25 Absurd Situations That Could Only Happen in Japan

Japan is an amazing place where courtesy and attention to detail are taken to extremes. There are not very pleasant moments, however, in their stories and observations, users who visited this country most often recall the good.

Happy Worthy Life read the reviews of tourists with interest, and included the most unexpected ones in the article.


After checking into the hotel the next morning, I found a note on the door: “We inform you that you do not have to go to the reception. The yen (58 kopecks) that you overpaid will return to you via the Internet. ” And this photo is the reception from another hotel. © Michael Pang / Quora

  • My wife and I became interested in the tea tasting counter, but only one chair was free. The owner saw and asked to wait a second. He ran to the truck 20 meters from the rack, grabbed a chair and ran back. “This guy will do everything to sell the goods!” I thought. The tea was delicious and we decided to buy it, but the owner refused to sell it. It was all part of some kind of free educational event. © Michael Pang / Quora
  • Once every 2 months I go to the doctor, and after I drink a cup of coffee nearby. Last time, I thankfully nodded to the barista. Seeing me today, she rushed to the coffee maker. She waited 2 months! It was in the circle. If after 2 months she will be there again, then a radiant smile will be waiting for her, and me – a cup of delicious coffee. © Stuart J Walton / Quora
  • Many have come across a situation where you cannot bring a bottle to an airplane. In Japan, there are machines that scan liquids. They think about security, but do not want to bring inconvenience, so they came up with such a machine. I am from Australia, and there, for example, the employees do not care what’s in your bottle, they will confiscate it anyway. © Michael Pang / Quora
  • We walked around Tokyo with my husband and decided to go to an art gallery and buy several postcards there. There were 3 grandmothers at the checkout, we praised their gallery. They were so happy that they gave twice as many postcards and refused to take money for them. When we walked several blocks, 2 of those grandmothers, very out of breath, hailed us from behind. It turned out that we forgot some of the cards, and they ran after us to give them away. © Mitali Gala / Quora
  • He asked for sakura tea in the store. The employee brought a strange jar. Seeing my embarrassment, she began to explain how to use it. I didn’t understand anything, and then she began to search for videos on YouTube. I decided that I was taking too much time, and continued shopping. At the exit, she caught up with me and handed 2 glued pieces of paper. She spent 30 minutes to find instructions on the forum, translate, print and glue. Just so that I find what I was looking for. I immediately bought 2 jars. © Piu Banerjee / Quora

When he worked in Tokyo, an earthquake began. I was terribly scared, but the rest did not comment on the situation and just continued to work. When it was time to go home, it turned out that the railway lines were closed because of this. Many remained in the office (there are always blankets and pillows for such an occasion), and we went to a restaurant. There was only the owner. He apologized for serving more slowly than usual, as the waiters were unable to arrive due to the earthquake. I am surprised that such a phenomenon did not affect work ethics and service. © Mari Seto / Quora

Attitude to people

See this patient crowd on the left? About 40 people waited while my family posed for 2 minutes. I accidentally noticed them with peripheral vision, lowered my camera and apologized. And they answered: “No, it’s you, I’m sorry that you rushed you!” © Rishi / Quora

  • It was cold December in the yard. My friend dropped his wallet somewhere on the way home. We didn’t speak Japanese then and could not call the police, so I had to search on our own. Half an hour later, the wallet was found. One grandfather saw how a friend dropped it, picked it up, but could not catch up. He stood in the cold for 2 hours in case he returns. © Nghia Truong / Quora
  • No one will give you a place or skip ahead. Even in public transport do not give way to pregnant and elderly. If you try, you will probably be denied. It’s better not to say anything, but to get up and leave, then they will sit down. Only here you can be arrested if you scare the residents with a proposal to bring things or carry them out somewhere. © Graham D Brown / Quora
  • We noticed that in construction areas there was always a sound level meter so that work would not create too much noise. Also, if the construction site interferes with traffic on the sidewalk, then there will be a special person who apologizes to everyone for the inconvenience. © Michael Pang / Quora
  • We stood at a traffic light with my Japanese friend. It was Sunday, around no people, no cars. “Why don’t we just switch to red?” I asked. “No, we are waiting for the green man,” she replied. “But why?” I wondered. And she smiled and asked: “What if the child is watching us?” © Sze Yao Tan / Quora
  • Despite their politeness, they are too accustomed to the flea market in public transport and will not apologize if they stumble upon you. Moreover, if they are in a hurry somewhere, they may even push you in the back, use them as a support, and so on. © Saxon / Quora
  • Japan is a country of vending machines, you can find almost everything in them. Once I went up to buy a drink and found this strange bag that contained 900 yen (about $ 8). Apparently, someone forgot to pick up change from 1,000 yen. The next buyer carefully collected the coins in a bag, wrote a note and attached it to the machine, so that the lost person returned and took it. © Fujimoto Masahiro / Quora
  • For a long time I was followed by some kind of person. I assumed that I had dropped something, but he wanted to return it. But I was mistake: panting and with the words “this is for you!” he handed me 24 packs of toilet paper. Then he bowed low and go. Many probably could not understand why this foreigner is so much. © Stephanie Jacklin / Quora
  • My roommate realized he had dropped his wallet somewhere on the way home. He had been home for almost 2 hours. I told him to report to the police, but we didn’t speak much Japanese back then so dealing with police would be a pain in the ass. He decided to walk back to the station to look. Half an hour later he returned, wallet found. Apparently an elder saw his wallet dropped, but couldn’t follow him in his rush back to the air conditional. So he picked up the wallet and waited 2 hours in cold weather just in case my friend would return to look. © Nghia Truong / Quora

