There are certain things that are so distinctive of Japan, that I’m pretty sure they have caught the attention of many foreigners. Listed here are six things that will have you saying, “That is so Japan!”
On top of the list is how the Japanese bow almost all of the time. The Japanese are known to be very polite, and bowing is one way to show their respect for one other. It is even said that the lower one bows, the greater the respect is shown for the other person bowed to.
“Piisu!”, as the Japanese would say, is a very famous hand sign you see in photos. Alright— so maybe this one isn’t exclusive to just Japanese, as many Asians do this when posing for a photo. Although, when one comes to visit Japan, it would be pretty impossible to miss this during your trip, especially when visiting tourist spots.
Popular with adolescents, the peace sign isn’t really supposed to mean anything, although there is some history that comes with it. Most people do it just to look cute, which brings us to number three on this list.
Everything in Japan is cute, wouldn’t you agree? Part of Japan’s popular culture is making everything “kawaii” or cute. From their clothing, novelty items, toys, displays, and even their food— everything is just so undeniably adorable!
Vending machines are all over Japan. The most common ones you see are the ones that sell beverages. Some also sell beer, ice cream, toys and souvenirs, fresh fruit, and even ready-to-go hot meals. In some areas, there are even be vending machines that give out panties and condoms! Nice one, Japan! With vending machines, the possibilities are endless!
As if the Japanese haven’t thought of everything already, here they are going at us with their one-of-a-kind sense of humor. Videos of various Japanese commercials, pranks and game shows have gone viral on social media and have spread like wildfire! Some videos are pretty extreme and go all out in their pranking, which makes it very entertaining. If you haven’t seen any of these videos yet, click the links below.
When you think of Japan, the image of Japanese tourists picking up trash from campsite, stadiums and so on might also come to your mind.
Even if it’s not their garbage, many would help keeping the communal space clean and in my opinion, all countries should take their example.
In Japan, there are no janitors. In companies, the employees come to work and clean up the office or children at school will clean up together, develop good habits and learn manners by doing that.
You can see more about Garbage Disposal here and also have a look at the Japanese Schools practice of having the students clean up daily and learn out many other surprising facts about schools in Japan here.
Oh, Japan, you are something else! Being weaved together with threads of strong traditional customs, modern living, and futuristic advancements, this country gives us one big cozy quilt of awesomeness! These six things mentioned above are just a few things that make Japan, well— Japan! Are there any others you can think of?