Perhaps it's the geography of the country; the wide-open spaces of the Prarie, the vast cornfields in the midwest and the deserts of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah - Americans are comfortable with big. Big cars, big meals, big houses.

On the other side is Japan; 126 million people squeezed on to four main islands, with a total area 26 times smaller than the USA. The Japanese have learned to be economical with space - whether it be technology, houses or dioramas - which can be an issue when tall people visit the country. Heads are bumped on low doors, showers are too short, and train seats... well, it's cozy put it that way.

This list, compiled by Bored Panda, shows the struggles of the lanky in this compact country, we'd recommend bringing a helmet if you're over 6ft! Scroll down below to check out the list for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

My 6'7" Stepfather Is Visiting Japan This Week

My 6'7" Stepfather Is Visiting Japan This Week

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Alethia Nyx 1 month ago

Well at 6'7 you'd have trouble in many many places

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The cool and informative blog Japanese Journey by a 29-year-old man called Johannes gives some interesting insights into the struggles of being tall in Japan. Even though the 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) German is of average height in his own country, the average male height in Japan is 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in), so he does stand out. Here are a few of his observations about being head and shoulders above people almost all of the time.

Bumping your head: When your body height is above the Japanese average, you will very likely bump your head. Most of the time, you will be aware of low door frames and the like and therefore take care. In old buildings, such as the shops in higashi chaya district, the shop assistants may even tell you to take care. However there will be instances when you won’t be expecting things to hang that low and therefore be less attentive.

My own favorite items to bump my head against are the handles in the Tokyo metro trains. They hang at the height of my forehead, maybe at 172 cm. In the perfect position for the heads of people like me. This usually happens up to five times per trip, then I start to get it.

#2

Tall In Japan

Tall In Japan

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SkyTheImaginer 1 month ago

Spot the main character XD

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#3

6’3” Lived In A Traditional Japanese House In Japan For Two Months. There Were Lots Of Exposed Wooden Beams

6’3” Lived In A Traditional Japanese House In Japan For Two Months. There Were Lots Of Exposed Wooden Beams

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Things don’t fit: Many things won’t fit you. At my size, it is not that hard to find fitting clothes or shoes. However things that are shared by everyone, such as toilet slippers in restaurants, will be too small. Same goes for the interior features such as benches, tables and sinks.

When I was sitting at at the table in my girlfriend’s parent’s house for the first time, I was surprised by how low but still comfortable the table and benches were. Fortunately it didn’t take me long to get accustomed to it.

#4

Asked A Guy To Take A Photo Of Me And My Friends With Some Bathing Snow Monkeys In Nagano, Japan. Checked The Photo Later

Asked A Guy To Take A Photo Of Me And My Friends With Some Bathing Snow Monkeys In Nagano, Japan. Checked The Photo Later

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A B C 1 month ago

Priorities set straight

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#5

Life Being Tall In Japan. Side Note: This Was A Hit With The Crowd And There Were Lots Of Giggles

Life Being Tall In Japan. Side Note: This Was A Hit With The Crowd And There Were Lots Of Giggles

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katarina 1 month ago

my fav :)

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Being asked about your body height: “How tall are you?” is a sentence I haven’t been asked in the last decade in Europe. In Japan things are different.

Maybe one out of three times when my girlfriend introduces me to someone, usually women, I hear it. And while this makes me somehow feel like I’m positively impressive, the reactions that are shown upon hearing “180 センチ” (1.80 m) are even more pleasing.

#6

My Trip To Japan As A 6.3 Feet Guy Summed Up

My Trip To Japan As A 6.3 Feet Guy Summed Up

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Natters 1 month ago

At least the it's a handheld shower head, and not fixed to the wall

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#7

I Recently Travelled To Japan

I Recently Travelled To Japan

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miaow 1 month ago

Mind your head.. And shoulders !!

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Seeing far ahead on busy streets: When I went out on a Saturday evening in Shinjuku, the first thing I noticed were masses of people. The second thing was that, even though the area was packed, I could see anything. “Legolas! What do your elf eyes see?” shouts Aragorn in the back of my head.

