18 Fascinating Facts About Japan I Learned In Tokyo

Yes, it’s a rabbit taking the lead.

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m British living in London. I love to travel, and I ALWAYS wanted to go to Japan!

I recall my pre-Covid trip and put together a list of casual observations about Japan/Tokyo that I think are worth mentioning.


There were trucks going around playing loud music, probably for advertising purposes.

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Check out this singing rat who was knocked out by a hammer and lost his wig – what an icon!


There are certain restaurants where you can order from a vending machine!

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Faster way to dine for any misbehavior.


You can buy sandwiches with pre-cut crusts!

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Tbh, I’m not angry about these things.


You usually get a small basket in the restaurant to store your things while eating.

Love this idea – in Japan all restaurants/cafes provide you with a sitting basket to keep your bags or shop safe and organized.


If you don’t know, Japan likes to keep things ~organized~.


The traffic cones we saw were more interesting than we were.

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Some light up, and some are even painted with faces and designs, like these Fuji-inspired cones at Kawaguchi Station.


Some places have special slippers to wear in the toilet for hygiene reasons. I say everyone does the same at home!


People don’t just take theirs dog walking!

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It’s actually called “jumping” when it’s a rabbit.


Most stores in Tokyo will clip your shopping bags together with duct tape as proof of purchase.

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No, ma’am can not wear this out of the store.


People ride bicycles on the sidewalk as well as the roadway.

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My anxiety was at 110% for most of the trip.


Convenience stores have a really wild range of drinks, including this luminescent green melon soda, which I’ve become addicted to.

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Other delicious drinks I’ve enjoyed include cold milk tea, matcha latte, plum wine, and ALL OF CHU-HI – a flavored highball cocktail made from a Japanese liquor called shōchū.


The whole country is obsessed with cute things like kittens, puppies, rabbits, mice.

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I mean, I guess we already knew that, but I can not emphasize enough how many advertisements, products and services are stamped with the characters ~kawaii~!


The train seat can be rotated in the direction of travel for your comfort.

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Say sayōnara to travel sickness!


There are these flat wooden flip-flops called “geta” (similar to clogs), which the Japanese sometimes wear.


You can’t smoke anywhere – there are designated cages on the street for smokers.


95% of toilets ~ super ~ fancy, with lots of buttons to enhance your toilet experience!

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Options include heated seats, bidets, karaoke, and pushchairs.


There are “maid cafes” where young women dress up as maids and serve you food and drinks.


And finally, as a train pulls into the metro station, a lovely little jingle comes from the tannoy.

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Depending on the line you are using, the jingle will change!


Bonus: I HAVE NEVER included this point about masks, which I wrote about in 2019… And of course, everyone wears masks for many reasons like wanting to avoid air pollution, allergens. reactions or germs, or even want to cover up a spot or blur!

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#TBT when masks were a big novelty!

Anyway, hope to see you soon, Japan!!! ♥ ️🇯🇵 ♥ ️🇯🇵

Have you ever been to Tokyo or Japan and noticed something unusual or amazing? Let us know in the comments below!

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