Japanese culture is absolutely incomparable to any in our Western world. Their deeply rooted politeness, precision, and dedication to work are rarely seen anywhere else. And though you might know Japan as a home to anime, sumo wrestlers, cherry blossoms and bullet trains, their ingenuity shows in many other aspects of their daily lives. Starting with extremely innovative toilets and vending machines filled with fresh farm eggs, to the unique system of Tokyo subway and drainage canals swarming with Koi fish. These are just a particle of the interesting facts about Japanese culture. Actually, there are so many that this one post couldn't fit them all.

Bored Panda has compiled some of the weirdest inventions, cultural practices and amazing facts about Japan that will make this country your go-to destination.

#1

Bus Drivers In Japan Were On Strike But Continued Driving Their Routes While Refusing To Take Fares From Passengers

Bus Drivers In Japan Were On Strike But Continued Driving Their Routes While Refusing To Take Fares From Passengers

MohammedAshemimry Report

boredhuman
Community Member
2 years ago

In my country it's like: school finals/exams are coming, public transport "we are on a strike!"

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#2

Drink Cans Have Names Written In Braille On The Top

Drink Cans Have Names Written In Braille On The Top

gracebuchele.wordpress.com Report

Richard
Community Member
2 years ago

Vote it up if you like it, 'cause blind people can't.

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#3

Japanese Fans Stayed Behind After The FIFA World Cup 2014 Match To Help Clean Up

Japanese Fans Stayed Behind After The FIFA World Cup 2014 Match To Help Clean Up

Joe Giddens - EMPICS Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

This is nice, but with the price for tickets for any FIFA organized games, abd the known greedyness of FIFA, i wonder if this is beneficial for the environment or really unwarranted help for FIFA...

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#4

There Are Baby Seats Attached To The Wall In Most Bathrooms

There Are Baby Seats Attached To The Wall In Most Bathrooms

minneapolis2tokyo2madarao Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd rather wipe my arse with loo roll if it's ok with you though?

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#5

I Recently Gave Birth In Japan. Here Is Some Of The Hospital Food I Ate

I Recently Gave Birth In Japan. Here Is Some Of The Hospital Food I Ate

jenkinsinjapan Report

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm guessing it's one of those pricey private hospitals...

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#6

You Can Often Find This Kind Of Toilet In Japan. Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

You Can Often Find This Kind Of Toilet In Japan. Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

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boredhuman
Community Member
2 years ago

I always wonder why this isn't a standard. The sink doesn't even have to be on top of the toilet, but why don't use the used sink water to flush the toilet?

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#7

Japan's Manhole Covers Are Beautiful

Japan's Manhole Covers Are Beautiful

Tombo_64 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

the turtles would love them!

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#8

Most Japanese Schools Don't Have Custodians. Instead, The Students Do The Cleaning Themselves As A Part Of Showing Gratitude To The School And Learning How To Become More Productive Members Of Society

Most Japanese Schools Don't Have Custodians. Instead, The Students Do The Cleaning Themselves As A Part Of Showing Gratitude To The School And Learning How To Become More Productive Members Of Society

sarahmoersfelder Report

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

This is common here in SEA as well, but student's don't have to clean that much - just the general area around the classroom.

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#9

The Note In Japanese Says, "I Accidentally Knocked Over Your Bike And Broke The Bell. I Am Very Sorry"

The Note In Japanese Says, "I Accidentally Knocked Over Your Bike And Broke The Bell. I Am Very Sorry"

gaijinpot Report

Potterhead Unicorn
Community Member
2 years ago

And this is why I plan to move to Japan.

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#10

This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan

This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan

gaijinpot Report

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

well, if you're going to make a really fast train, you gonna need to make sure the rails are flat and smooth too.

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#11

I Dropped My Shopping Bag On The Streets Of Osaka And When I Went Back To Look For It Later That Day, Someone Had Placed It Next To A Tree Untouched

I Dropped My Shopping Bag On The Streets Of Osaka And When I Went Back To Look For It Later That Day, Someone Had Placed It Next To A Tree Untouched

justlikebuddyholly Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Friendly! I just hope it did not get "marked" by dogs in the meantime.

