Japan is one of those countries whose culture differs significantly from the one we are used to. People there do not wash in the bathtub, they attach cabinets to the ceiling with the help of special accessories, and even water is not boiled in a kettle at all.

Our editorial department was interested in finding out what features of Japanese houses and apartments lead foreigners to delight and horror.


1.In Japan, most sleep on mattresses, not in bed

Many Japanese people sleep on futons – large cotton mattresses. At night, the futon is laid out right on the floor, and in the morning it is folded back into the closet. This makes it possible to save space in the room. A large number of Japanese apartments are very compact, and there is simply nowhere to place a bed or a sofa.

In various hotels, futons are also used instead of beds.


2. Some people sleep with a “bamboo wife” or a special pillow

A man-sized hollow bamboo piece, or “bamboo wife,” enjoys a large dump in people from East Asia. They use it as a pillow, because hugging a real pillow at night is not very comfortable and pleasant: the climate in these countries is hot and humid.

However, in Japan, the “bamboo wives” lost the competition to special pillows – dakimakura.

Dakimakura is a full-length pillow depicting an anime character. Usually it is used as a kind of transitional object for children and adolescents (in this version, such objects are huge plush toys that children like to sleep with).


3. The Japanese do not have a hallway, but they have a genkan

Genkan is a small room near the front door where the Japanese take off their shoes and store their shoes. The genkan is separated from the corridor or the main room by a threshold, which prevents dust and dirt from entering the house.

4. Omelet in Japan is cooked in a special rectangular frying pan

Rolled omelets are very popular in Japan. They are made not in a round, familiar to us frying pan, but in a special rectangular one: as a result, the rolls turn out to be straight and neat. Such a frying pan is called makikinabe, or tamagoyakiki.


5. Many kitchens have hidden places

Many Japanese kitchens have a bonus drawer for storing food, bottles, or utensils. It’s right in the floor.


6. Washing machines not only wash here, but also dry

In Japan, washing machines with built-in dryers are popular. True, foreigners say that this is not particularly practical: even if you set the drying mode for several hours, the clothes will end up a little damp anyway.

There is one more way out of this situation – a hairdryer mounted in the bathroom.


7. Toilet cisterns often have small sinks

The principle is simple: when you flush the water, water starts flowing from the tap in the sink and you can wash your hands. This makes it possible to save a little on the water bill.


8. Japanese bathrooms are made differently from ours. And sometimes there is no tap in the baths themselves.

The way of taking a bath in Japan is significantly different from what we are used to. You need to initially take a shower and wash yourself thoroughly, and only then you can lie down in the bath. If the plumbing is new, then it is usually controlled using a special control panel. You don’t need to turn the tap and adjust the water temperature – just open the panel and select the desired temperature on it. The water will be drawn through the drain and overflow.

Using the same electronic system, it is possible to transfer the used water to the washing machine or to the kitchen sink. Since the Japanese wash themselves before taking a bath, the water after bath procedures remains sufficiently clean and suitable for reuse.


9. Some Japanese people use cabinet struts.

The supports have an adhesive base: on one side they are glued to the cabinet, and on the other – to the ceiling. For such devices, which are much lower than the ceiling (for example, a refrigerator), special stickers are used on the legs – the object is glued to the floor. The reason is simple: if there is an earthquake, the supports will prevent the furniture from falling.


10. A full oven is often lacking in Japanese cuisines.

Ovens we are used to are not in every Japanese kitchen. Locals use microwave ovens instead of an oven, which have all the necessary functions. And under the stove, many have a small stove for cooking fish.


12. One of the top-selling household items here is the moisture eaters.

The climate in Japan is very humid, and in summer the locals are actively fighting against mold. Ventilation and moisture eaters are used as preventive measures. The latter are usually scattered over closed cabinets and storage systems. You can buy such a device at any local pharmacy or hardware store.

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