141 Facts That Prove Japan Is Unlike Any Other Country (New Pics)

Right near the top of our bucket lists is visiting Japan someday (hopefully soon). It’s a fascinating country that sometimes seems more at home in a fairytale book than on Planet Earth. There’s a sense of excitement, modernity, and love for its people present there that’s almost unparalleled anywhere else in the world. It’s far from just about anime, manga, samurai, and Sony—concentrating just on those would do the culture a disservice.

Our team here at Bored Panda wanted to show you some of the most interesting aspects of life in Japan, so we’ve lovingly curated this list for you that proves that it’s a country that’s both extremely technologically advanced and deeply magical and wondrous at its core. Check out the coolest facts about Japan below, upvote your fave pics, and let us know what you personally love the most about the country and Japanese culture.

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By the way, when you’re done enjoying this list, have a look through our earlier ‘Facts about Japan’ article series right here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

#1 A Cafe In Japan Is Hiring Paralyzed People To Control Robot Servers In Order To Still Make An Income

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#2 Bus Drivers In Japan, Striking In Such A Way That People Don’t Suffer

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#3 This Is A Rice Paddy. Farmers In Japan Plant Specific Rice Species To Make These Amazing Artworks

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Earlier, Japanese language expert Kotryna Kvietkauskaitė, from Lithuania, explained to Bored Panda that the Japanese are very welcoming of foreigners who put in the effort to speak their language and absorb their culture.

“In Japan, when a foreigner speaks Japanese, they can often get praise for their language skills, even if they simply introduced themselves which is one of the first things that students learn to do,” she said that you’ll often get points for trying, even if what you’re saying isn’t at native-level standards yet.

#4 Penguin Soap Opera In Kyoto Aquarium

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#5 Tree In Japan Being Relocated To Make Way For A Road

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#6 Train Seats In Japan Facing Outwards So You Can See The Scenery

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Language expert Kotryna said that learning any language, including Japanese, is a personal experience. Everyone moves at their own pace and we shouldn’t be in a rush to compare ourselves to others in our own journeys.

“One person might take 5 years until they learn to read Japanese fiction without any problems while another person might take 10 years. In other words, there isn’t a clearly-defined point that can be reached after which a person can confidently state that they know Japanese as well as the average native,” she said. That’s why you shouldn’t wait for the ‘perfect’ moment to visit the country (i.e. when you know the language well enough): you ought to embrace the culture and absorb the language by going there in person as soon as you can.

#7 Japan Repair A Sinkhole In Fukuoka City In 2 Days

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#8 Long Walkway Covered In Semi-Transparent Umbrellas In Moominvalley Park, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

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#9 There Is A Phone Booth Known As The “Telephone Of The Wind” On A Hill Overlooking The Ocean In Otsuchi Town In Northeastern Japan. It Is Connected To Nowhere, But People Come To “Call” Family Members Lost During The 2011 Earthquake And Tsunami

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The world’s full of fans of Japan and its culture. There’s nothing wrong with being a Japanophile, considering the huge impact the 126-million-people strong country has had on the entertainment and tech industries.

However, there are times when your love for a foreign country can be taken to extremes and go from kawaii to cringey. One example when you can take an obsession with Japan too far is when you end up with people getting tattoos of Japanese kanji done without knowing what the symbols actually mean.

#10 At Japanese Airports, The Baggage Handlers Arrange Luggage By Color So It’s Easier For You To Find Your Bag

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#11 On Many Japanese Toilets, The Hand Wash Sink Is Attached So That You Can Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For The Next Flush. Japan Saves Millions Of Liters Of Water Every Year Doing This

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#12 When You Need Help At A Train Station In Japan, Station Staff Will Literally Pop Out And Help You

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Or a foreigner who’s just started learning the language (and just managed to painstakingly memorize the hiragana alphabet) suddenly starts pretending that they know the language better than actual experts. In their love of the culture, some folks end up making fools of themselves because they’re too eager to demonstrate that they’re bigger fans than anyone else.

However, the vast majority of Japanophiles love the country and culture enough to be humble enough with their knowledge and not jump up at every opportunity to show it off. After all, if we’re all in love with Japanese culture, why turn it into a competition for who loves it the most? Rather, it’s best to share your favorite aspects with others and listen to others share theirs.

