The rest of the world considered China a coveted, faraway land of mystery for so long that, despite China opening its doors to the rest of the world in modern times, the truth is that so much of what goes on there is still extremely bizarre and peculiar to travelers, regardless of where they come from. These strange and unique things tourists encounter when visiting China will leave you dying to visit!
When at the beach, you expect to see tourists from all over the world exposing as much of their skin as possible to get a nice tan. The consensus in China, though, is that pale skin is desirable, so you won’t see women going to the beach in a skimpy bathing suit.
They still go to the beach, but on their own terms…in the beaches of Qingdao, for example, a local entrepreneur popularized the facekini, which conveniently protects both from UV rays and jellyfish.
Resting in Pieces
You might think this is the shredded-up product of a recycling process in China, yet notice that those are trucks around all those multicolored objects. Although it looks like astroturf or something, this is a bicycle graveyard that was created after a dockless bike-sharing initiative failed.
For the most part, these initiatives have transformed the streets of Chinese cities for the better, yet there are those lambasting the new bike-sharing platforms for the chaos they cause on the roads.
Parking for Women
While some people have praised the women-only parking spots that you can see in China today, others have criticized them for being misogynistic. The parking spots are bigger, implying that women need more room to park because, supposedly, they aren’t as good at driving.
On the other hand, they are often conveniently situated near exits, a point which supporters say grants women a feeling of safety. Whether you believe this to be a step in the right direction or not, it’s definitely a curiosity to be wondered at.
The Chinese have different labor standards than you’d expect to see in Western countries — indeed, the acceptable amount of weekly work hours differs significantly — but that doesn’t mean you won’t see Chinese workers having a good time dressing up at work (as Panda bears).
These majestic creatures are at risk of becoming extinct because of habitat loss and a low birth rate, yet it seems that the whole nation is behind efforts to save one of China’s most iconic symbols. In fact, a few years ago they were redesignated as “vulnerable” instead of “endangered.”
Clean Air Is a Commodity
You might have heard news reports about how polluted the air is in Chinese metropolises, from Guangzhou to Beijing, and the reality is the residents deal with this issue on a day-to-day basis. In such environments, fresh air has become a commodity — literally.
In recent years, Chinese vendors started selling canned air from where the atmosphere has less airborne contaminants. Chen Guangbiao, a Chinese entrepreneur who formerly focused on recycling industries, sold 8,000,000 cans in just 10 days!
Chinese food in China is usually different from what people expect from the Chinese food available outside of China. The different regions in China use starkly different spices and flavors, but one thing that you will see everywhere is food that other cultures don’t consider fit for human consumption.
Cockroaches, scorpions, crocodiles, bugs — you might find all sorts of meat you’re not used to eating. Whether you try it or not is up to you, just be respectful…and keep in mind that what you think is a pet store might actually be where locals buy groceries!
There are almost 1.4 billion people living in China, making it the most populous country in the world. When you go visit, one of the first things that you will notice is how the people seem so accustomed to these ridiculous crowds.
The Chinese simply do things differently, as seen in this picture from a Chinese waterpark. They look like they’re having a good time squished together in the water, but if someone suddenly wants to get out it seems like it would take some effort!
In the West, people sit down to deal with their bowel movements, yet in many countries, such as China, the norm is to squat. You won’t always find a Western toilet in China, so if you don’t want to try something new you may find yourself in a bind.
While many places do cater to the sit-down style, as you can see in the picture, that doesn’t mean that your expectations of bathroom privacy will also be met. Instead of private stalls, doing your business is a communal affair here.
Some municipal police departments have opted for an unorthodox replacement for guard dogs: geese. While some might say that being chased by a dog is scarier, those people have obviously never rubbed a goose the wrong way. But wait, aren’t these just elegant and graceful creatures?
Despite their beauty, these birds are also extremely territorial and will not hesitate to attack you. Plus, don’t forget that they can fly. You can climb a tree to escape a dog, but the same cannot be said about geese.
This will disgust those who see these creatures solely as pests, yet billions of cockroaches are bred each year in Chinese farms. Cockroach extracts have some surprising health benefits, it is claimed, and they can also be used as animal feed. Don’t forget that cockroaches are eaten by humans as well in China.
If anything goes wrong on one of these farms and the roaches successfully stage a daring escape, though, local communities will be overrun with these bugs. The big question is whether such an escape will be a free food boon or public health concern.
While many cultures practice arranged marriages, China takes things to a whole new level. Visitors to China will notice odd markets where elderly parents try to snag a spouse for their young boy or girl.
Parents list the relevant information about their child and, hopefully soon, a passerby will come offering a suitable match. We don’t know what the kids think about all of this, so let’s hope the parents at least let them meet their spouses-to-be before they marry them off!
Taking a Nap
Another cultural phenomenon visitors may notice is that people seem to pass out everywhere and anywhere. While this often is an indication of vagrancies in Western societies, in China people won’t bat an eye if someone falls asleep in a public place.
These images show how the Chinese take things to the next level when it comes to getting enough hours of shut-eye in a day. These guys are professional nappers who didn’t forget the importance of head support.
