10 Cool Things You’ll Notice While in Japan
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Japan, a technologically advanced country that values tradition, manners, and convenience. Whether it’s you’re first or third time visiting Japan, the land of the rising sun will never fail to amaze you each time. Here are some of the cool aspects of Japanese culture.
1. Vending Machines
There’s a vending machine in almost every street corner. The machines sell anything from the usual soda and chips to the cooler ones like neck ties, hot udon noodles, and flower gifts!
Onsens are natural hot springs where people take a dip to relax and enjoy its therapeutic properties. Anyone taking a dip must not wear anything, including undergarments.
Omiyage, Japan’s version of pasalubong, is usually a box of beautifully packaged treats the Japanese are expected to bring home after an out-of-town trip. These are given to family members, close friends, or coworkers.
4. Maternity Badge
Women who are in the early stages of pregnancy may not have a bump yet. To be given a priority seat, expecting moms are given a maternity badge they can wear while taking public transportation.
5. Techie Toilets
With just one press of a button, toilets in Japan can do a multitude of things. Some toilets come with heated seats, flush sounds to mask the sound of bodily functions, and built-in water spray feature.
6. Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is a popular household pet native to Japan. Some of the famous Shibas are Maru, a department store manager in Shinjuku; the three Shibas poking their heads out of a wall in Nagasaki Prefecture; and Kabosu, known in the internet as “doge.”
7. Table Charge
While tipping is not expected at all, some restaurants have a “table charge”. It’s the amount you pay on top of your actual bill after being served an otoshi, an appetizer or dish.
8. Capsule Hotels
Capsule hotels provide pod-like, mini-room accommodations that are complete with comfortable beddings, entertainment features, curtains, and shelves to place your belongings.
9. Convenience Store Meals
Convenience store chains in Japan sell pre-made food that are surprisingly good. These include sushi rolls, sandwiches, onigiri, and rice bowls.
Oshibori are wet towels that can either be hot or cold, depending on the climate. Restaurants hand these out to customers so they could clean their hands before eating.
One thing’s for sure, Japan is definitely a country like no other. Watch out for these interesting tidbits about Japan when you visit! Take your pick from Larga’s Japan packages for your dream vacation.