#13 Train Tracks In Japan Have Special Pathways For Turtles Under Them To Avoid Turtle Casulaties And Train Delays

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#14 There’s An Ancient Japanese Pruning Method From The 14th Century That Allows Lumber Production Without Cutting Down Trees Called “Daisugi”

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#15 This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan

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#16 This Train Stop In Japan Has No Entries Or Exits, It Has Been Put There Merely So That People Can Stop Off In The Middle Of A Train Journey And Admire The Scenery

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#17 The Gum I Bought In Japan Comes With A Stack Of Paper For Easy Disposal

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#18 These Sprinklers On The Road Near The Ski Resort I’m At In Japan To Keep The Road From Freezing Over. (Salt Water If You Were Wondering)

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#19 While Waiting At Kyoto Station This Guy Asked If I Want To Play Two Player Game Boy With Him. 30 Mins Well Spent

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#20 Hospital Food In Japan

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#21 Born In Japan, 1751 And Died In July 7, 1977 At A Grand Old Age Of 226, Koi Hanako Was The Oldest Koi Fish Ever Recorded

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#22 In Japan Some Restaurants Are Really Private, You Are Sitting In A Corner, Where No One Sees You, A Door Opens In Front Of You, The Chef’s Hands Come Out And Serves You Without Looking

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#23 Flight Delayed Due To The Rain Storm, Employees Of Japan Airlines Bow Sorry Passengers

What a delightful moment. The reason I love Japan for its behavior, cleanliness and warm hearted people. There is so much to learn from this country. Salute to them.

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#24 This 400 Year Old Bonsai Tree Survived The Bombing Of Hiroshima In Japan

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#25 This Pizza Box In Japan That Has A Handle In The Middle To Keep The Pizza Flat

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#26 Flood In Japan, Just Realized There Are Barely Any Floating Trash And Debris

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#27 A Relaxation Drink In Japan, The Opposite Of An Energy Drink

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#28 This Driverless Roving Sales Vehicle In Japan

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#29 A Museum In Japan That Has Rocks That Look Like Faces

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#30 Economy Class Meal On Japanese Airline

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#31 The Picture Of The Japanese Movie Advertisement Is Printed On Two Sides Of The Newspaper, So The Full Picture Could Be Seen Under Light

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#32 My Package From Japan Just Came In And The Owner Sent Me A Note With Some Origami

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#33 Floating Solar Power Plant In Japan On The On The Yamakura Dam Reservoir

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#34 The “Solar Ark”, A Massive Building In Japan Comprised Of 5,046 Solar Panels

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#35 I Bought Eye Drops From Japan And The Owner Decided To Write A Thank You Note With It Because Of The Covid Delay And Included His Favourite Tea And Sweets

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#36 Aogashima Is An Isolated Village In Tokyo That Is Inside A Volcano That Has Another Mini Volcano Inside It

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#37 This KFC In Japan Has Colonel Sanders Dressed In A Samurai Attire (And A Matching Mask)

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#38 Anti-Theft System For Bags I Found In The Space In Front Of The Toilet At Shinjuku Station This Week And I Really Like It

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#39 A Vending Machine In Japan That Sells Solder And Resistors, For Your Late-Night Circuitry Cravings

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#40 These Fish Socks From Japan

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#41 This Is Not The Food From A High-End Restaurant. This Is Hospital Food In Japan

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#42 Japan’s Fans Cleaning Up Their Sections After Their Match vs. Ivory Coast. Much Respect

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#43 In Yokohama, They’re Making A 1/1 Scale “Mobile Suit” From Mobile Suit Gundam. It’s Gonna Even Have All Moving Parts, And Might Walk On Its Own

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#44 Somewhere In Kyoto, Japan, There’s This Man And His Dog. He Plays The Flute, The Dog Is Cute, And That’s How They Earn Some Loot

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#45 Hiroshima, Before When It Got Wiped Off The Map And Less Than A Single Lifetime After

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#46 Kintai-Kyō Arch Bridge, In The City Of Iwakuni, Japan

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#47 A Suit Store In An Okinawa Mall

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#48 The Japanese Daisugi Technique For Growing Trees Started In The 14th Century And Have Been Producing Wood For 700 Years Without Cutting Down Trees

Trees are pruned similar to a bonsai tree and the wood is cut as uniform, straight and without knots. Practically perfect for construction.

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#49 Game Boy-Shaped Mailbox In The Remote Mountain Area Of Shikoku, Japan

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#50 “Pets” Button On A High End Residential Building Elevator In Tokyo

Those who ride the elevator with a pet press it so an HEPA filter purifies the air and a silent alarm alerts those with allergies to avoid riding it until the air is clean again.

