Weird Wonders Only in Japan!

Japan is an amazing place to visit. The country is known as a leading nation in many breakthrough advances in scientific research, particularly in the fields of engineering and natural sciences. Japanese electronics and automotive manufacturing industries account for a large share of the global market.  Also, Japan as a nation has received the highest number of Nobel prizes in Science in all of Asia and is ranked 8th in the world.  It’s no wonder that there are so many amazing things to discover about the Japanese culture and way of life.

Check out some of the amazingly weird things found only in Japan:

Vending machines everywhere

It’s puzzling how such an array of vending machines exists in Japan. It seems like you can purchase almost anything from them. The usual items would be hot meals, cold and hot drinks, and train tickets.

Vending machines. | inefekt69

But there are some practical and eco-friendly vending machines that offer charges on electric cars and a good selection of ebooks. It approaches the realm of the bizarre to see vending machines for the unthinkable, such as live lobsters!

Hatsune Miku craze

The concerts of Hatsune Miku (初音ミク) are very popular—thousands of fans flock to the spectacle of her shows and rave over her singing prowess. Her appearance is unique yet appealing, with her long bubblegum blue locks of hair and schoolgirl/spy attire. But it’s not just all this that makes her extraordinary. Hatsune Miku is a singing synthesizer “app” developed by Crypton Future Media, using Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid 2 synthesizing technology!

Hatsune Miku. | Nao Kitano

The squat toilet

squat toilet is a type of toilet used in a squat position when defecating, rather than sitting. It is commonly made of porcelain and can even be just a hole in the ground. It is essentially positioned much lower on the ground to make it easier for the user to squat.  The technique is proven to have many health benefits and is apparently the best way to go!

Squat toilet. | Matt Perreault

The fugu experience

Fugu or pufferfish has the poison tetrodotoxin, a potent neurotoxin with no known antidote, and it can be lethal. Eating pufferfish, or fugu (河豚 ) in Japanese, may just be one of the thrills when going on a daring adventure in Japan!