#1. Distribution of Pocket Tissues
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One way to advertise in Japan is handing out free pocket tissues with a company’s advertising. This creates part-time job. Many people do not take the pocket tissues.
#2. High-Tech Toilets
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Many toilets in Japan are washlet toilets. Foreigners are not used to these functions so many of them go unused. Many toilets open and close automatically.
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Oshibori is a hot towel given to guest at restaurants before or after ordering. They are meant for sanitizing the hands before eating. Cafes and restaurants provide towels. Hand towels can be hot or cold.
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A nameplate in Japan displays the family name or last name of the people living there. If the nameplate and package being delivered do not match, the person cannot receive the package.
#5. Love Hotel
A type of hotel for a short-stay so that couples can have private time. Many people in their 20’s still live with their parents. The name originated from a hotel is Osaka called Hotel Love. Entrances are discrete and there is little to no interaction with hotel staff. Leaving the room forfeits access to the room. Certain days and times are more expensive.
#6. Capsule Hotel
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A type of hotel with basic necessities. Meant for one night guest traveling alone. Very small space per capsule. There is usually a television, wireless internet, and an electric console. The capsules are stacked side-by-side and two units high. There is luggage storage and a shared bathroom. Many hotels separate men and women.
#7. Lost and Found Items are Taken to Police Station
If a wallet is found, Japanese people take it to the nearby police station. Many people do not open or look inside the wallet.
#8. Hana Celeb
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Hana Celeb is such a soft tissue and it feels like silk, some people give these as gifts to their friends overseas. It’s like a wet wipe and a piece of cloth mixture together. Many tissues can turn the nose red but these keep the skin moisturized.
#9. Volume of Vending Machines
A vending machine can dispense drinks and snacks etc. There are vending machines on every corner of Japan. Vending machines in Japan are rarely vandalized and people feel safe using them. There a vending machines supplying ice cream, crepes, coffee, canned food, and dress shirts etc.
#10. Multi-Story Automated Car Park
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Since parking in small tight spaces can be difficult, there are parking garages that do the job for the driver. The car drives onto the metal platform and from there the car is transported to parking spot. People are not parking the cars, the machines is doing all of the work.
A randoseru is a firm-sided backpack made of leather or a leather-like material. It is commonly used by elementary school kids in Japan. Children receive it on the first day of school and use it until six grade. This followed the wave of western culture during the Meiji restoration.
#12. Kotatsu Table
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A kotstsu is a low, wooden table frame covered by a heavy blanket. There is a heat source underneath, the heat source used to be a charcoal brazier but now it is electric. Many Japanese houses do not have central heating or cooling. In the winter, families will gather around the table to stay warm.
#13. Braille on Cans
Recently, braille on beer cans has been included. It transcribes more or less what is trying to be written.
#14. Children Commute by Themselves
It is normal to see elementary school kids taking buses and trains by themselves. A Japanese proverb is “Send the beloved child on a journey”. Children are socialized to be independent from a young age, children commute to school alone. If parents were to take their kids to and from school everyday, the whole working culture of Japan would have to change. Allowing children to walk around alone makes them independent and put trust in the community members.
#15. Automatic Taxi Doors
The taxi driver is able to open the door for passengers. Many foreigners don’t know this and try to open and close the door by themselves. Japan drives on the left side and people also try to open the door on the wrong side too.
#16. Raw Eggs are Eaten
Almost everyone in Japan eats raw eggs. The most common dish is a raw egg over hot cooked rice. Others dishes that use raw eggs are sukiyaki and beef bowls etc.
#17. Dispen Packs
The package is flat and when pinched with the thumb and index finger the ketchup is dispensed. This is convenient because there is no extra packing to deal with and it can be used with one hand.
#18. People Who Bow While Talking on the Phone
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Japan has a very strict bowing system. People bow at different angles depending on the societal relationship. People are taught to bow toward many actions so talking on the phone is not forgotten. Even though the other person can not see them, it is usually a nod type of bow.
#19. Public Transportation is Always On Time
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Public transportation in Japan is always on time. They are never too early and if they are late by a few minutes, there will be an apology announcement. In some other countries, time schedules are relative or not kept at all. If the commuter trains are over 10 minutes later, company employees get a late notice from train stations to show to the boss.
#20. People Who Sleep on the Train
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Sleeping on trains can be considered a societal norm. Some people on trains or buses fall asleep immediately after they sit down. Long commutes and long working hours can lead to sleeping on public transportation. There is little to no fear of a personal item being taken while asleep.