Japan has a reputation for being a strange but interesting place. Without a doubt, Japan is responsible for some of the most interesting inventions in the world and in many ways it is an extremely creative society. After all, where else can you find trains that travel at speeds upwards of 300 mph, or cafes where you can go and drink coffee while hanging out with cats (for all of you cat lovers out there). But this is barely scratching the surface of wonder that is Japan. Today, we want to present to you 25 reasons that japan is one of the strangest and most interesting places in the world.
As you read this list, keep in mind that “strange” is not necessarily a bad thing. Rather, it simply means that it’s something most of us (westerners that is) are not exposed to such practices, devices, etc on a consistent basis. In fact, some of the “strange” things on this list are actually pretty cool! However, there may be one or two items that may make some of you raise an eyebrow…or two. These are 25 reasons that Japan is one of the strangest and most interesting places in the world.
Kongō Gumi was the world's oldest continuously operating company (over 1,400 years!). It was started in 578 AD and continued up until 2006 when it was absorbed by Takamatsu.
There's an island in Japan that is full of rabbits. An increasingly popular destination for tourists, Rabbit Island is home to hundreds of friendly wild bunnies. They approach tourists in large groups to scavenge for food and visitors are more than willing to get on the ground and allow the rabbits to crawl all over them. Cute!
Farmers in Japan grow square watermelons so that they are easier to store.
The birth rate in Japan is so low that adult diaper sales are higher than baby diaper sales.
Masabumi Hosono, a Japanese citizen who survived the sinking of the Titanic, was labeled a coward in Japan because he didn't go down with the rest of the passengers.
Japan has Cat Cafes where you can go and drink coffee while hanging out with cats.
Sleeping on the job in Japan is seen as acceptable because it is a sign of working hard. Some companies even allow employees to take 30-minute siestas any time between 1pm and 4pm. This practice is called inemuri and "is considered the preserve of employees exhausted by their commitment to hard work, rather than a sign of indolence".
Late night dancing was illegal in Japan until 2015.
In Japan, students and teachers clean the school together. So there are no janitors.
In 1997, 685 kids were rushed to hospitals after watching an intense Pokemon episode that caused dizziness, vomiting and seizures. The episode in question was #38 from season 1. On this episode, Pikachu uses an electric shock on a missile, causing the screen to flash red and blue rapidly.
Japan uses 24 billion pairs of chopsticks every year
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