10 Things in Japan That May Surprise First-time Visitors

Japan is one of the most interesting countries on Earth, it has a lot of culture and history that is worth diving into. Also, it is a great place to discover a lot of new things.

But before you visit Japan, you need to know that some things are different here than in other countries. There are many rules, that we are not used to in our countries. For example, you can get a wide range of services at the store at any time, and you will not be allowed to visit a sauna if you have tattoos on you.

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Japanese hotels are extremely expensive, and hostels are bad. If you are not claustrophobic, there are capsule-like hotels that are cheap and very private, and also look futuristic.

24/7 stores can help you in almost any situation.

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Everywhere you can see small shops that are open 24/7, they are called Konbinis, and you can buy various things in them, like cooked food. Some of them are Family, Lawson, 7-Eleven, and Ministop. It’s really good that when you buy food, it will heat it for free and give you spices and napkins. Even if you have to, you can go in and use the toilet for free. Also, you can pay bills here, receive a shipment, buy a plane ticket, and more.

It’s better to go to a 100-yen store, so you don’t pay too much for basic products.

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There is another interesting type of store where you can buy things for as little as 100 yen, which is about $1, and the goods are varied. The price is very small, but the quality is excellent.

When buying things, don’t forget about the tax.

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When buying something, to avoid confusion about paying bills, keep in mind that tax is not included in the price, tax is 10%. If you spend more than 5,000 yen you can refund the tax. There are also tax-free shops.

Be ready to take off your shoes before entering a house, a temple, and other places.

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Because the ground is dirty, they have a habit to remove their shoes when they go somewhere, before they enter. So it can be seen in some big buildings like schools, restaurants, hotels, temples. They have special shoes with which to go to the toilet, as well as to visit certain facilities.

If you plan to spend a long time in Japan, get an “emergency pack” in case you encounter really bad weather.

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Be prepared for the natural disasters that are common here. Many of them have emergency equipment ready. We hope you don’t need to, but just in case, keep the essentials close.

In every neighborhood, there are 24/7 police stations called KOBAN where any tourist can get help.

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In Japan, there is a special police station system called KOBAN. Their responsibilities are greater than normal police officers. In addition to crime prevention, they help people with ordinary things.

The most important thing you should remember in Japan is the “no-trouble” principle.

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From ancient times, they lived in territories that were not very large and had many people. So they are used to living peacefully, and they do not like to cause problems. This means that many rules in Japanese must be obeyed. In Japan, you need to think not only of yourself but of other people.

20 Annoying and Unrealistic Myths That People Unfortunately Still Believe

Since we were kids, we got influenced by our parents/grandparents and the myths they told us. Society has grown through time, but there are some things that haven’t changed since the dawn of time. Things vary from culture to culture, but there are a lot of myths that people disguise as common knowledge, and we just follow them as an unwritten law. However, a lot of these myths are quite annoying. Considering the modern and technological advanced world we live in, we like to have proof of everything in order to believe it.

One reddit user, u/Eichberg, asked a question. What is an annoying myth people still believe? This question sparked some fire on the internet and around 20k people had something to share relating to it. A lot of people shared the myths they know or believe, and we made a list of some of them. Therefore, scroll down below to check it out. And if there’s another myth you know, feel free to use the comment section and share it with us.

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You have to wait 24 hours before filing a missing person report – popthetab

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People think bats are blind. They aren’t. – Bloodragedragon

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Fish only have a 5-second memory. My fish are fed automatically on a timer and they know dinner time better than my goddamn cat. – Osr0

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The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space. First of all, it’s not, and second, other ones are.

EDIT: It’s not visible from space with the naked eye, defining “space” in the usual way as starting 62 miles up. – Plug_5

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If you lift your hands above your head while pregnant you will strangle the baby. I am sure it was started by smart women who didn’t want to do all the housework while pregnant and tired. I still hear it every now and again. – Letmetellyowhat

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Black belts have to register their fists as weapons… I can’t believe I was dumb enough to fall for that. What’s more interesting than that is one of the reasons (If not the only reason) that the myth propagated:

Wrestlers and well-known martial artists back in the day we’re constantly being challenged in their personal time at bars and stuff. This got super annoying and they just wanted to have peace without people trying to fight them all the time.

Many of these fighters learned that having a “lethal fists” card that they could display gave them an excuse to turn down fights without an argument for fear of “accidentally killing them”. It also worked as a deterrent.- codered434

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Bulls get angry when they see the color red…- popthetab

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That vaccines cause autism, are made by the government to control you etc etc – Bona-fide1·

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Einstein was bad at school math.- el_juanjo

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It’s not really annoying per se but the tongue map thing. The entire tongue tastes all flavors – xXBlitzz

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That you get warts from frogs. Warts come from the human papilloma virus and come from contact with the virus through broken skin. It is a human specific virus and cannot be spread through different species.

Edit: Apparently people don’t realize that toads are a type of frog. Yes, the myth is about toads but frogs can also be included if they have bumpy skin. Most people can’t tell the difference between toads and frogs anyway.-mtn-cat .

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That violence in the world is getting worse and worse. Actually, in relation to the world’s population we live in the most non-violent era in history. The problem is that, while 500 years ago you might have not even heard all the news from within your city, we can now hear all the horrible news from all over the world (and we’re also more people). But still, human interaction and conflict in general is much less violent than it used to be. – mediocre_medstudent1

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That if you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it because of the smell. Birds actually have a very bad sense of smell.- grmidnight

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The five second rule – Appropriate-Wrap-

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A lot of commonly believed stuff about the female reproductive system/anatomy, like vaginas getting loose if a woman has a lot of sex, or that having a lot of sex somehow drastically changes the look of a woman’s labia.-iswearimalady

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