Let’s face it, Japan is not technically known for being your « average » country, and despite the fact that there are different practices everywhere, Japan is and always will be unique in its own way. Here are 5 things that are only found in Japan.
5. Bizarre ice cream flavors
You’d think that in a country where cuisine is rather sophisticated, people would have quite refined palates, right? Wrong! Ice cream in Japan has some disturbing, yet surprisingly popular, flavors: squid ink, wasabi, beer and even horse meat flavors are quite common. People actually eat that.
4. Kit Kat
Have you ever tasted a Kit Kat bar that is NOT chocolate flavored? Me neither. Because unless you live in Japan, chocolate flavored Kit Kat is all you’ve got. Meanwhile, your counterpart in Japan is enjoying exquisite flavors such as baked potato, sakura (apparently it tastes like something), cheesecake, milk tea and sake Kit Kat bars!
3. People sleeping at work, class or during meetings
No, this will not get you fired or have your boss/teacher mop the ground with you! In fact, sleeping in public or « inemuri » is regarded as a sign of confidence and dedication for the job. Because that’s what you do when you’re dedicated to your job: you sleep!
2. Face masks
Wearing face masks in Japan is very common , especially during the pollen season when people suffering from allergies would wear them. It’s also considered rude for people to not wear face masks when they are sick. However, this is not the only reason why face masks are popular in Japan; they simply do not want their faces to be seen. It’s as simple as that!
1. Vending machines
They are literally everywhere and they are not your average vending machine. You can probably live off them in Japan: they sell everything from hot canned drinks to batteries, underwear and even cooked food. No human contact needed whatsoever!
JET Press Team