A Truck Taking 10 Trucks
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, especially in China. If someone doesn’t want to do a job, someone else will do it, and that means that people will often go to extremes to get a job done as efficiently as possible.
While other people might have loaded fewer trucks on more trucks to deliver the order, this entrepreneur found a way to get 10 on one truck! How well they are secure, though, is a completely different question that will only be answered if the driver takes a sharp turn.
Dancing in the Streets
China isn’t always painted in the best light in the media, yet visitors who come back won’t be lying if they report dancing in the streets. Flash mobs are really big in China, and older women often join in as a good way to have fun and stay active.
Not everyone is such a big fan of this, however, and other residents have actively tried to stop the phenomenon because of how often loud music blares in public, which is aggravating, understandably.
Longqing Gorge, just about 50 miles away from Beijing, is one of the most popular getaways for people looking to enjoy the great outdoors. It also houses one of the biggest dams in China, but you need to overcome your fears to see it — the only way in is through a ferocious dragon’s mouth!
Actually, it’s a giant escalator network, which is the largest of its kind in the world, but it only goes up one way. To get down, you can either walk down the steps or take a toboggan.
Funny Fishing Habits
You’ll often see Chinese people fishing at sources of water, even those that don’t seem very clean at times. However normal that might seem, these images caught some Chinese people fishing very oddly.
In the first image, you have what looks to be people feeding the bears at the zoo with fishing poles, but bear fishing sounds like a dangerously bad idea. In the second image, it looks like this guy is trying to act like a bear and catch fish with his mouth.
Overload on the Road
Two-wheeled vehicles are popular all over the world, but the way they are driven in China is slightly different than how you might be used to. Other places might not consider them suitable to take so much stuff, but in China, it’s not uncommon to see an absolutely unsafe amount of cargo being strapped onto a moped or motorcycle.
Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you is extra important when you can plainly see how haphazardly things are attached onto bikes.
Fireworks Are a Common Fire Hazard
The Chinese invented fireworks, and this invention remains popular today in China. Apparently, though, the Chinese like their fireworks just a bit more than the average nation, judging by this sign.
Who would have thought that they are lit with such abandon out in public that gas stations need to put up “no lighting fireworks” in place of “no smoking” signs? Clearly, the gas station is going to put up a sign warning against the most likely cause of a potential fire, and voilà!
Giving it a Push
This image of plane passengers giving the plane a push is one of the most peculiar on this list. It looks like it just needs to get started, but the truth is the plane broke down after it landed and ended up in the water.
Everyone onboard was really lucky to be alive and not the victims in a tragic crash, yet the 20-ton plane needed to be taken half a mile back to the runway, which took two hours. In China, don’t expect a truck or tractor to do the work of a hundred men!
The Panda bear, one of the most recognizable symbols for wildlife conservation worldwide, is also one of the most important symbols for China. Seeing as the creature is native to China, Chinese scientists have an important role in helping the population thrive in the wild.
To do so, they dress up as pandas and douse themselves with panda scent so that young pandas don’t get used to humans. If they are used to relying on us when they grow up, too, it threatens their chances to make it in the wild.
The Chinese are famous for some of the biggest projects in the world, from the Great Wall to the enormous dams they build today. They’ve famously evacuated millions of people for various projects, yet some people refuse to leave, despite the offer of compensation.
These are known as dingzihu, or nail houses, as they stick out like a stubborn nail that refuses to be hammered in. Although this house impedes traffic, it’s far more than a vestige of what was there before, representing an individual’s right to their home.
Would You Accept This Challenge?
Eating competitions are thrown all over the world, but China does it a bit differently, just like a lot that they do. Here you see a chili-eating contest where the contestants are made to sit in a pool of peppers up to their waists.
It’s a funny gimmick, but it looks like the Scoville measurements of these peppers are anything but amusing. The expression on this poor man’s face is all you need to see before taking extreme caution with these peppers.
The Mao Cut
Just like other nations, the Chinese are proud of their culture and heritage. This patriotic youth wants to celebrate his homeland, and what more iconic symbol to emblazon in one’s hair than Tiananmen Square in Beijing?
This barber is showing off his mad hair-cutting skills — just look at the intricacy of the Chinese characters! All that needed to be added is a sticker Chairman Mao, considered the father of the modern country, and the hairdo is perfect.
Don’t Forget Your Thermos!
While you will often see Chinese people walking around with thermoses, they’re probably not filled with chicken noodle soup. Chances are it’s not coffee or tea either, as you might expect, but just hot water.
Chinese people will just drink plain hot water because it’s considered somewhat of a panacea in China, where people are just as conscious about their health as in other places. Although this is widespread in China, drinking hot water by itself hasn’t yet become as widespread in the rest of the world.
China’s economy boasts impressive growth, judging by the GDP of recent decades, yet the reality is that its transformation into a global powerhouse has come at a serious price — pollution. Water contamination aside, the air pollution we associate with China can cause all sorts of medical complications, including lung maladies.
Many Chinese people wear medical masks outside to prevent themselves from breathing airborne particles. They have become so widespread that women wear them as a fashionable accessory, like this lady in pink.
The Chinese aren’t the only nation who don’t consider it a fashion faux pas to go around in public wearing pajamas, yet that doesn’t mean it’s not surprising to see people like this going out in public wearing nightclothes.
