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'Strange' things in Japan

Every country has its distinct points that are good, bad, and those that are...strange. Here are those things of Japan that are found 'strange' by most folks.

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Its OK to slurp or burp while eating

Its OK to slurp or burp while eating

Making sound while eating is considered rude in the West and most of the world. Not in Japan. 'Nuff said!!

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There are separate slippers for toilets

There are separate slippers for toilets

In Japanese culture, there is a tendency to separate areas into clean and unclean, and the contact between these areas is minimized. For example, the inside of the house is considered a clean area, whereas the outside of the house is considered unclean. says Wikipedia. The toilet is the unclean area, and thus special slippers are used only for it.

3

Its absolutely fine to sleep while working

Its absolutely fine to sleep while working

Coworkers assume the sleeping person at work must be working too hard; it is SO common in Japan that there's a term coined for it called 'Inemuri'.

4

Crooked teeth are cute

Crooked teeth are cute

Most of us would want to align our teeth perfectly if its crooked or otherwise. Its entirely different in Japan, and considered CUTE!

5

Love Hotels are common

Love Hotels are common

This might sound really weird and disgusting to most, but love hotels sure are popular in Japan and are found almost everywhere--with not many restrictions applicable for people to use them.

6

Heavy tanning is in

Heavy tanning is in

Tanning the skin to the darkest shade possible and then loading up on bright makeup and accessories is a major fashion movement called Ganguro. Its popular though it looks frightening!

7

KFC on Christmas Eve

KFC on Christmas Eve

"The “Americaness” and simplicity of the message rather than any religious associations with the holiday is what makes it appealing." says The Financial Times.

8

Vending machines

Vending machines

From spewing out fizzy drinks, beer, toys, ice-cream, food and even bananas (!), Japan's vending machines have become almost like an icon for the country, so much that you can find very many in just one street!

9

They don't really mean what they say

They don't really mean what they say

Its a large part in the Japanese culture to talk VERY moderately. Which means, they might be opposing your idea while actually saying out loud that they like it. This can be a problem while dealing with Japanese clients. ><

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You MUST attend a wedding when you've been invited and pay. Yup

You MUST attend a wedding when you've been invited and pay. Yup

Whether you can afford it or not, you've got to pay at least 30, 000 Yen as a gesture of goodwill at a Japanese wedding. Of course, there are different levels of these "gesture goodwills" depending on your relationship with the new couple.