The craziest ways to spend money in Japan
Sometimes, you want to indulge in something irrational, and it does not matter how much it will cost. In this case, an urgent need to get a plane ticket and go to Japan. In the Land of the Rising Sun to get rid of the contents of his own purse far more than anywhere else in the world. Try really exclusive dishes, get new experience and unforgettably spend the day - Japan is the best option for this.
1. Send a toy on a journey
In 2001, in the French film "Amelie" eponymous heroine sends a garden gnome of his father on a journey around the world. Send photos from a trip to the famous sights of the gnome. In Japan Sono Azuma does the same thing, only it will charge a small fee and works with soft toys.
Azuma runs crazy, but still a nice travel agency, known as the Unagi Travel. For $ 45 it will be accompanied by teddy bears, plush cats and dogs in the tour around Tokyo, taking pictures in front of such places as Tokyo Tower and Sensoji Temple in Asakusa. For $ 55 it will hold a VIP-tour of Japanese hot springs. Azuma even offers its services to people outside of Japan.
It has opened a website in English for customers in America and Europe, where customers can consider buying tours in Kyoto (95 dollars), the Kumano Kodo ($ 55) and a mysterious mysterious tour ($ 35). During the trip, she always informs its customers about the whereabouts of their animals through Facebook, and at the end of a trip free toys and sends images to the owner.
Although business Azuma sounds a bit strange, in fact it is quite a popular service. For example, her tours have helped people cope with the loss of family members. Observation of their toys traveling around Japan, have really raised their spirits and help to cope with their grief.
2. Dine mud
In Japan, it thrives a lot of fancy restaurants such as Alcatraz ER (hell of a prison hospital) and Alice of Magic World (Alice in Wonderland). However, Ne Quittez Paz stands out among its peers thanks to its chef (former boxer) Toshiro Tanabe. For $ 110 per person Ne Quittez Paz offers a full lunch, which is included in every meal a special ingredient: the dirt.
The idea of land use may not sound appetizing, but it is necessary to be sure - Tanabe uses only the best land. It gives the company Protoleaf from Sri Lanka and India, where it dug to a depth of 10 meters. Subsequently, the company heats it to kill all the bacteria, and then sends it to Japan, where Tanabe creates out of her wonders in the kitchen.
3. Buy "clone"
If someone has always wanted a miniature version of a loved one, it's time to visit the Tokyo factory clones. Although there still have not learned to do these clones, if the client is willing to part with $ 1300 - 1750, it will make a doll that looks like its exact miniature replica.
This process takes place via a plurality of digital cameras and the 3D-printer. The client is seated in a chair, and then photographed from various angles. When the photo session ends, the technicians are doing a digital map the client's head and print it the 3D-printer.
4. hire another day
Many feel lonely and melancholy in Japan and did very common. In fact, more than one million people suffer from "hikikomori", an extreme form of loneliness and social isolation in which people are locked in their bedrooms and completely stop communicating with friends and family. Companies such as Hagemashi Tai hire actors who will play any role of boyfriend to a relative. For example, fake friends will appear at weddings will pretend friends the bride or groom. Similarly, Ossan Rental fill a very specific niche. The company, whose name translates as "Rent older men", rents out a total of two men: expert fashion Takanobu Nishimoto (46 years old) and the retired baseball player Mikio Sendou (65). For $ 10 per hour these men will accompany the customer to shop, play games and spend the day talking with customers and offer them advice.
5. Go for cats in the cafe
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who hate cats and anyone who loves them. Fortunately for the representatives of the cat family, Japan is one of the friendliest cat in the world countries. The Japanese like to spend time with furry pets, but there is one serious problem: if they are not married, have no children and live in close condominium, most people can not own pets.
Japanese householders are very strict and do not allow cats in their apartments. So, what to do, the young lover of cats. Of course, to visit Cat Café. After the first such cafe appeared in Taiwan in the late 90s, they literally conquered Japan. Today, throughout the country there are about 150 cafes, it is just the perfect place for permanent employment office workers who want to relax with their favorite animals.
Typically, the cat cafe live from 12 to 24 cats, and although there are also bred, most cats - ordinary street humming. Customers spend their time sipping coffee (which usually costs about $ 1, 97 per cup), resting at the tables or on couches and waiting will bring cats. Some people even paint or take pictures of cats, but it is strictly prohibited flash.
Cat Café attract people from all walks of life. Tourists, officials and businessmen happy to go pat pussies and play with them. While the majority of spending about half an hour in the cafe, some of them carried out in up to 6 hours. Is it worth the expensive. Cafe Neko no mise 10 minutes cost $ 1, 5, and in the cafe Calico first hour will cost $ 9, and every fifteen minutes thereafter - $ 2.