Because I was a bit taller than most of the others, I was able to actually see the end of the road without a head appearing in my view. “So this is how basketball players feel all the time,” I thought and enjoyed the evening.

#8

Shark Bait

Shark Bait

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Astrowhale 1 month ago

Delicious hair!

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#9

In Japan, Tall Friends Duck Together

In Japan, Tall Friends Duck Together

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Michelle Muirhead 1 month ago

one two three, duck!

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#10

Everytime I Visit Japan I Feel Like I Don't Fit In... I Wonder Why?

Everytime I Visit Japan I Feel Like I Don't Fit In... I Wonder Why?

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Natters 1 month ago

Well, at least here everyone has their head cut half off, so

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#11

We Came, We Saw, We Raised The Roof

We Came, We Saw, We Raised The Roof

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Mewton’s Third Paw 1 month ago

He looks fun!

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#12

Tall People Problems

Tall People Problems

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Michelle Muirhead 1 month ago

How sad,such a beautiful place and he is struggling.

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#13

Japan Wasn't Built For Me

Japan Wasn't Built For Me

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Elsker 1 month ago

i was gonna say i'd fit right in there, being 5,4ft. But actually this looks really claustrophobic, so never mind:)

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#14

Stayed One Night In This Hostel In Japan. My Head Connected With This Light 8 Times

Stayed One Night In This Hostel In Japan. My Head Connected With This Light 8 Times

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miaow 1 month ago

Connected with the light 8 times? You have now reached enlightenment! :P

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#15

If I Could Summarize My Recent Trip To Japan In One Photo, This Would Be It

If I Could Summarize My Recent Trip To Japan In One Photo, This Would Be It

I'm 6'4" and the struggle was real

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Michelle Muirhead 1 month ago

Glad I am only 5”2”, tee hee. Sometimes being short is an advantage.

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#16

Hotels Suck

Hotels Suck

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Juririn 1 month ago

That is a very tall man, too :)

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#17

Loved My First Trip To Japan

Loved My First Trip To Japan

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Hans 1 month ago

You have been warned!

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#18

The Free Brain Cell Removal Rooflines Are A Common Fixture In Japan

The Free Brain Cell Removal Rooflines Are A Common Fixture In Japan

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Give me a beagle any day... 1 month ago

Damn, LOL!

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#19

Being Tall In Japan

Being Tall In Japan

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G13 1 month ago

*thud*

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#20

Another Problem With Being A Tall Man In Japan

Another Problem With Being A Tall Man In Japan

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Michelle Muirhead 1 month ago

Watch out, he might be sucked up into oblivion!!!!

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#21

Meanwhile In Tokyo

Meanwhile In Tokyo

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Valley Girl 1 month ago

I'm 5'1" and Japan was built for me! I love that everything is lower.

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#22

Just Got Back From A Trip To Japan. I Know I'm Tall. Didn't Realize Just *How* Tall Compared To All The Japanese Folks

Just Got Back From A Trip To Japan. I Know I'm Tall. Didn't Realize Just *How* Tall Compared To All The Japanese Folks

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Gabriel Sbárbaro 1 month ago

She's lovely!!!

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#23

Traditional Japanese Home. Clearing Doorways Is A Challenge

Traditional Japanese Home. Clearing Doorways Is A Challenge

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Whatshername 1 month ago

But cleaning them would be a breeze :)

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#24

Just Found R/Tall. I'm Happy To Finally Be Among My Kind. Here's Me In Japan Trying To Fit In

Just Found R/Tall. I'm Happy To Finally Be Among My Kind. Here's Me In Japan Trying To Fit In

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E Menendez 1 month ago (edited)

I have known a number of Chinese/Japanese people that their parents are short, moved to the U.S. had kids and the kids are tall. Makes me wonder what's in the food.

