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Things About Japan That You May Not Know
The Land of the Rising Sun
Anorexia is a Serious Disease
Japan Has World's Highest Rate of Anorexia
Japan is the world leader when it comes to anorexia and it is almost all females. One reason for this is that women are expected to maintain certain looks in the country in order to receive acceptance. The country is one of the safest and richest there is so maybe that is a contributing factor in this epidemic. Women are obsessed with body weight and often do not eat enough even when they are pregnant.
Children Learn Work Skills
In Japan Students are Janitors
Japanese schools do not have janitors but they do have children. The kids clean bathrooms, sweep and mop along with other janitorial duties. In large parts of Japan, 6th through 12th grade students meet up twice per week to clean the school during the year. Also, students spend around 30 minutes after the lunch period each day doing duties such as: cleaning restrooms, cleaning floors and dishes and of course taking out the trash.
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Wide Variety of Products
Japan has Alcoholic Vending Machines
Japan is famous for their wide array of vending machines which carry a little of everything. The country has the biggest supply of vending machines in the world. Some even serve alcoholic beverages but they require a card that is obtained through the government. Japanese people can shop 24 hours a day with these machines selling food, drinks, fishing tackle, games, books and so much more. I once seen a vending machine online from Japan selling nothing except umbrellas.
Seat and Eat
Japan Believes Walking While Eating or Drinking is Very Rude
The people of Japan, traditionally, believe it to be a rude and disgusting gesture if you walk when you eat food. Certain commercial areas do not care one way or another but in some cities it is polite to not eat while even standing or riding on public transport buses. Japan is big on proper etiquette and cleanliness. For those reasons, Japan likes the people to use garbage cans and eat where you make the purchase.
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Make Noise With Your Food
Slurping Soup or Drinks in Japan is a Compliment
Always slurp your soup and noodles in Japan because it is considered a polite gesture that says the food is tasty. Also, make sure and tilt the bowl of noodles, rice or soup back and drink it directly from the cup with no chop sticks or food eating instruments whatsoever. And another thing. It is considered disrespectful if you do not slurp soup and never, ever put your chop sticks into your soup bowl.
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Do Not Dance!
Dancing inside Buildings is Illegal Without a Legal Permit in Japan
Until recently, Japan had a complete ban on any form of dancing in public or public buildings including bars and clubs. The law is still in effect but you can now dance at night clubs as long as the clubs where dancing takes place does not serve alcoholic beverages. Dancing schools do not get in trouble and are allowed to operate within the confines of their building establishment.
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Only the Ladies
Japan Has Women Only Spots
Japan has areas designated for ladies only with trains being the main place where this is the case. These trains are mainly so women can escape harassment from males. If a man enters into a women only area of a train then he is breaking the law and can be fined and even jailed. I do not know about Japan but in America a man would say it is reverse sexism and file a lawsuit seeking to abolish women's only transportation.
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Tipping is Rude
Japan Does Not Believe in Tipping
Japanese culture is not down with tipping someone money for services rendered. Most of the time, tips are refused and in some cases, the Japanese worker does not even know what a tip is because it is not a custom in the island nation. Older people in Japan will get offended and may even toss obscenities at you for trying to tip someone who is doing their job already for pay.
Special Slippers Have to be Worn in the Bathroom in Japan
Japan is huge on everything and everyone being clean which is awesome. When entering a home or restaurant, shoes must be checked at the entrance. Same principle applies to toilet or restroom shoes. They are small and really uncomfortable but must be worn in the restroom and only in the restroom when out in public.
Small Storage Size Sleeping
Japan Utilizes Capsule Hotels
Capsule hotel pods are big in Japan and they are not for the claustrophobic. These tiny rooms are mainly just for sleeping and save lots of time and money for the business and customer. Bathrooms are shared and no meals, it should go without saying, are provided.
The Island Nation Known as Japan
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