Without exaggeration we can say that Japan is truly a special country. Surprisingly, their ancient traditions and modern technology live together, and old customs are just as important as today's ones - modern ones.
So here are some things you probably didn’t know about Japan:
1. In the Japanese subway, dreaded morning crowds are common for going to work, and squeezing passengers alongside passengers is literally a “national sport” for men. Women never resist when a complete stranger leans against them rudely and energetically, but are silent and suffer as if it doesn't concern them at all. Yet one of the lowest rates of violence in the World is precisely in Japan.
2. The Japanese do not like the number 4. That number represents death to them. Something like number 13 in our country, but they take it much more seriously. That is why most of their houses do not have a 4th floor. Many hotels do not have room number 4 at all, and in high skyscrapers, the cheapest apartments are on the 4th floor, which are mostly bought by foreigners, not even knowing how difficult it will be for them to sell the property today / tomorrow.
3. The snowmen they make consist of two parts, not three as in other parts of the world.
4. For Christmas Eve, it is their custom to go with their families to a fast food restaurant where they eat fried chicken without any side dish. Christmas is not a big holiday in Japan, because most of them are Shintoists and Buddhists, more than 92% of them.
5. Smokers will like this, because you can smoke in Japan just about anywhere, except in the waiting room at the airport. Probably out of compassion for non-smoking tourists who would find themselves there. Still, cigarette butts are forbidden to be thrown on the street, and on the streets you wouldn’t believe there are no trash cans. If there are any, that’s a negligible and ridiculous number. There are also apps that help tourists find a trash can in the middle of Tokyo. People take their garbage to their homes, throw it in their bins, which are then taken away by the competent services. Precisely because of all the above, smokers in Japan carry large ashtrays with them wherever they go.
6. Every cell phone sold in Japan has built-in hazard software. He activates and informs all the Japanese about some cataclysm that has happened. It doesn't matter if the cell phone is turned off, in sleep mode or on the phone, the alarm will go off and alert you to the danger. You will also receive an SMS with exact instructions on what you need to do at that moment. The alarm cannot be extinguished so even if you are miles away from potential danger, it will still ring and ring.
7. The Japanese do not sign by hand anywhere. They wear small lipstick-shaped stamps with which they seal where they need to sign. They shop with him in the store, borrow books from libraries and the like. Everyone has their own stamp with especially recognizable signs.
8. In the northern parts of Japan where snow falls in large quantities, it does not create traffic problems at all. The roads are heated, so pedestrians are safe from ice and drivers are calm in traffic. Therefore, snow clearing is not necessary at all.
9. Dolphins are their specialty. They most often eat dolphin soup or Kushiyaki (skewers). Those who have tried dolphin meat state that it does not have the classic fishy taste, and this is probably because they are mammals and not fish.
10. Japan does not have an army, at least not in the true sense of the word, and according to 9 points of their Constitution, it is forbidden to take part in the war.
11. It is forbidden to talk on a cell phone in the subway and train. If someone calls you, you are allowed to answer and say that you are not able to talk. If you travel long distances, there are specially marked places on the train where you are allowed to talk on your cell phone.
12. The famous Sushi dish should not be prepared by a woman, because a man’s hands are warmer than a woman’s and this can supposedly affect the taste of the fish ultimately.
13. In Japan, you can rarely find watermelons of a classic shape. Namely, their watermelons are cubic, they are grown in a special way for the watermelon to develop into a cube. They justify this by easier stacking and transport to stores across the country.
14. It is very important which blood group you are and they pay a lot of attention to it and this information must be stated in the CV when submitting a job application. Even the condoms they buy have a blood type label for consumers. If, by any chance, there is no condom in the store with a certain blood group of a man, he will go to another store. By the end of writing this article, I had not been able to find information on the difference between condoms with different blood types.
15. Most Japanese who are "trimmed to zero" actually apologize to someone. Haircut is one form of excuse for them.
16. Literacy in Japan is almost 100%.
Japan seems to be a really special country and their devotion to tradition combined with modern technology is really stunning