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As we’ve already mentioned, the food in hospitals is great. While you’re nursing your broken ankles from falling down giant sinkholes, you will be fed like a king, or, in this case, an Emperor.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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Instead of a moldy old sandwich and a carton of sugary orange drink, you’ll be delivered a three-course meal featuring soup, salad, a main meal, dessert, and drinks to wash it all down. And all that healthy food will help you recover more quickly.

Of course, just like us, you were hoping for a button low down on the elevator for dogs to press. While we’d love that to be true, unfortunately, the pet button actually performs another function entirely.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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The pet button is for humans who ride the elevator with a pet. After pushing the button, a HEPA filter purifies the air and triggers a silent alarm to alert those with pet allergies to avoid using the elevator until the air is clean.

If you ask for watermelon and it happens to be square, don’t worry, it’s not some physics-defying alien fruit. Unusually shaped fruit is commonplace in Japan.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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Square fruit saves space and can be piled close and high. Have you ever tried to stack regular basketball-sized and shaped watermelons into a pyramid? Not easy, is it?

We know Japan is clean, but in the city of Shimabara on Kyushu Island, the drainage canals are so clean, hundreds of koi carp happily live in them and go about their business.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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If the fish didn’t do their business in the water, you could drink it. It all began in the 1970s when authorities decided to release the colorful fish into the clean, 100-meter-long waterway, where they have thrived.

Outside Tokyo, there lies an isolated village called Aogashima that sits slap bang in the middle of a volcano. That’s not so special, plenty of countries have villages that sit within volcano’s caldera.

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But hold your horses. Aogashima is extra special because it has another mini volcano inside it like a set of explosive Russian Dolls. It’s a bit like when you buy a pepper and there’s a baby pepper growing inside it, only much more fiery!

Some Japanese newspapers run adverts for films printed on both sides of the paper. The purpose here is twofold. First, you get two movie posters for the price of one.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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But hold the page up to the light, et voila! You have a double-side film poster featuring your favorite character and a ghostly version of another character from the other side of the page!

When flights are delayed in other countries, you generally receive a snotty message via loudspeakers. If you’re very lucky, your airline might give you a sandwich by way of an apology.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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In Japan, the airport staff form a line and bow to say sorry for the inconvenience. This act of compassion may not get you to your destination, but it definitely makes you feel a little better about being late.

Many entries on our list are down to simple common sense, but Zen Buddhism also explains much of the nation’s laid-back, calm composure. As the rest of the world rushes from A to B, Japanese people quietly mediate.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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And while you can buy energy drinks, Japan is likely the only country where you can also buy a relaxing drink. We wonder what the tagline is. Maybe instead of “Red Bull gives you wings”, it’s “Chill Out gives you ZZZZZZ.”

In the Chiba Prefecture, sits the Yamakura Dam. And on the Yamakura Dam sits Japan’s largest floating solar-powered power station. It’s a great use of the giant waterway. Or at least it used to be.

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In September 2019, 200kph Typhoon Faxai swept through the Chiba province. The massive hurricane triggered a series of events that resulted in 70% of the dam’s solar plant being destroyed and catching fire.

We’d love to start this entry by asking, “How many times have you wished for a handle on your pizza box?” But the crazy thing is, you probably would never have even thought of the idea without this photograph!

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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The fact that we’ve never considered pizza handles demonstrates just how forward-thinking this country is. Forget nuclear fusion or artificial intelligence, we want handles on our pizzas! We want them here, and we want them now!

This guy must have been reduced to tears when the eye drops he bought from Japan were delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. But his eyes soon dried up when they finally arrived.

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The store owner had included a handwritten thank you note in English. But that’s not all, he also included his favorite tea and some little Japanese candies. What a nice man!

In no other country in the world would you find a museum featuring rocks that look like faces. The peculiar museum is in Chichibu, Japan, two hours northwest of Tokyo.

