Last Updated on July 7, 2020
Japan has always been known as a very developed country. They seem to be on top of technological inventions, but they also have a certain way of living and behavior that contributes to a safe and amazing country This is why we decided to dig a little deeper. When it comes to Japan, what are they doing that we need to see as an example?
In other words, what are some of the best Japanese life hacks that we should learn and incorporate in our own daily lives? Keep reading to find out some of the best life hacks you should try right now!
1. Beautiful streets decorated with plant pots
Buildings in Japan are located very close to each other, which means having a house garden or a balcony big enough where you can plant something is considered to be a luxury.
This is why a lot of people opt for placing plants near their building entrances. This also helps with air purification, leaving these streets smelling amazing and feeling warmer and cozier.
2. Street-cleaning n is a competition amongst residents
In Japan, a lot of people carry their trash bags where they accumulate their trash during the day. This happens because there aren’t a lot of trash cans in every street. This is a great way to protect the environment, especially because people tend to turn this into a competition.
And Japanese people have no problem picking waste from the ground, even if it’s not theirs, and placing it in the nearest trash can or their bag. Now imagine thousands doing this, what’s the result? A clean street, city, and country.
3. No plastic dishes
It’s known that the most used dinnerware sets and kitchen tools are made from plastic; they are easier to use and cheaper. However, they harm our environment. Fortunately, a lot of people have switched to wooden dishes. These are better because they are stronger and last way longer than plastic ones.
In Japan, however, dinnerware made of Moso bamboo is the most popular. The reason for its popularity has to do with its endless resource. It grows about 1 meter per day, and it is considered to be very beneficial for our ecosystem. Plus, it’s fire-resistant, non-allergic, and a durable material, which means it can also be used for floors, walls, and so on.
4. Fun ways to boil eggs
Japan is known to be a creative country, and they are certainly creative when it comes to food! The decoration of the dish, the way they place the food on the plate, and of course, the shape of the food itself is something they care about a lot. So don’t be surprised when you find some boiled eggs in your plate in the shape of a heart, bunny, or even a car.
They have a lot for different forms where they put a peeled, boiled egg, which can turn into any shape in a matter of 10 minutes. The reason why they do it is to stimulate the appetite, especially with kids.
5. In public toilets, the sinks have integrated soap dispensers
This might be one of the best Japanese inventions. It consists of having a sink where everything works automatically. If you want to wash your hands, you bring your hands close to the soap area sensor and then to the water and lastly to the dryer.
Even though it is an expensive product to buy, it will save you a lot of space, electricity, and water over time. Besides that, people don’t need to touch anything, which makes it more hygienic.
6. VR games are also a way of exercise
We already know how Japan is on top of technology, but what you probably don’t know is that a lot of people, especially elders, have been exercising their bodies and minds through video games and VR.
When you think about older people, you would think they’re completely oblivious to the modern world and especially technology, but not in Japan! VR and video games have been proven to work as brain stimulators that end up helping with the development of certain abilities while forcing the brain and body to work. Isn’t that cool?
7. Streets are warmer during the winter
One of the best life hacks every country should have is heating the streets during wintertime. A lot of northern cities in Japan have joined the idea, and it’s a success! There’s no ice or snow accumulation, and people walk more comfortably.
You might think it’s extremely expensive to have heaters installed on the streets, but it isn’t. Sometimes, water from local geothermal springs is used, or, in most cases, they use the electricity of the solar panels that are usually accumulated during the summer. Again, it’s a matter of technology.
8. Wounds are covered with surgical glue
Instead of the typical band-aid that most people wear on their injuries, in Japan, they opt for using certain surgical glue or liquid bandage. The reason why they go with this glue instead of the regular band-aid is because it’s easier to apply, it dries very quickly and most importantly, doesn’t wash away with water. So if you’re tired of spending money on band-aids that only last a couple of hours, this might be a great option!
9. They use special cold sore patches
We all know how cold sores or mouth ulcers are painful. Moving your mouth, eating, drinking, or even talking is nearly impossible since these things can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Normally, we would put creams on it, which are helpful for a while but don’t really work long term.
In Japan, there’s a brand of patches, they are called Kounaien Canler Sore Patches, and they work wonderfully. They stick to the mouth ulcer, instantly relieving the pain while promoting a natural healing process. So every time you get a cold sore, al you have to do is stick a cold patch to the area, and the best part is nobody will even notice it!
10. Bicycles have umbrella holders
Did you know that in Japan, it’s forbidden to ride a bike while holding an umbrella? Now think about how many people you see on the streets doing the same thing! There’s a reason why it’s forbidden.
In the first place, it is dangerous because you don’t have full control of the bicycle. And since special holders for umbrellas are available at reasonable prices in Japan, it’s very common for people to attach these holders to their bikes. It’s way more convenient and prevents accidents.
It’s definitely one of the coolest yet unusual hacks you should try in your own country since you can find these holders on eBay or amazon easily. Now that you’ve read about all these things that Japan does better, why not start to implement some of them in your own country?
Of course, a change like this doesn’t happen in one day, but if we all start to be creative and follow these tips, we will end up making a big difference in our planet and environment. So, do your part and share this with your friends so they can help too!