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February 6th, 2013
Coming from an American perspective, there is a ton of strange stuff in Japan. I mean, raw beef sushi, vending machines in public of alcoholic beverages, people hired to cram passengers into crowded trains, etc. There’s a certain mystique about Japan that makes it fascinating to many Americans; it seems like a strange, faraway land of peculiarities. In many ways this may be true, but for the most part, day to day life in Japan is pretty normal. But we’re not here to talk about the normal.
Capsule hotels (カプセルホテル).
This is a thing. It is a hotel full of stacked capsules that are a little bigger than a coffin. They certainly get the job done for those who need a place to stay and don’t have much money. There are a number of people who go there for naps and others who come there every night. Some downsides, apparently, is the amount of noise you may hear in the morning, with people waking up to alarms and shuffling around.
Honestly, with Japan being pricey and all, I may even stay in one of these hotels next time I make my way there. Plus, it’s an experience.