Over the past five decades, Japan has helped shape up the global technology landscape. Thanks to values imbibed in the Japanese culture, which, at times may seem quirky, but in reality, are brilliant, the country is of such high standards that other nations could learn a thing or two from this prosperous nation. It has risen because of its innovation, imagination, family values and respect for others. Come, let’s see what sets this nation apart from others.
The Best Way To Go On Strike
The Japanese people know the correct way to protest. They did not create chaos or carry out riots, but the public services, especially the transport ones, continued to operate so that the citizens of the country did not face a problem. But no fares were charged so that the government bore the brunt of the cost of the fuel.
Braille On A Soda Can
Where else will you find this but Japan? This is so visually impaired people face no inconvenience in their daily lives. These Braille dots tell the name of the brand of soda and what flavor it is.
Spectators Cleaning Stadium After A Match
After a football match, the spectators clean up the stadium. Enjoyment is important, but what is more important is maintaining the decorum of the country, and not neglecting the cleanliness.
Children Holding Attachment In Women’s Toilet
Mothers with toddlers or young babies have difficulty when going for a pee. Where can they put their baby? However, there are these attachments in public toilets, where one can keep their baby while taking a leak.
Food In Hospitals
Food in Japanese Hospitals looks like it comes from a five-star hotel. It doesn’t look as if it is intended for sick people. Not only is it visually appealing, it is tasty and healthy too.
No Wastage Of Water
The Japanese take care that they do not waste their natural resources. The water with which you wash your hands could also be used to flush the toilet.
Where else would you find art on manhole covers or sewer caps? In Japan, all the manhole cover manufacturing companies ensure that they carry pictorial motifs so that they look visually attractive.
Children Clean Schools Themselves
Children are imbibed with the responsibility of cleanliness right from their childhood. Have a look at the children mopping the floors and cleaning the walls. In fact, a day is set apart for this exercise. No wonder, the whole of Japan is spick and span and everything is in order.
Giving Money For A Broken Bell When A Bike Was Knocked By Mistake
Look at the sense of empathy and responsibility of these people. A person had, by mistake, knocked down a person’s bicycle, breaking the bell in the process. The owner of the bicycle was not present, so this person left a note expressing his apologies and leaving the amount that would be enough to purchase a new bell.
The Speed Of Maglev Trains Is Great
The speed of the trains in Japan is so swift, that this coin in the train defies all the forces of gravity, allowing it to stand on its edge. Japanese trains have been using Maglev technology since 2005 which allows trains to travel up to 200 mph.
Lost Bags Remain There Only
A person seems to have forgotten his shopping bag outside a retail outlet. Now the road is a busy one and a million people must have passed near the tree, but nobody picked it up. It will remain there until the buyer comes back to pick it up.
Rescuing A Fellow Passenger Who Fell In The Space Between The Coach And The Platform
A woman fell in the space between the train car and the platform. All the passengers and the ticket officers rushed to the scene and lifted the woman out of the gap by pushing and lifting the train car.
Cleanest Drain Ever
In Japan, the drains are so clean and fresh, you will find fishes swimming in them. This is a picture of one such drain. Look at the colorful variety of fishes swimming in it. As mentioned, cleanliness is of utmost importance in Japan.
Play Sounds While You Are Pooping In The Public Toilet
So that the noises made by people doing their business do not get overheard, there are certain sounds that one can play. From the sound of water to popular artists, one can choose the sound they like.
People Stick To Their Lanes
Japan is a densely populated country. During rush hour, there are often large crowds in stations. Still, people make a point to stick to their lanes.
Rotating Train Seats
In Japanese trains, the chairs inside the car can be rotated in any direction. So, if there is any space constriction, you can rotate the chair in the other direction.
Umbrella Stand From Where Nobody Steals
In the land of the rising sun, you will find umbrella lockers in buildings. This way you do not need to carry your umbrella everywhere, and nobody will take your umbrella by mistake.
Toilet Map For Vacant And Occupied Cubicles
There are electronic occupancy maps which show which cubicles are occupied and which are vacant. This way you can save crucial moments while searching for an empty space to take a leak.
Portions Are Of The Same Size As Shown In Picture
Nothing is exaggerated in this country. What you see, is what you get. Even the food portion sizes are the same as shown in the picture.
