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50 Facts That Prove Japan Is Unlike Any Other Country (New Pics)

Right near the top of our bucket lists is visiting Japan someday (hopefully soon). It’s a fascinating country that sometimes seems more at home in a fairytale book than on Planet Earth. There’s a sense of excitement, modernity, and love for its people present there that’s almost unparalleled anywhere else in the world. It’s far from just about anime, manga, samurai, and Sony—concentrating just on those would do the culture a disservice.

Our team here at Otorich wanted to show you some of the most interesting aspects of life in Japan, so we’ve lovingly curated this list for you that proves that it’s a country that’s both extremely technologically advanced and deeply magical and wondrous at its core. Check out the coolest facts about Japan below, upvote your fave pics, and let us know what you personally love the most about the country and Japanese culture.

By the way, when you’re done enjoying this list, have a look through our earlier ‘Facts about Japan’ article series 

A Cafe In Japan Is Hiring Paralyzed People To Control Robot Servers In Order To Still Make An Income

A Cafe In Japan Is Hiring Paralyzed People To Control Robot Servers In Order To Still Make An Income

Bus Drivers In Japan, Striking In Such A Way That People Don’t Suffer

Bus Drivers In Japan, Striking In Such A Way That People Don't Suffer

This Is A Rice Paddy. Farmers In Japan Plant Specific Rice Species To Make These Amazing Artworks

This Is A Rice Paddy. Farmers In Japan Plant Specific Rice Species To Make These Amazing Artworks

Earlier, Japanese language expert Kotryna Kvietkauskaitė, from Lithuania, explained to Bored Panda that the Japanese are very welcoming of foreigners who put in the effort to speak their language and absorb their culture.

“In Japan, when a foreigner speaks Japanese, they can often get praise for their language skills, even if they simply introduced themselves which is one of the first things that students learn to do,” she said that you’ll often get points for trying, even if what you’re saying isn’t at native-level standards yet.#4 

Penguin Soap Opera In Kyoto Aquarium

Penguin Soap Opera In Kyoto Aquarium

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Tree In Japan Being Relocated To Make Way For A Road

Tree In Japan Being Relocated To Make Way For A Road

Long Walkway Covered In Semi-Transparent Umbrellas In Moominvalley Park, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Long Walkway Covered In Semi-Transparent Umbrellas In Moominvalley Park, Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Language expert Kotryna said that learning any language, including Japanese, is a personal experience. Everyone moves at their own pace and we shouldn’t be in a rush to compare ourselves to others in our own journeys.

“One person might take 5 years until they learn to read Japanese fiction without any problems while another person might take 10 years. In other words, there isn’t a clearly-defined point that can be reached after which a person can confidently state that they know Japanese as well as the average native,” she said. That’s why you shouldn’t wait for the ‘perfect’ moment to visit the country (i.e. when you know the language well enough): you ought to embrace the culture and absorb the language by going there in person as soon as you can.#7 

These Sprinklers On The Road Near The Ski Resort I’m At In Japan To Keep The Road From Freezing Over. (Salt Water If You Were Wondering)

These Sprinklers On The Road Near The Ski Resort I’m At In Japan To Keep The Road From Freezing Over. (Salt Water If You Were Wondering)

These Square Watermelons In Japan – Grown In Boxes To Shape Them While On The Vine – For Convenient Stacking, Shipping, And Refrigerator Storage

These Square Watermelons In Japan - Grown In Boxes To Shape Them While On The Vine - For Convenient Stacking, Shipping, And Refrigerator Storage

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There Is A Phone Booth Known As The “Telephone Of The Wind” On A Hill Overlooking The Ocean In Otsuchi Town In Northeastern Japan. It Is Connected To Nowhere, But People Come To “Call” Family Members Lost During The 2011 Earthquake And Tsunami

There Is A Phone Booth Known As The “Telephone Of The Wind" On A Hill Overlooking The Ocean In Otsuchi Town In Northeastern Japan. It Is Connected To Nowhere, But People Come To "Call" Family Members Lost During The 2011 Earthquake And Tsunami

The world’s full of fans of Japan and its culture. There’s nothing wrong with being a Japanophile, considering the huge impact the 126-million-people strong country has had on the entertainment and tech industries.

