Things in Japan that makes sense
Ever heard of maid cafes?
Step into Japan, and you’ll discover a tapestry of extraordinary sights, cuisines, scenery that will leave an indelible mark on your heart. There exists a cornucopia of singular phenomena, peculiar customs, and remarkable innovations that are truly exclusive to its shores. While Japan may be famous for its iconic landmarks like Mount Fuji, geisha culture, and samurai history, there also exists places and customs that truly exists only in Japan.
From maid cafes to vending machines at every corner that cater to almost every need, here are a few things in Japan that makes sense.
Capsules hotels are a thing
These sci-fi-inspired pods provide an affordable and snug haven amidst bustling cityscapes. Rest assured, comfort is not compromised. Despite their minimalist design, Japanese capsule hotels offer shared baths, televisions, entertainment rooms, food service, and even libraries. This is truly something you can only experience in Japan.
Heard of love hotels?
If you stumble upon a hotel with hourly rates in Japan, chances are you’ve found a “love hotel.” Privacy is highly valued in Japan, where cramped living spaces and nosy neighbors make it challenging to bring someone home. Love hotels offer a discreet sanctuary for romantic encounters, ensuring absolute privacy. Beyond couples, they can also serve as regular accommodation.
Slippers dedicated only for the toilet. They serve as a hygienic barrier between your feet and the bathroom floor. You’ll commonly find them in traditional accommodations like ryokan inns, traditional restaurants, and chaya teahouses.
Remote controlled taxi doors
In Japan, taxi drivers have the ability to remotely open and close their vehicle doors using a control panel, adding yet another customer service. This technology, initially introduced during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, aimed to reduce the need for taxi drivers to frequently exit their cars. While it’s absolutely acceptable to open and close the doors yourself, why not save the effort and enjoy the convenience provided?
Two Valentine’s Day
In Japan, love is celebrated twice, with White Day on March 14th. On Valentine’s Day, it is customary for women to give chocolates, while on White Day, men return the favor, often with larger-sized chocolates or gifts. It’s not only for romantic partners, as coworkers and friends also exchange chocolates, known as “giri choco” or “obligation chocolates,”
A weeb haven
Pokemon, Hello Kitty, One Piece, Sailor Moon, Doraemon, and more anime inspired cafes are dotted all across Tokyo and other major cities. With cleverly designed cakes, drinks, ice-cream, pancakes, and other delights imitating many anime, these cafes are an otaku dreamland!
Maid cafes are real
Nestled in the vibrant streets of Tokyo’s otaku haven, Akihabara, lie the captivating maid and butler cafes. Here, the boundaries of reality blur as impeccably dressed Japanese maids and butlers graciously serve and entertain patrons with mesmerizing songs, graceful dances, and captivating performances.