I received mixed responses when I told my family and friends that I would be traveling to Japan. Varying from ‘I am extremely jealous’ to ‘I am really looking forward to hearing about your experiences’ and ‘Be prepared, Japan is crazy’.
Let me start by saying that Japanese people are the best. They are helpful, kind and considerate and a major reason why I enjoyed my 1 month trip so much.
But I have to admit I came across some things in Japan that were… different, unusual and sometimes downright weird. Let’s start with Japanese toilets…
I may have a slight obsession with toilets. The thing is, I have the tiniest bladder which makes locating toilets while traveling a priority. During our trip around Southeast Asia I made it a habit not to drink at all on travel days. I know, not very healthy in a hot and humid climate. But there is nothing worse than driving over a bumpy road in the back of an overcrowded van with a bladder that feels like an oversized water balloon ready to burst.
Luckily for me, in Japan toilets were everywhere. And what’s more, pretty much all the toilets were sparkling clean. Also, the Japanese toilets came with some very interesting options… Of course I had to try these out. I will not go into details but it may not have gone very well and I may not have used them since that particular incident. Turns out I am not pro enough to handle Japanese toilets.
Food & Vending Machines
This list wouldn’t be complete without some pictures of plastic food.
I personally think plastic sample dishes an excellent idea, you know exactly what you are going to get. But it’s slightly weird when you are looking at a plastic plate of food and actually start to feel hungry because it looks delicious. Well, maybe I’m just a little weird;-). Or obsessed with Japanese food. Possibly both. But not too much food:
I thought I landed in Japan when stepping off the plane, but I actually landed in vending machine world! In Japan you can buy anything from a vending machine. Absolutely anything you can thing off.
Weird and funny signs
There were loads of hilarious signs in Japan. I didn’t take a picture of all the crazy signs I came across, however, I still managed to collect quite a few funny ones.
All things Kawaii…
Kawaii means cute, cuddly, soft and sweet. There is a whole Kawaii scene in Japan and you see aspects of it everywhere.
Pretty much everything in Japan has its own jingle. Like the garbage truck.
Each subway station also has it’s own jingle so never a boring moment when riding the tube in Tokyo.
And of course the mania and earsplitting noise in the Japanese gaming halls…
General Japanese quirkiness
I couldn’t resist adding a few more quirky things to this list.
Did you know Japan is the country with the highest proportion of elderly citizens in the world?
We have come to the end of my collection of funny, quirky and strange things in Japan, I hope it made you laugh. If you spend some time on Google there are plenty more funny things to find. But if I may advise you: just go to Japan!