Weird Japan

So, this is it. Officially my last week in Japan. We moved out of our apartment two days ago and are staying in a service apartment. It’s got all the comforts of home… but it’s not home. I better get used to this ‘uprooted’ feeling fast because it’s going to be like this for a couple of months until we settle down in Bintulu. Okay, I shouldn’t get ahead of myself (it’s a bad habit of mine).

Anywayyyyyy…. in honor of my last week here, I decided to list down some of the things that I found to be wonderfully weird about Japan.

  • Yakisoba Pan

It looks like this:

Image source: pseudoerasmus.com
Image source: pseudoerasmus.com

Okay, it may not be that strange to most of you and even I have eaten stranger things (uhm, balut anyone?), but this bun that’s available easily in convenient stores just turns my insides.

  • Onsen with Family

When you come to Japan, try not to miss a trip to the onsen. Do the whole shebang, okay? Sitting on a stool and showering with a roomful of people (same gender), chatting with a stranger next to you in the pool, etc. Did I mention all of this is going on without a stitch of clothing? But I was always under the impression that taking a bath at an onsen was like a holiday event. You know, sort of like how we go to the beach. It was only a couple of months ago that I discovered that soaking in a warm bath is part of everyday life here, even at the scorching height of summer. As if that wasn’t enough to amaze me, I then found out that parents and children of the same gender bathe together.

Image source: jiburimyths.com
Image source: jiburimyths.com

When I explained in my culture we shower standing up and no, we don’t share that time with anyone else – I was the weirdo.

  • Standard Operating Procedure for Shoes

In Malaysia, as with most Asian countries, we remove our footwear before going indoors. It’s not uncommon to see a jumble of slippers and shoes at the doorway of anyone’s house and sometimes we spend a few minutes hunting for a missing pair. That is because we don’t do this:

Image source: kyotokimono.tumblr.com
Image source: kyotokimono.tumblr.com

The first time I noticed this arrangement was when the washing machine repair man came to fix my broken machine. I’m so used to grease-stained repair guys kicking their shoes off and me having to clean up after them that I was absolutely flummoxed by this guy arranging his shoes meticulously pointing outward and bowing before entering.

 

  • Sniffle and Slurp

It’s perfectly okay to sniffle and slurp your food.

Image source: keepitonfleek.com
Image source: keepitonfleek.com

But don’t make the mistake of eating while you’re walking. It’s a guaranteed way to attract stares – trust me, I’m speaking from experience.

  • Fashion

When my cousin arrived fresh off the plane in Japan, she asked me, “Where are all the weirdly dressed people?”

It’s true. Even I wondered the same. I was expecting a whole lot more people to be dressed like Anime characters walking around. But in fact, everyone looks like they’re dressed by elegant stylists, wearing similarly muted colors and you’ll be hard pressed to find a woman showing her armpits on the street.

Image source: laoddee.blogspot.com
Image source: laoddee.blogspot.com

If you wake up one morning and feel feisty, wear a red tank top.

 

  • Lurve

Japan’s sex industry precedes itself in reputation for all kinds of kinky stuff. Love hotels are the least of it, offering rooms for people to stay or… rest.

Image source: www.lacarmina.com
Image source: www.lacarmina.com

Every spring, Kanamara Matsuri is celebrated at a shrine in Kawasaki. It’s quite simply, a penis festival.

So, you have to forgive me for laughing in disbelief when I learnt that private parts are blurred out in Japanese porn.

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  25 comments for “Weird Japan

  1. August 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Japan is a nice place, hope can visit it

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  2. August 24, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Instead of weird, Probably can say they are really very organized.. haha~~ About the shoe arrangement thingy!

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    • marilynwrites
      August 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Hahaha.. Very VERY organized about that and a lot of other things

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  3. August 24, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Probably yes… coz i like their fashion , makeover… their their always fast moving .

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    • marilynwrites
      August 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Oh yes! Everyone always looks like they just stepped out of a fashion magazine in Japan

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  4. August 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    I actually like the idea of keeping shoes outward. Never thought of that but now it feels that makes things easier while heading out haha

    do drop by… GreenStory

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    • marilynwrites
      August 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      It’s a really good habit actually 😀

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  5. August 24, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Even i never been there, but i like Japan especially in their technology. Hopefully, i have the opportunity to visit there. Wanna try the Onsen with family.

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    • marilynwrites
      August 25, 2016 at 7:13 am

      I hope you get to visit. A wonderful country! I lived there a year and totally fell in love with it

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  6. August 25, 2016 at 5:33 am

    This is definitely a pretty great read.. hahaha… I have been to Japan but not long enough to learn about it’s weirdness

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    • marilynwrites
      August 25, 2016 at 7:13 am

      Hehehe… it’s a weird and wonderful country

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  7. August 25, 2016 at 10:17 am

    They might be weird but I love to visit this country a lot!

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  8. August 25, 2016 at 11:39 am

    they area a really cute people, despite yea lots of weird stuffs going on coz i guess they wanna be the first in doing anything.

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  9. August 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Japan is a wondeful place to visit and stay
    love d weather and people around there..

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  10. August 25, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    I could say they are meticulous.Yesssss…sometimes they are weird.

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  11. hui ying
    August 26, 2016 at 12:30 am

    haha…japan really have special habit!!! sometimes really feel very weird!!

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  12. August 26, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Japan sure have all these weird habit XD I find that it was quite interesting to observe their lifestyle when I visit to Tokyo.

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  13. August 28, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Japan is unique and interesting in it own ways and that uniqueness can also be thought of as weird. But one thing I like is their anime. Though some anime really unbelievable. I hope I can visit Japan one day to see their culture myself.

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  14. August 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    You sound like you’ve really enjoyed Japan despite it’s quirkiness! Urrmmm the bun with noodles inside really doesn’t look appetizing! And the idea of sharing baths?!

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    • marilynwrites
      August 29, 2016 at 6:36 am

      Totally fell in love with them 🙂 but yes, some things were funny

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  15. Shub
    August 29, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Every country will have some or the other weird things about it. Japan is no exception. I respect this country though for the courage and never-say-die attitude of the people.

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  16. Betty
    August 29, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Wow, really many things need to learn when staying in Japan. While for Onsen hard to be accept by me. A typical type person. Haha

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  17. August 29, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I dont really into the idea of showering together with family members though.. so weird

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  18. Arisa Chow
    September 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    honestly it’s not weird to me at all, everyone has their own way of living and it can’t be compared to our own country. What we do and call “normal”here isn’t normal to foreigners either.
    Keep an open mind.

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  19. aliza sara
    September 7, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Indeed Japan has a strange yet interesting culture. haha. But i think every culture has its unique way of embracing things 🙂

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