The New Year was approaching, and I worked out the last shift in the store. A regular customer came in and bought something. After paying for the goods, he unexpectedly bowed and said: “Thank you for the service this year. I wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you next! ” © Nghia Truong / Quora


I like that in many restaurants you need to take off your shoes. I love that in the summer they give cold, wet towels, and in the winter – warm. And I just love these low tables without a floor so that you can hang your legs. © Serina Kurahashi / Quora

  • There are too cute girls. I often see Western couples walking around Tokyo, and I understand what happens in a guy’s head when he looks back at them. No extra weight, cute dress up. Guys who come here with friends, good luck to you, of course, but I don’t know how long it will last. © Graham D Brown / Quora
  • He lived in a tiny town, and many have never seen a foreigner there. Every day I passed the kindergarten, and a crowd of children looked at me in surprise. I smiled at them, but they were afraid of a two-meter bearded uncle (me). Then they forced the bravest to say hello. I answered. Over the next week, each of them personally told me his “cavalry.” Once I slipped and fell, they all ran up, and the smallest girl asked: “Giant, are you okay?” © JazzPanda / Reddit
  • I noticed that the seats at the bus stop are set with their backs to the roadway. It would seem inconvenient to follow, but not in Japan. Firstly, it is very quiet here, you will hear if something more than a passenger car approaches. Also, buses come exactly on schedule: you do not need to wait for his appearance on the horizon, just wait for the right time, and it will be there. © Vedant Kekan / Quora
  • For those who consider the Japanese saints. A friend was taking a shower when someone rang the doorbell. He went out to open, and saw a policeman. It turned out that an elderly neighbor knocked on him for singing in the shower. © Nghia Truong / Quora
  • The streets in Japan are so clean that fish even swim in the canals. © BeardedGlass / Reddit
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At night the police stopped me and asked for a passport. I didn’t have it, so they first brought me after him, and then returned to my former place. They gave me to sign a form stating that I was wrong, that I did not carry my passport with me. © greenpearlin / Reddit

Would you like to visit Japan? What do you like most about its features and traditions?

  • Why 30 Year Olds Today Do Not Want to Move Away From Their Parents and this is no Longer Considered Shameful

    Over 25% of people aged 20 to 34 in the UK live with their parents. From 1996 to 2017, their number increased from 2.7 to 3.4 million, and the trend is more characteristic of men than women. This figure is already called a record, and the trend is gaining momentum not only in Foggy Albion, but also around the world.

    At Happy Worthy Life, we wanted to get to the point: why did the vector change direction dramatically and more and more people around the age of 30 live with their mother and father. Indeed, more recently, young people sought to move out of their home as early as possible.

    For a long time, life with parents was condemned

    If by the age of 25 someone from the company did not get a rented or own apartment, they looked at him with some distrust and considered it to be unpromising. This perception was justified by a number of reasons.

    1. Infantilism

    “Infantil” sounds deliberately negative: such a person is quite comfortable after 30 years in his father’s house. Moreover, as a rule, he works part-time, from case to case, or even may not have a source of income – roughly speaking, live off of his parents.

    If we dig deeper, we will see that the reason for parasitism is far from always lies in the offspring of the offspring. Infantilism is generated by hyper-custody at a young age: the child gets used to the fact that all his problems are solved by mom and dad, and continues to follow this model of behavior as an adult. To refuse her son or daughter is in no hurry due to the pain of the process.

    2. The standards of education laid down by the older generation

    Who brought up people who condemned adult peers who continue to live with their parents? People from the baby boomer generation who are distinguished by team spirit and who prioritize family values, and generations X. The latter are independent and confident: the main thing in life is stability. It was important for girls to get married for life as soon as possible, for boys to finish high school and find a job for life.