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#12

Commuters In Tokyo Pushed A Train Car To Save A Woman Who Fell And Got Stuck Between The Car And The Platform

Commuters In Tokyo Pushed A Train Car To Save A Woman Who Fell And Got Stuck Between The Car And The Platform

Norihiro Shigeta Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

power in numbers

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#13

Koi Fishes Even Live In Drainage Channels In Japan

Koi Fishes Even Live In Drainage Channels In Japan

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Shashiprabha Dehipe
Community Member
2 years ago

So clean that even fish can swim

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#14

Japanese Toilets Often Have A Button That Plays White Noise/Water Sounds So You Can Poop Without Other People Hearing Your Business

Japanese Toilets Often Have A Button That Plays White Noise/Water Sounds So You Can Poop Without Other People Hearing Your Business

mikieliza Report

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes! And they even have button to heat up the toilet seats during cold days.... Maybe it's not just in Japan, but coming from a tropical country, I'm so amazed! Hahahah

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#15

Another Reason Why I Love Japan

Another Reason Why I Love Japan

zozozeze73 Report

Aud Wey
Community Member
2 years ago

We need this in France! We really do... -_-

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#16

In Trains You Can Rotate The Seats In Any Direction

In Trains You Can Rotate The Seats In Any Direction

4S Report

Juragan
Community Member
2 years ago

It's great. I hope its will be here soon.

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#17

Another Great Japanese Invention: Umbrella Lockers. So You Don't Have To Carry Them Around Inside A Building And Nobody Takes Yours 'Accidentally'

Another Great Japanese Invention: Umbrella Lockers. So You Don't Have To Carry Them Around Inside A Building And Nobody Takes Yours 'Accidentally'

monikakuelsheimer Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

why does snoop dogg need an umbrella? fo' drizzle.

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#18

This Toilet In Japan Has A System Of Occupied/Vacant Toilets Information

This Toilet In Japan Has A System Of Occupied/Vacant Toilets Information

youknowitalktoomuch Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

thought it was tetris at first

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#19

Expectations Meet Reality In Japan

Expectations Meet Reality In Japan

ImagesOfNetwork Report

Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

Finally somewhere it happened!

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#20

This Japanese Gum I Have Came With Little Pieces Of Paper Inside For You To Spit Your Gum In To When You’re Finished With It

This Japanese Gum I Have Came With Little Pieces Of Paper Inside For You To Spit Your Gum In To When You’re Finished With It

Jerry_McPhee Report

Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

I am liking all this ideas.. here people won't even make use of the paper even if they are given.

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#21

This Shopping Center In Japan Has Free Refrigerated Lockers For Your Perishables So You Can Keep Shopping After You Get Your Groceries

This Shopping Center In Japan Has Free Refrigerated Lockers For Your Perishables So You Can Keep Shopping After You Get Your Groceries

RegionFree Report

My O My
Community Member
2 years ago

Cool 😉

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#22

At Narita International Airport (Tokyo) They Give You Free Origami Instead Of Candy

At Narita International Airport (Tokyo) They Give You Free Origami Instead Of Candy

badnelly123 Report

Giovanni
Community Member
2 years ago

They are cute but i hate the taste

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#23

Photo I Took Of Tokyo Commuters Waiting For Their Train

Photo I Took Of Tokyo Commuters Waiting For Their Train

GoodGuyGoodGuy Report

Jason Parker
Community Member
2 years ago

They do this in Winchester, Hampshire x

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#24

Japanese Being Japanese

Japanese Being Japanese

mangomilk Report

DannyG
Community Member
2 years ago

Other Europe, no Germany :D

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#25

This Smartphone Wiper Dispenser In Japan

This Smartphone Wiper Dispenser In Japan

Luwast Report

PyroarRanger
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay, Japan is officially awesome. I'm moving there

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#26

In Japan, Even The Deer Are Polite

In Japan, Even The Deer Are Polite

sportyme7 Report

Eujis
Community Member
2 years ago

Most of these deers are extremely aggressive!!! They bit me all the way from a snack stand to the entrance of the temple. And bit me again when I'm not feeding them fast enough. I suffered so much trying to save some snacks for the little ones...

