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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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

Susann Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

You should anyway because of the intuition that something isn't quite right.

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Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
2 years ago

In Australia learner drivers must display an 'L' prominently on their vehicles, and when they first received their licences they swap to a 'P' (for 'Provisional') for 1-3 years, depending on state. Old people are identified by wearing hats...

Janine B.
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol - you made my day. Old people all over the world seem to be same.

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Ragan Sommerhalder
Community Member
2 years ago

Can we make one that says ‘I don’t use my turn signal’ or ‘I’m an idiot and will brake and stop for no reason!?’ Asking for drivers in Nebraska ...

Jesse Musil
Community Member
2 years ago

need these in New Jersey as well. Just today, someone in front of me was going 15 UNDER the speed limit and constantly breaking almost to a full stop. I usually don't get road rage but this was testing my temper and my patience.

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Caroline Huot
Community Member
2 years ago

This is THE best idea. We should have that everywhere.

Daria B
Community Member
2 years ago

A bit off-topic, but I thought these were Pokémon trainer badges at first sight.... ^_^"

Alexandru Bucur
Community Member
2 years ago

Also standard in Romania - by law people with less than 1 year driving experience are required to put a sign in the shape of a yellow circle with a black exclamation mark on their vehicle. Some occasional drivers opt to keep them even longer than that if they don't feel they have the experience.

Andrej Troha
Community Member
2 years ago

🔰

Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
2 years ago

In the Netherlands the most wreckless drivers are the ones with a "Baby on board" sticker on their car.

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

New drivers in France have a white sticker with an red "A" on it

Hseed
Community Member
2 years ago

In Spain they have a green sticker with a green L on it

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tweetybird
Community Member
2 years ago

In NZ we have a yellow and black L to show someone with a learners licence

Katka Osvaldová
Community Member
2 years ago

In Slovakia and Czech republic we also have a similar tradition. A Z in a green triangle means Beginner(sk- začiatočník). Although it is not obligatory it is a common practise. The driver behind such car is many times more patient.

Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

In London you can tell what kind of drivers are on the road by how people scream at them and the kind of insults they unashamedly hurl at each other

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
1 year ago

If that is true, the shuld be ashamed of themselves!

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Pattie Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

What happens if by chance a new driver was in a car with the for the elderly driver sticker?

Joel Pantaleon
Community Member
2 years ago

This actually happens in Spain as well, new drivers get an L sticker for a year.

Samantha Comerford
Community Member
2 years ago

Look how clean the road looks

Pamela Storer
Community Member
2 years ago

There is a similar thing in Australia. When you are learning, you have to display a big "L" red on white card. For your first year after obtaining licence you display a big "P" for Probationer driver. It's a great idea, as other drivers mostly will give you some leeway.

Nikol Böhmová
Community Member
2 years ago

In Czech we have red Z in triangle to identify new drivers.

Bored Fox
Community Member
2 years ago

Here in Finland we used to have a sticker for the new drivers because they had to always drive maximum of 80 kilometres per hour for the first year. But that was couple of decades ago and nowadays the new drivers do not have to drive slow speed. That has caused many mixed reactions - many people think that the old system was better.

Marijn Lokhorst
Community Member
2 years ago

And if you loan or rent a vehicle? Do you get a magnetic sticker?

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

I think I heard they have one called Paper Licence (or something) for someone who very rarely drive within a year (bc they have mega dependable & many public transport)

Bob Fletcher
Community Member
2 months ago

Here in Canada old men wear Old man hats so you can tell an "elderly" driver is at the wheel. Often the permanent left turn signal is an alternate visual aid.

Robert Blanchard
Community Member
2 months ago

Here the elderly are marked by out of state plates, and the fact they drive slow, and horribly lol.

Andressa Queiroz
Community Member
1 year ago

🤯👏

Katie Jamberri Nails
Community Member
1 year ago

I've been driving for 3 years now and I still need one of these stickers.

Ian Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

I can only imagine the rage this would cause in the US.

Miomirko Buhtlić
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes! I want this in my country. You'd still be annoyed by a slow moving vehicle in front of you, but at least you'd understand.

Shirley Bond
Community Member
2 years ago

Good idea

My dog is my co pilot.
Community Member
2 years ago

Here in Ireland when we are learning to drive, we like everyone else, has to have L plates where the N replaces the L. After we pass our test we then have to have N plates . These are just like the L plates and the N stands for Novice. The N plates have to be kept on your car at all times for the first 2 years of you driving your car so people know that even though you have passed your test you are still getting used to driving normally. There is a hefty fine of €1,000 if you fail to display your N plate.

Teri Donovan
Community Member
2 years ago

Note the NEW driver parks terribly. The elderly one parks well within the lines leaving adequate space to enter/exit their car as well as for the cars on either side.

