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Living in the United States is great. We have beautiful national parks, plenty of beaches, and we’re given a lot of freedoms that many other countries don’t have. Living in America has great advantages, but it’s as if every other country is alien to us. Take Japan, for example. It’s on the opposite side of the world and the way they live is different from the way we live in America. Keep scrolling to find out exactly how different living in Japan truly is.
They have smart toilets that can detect your blood pressure, urine, protein, body fat, and weight in one sitting.
Unnecessary trips to the doctor are a thing of the past. Not only that, but you can keep track of your own health and make adjustments when necessary.
Take a stroll through Japan’s Akihabara district and you’ll feel like you’ve landed on another planet. People walk around dressed as future retro sci-fi steam punks and…maids? Whatever makes you feel good.
Don’t buy fruit in Japan, unless you want pay an arm and a leg.
This square watermelon costs a whopping $212! That better be the best tasting watermelon in existence.
Vendors use both hands when giving you your change, or they set it neatly on a tray.
Even their movie theaters are meant to keep people comfortable. The city of Tokorozawa recently opened up a theater that makes you feel right at home with their traditional kotatsu tables with heating elements underneath.
Unlike in America, where the sales tax is added to the price of the item, Japanese people count it separately.
When workers strike in Japan they benefit the people.
Bus drivers in Okayama, Japan recently went on strike. Instead of not working at all, they decided to continue working, but not charge passengers any money. This way they’re making the company pay and not the people. Americans would do it a bit differently.
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Train stations look a bit different in Japan.
Instead of people running into each other and trying to fight to get on the train, passengers in Japan line up in an nice organized fashion. Must be nice not to be trampled on while waiting for a train.
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Japan doesn’t play around when it comes to food.
Whatever it is that you order will look exactly like it does on the menu. Must be nice. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ordered something that looked like it came out bathroom instead of a kitchen.
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The city streets are extremely well looked after and clean.
It’s rare to see trash on the ground there. Japanese people are taught to be respectful and not leave their trash behind.
The escalator was fenced off and a worker even stood there all day to warn shoppers about the broken escalator.
Disposable umbrellas are huge in Japan.
Umbrellas break quite often in Japan due to the severe weather conditions. Because of this people buy cheap disposable umbrellas so they’re not constantly wasting money.
Customer service has taken on a whole new meaning in Japan.
The five-star Henn-na hotel in Nagasaki Prefecture has changed things up a bit. Instead of being greeted by a human, Japanese-speaking guests get checked in by a humanoid robot. English-speaking guests have the pleasure of being checked in by a robotic dinosaur. Makes sense.
Businesses may compete with each other, but they support one another, as well.
When Kusatsu resort lost business because of an earthquake, the Japanese thermal resort Beppu held a campaign for the sake of its competitor. They posted a sign that read, “Instead of Beppu, you should go to Kusatsu now.” Beppu maintains that they will continue to compete once they recover, but until then, they will work together.
Japan sure does love their light shows.
The Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki is one of many places that puts on a massive light show in winter. They have millions of light bulbs and even a neon boat that takes customers for rides.
With all of the Japanese cherry blossoms blooming, spring is absolutely breathtaking in Japan.
Depending on the climate, the cherry blossoms appear in Tokyo and Kyoto between March and April. This coincides with Japan’s busiest travel week, Golden Week.