Do you know why cars are rarely washed in Japan?

The cleanliness of the Japanese is legendary. It seems like the white soles of shoes in Japan remain so even after six months of active wear. The inhabitants of this country transfer their incredible love for cleanliness to cars. But for some reason they rarely wash them …

Of course, this is somewhat exaggerated. Dust is everywhere, and in Japan too. But the Japanese have never seen such dirt on the roads, which we see every day in Russia, even in a nightmare.

Someone will say that the climate is not the same: they say, they would have lived with us in Siberia, when the snow is waist-deep, icy, and they sprinkle it all with some kind of hellish mixture of reagents and an incomprehensible black thing — they would sing differently.

But here it is worth immediately objecting: in the land of the Rising Sun, people are taught to purity — sometimes fanatical — from childhood. There are no janitors or waste bins, but you won’t see garbage here either.

But this is the case only in purely Japanese districts of Tokyo and medium-sized cities where mostly Japanese live. Where there are many foreigners, there is also a lot of rubbish. And, of course, the wipers remove it.

Clean roads are, however, just one piece of the puzzle, which together make up the Japanese idea of what the world should look like.

Well, what about the roads? How do the Japanese manage to protect them from dirt?

Everything is thought out here and it could well be realized in Russia — there would be a desire. Here’s how the Japanese equip their roads:

And this always surprises visitors. After all, it is clean not only in cities, but also on mountain roads.

But what about, you ask? Where do they put the dirt that flows from these very mountains during the rain?

The Japanese are resourceful. They strengthen the mountain slope with something like concrete slabs, but not monolithic, but with holes — rainwater passes through them. At the foot of the mountain, i.e. along the mountain highway, there is a stormwater run, which we talked about above. Rainwater flows into it.

Concrete slabs are painted, disguising them as natural rocks — it looks believable, especially when driving at speed. And on top of such protection, a net is installed, designed to protect passing cars from branches and trunks, which may well fly down during a hurricane.

In early 2019, the Japanese company GfK — a global analytics platform run by artificial intelligence — surveyed 15,600 car enthusiasts about how often they wash their cars. And here’s what happened:

From the same study, it became clear that almost half of all surveyed drivers (47%), in comparison with 2018, began to wash their cars less often and only 11% more often.

The roads in Japan are so clean that even after a couple of months of active driving, the car looks only slightly dusty. Many people take advantage of the vagaries of the weather to wash their car — as soon as it rains heavily, they leave and just ride for a while. This is enough to make her shine again.

One of the reasons for the decrease in the number of washes is the too expensive car wash service, which is represented by both automatic and manual car washes (by the way, the services of the latter are much more expensive).

The second reason is that dirt repellents are gaining popularity in Japan. Rubbed them on the body — and for some time the dust does not stick. They will be useless for Russian roads, so it makes no sense to tell in detail.

The third reason is dissatisfaction with the quality of the car wash service.

More than half of all car owners — 51% — prefer to wash their car with their own hands. It is cheaper, better quality and safer (no scratches on paintwork materials), 38% use car washes — mainly due to lack of time, and 11% use manual services.

These are they, the Japanese, cleaners who do not want to wash their cars often.

Photos are taken from open sources.

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