25 Reasons That Japan Is One Of The Strangest And Most Interesting Places In The World

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.

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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.

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 TakamatsuSource: wikipedia, Image
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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!

RabbitsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Farmers in Japan grow square watermelons so that they are easier to store.

Farmers in Japan grow square watermelons so that they are easier to storeSource: cnn.com, Image: wikipedia
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The birth rate in Japan is so low that adult diaper sales are higher than baby diaper sales.

The birth rate in Japan is so low that adult diaper sales are higher than baby diaper salesSource: nytimes, Image: wikipedia
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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.

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 passengersSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Japan has Cat Cafes where you can go and drink coffee while hanging out with cats.

Japan has Cat Cafes where you can go and drink coffee while hanging out with catsSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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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".

Sleeping on the job in Japan is seen as acceptable because it is a sign of working hardSource: theguardian.com, Image: wikipedia
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Late night dancing was illegal in Japan until 2015.

Dancing at the clubSource: CNN
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In Japan, students and teachers clean the school together. So there are no janitors.

In Japan, students and teachers clean the school together. So there are no janitors.Source: huffingtonpost, Image: wikipedia
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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.

PikachuSource: wikipedia, Image: Screen shot from TV series Pokemon.
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Japan uses 24 billion pairs of chopsticks every year

Japan uses 24 billion pairs of chopsticks every yearSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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In Japan, "Ronald McDonald" is called "Donald McDonald" because of the lack of a "R" sound

In Japan, "Ronald McDonald" is called "Donald McDonald" because of the lack of a "R" soundSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In Japan, people typically eat KFC on Christmas Eve. People sometimes pre-order buckets months in advance

In Japan, people typically eat KFC on Christmas Eve. People sometimes pre-order buckets months in advanceSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Due to fears of Yakuza association, many public baths don't admit people with tattoos

Due to fears of Yakuza association, many public baths don't admit people with tattoosSource: wikipedia, Image: youtube
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Maglev trains can travel at speeds of over 500 km/h (300 mph) by hovering over the tracks using magnets

Maglev trains can travel at speeds of over 500 km/h (300 mph) by hovering over the tracks using magnetsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Speaking of Maglev trains, Japanese trains are among the worlds most punctual averaging only an 18 second delay.

trainontime2Source: wikipedia, Image: Piti Sirisriro / Shutterstock.com
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The largest Japanese community outside of Japan is in Brazil

The largest Japanese community outside of Japan is in BrazilSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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In Japan, 90% of mobile phones are waterproof. This is because youngster use them even when taking a shower.

Waterproof phonesSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In Spain there is a town where nearly 700 people have the surname "Japon". They are all descendants of 6 samurais who came to Spain in the 17th century.

In Spain there is a town where nearly 700 people have the surname "Japon". They are all descendants of 6 samurais who came to Spain in the 17th century.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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In Japan, there's a festival that celebrates the penis and fertility: The Shinto Kanamara Matsuri.

Penis festivalSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Except for some rare cases, streets are not named in Japan

Except for some rare cases, streets are not named in JapanSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The "Crying Sumo" contest has sumo wrestlers competing to see who can make a baby cry first

The "Crying Sumo" contest has sumo wrestlers competing to see who can make a baby cry firstSource: dailymail.co.uk, Image: wikipedia
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Burger Kings in Japan serve a black hamburger

Burger Kings in Japan serve a black hamburgerSource: reddit, Image: wikipedia
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Godzilla recently became a citizen of Japan and was also appointed Shinjuku's tourism ambassador.

Godzilla recently became a citizen of JapanSource: bbc, Image: wikipedia
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Hikikomori is the name given to the problem of Japanese men locking themselves up in their rooms for years at a time. Psychologists have linked it to strong feelings of shame due to failure and expectations from society.

Hikikomori is the name given to the problem of Japanese men locking themselves up in their rooms for years at a time. Psychologists have linked it to strong feelings of shame due to failure and expectations from society.Source: abc.net.au, Image: wikipedia


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