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#51 Japan’s First Sign Language Starbucks

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#52 These Hello Kitty Construction Barriers In Tokyo

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#53 Subways In Japan Have Women Only Cars

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#54 In The City Of Shimabara On Japan’s Kyushu Island, The Drainage Canals Are So Clean They Are Home To Hundreds Of Koi Carp

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#55 These Air Conditioned Construction Worker Jackets In Japan

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#56 I Found A Store In Japan That Has Every Console, Ever

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#57 The “Vanish” Roller Coaster Is A One-Of-A-Kind Roller Coaster At Cosmo World Amusement Park In Yokohama, Japan

Bringing riders through an underwater tunnel for roughly two minutes of thrill.

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#58 This Japanese Toilet Refills Through A Sink In The Top So You Can Rinse Your Hands And Re-Use The Water

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#59 Deformed Daisies From The Fukushima Nuclear Plant In Japan

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#60 This Stoplight In Tokyo Uses Astro Boy

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#61 This Kids’ Slide With Rollers Near Osaka Castle

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#62 This Bathroom In Japan Lets You Know Which Stalls Are Vacant Before You Even Go In

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#63 A Tsunami Evacuation Pod For Sale In Japan

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#64 Ebisu East Gallery In Shibuya, Tokyo

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#65 A Cafe I Visited In Tokyo Can Print Pictures Of You Into The Foam Of Your Macchiato

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#66 At Narita Airport In Tokyo They Neatly Line Up Your Suitcases With The Handle Facing Up

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#67 The Massive Underground Cathedral Protecting Tokyo From Floods (This Isn’t A 3D Render)

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#68 Meiji Chocolate Factory In Japan Has Chocolate Bar Shaped Wall

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#69 Various Drain/Utility Covers I’ve Seen In Tokyo, Kawaguchiko, Shizuoka, Okayama, Osaka And Kyoto

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#70 This Robot Getting Transported In Japan

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#71 These Square Watermelons In Japan – Grown In Boxes To Shape Them While On The Vine – For Convenient Stacking, Shipping, And Refrigerator Storage

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#72 Eggs Boiled In Volcano Water. Japan

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#73 Before A Typhoon Light Refraction Causes The Sky To Turn Purple In Japan

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#74 The Heaviest Apple Ever Weighted 1.849kg And Was Grown And Picked By Chisato Iwasaki In Japan

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#75 This Public Onsen Foot Spa In Japan Designed So That Wheelchair Users Can Use It Too

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#76 Chopsticks I Got In Tokyo (2019) For The 2020 Olympics That Never Happened

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#77 Nintendo Was Founded 132 Years Ago In Kyoto. These Are Their First Headquarters

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#78 Long Carrots For Sale At The Supermarket (In Japan)

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#79 This Is A Miniature Statue Of Liberty Next To An Abandoned Sushi Restaurant In My Wife’s Home Town In Northeastern Japan

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#80 On May 30, The Tokyo Shimbun Newspaper Ran A Full-Page Editorial Imploring Japan To Reduce Plastic And Hosaka Reproduced It On A Beach

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#81 This Shop Window In Kyoto Had A Model Of The Shop, Which Had A Model Of The Shop In Its Window, Which Then Had A Model Of The Shop In That Window

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#82 At This Japanese Toilet, You Will Never Forget Your Items Again

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#83 The Stairs Made Of Glass Blocks At Go’o Shrine In Naoshima Japan

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#84 These Strawberries From Japan Come In Three Different Shades

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#85 Karate Chop Building, Okinawa, Japan

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#86 Radiation Levels Displayed At A Train Station Near Fukushima In Japan – 8 Years On From The Nuclear Disaster. This Was The Last Stop Before The Exclusion Zone, And I Was The Only One Left On The Train

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#87 This Guy In His Cooling Fan Jacket In 36° Tokyo Heat

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#88 They Put A Raincoat On Mametchi Outside The Bandai HQ In Tokyo When It Rains

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#89 Emergency Toilet In All The Lifts At My Hotel In Japan

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#90 In Japan, They Treat Wood Siding By Charring It In A Process Called Shou Sugi Ban

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#91 Japan’s Future Passenger Maglev Trains Have Been Tested At Half The Speed Of Sound

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#92 To Reach The Peak Of Mt. Ishizuchi In Japan You Have To Climb These Large Link Chains

