You probably already know that Japan is home to anime movies, karate martial arts and sakura blossoms. Of course, all this deserves all the attention. Bemorepanda is impressed!
But the real revelation about this country comes when someone tries to live at least a few days as a Japanese!
How about their futuristic-style toilets? Or have you ever dreamed that the train arrives just in time? But what about automatic devices that sell fresh eggs?
Here are some of the most unusual Japanese inventions and some interesting facts about Japanese culture and way of life, which will make you definitely include this country at the top of your travel list.
1. During strikes, bus drivers continue to travel on their route, but refuse to take payment from passengers.
2. This is how I was fed in a regular hospital in Japan when I gave birth there.
3. Here's how smooth Japanese trains are.
4. There are no housekeepers in most Japanese schools. Their work is done by students as a sign of gratitude for the school and teachers.
5. Art on sewer covers!
6. A very economical Japanese invention: the water you wash your hands with is then used to clean the toilet bowl.
7. Japanese fans stayed in the stands after the end of the match to help the stadium staff clean up.
8. Another reason I love Japan!
9. In trains the seats can be turned in any direction.
10. Another great invention: storage place for padlock umbrellas, so you don't have to always carry it with you.
11. On this sheet it is written: “I accidentally touched your bicycle and damaged its padlock. I'm really sorry."
12. In any toilet there is a support for children.
13. I forgot my shopping bag on a street in Osaka. When I returned, I found her sitting nicely by this tree. Of course all the shopping was in order.
14. This is a box of chewing gum and a set of papers. They are used to squeeze the gum after you finish chewing it.
15. In Japanese toilets you can often find panels with buttons that reproduce the sound of water, so as not to bother when doing your "chores".
16. In this toilet in Japan is an electronic panel that shows the free and occupied cabins.
17. All these people push the train to save a woman who got stuck between the train and the platform.
18. In Japan, even in the drainage channels, fish grow!
19. The names of the drink with Braille symbols for the blind are indicated on the beverage cans.
20. The Toreiyu Tsubasa train is equipped with small foot pools so that the journey is as relaxing as possible.
21. The railway company Tsukuba Express officially apologized for leaving the train 20 seconds earlier.
22. Order seems to be a genetic trait in the Japanese.
23. In this mall there are small free refrigerators where visitors can store easily spoiled products.
24. The Japanese are very kind.
25. In Japan there are over 300 pedestrian crossings located diagonally.
26. This lift has a chair that can be used as an emergency toilet in emergency situations.
27. In addition to the fact that in Japan at the entrance to the house it is mandatory to take off your shoes, when you enter the bathroom you have to wear these special slippers.
28. Japanese restaurants usually showcase artificial replicas of the dishes you can serve them.
29. In Japan, everyone parks with their backs to each other. It's not a law, it's just a habit. That's why it's very easy to spot a stranger.
30. Only in Japan do expectations coincide with reality!
31. A place for children on a Japanese train.
32. At Narita International Airport you can get origami patterns for free.
33. Baggage at the airport is sorted by color.
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"Alcoholics, prostitutes and puppets of foreign powers" - this is how the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko is calling the opposition
Svetlana Alexievich, a Nobel Prize winner and a member of the opposition council that seeks new elections and talks with Alexander Lukashenko about a peaceful end to his 26-year rule, was called in for questioning by Belarusian investigators.
Before being questioned, she told reporters that the council does not seek a coup, but wants to unite society. “I don’t feel guilty, I feel that everything we did was absolutely legal,” she said. The interrogation lasted about 15 minutes, and Aleksievich used the right not to incriminate herself. She remained in witness status.
Lukashenko’s security services have begun to target the opposition council and leaders at state-owned enterprises after more than two weeks of protests. The president has called the so called council unconstitutional and ridiculed protesters as alcoholics, prostitutes and puppets of foreign powers.
“Maybe the world will help us so that Lukashenko will start talking to someone,” Alexievich said to a crowd as she arrived at the Investigative Committee in the capital Minsk on Wednesday. “Lukashenko will only talk to Putin, but he must start speaking with the people. Maybe Putin should be brought in somehow.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called the issue a domestic matter and said external meddling is unacceptable. The U.S. has denounced the elections, and European Union foreign ministers may give the go-ahead this week to blacklist 15 to 20 Belarusian officials deemed responsible for repression and election fraud, according to a senior EU official.
Against the background of events in the country, the Belarusian ruble is rapidly depreciating against the dollar and the euro. On Wednesday, the dollar rose in price to 2.6483 Belarusian rubles, the euro - to 3.1286, the Russian ruble, to 3.5062 rubles per 100 Russian rubles. The dollar reached an all-time high, writes Tut.by. The last record was set in March this year.
“Belarus should become a strong concrete bridge between Russia and the West.”
Opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has asked the EU to call for a new vote, while saying the protests are not geopolitical. Undermining ties with Russia is “not in the interest of Belarusian society,” opposition politician Pavel Latushka said in an interview with Bloomberg.
Another opposition leader, Maria Kalesnikava, an ally of Tsikhanouskaya and one of the most visible opposition members in Minsk, has been summoned for questioning Thursday.
“I refused to answer any questions and said all information can be found on the coordination committee’s website,” Alexievich, who won a 2015 Nobel Prize in literature, told Bloomberg after spending less than half an hour with investigators. She said they consider her a witness, and she didn’t sign any non-disclosure agreements.
Two members of the coordination council were sentenced to 10 days in jail on Tuesday, the first arrests of opposition leaders since former banker Viktor Babariko was jailed in June. It marks a shift from the police’s initial, brutal reaction, when at least 5 people died and 7,000 people were detained, some of whom say they were tortured.
Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde that the time has not yet come for negotiations with Russia, but the opposition is open for dialogue with everyone.
Three Belshina employees said they were fired for trying to organize a strike.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs counted 4.8 thousand protesters in the country on Tuesday, 51 people were detained. The portal Tut.by reported this with reference to the ministry. The department estimated the number of those who came to the pro-government rallies much higher - 16.7 thousand people.
The Lithuanian Migration Department reported that 11 Belarusians have already asked for political asylum in the country.
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