1. Cyber Homeless

There is a class of people in Japan referred to as Cyber Homeless who live at cyber cafes because they are a cheaper alternative than an apartment. The cafes offer free showers and sell underwear. – Source

2. Gambling for cash is illegal in Japan. Instead, balls won from games are exchanged for prizes or tokens. These items are then exchanged for cash at a place nominally separate from the parlor. – Source

3. In 1998, there was a Japanese reality show that was about a comedian named Eggplant (Nasubi) who was stripped naked, locked in a room, and forced to live off prizes he won in the mail. He didn’t know that his experience was being live streamed 24×7. He had to win $10,000 worth of prizes from magazine contests to win the show. After spending 335 days to reach his target, he set the Guinness world record for the “longest time survived on competition winnings.” It was a gigantic hit show in Japan. – Source

4. Japan has a sociological phenomena known as “Hikikomori”, in which an estimated 1 million Japanese choose to completely isolate themselves from society by rarely or never leaving their homes. – Source

5. In Japan, sometimes people organize a communal event called ‘Rui-katsu’ (tear-seeking), where people get together to watch sad clips and then cry to relieve stress. – Source


6. Fukushima radiation

Older people lined up to clean Fukushima radiation in Japan, to save the young from having to do so. – Source

7. There is a factory in Japan which can run unsupervised for 30 days at a time. Robots build other robots at the rate of 50 per 24-hour shift. Such factories are called “lights out” factories because no human presence is needed. FANUC has been operating this autonomous factory since 2001. – Source

8. To combat confusion, television broadcasts of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Inception’ in Japan include text in the corner of the screen to remind viewers which level of the dream each scene takes place in. – Source

9. There is a penguin named Lala in Japan that wears a penguin backpack and goes into the market to eat fish. – Source

10. In early feudal Japan, there was a class of female Samurai called Onna-Bugeisha who commonly engaged in battle alongside the men and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honor in times of war. – Source


11. Masabumi Hosono

The only Japanese who survived (Masabumi Hosono) the Titanic, lost his job because he was called a coward in Japan for not dying with the other passengers. – Source

12. Japan was home to a 109-year-old sprinter named Hidekichi Miyazaki who died in 2019. When he was alive he hoped to race Usain Bolt one day. – Source

13. In Japan, a few foreign cartoons including “Bob The Builder” was suggested to be edited, adding the fifth finger to the characters’ hands. The reason was that having only four fingers implies membership of the Japanese Mafia. – Source

14. There is a small village named Shingo in Japan, which by its inhabitants is believed to be the last resting place of Jesus. They believe that instead of Jesus, his brother Isukiri died on the cross and Jesus fled to Japan to become a rice farmer. – Source

15. There is a hotel named Henn-na Hotel in Japan which is staffed by robots. The check-in desk is an animatronic velociraptor. – Source


16. Goldfish

In Japan’s Shima Marineland aquarium, a goldfish was thrown into an exhibition tank to be live-bait for a larger fish. The goldfish escaped through a tiny gap that led to a filtration tank, where it lived alone in the dark for 7 years, feeding off food scraps that made its way into the tank. – Source

17. The common raccoon did not inhabit Japan until 1977, the year when a popular anime caused many people to import them as pets, allowing many to escape into the wild. – Source

18. Japan requires citizens between the ages of 45 and 74 to have their waistlines measured once a year and are expected to fall within an established range. Companies and local governments may face fines if their employees are overweight and do not meet these guidelines. – Source

19. There is an 87-year-old woman in Japan who owns a restaurant by day and spins techno at a local club in Tokyo by night. They call her DJ Dumpling. – Source

20. At one of Tokyo’s busiest train stations, a rail line was converted from an above-ground line into a subway. There were zero service interruptions. The lowering of the rail line’s tracks into its subway position was done in one night, during its normal service off hours lasting ~4 hours. – Source


21. Japan suicide

If you commit suicide in Japan by jumping onto an oncoming train or killing yourself in an apartment building, the train or building company can/will sue your family for clean up fees, loss of income and negative publicity brought on by your suicide. – Source

22. In Japan, avid golfers buy insurance to protect themselves on the course. They purchase it because if they get a hole-in-one, they have to buy gifts and drinks for their friends. The policy covers them for a party worth up to $4,900. – Source

23. If you are being violent or drunk in Japan, the police will get a large futon and roll you into a little burrito. – Source

24. To get revenge on fellow Boy Scouts who bullied him, a Tokyo resident mailed more than 500 boxes of soggy, smelly garbage including old underwear and rotten tea leaves to his tormentors, writing a random destination as the address with the bully’s return address in order to escape detection. – Source

25. Japan was invaded by the strong Mongol army twice, and both times was saved by harsh storms that crippled the Mongols. They called these storms “Kamikaze” or “Divine Winds”. – Source

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