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Things About Japan That You May Not Know

Updated on June 4, 2017

The Land of the Rising Sun

Japan is located in the Pacific Ocean and the capital city is Tokyo.
Japan is located in the Pacific Ocean and the capital city is Tokyo. | Source

Anorexia is a Serious Disease

I know it has to be hard but anyone with anorexia should seek medical help as soon as possible.
I know it has to be hard but anyone with anorexia should seek medical help as soon as possible. | Source

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.

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Children Learn Work Skills

Kids learn working and cleaning techniques while Japan saves money on having to hire custodians.
Kids learn working and cleaning techniques while Japan saves money on having to hire custodians. | Source

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 the largest collection of vending machines on the planet and they sell a little of everything.
Japan has the largest collection of vending machines on the planet and they sell a little of everything. | Source

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

Stop and have a seat before eating or you will look uneducated in Japan.
Stop and have a seat before eating or you will look uneducated in Japan. | Source

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 and smacking food in Japan is not only okay but it is considered good manners and a compliment to whoever cooked the meal.
Slurping and smacking food in Japan is not only okay but it is considered good manners and a compliment to whoever cooked the meal. | Source

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!

If you dance in a public building in Japan you can be fined a large sum or even tossed in jail.
If you dance in a public building in Japan you can be fined a large sum or even tossed in jail. | Source

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 certain designated areas and stores that are women only and the policies are enforced.
Japan has certain designated areas and stores that are women only and the policies are enforced. | Source

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

Japanese culture considers it offensive to tip someone extra cash and it is an insult.
Japanese culture considers it offensive to tip someone extra cash and it is an insult. | Source

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.

Bathroom Shoes

In Japan you check your footwear at the door before entering the restroom.
In Japan you check your footwear at the door before entering the restroom. | Source

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

In Japan, the people save money by renting these tiny sleeping quarters.
In Japan, the people save money by renting these tiny sleeping quarters. | Source

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

Japan has a population that exceeds 127 million people and Japan has the highest life expectancy of anywhere in the world.
Japan has a population that exceeds 127 million people and Japan has the highest life expectancy of anywhere in the world. | Source

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      Poppy Reid 7 weeks ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I've lived in Japan for three and a half years and I didn't know it had the highest rate of anorexia! Very interesting article :)

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