While it might be comfortable to wear and have the advantage of covering the whole body, pajamas aren’t the first choice when finding proper biking attire. We might be able to forgive her had she worn a helmet, but seeing someone like this on the open roads is jarring.
Panjin Red Beach
Panjin Red Beach, located in Liaoning province, is where tourists flock every autumn to see the red beaches. This phenomenon occurs because of a species of seaweed, normally green, that changes color in the autumn, similar to the foliage of New England.
A lot of the beach is closed off to tourists because human presence can easily compromise the delicate balance in the ecosystem, which also includes 26 species of birds, but there are several areas that are open to visitors.
Colonel Sanders must be rolling over in his grave! And it’s hard to imagine that Starbucks, a trademarked company with thousands of locations open in China, would be fine with this copyright infringement.
The fact is, though, there are so many people and so many eateries in China that regulating such details is impossible for the authorities. In either of these cases, it’s up to the corporation to make a legal claim. Meanwhile, the business-minded restaurateurs know they can attract extra business by ripping off recognizable global brands.
There’s a lot of weird stuff going on in China, so don’t be too surprised when you see bizarre tourist attractions such as these. In fact, is it really that different from things like “the world’s biggest ball of yarn” and other random tourist destinations in the U.S.?
This home is located in Fengjing Ancient Town, an old town with ancient bridges just south of Shanghai. This was built to attract more tourists to the area, and features upside-down furniture stuck on the floor — or would that make it the ceiling?
It’s important to stay in shape for general health in all ages, and one thing you will notice is elderly Chinese people doing exercise outside. Sports such as basketball and soccer will be more attractive to the younger generation, but the importance of regular physical activity isn’t lost on the older generations.
This can be Tai Chi or dancing in the streets for some people, while others prefer to go to the exercise machines placed in public parks to get their blood running.
A sight that might be unsettling to many visiting China for the first time is the “ghost cities” that one can witness while traveling the country. These are cities with high-rises, malls, and public parks, yet they remain completely empty.
There are a lot of people in China, which will inevitably bring about even more people, so it’s unfair to see this as a wasteful policy. In fact, many former “ghost cities” are now inhabited and flourishing.
Photocopies of Originals
Textbooks are really expensive, as any college student that studied in North America will tell you. In China, the cost of higher education is far cheaper, but the salaries are pretty low in many rural areas. Indeed, why spend all that money when you can just buy a used book?
Or, better yet, buy an exact photocopy of the original for a reduced price? Business-minded Chinese bookstores have long ago capitalized on selling photocopies books, but this is something publishers aren’t too thrilled about.
Banks worldwide have completely transformed since the advent of automatic teller machines (ATMs), and the next revolutionary step in making banks even more modern happened in China. China Construction Bank (CCB) made history when its Shanghai branch opened up to the public, as it was the first bank in the world to be operated by AI and robots.
You walk in and are greeted by a robot, just like the one featured in the picture below. About 90% of the banking functions are automated, yet there are also private rooms to video chat with an actual human representative.
Crabby Chinese Vending Machines
Vending machines are something we’re used to seeing stocked with drinks or snacks, and it’s not completely unheard of to see one with a sandwich. In China, on the other hand, they take things several steps farther — can you imagine picking up seafood at a vending machine?
These are usually stocked with chips and candies that will stave your hunger for a bit, but crabs are a main course! It comes complete with your choice of ginger tea or crab vinegar to go with your ready-to-eat crab. Hungry yet?
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge
Zhangjiajie, one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world, cannot be more recommended. While the city is nice, it’s the unique nature surrounding it that brings millions of tourists every year.
Located in Hunan province on the border with Szechuan province, Zhangjiajie inspired the setting for James Cameron’s movie, Avatar, which takes place on another planet. One of the best vistas in the area can be found on the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon glass bridge. It’s 1,400 feet long and 980 feet above the bottom of the canyon.
Forever Tuning In
There is no denying that the people of China have their own way of doing things compared to many other nations. However, it is also impossible to deny the creativity they display in many mundane, everyday tasks. Take this guy, for example, who managed to create his own headset as opposed to spending a small fortune on a new pair of headphones.
While it’s probably not the best thing to do when it comes to one’s hearing, we’re confident that other Chinese people have tried this unique trick.
Dial “B” for Brilliant
If there is one thing that people of China know how to do – it is taking their architecture extremely literally. Take this 11-story building, for example. The aim of this strange design is to inform insiders of exactly what is going on inside.
A building full of communications of offices shouldn’t have to look like all the other typical buildings out there. Why not make the front of the building resemble a cell phone with someone’s gigantic hand surrounding it?
Easy Like Sunday Morning
While it is an unspoken international rule to relax during the weekends, some people in China take things to a whole new level, like this man. Of course, wearing your pajamas during the weekend is perfectly normal.
However, it seems like this guy has no problem wearing them while doing his grocery shopping for the weekend. Many people in China have no problem walking around like this and can even be found enjoying themselves at their favorite restaurants.
Gumbo Rubber Duckies
Sure, rubber ducks are popular around the world. But it seems like the people of China look at them in a very different light. While they can be found in many bathtubs, you also find some much bigger versions in certain parts of the country.
