What’s this? Strange things around Japanese houses


When you are in a resident area in Japan, sometimes you repeatedly find the same weird thing.


For example, plastic bottles filled with water.


plastic bottles

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They are put out side of a house to repel cats.

It’s said that cats don’t like light reflects on the bottle because it’s too bright; although, the bottles with water can start fire by concentrate the sun’s rays to a single point, so it’s not the best idea but some households still do it.


The next weird thing is vegetable with sticks on.


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They are eggplant and cucumber stuck with chopsticks.

During summer, they are found in front of some houses.

The eggplant supposed to be a cow and cucumber is a horse, and they are the vehicles of ancestors’ spirits, which are believed to visit their families during bon period.

There might be more strange things, but japanstyle will solve the mysteries!



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