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#93 Beautiful Seaglass In Japan

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#94 Mushroom House In Akebono Kodomo-No-Mori Park, Hanno, Saitama, Japan

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#95 This Tree Survived The Bombing In Hiroshima

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#96 Training Work For A Bank In Japan. You Have To Perfect Numbers

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#97 My Local Tokyo Grocery Sells Loaves Of Bread With 4, 5, Or 6 Slices. Each Has The Same Total Volume Per Loaf; They Only Change The Thickness Of Each Slice

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#98 Covid-19 Test Vending Machine In Japan

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#99 Abandoned Spaceship Ropeway, Japan

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#100 Train Through Woods. Railway In Rural Japan

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#101 In Japan Spaghetti Portions In Each Bag Are Wrapped Separately And Marked With The Number Of Minutes They Need To Be Boiled For

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#102 A Photo Of Didymium Serpula (A Slime Mold) From Japan

They appear at the beginning of the rainy season (end of May to the beginning of June in the Kansai area).

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#103 Cup Ramen Ice Cream I Got At The Cup Noodle Museum In Yokohama, Japan

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#104 Abandoned Cars Slowly Getting Overtaken By Nature In The Fukushima Exclusion Zone After The Nuclear Incident In 2011

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#105 This Krispy Kreme Store In Tokyo Looks Like A Donut Box

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#106 Japan Has A Size Beer For Every Occasion

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#107 Car Filled With Nature, In A Parking Lot In Tokyo

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#108 The Way The Movers Arranged My Boots To Keep My Floor Clean (Japan)

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#109 We Have Pringles Cup Noodles In Japan

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#110 Crystal Cola? Is Being Sold Here In Japan

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#111 Japan Has Bottled Colorless Coffee Without Caffeine That Tastes Exactly Like The Usual One

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#112 Car Is Parked In The Driveway Which Is Built Over A Small Stream In Kyoto, Japan

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#113 This Capsule Machine Mall In Kyoto, Japan

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#114 Shizuoka, The Epicenter Of Japan’s Plastic Model Industry, Debuts Awesome New Mailbox Design

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#115 Chiba Urban Monorail, Chiba Prefecture, Japan

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#116 When In Tokyo, Check Out Pigment – It’s A Store With Every Color Imaginable, And You Can Even Mix Your Own

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#117 A Sticker That Was Put On My Parcel From Japan

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#118 This House In Japan

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#119 Outback Steakhouse In Japan Gives Each Diner A Mask Case To Store Their Masks

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#120 This Is The Longest Suspension Bridge In The World, Kobe, Japan. I’ve Been In Japan For 3 Weeks Now And This Is My Best Shot

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#121 In Japan They Have Fountains For Drinking And Gargling

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#122 The Designs On These Lipton Tea Cartons In Japan

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#123 My Rugby Jersey Is An Extra Large In Japan

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#124 These White Strawberries From Japan

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#125 Banana Phone Case (Found In Tokyo)

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#126 15 Years Later In Japan And I Still Think Food Models Here Are Amazing

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#127 Passed By This Restaurant Last Summer. In Here You Can Be Able To Catch Your Fish And Make Them Cooked (Shinsekai, Osaka)

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#128 Luffy Traffic Barriers In Oda’s Hometown Of Kumamoto

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#129 A Slightly Smaller Coke Bottle In Japan Called The “Drinkable Size Coke”

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#130 A Japanese 1 Yen Coin Can Float

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#131 This House On A Pole I Saw In Japan

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#132 This Is How Many Documents You Have To Submit To Become A Japanese Citizen. Manga For Scale

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#133 The Priority Seats In Kyoto Metro Have A Special Design

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#134 This Skinny Office Building Squeezed In An Alley Between Two Buildings In Tokyo

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#135 Mario And Luigi Gum From Japan. Look How Detailed The Inside Is

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#136 Over In Japan, You Can Tie The Sticker On A Coke Bottle In A Bow By Pulling A Tab

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#137 Japan’s Incredibly Life-Like Plastic Restaurant Menu Displays

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#138 You Can Buy Cases Of Mini 135ml Beers In Japan

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#139 The Mirror In My Hotel In Japan Has A Heated Part That Won’t Steam Up After A Shower

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#140 In Tokyo, Sidewalks Have Paths For The Blind

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#141 This Hotel In Japan Had Multiple Arcades That Were Empty Both Day And Night

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