These specific giant rubber ducks can be found on Taihu Lake, in Huzhou, Jiangsu province. Artist Florentjin Hofman is responsible for this strange floating art installment and they sit in front of the 27-story Doughnut Hotel.
Slip of the Tongue
Throughout the world, you are bound to find important warning signs that can get lost in translation along the way. Take this sign in China, for example, which is obviously warning people passing by to not walk too fast because of the slippery floor.
However, the term “carefully slip and fall down” doesn’t quite hit home what the sign is intending. That’s the general issue with trying to translate signs from one language to another.
Due to the high population in China, town planners and architects are under intense pressure to ensure that they use as much space as possible to account for the huge numbers of people. However, this doesn’t mean that all accommodations are full.
On the contrary, there are a number of unoccupied housing complexes throughout the country, which are often referred to as “ghost cities.” While people might eventually move into these areas, they currently have empty supermarkets and skyscrapers, amongst other buildings.
We’re not suggesting that this is a normal thing to see in China, by any means. However, this photo is real and a mother actually had the audacity to sit with her baby right next to a tiger.
It’s unclear if this was part of a trip to a zoo or if a random owner of a tiger was happy to display their ferocious feline on the streets of a Chinese city. We just hope the tiger showed this family plenty of compassion.
Just Don’t Do It
Just to clarify – Apple doesn’t manufacture its own shoes. At least, not yet. So whoever made these shoes in China claiming they are part of Steve Jobs’ firm is setting themselves up for quite the lawsuit.
Anyway, if Apple did make their own shoes, why would they put the word “iPhone” on it? Moreover, they wouldn’t display the Apple symbol backward. China is certainly better than this and is completely capable of making their own original shoe designs.
Three Is the Magic Number
While many of these photos are funny for a variety of reasons, there are some photos taken that simply show China in all its majestic glory. This huge country has some truly stunning architecture and this is a classic example.
While we personally think it is stunning, the Beijing Tiazi Hotel was actually ranked as China’s ugliest building back in 2012. The three figures are supposed to be the Chinese gods that symbolize happiness, prosperity, and career achievement.
A Maze of Roads
One thing that the people of China are well and truly familiar with are the crazy labyrinths of long, winding roads that overlap each other in some parts of the country.
The Huanghuewan Interchange in Chongqing, South China is a true sight to behold and is a company junction that many people have to commute to and from work on every day. With so many bending roads and under and overpasses, it’s amazing to think that this is actually real (and legal)!
Chinese Lantern Festival
The Chinese traditionally mark the end of their New Year celebrations with a lantern festival, so if you’re in China for the first few weeks of the year, this is a truly beautiful attraction you must see.
These lanterns, which symbolize good luck, rise high up and adorn the sky with little flames after they are lit. The little candles inside heat up the air trapped in the lantern and, in turn, provide the lift necessary to travel up and away into the atmosphere.
50 Lanes Merging to Four
This photo was taken at the end of a Golden Week, which is a biannual vacation in China that hundreds of millions of people take advantage of to see relatives and travel.
If you happen to visit during one of these holidays, you can see the sorts of traffic jams the Chinese get into. These 50 lanes merge into 25 toll booths, yet this number decreases even further to just four as the highway continues.
Something that may shock visitors to China is seeing dentists treat patients in the middle of the street. The Chinese are a nation of talented individuals, and many of them make their living offering wares or services in the streets.
Let’s hope this guy has a medical license and isn’t just some random guy who thinks he’s good with teeth! It can’t be sanitary to take out all that medical equipment into the middle of the road…
While the commercialism we’re used to comes with gimmicks, inevitably, China’s unique culture and economy means it comes up with some ridiculous ones! At first, it looks like what we have here is someone who built a bike with oddly-shaped wheels, but realized far too late that this might not be the best way to get from point A to point B.
On second glance, it looks like a gimmick from back in the day to promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Do you think you could ride it?
These crafty guys didn’t let the flood stop them from crossing the road. They appear nonplussed at the downpour and are merely trying to get from point A to point B. They would have probably been fine just wading through it, as they all have flip flops on, but it’s always best to stay as dry as possible.
Getting in a makeshift canoe might be the most fun way to traverse the river of rainwater, but this is the easiest and quickest solution they came up with.
35 Brilliant Inventions That Only Exist In Japan
Bath Pillow and Smartphone Holder
If you’re trying to find complete and utter relaxation when you’re taking a bath, Japan doesn’t disappoint. We’ve all heard of bath pillows or tables, but this new invention brings together two things that could seriously offer us a better bath experience. The pillow holds your head so you can stay in a relaxed position, and it also includes a holder for your smartphone. This is definitely going to start making people take longer baths while watching their favorite content.
We’ve all used eye drops at least once. They’re sometimes very difficult to use. The process is somewhat complicated if you’re doing it by yourself. It involves keeping your head tilted, holding your eyelids pulled apart using your fingers, and also pouring the drops. Aside from all that, the impact of the drop can create discomfort. This invention is sure to help all of those who use eye drops. The eye drop glasses can offer you a simple way of applying them.
