Anime. Sushi. Samurais. Japan is well known around the world for their incredible products and crazy TV shows, but there’s so much more to Japan than pastel-colored lolitas and fish. Japanese minds are so creative that they come up with the craziest man-made marvels out there. From on-the-go spas to musical highways, these 10 incredible Japanese inventions will make you wish you had them in your country.
PUMP IT DOWN
The pumps at the station won’t reach your tank? Japan’s thought of that and came up with a useful solution: gas pumps that come down from above, giving you enough room to pull.
In Japan, vending machines sell much more than just bags of snacks. Take your pick: anything from pasta and French fries, to makeup, to used panties (yup!), to fried rice or even dog food. Pretty convenient if you ask me! Well, except for the used panties, but a pair of new ones sounds great!
I CAN READ
Ever wonder how blind people choose their can of soda? In other countries they might have to ask others; but in Japan, they can count on braille on the top of the can to choose theirs!
To most people, the best part of unboxing something they bought online is not the actual thing inside but its bubble wrap! Apparently, Japan is super obsessed with it, so they went and made their own endless bubble wrap key-ring!
Taxis in Japan have automatic doors that open and close for you. This is pretty convenient when you’re in and out with lots of bags or if you just fancy a 5-star treatment wherever you go.
SLEEP ON THE GO
With the hustle and bustle of the city, Japanese people just want a quick place to stop and sleep for a bit. That’s where the pod hotel comes in: tiny rooms stacked one on top of the other for people to get some sleep on the go.
HIGHWAY TO MUSIC
Some roads in Japan have music notes on the actual streets. When you drive by them, you’ll hear a pleasant sound to accompany you on your journey.
CAT OF JOE
Japan deeply understands the strong bond between cats and humans, so they came up with this cafe where you can walk in with your kitty. Enjoy your cup of Joe while your feline is busy making new friends!
TIME FOR A SIESTA
Japan understands the need of taking a nap right after lunch so well that they made it a legal part of their workday. Fight that doze after lunch with a quick nap and be ready to keep your day going fresh.
SPA ON THE GO
With such a hard-working culture, Japan also makes sure to create the spaces necessary for pampering oneself. Spas on the go are a huge thing! De-stress after work and get home a new you.