42 Pics That Prove Japan Was Not Built For Tall People

Perhaps it’s the geography of the country; the wide-open spaces of the Prarie, the vast cornfields in the midwest and the deserts of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah – Americans are comfortable with big. Big cars, big meals, big houses.

On the other side is Japan; 126 million people squeezed on to four main islands, with a total area 26 times smaller than the USA. The Japanese have learned to be economical with space – whether it be technology, houses or dioramas – which can be an issue when tall people visit the country. Heads are bumped on low doors, showers are too short, and train seats… well, it’s cozy put it that way.

This list, compiled by Bored Panda, shows the struggles of the lanky in this compact country, we’d recommend bringing a helmet if you’re over 6ft! Scroll down below to check out the list for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

6’3” Lived In A Traditional Japanese House In Japan For Two Months. There Was Lots Of Exposed Wooden Beams

6’3” Lived In A Traditional Japanese House In Japan For Two Months. There Was Lots Of Exposed Wooden Beams

#2

My 6’7″ Stepfather Is Visiting Japan This Week

My 6'7" Stepfather Is Visiting Japan This Week

#3

Loved My First Trip To Japan

Loved My First Trip To Japan

#4

Tall In Japan

Tall In Japan

#5

Another Problem With Being A Tall Man In Japan

Another Problem With Being A Tall Man In Japan

#6

My Trip To Japan As A 6.3 Feet Guy Summed Up

My Trip To Japan As A 6.3 Feet Guy Summed Up

#7

Life Being Tall In Japan. Side Note: This Was A Hit With The Crowd And There Were Lots Of Giggles

Life Being Tall In Japan. Side Note: This Was A Hit With The Crowd And There Were Lots Of Giggles

#8

In Japan, Tall Friends Duck Together

In Japan, Tall Friends Duck Together

#9

I Recently Travelled To Japan

I Recently Travelled To Japan

#10

Japan Wasn’t Built For Me

Japan Wasn't Built For Me

#11

Hotels Suck

Hotels Suck

#12

Tall People Problems

Tall People Problems

#13

Tall People Problems #5535 – On A Train In Japan

Tall People Problems #5535 - On A Train In Japan

#14

Asked A Guy To Take A Photo Of Me And My Friends With Some Bathing Snow Monkeys In Nagano, Japan. Checked The Photo Later

Asked A Guy To Take A Photo Of Me And My Friends With Some Bathing Snow Monkeys In Nagano, Japan. Checked The Photo Later

#15

Everytime I Visit Japan I Feel Like I Don’t Fit In… I Wonder Why?

Everytime I Visit Japan I Feel Like I Don't Fit In... I Wonder Why?

#16

If I Could Summarize My Recent Trip To Japan In One Photo, This Would Be It

If I Could Summarize My Recent Trip To Japan In One Photo, This Would Be It

I’m 6’4″ and the struggle was real

#17

Meanwhile In Tokyo

Meanwhile In Tokyo

#18

Big In Japan

Big In Japan

#19

We Came, We Saw, We Raised The Roof

We Came, We Saw, We Raised The Roof

#20

Stayed One Night In This Hostel In Japan. My Head Connected With This Light 8 Times

Stayed One Night In This Hostel In Japan. My Head Connected With This Light 8 Times

#21

The Free Brain Cell Removal Rooflines Are A Common Fixture In Japan

The Free Brain Cell Removal Rooflines Are A Common Fixture In Japan

#22

Being Tall In Japan

Being Tall In Japan

#23

To Tall Guys Travelling In Japan: I Feel You, Brothers. I’m 195 Cm (6’4″)

To Tall Guys Travelling In Japan: I Feel You, Brothers. I'm 195 Cm (6'4")

#24

Being 6 Ft 3 In Was Pretty Tough In Japan

Being 6 Ft 3 In Was Pretty Tough In Japan

#25

Shark Bait

Shark Bait

#26

Just Got Back From A Trip To Japan. I Know I’m Tall. Didn’t Realize Just *how* Tall Compared To All The Japanese Folks

Just Got Back From A Trip To Japan. I Know I'm Tall. Didn't Realize Just *how* Tall Compared To All The Japanese Folks

#27

My Shower For My Hotel In Japan. I Am Not Pleased Nor Is My Neck

My Shower For My Hotel In Japan. I Am Not Pleased Nor Is My Neck

#28

So My Brother (6’7″), My Sister (6’0″), And Myself (6’4″) Went To Japan…we Had A Hard Time Getting In

So My Brother (6'7"), My Sister (6'0"), And Myself (6'4") Went To Japan...we Had A Hard Time Getting In

#29

Japan Is Not Made For Paul

Japan Is Not Made For Paul

#30

Traditional Japanese Home. Clearing Doorways Is A Challenge

Traditional Japanese Home. Clearing Doorways Is A Challenge

#31

“One Size Fits All” In Japan

"One Size Fits All" In Japan

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#32

I Had A Few Close Encounters With The Ceilings In Japan

I Had A Few Close Encounters With The Ceilings In Japan

#33

I’ll Jump On The Bandwagon, My Recent Trip To Japan

I’ll Jump On The Bandwagon, My Recent Trip To Japan

#34

Anyone Ever Been To Japan?

Anyone Ever Been To Japan?

#35

Japan Isn’t Really That Bad Most Of The Time, But This Highway Bus Bathroom Was A Challenge

Japan Isn't Really That Bad Most Of The Time, But This Highway Bus Bathroom Was A Challenge

#36

I Knew Everything In Japan Would Be Small, But Come On Man

I Knew Everything In Japan Would Be Small, But Come On Man

#37

Just Found R/Tall. I’m Happy To Finally Be Among My Kind. Here’s Me In Japan Trying To Fit In

Just Found R/Tall. I'm Happy To Finally Be Among My Kind. Here's Me In Japan Trying To Fit In

#38

I’m Currently Studying Abroad In Japan And Living With A Host Family. Getting In And Out Of My Room Every Day Is Going To Be A Hoot

I'm Currently Studying Abroad In Japan And Living With A Host Family. Getting In And Out Of My Room Every Day Is Going To Be A Hoot

#39

Me(White Guy) And My Friend Riding The Bus In Kyoto, Japan

Me(White Guy) And My Friend Riding The Bus In Kyoto, Japan

#40

I’ve Been Living In Japan This Month. All The Doorways In My House Are Like This. I’m Only 6’2”

I’ve Been Living In Japan This Month. All The Doorways In My House Are Like This. I’m Only 6’2”

#41

Being Tall In Japan Be Like

Being Tall In Japan Be Like

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#42

This Bus Seat In Japan Is The Most Glaring Example Of Being A Giant In The Land Of Rising Sun. And I’m Not That Tall

This Bus Seat In Japan Is The Most Glaring Example Of Being A Giant In The Land Of Rising Sun. And I'm Not That Tall

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