In Japan, cleaning one’s own classroom is as much a part of the school curriculum as algebra and history.
Even first graders need to do their part and routinely clean and maintain their classrooms. They even serve lunch to their fellow classmates. This practice goes beyond their classroom as they are taught to clean up the surrounding areas outside of their school, and the practice is said to teach students respect for their environment.
While Christmas isn't a holiday that's typically celebrated in Japan, it's become a tradition to celebrate it by dining at a KFC.
Hoping for a good substitute for foreigners, the fast-food joint has now even become popular among the locals, with many ordering their KFC meal weeks in advance to make sure they can eat it on Christmas eve.
Big in Japan
Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood has a population of about 20,000 people per square kilometer and in 2015 it granted citizenship to its biggest resident yet, who we all know as Godzilla (pictured here over the middle building.)
Along with his citizenship came a job offer: Tokyo's tourism ambassador, in charge of promoting while watching over the citizens of Japan.
In a culture revered for its efficiency, Japan does not tolerate delays very well. Japanese railway companies publicly announce official apologies when they send a train earlier than expected, with 20 seconds earlier deemed unacceptable.
The "severe inconvenience" of 20 seconds may seem completely absurd to many of us around the world, who often have to deal with much worse when it comes to traffic delays.
In each and every country there are a few people who consider themselves to be totally unsociable and prefer to live out their lives as a recluse.
In Japan, this has become less of an exception and somewhat common, with more than half a million of Japan's citizens withdrawing completely from all social activities, while shutting themselves away in their rooms and spending their days away from society.