Not all people are completely satisfied with the way they look. Sometimes we feel that the way we look doesn’t truly show who we are. Some people make modifications to their bodies to feel more at peace with their appearance. If your nose needs some straightening, Japan invented this neat thing that doesn’t require any plastic surgery. The creators say that if you wear this device for a few minutes each day, you’ll get immediate results.
Train Seats That Turn
For those people out there who can’t go one minute without looking at something interesting, a train ride can be boring. Staring at the back of the seat in front of you is not exactly the most exciting thing to do. But if you are in Japan, you can enjoy a scenic view. What could possibly be cooler than this? You can rotate whichever way you want. This means you can get a view or spin towards your friends and family for a chat circle!
Burger Eating Napkin Shield
There are very few things that look less elegant when eating than a burger. To get your mouth around the whole burger, it requires some… less than delightful table manners. But not anymore! Thanks to this nifty little invention, the Japanese can now hide behind this napkin while they eat their burger in whatever way they want!
Diagonal Pedestrian Crossing
Being limited is so frustrating. But in Japan, you can feel a bit more in control of the direction you walk. Why? Because you can walk in any direction you want! Believe it or not, Japan has diagonal pedestrian crossings! Gone are the days of crossing 2 roads to get to the diagonal side. You can simply cross over the middle of the traffic intersection!
This little thing was invented to train your facial muscles. That’s actually quite interesting, isn’t it? While we’re accustomed to our huge gym trainers who can’t even turn around because of their muscles, this little device can train our face muscles just as efficiently. It’s a great invention if you’re the type of person who uses your face muscles a lot. It can be great for actors, singers, and other types of people who stretch their faces every day.
If your head is tired after working at your desk, you can always find a helping hand that’s going to take away some of that pressure. We’re talking about an actual hand-shaped support that was invented to keep your head free of pressure while you’re working at your desk. It can even come in handy to help you fall asleep if you’re working long hours and you’re willing to take a risk.
Japanese Scream Jar
Are you angry, but you don’t know what you’re going to do about it? Is it impossible to find a good way of letting out your anger? This invention can offer you the relief you need. The scream jar is a great invention that was designed to help you let out all of that anger at once. It’s specially built so the sound won’t come out. That way, you can shout as loud as you want and let go of all of that anger in a matter of seconds.
Toilet with Built-in Hand-washing Sink
Recycling and finding new ways to use resources efficiently are necessary things that all of us have to do. Protecting the environment is done through a lot of small things, even trying to use as much tap water as possible. This invention is great when it comes to recycling. It’s a toilet that has a built-in sink for washing your hands. The water you use for washing your hands will be re-used in the toilet, which is great.
We’re used to a lot of new “smart” appliances that make our life a lot easier and more comfortable. We have smart TVs, smartphones, smart homes, and thanks to Japan, we now have smart bras. Yeah, you read it right, we have smart bras now. Their design includes a system that “detects” what the person wearing it feels. By analyzing what the person who is wearing it feels, this bra will open only when the feelings are appropriate.
We’ve heard of bicycle locks and cabinets that help us store our valuables when we enter a certain location, but umbrella locks? This is a new invention that Japan has implemented in a lot of malls and stores. It works just like a bicycle lock, only it is intended for umbrellas. You can forget about having to carry your umbrella around indoors. The lock makes sure to keep it safe for as long as you need while you attend to your business.
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Exactly. How about a dinosaur that checks you into your hotel when you arrive? Well, in Japan, you can have exactly that! The robotic dinosaur will check you in when you arrive. And he even wears an adorable little clerk’s hat.
Bathroom Child Seat
There is nothing worse than needing the bathroom and having your toddler running around the stall. Luckily, Japan has the perfect solution for you! The child seat allows you to buckle your kid in place while you get down to business. This invention should be put into public bathrooms everywhere!
Taking care of the space we live in is a very important way of being an exemplary member of society. Besides our own personal spaces, we also play a part in the bigger spaces that we live in. Our city, our country, and even our planet are things that we are a part of and that we should take care of. In line with those goals, Japan has invented portable ashtrays for those smokers who can’t find a garbage bin at the right moment.
The economy of space is a very big thing in Japan. Since they have a dense population, they need to find ways for everyone to have enough room for themselves. This invention is a great way of managing parking spaces. It’s practically a lift that creates multi-level parking right in front of your house. It’s a great way of finding parking spaces for everyone, and it takes care of a huge issue that’s growing each day worldwide.
Fish-shaped Ice Cream Cone
We know that Japan is famous for its food. Some of the greatest and also weirdest food recipes can be found in Japan. Besides all their traditional food recipes, they also come up with a lot of great innovations every day. Imagine eating ice cream cones that have different sizes and shapes. What about eating an ice cream cone that’s shaped like a fish? This is definitely one of the most interesting inventions we have ever seen.
Cans with Braille on Them
The world is full of people who have different abilities than we do. Some people are born without one of their senses, and others lose them at some point in their lives. The way they continue to live without certain senses is absolutely admirable. A great invention that was intended for them are cans that have braille language on them. This way, people without sight can read exactly what they’re buying or drinking.
