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5 Wild Things You’ll Only See In Japan

Japan is a country filled with its own unique traditions, fashion, food, and more. Its culture is full of creativity and innovation. That being said, there are quite of a few sights and inventions there that completely will trip you out. Make sure to keep an eye out for these five culturally unique things on your next visit.

Blue Means Go

Most countries have traffic lights with red, yellow, and green colors. Japan has red and yellow lights to warn drivers to stop and slow down. However, the country’s “go” lights are a turquoise or aqua color, or just plain blue. It was a government decision based on old Japanese language, but officials promise that the lights are still technically green, with shades of blue.

Fancy Bathroom Trip

Another unique thing about the Japanese culture is the bathroom. Instead of your basic toilet bowl and sink, Japan seems dedicated to making your trip to the bathroom very comfortable! It’s common to have stalls that make noise to block any odd sounds, spray perfume, raise seats automatically. Some even have built-in bidets.

Vending For Every Occasion

Japan has vending machines pretty much throughout the country. However, the machines have much more than your basic junk food. They have everything from eggs and vegetables to household items like batteries and umbrellas. There are even hamburger vending machines, which is perfect for a quick, late-night food run.

Auctioning Off Tuna

Most of the world’s tuna hails from the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. However, in order to get the tuna, buyers have to place bids during daily auctions. Anyone can access the tuna auction for free, but spots are limited and are available on a first come first served basis.

Give Me A Break

In America, citizens may have seen Kit Kats with different flavors like white chocolate or strawberry. However, they don’t compare to the unique flavors of Kit Kats in Japan. Imagine breaking off a piece of a Kit Kat bar that tastes like wasabi, sake, or purple sweet potato. Yup, they’re exclusively Japanese, and pretty popular there too.

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