Unique Japan

From an exclusive island where you need a reason to visit it; a gigantic Buddha who/that likes to be outside,; a temple with rows and rows and rows of Jizo statues; …


to Takato, home in July for fluffs and fluffs and fluffs of cherry blossoms; here are some more of the mostย unusual, unique, weird, odd, out-of-this-world, one-of-a-kind, outlandish, interesting and fun places, things, and events in Japanโ€ฆ

I’ll start with a viewers’ favorite post…

Gotokuji Temple is not just a regular Japanese temple. To its side is a small area filled with waving cats.


Maneki neko or beckoning cats, are believed to bring good luck.


This might as well be the luckiest place on Earth! ๐Ÿ˜€


In Kawasaki, they held a festival with the ….uhm โ€ฆ. ah โ€ฆ. itโ€™s the โ€ฆ. uhm โ€ฆ itโ€™s ahhhโ€ฆ.uhmโ€ฆ.something thatโ€ฆuhmโ€ฆthat ahh โ€ฆ. the thing where โ€ฆ. uhm โ€ฆ. the penis ๐Ÿ˜€ as its central theme.


What’s even yummy … ehem … funny about it is that you can see women and men … uhm …. okay, I’m just gonna say …. sucking on penis lollipops ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ everywhere during the event.



The annual event is totally contradictory to Japan’s nature. Today, Kawasaki Fertility Festival is used to raise money for HIV research.


You wouldnโ€™t participate in a Jenga game that is, say, a 100 feet tall, would you? Or like a horseshoe that weighs 50 pounds? Well, Okinawaโ€™s cranked the game of tug of war to the highest level. Every year, a giant rope of over 650 feet is laid on a street of Naha and get pulled by hundred thousands of people.



It was exhausting, but so much fun! I love how ridiculously excessive Okinawa is with so many things. ๐Ÿ™‚


Still don’t like crowds, what about an amusing one? Shibuya Crossing …


It is said that about 2,500 people cross this junction at one time, and 250,000 to 500,000 everyday. Most people cross it just to cross it. Not exactly because they need to, but just to be part of it or simply to experience the craze.


Scramble crossing in Shibuya is a kind of a bucket list to check when you travel to Tokyo. Shibuya Crossing is one people-infested area that I think is enjoyable to watch; especially with people waving their cellphone around as they cross the street.


There is a national park in Fukushima, Japan that has lakes with five colors.


Although, it’s only two-and-a-half for me ….


… because I am colorblind. Ha! ๐Ÿ˜€


The snow monkeys in Nagano, Japan are so amusing to watch!


They walk around the area like it’s nobody’s monkey business.


They are like celebrity monkeys over there. They know they are the superstars, and they do not mind posing for the camera.



I’ma leave this post with another place for adorable and entertaining animals.


In Machida, there is a “garden” filled withย  …. squirrels!!! Visitors can wear gloves and feed the squirrels with nuts.


As one of my commentators said, cuteness overload!


Japan is unique in every sense. I decided to do this post early to make room for more unique places in Japan I go to in the future. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last Call …


If youโ€™re intrigued by one of these unique stuff, either click on the links or try the Search tab.

I also have Unique California and Unique Greece on this blog.

And finally, Arigato Gozaimas for all the linkage, re-blogs, and Facebook shares!


44 replies »

    • As a foreigner in Japan, I definitely find myself smiling at the things I see or witness here. It’s certainly enjoyable and … enlightening. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I love that image too. It is one of the few photos that I actually sent it to a magazine, for some sort of a contest, but it seemed like they stopped accepting and featuring photos from readers because the last four issues there was none. Ow well. Thanks for the feedback, Lu.

  1. I mean, I have to ask Rommel….did you have one of those lollipops too? ๐Ÿ˜€ Haha
    That monkey photograph in the water is so adorable ! Great photos as always ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Some festival with the penis pops and all –
    Oh and the monkeys grooming each other is a cool capture – but you really highlighted the unique Japan – and some of the people shots (I e with the smiles) really added to the post!

  3. Cuteness overload indeed, who doesn’t like squirrels? I sure want to see that lake, I may not be colour blind ๐Ÿ˜‚ maybe I will even see more than 5 colours. And those monkeys going about their monkey business, oh well, uhm aaah uhmm eemm๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Lovely photos these are ๐Ÿ’ž. My eyes are closing, 5:48am๐Ÿ˜ด, I should get some shut-eye.

      • It has become a bad habit I hope to break soon. Went to bed 5am this morning, 6am yesterday because the network was bad. I always had trouble sleeping at night, and ever since I discovered internet in 2002, working all night became more and more appealing for various reasons over the years.๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜จ

  4. Rommel, this is really amazing. There is so much here that was completely new to me, such as the Kawasaki Fertility Festival (I’m blushing), to all those beckoning cats. The scenery away from the crowds of people is gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great post, fun and interesting. The photo with the squirrel at a heart window is sooo cute! With your photos, it never occurred to me that you are colorblid. Have a great week-end!

  6. I have just returned from a trip in Japan and I also loved it! It was so great that Iโ€™ve just started my blog where Iโ€™ve written about Nara and the deerโ€ฆ I would love you to check it out!

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