Taking your pooch for a walk is great. He has his lead, you have your shoes and glasses. But why shouldn’t your pup have a pair of sunnies too? Now he can. These dog glasses let your dog go out and about, protecting his eyes while looking super cool too! There are so many colors that you can find one to match his lead.
Toilet with Lighting System
Is there such a thing as enough lights? Some people don’t enjoy a lot of light, and they even prefer natural light over artificial. However, there are people out there who take an interest in creating nice ambient lighting that can give your home a little something extra. This invention brings something extra, it’s a toilet seat that comes with a lot of lights included. It’s quite useful for your alone moments, right?
We all know Japan can go the extra mile when it comes to some things. They’re the type of country that doesn’t hesitate to go to the next level at any time of day or night. Making something as great as an indoor beach might make some of us skeptical, but it’s true. This indoor beach actually exists, and it has real sand in it and also real plants and trees that create a nice ecosystem inside.
Sometimes we wonder how efficient things can get. Is efficiency the only thing that we need to take into account, or do we need to worry about other things, like comfort or space? Some people’s comfort is actually a lot different from ours. This hotel offers its clients an incredible invention: the capsule bed. Oddly enough, people actually pay good money to have a stay at this hotel where you only have a capsule, not a room.
Unattended Grocery Stores
The times we live in are not packed with trustworthy people. There are always certain people who are trying to get the best of us in order to fulfill their own interests. However, there are people who believe in the goodness of other people, too. Oddly enough, people actually pay good money to have a stay at this hotel where you only have a capsule, not a room.
Melons with Characters on Them
We know that Japan offers different shapes and sizes for everything, but now they’ve started offering different shapes and sizes even when it comes to fruit or vegetables. That’s right. They’ve started to grow certain fruit or vegetables in cases that will transform them into different shapes. We also have melons that have characters drawn on them somehow. Offering your little one a Hello Kitty melon can bring a lot of happiness to your child.
Some of us love shoes more than others. Some people even have a whole system of organizing and taking care of their shoes and slippers. We have limited edition shoes that come with a huge price or ones that can be found only at special auctions. Which means you don’t want to risk messing them up in the bathroom. Thanks to some smart people in Japan, you can now use bathroom slippers. These slippers are only to be worn in the bathroom. Many consider this the dirtiest room in the home, even when freshly cleaned. Now you don’t have to worry anymore.
Dog Grooming Models
Like a lot of new habits that have evolved over the past few decades, grooming our dogs is getting more and more complex. There are even dog grooming competitions that offer prizes to the most well-groomed dogs. There’s a new and upcoming trend in Japan that focuses on giving geometrical shapes to the fur of your beloved pet. If you haven’t seen a poodle that has its fur cut into a square shape, there’s no better time than now.
Lying Work Pillow
Lying on your stomach is often the best way to read or work on your laptop. But it can be quite uncomfortable holding your neck up at such a strange angle. Enter the lying work pillow. There’s a new and upcoming trend in Japan that focuses on giving geometrical shapes to the fur of your beloved pet. If you haven’t seen a poodle that has its fur cut into a square shape, there’s no better time than now.
For people or athletes who keep their shoes on for a long time, toes can actually be a problem. Wearing shoes for long periods of time can actually damage your toes, making them stay abnormally close to each other. A great invention that the Japanese have brought us is a small device that’s called a toe stretcher. You simply put it between your toes, and it creates the normal space that you should have between them.
Fruit Shaping Tools
Besides the images that are drawn on melons on other fruit, the Japanese also have certain containers that they grow fruit or vegetables in. Did you ever wonder if a cucumber could have a star shape? Well, it can. Growing fruit and vegetables in different shapes became quite the trend in Japan. Seeing heart-shaped watermelons or star-shaped cucumbers isn’t a thing that surprises most people these days. In Japan, there are entire harvests like these, and we absolutely love them.
Remote Control Mop
Cleaning your house can be a drag. It’s a routine that all of us have to keep our house or apartment clean and tidy. Do you want to know a great way to get help with this never-ending routine? This new invention – the remote control mop. That’s right, Japanese inventors have designed a mop that can be controlled remotely by using a joystick similar to the ones that game consoles have.
For those who want to enjoy singing without disturbing others, this silent karaoke machine is perfect! You can easily sing to your heart’s content without a worry. Just pick your favorite song and start belting! No music needed. Plus, if you are not that great a singer, at least you will not bother anyone else.
Cool Down With No Blades and No Sound
The bladeless fan is an invention that took the world by surprise, and it has grown very popular lately. However, contrary to popular belief, this invention has been around in Japan since 1981. The original concept was developed by Toshiba. The design features an enclosed fan that operates in the base like a compressor would. It then funnels the air to small outlets in the ring, which increases the natural airflow and provides fast winds that cool the area.
The walking fridge is one of Japan’s latest innovations. It is a smart device that has the ability to walk to its owner upon command. It is also capable of reporting on the status of its inventory, allowing it to tell you if you are running low on any supplies. The walking fridge is designed by Panasonic and is a concept that may soon be added to the smart homes of today. It responds to voice command, and it can even return dirty dishes to the kitchen.
