30 Things You Can Only See in Japan Even If You Travel the Whole World


It seems to be completely normal for us to stop by the nearest cafe to drink a cup of coffee or just sit alone at the table during our lunch break. But in Japanese cafes, the visitors who are alone get huge plush Moomins so that they don’t feel sad.


Most coffee vending machines across the world are very similar — all of them have several buttons for choosing a drink and traditional paper cups. In Japan, a service that allows you to order a coffee in an app and pick it up from a store at a certain time is becoming more and more popular. Instead of paper or plastic cups, there are bottles with multicolored tags you can customize.


Have you eaten animal-shaped cookies? It is always fun to put your hand in the bag and try to guess which “animal” you are going to pick — a crocodile or a turtle? Or maybe a lion? And in Japan, they have the same things but with Pokémons.


In the rest of the world, on New Year’s and on Christmas, people cook a lot of tasty foods and have a huge party. This is what separates a regular meal from a celebration. This is strange, but in Japan, people have a different attitude toward these things: on Christmas night, they love eating chicken from KFC which replaces the traditional Christmas turkey.


If you eat sushi often, you might have noticed that the rice often falls off pieces of fish once you pick it up with chopsticks. However, there is no such problem in Japan because they have a special recipe: rice is mixed with a sauce that contains sugar, salt, and rice vinegar.