However, there are times when your love for a foreign country can be taken to extremes and go from kawaii to cringey. One example when you can take an obsession with Japan too far is when you end up with people getting tattoos of Japanese kanji done without knowing what the symbols actually mean.#10 

Japan Repair A Sinkhole In Fukuoka City In 2 Days

Japan Repair A Sinkhole In Fukuoka City In 2 Days

Train Tracks In Japan Have Special Pathways For Turtles Under Them To Avoid Turtle Casulaties And Train Delays

Train Tracks In Japan Have Special Pathways For Turtles Under Them To Avoid Turtle Casulaties And Train Delays

On Many Japanese Toilets, The Hand Wash Sink Is Attached So That You Can Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For The Next Flush. Japan Saves Millions Of Liters Of Water Every Year Doing This

On Many Japanese Toilets, The Hand Wash Sink Is Attached So That You Can Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For The Next Flush. Japan Saves Millions Of Liters Of Water Every Year Doing This

Or a foreigner who’s just started learning the language (and just managed to painstakingly memorize the hiragana alphabet) suddenly starts pretending that they know the language better than actual experts. In their love of the culture, some folks end up making fools of themselves because they’re too eager to demonstrate that they’re bigger fans than anyone else.

However, the vast majority of Japanophiles love the country and culture enough to be humble enough with their knowledge and not jump up at every opportunity to show it off. After all, if we’re all in love with Japanese culture, why turn it into a competition for who loves it the most? Rather, it’s best to share your favorite aspects with others and listen to others share theirs.#13 

There’s An Ancient Japanese Pruning Method From The 14th Century That Allows Lumber Production Without Cutting Down Trees Called “Daisugi”

There's An Ancient Japanese Pruning Method From The 14th Century That Allows Lumber Production Without Cutting Down Trees Called “Daisugi”

Born In Japan, 1751 And Died In July 7, 1977 At A Grand Old Age Of 226, Koi Hanako Was The Oldest Koi Fish Ever Recorded

Born In Japan, 1751 And Died In July 7, 1977 At A Grand Old Age Of 226, Koi Hanako Was The Oldest Koi Fish Ever Recorded

While Waiting At Kyoto Station This Guy Asked If I Want To Play Two Player Game Boy With Him. 30 Mins Well Spent

While Waiting At Kyoto Station This Guy Asked If I Want To Play Two Player Game Boy With Him. 30 Mins Well Spent

Somewhere In Kyoto, Japan, There’s This Man And His Dog. He Plays The Flute, The Dog Is Cute, And That’s How They Earn Some Loot

Somewhere In Kyoto, Japan, There’s This Man And His Dog. He Plays The Flute, The Dog Is Cute, And That’s How They Earn Some Loot

This 400 Year Old Bonsai Tree Survived The Bombing Of Hiroshima In Japan

This 400 Year Old Bonsai Tree Survived The Bombing Of Hiroshima In Japan

Hospital Food In Japan

Hospital Food In Japan

The Gum I Bought In Japan Comes With A Stack Of Paper For Easy Disposal

The Gum I Bought In Japan Comes With A Stack Of Paper For Easy Disposal

Train Seats In Japan Facing Outwards So You Can See The Scenery

Train Seats In Japan Facing Outwards So You Can See The Scenery

This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan

This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan

This Train Stop In Japan Has No Entries Or Exits, It Has Been Put There Merely So That People Can Stop Off In The Middle Of A Train Journey And Admire The Scenery

This Train Stop In Japan Has No Entries Or Exits, It Has Been Put There Merely So That People Can Stop Off In The Middle Of A Train Journey And Admire The Scenery

At Japanese Airports, The Baggage Handlers Arrange Luggage By Color So It’s Easier For You To Find Your Bag

At Japanese Airports, The Baggage Handlers Arrange Luggage By Color So It’s Easier For You To Find Your Bag

In Japan Some Restaurants Are Really Private, You Are Sitting In A Corner, Where No One Sees You, A Door Opens In Front Of You, The Chef’s Hands Come Out And Serves You Without Looking

In Japan Some Restaurants Are Really Private, You Are Sitting In A Corner, Where No One Sees You, A Door Opens In Front Of You, The Chef's Hands Come Out And Serves You Without Looking

Flood In Japan, Just Realized There Are Barely Any Floating Trash And Debris

Flood In Japan, Just Realized There Are Barely Any Floating Trash And Debris

When You Need Help At A Train Station In Japan, Station Staff Will Literally Pop Out And Help You

When You Need Help At A Train Station In Japan, Station Staff Will Literally Pop Out And Help You

My Package From Japan Just Came In And The Owner Sent Me A Note With Some Origami