Japanese Gum Dispensing Mechanism Which Comes For Free
This is what you get when you purchase chewing gum in Japan. You will get small slits of paper in which you can spit out your gum, fold it and keep it in the box. No need to spit it out on the road. It is a good way to maintain cleanliness.
Free Refrigerated Lockers For Keeping Perishable Groceries
When you go out to shop in Japan, you get refrigerated lockers like these to store your perishables. This way you do not need to be afraid that your fish or veggies will rot while shopping.
Free Origami Instead Of Candy At Narita International Airport
Instead of distributing free candy, Narita airport officials give you origami, so that you consume less sugar. This keeps you fit by preventing tooth decay and diabetes.
People Waiting For Their Trains
People in Japan wait in line in an organised manner, even during rush hour. Nowhere in the world will you find such disciplined people, who follow rules to the last word.
Japanese Surveys Are Also Orderly
This was a survey where people were asked about their nationality by sticking on dot stickers. Look at the Japanese sheet; the dots have been stuck in a neat orderly manner. Kudos to the organisational skills of the Japanese people.
Smartphone Wiper Dispenser
Just like toilet paper dispenser, you will find smartphone wipe dispensers in Japan. You tear one section out and wipe your smartphone clean after a busy day.
Even Animals Bow Before Being Fed
Just look at how polite the animals are in Japan. The deer bows down before being fed by the visitors. And of course, no knocking or sprinting around.
Ground Crew Waves Goodbye To Passengers Of Departing Aircraft
Ground crew of Japanese airlines waving goodbye to the passengers who are onboard the flight. The personal touch makes Japan Air Lines the best in the world.
Color Coded Luggage Sorting
Again, a marvel on behalf of the ground staff. They are sorting the luggage based on color. The Japanese love to do things in an orderly fashion.
Half Lit Bedside Lamp
The bedside lamp in Japan can be half lit or full-lit as per preference. It has been specifically designed so that the person on the other side does not have the light in their eyes while they are trying to sleep.
Free Origami That Comes With A Purchase
When you buy things in Japan, you could very well get a complimentary present with it. Here a person had bought some stationery, probably an elementary Japanese book. With the book, he/she got a letter with an origami as a present. The sellers wrote a letter to the purchaser explaining about the present and referring to him/her as a Tomodachi or Friend.
In Japan, Fujikyu Railway Line Has Special Children’s Seat
Small children can be difficult to control and it is important to keep them engaged while they are travelling by train. So Fujikyu Railways came up with a brilliant idea and built this special seat for kids.
Free Footbaths On Toreiyu Tsubasa Train In Japan For A Relaxing Trip
If kids can have something to keep themselves engaged while they are travelling by train, then adults also need to have some relaxation of their own. Toreiyu Tsubasa Train in Japan gives you free foot baths.
Orderly Lines In Public Places
People wait in orderly lines for everything. Whether it be a fire drill, or a natural disaster like an earthquake or even just waiting for the bus, people can be seen standing in neat arrangements.
Reverse Parking Is A Common Scene In Japan
People in Japan ensure they reverse their cars into car park spaces. In most other advanced countries, it is a front parking system. But the skillful Japanese park in reverse so that when they leave, they can see what is in front and do not create an unnecessary accident.
For 20-Second-Early Departure, Tokyo Train Company Tsukuba Express Apology To Passengers
Train services rarely inform people if they are late on arrival, let alone apologize. But in Japan, everything is so punctual that Tsukuba Express apologized to all its passengers for leaving early by 20 seconds.
Lifts Have Toilet Seats As Well
In Tokyo, you will find toilets in lifts. So, if nature calls while you are in a lift, you can easily do your business.
Fake Food In Japanese Restaurants
Just look at the Japanese arts and crafts. Did you realize that all the food in front of you is all fake? The work speaks for itself guys.
ATM’s With Cane Stands For The Elderly
In Japan, most of the population comprises of senior citizens. So you will see all the ATM’s in the country with an attachment for walking sticks next to them.
300 Diagonal Scramble Intersections In Japan
In Japan, there are over 300 diagonal scramble intersections all throughout the country. You can cross the roads in this fashion, if you want to.
Smartphone Selfie Stands On Tourist Spots
There are stands like these everywhere in Japan, especially in tourist spots. If you want a selfie with your friends, just place your phone on the slot of the stand and say ‘cheese’.
