A Japanese company sold Adult Milk – for adults living in a stressful society. The milk cost ¥5000 ($47) per bottle, and was taken from cows once a week at the break of dawn, as they discharge a lot of melatonin, a stress-relieving hormone. It contained 3-4 times more melatonin than regular milk
In feudal Japan, merchants were at/near the bottom of the social hierarchy because they didn’t produce goods. Artisans were a step above them because they produced non-essential goods and peasants were above artisans because they produced food.
Nasubi, a contestant on a Japanese game show, was forced to live alone, naked, in a small room and required to enter contests in magazines to provide him with physical objects, such as food and cloths. He never knew he was on TV as the producers had lied to him. The show ran for 15 months.
When Japanese street gangs refused to accept female members in the 1980s, teenage girls formed their own gangs. These sukeban roamed the streets, eventually rivaling the yakuza in size.
Products made in Japan were ridiculed and thought to be low quality until 1950 when The New York Times reported the excellence of Nikon cameras during the Korean war with the headline “Japanese camera”.
The concept of Shuhari, a Japanese philosophy on learning, teaches the student first to follow the rules (Shu), seek to break the rules (Ha), then to become the rules (Ri) as they have achieved mastery and the rules are no longer necessary.
Elementary school children in Japan came together online by creating a virtual graduation ceremony in a Minecraft-rendered graduation hall with students attending as Minecraft avatars.
The “Herbivore Men” of Japan are the men who have basically given up on marriage and love. They often can’t afford it, and they don’t want to work to death to raise a family, instead they have hobbies or anime or the internet to fill up their time.
In Japan, 40% of golfers have hole-in-one insurance. Celebrations of the feat have become so expensive, millions of golfers pay $65/year for $3500 of coverage to reimburse any costs incurred (champagne, food, tree-planting ceremonies, etc.) while celebrating the “lucky” shot.
An increasing number of elderly Japanese people are committing small crimes so they can live in prison for free. People aged 65+ now make up more than a quarter of the prison population in Japan.