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 most unusual, unique, weird, odd, out-of-this-world, one-of-a-kind, outlandish, interesting and fun places, things, and events in Japan…
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! 😀
In Kawasaki, they held a festival with the ….uhm …. ah …. it’s the …. uhm … it’s ahhh….uhm….something that…uhm…that ahh …. the thing where …. uhm …. the penis 😀 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 😀 😀 😀 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 wouldn’t participate in a Jenga game that is, say, a 100 feet tall, would you? Or like a horseshoe that weighs 50 pounds? Well, Okinawa’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. 🙂
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! 😀
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 with …. 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. 😉
Last Call …
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