It’s not a parallel world, it’s Japan

“Exceptional” would be the term that would best define Japan, a nation of incredible inventions, rich culture, intelligent people, educated citizens, among other qualities. But there is a side of Japan that very few outside people know about, with characteristics that seem to place it in a kind of alternate reality far away from us. The images that you will see below will surely make you want to go and live with the Japanese.

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1 – During a protest, bus drivers in Japan did not stop their buses, let alone block roads, but continued to run their routes without charging passengers.

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Obviously, the idea was to keep the Japanese arriving on time while affecting the companies with the cost of fuel.

2 – In Japan, canned beverages come with the name of the product written in braille on the top of the package.

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3 – On most Japanese toilets, attached to the bidets, there is a button that allows the user to play water sounds so that they can relieve themselves without fear of being heard by other people.

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4 – These baby seats are usually present in many of the Japanese bathrooms.

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5 – Subway riders in Tokyo push a carriage to rescue a woman who was trapped between the train and the platform.

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6 – This is what the food they serve in some hospitals in Japan looks like.

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7 – In the lobby of some buildings in Japan you will find these umbrella organizers, where anyone can leave their own without fear of being taken away.

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8 – This note reads: “I accidentally hit your bike and broke the bell. I’m sorry.”

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9 – These public toilets in Japan have a panel at the entrance where they indicate the free and occupied cubicles.

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10 – This toilet tank also doubles as a sink that recycles water for use in the next flush.

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11 – In Japan, the products they sell you are true to the look and feel they promote.

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12 – Most educational institutions in Japan do not have a custodial service, so students take care of cleaning as a way to show gratitude for learning.

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13 – Inside this jar of chewing gum you can find small pieces of paper to wrap the gum once finished.

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14 – It happened at the 2014 World Cup: a group of Japanese citizens stayed at the stadium to pick up the fans’ garbage.

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15 – In this shopping mall in Japan, you can find refrigerated lockers to store frozen perishable products while shopping.

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16 – “I forgot my shopping bag on a street in Osaka and when I returned to get it later that day, someone had left it untouched next to a tree.”

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17 – At Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, customers can grab a free origami figurine from the counter.

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18 – That’s how comfortable it is to ride Japan’s bullet train.

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19 – It’s not uncommon to find koi fish living in the drainage canals on the streets of Japan.

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20 – Manhole covers in Japan are authentic pieces of art.

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