50 Japanese Inventions That Show Off How Distinct The Country Is From Any Other Place Interview
Often, when we see a particularly innovative or cute design, our brains jump to ‘Japan.’ The East Asian nation has a well-deserved reputation for clever designs and blending the traditional and modern.
Scroll down and enjoy this peak into some of the most unique ways that Japan does things. Visitors tend to come away with stories of technological wonders and adorable devices. Check out the neatest ideas you can find in Japan and be sure to upvote your favorites and let us know which you would love to see in your country.
We had the opportunity to speak to two seasoned travelers about Japan and ask some questions regarding travel tips and Japanese culture.
If you enjoy learning more about the 'Land of Rising Sun,’ be sure to check out Bored Panda’s other articles in this series here, here and here!
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Rice Field Art In Japan
My Favorite Shop Sign In Kyoto
I Love The Customized Manhole Covers In Japan. They Have It In Each Locality Around
I love all the tiny ways that Japan tries to preserve and share its art and culture.
Shannon O'Donnell from the travel blog A Little Adrift was kind enough to talk to us about visiting Japan. “Japan is among the most fascinating countries travelers could visit—it's a thoroughly modern country with a culture completely dissimilar to much of the West. You don't find that combination in many other countries. For this reason, I think it's a fantastic spot for adventurous first-time travelers, but tricky for most who don't have their "travel legs," so to speak. You're facing potential culture shock—Tokyo is a bustling, fascinating city that never stops moving, and some pretty strong written and spoken language barriers—English-language penetration is low even in fairly touristy areas.”
“That said, the Japanese offer unparalleled hospitality, the extensive train system is a breeze to use, and travelers never lack for incredible food. So while there are clearly a number of countries in Europe and other areas that are easier for first-time travelers, those with a sense of adventure will find that Japan offers an unmatched travel experience. ” In fact, Shannon believed that the entire world could learn from Japan’s absolutely fantastic rail network, which she described as “fast, clean, and efficient.”
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I Spotted This Bus For Preschool Kids In Nagoya
An Umbrella Sky In Metsa Village, Japan
We also had the honor to interview the experts at Boutique Japan about visiting it as a first-time traveler. “Japanese people are so friendly and hospitable to visitors (and it's an extraordinarily safe country). There are so many other aspects of traveling around Japan that make it so traveler-friendly, for example, the fact that everything runs so smoothly and efficiently (bullet trains always being on time as just one example!)”
Night Bus In Japan
I Found This At My Host Family's House In Japan
One thing i really like in Japan, they actually respect cats.
City Lights Of Nagano Seen Through The Thick Fog At Night
“I find that people in Japan tend to practice mindfulness in daily life, without being pretentious about it. There is a culture of respect in Japan that our travelers always comment on. Wherever you go (whether a fancy restaurant or a convenience store), the service is amazing because people tend to take such care in everything they do,” they added when we asked what the rest of the world could learn from Japan.
Flower Field In Hokkaido, Japan
Japanese Hospital Food
People asked me to post pictures of the food I got during my hospital stay (6 days), so here it is. Only two months after the baby was born. Also, I completely lost my appetite while I was in the hospital and didn't manage to eat most of the food, which was very upsetting.
If You Have A Cup Of Noodles In Japan, You'll Get Cats On The Inside Of The Lids. However, At A 6% Chance, You'll Get A Tibetan Fox. Middle Right
‘Geography is destiny’ is a quote often attributed to Napoleon and it seems applicable to the history of Japan. Island nations are often more insular and the rulers of Japan took this to the extreme. Between the 16th and 19th century, the country was cordoned off to foreigners by law while Japanese people were prohibited from leaving.
Even though Japan has been ‘open’ to the world for over a century, it remains a surprisingly homogenous nation. Nearly 99% of the population are ethnically Japanese. All in all, this created a culture in many ways unaffected by outside influence. And, as the pictures here might indicate, it really shows!
A Bookstore In Matsumoto City
These Fruit-Shaped Bus Stops
Some Grocery Carts In Japan Are Designed To Stack Everything Vertically, And To Cut Down On Aisle Congestion
Japanese design tends to follow a few core principles. Simplicity is actually seen as a great virtue, though this may seem strange when your server is a robot or when one travels by bullet train! This is best seen in certain elements of Japanese cuisine. Sushi traditionally emphasized the purity of the fish, which is ideally served as fresh as possible.
I Went To Shinjuku And Saw The Coolest Advertisement Display
This Building In Tokyo With Plants Growing On The Walls
Mini Japanese Garden Between Seats On A Train To Kyoto
Riding in style. I wonder if this is first class and how much a seat costs?
What might strike some readers as unusual is the idea of ‘Fukinsei’ or asymmetry. The idea is to find balance between regular patterns and the unexpected. This is also an important concept in Zen philosophy, as imperfection is seen as a natural part of life to be embraced. Look around you. Many examples of natural beauty are actually quite asymmetrical.
Chiba Urban Monorail In Japan
This is awesome! It reminds of the hanging roller coasters.
The Women's Bathroom At My Nearby Mall In Japan
Pikachu-Themed Train In Japan
I got on a Hello Kitty themed train in Japan. Every little thing, even the pictures of the driver on the tiny train maps on the back of the seats had been changed to kitty. IMG_201911...14b396.jpg
A Fire Hydrant In Tokyo, Japan
Probably The Most Beautiful Hotel I Have Ever Been Too. Aizu Ashinomaki Onsen, Okawaso, Fukushima
I Found This Locker Area In A Science Museum. Nagoya, Japan
This Bakery In Japan Puts Their Leftover Bread In A Vending Machine To Sell After Hours
In Japan, There's A Privacy Button That Plays Sound In The Background Of The Toilet So That No One Would Hear Your Business
Because of the thin walls in many buildings, Japanese women would continuously flush the toilet so they could not be heard "doing their business". As that was quite expensive and not ecological, this was introduced. The first versions just played a recording of a toilet being flushed...
