To Apologise

Flight Delayed In Japan. Airline Employees Bow To The Passengers To Apologise

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varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

All aspects of their public facing businesses own up to this level of customer service. Others may mock them, but I appreciate their recognition for services paid but not rendered.

Bernice Wittwer
Community Member
2 years ago

Exactly. Customer service in Japan is exceptional.

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Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I was in Japan a couple years back and ordered a curry from coco curry which came a lot spicier than I ordered (I ordered level 3, the one that came was a level 5) I didn't say anything because I didn't want to be rude and frankly the curry was outstanding. 2/3 through my curry I was changing colour and sweating profusely, my friend began laughing at me and the chef caught on that I got the wrong curry and apologized so much you may of thought he insulted my mother...he then made me another curry. So I'm 2/3 through the hottest curry I've every had in my life facing the prospect of a second curry that's only slightly milder. I ate the second curry. The next day was...interesting to say the least. Thankfully the toilets are nice there

Kann
Community Member
2 years ago

Please tell me if I mistook something but it seems to me that this is not a Japanese airline. The female employees were wearing ao dai, a traditional Vietnamese costume, not Japanese. I know Vietnam Airlines has blue ao dai as its uniform. And the surroundings reminds me of the airport in Ho Chi Minh City. This shot may have been taken from the upper floor, where you can look down to the ground floor and see passengers checking in their luggage. Maybe there were some behind story or maybe I mistook something here. But really, it's hard to think a Japanese airlines choose ao dai as their uniform.

Mochi
Community Member
2 years ago

I’m pretty sure this photo was taken in Vietnam and they always bow to the passengers when check-in counters are about to be opened.

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lionscoin email
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2 years ago

it's VIetnam Airline team :D

Merilyn Horton
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2 years ago

Flight delayed in Madrid: employees disappeared.

Piku
Community Member
2 years ago

Haha.. That happens in India too

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
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2 years ago

I bet they don't have a red-faced man screaming at them for a half-hour straight.

Anna Quay
Community Member
2 years ago

Compared to Australian airports, Qantas in particular. Many people lining up for a 6.30am flight in Canberra to Perth. The staff are going super slow, NO CALL OUT (they usually put a message on the PA saying if you are after flight blahblah then go straight to desk x), cut off time comes and goes, flight time comes and goes. they do a call out for A DIFFERENT shorter flight. People like me were asking 10mins before cut off about the flight, was told to stay in the line. 5 other people asking about the flight. told nothing. PA message said flight closed. MANY people complain. Staff roll their eyes at us. Thanks Qantas.

Samantha Comerford
Community Member
2 years ago

Lovely, good manners costs nothing

Colleen Vargas
Community Member
2 years ago

Holy crap😳 They must think we are such assholes in the US

An Dinh
Community Member
2 years ago

I think this happened in VietNam. Those women were wearing the traditional Áo Dài costume. http://kenh14.vn/hinh-anh-nhan-vien-san-bay-tan-son-nhat-cui-gap-minh-truoc-hanh-khach-khien-cong-dong-mang-to-mo-xen-lan-thich-thu-20180718140748241.chn

Apollo
Community Member
2 years ago

I think these employees never face any violence from angry customers. Who can be angry when you see this kind of chivalrous behavior?

未周 陸
Community Member
2 years ago

Talking About Customer Service ... In any business ...... In any country ......

Dinos Apostolakis
Community Member
2 years ago

Vietnam https://kami.com.ph/79028-sana-lahat-picture-japanese-airline-staff-a-bow-due-a-delayed-flight-viral.html#79028

Andressa Queiroz
Community Member
2 years ago

🙌👏👏

Quynh Anh
Community Member
2 years ago

I have never been to japan and I cant see any signs or words so Im not sure but the dresses those ladies wears and even the colour is more typical for Vietnamese airports

bpanther
Community Member
2 years ago

Even a goodbye from hotel lobby staff (mainly the porters and concierge) is like this. EVERYTIME a group or airline crew leave in their bus, outside the main entrance.

Annamay
Community Member
2 years ago

You mean they don't call security to have you arrested?

Khairul Syazwan
Community Member
2 years ago

Airasia would be bowing down the whole day straight

Frank Bromley
Community Member
2 years ago

gotta say if they did that in the US it would be hard to get mad at them

Charlotte Dupre
Community Member
2 years ago

I know a lot of airline employee who would always be bending

Ana
Community Member
2 years ago

Anyone else sure that this would not happen anywhere else?