Apology From Hotel Staff For Disruption Of Internet At 4 AM For One Minute
The Palace hotel staff apologized for disruption of internet services for one whole minute at 4 in the morning. Come on, who can be that polite? This shows the decency of the Japanese people.
Umbrella Indicators If It Is Raining Outside
Rain or umbrella indicators in elevators show if it is raining outside. These have been fitted in elevators so that you can be prepared with an umbrella beforehand.
Different Prescription Glasses For Different Forms
You get free reading glasses in Japan in case you forgot to bring them to the hospital. This hospital provides various reading glasses with different prescriptions for filling out different forms so that you can read them properly.
Request Button For Slowing Cab Speed
If you think your cabbie is a tad faster than you would like them to be, you can press this button, which is behind every cab driver’s seat.
Different Slippers To Enter A House Or Go To The Bathroom
Japanese people are extremely particular about their slippers. The slippers that you have worn outside must be left outside and house slippers must be worn inside. You have a separate pair to go to the toilet as well.
Vending Machines For Farm Fresh Eggs
You can get farm fresh eggs from vending machines. These vending machines can be found in every locality, so that one does not need to rush to the market for eggs.
Neatly Lined Up Carts At Japanese Costco Food Court
How many times do we need to praise the Japanese people and their orderly lifestyle? Here you see a bunch of people dining at Costco. But look how neatly they have parked their carts.
Covering Faces With Makeup To Prevent Smudging On Clothes
You will also find face covers to protect your clothes from makeup stains. Now, who would have thought of that? The Japanese will think of every situation and how to make life that little bit easier.
Square Watermelons So That They Can Fit In The Refrigerator
Japanese people have shown their magic in the field of agriculture as well. Here you see cube-shaped watermelons, grown specifically for easy storage in refrigerators.
Mint Coated Toothpicks
Toothpick tips are covered in mint solution, so that you can get a good flavor while picking your teeth. What a great idea!
Video Games In Urinals That Can Be Played With Pee Streams
The video-gaming culture is extremely popular in Japan. Here you see a game monitor installed over a urinal where you can control the characters with the force of your pee. Now who could come up with such a unique, amusing and wonderful game?
Sleep On Trains Without The Fear Of Being Robbed
People in Japan are so true and ethical, they won’t touch another person’s belongings. Here you can see a man sleeping on a train with his possessions outside his pocket over the suitcase. Where else can you do that other than Japan?
Trains Have Designated Smoking Rooms
Although we do not encourage smoking, it is entirely a personal choice. People in Japan don’t object to smoking out of politeness. But they accommodate smokers on the train by building a separate smoking section in every coach.
Hand Rails That Bend With Steps
This is a unique feature, but not exactly safe. However, it is something that you will find in Japan. These handrails bend along with the stairs so that the handrails and the stairs are in perfect synchronization.
Spotless Japanese Team Locker Room In FIFA World Cup 2018
Even after being eliminated in the FIFA 2018 world cup, the Japanese football team left a spotlessly clean locker room. They must be appreciated for their efforts.
The Fountain That Tells The Time
The Japanese have fountains that show the time. This fountain that you see in the picture is the Osaka station city waterfall which shows that it is 3:56 in the afternoon.
Dino Robot Receptionists Welcome You To Hen Na Hotel
This hotel is one of the few properties in Japan that have installed robots as receptionists to welcome its guests. Japan is one of the few countries in Asia as well as the world to have robots as staff in human environments.
Neatly Stacked Luggage On The Airport Conveyor Belt
Again, an example of Japan’s love for orderliness. Japanese people are extremely organised in public spaces, especially in the areas of public transport.
Crop Art Is The New Trend In Japan
Crop art is something that has just caught the nation’s interest. If you walk by the countryside in Japan, you get to see such wonderful works of art from your favorite Hollywood movies.
Over-Cooperative Police Officials
Not only is the common Japanese person over-cooperative, the police are also extremely helpful. Here you see a young police officer drawing a handmade map for a person who had asked for directions to a particular place.
The Japanese Etiquette To Sit On Trains
Only in Japan will you see instructions for maintaining etiquette on public transport. They tell you how to sit with your legs closed so that you can leave space for the passengers on your side.
Stickers On Car To Tell The Difference Between Old People And Young Ones
In Japan, there are stickers on cars to differentiate between the elderly and the young. The elderly are given way and not kept waiting for long on toll booths.
