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25 Photos That Prove Japan Is Not Like Any Other Country

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.

Japan Informer 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

#2 Drink Cans Have Names Written In Braille On The Top

#3 Japanese Fans Stayed Behind After The FIFA World Cup 2014 Match To Help Clean Up
#4 There Are Baby Seats Attached To The Wall In Most Bathrooms

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

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

#7 Japan’s Manhole Covers Are Beautiful

#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

#9 The Note In Japanese Says, “I Accidentally Knocked Over Your Bike And Broke The Bell. I Am Very Sorry”

#10 This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan

#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

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

#13 Koi Fishes Even Live In Drainage Channels In Japan

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

#15 Another Reason Why I Love Japan

#16 In Trains You Can Rotate The Seats In Any Direction

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

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

#19 Expectations Meet Reality In Japan

#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

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

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

#23 Photo I Took Of Tokyo Commuters Waiting For Their Train

#24 Japanese Being Japanese

#25 This Smartphone Wiper Dispenser In Japan

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