Push Notification Glasses
This nifty little invention is for all those people who were born with a smartphone in their hands. Now, with this Japanese invention, you can receive push notifications and alerts without touching your phone. These ambient glasses make use of a link to your smartphone and LED lighting, which allows you to view notifications to your phone right before your eyes. Although you still need to access your phone to type back, it can be handy to have when in a social situation or at work.
Mini Washing Machine
Unless Tinker Bell is living in your desk drawer, it might sound strange to invent a tabletop, USB-powered, mini washing machine. For some maybe, but for the Japanese, it appears to be a must-have invention. What is it used for? It is actually used for something far simpler than you’d think. These ambient glasses make use of a link to your smartphone and LED lighting, which allows you to view notifications to your phone right before your eyes. Although you still need to access your phone to type back, it can be handy to have when in a social situation or at work.
No Stress Bubble Wrap Keyring
This odd but satisfying invention was created for people as a way of relieving stress. It is simple, nothing more than bubble wrap chained to a key holder. Know how satisfying it is to pop the bubbles on bubble wrap? If so, this is the thing you would want simply because it allows you both the sensations and sound effects of actual bubble wrap. The only difference is that it is infinite. Otaku versions also exist, which makes voice sounds of anime characters.
Noodle-Cooling Fan Chopsticks
Since the only eating utensils known to the Japanese have always been chopsticks, they have improved the design by adding a USB-powered fan to the base of the sticks. This allows your noodles to be cooled as you eat, without the need to blow on them yourself. If so, this is the thing you would want simply because it allows you both the sensations and sound effects of actual bubble wrap. The only difference is that it is infinite. Otaku versions also exist, which makes voice sounds of anime characters.
One of the most intriguing things you would encounter in Osako, Japan is also one of the most useful inventions seen in elevators. Since Osako experiences high rainfall throughout the year, elevator designers thought it wise to install umbrella warning lights that switch on when it is raining. The noises in hotels and other buildings are greatly diminished. Thus, this forewarning is used to alert patrons and guests to bring their umbrella along if they go outside and as a reminder if they forgot.
A Dedicated Gaming Seat
This invention would be a favorite for all those PUBG addicts out there. The design of the dedicated gaming seat allows it to fold and turn to accommodate multiple positions, all focused around video gaming in front of the television. It can provide back support if you wish to lay back. Also, it can be twisted around and used as an armrest if you are too engaged in the game to take it easy. It is definitely a must-have for all those PlayStations that are made in the country.
Umbrellas With Color-Changing Moisture-Activated Prints
In Japan, you will come across thousands of umbrellas. It is true that Japan experiences a lot of rainfall, so it is no wonder that it is also the place where you will find improved umbrella designs and umbrella lockers. However, since all the designs have become somewhat mundane, the Japanese thought it good to spice things up. These umbrellas all seem normal until they get wet, then they either change color or reveal prints and patterns that could not be seen otherwise.
Due to the frequent rainfall, people that live in Japan tend to go through quite a few umbrellas. With that being said, it makes sense as to why this head umbrella was invented in the first place. While this may not be the most stylish of headwear, this umbrella does certainly do the trick — as long as you don’t mind looking a little dorky. In any event, this product is extremely useful. But, what’s the best part, you ask? Well, it’s completely hands-free!
Selfie Stick With Integrated Mic
Considering that the original selfie stick was invented in Japan, we’re not at all surprised that they came up with this new-and-improved product. Since the Japanese tend to use selfie sticks in order to record videos of themselves singing, it makes sense as to why this new version has an integrated microphone. This critical design flaw, which may have not been an obvious one to some, is now a thing of the past thanks to the people of this great nation!
We know what you’re thinking — why did they invent something like this when cheese graters already exist? Well, why not? If we’re being real here, we’ve all had those moments when we’ve forgotten to take the butter out of the fridge to soften before spreading it on a piece of toast, so you’re left with the tedious task of having to spread cold butter on your bread. Thanks to this convenient invention, though, you can now butter your toast with ease and feel completely at peace.
Baby Cleaning Onesie
We’re not going to lie — we had a pretty good laugh when we first saw this baby cleaning onesie. After some getting used to, though, it’s actually a genius invention. It’s no secret that responsibility is a deep-rooted value in Japanese culture. With that being said, every member of the family is expected to pull their weight, and toddlers are no exception. While this looks incredibly strange, this onesie device keeps the floors spick and span! Considering that these rascals are crawling all over the floor anyway, why not have them lend a helping hand?
It’s a tie…and an umbrella. While this invention may put a bit of strain on your neck, the security of knowing you’ll never get your suit wet in the rain again makes the pain totally worth it. After all, you know what they sayת “beauty is pain.” In all honesty, this product may not be the most practical one but considering the amount of rain that Japan gets, there’s no doubt that these types of inventions end up coming in handy.
Cubic Sound-Catching Pillow
You know those moments when you’re watching television and all you want to do is lay down on your side, but you know if you do that, half of what you’re hearing will be compromised? Luckily, the great people of Japan came up with the perfect solution for this issue. This cubic sound-catching pillow allows you to sprawl out comfortably without having to worry about any sounds getting muffled or obstructed while you’re watching your favorite show or film!