Self-Service Vegetable Shops
This shows how honest people are in Japan. This is a standard vegetable shop where you will find no attendant. People are expected to leave the money in the designated collection boxes.
Ground Staff Apologizing For A Delayed Flight
Another example of Japanese decency. Here you see the ground staff in an airport apologizing for a delayed flight. That’s how nice and polite the people are.
You Just Need To Place A Request
If you have a package that needs to be handled with extra care in Japan, then all you need to do is put in a request. The delivery staff will certainly heed to your request. The photo above is an example of their kind service.
Carts To Carry Heavy Loads Down The Stairs
Nowhere except for Japan will you see trolleys like this to carry heavy loads down the stairs. Such unique inventions are made in this country only and nowhere else.
Fire Escape Ramps
These fire escape ramps are installed for emergency exits in case of a fire. You will find them in every building in Japan.
Complimentary Green Tea
A person bought a second-hand PS3. He was also given a complimentary green tea pouch with it. Complimentary gifts are a part of Japanese culture.
Ticket Pocket In Train Seats
These have been put in place so that the ticket checker does not have to wake a sleepy passenger. All the person has to do is place the ticket in this pocket.
Height Comparison Of The Bridge With Godzilla
The Japanese have a habit of adding novelty to anything they design. Here you see a bridge, which is a popular tourist destination as well. The height comparison of the bridge has been done with that of Godzilla.
Seating Instructions On Seat Cover
Train seating arrangement has been shown on the seat covers in a Japanese train. This seat space is reserved for the elderly, expecting mothers or mothers who have young children with them.
Extremely Polite Bus Drivers
You will see chivalrous Japanese bus drivers who hold out umbrellas for their passengers. This is so the passengers can open their own umbrellas without getting wet in the process.
Real Life Mario Kart Race
Japanese people do not ignore or suppress their childish urges. Here in this picture, you see a group of adults competing in a Mario Kart race in peak traffic hours.
A Ticket Which Explains Tardiness At Work
There are driver tickets in Japan, where the tardiness of the driver can be shown to the passengers. Here you see a ticket showing the dates when the driver was not punctual that are marked with stamps.
Robots For The Aging Population
Here you see a robot which helps the elderly. Since so many Japanese people are aging and the elderly population outnumbers the youth, the government invested heavily in such technology.
Where else in the world will you find this technology. Here you see a handrail which is antibacterial. The germs are killed instantaneously.
Customer Space Marked At The Counter
How much space is one allowed to have while being seated in public? This has been clearly marked on the counter top. The Japanese simply don’t waste any resource, not even space.
When Automatic Train Tickets Run Out Of Change
This is what happens when an automatic train ticket vending machine runs out of change. The humans running these machines dispense the change to the customers.
Female Bus Drivers
What is so uncommon about having female bus drivers? There are woman who drive public transports in other countries as well. However, in Japan, woman are in the majority of the labor force. Around 52.5% of bus drivers are female.
There are guards for the escalators. Probably the escalator on the right isn’t working, so a guard has been planted there so that one does not try and use it by mistake.
Movie Theater Kotatsu
Kotatsu is a table top with a charcoal heater underneath it. The premium seats in a movie theater are arranged around a Kotatsu, so that the guests feel warm while watching the movie.
Here you can see animal hairbands with realistic animal dummies mounted onto them. The Japanese have an extremely unique concept of style.
Two Prices For The Same Product
The Japanese people are used to calculating prices both with tax and without tax. This is because the Japanese are used to doing things in this way.
You can buy these umbrellas at extremely cheap prices and then dispose them after you have used them.
Friendly Competitors In Japan
Here you see that a thermal resort, Beppu, is holding a campaign for its competing thermal resort, Kusatsu, which had been destroyed in an earthquake. Japanese people have helpfulness and compassion deeply embedded within them.
Do you have a habit of forgetting where you put your slippers? These self parking shoes will ensure that your shoes or slippers always remain in the same place.
Cherry Tree Made Out Of Lego Bricks
The Japanese seem to be in love with the Spring season. They also love to play with Lego bricks. This cherry tree is entirely made out of Lego bricks and looks like a stunning masterpiece.
The Spring In Japan
Here in this picture you see Spring Season in full bloom in Japan. The cherry trees look so pretty with all those pink-colored flowers on them.
Pringle Flavored Noodles
Only in Japan will you find Pringle flavored ramen. We don’t know how it would taste, but it seems that Japanese people love to experiment with flavors of all kinds.