Halldora Landvik
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2 years ago

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It's a nice gesture but it won't turn time back and solve the problem of delay...which might mean one can't reach a connection.

r3dd3v1lL
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2 years ago

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Please tell me this picture was not followed by a mass seppuku.

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#12

Sticker That Was On My Package From Japan

Sticker That Was On My Package From Japan

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engineer_nope.avi
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2 years ago

I like this one

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#13

This Tank Style Stairs Dolly In Japan

This Tank Style Stairs Dolly In Japan

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varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Ok. Wow, this is cool. Handy engineering.

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#14

The Fire Escape For This Building Is A Slide

The Fire Escape For This Building Is A Slide

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Jessamyn Zolcznski
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2 years ago

Weeeeeeee!

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#15

The Japanese Ebay Seller I Bought This PS3 Game From Also Sent Me A Japanese Tea Bag With It

The Japanese Ebay Seller I Bought This PS3 Game From Also Sent Me A Japanese Tea Bag With It

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Aaron Kara
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2 years ago

It's the little things that count :)

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#16

A Tiny Pocket In The Back Of Train Seat To Put Your Train Ticket In So When The Conductor Comes Round He Just Checks It Without Waking You Up

A Tiny Pocket In The Back Of Train Seat To Put Your Train Ticket In So When The Conductor Comes Round He Just Checks It Without Waking You Up

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WillemPenn
Community Member
2 years ago

Very cool, but this is not uniquely Japanese. SEPTA and NJT had ticket holders on their seats when I lived in Philly in the 90's.

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#17

Japan’s Highest Bridge’s Height Is Compared To Godzilla

Japan’s Highest Bridge’s Height Is Compared To Godzilla

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago

Gojira!

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#18

The Seat Pattern On The Train In Japan Tells You Where Priority Seating Is

The Seat Pattern On The Train In Japan Tells You Where Priority Seating Is

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chris a
Community Member
2 years ago

This is one the selling points when I describe Japan to people. When me and my gf went we were so impressed, regardless of how full the train is we almost never saw someone sitting here unless they were elderly or a mother. It was amazing how respectful they are even when it doesn't directly benefit anyone at the time.

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#19

Bus Driver Holding An Umbrella So That You Don’t Get Wet While Opening Yours

Bus Driver Holding An Umbrella So That You Don’t Get Wet While Opening Yours

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varwenea
Community Member
2 years ago

This doesn't look like a typical bus. Looks more like a tour bus driver or a guide letting out the guests.

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#20

Real-Life Mario Kart Racing In Tokyo Traffic

Real-Life Mario Kart Racing In Tokyo Traffic

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Jill
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2 years ago

I did this this past December and it was so much fun. I can definitely recommend it for people. The costumes are included and you get a really unique view of Tokyo. Not to mention when you drive by everyone smiles!

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#21

Sheet Of Paper That Japanese Trains Give To Riders To Excuse Their Tardiness At Work. It Indicates The Date And How Late The Train Was

Sheet Of Paper That Japanese Trains Give To Riders To Excuse Their Tardiness At Work. It Indicates The Date And How Late The Train Was

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Shef
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2 years ago

We need this in Seattle. King County Metro sucks.

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#22

Japan Is A Rapidly Ageing Population And Is Running Out Of Workers To Take Care For Elders. They Are Solving This Problem With Robots. One Of Them - Robear - Is Able To Lift A Parson And Transfer Him To A Wheelchair Or Help To Get To A Bathroom

Japan Is A Rapidly Ageing Population And Is Running Out Of Workers To Take Care For Elders. They Are Solving This Problem With Robots. One Of Them - Robear - Is Able To Lift A Parson And Transfer Him To A Wheelchair Or Help To Get To A Bathroom

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Alexandra Davis
Community Member
2 years ago

I need to move to Japan! They look after the disabled so well

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#23

Anti-Bacterial Handrails In Tokyo Metro Escalator

Anti-Bacterial Handrails In Tokyo Metro Escalator

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snoozy womble
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2 years ago

can we get this everywhere please?

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#24

This Coffee Shop In Tokyo Clearly Marks Each Customers Space At The Counter

This Coffee Shop In Tokyo Clearly Marks Each Customers Space At The Counter

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Patricia Ross
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2 years ago

In America we would pretend not to see the white lines.

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#25

What Happens When A Train Ticket Machine Runs Out Of Change In Tokyo

What Happens When A Train Ticket Machine Runs Out Of Change In Tokyo

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Night Owl
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2 years ago

AAAAAGH! It's alive!

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