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#27

In Japan, The Ground Crew Bows And Waves Goodbye To The Departing Aircraft

In Japan, The Ground Crew Bows And Waves Goodbye To The Departing Aircraft

FirearmConcierge Report

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
2 years ago

What I love about them is their sense of courtesy... When you are around a neighborhood and go down for a morning walk, neighbors will greet you a warm "Ohayo!" (Good morning!) It's very heartwarming..

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#28

Japanese Airport Staff Sorted Luggages On The Belt By Their Colour

Japanese Airport Staff Sorted Luggages On The Belt By Their Colour

91424 Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

In the US they get thrown onto a large heap... (just look at yesterday's video...)

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#29

This Bedside Lamp At My Hotel In Japan Can Be Half Lit

This Bedside Lamp At My Hotel In Japan Can Be Half Lit

Nokqua Report

LOttawa
Community Member
2 years ago

I've seen this in other countries also ☺

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#30

Ordered This From Japan And It Came With A Little Note And Origami Crane

Ordered This From Japan And It Came With A Little Note And Origami Crane

JustBeingAMitch Report

Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

What is the meaning of tomodachi?

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#31

Children's Seat On The Fujikyu Railway Line In Japan

Children's Seat On The Fujikyu Railway Line In Japan

arm4da Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

That's so cool!

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#32

Toreiyu Tsubasa Train In Japan Is Equipped With Footbaths So You Can Enjoy A Relaxing Trip

Toreiyu Tsubasa Train In Japan Is Equipped With Footbaths So You Can Enjoy A Relaxing Trip

jreast Report

Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

Now this is taking things to much exceptional level.

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#33

Japanese Often Line Up For Buses, Trains, Restaurants Or Shops And Can Wait In Lines For Long Periods Of Time. Kids Learn How To Line Up As Early As Kindergarten As It Teaches Self-Discipline, Cooperation And Respect

Japanese Often Line Up For Buses, Trains, Restaurants Or Shops And Can Wait In Lines For Long Periods Of Time. Kids Learn How To Line Up As Early As Kindergarten As It Teaches Self-Discipline, Cooperation And Respect

munya munyaka Report

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

I had a friend who went to their comiket in summer and said they even behaved well quieing properly while most people someplace else would start to get restless with the waiting and the heat.

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#34

Almost Everyone In Japan Reverse Parks

Almost Everyone In Japan Reverse Parks

itscalledANIMEdad Report

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

yes they do. almost everyone even managed to park very neatly and as closely together as possible too. I wonder how hard it was to gain a driver's license there, bc I sure as heck won't ever passed them if I took it.

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#35

Tokyo Train Company Tsukuba Express Apologized For 20-Second-Early Departure

Tokyo Train Company Tsukuba Express Apologized For 20-Second-Early Departure

Tsukuba Express , LERK Report

Monika Georgieva
Community Member
2 years ago

Whaaat, wooow :O In my country the trains sometimes doesn't come at all and nobody tells you why :D

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#36

This Lift In Japan Has A Seat That Can Be Used As A Toilet In An Emergency

This Lift In Japan Has A Seat That Can Be Used As A Toilet In An Emergency

matt_777 Report

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

you'll know if you need to use it.

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#37

Restaurants In Japan Display Fake Food That Looks Just Like The Real One From The Menu

Restaurants In Japan Display Fake Food That Looks Just Like The Real One From The Menu

Matthew Yau Report

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
2 years ago

When I was a kid I always thought they were the real thing...

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#38

Japanese ATM's Have Cane Holders Due To The Aging Population

Japanese ATM's Have Cane Holders Due To The Aging Population

IntelWarrior Report

PyroarRanger
Community Member
2 years ago

That's awesome

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#39

There Are Over 300 Scramble Intersections In Japan Where You Can Cross A Street Diagonally

There Are Over 300 Scramble Intersections In Japan Where You Can Cross A Street Diagonally

bolubantat Report

Nini Meow
Community Member
2 years ago

This hurts my head just looking at it

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#40

At Some Tourist Spots In Japan There Are Stands To Hold Your Smartphone So You Can Take Good Selfies

At Some Tourist Spots In Japan There Are Stands To Hold Your Smartphone So You Can Take Good Selfies

WhaleMeatFantasy Report

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Divided here... Asking a stranger so often can lead to a nice conversation..

