20+ Photos That Prove Japan Is Not Like Any Other Country

You might know Japan as home to anime, sumo wrestlers and Cherry blossoms but What about all of their extremely innovative toilets? Have you ever Dreamed about Your train always arriving on time? Drainage canals that look like Koi ponds? Or Vending machines filled with fresh eggs? A&D has complied some Of the Weirdest inventions (seriously, you won’t believe how many toilets), cultural practices And random facts about Japanese culture that make Japan a must visit destination. Scroll down to explore This island nation and don’t forget to up vote your faves! (H/T)

01. Bus Drivers In Japan Were On Strike But Continued Driving Their Routes While Refusing To Take Fares From Passengers


02. Drink Cans Have Names Written In Braille On The Top


03. Japanese Fans Stayed Behind After The FIFA World Cup 2014 Match To Help Clean Up

Joe Giddens – EMPICS

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

05. Japan’s Manhole Covers Are Beautiful


06. 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


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


08. There Are Baby Seats Attached To The Wall In Most Bathrooms


09. This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan


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


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. Koi Fishes Even Live In Drainage Channels In Japan

13. Another Reason Why I Love 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. Commuters In Tokyo Pushed A Train Car To Save A Woman Who Fell And Got Stuck Between The Car And The Platform

Norihiro Shigeta

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


17. In Trains You Can Rotate The Seats In Any Direction


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. Japanese Being Japanese


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


23. In Japan, Even The Deer Are Polite


24. At Narita International Airport (Tokyo) They Give You Free Origami Instead Of Candy


25. Ordered This From Japan And It Came With A Little Note And Origami Crane


26. This Smartphone Wiper Dispenser In Japan


27. In Japan, The Ground Crew Bows And Waves Goodbye To The Departing Aircraft


28. This Bedside Lamp At My Hotel In Japan Can Be Half Lit


29. Almost Everyone In Japan Reverse Parks


30. Photo I Took Of Tokyo Commuters Waiting For Their Train


31. Japanese Airport Staff Sorted Luggages On The Belt By Their Colour


32. Toreiyu Tsubasa Train In Japan Is Equipped With Footbaths So You Can Enjoy A Relaxing Trip


33. Japanese Often Line Up For Buses, Trains, Restaurants Or Shops And Can Wait In Lines For Long Periods Of Time. Kids Learn How To Line Up As Early As Kindergarten As It Teaches Self-Discipline, Cooperation And Respect

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34. Children’s Seat On The Fujikyu Railway Line In Japan


35. Tokyo Train Company Tsukuba Express Apologized For 20-Second-Early Departure

Tsukuba Express,LERK

36. Restaurants In Japan Display Fake Food That Looks Just Like The Real One From The Menu

Matthew Yau

37. This Lift In Japan Has A Seat That Can Be Used As A Toilet In An Emergency


38. There Are Over 300 Scramble Intersections In Japan Where You Can Cross A Street Diagonally


39. In Japan, You Not Only Have To Take Your Shoes Off And Change Them To Slippers At The Entrance, But Also Use Different Slippers When You Go To The Bathroom


40. The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It’s Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)


41. Japanese Hotel Apologies For One Minute Internet Stoppage At 4am


42. At Some Tourist Spots In Japan There Are Stands To Hold Your Smartphone So You Can Take Good Selfies


43. This Japanese Taxi Has A Button To Request Slower Speeds


44. This Hospital In Japan Offers Glasses With Different Prescriptions For Filling Out Forms


45. Japanese ATM’s Have Cane Holders Due To The Aging Population


46. These Fitting Room Instructions In Japan. Cover Your Face To Prevent Makeup From Getting On The Garment


47. Everybody Lines Up Their Carts Nicely At The Food Court In Costco In Japan


48. A Vending Machine Selling Farm Fresh Eggs In Japan


49. Toothpick At A Mall In Japan Had A Mint Coated Tip


50. In Japan They Sell Square Watermelons To Fit Better In The Refrigerator


51. This Urinal In Japan Is A Video Game You Play With Your Pee


52. Only In Japan Would Someone Leave These Out While They Sleep


53. Designated Smoking Rooms On Trains In Japan


54. This Japanese Handrail Bends With The Steps


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