    During the upbringing, parents invested precisely these norms in children’s heads. Those who have learned them are also used to rely only on themselves and tried to get to their feet as early as possible and provide for themselves. Hence the desire to live separately, even in a rented apartment. Less successful friends and acquaintances caused bewilderment and pity.

    3. Low qualification

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    This item follows from the previous one. A person who is not able to earn a rented apartment or room could be considered a poor employee (he did not find a profitable place). Unable to live separately – probably the reason is in finances. And they are not due to a low level of professionalism or inability to “spin”.

    4. Psychological or physiological problems

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    Some of those who did not leave the parental home were attributed certain psychological problems. The logic is simple: a person cannot cope with emotions or solve a question himself – which means that he can suffer from some kind of mental disorder or even illness.

    5. Financial problems

    Large-scale financial disasters (for example, the crisis of 1998 or 2008) affect a significant part of the population, so this reason seems to be the most objective. For example, in such periods, businessmen are more likely to burn out and be left without a livelihood.

    In some cases, people lost real estate and all their savings, and in order to improve their lives, they will have to spend some time with their parents or friends. In addition to financial crises, the existence of unsecured loans for higher education pushed for life with the parents of young people. According to statistics, in 2018, the total amount of outstanding loans in the United States amounted to $ 1.5 trillion.

    Over time, society changed its perception and found good reasons to live with mother and father

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    And what was perceived yesterday with a hint of negativity, today finds a completely rational explanation.

    1. Kidalt and infantil are not the same thing

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    This term appeared in 1960-1980, and later became widespread. Scammers (from kid – “child”, adult – “adult”) are called adults (30 years and older) who have hobbies typical of adolescents: cartoons, computer games, fantasy. Often they have a weakness for fashionable gadgets and actively follow technical updates.

    The difference between scammers and infantiles is that children’s hobbies do not interfere with the first, sometimes even vice versa. An adult who regularly interacts with computer or mobile games can develop the talent of a developer or artist. Hobbies act as earnings or psychological relaxation. As a rule, they require considerable investments. Along with a hobby from childhood, such people took with them a lifestyle. That’s just a burden for parents, they are not and, if necessary, actively help them.

    2. The desire to gain financial independence

    This thesis may seem contradictory, but if you calculate the costs associated with renting a house, everything falls into place. Instead of laying out a tidy sum for rental housing each month, you can maintain an apartment with your parents, saving a significant part of the income for your own housing or the realization of a dream (for example, launching your own business project).

    3. Improving education

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    The higher the level of education and life, the lower the birth rate and desire to start a family. In the absence of a family, the need for a separate home is lower. Education is becoming more accessible, therefore, more likely to get a well-paid job.

    In addition, there are new areas of activity that were not there before – the same notorious blogging. A high standard of living actually eliminates the need for support and care: why do we need a partner if everything you need can be obtained without it? At a minimum, why rent an apartment if you can live with your parents and see each other several times a week?

    And more…

  • 9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online

    The Covid-19 epidemic is an opportunity for museums to invite visitors from afar to their exhibits.

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online
    Yorkshire Museum

    Over the weekend, the Yorkshire Museum in England started a discussion about the museum’s most bizarre exhibits. The museum’s Twitter account posted a photo of a Roman woman’s hair in the 3-4 th century, still with her hair.

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online

    The Scottish National Museum immediately responded with a haunting object: a reproduction of the “Fiji mermaid”. This creature is thought to have appeared in Japan, and began to be displayed in England in the 17th century.

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online

    The majority of mermaids today are made from parts of many different animals. The Scottish National Museum has another mermaid statue, the lower part is actually a fish and the upper part is a statue shaped in the form of a human head. 

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online
    PEI Museum

    The Prince Edward Island Museum, Canada presents a “haunted” toy, found in a mansion over 150 years. The sheep mounted on the wheel is located in one place and is often found somewhere else. 

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online

    The Museum of German History introduces a translation mask, with a beak-like design. This mask was used during the plague in Europe, around the 17th century.

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online
    Royal Amories.

    The British Weapon Museum brings the mask of executioners, on display in London. Despite being called the “execution mask,” studies have shown that this iron mask may be formal, since execution in Britain and Europe does not. 

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online
    Cape Fear Museum

    The museum for the horror film Cape Fear brings a gore doll. According to their introduction, this is the doll used in the television show American Gothic. 

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online

    A sheep heart is filled with metal nails during the curse rite. Found in Devon, England around the early 20th century.

    9 Weirdest Museums in the World to Display Online
    York Castle Museum

    Model of hand playing cards, miners erected with legs and crabs of the Victorian period in the late 19th century in England. 

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