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#41

Japanese Hotel Apologies For One Minute Internet Stoppage At 4am

Japanese Hotel Apologies For One Minute Internet Stoppage At 4am

amesco Report

SykesDaMan
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2 years ago

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OK! Now this is getting ridiculous!!! :0

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#42

The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It's Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It's Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

eigosensei Report

Doggo
Community Member
2 years ago

I’ve seen this picture so often now, it’s literally everywhere.

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#43

This Hospital In Japan Offers Glasses With Different Prescriptions For Filling Out Forms

This Hospital In Japan Offers Glasses With Different Prescriptions For Filling Out Forms

Rasonic Report

mbergen
Community Member
2 years ago

I just started needing reading glasses and still don't carry a pair with me (lazy or vain, you pick). This would save a lot of embarrassment (and squinting lol)

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#44

This Japanese Taxi Has A Button To Request Slower Speeds

This Japanese Taxi Has A Button To Request Slower Speeds

petro26 Report

Peak25500
Community Member
2 years ago

Italian taxis need it

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#45

In Japan, You Not Only Have To Take Your Shoes Off And Change Them To Slippers At The Entrance, But Also Use Different Slippers When You Go To The Bathroom

In Japan, You Not Only Have To Take Your Shoes Off And Change Them To Slippers At The Entrance, But Also Use Different Slippers When You Go To The Bathroom

nn.naru.uu Report

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought this was the common norm... at least in the few countries in SEA I've been to

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#46

A Vending Machine Selling Farm Fresh Eggs In Japan

A Vending Machine Selling Farm Fresh Eggs In Japan

KTerrestrial Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 years ago

Same in France

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#47

Everybody Lines Up Their Carts Nicely At The Food Court In Costco In Japan

Everybody Lines Up Their Carts Nicely At The Food Court In Costco In Japan

RegionFree Report

UniversalMel
Community Member
2 years ago

I feel cheated out of living in America.... Most stores are like hell

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#48

These Fitting Room Instructions In Japan. Cover Your Face To Prevent Makeup From Getting On The Garment

These Fitting Room Instructions In Japan. Cover Your Face To Prevent Makeup From Getting On The Garment

Sad_Weeaboo_In_Japan Report

Cormorry Stroph
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it is the right one, when you have a make-up, so in this way clothes will stay clean

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#49

In Japan They Sell Square Watermelons To Fit Better In The Refrigerator

In Japan They Sell Square Watermelons To Fit Better In The Refrigerator

RazerJoe Report

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

pretty sure it's just for novelty reasons. no one stores one whole uncut watermelon in a fridge, I think.

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#50

Toothpick At A Mall In Japan Had A Mint Coated Tip

Toothpick At A Mall In Japan Had A Mint Coated Tip

HellDiverz Report

Elena Ktmr
Community Member
2 years ago

We have the same in Greece also! And I bet other countries have it too!

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#51

This Urinal In Japan Is A Video Game You Play With Your Pee

This Urinal In Japan Is A Video Game You Play With Your Pee

GreenTeaOnMyDesk Report

nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

..do they have this in the ladies room too? .... asking for a friend...

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#52

Only In Japan Would Someone Leave These Out While They Sleep

Only In Japan Would Someone Leave These Out While They Sleep

new_redpill Report

bob
Community Member
2 years ago

Note: there are many pickpockets in trains in Tokyo. Like, this guy is either crazy or very very tired. Because I would never do that...

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#53

Designated Smoking Rooms On Trains In Japan

Designated Smoking Rooms On Trains In Japan

dystortionation Report

Reese Baltgalvis
Community Member
2 years ago

They have those at an airport in Georgia.

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#54

This Japanese Handrail Bends With The Steps

This Japanese Handrail Bends With The Steps

SH4Z4M Report

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
2 years ago

I don't think this would be safer or easier to use than the straight handrail.

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