Top 10 Interesting Japan Facts
Get your Facts about Japan right! From Japanese table manners to common mistakes westerners do about Japans culture: 20 Interesting Facts about Japan!
Interesting Facts About Japans Culture
- In Japan, you never address a person by his first name. You always call him or her by the last name + ‘san’.
- Bowing is nothing less than an art. The depth and length of a bow depends on the social status or age of the person you bow to.
- Touching is not accepted in Japan. Kissing or hugging in public is rare. Even a friendly pat on the back is not acceptable.
- Turning your back to someone is considered rude, especially if this person is in a higher status than you.
- Shoes are never worn inside private homes, Tokyo restaurants or shrines.
- Sticking your chopsticks straight up in a bowl of rice is a big no-no. It’s a custom done at funerals to honor the dead.
- Don’t be surprised if a Japanese person sitting in a table next to you makes slurping noises while eating his soup. It is considered a sign of appreciation for the meal to slurp food in Japan.
Facts About Japan Geography And Japan population
- Did you know that Japan has 4 main islands and 4000 smaller islands?
- Japan’s land is 70% mountains, and only 18% of the land is suitable for settlement. That’s why Japan’s cities are very crowded.
- Did you know that Tokyo Area including the surrounding urban areas is the largest metropolitan in the world, with over 30 million people?
- 25% of the Japanese population would be over 65 by 2030!!
- The suicide rate in Japan is the second-highest in the OECD and ninth highest in the world.
Japan Facts On History
- 130,000 people died in the 1923 Tokyo earthquake. Huge fires burnt almost all Tokyo places.
- During the 16th century the shoguns adopted a policy of isolation and banned all international contact. Japan was isolated from the world until 1853, when Commodore Perry of the U.S. Navy forced the shogun to enter into a trade agreement.
Want To Look Younger?
The Japanese Diet Can Help!
- A traditional Tokyo breakfast includes rice, Miso soup, Salmon fish, Japanese pickles and Green Tea.
- Seaweed, is considered “brain food” in Japan.
- Rice is the main food in Japan, consumed with every meal.
- The Japanese life expectancy is one of the highest in the world. This might have something to do with the traditional Japanese foods.
Getting Ready for Tokyo
- Streets in Tokyo have no names and the buildings are numbered in the order in which they were constructed.
- Tokyo underground is very clean and safe. Sometimes the Tokyo subway is so crowded that staff pushes passengers inside.