A TikTok account has broken down some of the strange things that are totally normal in Japan.
Japan’s culture and customs are rich, diverse, and worlds apart from those of countries such as the United Kingdom, thanks in part to its island geography and isolation from the rest of the world during the Tokugawa shogunate period. Eastern inspirations have gained in prominence, as seen by the rise of major anime projects such as The Witcher spin-off and Invincible.
Photos and videos from the country, whether from Tokyo or the countryside, portray an astonishing world of strange and fascinating peculiarities.
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Over on TikTok, @japanontiktok regularly posts fascinating videos about Japan, whether it’s facts you wouldn’t expect, advice when travelling there or useful phrases to learn. They also share content on Instagram (@japanoninsta).
One series of videos reveals unusual things that are normal in the country, and there are loads: apparently, there are ‘far more’ dogs in strollers than children; if you’re struggling to work up the gumption, you can hire a company to quit your job for you; and there are trains with carriages exclusively for women.
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The latter has been praised by many commenters. ‘The women’s only train makes me feel super safe,’ one wrote. ‘Y’all had me at women only trains,’ another said.
You may also buy unusual rice from vending machines and book a taxi that will automatically close its doors. Another film indicates that you can rent haunted apartments for cheap, ride a train without a driver, and eat at a restaurant without being served by a server. A brief video clip also depicts gigantic robots developing zen gardens.