40 Fun Facts About Japan For Travelers: I’d like to provide some interesting information about Japan and the Japanese people in this essay. Japan, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with a population of around 126 million people, is home to high-rise cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks, and dozens of shrines and temples.
Tokyo is well-known for its neon skyscrapers and popular culture. It is a congested capital. Kyoto, on the other hand, has Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, gardens, and cherry blossoms.
The national meal, sushi, is available everywhere from neighborhood pubs to fine dining establishments.
I just traveled to the interesting nation of Japan.
At first look, Japan can appear to be just another modern, Westernized nation with crowded, huge cities and a disproportionate number of people wearing business suits. But this nation goes much more than that.
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1. Japan consists of over 6,800 islands.
2. Japan has a ‘suicide forest’.
Called ‘the perfect place to die’, the Aokigahara forest has the unfortunate distinction of being the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco)
3. Animated Japanese films and television shows (i.e.: Anime) account for 60% of the world’s animation-based entertainment.
So successful is animation in Japan, that there are almost 130 voice-acting schools in the country.
4. 29% of the Japanese population is aged 65 and older, the highest proportion in the world.
Japan has more than 85,000 people who are over 100 years old. Most of them are women.
5. Raised floors help indicate when to take off slippers or shoes.
At the entrance to a home in Japan, the floor will usually be raised about 6 inches (15.24 cm) indicating you should take off your shoes and put on slippers.
If the house has a tatami mat room, its floor may be raised 1-2 inches (2.54-5.08 cm.) indicating you should take off your slippers.
6. Japan has one of the lowerst firearm-related death rates in the world.
Japan feels very safe in general. They say you could leave your wallet on the floor of the busiest metro station and come back an hour later to still find it there, untouched. I didn’t test that though…
7. Japanese trains are among the world’s most punctual: their average delay is just 18 seconds!
8. Square watermelons are grown by Japanese farmers for easier stack and store.
9. In Japan there are more pets than children.
10. Japan’s birth rate is so low that adult diapers are sold more than baby diapers.
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11. The Japanese survivor of the Titanic was called a coward in his country for not dying with the other passengers.
12. In Japan there are ‘Maid Cafes’ where waitresses dressed in maid costumes act as servants, and treat customers as masters (and mistresses) in a private home, rather than as café patrons.
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13. Around 24 billion pairs of chopsticks are used in Japan each year.
14. 685 kids were rushed to hospitals in Japan in 1997 after an intense pokemon episode that caused dizziness, vomiting, and seizures.
15. Japan has more than 4 million vending machines offering anything from soda to sex toys and live crabs.
16. Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald in Japan due to a lack of a clear ‘R’ sound in Japanese.
17. Many hot springs and public bathhouses in Japan ban customers with tattoos from entering because they see it as a possible affiliation with gangs.
18. They use more paper for comics than for toilet paper in Japan.
19. Sometimes the trains in Japan are so crowded railway staff are employed to cram passengers inside.
20. If you commit suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train, the family of the deceased will be charged a disruption fee.
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21. In Japan there is a train that “floats” above the tracks by magnetism, reaching 550km/h (311 mph).
22. Norway introduced salmon sushi to the Japanese in the ’80s.
23. In Japan, there is a Sumo Crying Baby Festival where sumo wrestlers compete to see who can make a baby cry first.
24. Coffee is so popular in Japan that Japan imports approximately 80% of Jamaica’s annual coffee production.
25. Most toilets in Japan have a built-in bidet system for spraying your backside. These are known as washlets and are now the norm in homes and nicer restrooms.
However, in some train stations and other public restrooms you may still find the traditional Japanese “floor toilet”.
26. When you use the restroom in someone’s home you may need to put on designated bathroom slippers so as not to contaminate the rest of the home.
27. Noodles, especially soba (buckwheat), are slurped somewhat loudly when eaten.
It has been said slurping indicates the food is delicious. The slurping also serves to cool down the hot noodles for eating.
28. In a Sumo training “stable” the junior rikishi Sumo wrestlers must wash and bathe their senior sumo wrestlers and make sure their hard-to-reach places are clean.
29. Ovens are not nearly as commonplace as rice cookers in Japanese households.
30. Geisha means “person of the arts” and the first geisha were actually men.
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31. In Japan non-smoking areas were, and often still are, difficult to find in restaurants, including family restaurants.
Many of Japan’s politicians have an interest in the tobacco industry.
In April 2020 however, Tokyo was the first city in Japan to, finally, implement a smoking ban.
32. There is almost no immigration in Japan. The population is 98.5% ethnic Japanese.
33. Japan is the world’s largest consumer of Amazon rain forest timber.
34. The greater Tokyo area is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 37 million people.
35. Tokyo is often thought to be one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. But that is actually not true anymore.
The World Economic Forum reports that Tokyo doesn’t even make it into the top 10 anymore. Osaka on the other hand, Japan’s second-largest city, does make it onto the list of the most expensive cities in the world.
36. Sushi used to be eaten as street food.
37. The world’s most expensive tuna was sold in Japan for US$3.1 million, at Tokyo’s fish market.
38. It’s considered inappropriate to blow your nose in public.
39. Japanese sake is made from fermented rice.
40. The fortune cookie dates back to the 19th century and was first made in Kyoto, Japan.
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