Japanese Facts: Top 10 Interesting Japan Facts
10 interesting Facts about Japan: kissing and hugging, comic-magazines, Toilet seats and why moms sit in class. What makes Japan so unique and mysterious?
Interesting Facts About Japan
Over 90% of the Japanese population buys a comic-magazine daily. Manga (Japanese animation) is more than 80% Of the Book sales.
No kissing, hugging or holding hands in the street. Showing emotions is a big No-No in Japanese Daily Life.
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Moms sit in class replacing their sick child, so he won’t miss out on anything. Japanese kids have a tough time growing up.The education system is very demanding (long hours and teachers are tough).
The emergency room masks people wear in the subway or street, are worn to protect other people from a virus or a cold.
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8 hours lasts a Noh play (traditional Japanese theater).
Lucky Numbers. Some Japanese numbers are considered to be lucky (3, 5, 7). 4 and 9 are unlucky.
Pistols and Teddy bears. Tokyo teens wear costumes every Sunday. It is called Cosplay, and you can see them in Harajuku area in Tokyo.
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Basic Japan Information
Official Name– Land of the Rising Sun.
Capital – Tokyo.
Language – Japanese
Currency – Yen
Population – The 2011 total population was 125.77 million.
Japanese aged 65 and older make up about a quarter of Japan’s population.
Area – 145,883 square miles (377,835 square kilometers).
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Information About Japan Geography
The country is located in the east coast of Asia. It has 4 main islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku) and 4000 smaller islands.
It is 70% mountains, and only 18% of the land is suitable for settlement and agriculture.
This area in the Pacific is called ‘The Ring of Fire’. This is an area with many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Japan has over 1,500 earthquakes per year.
A Major earthquake in Japan occurs only every few decades.
The most famous earthquake Japan experienced before March 2011 was the 1923 earthquake in which 130,000 people died.
Japan’s advanced research and technology has made it no. 1 in preparedness for earthquakes.
The last major earthquake in 2011 showed that Tokyo buildings indeed can withstand a massive shake without collapsing and causing any fatalities.
The tallest mountain is Mt Fuji (3,776m). It is an active volcano.
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The Truth About Economy In Japan
Japan is the second largest economy in the world, after the United States.
The country has very little natural resources. That’s why it depends on import.
Japan’s main export industries includes cars, electronic devices and computers. Most important trade partner is the USA which imports more than one quarter of all Japanese exports.
Only 12% of Japan’s land is suitable for agriculture. Because of this lack of land, farmers use a system of terraces to farm in small areas.
One major long-term concern for the Japanese labor force is a low birthrate. The decline in population already started in 2005, when the number of deaths in Japan was larger than the number of births.
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The Secrets Behind Religion In Japan: Facts On Japan Beliefs
There are two major religions – Shinto and Buddhism. The religions have become intertwined with each other. It is hard to know where one ends and the other begins.
A common saying between Japanese people is: “We live as Shintos and die as Buddhists.”