As one of the countries that can be easily distinguished by its unique culture, Japan always gives us some surprises either leaves us with a “Wow!” or “WTF?” But when we sit down and think about it, nothing can really surprise us because it is The Japan!
1. Of course there is an artificial island! This initially defense use man-made island is now a major recreation and residential area in Southeast Tokyo. 台場(Daiba) is among the best places for family activities👨👩👧👦 and couples dates💑. It is also my favorite place in Tokyo, not one of, the only one💗💗.
2. Of course a Statue of Liberty🗽! This smaller version of the Statue of Liberty is located on the artificial island in Tokyo-台場(Daiba). The statue was originally erected from 1998 to 1999 temporarily, signifying the good relationship between Japan and France. But it was brought back in 2000 following its popularity among Japanese people.
3. Of course there is a giant Gundam! As one of Japanese prides, robot is so popular in many forms, like as a theme of another national pride in Japan: manga. Gundam is not only a manga and TV series, its realistic scientific setting has also been referred in real astronautics scientific research. After served the tourists and fans for five years, this statue has been removed from the site recently, and a new one is on its way now.
4. Of course umbrellas☔️ in sunny days☀️! It is not only a common thing in Japan, but throughout East Asia, including China and Korea. Contrast to Westerns’ appreciation of tanned skin color, to most Asians, a brighter skin is one of the beauty standards for centuries. So for some women(not all of us, no no no🙅), sun-screen is not sufficient, an umbrella is essential for summer time.
5. Of course there are so many エロ漫画 (Erotic manga)😳！In the giant Japanese comic industry, which generates around US $3.6 billion dollars in sales every year(BBC NEWS, 2015), erotic comic is only playing a tiny and minor role in this comic realm. However, it is the most controversial category, notorious for sexually graphic scene involving teenagers and even little children, which is called ロリコン (Lolita Complex), deriving from the Russian author Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, in which a middle-aged man developed a sexual relationship with a 12 years old girl. Although such content has been seemed inappropriate or even illegal in some countries, it is a big money maker💴💴 in Japan, and its fans are never shamed of admitting that they are obsessed with this idea and fantasy😑.
P.S. The sensitive parts were blurred by ME, the originals are very detailed and vivid😥…
6. Of course there are so many 腐女子漫画 (male-male romance manga, also called yaoi manga)！Although compared to other manga genres, yaoi is still a minor industry category, targeting at mostly young females, its growing speed and expansion outside Japan can not be ignored. There is a Yaoi-Con, a yaoi convention based in San Francisco, and original terms as ”American Yaoi” and “Global Yaoi” have been introduced following the popularity of yaoi work around the world. But of course, the biggest market is still in its home country Japan, where “Boys’ Love” is one of the most popular topics among young females, helping generating around US $200 million dollars revenue per year(Yano Research, 2010).
7. Of course there is a 音姫(Onhime: princess of music)😂! Onhime is a invention by Japanese company TOTO for Japanese public female bathrooms🚺. Most females feel embarrassed to have other people hear the “streaming” noise when they use a public toilet, so their way to solve this problem is to flush when they are actually using the toilet to cover the noise. Study shows that the average flushing time when a female using a public toilet is 2-5 times, which is apparently a waste of water💧. So Onhime was invented as a solution💡🔆. Onhime is simply a noise machine installed in individual stalls. After pressed, Onhime makes a water flowing noise🌊 to cover the embarrassing real “streaming” noise while saving water wasted for this purpose.
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