30 Weird Things About Japan That Baffle Foreigners, #13 Is Absolutely Disgusting.
There are a lot of things about Japan that can't be explained. The country is steeped in bizarre tradition and unusual ancient practices that have somehow translated to modern day.
Luckily, to love Japan isn't to understand it - it's to appreciate it for all the complex, strange, and wonderful things it is without asking too many questions. Below, we've put together 30 of the weirdest facts we could find about Japan - after reading these, you're going to want to book a trip there and check it out for yourself.
#1. Most of Japan is mountains.
70% of the country, in fact - including two volcanoes.
#2. Melons are seriously expensive.
A nice musk melon, similar to a cantaloupe, with few imperfections can sell for upward of $300.
#3. Japan loves coffee.
Japan imports approximately 85% of Jamaica's annual coffee production.
#4. Japan's literacy rate is almost 100%.
Japanese are incredibly disciplined and devoted to education.
#5. You have to wear special shoes in the bathroom.
When you use the restroom in someone's home you may need to put on designated bathroom slippers. Many Japanese bathrooms don't have a separate area for the shower, meaning the floor is often wet.
#6. Double tooth fashion trend
Young Japanese are increasingly interested in uneven or "snaggle" teeth, known in Japanese as "yaeba.' This picture is a before-and-after of a newly "yaeba'd" young girl.
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