They say necessity is the mother of invention. That’s true, at least in Japan. With scarce natural resources, the Japanese find ingenious ways to make ordinary things extraordinary and more convenient. With a keen aesthetic sense combined with creative skills, Japan offers some of the best things in life that other countries should emulate.
FeedFond has collected images of 16 great things from Japan that other countries should adopt.
Contents & Quick Navigation
- #16 Power nap
- #15 Public announcements
- #14 Kotatsu
- #13 Cat cafes
- #12 Music to your ears
- #11 Capsule hotels
- #10 Automatic taxi doors
- #9 Poppers
- #8 Multi-functional toilets
- #7 Free hankies
- #6 Foot spas in trains
- #5 Chairs for holding bags
- #4 Cans with Braille
- #3 Double-level parking spaces
- #2 Special vending machines
- #1 Gas stations
#16 Power nap
Japanese are allowed to take a power nap after they’ve had lunch at work. So, it’s alright for them to doze off instead of fighting the overpowering sleep that gets us right after lunch.
#15 Public announcements
The loudspeakers in public places in Japan are used for giving warnings to people in the event of an earthquake or tsunami. When these emergency announcements are not needed, the loudspeakers play music and remind the children in the evening when it’s time to go home.
A Kotatsu—or the heated table—is great as a warmer. It is covered by a blanket heated from below. You can snuggle under the table and keep the cold at bay.
#13 Cat cafes
Here’s something unique to warm you up—cat cafes. Spend hours in these cafes and cuddle cats for as long as you like.
#12 Music to your ears
There are some roads in Japan where music is played to reduce the monotony of driving for a long stretch.
#11 Capsule hotels
As the name suggests, capsule hotels in Japan are wide enough for only one person to have a great rest.
#10 Automatic taxi doors
Japan’s love for automation is manifest in automatic taxi doors. You don’t need to slam it shut anymore!
To reduce stress, the Japanese pop endless bubble wraps that are attached to their key chains.
#8 Multi-functional toilets
Automation can be seen at its best in the multi-functional toilets of Japan. These are great for both people with or without physical disabilities. The toilet seats heat up automatically and the toilet can even clean itself.
#7 Free hankies
Tissue paper is free in Japan. So, in case you have a cold and forgot to bring a hanky, the resources in public places will come to your rescue.
#6 Foot spas in trains
For stress relief, the suburban trains in Japan come fitted with foot spas. So, when you’re on a long journey home, relax by getting a foot treatment.
#5 Chairs for holding bags
If you’re worried about where to hang your bag, Japan has the answer. A wedge in the backrest of the chair serves to hold your bag and prevent it from sliding off.
#4 Cans with Braille
The Japanese would like the blind to know what they’re drinking. So, the name of the drink is written in Braille on the top of the can.
#3 Double-level parking spaces
Since Japan is tight for space, they have invented an ingenious way of parking cars—on double-level parking spaces.
#2 Special vending machines
These special vending machines in Japan are meant for better time management. Not only do these vending machines serve up drinks and chocolates, these also give pet food, fried potatoes, boiled eggs, and pasta.
#1 Gas stations
The pipes that deliver gas to cars hang down from above so that drivers avoid a situation where they can’t reach the gas tank on their car.
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