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It’s called the Chinsekikan, or Hall of Curious Rocks in English and it houses over 1,700 rocks that resemble human faces. If you look closely, you can see our high school science teacher. Third row down, fourth from the left. Mr. Atkinson is that you?

As you no doubt already know, the city of Hiroshima was wiped off the face of the earth when the first nuclear attack took place in 1945. But just one lifetime later, look at the city thrive!

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Fact of the day: Did you know that scientists cannot use carbon dating to date anything after 1945? Since humankind detonated the first nuclear bombs, there are too many “artificial” radiocarbons in the atmosphere to get carbon dating results.

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is the food you get served on a Business Class flight. It’s not! This is the type of fare you can expect when you fly Economy Class in Japan.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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You get a chicken katsu curry with rice and veggies, a potato salad, edamame beans, a mini-dessert, and a Kirin beer. Plus, you get real knives and forks, not those useless plastic abominations.

In the Yamaguchi Prefecture sits the gorgeous Kintai-Kyō Bridge. Featuring five arches over the Nishiki River, it stands at the foot of Mount Yokohama, which is topped by Howl’s Moving Castle. Kidding! It’s Iwakuni Castle.

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The castle was built in 1601 and overlooked a series of bridges. Unfortunately, they were all destroyed by flooding before the Kintai bridge was completed in 1673. Originally thought to be indestructible, it’s been rebuilt several times, most recently after the typhoon of 1951.

These fishy socks are simply adorable. Just like the mittens you used to wear as a kid, they feature a separate big toe so you can flap the mouth and make your koi carp socks talk to each other.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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They’re available in a variety of colors and also come with another special hidden feature: If your feet smell, you can always say the stink is coming from the fish, not you!

Nestled in the geographical center of Japan in Anpachi, Gifu Prefecture, the colossal Solar Ark towers 37 meters tall and 315 meters wide, meaning it’s one of the largest solar buildings in the world.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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The ark-shaped edifice comprises 5,046 solar panels, which produce 530,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity every year. Built by Sanyo to cultivate a better appreciation of solar power, you can even visit the Museum of Solar Energy inside the Solar Ark.

It’s 3 am, and you run out of screws for the DIY project you started at midnight. In any normal country, you’d call it a night and go to the hardware store in the morning.

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But not in Japan! Here, you simply walk to your nearest 24hr DIY vending machine, pop in a few hundred Yen and––hey presto––it’s back to work with almost no interruption!

You know how it is. You’ve been on your feet all day wandering Japan’s beautiful cherry blossom. The only time you sat down was during an ancient tea ceremony, and you could eat a few dozen burgers. Well, you’re in luck!

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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There’s no need to go hunting for a KFC, McDonald’s, or Burger King because Colonel Sanders will come to you in this driverless roving fast food truck. Genius!

Ah, there’s your black suitcase! Yet another genius idea from The Land of the Rising Sun. We’ve all had to struggle to take our suitcases into the cubicle when visiting the restroom while traveling.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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But in Japan, they have a solution to every little problem. This anti-theft system can be found at airports and train stations. Lock up your luggage, do your business and your bag is there, waiting for you. Simple!

What do you do if you can’t park on the street and don’t have the room for a garage or carport? Why, you build a mini bridge/driveway for your tiny car over the stream next to your house, of course!

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Okay, you’d spend half your woken life praying an earthquake tremor doesn’t send your car cascading into the stream, but it’s better than getting parking tickets every day.

Remember back in the early 1990s when Coca-Cola introduced Tab Clear? Their ill-fated clear cola drink was universally hated and quickly withdrawn from shelves. But, guess what.

Here’s Why Japan Is Earth’s Most Unique, Imaginative, And Unconventional Country

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In Japan, you can buy Coca-Cola Clear. It is lemon-flavored to compensate for the missing caramel, which usually gives Coke its dark color. So, there we have it, folks; we hope it’s more CLEAR that Japan really is Earth’s most unique and imaginative country.

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