The fictional sport on TV show
Everyone is familiar with the Anime culture of Japan. These Japanese cartoons for many people have become cultic even far beyond Japan. Nevertheless, most readers are unlikely to be able to say what Keijo is. Like most Anime, this is the creation of the Japanese. Keijo, Aka, Hip Whip Girl is a comic series that has gained so much popularity that it formed the basis for a TV show. In Wikipedia, there is information that this show appeared as a result of fans' love to the fictional sport "Keijo", which is devoted to a significant part of the narration in the anime. According to the rules of the game, players must stand on floating platforms and push their opponent into the water. Why did the game become so popular? It is because you can shoot down your opponent only with the help of your chest or buttocks. The very same story tells about Nozomi Kamenashi, who trains in a special school dedicated to this sport, and dreams because of her skills to become the richest Keijo player in Japan.
Residents of Japan adore all technological achievements, especially video games. Despite the fact that they are loved by people all over the planet, the Japanese have a special relationship with this element of modern culture, even more complex and intimate relations. So if you are in Japan, then do not be surprised when there will be several go-karts on the street, in which the characters of famous games will sit. They are just fans of the game, who embody their dreams in reality. This practice is very common in this country. Once a month, the popular go-kart company Akiba Cart allows fans of games to "play the game in reality." For this cosplayers put on the costumes of their favorite characters, sit into these little cars and drive around the city, imitating their favorite game to the delight of the surprised public Among them, you can find a variety of heroes: from Mario himself to a variety of frogs, who also play their part in the plot of the game. This pleasant and interesting sight makes many tourists and even local residents take pictures with our heroes.
Enema in the Japanese style
Today we are in love with a variety of jokes, regardless of which country resident you are. Nevertheless, in Japan there is a joke, which has been a part of the local culture since long ago. It is called Kancho. So what does this joke mean? According to the materials from Wikipedia, this is a joke, which is performed due to the compression of hands. The one who performs it must portray the weapons with the help of his/her own hands, squeezing them, and then pointing the other person at the anus, while saying "Kancho". This word in local slang means an enema. Yes, yes, you were not mistaken when you read this. People are actually engaged in walking and thrusting their folded fingers into the ass of another person and rejoice at his/her pain and suffering. For the Japanese, this is a classic, time-tested joke. There is nothing like waiting, when one of your friends does this joke with you. Can you imagine this in other countries? Perhaps, a man who did such joke, one would feel at least the indignation and anger of other people.
The Last Japanese Dinner
It is known that in Japan, people eat a lot of fish and seafood. But it is more surprising that some of them can be poisonous and even life-threatening. The most famous and dangerous fish is Fugu. This is not one specific species, but all kinds of these sea creatures that are eaten and have tetrodotoxin in their composition. Use this fish is possible only after all the dangerous parts are removed by the cook. For local cooks, the specific attention is paid to the removal of these dangerous parts, so it is practically impossible to be poisoned by this fish. The thing is that only cooks with more than three years of training can claim the right to cook this fish. If you think that such poisoning is not serious, then it should be clarified that it is 1200 times more powerful than cyanide and there is no antidote against it. If it enters the human body, it paralyzes it and the person dies in consciousness from suffocation.
This type of scenery is abbreviated as Dekotora. It is installed as an element of an interior or exterior. It can have ultraviolet lamps with bright metal inserts, colored ornaments and many other elements that attract the attention of a regular passerby. They are a real spectacular decoration, which it is impossible to pass through while walking on the street. These cars are in fact the part of the national culture of the country, because it expresses the attitude of the Japanese to their cars. These interesting cars express the individuality of the nation as well as the owner of the car, which invests a large amount of money, time and energy in order to bring it to the ideal form. If you are tired of looking at sports cars and other achievements of modern engineering, which are usually praised by other countries, you may appreciate these trucks. They look like machines on steroids or under a large dose of acid.
The most strange toilets
It is rather difficult to do your natural needs in Japan, especially to people who have not previously visited this country and do not know what they should be prepared for morally. In Japan there are 2 types of toilets. The first is nothing unusual: it is a common pit on the floor, also called "Asian toilet". In other countries, it is difficult to find something similar because such toilets have remained only in disadvantaged areas of some cities. The Japanese can surprise tourists with another type of toilets, which are ultra-modern and have an interesting design. These modern works of technological art can provide the user with a dozen functions to choose from, which often surprises tourists. Especially interesting is the flushing process, because not every tourist can figure out which of the buttons she/he should press. There are so many functions and they are so strange that even the pictures near the buttons do not help the tourist to understand their functions.
Festival of the steel phallus
This famous Japanese festival is called Kanamara Matsuri. Its main essence is completely revealed by its title. It is held at Kanayama Shrine in the city of Kawasaki. This festival extols the male sexual organ and its fertility. This holiday attracts not only residents of the country, but also many tourists who are massively going to celebrate the "strength of the steel penis". How does the holiday perform and what the costumes of its participants have? Where else do you find people wishing to wear a costume which looks like a male genital? In addition, the festival always presents a huge number of phallic statues, as well as food and souvenirs depicted in the form of a penis. You can also buy there a balloon or other souvenir in the form of a penis. Do you find interesting such an alternative to a traditional souvenir in the form of a miniature city sights that all tourists try to take with them from any trip in any country?