6. The wine dip in the pool
Hakone Kowakien Yunessun - not just the usual hot spring. Yunessun Resort & Spa is located outside of Tokyo, is open only twelve days a year, but it attracts a lot of visitors. In addition to themed resorts, such as the Roman baths, the resort offers the unusual pools filled with liquids, which most people usually consider a drink. For example, one pool filled with emerald green tea, which is expected to be useful for the skin.
Customers who want something stronger, can relax in the biggest "cup" of coffee on the planet. Oddly enough, there is a pool of ramen, which is full of peppers and pork broth, but no real noodles. However, the most popular pool is the spa of red wine, which is derived from a giant bottle of Merlot. On Valentine's Day Spa offers a sticky chocolate bath.
7. Hire a fake priest
Christianity is still not very popular in Japan. While 77% of Americans and nearly 60% of Britons believe in Jesus Christ, they believe in it only 1% of the Japanese. And it makes Japanese wedding is incredibly strange. Almost 90% of weddings are held in traditional Christian manner, complete with white dresses, "Ave Maria" and, most importantly, fake priests.
Western fascination with weddings began in the 80s, when millions of Japanese citizens watched on TV how to pronounce their vows celebrities such as Princess Diana and singer Momoe Yamaguchi. Since then, the number of Christian weddings increased, only the majority of the priests conducting the ceremony, coming from the US and Europe. Of course, there are real Japanese priests, but there are three reasons why they do not participate in most ceremonies.
Firstly, they simply do not have enough for each event. Secondly, the majority of local priests do not like these trends, as most weddings are not connected with Christianity - couples are more concerned with appearance than the meaning. Third, most people do not want the Japanese priests, because many people believe that they are not "authentic." After all, if someone is going to spend the western wedding, it is worth spending a Westerner. Feeling a great opportunity to make money fast, wedding companies have started to hire native English speakers to work as priests, despite the fact that they have no religious education. In fact, many of them are not even Christians. All that matters is that they know the Japanese language and can read a few psalms. Less than half an hour of action fake priests can earn 120 dollars.
8. Buy finger prosthesis
Industry fake finger serves a very unique clientele: the members of the Japanese mafia, also known as the Yakuza. Why did the gangsters need a fake fingers. This is due to the bloody ritual of the underworld, known as "yubitsume". If gangster commits any offense, he may redeem himself and prove loyalty, voluntarily cutting off the last joint of his little finger.
If he was guilty again, it cuts off the next joint, then the third, and then move on to the other fingers. It is believed that this tradition goes back to the days of the samurai, when the amputated finger meant that a soldier could not wield his sword properly and had to rely on his master for protection. Today, it is a sign of criminal activity, so a person with a very difficult to get amputated fingers work. They come to the aid of people like Shintaro Hayashi and Yukako Fukushima.
Hayashi and Fukushima make dentures parts of the body, usually for accident victims or patients with breast cancer. However, since the government cracked down on gangs, people like Hayashi and Fukushima, are becoming more and more popular among Japanese criminals. Some manufacturers of prostheses (eg Fukushima) provide only fake fingers for retired gangsters, hoping to start all over again. Others, such as Hayashi, less choosy and make fake fingers for mobsters who want to keep their identity a secret during public events. Fake fingers worth from $ 1 400 to $ 3 000. Made of silicone, they look a hundred percent realistic. Each finger is made to order to look like a natural part of the hand.
9. Visit interior cleaning ears
Typically, people clean their ears with cotton sticks. However, things are different in Japan. For a small fee the young girls will clean the ears of anyone. Caring for the ears is very important in Japanese society. In addition to direct care function ear canal, it is believed that cleaning ears improves the health of the skin and helps to lose weight.
In fact, clean ears are so important that some consider the responsibility of the mother to clean ear wax from her husband and children. But when children are growing up, many frequented by special cleaners ears that appeared throughout Japan.
Since the license for this is not required, anyone can start their own business to remove earwax. Customer first enters the room, decorated in Japanese. Young woman dressed in a kimono, serves him tea and entertaining conversation.
Then she puts the client's head in her lap, covering the face with a napkin and uses a set of sticks "mimikaki" bamboo, metal or plastic, each of which is equipped with a special scoop for scraping the pieces of earwax. A session typically lasts thirty to seventy minutes and may be from 32 to 100 dollars.
10. Buy crooked teeth
In the Land of the Rising Sun the latest "rage" are considered to be the girl with crooked teeth. This style (known as "Yaba-tsuke") became fashionable thanks to celebrities such as pop singer Tomomi Itano, whose curves of nature teeth brought to mind a lot of young people. Inspired by his idol, fashion teens (and even women in their 20s) have begun to attend special clinics where dental beauticians put their "curves" bridges.
a $ 400 dental paste fake teeth made of ivory to real teeth, giving the impression that the teeth protrude forward. Apparently, this fashion has become so popular that there is even a group of girls, in which all participants are using tsuke-Yaba. According to the boys, curved "smile" make girls more "affordable." Such drawbacks help easier to strike up a conversation with them.