Yep, that’s a leading rabbit.

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m British living in London. I love to travel and I’ve always wanted to go to Japan!

I reflect back on my pre-COVID travels and put together a random watch list about Japan/Tokyo that I think is worth mentioning.

1.

There are these trucks driving loud music, presumably for promotional purposes.

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Look at this singing rat who was hammered so badly he passed out and lost his wig – what an icon!

2.

Some restaurants can order from vending machines!

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A faster way to eat for anyone who hates humans.

3.

You can buy sandwiches with their shells cut off!

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TBH, I’m not mad about these.

4.

You often get a small basket in restaurants to store your things while you sit down to eat.

Love the idea – in Japan, all restaurants/coffee shops will provide you with a basket when you sit down so you can safely and neatly place your handbags or do your shopping.

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If you didn’t already know, Japan loves to keep things ~tidy~.

5.

The traffic cones we saw were more exciting than ours.

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Some are lit up, and some are even painted with faces and patterns, like these Fuji-style cones at Kawaguchi Station.


6.

For hygiene reasons, some places have special slippers to wear in the toilet. I’ve heard people do it at home too!

7.

People don’t just take their Walk the dog!

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When it’s a rabbit, it’s actually called “jumping.”

8.

Most stores in Tokyo will tape your shopping bags together as proof of purchase.

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no ma’am you cannot Wear this out of the store.


9.

People ride bicycles on the sidewalk and on the road.

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For most of the trip, my anxiety was 110%.

10.

The convenience store has a variety of beverages, including this fluorescent green melon soda, and I’m addicted.

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Other delicious drinks I love include cold milk tea, matcha latte, plum wine, and ALL OF THE CHU-HI – a flavored highball cocktail made with a Japanese liquor called shōchū.


11.

The whole country is obsessed with cute things – kittens, puppies, rabbits, mice.

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I mean, I think we already know, but I cannot Highlight how many ads, products and services are plastered with ~kawaii~ characters!

12.

The train seats can be rotated in the direction of travel according to your preference.

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Say ōnara to motion sickness!

13.

The Japanese sometimes wear these flat wooden flip-flops called “geta” (similar to wooden sandals).

14.

You can’t smoke anywhere – there are these cages for smokers on the street.

15.

Ninety-five percent toilet ~super~ fancy, with lots of buttons to enhance your toilet experience!

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Options include seat heating, bidet, karaoke and ejection seats.


16.

There are these “maid cafes” where young women in maid outfits serve you food and drinks.

17.

Finally, as a train pulls into a subway station, a cute little jingle chimes.

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Depending on the line you’re on, the jingle will change!

18.

Bonus – I had to write this about masks in 2019: of course, everyone wears masks for a variety of reasons, like wanting to avoid air pollution, allergens or bacteria, or even wanting to cover up a spot or blemish!

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#TBT When masks are a huge novelty!


Anyway, hope to see you again soon, Japan! ! ! 🇯🇵♥️🇯🇵♥️🇯🇵

Have you ever been to Tokyo or anywhere else in Japan and noticed anything unusual or surprising? Let us know in the comments below!