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  • Japan is a wonderful place of culture, innovation, technology and unlimited weirdness. Somehow

  • they have managed to steer so far away from the rest of the world in many areas that we

  • simply don’t understand why or how some of these things even exist, but they do. So

  • join us as we count 10 bizarre things that only exist in Japan.

  • Hizamakura Lap Pillow Many men and women alike in Japan get lonely

  • sometimes. Sometimes they would like to enjoy the embrace of the opposite sex, but without

  • all the hassles that come with socializing and meeting people. So, the Hizamakura Lap

  • Pillow was invented. It’s essentially a comfortable pillow in the shape of a woman’s

  • lap, but there are also versions that are body pillows in the shape of a woman and a

  • man. They first gained popularity in 2004 and have become quite popular, you can even

  • pick them up at Japanese international airports at their duty free shops. If you don’t feel

  • like travelling, you can also pick them up on amazon.jp.

  • Kanamara Matsuri The Kanamara Matsuri, otherwise known as the

  • Penis Festivalis a yearly gathering of Japanese men and women, and more recently,

  • many tourists, to celebrate thesteel phallus”. Legend has it, that the celebration dates

  • back to the 1600s when there was a sharp toothed demon who fell in love with a beautiful lady.

  • Unfortunately for the demon, the lady did not reciprocate itsaffection and instead

  • married a man. Out of revenge, the demon possessed the woman’s vagina and when the couple were

  • consummating their marriage, the demon bit off the man’s penis. The same happened when

  • the woman re-married. Having had enough of the demon’s shenanigans, the villagers made

  • a penis out of steel so the next time the demon went to bite off the penis that was

  • about to enter the woman, itsteeth broke off. And that my friend, is the story behind

  • Kanamara Matsuri. In simpler terms though, everything at the festival revolves around

  • the penis. There’s no better place to pick up some penis themed souvenirs.

  • Love Hotels So this one doesn’t entirely exist just

  • in Japan, but it’s certainly most common there and originates from a hotel in Osaka

  • which was built in 1968. The idea is that the hotels exist primarily for couples who

  • seek privacy for their sexual activities. It’s all very discreet, interaction with

  • staff is minimized, even paying for the room might be handled by a machine, or a person

  • behind frosted glass. The rooms will often be furnished in unusual ways, resembling dungeons

  • or other fantasy genres. Condoms, BDSM gear and other sexual apparatus will be placed

  • in the rooms, and can be purchased and used in the same way you might take food from the

  • minibar in the room. One usually doesn’t stay the night, you just go in for a few hours

  • tohandle your business”, but it is possible to stay overnight if you go after 10pm.

  • Face Slimmer Japan comes out with plenty of inventions

  • that makes us scratch our heads, but this one is even stranger. This creepy looking

  • face slimmer launched in Japan by a large cosmetic company called Glim. Apparently wearing

  • this on your face will solve your sagging face problems. Simply having it in your mouth

  • isn’t enough though, you need to exercise your face muscles to make it work. I don’t

  • know about you guys but in my opinion this product looks like it was designed for a very

  • different purpose.

  • Banishment Rooms Japan, like many other countries has labour

  • laws which prevent employers from firing people without reason, or paying benefits packages.

  • Many companies in Japan have therefore decided to torture their employees until they quit

  • just to get away from the agony. Employers have what are calledBanishment rooms

  • so basically employees are sent to do completely useless tasks or are incredibly boring, over

  • and over again until they snap and quit. This kind of behaviour would probably not go down

  • well in many other countries. Double tooth fashion trend

  • I for one have somewhat crooked teeth, I’d like to have that fixed someday. What if I

  • told you that many Japanese are intentionally making their teeth crooked? Well it’s true.

  • The dental procedure, which consists of the upper canines being capped either temporarily

  • or permanently, costs $250 to $600 per tooth. The result is this, snaggle teeth that many

  • teens spend years and a lot of money to get rid of in the US, but it is a huge deal in

  • Japan. Suicide Forest

  • There are certain places in the world where suicides are more common than other places.

  • Bridges are a good examples, certain railway or metro stations may also be the same. However,

  • few places are as notorious for suicides as Aokigahara forest, at the base of Mount Fuji

  • in Japan. It is the second most popular place in the world for suicides, just after San

  • Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. More than 50 people took their lives in 2010 alone.

  • Tourists and locals passing through the forest will often notice corpses that have been rotting

  • there for days or weeks. This has made the forest one of Japan’s most haunted places,

  • and rightly so as it’s damn creepy!

  • Japan’s Vending Machines Vending machine around the world are fairly

  • similar. You go and spend $4 on a bottle of water or $5 for a small bag of chocolate.

  • Well, it’s slightly different in Japan. Vending machines first appeared in Japan in

  • the 1950s and since then Japan has become one of, if not the biggest market in the world

  • for vending machines. Primarily, because they place some damn weird stuff in their vending

  • machines. Like Buddhist amulets, or flowers, or manga comics, or PC glasses for kids, or

  • used panties, or straight out pornography, or umbrellas, or second hand mobile phones.

  • I think you get the idea, if you want something there’s probably a vending machine in Japan

  • that sells it. Capsule Hotels

  • While Japan offers many unique experiences for travellers, capsule hotels may be one

  • of the most unique of them all. Imagine, instead of having to go to a hotel, check in, drop

  • your bag in a room way larger than you need, filled with equipment you don’t plan on

  • using, you could just buy a small box with enough room to sleep and possibly a TV. The

  • significant reduction in size and lack of human interaction means you can get yourself

  • a capsule for as low as $30 for a night in some places. Some of them are men only, while

  • others have different floors for men and women.

  • Island of Gas Masks In 2000, the island on Miyakejima in Japan

  • had some serious volcanic activity which caused poisonous gas to literally leak from the earth,

  • and made 3,600 residents evacuate the area. Some island residents decided they didn’t

  • want to leave, so they moved back to the island as soon as the evacuation order was lifted.

  • If they were to survive the uninhabitable air conditions, they would need to get themselves

  • some gas masks, so they did. Around 2,800 people chose to return to the island from

  • Tokyo and still live there today, understandably the government does regular health checks

  • of the citizens, and certain areas are still off limits, but tourism has not been affected

  • and you can buy disposable gas masks at ferry stations and local stores.

  • Thank you for watching as always, let me know if you liked this video or if you thought

  • it was bizarre like the things on the list. See you next time!

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