Date:January 16, 2021

Japan is Already Living in the Future, Here Are 21 Reasons Why

Japanese culture is absolutely incredible and it has embraced technology like no other nation on the planet. Their deeply rooted politeness, precision, and dedication to work are rarely seen anywhere else, and you might know Japan as a home to anime, sumo wrestlers, cherry blossoms and bullet trains, their ingenuity shows in many other aspects of their daily lives.

Anyone who has visited Japan will attest to their very different way of life. For some others, it appears that they have stepped into a time portal to the far future of mankind.

Here are some facts about Japanese culture, there are so many that this one post couldn’t fit them all.

1. Most Japanese schools don’t have custodians. Instead, the students do the cleaning themselves as a part of showing gratitude to the school and learning how to become more productive members of society.

2. There are baby seats attached to the wall in most bathrooms.


3. I recently gave birth in Japan. Here is some of the hospital food I ate.


4. Japan’s manhole covers are beautiful.


5. The note in Japanese says, “I accidentally knocked over your bike and broke the bell. I am very sorry.”


6. This is how smooth the bullet train is in Japan.


7. Commuters in Tokyo pushed a train car to save a woman who fell and got stuck between the car and the platform.

Norihiro Shigeta

8.  Japanese toilets often have a button that plays white noise/water sounds so you can poop without other people hearing your business.

9. In trains, you can rotate the seats in any direction.


10. Another great Japanese invention: umbrella lockers. So you don’t have to carry them around inside a building and nobody takes yours ‘accidentally’.


11. This toilet in Japan has a system of occupied/vacant toilets information.


12. Expectations meet reality in Japan.


13. This Japanese gum I have came with little pieces of paper inside for you to spit your gum into when you’re finished with it.


14. Japanese airport staff sorted luggage on the belt by their color.


15. This bedside lamp at my hotel in Japan can be half-lit.


16. Japanese ATMs have cane holders due to the aging population.


17. The elevators in my office building have an umbrella sign that lights up if it’s raining outside (Osaka, Japan).


18. This Japanese taxi has a button to request slower speeds.


19. In Japan, you not only have to take your shoes off and change them to slippers at the entrance but also use different slippers when you go to the bathroom.


20. Toothpick at a mall in Japan had a mint coated tip.


21. Designated smoking rooms on trains in Japan.


Drainage canal in Japan is so clean they even have Koi in it