Street-fashion of the Japanese people
Local people are very often engaged in imitating the appearance of the anime characters with the help of beautiful costumes and special props. This process they call "cosplay". All the people, who wish to change their appearance, may simply choose to look alike a band of interest or a favorite character. Over the past few years, this street fashion has evolved into the whole subculture and received a lot of followers. Despite the huge number of characters worthy of embodiment in real life, on the streets of the country you can find only a few of the most common: 1. Lolita. It's not even a character, but a whole style of clothing and behavior. It includes many kinds of subculture, each of which has its own characteristics and distinctive features. 2. Gyaru and Ganguro. Those girls and women are dressed in bright costumes. They have a bright make-up, deep and tanned skin color and wear the mini-skirt as a distinctive feature. In their clothes there are all the possible varieties of bright colors that are combined with a lot of accessories.
For the Japanese, the theme of schoolgirls has been relevant for many decades. It is noticeable in all spheres of life, in which it penetrates. The very concept of JK Business means the compensation of the practice of meeting with real schoolgirls during their studying in high school. This concept is translated as a "High school student concept". Practice Enjo Kosai, according to Wikipedia, implies that adult men pay girls for communication or even sexual services. Payment can be made through expensive gifts. The essence of the process is that a girl or woman should personify a schoolgirl, only then this concept makes sense. In this business take part a real high school girl as well as housewives. In this sense, this is a permitted industry that is controlled by the government, but there is also a part of it, to which the authorities simply "turn a blind eye". This is an entire industry, according to which there is a wide range of services for which wealthy people are willing to pay a lot of money.
The Nationwide Initiation
At the age of 21, young Americans are given the right to drink alcohol. On this day they gather with family and friends to celebrate this holiday and safely forget about it. If you turned 20 and you are Japanese, you can cheer your holiday together with the whole country. The national holiday Seijin Shiki is the so-called "day of majority", that is celebrated every second Monday in January. It is a very important holiday that helps the younger generation to move into adulthood, so that everyone who turns 20 this year will be able to feel important for society. For these people, many celebrations will be organized in local and prefectural offices, and traditional family parties. Girls for this occasion wear bright kimonos, and the boys along with them get the right to drink alcohol and vote in elections. Their celebration has more fun as this process involves everyone in the country in its unusual style.
Discipline starts from school
Japanese schools instill children a specific model of behavior and a list of rules that form responsible and hard-working citizens. Such a list of restrictions and duties cannot be found anywhere else in the world. In addition to behavior, they often define street fashion as well, which has started its way out of the school's walls. Each school has its own janitors, but children are required to clean up after themselves. Surely you think that this is the correct pedagogical decision that teaches children independence and responsibility. And what about the fact that a school girl cannot wear make-up and even shave her legs? Teachers believe that unnecessary care of themselves as it can do harm to the performance of their students. This is a common practice, which is even mandatory for the whole country. Hence the Japanese had such a craving for schoolgirls who were inaccessible to them during studying. Seriously, I would not study at a Japanese school. Do you really think that a young guy and a girl can safely live without dating?
The crazy show with pranks
While in our culture the desire to make rallies on TV is just beginning, in Japan it is a common practice that has been interesting to local people for decades. The show "Punk" with the famous Ashton Kutcher makes a show that at its level does not reach even to the lowest point of the traditional Japanese show, which the inhabitants of this country adore. According to information of my friends from Japan, many shows on their television simply reduce intensity of jokes, but there are so many new ideas that they allow you to maintain the same level of craziness on air. Probably you saw one of the shows in which a person dresses in a big dinosaur costume and in such a way goes to frighten ordinary passers-by, or come in such appearance to the office and begin to scare employees. Also one of the favorite types of pranks is a game with ghosts, but they do not go beyond the limits of the allowed and leave it as the amusing joke.
Strange TV shows
If we talk about extreme shows, then one of the main places in Japanese culture is played by "game programs". The game element in them can be disclosed at a level that in the vast majority of countries is illegal. If you have never had an opportunity to look at the evening show of Chris Farley, then we strongly recommend you to do this in order to understand all the oddity of what is happening on local television. The Japanese are masters in the matter of entangling their viewers. They include so many sexual, playful and many other incompatible elements in the show that most of viewers wonder what the hell they are doing there?! One of the examples is the show "AKB48", in it, girls from the group with the same name constantly participate in strange competitions. In one of the show's releases, girls were supposed to blow out a live insect into each other's throats. A strange show for fans of thrills, is not it?
Not only for dinner
In Japan, there is the largest number of themed restaurants that attract visitors not only because of its bizarre shape and colorful interior, but also with original dishes and ways of serving them. That is why they are an object of interest not only for local residents, but also for tourists from all over the world. Here you can find restaurants on a variety of topics: animals, vampires, ghosts, fully automated restaurants without waiters, as well as many other types that are difficult even to imagine. One of the most popular today is the restaurant called "Modern Toilet", whose visitors eat food from the plates which look like lavatory pan instead of ordinary ones and sit on the same devices. Another popular is the "Robot Cabaret", which includes robots and erotic dancers at the same time. Nevertheless, the favorite of tourists is a thematic prison, in which you will be put to the cell, where you should call the waiters with the help of stick by banging it against prison bars and you may even try to escape.
Are you surprised by raw Japanese food like for example sushi? Then you have not yet seen the food that is truly alive. In Japan, it is normal practice to order food that is still breathing or may begin to crawl right in your plate. For the sake of justice it is worth noting that this is exactly why many people from other countries who are looking for exotic dishes and adventures go there. All this food is called the term "Ikizukuri", which means "cooked alive". The technology of its preparation includes only three notches by the chef. They serve a ready dish, usually with the beating heart. If it is a fish, then it may still move its gills. This type of food also prepare from some other types of seafood, which, during eating, also retains the motor activity. They are served it with upper cuts on the flesh, while the unfortunate animals are still alive. Do you want to try something similar? Then welcome to Japan!