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Bizarre Things You Can Find in an Asian Household

Bizarre Things You Can Find in an Asian Household

Our planet has been enriched by tens of thousands of various cultural practices since the beginning of civilizations. Every nation has a custom or part of its culture that the rest of the world might find a little odd. In lieu of this, we listed three things you can only see in an Asian household, that may be completely bizarre for some.

Lucky charms and symbols for good fortune

In Asia, you can rarely see a home without any of these items that signify good fortune. One best example that you can see in almost every household is the “Maneki-neko”. It translates to a “beckoning cat”, which is a Japanese cat figurine that means to bring good luck to the owner. In China, the cat image was believed to mean fortune and good life a long time ago. Additionally, you often see this cat figurine in the stores because it symbolizes wealth, and invites customers with an upraised right paw.

Menthol balm

No matter what your sickness is, your mother will just rub menthol balm on you. Who can relate to this? 

One of the well-known soothing balms is the “Tiger balm”, which has been an all-purpose for over a century now. These menthol balms are widely used in Asia and have been a staple remedy for all sorts of illnesses.

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Squat Toilet

Squat toilets are quite common in Asia. You usually see it in malls, restaurants, and gas stations’ restrooms. Aside from it’s a traditional toilet, squat toilets also have health benefits. Squatting is a better position to reduce fecal stagnation. Moreover, Studies show that squatting helps them go more quickly, might ease constipation, and prevents inflammatory bowel diseases.


As everyone knows, chopsticks originated in East Asian countries. As a result of a population increase in China, they develop cost-saving practices. They started slicing food into smaller bits and used less cooking energy. These were also ideal for the chopsticks’ tweezers-like grip. In addition, chopsticks are simple and easy-to-clean utensils, that’s why it is still what these countries use for everyday meals.

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