Westerns are used to having everything big – big cars, big meals, big houses, and even being big themselves (in height mostly :P).
On the other side is Japan; 126 million people squeezed on to four main islands, with a total area 26 times smaller than the USA. The Japanese have learned to be economical with space – whether it be technology, houses, or dioramas – which can be an issue when tall people visit the country. Heads are bumped on low doors, showers are too short, and train seats… well, it’s cozy, put it that way.
The list compiled below shows tall people problems in this compact country, and we’d recommend bringing a helmet if you’re over 6ft!
Scroll down below to check out the list for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
1# My 6’7″ Stepfather Is Visiting Japan This Week
The cool and informative blog Japanese Journey by a 29-year-old man called Johannes gives some interesting insights into the struggles of being tall in Japan and travel tips to deal with it. Even though the 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) German is of average height in his own country, the average male height in Japan is 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in), so he does stand out. Here are a few of his everyday problems of being head and shoulders above people almost all of the time.
Bumping your head: When your body height is above the Japanese average, you will very likely bump your head. Most of the time, you will be aware of low door frames and the like and therefore take care. In old buildings, such as the shops in Higashi Chaya district, the shop assistants may even tell you to take care. However, there will be instances when you won’t be expecting things to hang that low and therefore be less attentive. Funny accidents are bound to happen.
Things don’t fit: Many things won’t fit you. At my size, it is not that hard to find fitting clothes or shoes. However, things that are shared by everyone, such as toilet slippers in restaurants, will be too small. The same goes for the interior features such as benches, tables, and sinks.
2# My 6’7″ Stepfather Is Visiting Japan This Week
4# 6’3” Lived In A Traditional Japanese House In Japan For Two Months. There Were Lots Of Exposed Wooden Beams
5# Asked A Guy To Take A Photo Of Me And My Friends With Some Bathing Snow Monkeys In Nagano, Japan. Checked The Photo Later
6# Life Being Tall In Japan. Side Note: This Was A Hit With The Crowd And There Were Lots Of Giggles
Being asked about your body height: “How tall are you?” is a sentence I haven’t been asked in the last decade in Europe. In Japan things are different.
Maybe one out of three times when my girlfriend introduces me to someone, usually women, I hear it. And while this makes me somehow feel like I’m positively impressive, the reactions that are shown upon hearing “180 センチ” (1.80 m) are even more pleasing.
7# My Trip To Japan As A 6.3 Feet Guy Summed Up
8# I Recently Travelled To Japan
Seeing far ahead on busy streets: When I went out on a Saturday evening in Shinjuku, the first thing I noticed were masses of people. The second thing was that, even though the area was packed, I could see anything. “Legolas! What do your elf eyes see?” shouts Aragorn in the back of my head.
Because I was a bit taller than most of the other short people there, I was able to actually see the end of the road without a head appearing in my view. “So this is how basketball players feel all the time,” I thought and enjoyed the evening.