Photo | tsunagujapan.com

Kotatsu

Photo | summo.jp
Photo | summo.jp
A kotatsu is a home heater that is used durig the winter time.
Otooshi

 

Photo | tsunagujapan.com
Photo | tsunagujapan.com

Otooshi is a small dish, usually a snack, that is brought out at izakaya restaurants after the customer’s order is taken. It is like chips and salsa at Mexican resturants.

Rice Patty Art

Photo | tsunagujapan.com
Photo | tsunagujapan.com

Rice paddy art is art made by creating a massive piece of art with various types of rice. It was cereated in 1993 to revitalize various areas throughout Japan.

Limited Edition Kit-Kats

Photo | tsunagujapan.com
Photo | tsunagujapan.com

Capsule Hotels

Photo | flicker.com
Photo | flicker.com

Architect Kisho Kurokawa designed the first one for the World Fair in 1970. They are considered cheap and safe. It probably feels like science fiction to foreigners.

Unmanned Vegitable Stands

Photo | dpz.la.coocan.jp
Photo | dpz.la.coocan.jp

This is based on trust. A person takes a vegetable and then leaves the money. This would probably not work in the US.

Dekotora

Photo | ja.wikipedia.org
Photo | ja.wikipedia.org

These are decorated trucks found exclusively in Japan.

People wearing masks everywhere

Photo | newskenm.blog.fc2.com
Photo | newskenm.blog.fc2.com

The dust and the pollution is high in the winter time. It is very common to see everyone wearing masks.

Square Watermelons 
Photo | dinextra.com
Photo | dinextra.com
These watermelons are produced in Kagawa. Only a couple hundred a year are produced due to the amount of labor.  It was created to make it easier to stack for delivery purposes. It’s not meant for eating and is used for display purposes only.