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Sharing interesting facts about Japan – Part # 4

So you and I have learned a lot of interesting things about the people and country of Japan through the previous journeys.

To close this trip, I will send you more interesting information, as well as notes that you need to know if you want to visit the beautiful Japan.

Okay, now invite you to join me in this article: Interesting things about Japan – true Otaku.

#first. Driving habits on the left

In Vietnam and most other countries in the world, when in traffic, all vehicles are required to go on the right side of the road.

However, in Japan, it is different, driving on the right side of the road is considered illegal, just like when we go on the left side of the road in Vietnam. Because of the law here, all traffic is on the left side of the road.

To learn about the origin of the Japanese left-side habit, we must go back in time to the 70s, of the nineteenth century.

In particular in 1872, when the first railway line of Japan was opened and put into operation with the help of the United Kingdom, thereby leading to the formation and spread of the railway network across the country. Japan.

It is worth mentioning here that most of the rails are built on the left side of the road, so moving on the left side of the road becomes a habit of the Japanese.

Since the 1900s, when cars began to appear, an official document was issued in 1902 from the Tokyo police, requiring road users to drive on the left – this was also the first time to save. Left side information is included in Japanese law.

Finally in 1924, walking to the left became mandatory throughout Japan. So, if you have any intention of traveling to Japan or want to go to Japan to act in a movie, please keep on the left side of the road 😂😂😂😂.


For those of you who do not know, all countries that have been under British domination have the same habit of walking on the left side of the road like the British. For example, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, …

#2. Otaku and Wibu

Otaku may be a relatively new concept to many of us in Vietnam, but if we mention “Wibu”, most of us have already heard it, right.

In a nutshell, we can understand that: Otaku are people who love and have a passion for Japanese culture (such as games, anime, manga, …).

In Japan, Otaku is used with a somewhat negative connotation, it refers to people who are too passionate about 2D worlds, from which they are lazy or afraid to come into contact with the real world.

However, in the West, this word is used quite actively to express passion for and interest in Japanese-style Anime or Game.

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The original Japanese meaning of the word Otaku is simply house, because Otaku often don’t go out of their homes to immerse themselves in their own world.

Most of the time an Otaku spends on watching aAnime, playing games, reading manga. Particularly, there are conditional people who will cosplay their favorite characters (if you do not know what cosplay is, please go to Google search to remember).

Currently, the number of Otaku in Japan is increasing, leading to a negative impact on real life, when a majority of young people refuse to go out to work but stay at home to depend on parents.

Sadly, these young men give their love to a fictional character who is not a real person, leading to an aging population that is difficult to improve (because they do not fall in love. Then take someone out and give birth 😅😅).

However, there is no denying the positive effects Otaku have on Japan’s economy, as the country organizes events for Otaku every year, attracting a lot of world tourists.

At the same time, the entertainment industry related to Otaku is also being promoted strongly, it is estimated that this impact could reach 2 trillion yen (18 billion USD).

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What about “Wibu”? Is it Otaku or not? Yes, Wibu and Otaku are fundamentally similar – that is, they have a mutual interest in and a passion for Japanese culture.

However, if Otaku is just hiding at home, Wibu is more inclined to interact with the outside world. Wibu often has a passion, or even an overly fervent, cult.

In addition, people who do not fully understand Japanese culture but try to be knowledgeable and like to show off are also classified in this category.

Therefore, please do not confuse the two concepts Otaku and Wibu, because it is a great insult to true Otaku.

# 3. Things not to do while in Japan

In general, if you have been to Japan, it is not mediocre ᵔᴥᵔ, but I still want to share it here so that those who are learning about Japanese culture can grasp.

Japan is a very civilized and polite country, so you should avoid smoking outside, pointing at other people’s faces, and not making noise on trains or public transport.

In addition, for Japanese, it is considered disrespectful and impolite to give way to the elderly or to tip.

As an Eastern country, Japan also has spiritual taboos that you should avoid when visiting this country:

  1. Do not whistle at night:

    In the old days, it was thought that night whistling was the way thieves communicate with each other. In addition, the night whistling could also be considered an act of calling the devil.

  2. Do not pick up food for each other:

    If in Vietnam this is an act of caring and friendliness, in Japan, this is an act of “connecting chopsticks” only for the burial of the deceased.

  3. Don’t stick chopsticks in the rice bowl, don’t pick cherry blossoms with your hands, ……

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In addition, you should also note that you should not bargain when buying in Japan. When giving gifts to Japanese people, you also need to learn carefully the meaning of the items to give, to avoid causing unnecessary misunderstandings!

Well, these are important notes that you need to be aware of when coming to Japan. And through this article, I believe that you also understand more about the concept of Otaku and Wibu, right.

If you find this article interesting and interesting, please leave your personal opinion below the comment section, and do not forget to visit the Knowledge Sharing Blog regularly to read the next article from me. ok (> ‿ ♥)

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