Japanese Sizes, a Guide to Tiny Things

  • CULTURE
  • If this is your first visit to Japan, congratulations! You’ve got a chance to experience the ‘miniature world’ in a real sense. If this is your second visit or you are a frequent traveler to Japan, it’s an honor to remind you of how tiny things in Japan are. You are officially checked in.

    Tall size is not so tall

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    You will never get tired looking a coffee shop in Japan. They’re everywhere, quite westernised, with customised order options. Here it is. Your tea is ready. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with your eyesight, nor with your Japanese. The server got your order right. ‘Tall iced tea’. Then, why you are you having a small iced tea instead of tall size as you ordered, and which you usually normally enjoy back home? This is Japan. If you fancy having a tea or coffee just as you do in your country, make sure to check the size of a cup it is served in, in advance. Otherwise, you may feel like you are being tricked!

    Sit down slowly and gently

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    Japan is a heaven for clean toll-free washrooms. Even in emergency, such as overeating of sushi or ramen noodles on your outing, and when you just left the restaurant being a bit too drunk, you can easily find washrooms you have access to, not to mention those at convenience stores which can be found almost every two blocks or so in a big city. My advice is, take extra caution when you are ready to sit on. If you jump on it, you’ll be surprised at how low off the ground it is, compared to a normal western toilet. On top of everything, if it is a convenience store, the overall space is highly restricted. Remember, you are in a miniature world. It does not mean Japanese people have shorter legs though!

    Tiny baths

    One of the excitements about visiting Japan is going and trying natural hot springs called Onsen. For visitors who can only afford a short time but are interested in taking a Japanese bath, there are number of public bath places called Sento, which are usually available at a reasonable price and in good locations. As per entry, you can enjoy several types of baths such as bubble, electric, and medical herbal ones. Japanese people are fond of taking bath regularly and keeping good health. One thing you need to be aware of is, it’s pretty small. In a shared bathtub, you’ll face strangers quite closely and you might feel intimidated or simply uncomfortable. But only at first! Other than that, it’s a perfect place to get to know local Japanese culture and people are happy to communicate with you while naked!

    On board to a miniature world?

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    These are just some of examples that you might find being small or tiny when you are visiting Japan. Let’s go and find more. There are plenty of ‘mini’ items waiting for you to discover them.