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#25

So My Brother (6'7"), My Sister (6'0"), And Myself (6'4") Went To Japan... We Had A Hard Time Getting In

So My Brother (6'7"), My Sister (6'0"), And Myself (6'4") Went To Japan... We Had A Hard Time Getting In

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miaow 1 month ago

Go sideways.. what I do when I move amazing furniture through a door :P

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#26

Big In Japan

Big In Japan

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SkyTheImaginer 1 month ago

'Thonk' 'Thump' 'Whap'

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#27

Tall People Problems #5535 - On A Train In Japan

Tall People Problems #5535 - On A Train In Japan

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Flash The Cat 1 month ago

Bullet train?

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#28

My Shower At My Hotel In Japan. I Am Not Pleased Nor Is My Neck

My Shower At My Hotel In Japan. I Am Not Pleased Nor Is My Neck

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Pablo Simmo 1 month ago

Nice zelda tat

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#29

Being 6 Ft 3 In Was Pretty Tough In Japan

Being 6 Ft 3 In Was Pretty Tough In Japan

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Katniss Everdeen 1 month ago

'Thud' .... 'THUD'

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#30

To Tall Guys Travelling In Japan: I Feel You, Brothers. I'm 195 Cm (6'4")

To Tall Guys Travelling In Japan: I Feel You, Brothers. I'm 195 Cm (6'4")

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htbq 1 month ago

is he tiptoeing a little?

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#31

Japan Is Not Made For Paul

Japan Is Not Made For Paul

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Giorgio Prodoti 1 month ago

or Paul is not made for Japan? think about it...

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#32

Japan Isn't Really That Bad Most Of The Time, But This Highway Bus Bathroom Was A Challenge

Japan Isn't Really That Bad Most Of The Time, But This Highway Bus Bathroom Was A Challenge

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Anne 1 month ago

so.. sit..

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#33

Anyone Ever Been To Japan?

Anyone Ever Been To Japan?

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Michelle Muirhead 1 month ago

Yep, I have and had no problems:) Being 5’3” bargain!

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#34

I Knew Everything In Japan Would Be Small, But Come On Man

I Knew Everything In Japan Would Be Small, But Come On Man

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#35

"One Size Fits All" In Japan

"One Size Fits All" In Japan

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Hope Floats 1 month ago

But look on the bright side.. It will make a great top!!.. Ha ha ha..

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#36

I Had A Few Close Encounters With The Ceilings In Japan

I Had A Few Close Encounters With The Ceilings In Japan

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Jesper Rasmussen 1 month ago

As a bartender when you see that expression, you generally go “No more beer for you sir”.

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#37

I’ll Jump On The Bandwagon, My Recent Trip To Japan

I’ll Jump On The Bandwagon, My Recent Trip To Japan

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#38

I'm Currently Studying Abroad In Japan And Living With A Host Family. Getting In And Out Of My Room Every Day Is Going To Be A Hoot

I'm Currently Studying Abroad In Japan And Living With A Host Family. Getting In And Out Of My Room Every Day Is Going To Be A Hoot

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Horizon 1 month ago

At least you get the opportunity to learn natively - and enjoy the culture!

#39

I’ve Been Living In Japan This Month. All The Doorways In My House Are Like This. I’m Only 6’2”

I’ve Been Living In Japan This Month. All The Doorways In My House Are Like This. I’m Only 6’2”

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#40

Me(White Guy) And My Friend Riding The Bus In Kyoto, Japan

Me(White Guy) And My Friend Riding The Bus In Kyoto, Japan

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Whatshername 1 month ago

Which one isn't white then?

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#41

Being Tall In Japan Be Like

Being Tall In Japan Be Like

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Michelle Muirhead 1 month ago

Needs a chiropractor

#42

This Bus Seat In Japan Is The Most Glaring Example Of Being A Giant In The Land Of Rising Sun. And I'm Not That Tall

This Bus Seat In Japan Is The Most Glaring Example Of Being A Giant In The Land Of Rising Sun. And I'm Not That Tall

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miaow 1 month ago

what is that blue holder?

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