Lost in translation

We’re back! Hmmm … let’s see.  Here are some of the more interesting things about the Land of the Rising Sun:

> People, get this: the Japs have heated toilet seats!  And on a cold winter morning, this can only be one of the most beautiful inventions of our time.
> There is 1 vending machine for every 25 Japanese
> You can buy batteries, beer, fried chicken, cake, cigarettes, comic books, hot dogs, light bulbs, and ice cream from vending machines
> Service while shopping is fantastic.  Even a single piece of pastry has to suffer multiple layers of wrapping.  Telling the staff to skip the wrapping simply does nothing except stress them out.
> Honeydews really can cost up to SGD$100
> A pet Hercules beetle can cost up to SGD$700
> It’s hard to find a trash bin in public and yet the place is absolutely clean.  It also means you have to keep trash in your pockets for a couple of hours.
> Strangely, Pokemon is not as popular in Japan as most believe
> They have Kit Kats in the most amazing flavours like apple, grape and green tea
> They will continue to speak to you in animated Japanese even though they know you don’t understand a single word
> Toilet bowls in public restrooms come with fake flushing noises to mask the sounds of a No. 2
> Tommy Lee Jones is also “Space Alien Jones” – the new face for Japanese coffee “Boss”


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