25 Most Incredible Japanese Inventions Throughout History

Posted by , Updated on March 27, 2018


Throughout history, Japan has created some of civilizations most important inventions. From weaponry to electronics, their inventions permeate our culture, entertainment, and everyday life. In modern times, they’ve been pioneers in the technology sector, creating devices that we now take for granted. It’s safe to say the world wouldn’t be the same without them. Curious to see what Japan has contributed to society? Here are 25 Most Incredible Japanese Inventions Throughout History.

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rickshawSource: https://taiken.co/single/a-history-of-the-rickshaw

Have you seen those carts powered by people that carry other people around? This clever and simple invention is called a rickshaw, and it was first invented by the Japanese in 1860.  It was an inexpensive and popular mode of transportation at that time. It’s also got to be a great way to stay in shape.


Instant Ramen

instant ramenSource: https://gizmodo.com/5814099/the-humble-origins-of-instant-ramen-from-ending-world-hunger-to-space-noodles

Love instant ramen noodles? Well, you can thank the Japanese for this amazing invention. Momofuku Ando invented it after seeing the destruction caused by World War II. Chikin Ramen was first sold in 1958, and college dorms have never been the same.


The Novel

genjiSource: http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/language/q1.html

The Tale of Genji, written in the 11th century Japan, is considered the first novel ever written. It was written by a woman named Murasaki Shikibu and is about a handsome aristocrat and his many romances.



katanaSource: http://www.japanesejujitsu.org/a-brief-history-of-the-katana/

While it’s believed an earlier version of the katana sword was brought over to Japan from China, the version we know today was made much lighter and master-crafted by the Japanese and used by samurai warriors. It first appeared in the Muromachi period from 1392-1573 CE.

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