tech 16 Instances Of Everyday Japanese Tech That Make You Wish You Lived In Japan  

Tamar Altebarmakian
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During the late 20th century, Japan became a world leader in innovation and technology, pioneering efforts in nuclear energy, electronics, and robotics. Since then, Japanese tech has been coveted by consumers all across the world with popular brands like Sony, Nintendo, Mitsubishi, and Toyota all calling Japan their home. Japanese inventions like DVDs, CDs, portable cassette players, and digital cameras revolutionized the way people enjoy and create entertainment.

While Japan might no longer be the leader in technology, it still remains a powerhouse in the tech world and continues to create fun, innovative, and sometimes bizarre products that dazzle foreigners. Whether you’re looking for a more efficient way to eat your ramen or another frivolous cat toy to appease your feline overlords, cool Japanese products are always on trend.

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Bullet Train


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The first high-speed train, or bullet train, was built in Japan and was first put into operation in 1964. These trains are faster, more efficient, and help reduce environmental damage, not to mention they provide a huge benefit to the economy. They can travel anywhere from 120 mph to 260 mph. The fastest bullet train in the world is the Shanghai Maglev Train in China, which can travel up to 267 mph.

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A Table And Blanket Hybrid


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A kotatsu is a low table that’s covered with a futon blanket. Just under the table sits a heating source that helps trap the warmth beneath the table and blanket. People usually sit at a kotatsu with their legs under the table and the blanket draped over the lower half of their body. With one of these in your home, you'll never want to leave the living room. You can even snag one for yourself on Amazon!

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A Lidholder That Tells You When Your Ramen Is Ready


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Perfect for the instant-noodle enthusiast - these silicone men, aptly named Cupmen, hold down the lid of your Cup Noodles and change color once your ramen is done thanks to their heat-sensitive material.

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Parking Garage Elevators


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While automated parking systems can be found across the world, the number of automated parking garages are steadily growing in Japan, comprising nearly 1.6 million of the country’s parking spaces. Not only do these garages save space, but the parked cars are less likely to be damaged or stolen within this structure.

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