Japan definitely gets a reputation around the world for having one of the quirkiest cultures that there is. Americans who travel to Japan are routinely blown away by some of the things that they experience. No individual trip singlehandedly tell the whole story of just how odd Japan’s cultural traditions and norms are. So instead of relying on discount hotels and rental cars to get you around Japan’s odd traditions we will instead bring them straight to your computer. Get ready for a taste of the East with 12 weird Japanese traditions that will absolutely baffle Americans!
Sleeping at work is encouraged.
We can think of a few jobs where sleeping at work would cause trouble, such as being an instructor in skydiving school or even a motorcycle injury lawyer, but in Japan the act is encourage. The Japanese even have a word invented for sleeping on the job and they call it “Inemuri”. Inemuri essentially means that you are working so hard that your body needs a break and thus being seen napping on the job is considered a show of your own work ethic. You have to follow the rules of Inemuri, however, or you will get scolded. For Inemuri to be proper you must remain in an upright position as you sleep, no laying down. If you are an ex-pat or a temp worker in Japan you should consider giving Inemuri a shot to impress your boss. They’ll either be impressed or they’ll fire you. Oh well, more time for a fishing trip.