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15 Things in Japan That Make Everyone Feel Loved and Cared For

 Japan is known for its great inventions, but it doesn’t stop at just big things like robots. The little everyday things, like providing ba...


 Japan is known for its great inventions, but it doesn’t stop at just big things like robots. The little everyday things, like providing baskets for customers to put their bags in when dining in a restaurant, show that Japan always has everyone’s best interests at heart.

1. Car stickers for the disabled

 The International Symbol of Access is a label with a person in a wheelchair, but Japan chooses to use a 4-leaf clover for a handicapped driver’s mark instead. The reason is to avoid any confusion that makes one think that all disabled people use a wheelchair. Since a 4-leaf clover is generally considered lucky because it is not very common, the symbol gives the idea of being unique, instead of lacking abilities.

2. Car stickers for elderly drivers


 It is recommended for drivers who are 70 years old or older to use the elderly car mark (or Kōreisha mark), especially if their age could affect their driving. Drivers aged 75 and over are required to display this mark. This way, other drivers can be aware and be more considerate of the elderly driver. Having this mark also gives drivers the right to park in a reserved parking space.

3. Pregnancy badges for pregnant ladies


 A pregnancy badge with, “There is a baby in my stomach,” written on it can be displayed by pregnant ladies so that other train takers can give up their seats on crowded trains. This is to make pregnancy a little less straining and stressful.

 

4. Heated toilet seat with a sink


 We have all heard of fancy toilets in Japan, but some of them come heated, which is great during the winter, and they also come with a sink where water flows after you flush. The idea is that after flushing, you’d want to wash your hands and the used water will then be used for the next time you flush. This means there’s a little less waste of water.

 

5. “Silent” karaoke microphone

Home karaoke can be a nuisance to neighbors, especially if you live in an apartment. To solve this problem and to still get to sing your heart out in your pajamas, Japanese companies created microphone cones that block out about 70% of the sound you belt out.

6. Braille on everyday items


 The Japanese use of braille for the blind is pretty wide. They have braille on cans to separate alcohol and other beverages, on toilet buttons, on maps, on seat numbers on the bullet train, on coin machines, and even on glue bottles!

7. Yellow lines on sidewalks to guide the blind


 Inspired by braille, Seiichi Miyake created the yellow tactile lines. They’re yellow so that they could easily be spotted by people with bad vision who can still see. The dots are to warn of danger in front while the long bars are to give direction to the blind.

 

8. Umbrella holders with locks

 


 Some places in Japan offer umbrella lockers to keep your umbrella so that it won’t be stolen. You can then move around in the building easier without poking others. No wet umbrellas inside also means the floor won’t get wet and no one will slip and fall.

9. Using a small tray to pay with cash

 

Using a tray to pay with cash is not just a polite gesture, it is practical too. Customers can easily see if they have been given the right change and there’s less of a risk that coins will drop.

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