18 Fascinating Facts About Japan I Learned In Tokyo

Yes, that’s a rabbit in the lead.

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m British living in London. I love to travel, and always wanted to go to Japan!

I took my mind back on my pre-Covid trip, and made a list of unofficial notes about Japan/Tokyo that I thought were worth mentioning.

1.

There are these trucks driving around playing music loudly, presumably for promotional purposes.

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Check out this singing mouse who was so battered that he passed out and lost his wig – what an icon!

2.

There are some restaurants where you can order via a vending machine!

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The quickest way to dinner for anyone who hates humans.

3.

You can buy sandwiches with the crusts already cut out!

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Tbh, I wasn’t mad at those.

4.

You often get a small basket in a restaurant to store your belongings while you sit and eat.

Love this idea – in Japan, all restaurants/cafes provide you with a basket when you sit down to put your handbag or shop safely and tidy.

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If you didn’t already know, Japan likes to keep things clean.

5.

The traffic cones we saw were more interesting than ours.

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Some are lit, some painted with faces and designs, like these Fuji-inspired cones at Kawaguchi Station.


6.

Some places have special slippers that can be worn in the toilet for hygiene reasons. I was told that people do the same at home too!

7.

People don’t just take Dogs for a walk!

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It’s actually called a “jump” when it’s a rabbit.

8.

Most stores in Tokyo tape your shopping bag together as proof of purchase.

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No ma’am, you I can not Wear this outside the store.


9.

People cycle on the sidewalk as well as on the road.

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My anxiety was at 110% for most of the flight.

10.

Convenience stores have a range of really wild drinks, including fluorescent green watermelon soda, which I’ve become addicted to.

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Other delicious drinks I’ve enjoyed include cold milk tea, matcha latte, plum wine, and each cho hai – a highly flavored cocktail made with Japanese liquor called shōcho.


11.

The whole country is obsessed with cute things like cats, puppies, rabbits and mice.

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I mean, I guess we knew that already, but I I can not Emphasize enough the number of ~ kawaii ~ lettering ads, products and services!

12.

The train seats can be rotated in the direction of travel for your convenience.

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Say sayōnara for travel sickness!

13.

There are flat wooden slippers called “geeta” (similar to clogs), which the Japanese sometimes wear.

14.

You can not smoke anywhere – there are cages for street smokers.

15th.

95% of the toilets are extremely luxurious, with plenty of buttons to enhance your toilet experience!

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Options include seat warmers, bidet, karaoke, and ejector seat.


16.

There are “maid cafes” where young women dress up as maids and serve you food and drink.

17.

Finally, when a train goes into a subway station, a sweet little song plays over the tan.

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Depending on the font you’re using, the song changes!

18.

Bonus: I had to include this point about masks, which I wrote back in 2019…and of course, everyone wears face masks for a variety of reasons such as wanting to avoid air pollution, allergens, germs or even wanting to cover up a spot or blemish!

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#TBT When masks were a huge novelty!


Anyway, hope to see you again soon, Japan!!! 🇯🇵 ♥ ️🇯🇵 ♥ ️🇯🇵

Have you ever been to Tokyo or Japan and noticed anything unusual or amazing? Let us know in the comments below!

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