Bread Without The Crust
Here you can see a bread slice without the crust on it. How come? In Japan, you can choose between buying bread with or without crust, depending on your preference.
See What The Pilot Is Seeing
These types of sightings will only happen in Japan. Here you can see that the TV monitor on the plane is connected to the camera on the outer side of the plane. So, you can also see what the pilot is seeing.
Mini Fire Truck
In Japan, you will find a compact version of everything. Here you can see a mini version of regular fire truck. Such fire trucks can be seen in fire stations in every block.
Apartments With Micro-Gardens
There are apartments in Japan with micro-gardens like these in them. Despite being overcrowded, people try to maintain as much greenery as possible.
Calorie Loss Scale Markings On Stairs
The people in Japan are fitness freaks and workout every day. There are many public places which have markings of similar nature and show how much energy you have burnt while climbing the stairs.
The concept of pet grooming seems to be all the rage in Japan. They just love it so much.
Bullet Train Shoes
In Japan, they have shoes that look like bullet trains. It’s probably due to the fact that the Japanese have a love for speed and all things that are fast.
Mini McDonald Booths
A mini-McDonald’s booth adjacent to a park. Now you don’t need to rush to the nearest McDonald’s outlet to buy your favorite goodies. These booths sell all the items that you can buy in regular outlets.
Fruits With Cartoon Motifs
Here you can see a melon with the popular Ninny cat motif on it. As mentioned, the Japanese are crazy about fancy agriculture. This is one such hobby that many fruit farmers have.
Here you can see a capsule locker bed arrangement in a hotel. Space is something that Japanese cities have always been short of, so you will find such structures in Japan. They might look small, but they are extremely luxurious and in accordance with Japanese standard sizes.
Here you can see people in Japan enjoying their time on an indoor beach. Outside, the climate is quite rainy and there had also been a typhoon two days before this picture was taken.
Automatic Lights In The Toilet
These toilets have LED lights and light up whenever you enter the bathroom. No more worrying about stumbling in the restroom in the darkness!
Departmental Store Elevator Attendants
In Japan, you will find two or three departmental stores which have attendants for elevators. Talk about treating your guests. The Japanese know all about that.
All Product Vending Machines
In Japan, you will find vending machines of all sorts. You have machines with cold beverages and ones with hot beverages. Food, perishables, street food, candies, and would you believe it, you even have ones for disposable umbrellas.
Fish Shaped Cones
You can also get ice-cream in special fish shaped cones. The Japanese have always been crazy for sea food and fantasy stories. So you will find edibles in innumerable shapes and sizes.
Have you ever tried black fries? No, they are not char-burned. These are called Nobiya fries and have been prepared by smearing a special sauce made from a combination of various spices.
Japan is one of those countries which has the highest population density in the world. So space has always been an issue for people. That is why these multi-level parking spaces come in handy. Such parking spaces can be found in many houses.
All Flavor KitKats
Have you ever tried KitKat chocolates in green tea flavor? Or what about a bacon flavored KitKat? Sounds strange? Not in Japan. Apart from these two unusual flavors, there are nearly a dozen different flavors to try.
Glow In The Dark Tattoos
Japanese people do unusual things like getting tattoos like this. They might look normal during the day, but by nighttime, they can glow in the dark.
Here are bras which respond to the way a woman feels. If the woman is feeling positive, the bra swells and increases in size showing a fuller bust. If she is not in the mood, then it deflates automatically.
If you are feeling sleepy on the train while travelling back from work, then you need not worry about your head bobbing up and down. All you need is this helmet where you can sleep without fearing that your head will fall onto your neighbor’s shoulder.
This one is just a fetish for clean freaks. Wherever you see some dirt, just use these shoes to wipe it up without always having to use a broom.
Readymade Emergency Kits
Whenever you are stuck in a situation where you might not have access to food and water and the necessary things for survival, then you could keep this kit with you. It contains all the necessary items that you need to survive. Such kits are available in departmental stores in Japan.
Automatic Butter Grater
Smearing butter with a knife can take a lot of effort, so this butter grater is the perfect solution. All you need to do is rotate the head of the gadget and you get a dollop of butter on top of your toast.
This mouse can be directed with the help of your hand. All you need to do is twiddle your fingers in the right direction. All the components of this mouse have been installed in this glove.