My Package From Japan Just Came In And The Owner Sent Me A Note With Some Origami

The Picture Of The Japanese Movie Advertisement Is Printed On Two Sides Of The Newspaper, So The Full Picture Could Be Seen Under Light

The Picture Of The Japanese Movie Advertisement Is Printed On Two Sides Of The Newspaper, So The Full Picture Could Be Seen Under Light

This Is Not The Food From A High-End Restaurant. This Is Hospital Food In Japan

This Is Not The Food From A High-End Restaurant. This Is Hospital Food In Japan

A Relaxation Drink In Japan, The Opposite Of An Energy Drink

A Relaxation Drink In Japan, The Opposite Of An Energy Drink

Flight Delayed Due To The Rain Storm, Employees Of Japan Airlines Bow Sorry Passengers

Flight Delayed Due To The Rain Storm, Employees Of Japan Airlines Bow Sorry Passengers

What a delightful moment. The reason I love Japan for its behavior, cleanliness and warm hearted people. There is so much to learn from this country. Salute to them.

A Museum In Japan That Has Rocks That Look Like Faces

A Museum In Japan That Has Rocks That Look Like Faces

Floating Solar Power Plant In Japan On The On The Yamakura Dam Reservoir

Floating Solar Power Plant In Japan On The On The Yamakura Dam Reservoir

Japan’s Fans Cleaning Up Their Sections After Their Match vs. Ivory Coast. Much Respect

Japan's Fans Cleaning Up Their Sections After Their Match vs. Ivory Coast. Much Respect

Aogashima Is An Isolated Village In Tokyo That Is Inside A Volcano That Has Another Mini Volcano Inside It

Aogashima Is An Isolated Village In Tokyo That Is Inside A Volcano That Has Another Mini Volcano Inside It

Subways In Japan Have Women Only Cars

Subways In Japan Have Women Only Cars

This Pizza Box In Japan That Has A Handle In The Middle To Keep The Pizza Flat

This Pizza Box In Japan That Has A Handle In The Middle To Keep The Pizza Flat

“Pets” Button On A High End Residential Building Elevator In Tokyo

“Pets” Button On A High End Residential Building Elevator In Tokyo

Those who ride the elevator with a pet press it so an HEPA filter purifies the air and a silent alarm alerts those with allergies to avoid riding it until the air is clean again.

A Vending Machine In Japan That Sells Solder And Resistors, For Your Late-Night Circuitry Cravings

A Vending Machine In Japan That Sells Solder And Resistors, For Your Late-Night Circuitry Cravings

In The City Of Shimabara On Japan’s Kyushu Island, The Drainage Canals Are So Clean They Are Home To Hundreds Of Koi Carp

In The City Of Shimabara On Japan’s Kyushu Island, The Drainage Canals Are So Clean They Are Home To Hundreds Of Koi Carp

Economy Class Meal On Japanese Airline

Economy Class Meal On Japanese Airline

I Bought Eye Drops From Japan And The Owner Decided To Write A Thank You Note With It Because Of The Covid Delay And Included His Favourite Tea And Sweets

I Bought Eye Drops From Japan And The Owner Decided To Write A Thank You Note With It Because Of The Covid Delay And Included His Favourite Tea And Sweets

This Driverless Roving Sales Vehicle In Japan

This Driverless Roving Sales Vehicle In Japan

These Fish Socks From Japan

These Fish Socks From Japan

Hiroshima, Before When It Got Wiped Off The Map And Less Than A Single Lifetime After

Hiroshima, Before When It Got Wiped Off The Map And Less Than A Single Lifetime After

Kintai-Kyō Arch Bridge, In The City Of Iwakuni, Japan

Kintai-Kyō Arch Bridge, In The City Of Iwakuni, Japan

Car Is Parked In The Driveway Which Is Built Over A Small Stream In Kyoto, Japan

Car Is Parked In The Driveway Which Is Built Over A Small Stream In Kyoto, Japan

Anti-Theft System For Bags I Found In The Space In Front Of The Toilet At Shinjuku Station This Week And I Really Like It

Anti-Theft System For Bags I Found In The Space In Front Of The Toilet At Shinjuku Station This Week And I Really Like It

Crystal Cola? Is Being Sold Here In Japan

Crystal Cola? Is Being Sold Here In Japan

The “Solar Ark”, A Massive Building In Japan Comprised Of 5,046 Solar Panels

The "Solar Ark", A Massive Building In Japan Comprised Of 5,046 Solar Panels

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