Weird Japan: Unusual trends that only exist in Japan

Japan is one of the favorite destinations for western people. It’s another world.  It has it all: stunning sceneries, magnificent medieval castles and fabulous culture combined with futuristic fashion, videogames and tech-driven lifestyle.

A lot of trends originated in the Japan have gained pupularity on the rest of the world, but there are some trends that still remain unique to the country. We list some of these endemic trends enjoyed by japanese people:

Vending machines stuffed with questionable stuff

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Vending machines are found all over the world, but Japan sells some pretty interesting things in theirs. In the United States, a person might go to a vending machine to get a bottle of soda or some chips or maybe a gumball. In Japan, however, you can get everything from used underpants to corn chowder.

While purchasing things from a vending machine can certainly be convenient, there might be such a thing as going too far. It’s unlikely that vending machines will ever become quite as popular here as they are in Japan.

Camel toe underwear

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This camel toe underwear brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” While most women try to avoid showing “camel toe,” a Japanese trend has women trying to show off their lady parts by using specially shaped underwear to enhance their figures. The underwear promises to give the appearance of a camel toe when paired with tight leggings or pants.

While it is unclear whether this is actually a widespread fashion or just a joke gone viral, the fact still remains that camel toe panties exist and can be purchased online for those daring enough to try out the trend for themselves.

Excessive cuteness

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Cute thing are lovely. Who can resist pictures of adorable puppies or kittens? No one loves cuteness like the Japanese, though. Over there, they have built an entire culture around all things cute.

Kawaii culture is all about celebrating everything that is small and lovable. You’re probably already familiar with some of the aspects of kawaii culture — think of Hello Kitty or Pikachu. If you think toilet paper with cute faces on it, road signs covered in cartoons, or a toaster that makes bear-shaped toast sounds like fun, you might just be a fan.

Owl cafes

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Japan or already has cat or bunny cafes, but the lastest trend is definitely owl cafes. Some cafe shops let owls fly freely inside the place and people can touch or even interact with them. Other cafes keep owl inside cages and people only can see them.

But why are these animal-related cafes so popular? Well, most of these cafes are located in metropolitan areas like Tokyo or Osaka where workers live in small apartments and are not allowed to own pets. For cat, bunny or owl lovers these cafes let them coexist with the nature for a brief period of time inside the city.

The emerging of these cafes really attracted the attention of environmental groups that critize them, because they argue that these shops “rent pets” or animals can be harm. However, these shops must have special permissions and must fullfill all animal care requirements. Also, flash pictures are not allowed to avoid upsetting animals.

Hamburger straws

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We can probably thank bored kids trying to get their 15 minutes of fame for this unusual trend. The meme inexplicably took over Japanese social media, confusing a lot of people in the process. The trend pretty much just consists of people putting their hamburgers on top of cups and sticking a straw straight down the middle, then taking a picture. That’s all there is to it. Why? No one really knows.
Shironuri living art

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The art of white, powdery makeup called Shironuri has been singlehandedly revived by a woman who calls herself Minori. While Shironuri itself dates back to the 9th century when it was used by wealthy women as a symbol of status, Minori has brought the trend into the 21st century. She combines the makeup with elaborate outfits and intricate backdrops in order to turn herself into a living work of art.

Omiyarimi

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Most parents try to make their babies stop crying, but this Japanese tradition encourages it (at least for one day). The 400 year old Nakizumo Festival, held in Tokyo every year, is meant to bring babies good health. Parents bring their children to the festival where sumo wrestlers hold the babies, gently shaking them and making funny faces in order to provoke them into crying. It is thought that doing this will ward off evil spirits.

Ganguro

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Ganguro is a Japanese trend that basically looks like an overdone tan. The term ganguro translates to “intensely black,” and the style originated in the 1990s as a reaction against the traditional Japanese ideal of light skin and dark hair. Today, ganguro cafes are popping up in Japan and are staffed by darkly tanned women sporting shockingly bright hair. These cafes have become popular tourist attractions for those who want to experience some of Japan’s more unusual offerings.

These are some of native trends we can mention right now, there are others, Japan is extraordinary land you visit soon!.

 

 

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