This next one may freak a few of you out. After all, we’re pretty used to seeing round watermelons. Square watermelons originated in Japan almost a decade ago — and they’ve even figured out a way to grow heart-shaped watermelons since. In any event, it turns out that the cubic shape actually makes these watermelons easier to both pack and ship. How do they grow this way, you ask? Well, while the watermelon is still small enough on the vine, a square glass box is placed around it.
Okay, so – this one might be a little less than practical. After all, it doesn’t necessarily look like this is the most comfortable of headpieces. This Japanese invention, called the Ear Enhancer, is made with what looks like bowls in order to enhance the range and accuracy of your hearing. For many, this product has actually worked and doesn’t seem to get in the way at all. So, if you’re the kind of person who thinks hearing aids are just far too discrete, you might want to invest in this wacky innovation.
Okay, people! Here we have a completely rain-proof umbrella — ya know, for those times when a regular umbrella just isn’t enough! If we’re being honest, though, this invention doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. While we’ve mentioned that Japan experiences heavy rainfall during certain seasons, this invention might be a little too redundant for its own good. Typical umbrellas already do their job by shielding you from the rain, so why exactly do you also need a translucent, plastic tarp?
There’s nothing worse than getting an itch on a spot of your back that you just can’t reach yourself. You then end up asking a friend, forgetting the fact that you’ll have to direct them to that specific spot, which can be a total challenge. Thanks to this Battleship-esque shirt, though, you can now easily guide your buddy to the right spot on your back when you have an itch that you just can’t seem to scratch. So simple yet so ingenious!
We don’t know about you guys but to us, this product shouts “COLLEGE!” If you’ve ever been to university, you know exactly what it feels like to spend days on end studying in the library during finals week. While some students prefer to head home for the night after a full day of hitting the books, others don’t want to waste one ounce of time. Luckily, this book-shaped pillow is the perfect night-time companion. Simply unfold it or open it up like a book and voila — you can now comfortably lay your head to rest!
Motorcycle Helmet With a Ponytail Hole
Calling all ladies, and any dudes with long hair! At last, there’s finally a product for bikers that like to put their hair up during a ride on their motorcycle. With traditional helmets, there’s really no room or leeway to fit an entire ponytail inside. With this bike helmet, though, you’ll never have to worry about such a thing again. Simply put your hair up like you normally would before sticking that whole chunk of hair through the hole in the helmet.
Yes, people — you’re indeed looking at a pair of slip-on shoes that have a broom and dustpan attached to the front. While these flats may be a little bit of an insult to fashion, they’re pretty practical if you’re just wearing them around the house. We can’t count how many times we’ve had to grab the broom and dustpan from behind the fridge after noticing some dirt on the floor. With this ingenious invention, though, you can literally sweep as you go…
Stand & Sleep Apparatus
There are people that have the ability to sleep no matter where they are. Some can even fall asleep standing up! For those of you that have a tougher time, though, this stand-and-sleep apparatus is perfect for you! There’s nothing worse than finishing up a long day at the office and getting on the subway only to realize that every seat is taken. With this invention, though, you can now be in a fully upright position and still take a little snooze without having to worry about falling over other passengers.
In theory, we totally understand why this rain-harvesting umbrella was invented. After all, collecting rainwater for home and landscaping use is a great way to save money and conserve water. On the other hand, though, the execution of this invention doesn’t seem like it was fully thought out. We mean, you’re basically stuck lugging around a container that’s filled with rainwater all day until you can finally get home and store it somewhere. Considering how innovative this product is, though, we’re sure that the people of Japan will come up with an even better solution at some point…
Another masterful invention from Japan that is priced highly for its value is the Exosuit. This machine can be worn by any person to improve their natural strength. The machine manipulates muscles and provides additional support to the skeletal structure of the wearer to literally improve their ability to lift heavy objects. We are waiting to see how real it is. But since the going price is $5,000, we think it will not be shipping out that quickly. However, it could become the most wanted invention for delivery companies.
Cat Face Mask
We have already heard about cat-ear headbands and cat-tail jeans, but now we have another example of going the extra mile. Cat face masks are becoming more and more popular in Japan, and they are commonly used by teenagers and children. They actually fit your face perfectly and make you look like a cat, which can be a little scary. It can also be fun, though. I bet a Cats musical with these masks would look quite amazing.
Canned Food Bar
Welcome to the bar where all of your culinary needs are canned. Yeah, you read that right. Among Japan’s new trends and types of stores, a canned food bar has appeared. You can choose from a very wide variety of meals, and all of them are canned. If you’re the type of person who enjoys canned food, you need to visit this bar at least once in your lifetime.
Easy Open Drinks Cans
Drinks cans are so tough to open, especially if you have super short nails or long, fake nails. Luckily, in Japan, a can was invented that has a small recess that your finger can get under. This will allow you to easily lift the tab and open your drink without worrying about chipping or ripping your nails.
Although vending machines are not a new invention, the way they are being used in Japan can definitely be considered an invention or an innovation. They started out with sodas, like the rest of us, but at the moment, Japan has vending machines for everything. Imagine getting your fresh groceries, books, or even clothes from vending machines. People in Japan are already doing it, so they don’t need to imagine it.