3D Coffee Art
There Was A Sales Car Of KFC Without Any Salesman
A Chopstick Store In Kappabashi Street, Tokyo
This Phone Booth In Osaka
Move Over British Payphone booths, Japan wins this One with the samurai Payphone booths.
The Trains In Japan Have "Women Only" Space
This Japanese Restaurant Has A Tiny Mountain Fuji In The Base Of Their Glasses
The Japanese Government Sends A Care Package If You Have Covid. This Is For A Family Of 2 In Tokyo
In the US and UK you just go hungry if you don’t have family members or friends close to get food for you.
Taking Historic Architecture Into Account When Adding Vending Machines
This Toilet Refills With Water For Flushing As You Wash Your Hands
I have a small house and seriously want to install a powder room with one of these.
Curved Escalator In Japan
Speaker Shrine In Japan That You Can Bluetooth Your Own Audio To
This Hook-Shaped Restroom Door Handle So You Wouldn't Need To Use Your Hands
Train Seats In Osaka Have This Pattern To Remind You To Offer Your Seat To The People That Need It More
Sewer Cover In Osaka, Japan
This Beautiful Statue In Sendai, Japan
This Japanese Claw Machine Lets You Win A Cheesecake
These Are Refrigerated Lockers To Store Your Groceries. Saw This At The Airport In Hokkaido, Japan
Train Station In My Town Has A Line For Visually Impaired People
You mean their government spends money on infrastructure for the people and not building bombs?
Shopping Mall Food Court In Japan Offers Napkins To Wipe Tables. After Cleaning, Everyone Unfolds Their Used Napkins And Stacks Them Neatly
Japan is so beautifully environmentally conscious about the most basic things. Meanwhile in the U.S. I can't get my family to fully recycle or stop using paper plates and paper towels for dinner every night. They think I am crazy
This Kyoto Station Has 12 Floors Of Escalators
Hotel In Tokyo Has A Free Smartphone To Use While Being There
And in the good ol’ USA you’ve got to pay up the a*s just for Wi-Fi!
To Boost The Economy, Japan Gives Out Free Money Coupons To Use In Local Supermarkets And Restaurants If You Are In-Country Traveling
Shopping Carts In Japan Have An Umbrella And Cane Holder
Extra Train Seat In Japan
Note: this post originally had 130 images. It’s been shortened to the top 50 images based on user votes.
remember, while japan is a beautiful place, their society is f**ked. work-life balance is nonexistent, and they have one of the highest s*icide rates.
I would love to visit Japan, however, I don't think I could ever live their as a foreigner. It looks like such a gorgeous country, however, I have indeed heard from friends who have lived there and from my old Japanese professor that the work culture and pressure to succeed is incredibly difficult. Japan even has a word for "death by overwork." I truly hope that one day they will be able to find a more equal work and life balance.
Also they're xenophobic as heck. Not just to other races, but to different *areas* in their own country.
Japan is 25th in the world for s*cide rate (with 15.3/100,000 people). The US is 23rd (with 16.1/100,000 people). Average weekly working hours in Japan are 42.4 hours per week. The USA is 38.7 hours per week. I disagree that their society is f*ked. In Japan, drug use is between 2-3%. In the USA, 13% of people 12 and older have used drugs in the past 30 days. USA murder rate: 49/100,000. Japan murder rate: 0.2/100,000. Japan has excellent health care. Japanese society stresses social harmony and cooperation. I find people here very easy to get along with. I know it's not perfect, but I've lived here nearly 25 years.
I admire the sense of belonging and respect for community in Japan. But statistics can be mosleading. About half the workers in Japan work part time, bringing the average down. Over 20% worked more than 50 hours a week… fortunately they are doing things to cut the insane overtime amounts the companies REQUIRE the workers to do, often unpaid.
50 hours a week is not that much, really. If you're working on something meaningful or something that brings you pride or joy, why demonize it? Those who work the most hours typically enjoy their job.
I feel the Japanese work ethic among corporate executives is no different from what you see in America. There are executives in America who work insane hours I wouldn't even attempt.
And America doesn't?
Their habit force them to always "give contribution to society", thats why suicidal happened when they think they useless or can't take it anymore. If you're from USA you would find it rare to extinc there, since the people mostly selfish and only think self comfort lol. They too happy to wanting a suicide. Why I'm xan comment like this? You see, the recent article I read was "I don't want to take care of my parent/sibling/disabled someone even for a minutes let alone forever because this that thus" basically wanting to have a comfort life doing nothing while gain money and fame, watching tiktok/netflix/holywood drama.. Rather than replied the kindness of the parents has been caring for them, saying it was their obligation. Now the trend comes to revenge that no grandmother want to help taking care their child lol. A moral that goes downfall, I suggest your people being careful, you're going forward to the era where people stop caring once the obligation passed lol.
I feel like every society is messed up in some way- I’m not saying we should ignore everything wrong with Japan, but it’s not like there’s some other country that is on the whole better
True. A friend worked in japan for a couple of years. From his stories, I'd definitely visit but absolutely won't work there.