Japan has been at the forefront of technological innovation for decades. Their unique environment, culture, and history have led to all kinds of incredibly creative ideas that you wouldn't find elsewhere. Here are 16 prime examples of Japanese ingenuity so brilliant, they need to go global.
1. Gas Stations
The gas pipes in Japanese gas stations hang overhead, which helps drivers avoid situations where they can't reach the tank.
2. All Kinds Of Vending Machines
Time is incredibly valuable to the Japanese, so they've invented time-saving vending machines for virtually everything you can think of, from chips and snacks to fresh, hot food, clothing, and more.
3. Compact Parking
Japan has a massive population concentrated in a relatively small space, which makes conserving/maximizing space a major priority. One way to do this? Two-level parking spaces.
4. Cans For The Blind
The Japanese have considered the fact that blind people should know what they're drinking the same as anyone else. That's why every can in Japan features the name indented in Braille on the top of the can.
5. Chairs That Hold Your Bag
Hanging your bag on a chair is always annoying, but Japan has chairs with notches carved in them - problem solved!
6. Foot Spas On Trains
What?? That's too cool! You can get tickets to special suburban train that have foot spas to soak in after a long hard day's work.
7. Free Tissues Are Given Out On The Street
8. Multi-Functional Toilets
Japanese toilets do more than just flush. They help folks with disabilities, clean themselves, even heat the seat for you!
9. Stress Reducing Poppers
Yep, it's a set of buttons that simulates popping bubble wrap, endlessly.
10. Automatic Taxi Doors
Most Japanese cabs have automatic doors so passengers can't slam them shut accidentally.
11. Sleeping Pod Hotels
Japanese cities often have several of these "sleeping pod" hotels, used by busy Japanese salarymen working long hours. They're quite cheap, so they're popular with travelers too.
12. Musical Roads
Certain roads in Japan play pleasant melodies as your drive along. How cool is that?
13. Cat Cafes
Cat cafes allow you to curl up next to a cozy kitty with a warm cup of coffee. Bliss!
14. Heated Tables (Kotasu)
The kotasu is a table with a heated blanket that serves as the ultimate relaxation station (where you could also do work, I guess).
15. Announcement Systems
Japan has loudspeakers across the whole country that help relay important announcements and/or emergency instructions.
16. Work Naps
Taking a nap at work is not only ok, it's actually a legal right! Known as inemuri, or "present while sleeping," it means you can literally take a nap next to your boss.
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H/T: Bright Side