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
2 years ago

Bozos in the US would use it as a way to harass some drivers, unfortunately. My mother is a slow driver and constantly has rude drivers honking at her because they are impatient. And yes, she is in the right lane and careful at stop signs.

Evripidou Maria
Community Member
2 years ago

here we use the "L" sticker not just for lerners but for new drivers as well, We dont have a symbol for elderly but it's a good idea

Paul Dixon
Community Member
2 years ago

It's only like in the uk we have learner (red L)...just passed (green P)...disabled driver and old driver.

Arthu Rote
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugly cars though...

Goultek
Community Member
2 years ago

we have the A for new drivers in france

Spyridon Kakouris (SpirosK)
Community Member
2 years ago

In other countries too we have the "N" sign.... it's not something incredible :/

Pita Frog
Community Member
2 years ago

Excellent idea! Americans should adopt this practice too!

Janice Seagraves
Community Member
2 years ago

I always check the driver out. Oh-oh, you weaved in your lane, are you old person, or newby driver?

Anne Alexander
Community Member
2 years ago

In Northern Ireland we do similar thing. For the 1st yr after passing test have to display an 'R; sign for restrict to many things, Max speed 45mph

Marius Jan
Community Member
2 years ago

In Lithuania when I was a young driver I needed to have "speed limit 70" sign for two years and no one in that car could drive faster than 70 km/h even if they were experienced drivers. Later they changed it into a green maple tree leaf on a white background. Younger drivers need to have it for two years and can't drive faster than 70 km/h but more experienced drivers can drive faster even with that sign on a car.

Annamay
Community Member
2 years ago

Fabulous idea!

Andrei Fotache
Community Member
2 years ago

so Romania is like J apan, our begginers have a yellow 80mm disc with a black exclamation mark displayed front and back

htbq
Community Member
2 years ago

There's also a butterfly looking one for the hearing impaired.

Ry Keener
Community Member
2 years ago

I've been fascinated about that arrow. I've only seen it as an emoji. Now I finally know it's meaning! Thank you!

Shari Kilcullen
Community Member
2 years ago

In Northern Ireland, new drivers display an 'R' plate for a year. It means restricted.

kathryn stretton
Community Member
2 years ago

There is something similar in Uk. Lets experienced drivers know that this one is stiil 'learning'. Good idea.

Medina Adhitya
Community Member
2 years ago

In my country, a family could own cars up to four or five cars (or at least two), and even the stickers were applied here, I'm sure there will be lots of people just use the other car 🤦🏻‍♀️

Lisa Beatty
Community Member
2 years ago

Do they have one for crazy tourist driver?

Kate
Community Member
2 years ago

This is a GREAT idea!

Piku
Community Member
2 years ago

I've seen the first sign in shinchan... :D

Chris Pitch
Community Member
2 years ago

The first one looks like a merit reward for Gran Turismo

toldyouso
Community Member
2 years ago

In Switzerland wie have the blue "L" which means you are learning. You need to use it till you are done with the practical car licence test and till you´ve done all your drive schools.

Lu
Community Member
2 years ago

So thoughtful...where I live New drivers have an N and invariably seem to drive like crazy fast.

Brian Eagle
Community Member
2 years ago

The elderly driver indicator here is outdated and hasn’t been used for years. You may still see them from time to time but the new one looks a bit more like a 4-leaf clover with all 4 colors (the 2 from the new driver and the2 from the previous elderly driver). The new one is made to represent the entirety of the life, not just the dead and dying leaves of fall.

MJ
Community Member
2 years ago

#1 Drives like an idiot, full throttle, to show off. #2 Drives like they walk, slow and steady...

Frank Bromley
Community Member
2 years ago

you also have to go to an actual school for a full week to learn the rules before they let you take the test

Susan Gardner
Community Member
2 years ago

Wake up America, we NEED this

Kiki Zizi
Community Member
2 years ago

Here in Albania it is not required to put a sticker, but new drivers usually just glue a A4 paper where it's writen NEW DRIVER.

Miranda Fritsch
Community Member
2 years ago

We have a big red A for new srivers in france but nothing for older folks

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
2 years ago

We had the same here - new drivers were ought to have a green leaf displayed :)

C
Community Member
2 years ago

Not sure how I feel about these identifiers. You may get a cop who is ageist. As long as you know how to drive, you shouldn't need identified. After all, some new drivers are better than those who have been driving for years.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
2 years ago

Not in Japan.

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Sill Marien
Community Member
2 years ago

we have a green clover leaf for new drivers, but sadly it's not mandatory, only customary

Jessamyn Zolcznski
Community Member
2 years ago

Helpful

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2 years ago

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Colleen Vargas
Community Member
2 years ago

We do have baby on board and stick figures of family 😆

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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
Community Member
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.

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
2 years ago

AAAAAGH! It's alive!

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